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I'm a Software Developer with experience in (among other things) Java, Eclipse, Crystal Reports, Amazon-AWS (DynamoDB, SWF, S3, SQS, SNS), Javascript, SQL, Ruby/Rails, iOS/Objective-C.

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  • a parent of 3 young kids,
  • an avid NHL fan,
  • a Marvel comic nerd,
  • into music from Abba to ZZ Top (and everything in between), and
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    I also have super powers, but that's a secret.


    Dec
    16
    comment Does a child need to apologize and how should I react while it does not?
    I'm with you on everything here except for this part: "If he is in his room while you are eating and misses dinner, he goes hungry for the evening." - IMO, meals are one of those key things that should not be withheld as a punishment. Delayed until they are calm and ready to eat maybe, but never withheld entirely.
    Oct
    11
    comment Help With Sleep Training
    Could be related to temperature changes being away from your body heat. It seems pretty normal to me - our kids were similar at that age; just make sure they're warm and it'll help the transition away from being carried.
    Oct
    2
    comment why does my daughter wake up in pain clawing at herself?
    Have you talked to a doctor about this yet? Also, is this something that only happens at night and not at all during the day?
    Oct
    1
    comment Stuttering Suddenly
    "Two year-olds talk funny sometimes" - exactly this. Unless there are other signs or information that something may be wrong, this was my first thought.
    Oct
    1
    comment Stuttering Suddenly
    The child may also just be experimenting or playing around with speech patterns - our first child did this sort of thing around this age, where he picked up this sort speaking pattern from his peers because he thought it was neat.
    Sep
    26
    comment How do I get my 4yo to stop repeating himself all the time, and to respect a quiet time?
    I'm not sure it's anything other than a phase - our 5-yr-old does something similar regularly. Advice given to me was to keep being patient and consistent and it'll eventually get through.
    Sep
    21
    comment Too many variables at play — troubled “son”
    "we don't mind if you skip classes, but we'll mind if we know about it" - if he's a bright kid (which it sounds like), this might not be so bad. The way it's being done though (disrespecting the teachers by leaving in the middle of it without permission) sounds like more of an issue than skipping itself though.
    Sep
    16
    comment What home-safety aspects should new parents consider?
    Smoke detectors should be in any home, regardless of whether there are babies.
    Sep
    10
    comment what do labor contractions actually feel like?
    Very useful to differentiate between labour contractions and "practice" (Braxton-Hicks) contractions.
    Sep
    9
    comment Querying a Database for Baby Names within Popularity Range?
    Wow, Wolfram Alpha is amazing!
    Sep
    9
    comment How to introduce foods to my little girl?
    @DaveClarke - our daughter did the same, though after refusing (and us taking the food away since she didn't want it), she'd get even more upset because she didn't have the food anymore! I imagine her thought process as something like "So that's what 'No' means..."
    Sep
    9
    comment How should I deal with a child who intrudes on adult conversations?
    Love the examples!
    Sep
    9
    comment How can 7-year old defend himself when toddler is hitting?
    Absolutely: "If another's parenting style allows their child to hurt mine, then, as a matter of defending my child, I will step in immediately and stop any further damage."
    Sep
    9
    comment How can 7-year old defend himself when toddler is hitting?
    +1 "Her daughter doesn't like having her hand restrained? Does she think perhaps your son enjoys being hit?"
    Sep
    9
    comment How can 7-year old defend himself when toddler is hitting?
    I'm sorry, but I lost it when I got to "my friend isn't happy with this as she doesn't want people to touch her child". This is a ridiculous double standard (the toddler is allowed to hit, but your son isn't allowed to stop her?) Your son is absolutely, amazingly understanding and patient to have put up with this treatment from her and not lashed out.
    Sep
    9
    comment When should a toddler stop having problems with personal pronouns?
    Agree, it changes all the time. My now 5 yr old has decided he likes referring to himself in the 3rd person (like The Rock, even though he's never seen him)
    Mar
    5
    comment Why do kisses stop a child from hurting?
    On your downside (hurt butt/feet/etc)- we've handled that by kissing our hands, then "blowing" the kiss onto that area. (Edit - I see that's already covered in the answers below :))
    Feb
    20
    comment How to handle my baby boy urinating in bath?
    It might be cold at first before the water warms up - if it's a concern because of a young infant, you can always start the water first to warm it up...
    Feb
    20
    comment When do baby teeth start falling out?
    Sounds right to me; there's definitely a lot of variation - mine didn't start until 7, and I still had one left at 22.
    Jan
    1
    comment saving uneaten dinner for breakfast?
    It ends up being more of the second one - he'll decide playing is more important than eating whatever is for dinner, and he'd rather have dessert/snack later, or wait until breakfast (he usually has cereal) for something different. Part of our reasoning with putting the same food in front of him is to get better balance (not just breakfast cereal and PBJ sandwiches), and he can't just "skip" a meal to get something different later...