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Nov
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revised How Much Hallowe'en Candy?
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Nov
5
comment How Much Hallowe'en Candy?
My husband got a tip from a co-worker: Each of their kids gets a small Tupperware or Rubbermaid container and can fill that container with whatever Halloween candy they want to keep. Everything else goes away. How you choose to distribute the candy in the containers is up to you, but they get to control what they want to keep. I thought this was pretty brilliant, too.
Nov
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answered How Much Hallowe'en Candy?
Oct
30
comment What should parent do when their child is dropping more hair?
How frequently is the eating protein? Is it high quality protein? And, when she eats it, how much is she eating at a sitting?
Oct
30
comment What should parent do when their child is dropping more hair?
There's nothing wrong with eating several small meals a day. In fact, most nutritionists believe this is a better way of eating as it helps control blood sugar better and avoid drastic mood swings throughout the day, as well as keep the body's metabolism going. It is recommended that a teenage girl needs slightly less than 2 oz of high-quality protein (usually in the form of animal products) per day. One serving of chicken is roughly 3 oz, so even if she's eating ONLY chicken as her primary protein, she should be ok. The question is:
Oct
30
answered What should parent do when their child is dropping more hair?
Oct
28
answered my daughter “forgets” her numbers even though she knows how to count
Oct
26
comment 4 year old refuses to color
But we also shouldn't assume that the reason why he isn't coloring isn't just because he doesn't like it. It may be that he's simply not done it enough to be as proficient at it as, perhaps, some of his other peers. If that's the case, then this is an opportunity to allow him to see that practice can improve one's ability at something. If he isn't coloring because he doesn't like coloring, then there are absolutely other ways to assess his fine motor skills.
Oct
25
answered What is the best way to give medicine to baby?
Oct
25
comment 4 year old refuses to color
As a teacher, I get so frustrated with parents who don't believe that learning or at least practicing a certain skill isn't important simply because THEY don't see the relevance of it. Eventually, they pass that mentality on to their children and it bleeds into other areas of their lives. I am terrible in math, but my parents never once let me cop-out of it, and my mom even insisted that I take a math class my senior year of high school even though it wasn't required. Now that I'm older, I appreciate her stance and even periodically use what little math has stuck with me.
Oct
25
answered 4 year old refuses to color
Oct
24
comment Is it wrong to ask a foster child about his history?
+1 for talking with the previous foster parents.
Oct
23
revised 5yr Old Has Trouble With Letters & Reading
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Oct
23
comment 5yr Old Has Trouble With Letters & Reading
The first word my son recognized was the word "Stop" after probably 3 years of identifying it repeatedly on stop signs. I don't know if it's unusual that an almost-six-year-old struggles to identify the sound letters make or not as it seems there is a broad continuum on what is "normal" when it comes to letter/sound recognition. FWIW, my son struggles to remember words between page turns as well. We frequently have to re-sound out words that we JUST sounded out a page or two pages ago.
Oct
23
reviewed Approve 5yr Old Has Trouble With Letters & Reading
Oct
23
answered Is it wrong to ask a foster child about his history?
Oct
23
comment How do we stop our daughter rolling over and waking herself up?
The point I'm making has nothing to do with the feeding (I've sleep trained before, I'm aware of the process), it is my contention (and that of many experts) that sleep training in most forms--not all, but most--(especially the methods that advocate CIO) are not appropriate for children under the age of 6 months. Since most children do not achieve the concept of object permanence until 8-9 months, a parent can wait until their child is 6 months old before they begin sleep training and still avoid the separation anxiety pitfalls if that's your concern.
Oct
23
comment Why was this c-section necessary?
As a baby born by c-section because my shoulders got hung in the birth canal, I believe the traditional (read: primitive) method around this, in many cases, was to break one of the baby's shoulders or their clavicle so you could "fold" them through the birth canal. Clearly, this only applies if the shoulders are the part of the baby that are hung--not the head. Certainly it is preferable in this situation to have a c-section than to break a newborn's bones.
Oct
23
answered 5yr Old Has Trouble With Letters & Reading
Oct
21
comment How do we stop our daughter rolling over and waking herself up?
I am not anti-CIO--it worked beautifully on my son; not so much on my daughter, but it seems poor judgement to attempt it on a child whose object permanence is far from fully developed. Yes, you know that you're in the next room, but as far as your five-month-old is concerned, you've quite possibly disappeared entirely. Even in the article you cited above, the children were all 7 months old at the beginning of the study. Additionally, other research seems to agree that extinction or graduated extinction methods of sleep training are not appropriate in children under the age of 6 months.