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bio website infosecfrog.blogspot.com
location Scotland, United Kingdom
age 43
visits member for 3 years, 5 months
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Father of three sporty, outdoors'y kids aged 7, 12 and 13


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comment Young teenager with body odor
Angie - this doesn't answer the question at all. Please re-read the tour pages for guidance on how to post here.
Aug
25
comment How are pregnancy ultrasounds administered?
Some UK hospitals offer the 3D ultrasound images in addition to the traditional 2D ones. In Scotland, I think it is only the private hospitals that do this, but I know of a couple of NHS hospitals in England that have the facilities.
Aug
22
comment What is a fair way to punish a sibling who unintentionally erases another's Saved Game?
Of course it is just a game! No one is hurt. And it's an accident. Punishment would not be appropriate. Chris has the right approach - a bit of chat, get the other child to apologise and move on!
Aug
22
comment Writing from the bottom up
Calvin - I head up a technology division in a multinational company, and have done the same for global consultancies. And I have to tell you your viewpoint is at odds with...pretty much everyone. Happy to chat about it in Parenting Chat but focusing on technology at the expense of core skills will make you much less employable. Technology is important, but only as enabler - supporting skills you already have. I certainly would not employ someone who had illegible handwriting, unless there was an extraordinary reason to do so.
Aug
13
comment The toddler isn't bothered with the bland food. Should I be bothered?
My first line is almost rhetorical, and leads on to the rest of my answer. And while I know olfaction develops, all papers agree that at first the only responses appear to be positive towards sweet, and negative towards bitter. The rest develops over time.
Aug
12
comment The toddler isn't bothered with the bland food. Should I be bothered?
Ida and Greg - I have incorporated your refs into the post. Thanks.
Aug
12
comment The toddler isn't bothered with the bland food. Should I be bothered?
@5un5 - please don't make such dramatic changes to a post without good reason.
Jul
28
comment planning babies in a quick succession?
A couple of extra points: our eldest two are 2 years apart, so are very competitive, which has stood them in good stead in lots of sports; we then had a 4 year gap to our 3rd, so childcare with 3 was much easier than if we had had her closer, as our eldest helps out by making lunches for school, looking after the other two, and now a few years along, walks them both home from school.
Jul
16
comment How to get my son to sleep earlier
Yep - sounds perfect. Many parents would be jealous :-)
Jun
19
comment Should I stop my mother in law visiting when she doesn't respect me as the father figure?
I would have to disagree with your first sentence here. You absolutely do not need to let her visit. If my MIL acted like this she would no longer be welcome in our home.
Jun
17
comment How to protect my children from cyber-bullying
I have updated to take into account comments and to clarify. Thanks DA01
Jun
17
comment How to protect my children from cyber-bullying
I agree in most cases, however in the specific instance of bullying online where bullies may be outwith any possible action, you don't have many options. And in my example it was definitely the right option in so many ways.
Jun
17
comment Dealing with a devoted mom about moving out
matthew - I would suggest deleting everything except your last two sentences. The rest is background that isn't necessary for the question.
Jun
16
comment When should kids get a cellphone?
You can live quite happily now without a mobile phone. It may be a desirable item, but it isn't essential. It's almost a luxury item.
Jun
11
comment What are the factors for deciding at what age to give a child cell phone?
I think this question is sufficiently covered by the answers on the question Erica linked to.
Jun
11
comment What should I consider when choosing a bicycle for a 5-6 year old child?
I really like the completeness of dave's answer, but my personal take on it is that for that age child, I just want a free hand-me-down bike. While they are growing, there is no point paying for a high quality bike, or one customised to their size - just get whatever you can, and when they grow out of it, pass it on to another child.
Jun
5
comment Are there any concrete citations for the range of expected costs of raising a child?
Also, there are a lot of extra factors, eg: 2 kids is less than twice as expensive as 1, but a third one is much more expensive - due to most services and facilities assuming a 2+2 family.
Jun
5
comment How should I teach my son to play video games?
Little Big Planet 1 and 2 here as well. My two eldest kids love to compete against each other to get the most baubles etc, and my youngest likes the self-build aspect
May
23
comment When can I introduce different music?
I agree 100% with Beofett! Mine also had everything from birth: from Metallica to Mendelsson, Beethoven to Brant Bjork etc - there is absolutely no reason not to (possibly excluding songs with swearing). My eldest is not almost 14 and loves all music (from Jazz to thrash metal, classical, baroque - you name it) and loves coming to music festivals with me and meeting not only his heroes, but mine as well.
May
14
comment How to encourage the baby to learn to crawl?
Two of mine did the crawling backwards thing! One didn't crawl at all, but sat until the day she decided to pull up to a walk.