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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
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.
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
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?
Jun
21
comment How to approach my little brother's addiction to TV and computer?
@Roy-- this sounds like a much, much deeper problem (or set of problems) than just TV/Internet usage. At his age, I was pretty deep into both TV and Internet, but was not cutting myself. In your shoes, I would seriously consider seeking the advice of a child psychologist who specializes in adolescents, rather than us. I mean, we are awesome, but we aren't that awesome.
Jun
18
comment What do we do to minimize negative impact to our child when we (the parents) argue?
@Kevin-- I agree wholeheartedly. Mind if I add that as another bullet point there?
Jun
8
comment What should I be teaching my two year old?
@Swati-- no problem, glad to be a help. One thing more I'll add is that if you choose to send her to a preschool, the selection process can be daunting. My wife (who is also a teacher, it runs in her family) visited upwards of 15 schools before she selected this one.
Jun
5
comment What do we do to minimize negative impact to our child when we (the parents) argue?
@kalingga-- that article is more tongue-in-cheek than anything, and I've edited my answer to reflect that. It's more that they seem to argue over the littlest things, all the time, every day. But hey, it also seems to work for them, as (last time I've checked) they've been together for 15+ years and he's gotten some books out of it (amazon.com/s/…)
Jun
4
comment What do we do to minimize negative impact to our child when we (the parents) argue?
@Kith-- absolutely, completely true.
Jun
1
comment How to avoid corporal punishment?
@Kith-- a solid strategy. Our eldest is still a bit too young; he's very rough with his younger sister without meaning too. Hopefully, once he learns a bit more delicacy, we can do something like what you've got going there.
May
30
comment How can I encourage my 5-year-old to learn to swim?
How well do you swim? Could you teach him? Are you strong enough to take him into the water yourself? Could you tread water with him holding on to your neck?
May
27
comment What are the objective arguments against immunizations for infants and children?
@amcnabb-- KeithS argues that the active ingredients in vaccines trigger an immune response, and this immune response in susceptible children causes an autoimmune response. This autoimmune response then causes autism by attacking certain brain cells. The argument continues that any foreign agent that triggers an immune response will cause autism through the same mechanism. The article itself does not contain the word 'vaccine' though, and KeithS' argument seems to be a very broad interpretation of autoimmune disorders; but they are triggered by foreign agents, so it's not necessarily wrong.
May
26
comment Vaccine reactions
Plus, I would never wish polio on anyone, especially just because their parents don't understand the threat. I've known people who got polio just before the vaccine came out, and the disease was utterly devastating to them and their families.
May
26
comment Vaccine reactions
I want to downvote this answer for its general ignorance and social irresponsibility (ie, putting immuno-compromised kids at risk because the poster does not understand the science), but I don't want this post to disappear due to massive numbers of downvotes. People who don't vaccinate are putting their own and other kids at risk; those who don't believe or understand this should start looking at Herd Immunity (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herd_immunity)
May
22
comment What is your setup in a car for kids to watch kids movies or shows? (2 kids, separate programs)
Ah. Where I live, the cost difference between the dvd player + mount + charger/electrical attachment and the iPad isn't that significantly different, and the benefit of not having scratchable, destroyable DVDs is pretty significant.
May
21
comment How old is old enough for a child to have their ears pierced?
@tomjedrz-- +1. To me, this is a cultural question; I think that if you asked/told a lot of the Latino parents around here not to pierce their child's ears, they would think that you're crazy (babycenter.com/0_piercing-your-newborn-babys-ears_10341560.bc). After all, she should celebrate being a girl. It's almost at the level of circumcision-- I don't agree with it, but I don't think it's a human rights violation, and to suggest that either action is really diminishes real human rights violations.
May
18
comment Help! My 5 year old just won't poop on the toilet
@TorbenGundtofte-Bruun-- Thanks for that :)
May
18
comment Help! My 5 year old just won't poop on the toilet
You asked this a while back: parenting.stackexchange.com/questions/808/… Has it not improved at all?