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Dec
3
comment How can I make learning English fun for a 14 year old?
@ChristineGordon - IMHO, less so. Audio books tend to be read at the rate of a native speaker. When learning a language, it is handy to be able to stop and examine each word, possible out of order. If you don't understand a sentence, you can examine each word and guess the ones you don't know given the greater context. This is something you can not really do with an audio book.
Dec
2
answered Is it harmful to a child's social development to tell them “don't talk to strangers”?
Nov
8
answered Finding Great Books at the Right Level
Oct
29
answered What should parent do when their child is dropping more hair?
Oct
1
answered What does it mean to “say a few words”?
Sep
30
answered Should I expose them to cartoons of the past?
Sep
29
answered Signs a child is “over scheduled”?
Sep
4
comment Can a baby have an allergic reaction in utero?
@vignesh - The point of my post was that there is not much of a scientific consensus on allergies and new things are being still discovered. At the point of time, I would be hesitant to put to much stock in anyone claiming to speak for the scientific community.
Sep
3
answered Can a baby have an allergic reaction in utero?
Aug
29
comment Typical frequency of discplinary issues for a kindergartener?
As a matter of interest, have you looked at his diet? We had to sugar restrict our daughter at a similar age due to its effects on her behaviour.
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.