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Dec
11
comment How do I tell my parents that my wife and I are pregnant?
That is awesome!
Nov
26
answered Being good or not at playing with kids
Nov
19
comment Why not let a toddler share a bedroom with a baby?
@Martha, my 2 yr old can climb into and out of a crib with amazing speed. I would not want him in a room alone with a newborn, he may treat it with the aggressive hugs and kisses that he gives our cats which would not be good for a newborn.
Nov
6
comment How can I prevent my 2 year old from covering her face with a blanket when she sleeps?
I have slept with a blanket over my head my entire life, I am more comfortable that way. When I am in a situation where I cannot, I wear a fleece hat or even use a pillow on top of my head. I don't think it will be a problem for your child, she may or may not grow out of it. I like Beofett's answer best. Maybe you could see if she would like to wear a hat to bed, a sleeping cap, instead of using a blanket?
Nov
1
comment How do you keep up with a toddler?
Just because your child is smashing cars does not mean you have to. You are an adult, you are free to act like it. Play with the cars in a way that keeps your interest and let the child play the way they play. Sometimes the two will mesh together and you will both play the same way for a little while, the child will learn from you and you from the child. I think it is important for my child to see alternative ways to play and the fact that I am on the floor with him playing appears to be more important to him than how I am playing.
Oct
23
comment How not to lose patience with toddler
@Torben Gundtofte-Bruun I am able to pull it of about half of the time. It is very hard, but I think I am getting better at it.
Oct
15
comment How can I prevent my 9 month old from eating anything and everything?
If you can figure out a sure-fire way to stop babies and toddlers from eating things they should not make sure you patent or trademark it, you will be wildly rich selling it. My child is 2 now and still puts just about everything in his mouth.
Oct
15
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Oct
15
comment Embarrassing experience with my nephew; Should I tell his parents?
Personally, I would have mentioned it to the parents at the time that it happened for sure, but I do not think you did anything wrong. In your current position I would probably mention it to the parents letting them know up front that you feel some embarrassment over what happened, but then again I know some parents that it would be best never to bring it up as they are very particular about their children. Either way, I do not think you did anything wrong and my wife and I would be very glad that you helped out.
Oct
15
comment How not to lose patience with toddler
I try to make myself think logically, which is very hard to do with a misbehaving child in front of me, and think about how getting mad could possible improve the situation. I have yet to come up with a single instance where my yelling or being harsh would improve the situation and end with a quiet well behaved child.
Oct
1
comment How do you get a primary schooler to continue doing chores when their friends don't have to?
I believe the PET book guides you to not put anything you read in the book in practice until you have finished reading the book. That is really important because the techniques and lessons in the book rely on information given later in the book. It should be taken as a whole and not chapter by chapter.
Sep
16
comment Installing car seat base…how tight is good enough?
I put my knees on the base with all of my weight then tighten the belt. When done the base feels like it is a solid part of the car. In my Honda Element the back seats recline making it really easy to recline the seat, install the base, then bring the seat back up locking it in place.
Aug
30
comment How do we discourage our infant from pulling hair?
My wife and I both have long hair and our only solution at that age was to keep our hair out of his reach. In fact at 2 years old that is still our most often used method, but he has gotten much better at listening to us when we tell him it hurts.
Aug
25
answered How do i stop my 2 year old son hitting and biting
Aug
17
comment 2 year old wont sleep
I am sorry that I do not have an answer for you, but I am very curious about your question as some friends have had similar experiences. Did you previously co-sleep with your child? Did he previously sleep in a room with someone else? Have you recently moved him to a "grown-up bed" from a crib?
Aug
15
answered Will a Play Yard provide the same comfort and back support to the baby as a Crib?
Aug
6
comment Is it ok for my baby to sleep in his swing?
We used a Graco swing a lot like this one and on some rough nights where Eli would not sleep in the crib we were able to get him to fall asleep in the swing. It saved our sanity a number of times. Ours had a choice of music, ocean waves, and a very creepy heart beat sound, he like each one of them at one time or another.
Aug
6
comment What to do when the pinky is the only way to soothe a newborn?
We did not follow the "happiest baby" method exactly, but we did attend a class where it was taught. The swaddling and shushing worked well for us until a certain age. So did firm patting on the back while rocking. I feel like we have lucked out in that our child was not really fond of pacifiers.
Jul
31
comment How long should I wait before I permit my children to have access to caffeine?
I can attest to the addictiveness of caffeine, before my son was born I only drank caffeine once or twice a year when I really needed to stay awake, but now I drink it every day and it has lost most of its effectiveness and I need it just to feel normal in the morning. Also when I don't have it I get headaches and tend to be cranky. I hope to kick the addiction soon and hope to keep my child as caffeine free as he is willing to be.
Jul
20
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