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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
awarded  Yearling
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).
Feb
15
answered What are some effective strategies that I can take to get my first grade child in the highest quality teacher's classroom?
Feb
3
answered Should we use special detergent/washing powder for the laundry of baby clothes? (UK)
Jan
26
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
23
comment Should we put our baby in a helmet to mold her head?
A friend of ours has a daughter with a noticeable flat spot on the back of her head. Even with longish hair, it can be seen. If you have a simply fix, then I think it's worth fixing.
Jan
23
answered What are some good games, books (or any suggestions) to teach my 10 year old more patience and persistence?
Jan
17
comment How do you investigate what's going on in the pre-kindergarten classroom?
Both me and my wife would do occasional stints helping out at kindergarten. Our daughter loved it and we got a better idea of what they are doing. I'm not sure what the situation is in your country, but in Australia the extra help was welcomed.
Jan
2
comment Email and social media for pre-teens
@Konerak - It would be a very trusting person who does not monitor a 9 year old after giving them unfettered access to the internet and exposure via email and a blog. Would a 9 year old understand cyber-bullying, scams, spam about "russian wives", "internet friends" trying to get personal details from them, email viruses, etc?
Dec
29
comment Should I stop teaching my toddler a second language if his exposure to it will be limited?
@Lennart - I am not a native speaker of the second language, only my wife is. We speak 90% in English at home, the remaining 10% was enough to teach our children a second language.
Dec
28
comment Email and social media for pre-teens
@DAO1 - Start a conversation broaching the subject without saying "we say in your log..." If the subject matter was severe (abortion or STD clinics, for example) I think we would have to be up front about it. That conversation is never going to be easy. If she was looking up porn, it might be a sign that we need to have a sex ed chat so she knows not everyone is a porn star. If she if looking up "my little pony" then we'd just have to throw her out of the house.
Dec
28
answered Email and social media for pre-teens