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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.


May
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answered Should I declare my baby when booking a hotel?
May
24
answered What are some ways to teach a child how to spit (after brushing their teeth)?
May
24
comment How do you moderate a teenager's obsessive or excessive behavior?
Agreed, you have to consider the activity and what it is you are trying to promote. Sometimes the younger the child the more it will affect them, positively, as they get older. Only you know when something is being abused and how, just tell your children you set strict guidelines and that is it.
May
23
comment How do we teach a pre-schooler about money and shopping?
I'd agree with this but unless kids understand that the allowance does not go as far as they'd like, such as buying that toy or game they want, it's just money that they get. They have to understand that things cost money as well, that is the harder lesson to teach.
May
23
comment Is starting a small fire a good way to the explain dangers of flammability?
Yeah, same here but unfortunately our kitchen is limited in space and we have some really good childproof locks installed. Plus the kitchen is gated so we have multiple layers of security.
May
23
answered Is starting a small fire a good way to the explain dangers of flammability?
May
23
answered How do I explain regional differences in language?
May
21
comment What should I teach my teenager about condoms?
Good point on pockets, I hadn't thought about carrying them with you...too used to having them at home I guess.
May
20
answered Is this excess phlegm and throat clearing a sign of lactose intolerance?
May
20
comment What should I teach my teenager about condoms?
+1 Great point about "it's obvious he doesn't care about you, only about getting laid"...so many times that is glossed over.
May
20
comment When should my child transition from tricycle to a bicycle?
I'm looking at doing this with my next one by taking off the pedals from my older one's bike. I don't need to buy another bike just for one, if I knew about these early on I'd have bought one long ago they look really effective.
May
20
answered What should I teach my teenager about condoms?
May
18
comment What are the (dis)advantages of putting a child in a nursery or pre-school even when one parent is at home?
It's one point madge and off the topic of the question, I just found it less than helpful for the answer or a comment as to how a vast majority of children are there. Same as the kid warehousing, I'm sure they exist but I saw many day cares that were not like that. I think you are mostly overgeneralizing.
May
18
comment What are the pros and cons of a chicken-pox party vs immunization?
I was vaccinated as a kid but got it later on, through school, never did go to a chicken-pox party and only heard about them later. It was an inconvenience but not much more, although it was a very itchy week...I'd say see what happens and don't knowingly expose your kids to something they might get by chance on their own. Some diseases can be avoided and I take that view in my own life.
May
18
comment What are the (dis)advantages of putting a child in a nursery or pre-school even when one parent is at home?
Madge usually I respect your opinions, but this one seems to be more from a bad experience you had, its one answer of yours I disagree with. Few of your points I find self-evident but then everyone has bad experiences. I have never seen ay cares funded only from welfare programs, although I don't run in those circles I don't think they are representative.
May
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answered What are the (dis)advantages of putting a child in a nursery or pre-school even when one parent is at home?
May
17
comment Wha should I feed my kids for breakfast?
This seems like the other one Ross posted about eating Bacon everyday...these could be combined...
May
17
comment Is bribing children with cash incentives a good idea?
good question but like many I avoid the bribery for things the kids should be doing anyway, I think it sets a bad example
May
17
comment Anything wrong with eggs and bacon everyday for my kids' breakfast?
Agreed +1! I thought the same thing when I saw bacon everyday, I love it but that's too much for my waist-line1
May
17
answered What are some good tea party snacks for toddlers?