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Father of a wild but brilliant 4 year old boy, with twins on the way in August.


Apr
4
comment Are netbooks appropriate for school age children?
Assuming US, typically 10-11 years old.
Mar
31
comment When should kids be allowed to walk/bike to school alone?
Upvote for making a point of the odds. I can't speak for the whole world, but most places are far safer now than they were 20 years ago, and I bet most of us enjoyed a lot more independence in those days than many kids get these days.
Mar
31
comment What is a good strategy for getting our 5 year old to finish dinner before expecting dessert?
Bingo. Dessert for my kid is the same as dessert for me - a special occasion item. And in those special occasions, you can afford to be more lax - as long as they make a reasonable attempt to eat some food, they get a bit of birthday cake - for instance. You let them get enjoyment out of treats while encouraging generally healthier eating.
Mar
31
comment When should kids be allowed to walk/bike to school alone?
Good list. I especially like the role reversal idea from the public transit question.
Mar
30
comment When can I cover my baby with a blanket in her crib?
Very true that they wake in a panic occasionally anyway. All the more reason to fix avoidable causes. :) @BrianH - I hope I didn't imply you weren't concerned with safety - just meant there may be more to it. I agree that if entanglement isn't a problem for your child, a light blanket should be safe at a year of age.
Mar
30
comment When should I transition a 2 year old toddler from the cot to a bed?
We were considering switching because our boy was getting to the point where he touched both ends of the crib when he stretched. While we were still thinking about it, he hit his head scaling the side of the crib one morning. Time to upgrade.
Mar
30
comment When can I cover my baby with a blanket in her crib?
This is a great point, but the questioner may be concerned with more than safety. The concern that we had with our little guy was more of the nuisance factor. For awhile he refused to be covered, and would work hard in his sleep to get out of blankets. This usually resulted in him getting tangled to the point that he would wake in a panic.
Mar
30
comment Is my 7-year-old child sleeping too much?
Suggested edit to make the age more clear - I read twice and almost commented that the age would be helpful in answering the question. Maybe my eyes weren't working too well, but I think it would be clearer in the subject line.
Mar
30
comment When can I cover my baby with a blanket in her crib?
Those look like fancy versions of the type of outfits we discovered a bit late in the game for our child, who was getting out of swaddling before he could even produce any (other) sort of coordinated movement. We jokingly called them baby bags, and I wish we'd discovered them much earlier. Here's another example - amazon.com/Summer-Infant-Slumbersack-Longsleeve-Microfleece/dp/…
Mar
30
comment What factors should you consider when deciding how much to pay a babysitter?
True, and I should break out the "perks" consideration into the list at the end to make it more clear. Thanks.
Mar
30
comment What can be done to help bright children stuck in a boring school?
I'll add the upvote for @torbengb. I still believe there is something to be said for some alternative teaching methods for gifted children, but the answer given above is very practical and realistic advice for handling this challenge.
Mar
30
comment Should adults pay rent if they live in their parents' home?
I really like that second idea, and I'd hope anyone who had the financial freedom (and none of the other extenuating circumstances you suggest) to do so would consider that technique. Even if the adult child was studying, etc it may be worth asking a monthly "payment" properly proportional to their income to set aside in aid of becoming independent later. Just to help establish some financial responsibility while they are leaning on family for support.
Mar
30
comment At what age should I expect my daughter to talk?
Right, and I would only use those suggestions as very approximate guidelines. I've heard many stories like Andra's of children not speaking at all for years, then jumping right into full sentences.
Mar
30
comment How do you decide if a movie is suitable for young children?
@David - Certainly a good start, if you know someone who has kids of a similar age / personality. I think there's a valid point, though, that the ultimate source of knowledge on what is appropriate for you and your child lies with you.
Mar
30
comment What are some suggestions for punishing a child?
The only item I'd add is that (in our experience) removal of possessions temporarily is more effective than removal of privileges. It has a more immediate and measurable impact, at least with our child. And there are times the privileges (Nick Jr / Disney.com computer time is the big one for us) is a perk for the parents as much as the kid. :)
Mar
29
comment At what age should I expect my daughter to talk?
I completely overlooked the "baby talk" angle, and I'm glad you mentioned it. Making some entertaining sounds at your infant for their amusement is one thing, but when you speak to them, do it as you would an adult - otherwise they have no example of good speech to learn from.
Mar
29
comment How do I get my 6-month-old to sleep better at night?
I agree with dropping a nap and moving up the bed time - 10pm is just too late outside "special occasions" at that age. But do you have some information to backup the "they are not hungry at that age" statement?
Mar
29
comment Have there been long-term studies on the effects of separating twins at school?
I can't imagine a study that could give a better answer than this. It really is the sort of thing that will depend on the kids.