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bio website cabbey.smugmug.com
location Rochester, MN
age 39
visits member for 3 years, 7 months
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Husband and father of one (and only one if I have any say about it) darling little boy (born late summer 2007)


Sep
7
answered How can I help my pre-schooler be more confident and assertive when other children are taking toys away from her?
Sep
7
answered Looking for a daily/weekly chart that awards a child's behavior and Chore completion
Sep
2
awarded  Analytical
Sep
1
comment Where is the line on helping with homework?
+1 for not writing on their paper, that makes a pretty clear line. I used to use a small lap sized white board to work out problems on. Often due to it's small size (relative to the big markers for it) we would erase the first part of it to make room to finish the problems.
Sep
1
comment Where is the line on helping with homework?
When I was tutoring math one of the key things I did was to not use the problems in the book to demonstrate the concepts. Pretty much the same as your dad... show them the concepts, not how to do the problems in the homework.
Aug
31
comment How should a toddler be encouraged to walk (if at all)?
I encourage tipping the laundry basket upside down if the top edge is smooth, as this tends to be more stable (wider at the top that's now on the bottom) and less likely for a little one to push down on the edge just right to flip the basket up on end and fall into it. (been there... the bump on his forehead only lasted a day.)
Aug
26
awarded  Convention
Aug
25
comment How can I get my primary-schooler to remember to turn off the light?
I envy you. I'd like to figure out how to keep mine from turning it off when I'm still in the room working. :)
Aug
25
comment What techniques can keep a reluctant pre-schooler on a morning schedule?
+1 for the carrot. Our son had his first taste of having to be ready for the bus this summer. With an 8am pickup time he had to be out of bed way earlier than he was used to. The idea of being able to sit on the stoop and blow bubbles while waiting for the bus made a huge difference in his mood.
Aug
8
answered What to do when toddler keeps using the potty to stay awake at bedtime?
Aug
5
comment How do we teach our toddler that it's okay to go on the potty?
+1 for the modeling, that was a great success for us. (though I'm not sure I'd go with the "sitting on dad's lap" idea myself.) We did it by bringing in his kid sized potty to the bathroom, and whenever we took him in to go (every couple hours, if he said he had to or not) then we'd sit on the big potty and he'd sit on the little potty.
Aug
5
answered How do we teach our toddler that it's okay to go on the potty?
Aug
3
asked Are there any games or activities to help a child increase their spatial awareness?
Aug
2
comment How should I deal with my toddler's difficult behavior towards food?
@repecmps because they're two very different answers.
Jul
24
awarded  Good Answer
Jul
18
comment Do you use number of weeks or day of the month to determine an infant's birthday?
Possibly because you were off by a day: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/February_24 and more importantly: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_calendar Mind you, back then they added an entire 13th month, that day just came and went periodically.
Jul
18
comment Why does my child eat so slowly?
I would vote this up, except for that last line. :(
Jul
18
comment What size schoolbag is good for a first-grader?
Added benefit of a rolling backpack (trolley as you call 'em over there) is that once a kid is used to that they know how to handle a rolling suitcase in an airport. Our pre-K little one is so used to dealing with his at pre-school that he almost dealt with a much larger bag the whole way the last time we flew to grandma's. Kept him occupied and one less bag for me to fight with. Win-Win.
Jul
18
comment Do you use number of weeks or day of the month to determine an infant's birthday?
+1 date-nerdery for knowing the 25th is the leap day.
Jul
18
answered Do you use number of weeks or day of the month to determine an infant's birthday?