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Jul
20
comment How does one formally educate a gifted child without wrecking childhood?
@HedgeMage-- that was not the case for me when I was a kid. I'd think that either gifted education varies from state to state, or has changed since then, but I definitely remember jumping around in the gifted class to the teacher reading Jabberwocky. Definitely not rote learning.
Jul
18
comment How to mitigate the impact of other people comparing my children to each other?
I think one of the problems with being a dad of a newborn is that my three jokes are the same ones I had from before she was born. At least, I think they are. I'm not sure. So I'll just reuse them for the next twenty years until my kids tell me to quit it :)
Jul
16
comment Calming Baby after bath
How scratchy is the towel? How warm is the water vs how cold is the air?
Jul
14
comment How can I make my travel schedule easier on my 5-year old?
Are you sure that his violence is linked to your leaving? What if you took a week's vacation and stayed home-- do you think that the violence would cease or greatly diminish?
Jul
14
comment Microwaving supper for the children in a filthy microwave
Or better yet, don't use a microwave, use an oven. Microwaves can cause hot spots in food (colorado.edu/physics/2000/microwaves/hotspots.html) leading to burned tongues and mouths. I don't know about the chemical threat, but I hate burning the roof of my mouth.
Jul
11
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Jul
9
comment How can I motivate my 16 yo daughter to do something valuable with her life?
Hence the limitation requirement. Still under the roof, still follow the rules-- and those rules should include a limit on conputer time when work hasn't been done.
Jul
8
answered How can I motivate my 16 yo daughter to do something valuable with her life?
Jul
4
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Jul
4
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Jul
2
comment How to get toddler to eat eggs?
@Bryce-- that is a shame. But I guess it's also a shame that everyone else gets to enjoy his delicious omelette.
Jul
2
comment How to get toddler to eat eggs?
I hope it works for you. Our boy is a good eater-- he complained loudly when he was two when he wasn't offered sushi-- so I don't want to go overboard on the suggestions, as they don't come from a parent of a picky eater. Our philosophy has been to just have only good food in the house, and let him eat what he wants, more or less when he wants. He's settled down to eating with us because the food is better than whatever he can scrounge in the cupboards, and is especially fun if he helps make it himself.
Jul
1
answered How to get toddler to eat eggs?
Jun
27
comment How do you teach a toddler rhythm and melody?
We did this with my son, except we bought Beatles Rock Band. He was hitting the drums rhythmically and singing along at the age of 2. @LennartRegebro-- how do you figure? Real instruments (violins, etc) are pretty damn expensive. Recorders are cheap, but man, they can cause some serious damage when used as a club.
Jun
27
comment 3 year old has a fit when arriving at daycare
Are you confident that he's not getting bullied or treated badly? That's another potential cause for separation anxiety-- of course, the teachers aren't going to say that anything bad's going on, but you can ask him why he has such problems. He's old enough to say if someone hit him or scratched him or the like.
Jun
27
answered 3 year old has a fit when arriving at daycare
Jun
26
answered Is an “Amber Necklace” effective for helping with teething?
Jun
24
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Jun
24
answered My Son thinks he is spiderman
Jun
23
comment What are the biggest expenses for a new baby?
Do you have friends that could have provided for: crib, crib mattress, linens, stroller, car seats, high chair, baby carrier*, rocking chair*, breast pump*, nursing pillow*, formula*, playpen*, swing*, bouncer, toys, books, and educational material, fall jackets, winter coats, swim suits, life jacket-- almost everything on your list can be provided by friends who have had kids before and are looking to get rid of their old baby stuff. And you live in a country with socialized medicine, but no disability leave for new mothers to cover that loss of income?