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Mar
21
comment What's the most efficient way to dress a toddler?
@ChristopherW The two biggest negative effects I've found in that regard are 1) the safety of the phone and 2) "can I watch videos?" all day. But honestly, if it wasn't videos on a smart phone, it would be Dora on the TV, or riding a bike outside. Kids always want to do the things they aren't presently/can't presently do, whether there's electronics involved or not.
Mar
21
comment What's the most efficient way to dress a toddler?
One does not simply put a shirt over a toddlers head with "no freaking out" no matter how perfect your scrunching. The moment you put the shirt a few inches above my daughter's head, she starts defensively shaking her head to avoid the upcoming event which is apparently somewhere between alien medical exams and waterboarding.
Mar
10
comment How to get a child to stop pretending to choke on foods he doesn't want to eat?
@balancedmama Perhaps this is appropriate of a different question, but at what age is it better to attempt a Heimlich than it is to, oh I don't know the name, but to flip them upside down and give firm thrusts to the back? We were advised to do that to our little one (very little, almost 2 and not even 20 pounds) because she has a problem swallowing, and I'm wondering at what size would we do a Heimlich...
Feb
25
comment How to deal with the child who is embrassed to see her parent in her school because the parent can't speak English?
@Dave while that may be true (it's the most effective form of advertising) those insecurities usually reflect a de-facto stage of society. I don't know much about India, but I know in the US, girls over a certain weight are rarely considered popular in school. So ads that appeal to that insecurity are effective, but the insecurity only exists because of the real life application. (I should point out I'm not in any way defending the notion that that's how we should be judging people, just stating observations of what occurs.)
Jan
17
comment How do I make sure kids don't run on the stairs?
True enough, Joe. But, this time next year, 6 and 7 year olds (and, if experience is any clue, 7 and 8, and 8 and 9 year olds) will still be easily riled up for any and every reason they can find.
Jan
17
comment How can i make sure my kids are not annoying?
+1 for stressing consistency. There is no single attribute children respond more to than consistency. Whether the behavior is positive or negative, being consistent with application of that behavior amplifies the effect more than isolated instances. As a side note, I wouldn't recommend going to sleep in any room full of strangers (which is what a plane is) with your kids around anyway. =]
Jan
16
comment How do I make sure kids don't run on the stairs?
I have to disagree with this. Even before our kids could talk, they learned "no". I always found it easier (after the first hour or so) to stop them from crawling down the hall than it was to block off the hall.
Jul
3
comment Is an expensive stroller worth it?
I'm a pretty stingy guy, always watching prices like a hawk. So when my wife wanted to get a City Select, which retails for roughly $1200 fully loaded, for only $700, I about blew a gasket. But after using it, compared to what we had before, I wouldn't give it up for anything. I'd pay full price for another if it ever broke. This might be the accepted answer because it's the answer the OP was looking for to begin with, but the City Select was worth every penny. (It also has excellent after market resale value: we will get what we paid for it when we sell it in two or three years, easily.)
Jul
3
comment How do parents have sex when there's a toddler in the house?
Or in my case, five minutes or so. :'-(
Nov
9
comment Why are parents so concerned about profanity around their children?
I just saw a clip on Conan last night: a guest tried to get him to say "Vagina" and he refused for most of the interview. A little while later, he said it in a very dramatic and exaggerated way. A parent had a video camera out, taping a child (about 2ish) watching the show. The child spent the next 30 seconds saying "Vagina! Vagina!" the same way. Now granted, this isn't the same sort of word as a f-bomb, but the principle exists for any word.
Nov
9
comment Should we worry about my toddler accidentally banging his head against the sides of the crib?
About SIDS specifically: By definition, nothing causes SIDS. If you know the cause, it isn't be SIDS. According to the American SIDS Institute, SIDS is the sudden death of an infant under one year of age which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation If it was explainable (for instance, you can say this bumper caused it by smothering) it would not be SIDS. That warning essentially says "A higher than normal rate of unexplained deaths occured with babies using this product". They're legally required to do so, but in reality it only ends up scaring parents.
Oct
10
comment Introducing a newborn to my 2 yr old
I will add that. We did make a specific effort to do that too. That includes mommy-girl time, daddy-girl time, and mommy-daddy-girl time (grandma and grandpa helped a lot for this last one!)
Oct
9
comment Why are parents so concerned about profanity around their children?
Ironically, I swear more now that I'm a father than I ever did before I had kids... What? I never used to have people pulling my chest hair for giggles!!
Oct
9
comment Toddler always get close to the TV, might it point on bad eye sight?
If you were to decide to not get her eyes checked specifically because of this, when would her next regular eye check be, and when was her last one?
Oct
9
comment Carbon Monoxide
@Brian - the fact that the word local was used in your comment indicates that instead of including a location, the question should be closed as too localized.
Oct
9
comment Carbon Monoxide
@Dave Not so much as a parent, but as a big fan of having enough oxygen to breath, I rather like CO detectors. As a parent, I hope to pass on my love of oxygen to my daughters, like how my father passed down the love of classic rock to me.
Aug
28
comment How do we stop our child screeching?
My daughter (20 months) never screeched at all until my niece (7 months) started. She 'learned' it from the younger one and now does it basically whenever she doesn't get what she wants. My wife and I thought we had dodged a bullet, but it turned out to be a boomerang :)
Dec
22
comment I don't like my child's teacher's teaching style
Not that I want to expose your second grader to all the harsh realities of the real world, but not everything we are asked/told to do makes sense to us, and often times it really does have no practical purpose. And yet, we have to do it because someone in authority over us has instructed us to do it. Sometimes we are lucky to have bosses who listen to reason, and are able to explain their motives, but I find that to be the exception. Doing useless things is an important lesson in authority. Not that I recommend doing useless things for the sake of it, but learning to 'accept it' is important.
Dec
7
comment Our infant cries with anyone else if we're not in the room as well
I would question the usefulness of step 2's first part. While I agree that using conversation with infants is important, I doubt they're really going to understand you when you say I'm going to the next room. I was also wondering if you had a citation on the 'no such thing as over-cuddling'?
Nov
17
comment What credentials are available to identify a babysitter as trustworthy?
I'm not sure I follow your logic in the third paragraph. Your first and second sentences seem to contradict each other. I'd expect composing a letter would take at least as long as the face-to-face conversation. Where I'm from, a written letter of recommendation is one of the highest forms of praise you can give someone for almost anything, short of a recognized award. I would assume this is mostly because it's recorded, not just a conversation which can be denied. I would think someone willing to go on record with "I trust this person with my child" would make a BIG statement.