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Aug
29
answered How can a Single Father prevent his child from becoming addicted to video games?
Aug
21
comment Will treats after a fall promote self-inflicted injuries?
We did this with our daughter. If she fell, we'd just say "dust off and keep going." Worked well until we worked out she thought that she should never cry, even when she fractured her arm. Later she face planted on bitumen surface, badly scratching her face but still did not allow herself to cry for half and hour. After that, we had to balance things out a bit.
Aug
16
comment Are prenatal ultrasounds safe?
Cool. Be wary of the wisdom on the masses though. Google "vaccinations cause autism" to get an idea of its value.
Aug
16
comment Are prenatal ultrasounds safe?
Your best bet would be to post this on the skeptics web site. There, you will get reasoned and cited discussion of the claim. Here, you are likely to just get parents' opinions.
Jul
30
comment What are some tips for making an international flight with a toddler?
@Dave Clarke - All drugs have side-effects (panadol also makes my son hyper), that kinda the point of drugs. Whether something is an effect or side-effect depends entirely upon intent. A parent has to balance risk verses benefit for every medication they offer. Obviously, we spoke to our GP first so I feel our decision was reasonable. jon_darkstar seemed happy to offer valium, not something I'd be happy with. Each to their own.
Jul
30
comment What are some tips for making an international flight with a toddler?
@Dave Clarke - You are aware that Phenergan is an antihistamine, not crack? It has been certified for use with children and babies. I have no problem giving a child's dosage of a child's medication to a child if it helps the child sleep - something that children need. Guess what, I also give my children baby panadol when they have a temperature!
Jul
13
answered How do I stop my 3yr old from wetting the bed at night?
Jul
11
comment I don't like my child's teacher's teaching style
@balanced mama - few teachers are trained in dealing with kids in the extreme upper and lower parts of the bell curve. If a kid is in the top 1% then the teacher is likely to deal a with child like that once every 4 years. In the case of our child, she is in the top .1% for reading so most teachers will never deal with a child like that. On the other hand, we deal with her every day and have a good grasp of her strengths and weaknesses. She can get a A while slacking off, an issue we are dealing with (in conjunction with her teacher) at the moment.
Jun
18
answered How do you respond to minor injuries?
May
31
comment Is my pediatrician missing something about my 3 month old's gas pain?
A friend's baby had horrible colic and would scream for hours. Though a process of elimination, they worked out that if the mother had pine-nuts then the child would be up all night screaming. Note the child, now a teenager, was not allergic to pine-nuts. Sometimes it does not take much to set them off.
May
30
answered How can I encourage my 5-year-old to learn to swim?
May
21
answered 12 month old doesn't understand what we say
May
15
comment Is it safe for a baby to suck on bath toys?
My son's bath toys squirt water which means that they accumulate evil-looking black mold. I would rate this as potentially dangerous.
May
15
answered How to test whether my toddler is allergic to detergent?
Apr
6
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Mar
26
comment What do we do when timeouts are not effective?
@mmr - sometimes we got into a punishment fixation with our daughter rather than fixing the underlying issue. Hopefully we are not screwing up our son to the same extent.
Mar
26
answered What do we do when timeouts are not effective?
Mar
13
comment Is there any harm to letting an infant's hair grow long?
We also did not cut our son's hair until 3ish. We're not Jewish, my wife just didn't want to cut it. Now he has a boy's haircut, boring but easier to keep clean and bug free.
Feb
22
answered How to decide between two childcare institutions?
Feb
15
comment What are some effective strategies that I can take to get my first grade child in the highest quality teacher's classroom?
@afrazier - Yep, but I spoke to one of the teachers and that is what she told me. Could be because they do not know how many classes per year they'll need (many kids enter the private system in grade 5).