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Apr
9
comment I've taken all of my 13 year old daughter's possessions, and she's still disrespectful
@user75702 - You ask "What is my next step?" and then state that you have spanked your daughter recently. I would say that I am allowed to offer my opinion about spanking. Going by the comments you've left and the original question, you have a very definite view of parenting and discipline. I'm just not sure what you expected to hear.
Apr
7
comment Sun Bathing to get Vitamin D for infants
Keep in mind that there are significant differences between individuals. I'm a pasty red head, my wife is mediterranean. My vitamin D levels are fine whereas hers a very low and she has to take supplements. Our son (who's a lot darker than me) is also lacking in vitamin D. Blood tests are simple and (in Australia) free - so it might be worth getting a baseline test done if you are concerned (liver function, sugar levels, vitamin D, iron, etc...)
Apr
6
comment visual stimulation videos for infants
research = hypothesis + test. Opinion = Opinion. A peer-reviewed test done by a reputable and independent organisation trumps opinion. In this case, the research showed these videos impair cognitive development.
Feb
10
comment Should I stop my infant from sucking his thumb?
I would not encourage thumb sucking as it can cause dental issues; plus it can be very hard to break the habit. We transitioned our baby to a dummy so that we could break the habit when she was older (18 months) - this worked well for us.
Jan
30
comment Why do some parents have a favorite (or least favorite) child? How can this be avoided?
+1 for recognising that children are people. As such, you may well just like one more than the other. I have heard several friends sayings "I love my child but I don't always like them."
Jan
23
comment Car seats at the front
Ignoring the safety issues, you should check local laws. In Australia, it is not legal to have a child seat in the front seat unless you have no rear seats (eg: ute or van).
Jan
21
comment Suggestions for a 5 year old who can't sit still in her chair?
@MaryJoFinch - that may be addressing the symptoms rather than the cause. If the child needs sensory input, it may be better to provide it before they sit for the meal rather than during the meal or forcing them to sit still. It sounds like the kid is not in school yet so it important to work out a regime that works on an ongoing basis. That being said, very little information has been provided.
Jan
21
comment Suggestions for a 5 year old who can't sit still in her chair?
@leora - Updated.
Jan
5
comment How long is it okay for a baby to remain on just breastfeed?
From memory, a baby is born with about 6 months of iron supply in their blood. After that, they need solid food to add iron to their diet, hence the iron fortified baby food. Breast milk is not enough.
Dec
23
comment Helping my Whirling Dervish to slow down
Do you think the ADHD kids who could concentrate were correctly diagnosed with ADHD? I'm neither an expert or a zealot in this, just raising the question. The developmental pediatrician we saw was willing to diagnose our lad with ADHD based upon 10 minutes of him playing in the corner while we chatted.
Nov
26
comment Introducing Shakespeare
My daughter was interested in Shakespeare but found the language too hard to read so I bought a copy of "Tales from Shakespeare", written by Charles and Mary Lamb in 1807. This makes the stories a lot easier to follow by taking out a lot of the arcane language. I didn't really work for her since she moved on to Percy Jackson before the book arrived.
Nov
13
comment How can I keep my newborn baby warm during nappy change?
Change him quicker. 30 seconds at 21C wont hurt the baby.
Jun
17
comment Do false alarms on Angel Care monitor mean sleep apnea?
It is also worth noting that our daughter slept through when the alarm did occasionally go off. The new models have a split sensor so should be less prone to false alarms. For us, it was totally worth the cost difference between a normal monitor and the Angel Care.
Jun
17
comment Do false alarms on Angel Care monitor mean sleep apnea?
Our Pediatrician said the same thing about these products after we said we had one. One the the big benefits for us (for our new child) is that we did not feel the need to check on her every hour and actually got some sleep. That alone made it worth while. The number of false alarms was minimal (once every few weeks).
May
24
comment My pre-schooler does not listen to anything I say or do!
I agree with this. Taking medication is a feedback loop. If reducing the dosage makes his behaviour worse then he is not ready to go without it.
Mar
18
comment Should we cut our infant's hair?
FYI: We faced the opposite issue - our daughter had very fine hair and we were told if we shave it, it will grow back thicker. Lots of old wives' tales flying back and forth. In the end, we let it be and it naturally got thicker.
Mar
6
comment Should adults pay rent if they live in their parents' home?
Paying board, doing chores and helping with the running of a household is (IMHO) part of growing up and part of a child's education. You are not doing them any favours by mollycoddling them into their twenties (thirties, forties - when does it stop?).
Mar
4
comment At what age should I explain to my kids that we don't believe in God?
Our children are being raised as Muslims in a historically Christian country (Australia). Children start getting bombarded with Christmas (religious and santa) from the age of 4. It becomes an issue quite early on. I agree that atheism should be framed as a belief system in any such discussions if only to make it easier to explain that different people believe different things.
Feb
27
comment Why is my child always tired?
@Doug - Not really possible to do the earlier bed time - we both work fulltime. It's not a bad idea to try and get a bit more sleep into him, though.
Jan
6
comment When do kids start learning fractions in school?
@euroman - manipulating fractions is pretty much mandatory in algebra. Plus there are many real-world cases where fractions are just easier (unless you have a calculator on hand).