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Oct
2
comment What's a good choice for a baby's first sign in sign language?
Hey, terrific counterpoint! I might go with this - it'd certainly simplify things.
Sep
27
comment What's a good choice for a baby's first sign in sign language?
Just to explain my deliberation so far: "Food" is specifically called out as being a relatively difficult sign for a baby; "Mother" and "Father" are difficult to demonstrate if only one of them is present; "more" is a really useful concept, but I'm afraid I'd have difficulty "teaching" it since I can't physically point to "more." I might be overthinking this, but if there's a good recommendation that'd be terrific :D
Aug
28
comment 8-month old terrified of new caretakers
All the answers I've received are terrific and very helpful. Selecting this one for the full package of encouragement, concrete advice, and thoroughness.
Aug
27
comment 8-month old terrified of new caretakers
This is very comforting and encouraging to hear. Thank you!
Aug
26
comment 8-month old terrified of new caretakers
If there's any helpful points that I can clarify, just ask. :)
Dec
4
comment No BM control; what does this mean for training?
@balancedmama: Thanks! She'll sometimes she'll say something like "I want to be changed!". (Once or twice it's been "I don't want to be changed!") But often, nothing at all (at her daycare, she often doesn't tell when she poops). She doesn't squat or do much of anything different when she poos; I can hardly ever tell "during", only after. (OTOH, she will often give advance warnings of her own volition. They're just... not very precise... or maybe she warns because she feels, then doesn't make on the potty, then makes when she's more comfortable.)
Jul
15
comment Do I need to space big changes? How much?
Sounds reasonable. How far in advance can a 2-year-old look forward to? Should I be telling her now about something happening in two weeks? In a month? I don't want to confuse or frustrate her.
Feb
28
comment Handling a toddler at a hotel/hostel
@TorbenGundtofte-Bruun: Perform, no, but when she latches on to a song she's overjoyed to complete the last word of every line... And that's performance enough to keep everybody cooing :D
Feb
28
comment Handling a toddler at a hotel/hostel
Wow! Great to have such on-target advice. I appreciate this muchly. I particularly like the idea of turning "playing with my daughter" into a family event (not "my responsibility" or "foist this responsibility on family member X"). BTW, it's Passover's second holiday+Shabbat. Fun-fun-fun!
Feb
28
comment Handling a toddler at a hotel/hostel
As for self-imposed restrictions... the two restrictions that bother me most is "being near sleeping baby == being in same room as sleeping baby" and "public dining room is a bad place for a toddler to run around". I don't think those two are self-imposed.
Feb
28
comment Handling a toddler at a hotel/hostel
Yeah, definitely stressed out :/ I'm willing to have others babysit for limited periods of time, I'm... less comfortable with coming on the assumption that babysitting is a job to be distributed across the whole vacation and the whole family. But that feels surmountable.
Feb
28
comment Handling a toddler at a hotel/hostel
It's a bit smaller than that... say a dozen people. One other kid, a one-year-old. I can definitely enlist others in the family for babysitting duty, and have her babysat round-robin throughout. That'd definitely help the meals; I might even be able to find volunteers for the naptimes...I'm basically wondering if this isn't too much of a hassle, for me and everybody else. But this is definitely a good way to lighten the load.
Feb
27
comment Handling a toddler at a hotel/hostel
Thanks for this! Quick question responses - (A) At home this is not necessary - because my daughter is in a separate room. She doesn't wake up at minor disturbances, but she won't sleep if adults are active around her. (B) Neat idea! Problematic for me on the holiday - and I don't know that I'm comfortable leaving a toddler in a locked room with only a monitor. But... intriguing. (C) Many religious rules are meant to make your life needlessly harder! I love 'em anyway.
Jun
15
comment At what age is it appropriate to bring my children to an (Italian) opera?
Do Gilbert and Sullivan operettas count? I got into those very heavily, but not until I was in my late teens. Don't think I'd have appreciated it as much earlier. (OTOH, my little sister has been following my enthusiasm since she was 8...)
Jun
15
comment How can I encourage my baby's first words while keeping up a bilingual distinction?
My daughter's still on her very, very first words, so trying to encourage her to say a second word when she's barely saying the first is probably not going to happen quite yet :) But I really like what you've said here - just mixing the encouragement and "yay!"-ness with the language distinction. Thanks :)
Apr
3
comment What can be done to help bright children stuck in a boring school?
"A school for a child like him, is about learning the hard way in life unfortunately." Strong, STRONG disagree. It might be true that school will accomplish that. But that's certainly not what school is, or should be about. If that's what a parent thinks their child is going to get out of school, I think they should have a long think over whether those specific goals are really worth 12 years of boredom and frustration. I agree with your basic message that you've got to cope with what you've got, but the implication that such a situation is ideal or even OK is distasteful to me.
Mar
30
comment Have there been long-term studies on the effects of separating twins at school?
No, I meant - the situation you describe, of "class wars" so fierce that having a brother in the opposing class is a real problem, sounds uncommon.
Mar
30
comment Have there been long-term studies on the effects of separating twins at school?
That sounds like a somewhat uncommon situation to me... though I could be wrong; it certainly sounds like others have underestimated this before me! I don't think I'd take away that "you shouldn't separate unless there's a good reason to;" rather I'd take away that if you are considering separating twins for class you should make sure they have the time and closeness they need together in other formats.
Mar
29
comment How do you handle bilingual education in a country where you do not speak the language natively?
I've actually heard that children learn a language well even if one parent speaks the language exclusively to the child. That becomes "Mommy's language", in a way. But then it's important not to mix - "Mommy's language" should stay consistent. I don't have specific sources to point to on this, but I've heard it from a few different places.
Mar
29
comment At what age should a child be introduced to the Television?
Heh :D Let me rephrase, then: I assume from the question that the OP intends to let their kids watch TV at some point, and is wondering when. So "ideally never" is a perfectly valid opinion, but doesn't seem helpful in regards to the question and its intentions.