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May
29
comment How to handle my baby boy urinating in bath?
I'll reiterate my point - you should always make sure the water is an ok temperature for your child. Always. Whether you're running the water with your child in the bath, or putting your child in afterwards. The unfortunate fact that some people fail to do this doesn't make this method of giving a bath inherently more dangerous than filling it up beforehand - if you fail to make sure the water is an ok temperature, you risk injuring your child.
May
29
comment How to handle my baby boy urinating in bath?
@DanBeale - common sense safety advice (like making sure the bathwater is appropriate temperature, never leaving your infant alone in the bath, etc) should ALWAYS apply. Nowhere in my answer did I advocate against this. Also, none of the other answers specifically call out "don't forget to make sure the bath won't scald your child" either, but it doesn't make them dangerous answers because of it.
Feb
25
comment How to stop my preschooler from constantly running away
any thoughts on how to have immediate consequences with the climbing the fence? The only "immediate" thing I can think of is bringing her back inside and making her sit in her timeout corner.
Feb
25
comment How to stop my preschooler from constantly running away
The urge is stronger than the consequences - this is well said. I need to find a way of either reducing the urge or coming up with consequences she actually cares about. On the other part - she's much more interested in playing in the dirt by herself than any actual structured play. She's still at the age where hide-and-seek involves lots of direction from adults on how to play, and she treats it like peek-a-boo where half the fun is popping out of your hiding place to surprise someone.
Feb
25
comment How to stop my preschooler from constantly running away
The punishment may be too far removed time-wise - while the actual repercussions may be further away, she is told what the punishment is immediately (when we catch her). Holding the hand of a screaming chlid won't be fun for either of you - quite right :) This has been our default punishment for a while (several months), and we branched out to try other things when it seemed to not have any effect. Maybe this is still the best option and it just takes longer for it to sink in...
Feb
25
comment How to stop my preschooler from constantly running away
I have concerns with her ability to follow rules in general; these particular rules being broken lead to concerns about her safety (and our sanity)
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?"