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High school biology teacher, mommy, wife, and black hole of fairly useless information.


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
Added links.
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 suggested edit on 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.
Oct
21
comment How do we stop our daughter rolling over and waking herself up?
CIO worked wonderfully for my son, but did nothing but make my daughter more and more angry and more and more awake.
Oct
19
answered How do we stop our daughter rolling over and waking herself up?
Oct
19
comment How do we stop our daughter rolling over and waking herself up?
I have read that attempting to sleep train your child prior to six months of age isn't especially healthy for the child as prior to that most children will still require a middle of the night feeding.
Oct
13
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Oct
2
comment What works to get a distracted nurser to eat during the day?
My niece wasn't diagnosed with reflux until she was about your daughter's age and she was a HUGE spitter-upper, but she also didn't appear to be in pain. In fact, she was a very happy baby. My daughter, OTOH, was a silent spitter and was pretty miserable. It seems like most peds will at least attempt reflux meds if the parents seem to indicate they think their child is having problems with AR to see if it alleviates the symptoms. Might be worth a second opinion. She's more active now and burning more calories so she might be a little hungrier--and let's not even talk about growth spurts.
Oct
2
answered What works to get a distracted nurser to eat during the day?
Sep
30
comment When should kids get a cellphone?
I can't get enough of my friends on G+ to make it worth my while, but my husband seems to be of your opinion. :-D
Sep
30
answered What does it mean to “say a few words”?