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I am a parent of two boys who are 5 years apart, they get along well and play as well as kids can with that age gap. They are half-Chinese and are growing up learning English and Chinese, reading, writing and speaking for both languages. What I want to get out of this site are more ideas on raising my boys, giving them more opportunities for learning and growth as well as more ideas on how to educate them and get them to try new things.


Sep
6
comment Can you effectively influence the behavior of a 6 month old?
This would be my tactic, I've found that my kids respond to actions that I respond to, if I find it funny or act in an approving manner I will more than likely see that behavior again. If I ignore it, then it lessens the chance of that behavior repeating. Raspberries during eating are minor, you'll have larger items coming once mobility arrives.
Sep
5
answered How does having a second child change your life?
Sep
2
comment Should I monitor my child's internet usage?
I like the decreasing supervision, as to logging I don't see a problem with that. You can always just review the sites they are going to, not the individual pages - so you at least know where they are going.
Sep
2
comment Should I monitor my child's internet usage?
It's easy for us, we have two computers that my son could use. One is basically the main home machine, that I mainly use but its downstairs in the "office" and no one is allowed there unsupervised. Second computer is my wife's laptop that she uses a lot - we allow it to be used since it's generally in the room we are in so there is supervision. I don't see this changing for a long while.
Sep
1
revised How do I help my son with fine motor skills?
Fixing some wording I did not like...
Sep
1
comment How do I help my son with fine motor skills?
Yeah, my son does the same thing sometimes. Either it's "nothing happened" or he finds it too hard, so I just try a different line of questioning. Good luck with it though.
Sep
1
comment What size schoolbag is good for a first-grader?
Agreed, my wife buys stuff one size too big expecting our son to grow into it.
Sep
1
answered How do I help my son with fine motor skills?
Aug
31
comment How can I help my pre-schooler to relax and fall asleep?
I've had the same problem, and sort of still do, many times I cannot fall asleep without imagining something. Although now I am far better at it than I used to be, what got it working for me was imagining myself falling and that usually did it.
Aug
30
answered Where is the line on helping with homework?
Aug
29
comment Is it ever okay to tell a kid you disagree with their parents?
Agreed, you don't need to drive a wedge between yourself and the parents. Plus, just because your opinion is opposite the parents it doesn't mean you have to let the kid think you disagree, it's just everyone has different opinions. A good way to introduce diversity of ideas to kids.
Aug
26
comment What techniques can keep a reluctant pre-schooler on a morning schedule?
+1 for not rushing and the boob tube...loved that expression growing up
Aug
25
comment How can I get my primary-schooler to remember to turn off the light?
I've had hit and miss with rewards, my oldest doesn't really get the concept even when we make a big deal of it. I'm hoping my younger does better.
Aug
25
revised How can I get my primary-schooler to remember to turn off the light?
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Aug
25
comment How can I get my primary-schooler to remember to turn off the light?
At what point? Well, it depends on when he gets it. Generally we have no issues, and with the lights I have few issues...occasionally he leaves a light on and I ask him to turn it off. Which he will do. Getting him to clean his room, or do homework, without oversight on the other hand....
Aug
25
comment At what age should I enroll my child in dental and vision plans?
You might want to check when your plans actually cover children, some have restrictions and this may definitely influence your decision.
Aug
25
comment How can I get my primary-schooler to remember to turn off the light?
Hardly, negative reinforcement is not the only way to handle things. He isn't "trained" in any respect but he will assert himself, if I ask him normally, in a nice manner, to turn off the light he does it. You've read way too much into my response.
Aug
25
comment Are there things to watch out for after a tongue-tie operation?
Good suggestions, thanks. Considering the exercises I think my son would love to do that kind of thing, he loves to make noises with his mouth. Sometimes for fun, sometimes to annoy.
Aug
25
answered How can I get my primary-schooler to remember to turn off the light?
Aug
24
comment Are there things to watch out for after a tongue-tie operation?
Good point, we haven't thought about that and have basically been trying to get his diction better - for a 6 year old anyway. Which has worked well since he is learning English and Chinese so he get some good language exercise. Do you have any recommendations for good exercises?