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I am a former classroom teacher that has had experience in the preschool, elementary and highschool settings but mostly taught in middle school in the United States. My favorite teaching years were the three I spent teaching science in a specialized setting for twice-exceptional kids in Middle School Science and Highschool biology. I am now a home educator for my 7-year-old daughter and nanny part time. I have a book I am working on publishing and a children's book.


Mar
8
comment At what age should a child's self-involvement begin to decrease?
I know some adults that are still completely self-absorbed.
Mar
6
comment How do you differentiate between allowing the child to disagree with you and letting her get her way?
@Chrys - it's true, but I find it usually works well to say to such a child, can you find a way to think about what you want and what so and so wants? Also, I've helped my own child learn how to do that with others too - of course it doesn't always work, but the reality for those kids, is other kids won't enjoy hanging out with them - when my daughter doesn't want to continue to have some one over (because of a child sticking stubbornly to such an attitude) I don't force it.
Mar
3
comment How do we encourage musical aptitude in a two-year old?
While the duplicate is a slightly more specific question, the answers seem to address your question in general. Please take a look and if you disagree with the idea that the other question is the same as yours, please edit this question to more specifically guide the answers in what you are looking for and make the difference clear.
Mar
3
comment What should one do when their teen thinks smoking e-cigarettes is cool and safe?
So funny, I used to tell my eighth grade health class about how extra cilia grows on the tongue at the back of the mouth if you smoke (regular cigarettes) long enough. "Who wants to kiss a hairy mouth?" had what is probably a fairly similar effect. I'd love references, because that would mean I could pass the info along to his mom quite easily.
Mar
1
comment Baby always rolling over and ending up sleeping on his stomach, is it dangerous?
@Henry, deaths that can be attributed to suffocation because of toys and etc. Are not pronounced as death by SIDS, but as deaths by suffocation (due to being too close to something that makes it difficult to get enough oxygen) - either way it is a danger for kids that is significantly reduced once the child can role.
Feb
28
comment How can I help my 2 year old better love his dog?
So true! At two they barely notice other humans (that aren't the ones that are immediate family) even their play is parallel and not really play that involves others strongly (usually). A two year old just isn't developmentally ready yet to do anything more than enjoy seeing a dog play or something some of the time.
Feb
28
comment 10 month old won't nap
Good to know! I'm glad you guys got it figured out!!
Feb
28
comment What safety gate can I use at the top of my stairs?
Have you thought about putting a gate in the doorway of the playroom instead? (Assuming it has one) You don't need to close the door to such a room and there are tons of gates that will work nicely in a doorway that would not work well on the staircase. Or, perhaps a conversion to a dutch door if you are willing to go to the expense and trouble.
Feb
28
comment What is the best approach to cut the hair of an infant/toddler?
Just a head's up, Ihad my daughter's done professionally at first, but after three horrendous haircuts, I realized, the professionals don't know how to deal with a moving child any better - even if tehy are better with scissors. It was easier for me to do the cuts for a while because I could talk and distract her through it in ways the profs near us couldn't (without paying an arm and a leg at a "children's salon") Once she moved less we went back to the professionals again. Point is, ask even the professionals how often they do children's cuts before giving them carte blanche.
Feb
28
comment What is the best approach to cut the hair of an infant/toddler?
Just a thought about the loudness - perhaps some earbuds with trickling water playing (not so loud as to drown out the vacuum sound but just to muffle it with something more pleasant) would help - even just earplugs would probably help some.
Feb
28
comment Don't touch my hair!
what I meant to do was to help you improve your answer. SE is probably different than other fora you are used to and the expectations for clarity and support for answers slightly higher. Your answer is okay, but you may get more votes if you elaborated a little. Check out How to Write a Good Answer for more information. It would be helpful if the elaboration were edited into your answer rather than added as a comment as well.
Feb
27
comment When will we know if our child is left- or right-handed?
Actually, there is a lot of training for certified elementary teachers in matters such as these and the "teacher's editions" of handwriting books point out the different paper positions etc now-a-days, so it shouldn't be due to lack of knowledge on the part of a teacher (I say shouldn't, not can't be - there are plenty of people that don't stay up-to-date, pay attention much etc. etc.) Pre-shchool teachers or teachers that do not need certification for one reason or another still should have the resources available to know better at this point.
Feb
27
comment Adopt before giving birth, or give birth before adopting?
@Chrys The limit to one kid per family is not true in the US (unless specific to an individual state). In the states I know about, the issue is not "fairness" it is about safety and privacy. The states want each kid to have a room to him/herself which can limit things to one child/family. Exceptions to this are made for biological siblings being able to share a room. I know of a number of families that had the means and space to adopt more than one at different times and now have huge families with a rainbow of skin colors, variety of features AND all the typical family diversity.
Feb
27
comment What are some ways to teach a child how to spit (after brushing their teeth)?
are you assuming the child will naturally spit because it is salty water? What if the child swallows it?
Feb
27
comment How to help a child not copy her older sibling's behavior
Maybe over-time she'd try a different tact? Especially if, on the days she does answer correctly you made a really big deal out of it! "Wow, you must have really been paying attention! What a smart and good decision! Learning feels so good to me. Does it to you? I'm so proud of your choices. . . "
Feb
26
comment How to help a child not copy her older sibling's behavior
Ask her first - every time.
Feb
26
comment Strawberry flavor yogurt melts for a 6 month old?
Apparently I only just barely beat you to the punch :-)
Feb
26
comment Why are parents so concerned about not letting the babies sleep with them?
If you'd like to discuss this further we should probably take the matter to chat as comments are not conducive to longer discussion such as this is becoming.
Feb
26
comment Why are parents so concerned about not letting the babies sleep with them?
Also, perhaps, "overlay" was done by fathers or other guardians or something. I didn't say it never happens, just that it has proven to not be an issue with sober mothers and that with fathers it seems to be less of a concern than once thought.
Feb
26
comment Why are parents so concerned about not letting the babies sleep with them?
Thanks @Dariusz - I don't know the details, just what I read in couple of studies done sometime in the last 10-15 years, but longer ago than seven years. One study just went back through the archives looking for actual cases of - what I guess was referred to as "overlay" where this was the actual cause of death and the other studied "sober" mothers and found they would not roll onto something sleeping in the bed with them. Perhaps the incidents reported, or the reason for the term was mistaken or perhaps those mothers were not sober at the time.