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May
13
comment Should we circumcise our son?
In America its more normal to be circumcised, I am but did not do it to either of my sons as I would rather something like that be their choice. Though who knows if they will decide.
May
13
comment What are some good strategies for preventing Diaper Rash?
My wife noticed this with certain brands of Pampers, good call!
May
12
comment When is it safe to start letting our children go into relationships?
Can you define what you mean by relationships and the age range? Maturity level really matters in this.
May
11
comment What are some good strategies for preventing Diaper Rash?
Thanks torbeng! I thought I might have the option later...
May
11
comment What age-appropriate sports allow the whole family to participate?
+1 for the Martial Arts, I started my son a year ago and while he is ok with it I know it will take some time with him. When we see older kids and the teens do some exhibitions he is excited about it and I just tell him if he practices he'll be able to do that sometime.
May
10
comment At what age should a child stop accompanying a parent into the “wrong” public toilet?
+1 with the comfort level, especially the child. If they are not going to want to do it then don't force them.
May
8
comment What is the reason for covering infants during transport?
Same here, my wife was very strict on keeping wind off the kids until they were 1 year old. I think its a chinese thing...
May
8
comment How worried should I be about head bumps as my infant learns to get around?
One thing in addition to what torbeng says is to watch your reactions, sometimes our kids will hit themselves and not be sure of what happened, if we look worried they will cry. So we don't give them cues unless it looks like a really hard bump, don't worry after awhile you'll know, then we go up and hold them and check. Otherwise if its a light one we will laugh at it and the kids will go on. They are pretty resilient, mine have taken some spills I was sure would have resulted in serious injuries only to see them get up and run around more.
May
6
comment How do you wash a toddler's hands in a public restroom?
This is exactly what I have done, although if you have balance issues I would not recommend it. wink
May
5
comment How can I brush my toddlers' teeth when he won't let me?
We do this, but we have my son brush in front of the wall mirror, he likes to see himself while he brushes and its less work for us to hold the mirror. sometimes I even engage in a contest to see who brushes the best, and we do it together.
May
4
comment How and when should I teach my children how to swim?
We did the same thing, there tend to be more and more baby/toddler-swim classes that you can sign up for, we had great success with those.
May
4
comment How can I get my son to stay in bed at bedtime?
+1 for "snuggling" it's how we kept our son in bed when he started doing the same thing.
May
4
comment How can you deal with tantrums without spanking?
+1 for ignore/reward - I have found that to be the best strategy
May
4
comment How can I explain why it is important to make new friends?
It's hard to know what the cause for this is, although taking the central point of the question I'm not sure you can make someone be social, that just sort of backfires. Either kids will want to play and be with others or they will play alone and be happy.
May
2
comment How do you explain terrorist extremism to children?
I get into these explainations with my son now and again usually it's "are those the bad guys? how do you know?"...which I think is good for a 5 year old. I just keep it short, subjects like terrorism are a subjective and deep question that are hard to fully explain. I'd just try and be general and lead them onto something else until they get older and can grasp political complexities.
May
1
comment At what age is a child able to brush his or her teeth unaided?
+1 for the Timer, we use a Sand-Minute Glass we got from our Dentist, my son knows to turn it over when he starts and when its finished he is done. We also help out at the end for hard to get places, as long as he knows he is ok with it.
May
1
comment Is it healthy for toddlers to play outside when it is cold?
My wife is Chinese and believes this to be true, in some instances this is a cultural thing. I just avoid the situations for marital harmony.
Apr
30
comment Is a cold with a very congested nose dangerous for an infant?
Symptoms like this suggest allergy not really a cold, if there are dark circles under the eyes you've got yet another allergy sign. As Lennart says, check with your pediatrician. If you are worried about sleep we used to put out kids in the crib slightly elevated so their head was inclined so their nose would not stuff up as much.
Apr
29
comment What should children call a step-grandparent?
I guess it comes down to whether your kids feel this way and what they want to call Mr. Joe, after all its going to come down to what they want. Talk to them, see how it goes and respect their decision.
Apr
29
comment What should children call a step-grandparent?
As it is most kids might have 2 grampa's, what's 3?