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bio website cabbey.smugmug.com
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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)


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comment When should a toddler get out of the oral fascination?
Very good thought, and one we considered as well but I forgot to mention. I'll update.
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comment When should a toddler get out of the oral fascination?
Good thought, I'll ask his speech teacher (he already has one). And yeah, the gum idea is horrifying. We've tried a couple of alternatives he was allowed to chew on... they weren't preferable apparently.
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May
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comment What are some ways to teach a child how to spit (after brushing their teeth)?
I've been working on this very issue with my son lately... the problem doesn't seem to be knowing how to spit the toothpaste out when he's done, so much as not swallowing it constantly during the process so that there is something left to spit out.
May
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comment Is starting a small fire a good way to the explain dangers of flammability?
+1 the BEST "don't play with matches" education I ever got in school was when we went on a field trip, ostensibly to a nearby zoo to see the baby owls, but it just happened the bus route went through a state forest that had been gutted by fire just a couple weeks prior. The bus driver slowed down so everyone could get a good look/smell, and one of the teachers gave a fire-and-brimstones lecture from the aisle. At the zoo, after seeing the owls, we also "got" to see the deer and bears that had been hurt by the fire.
May
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answered Should we freeze some breastmilk for later use even if there's no excess supply?
May
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comment How do I deal with a child that refuses to do a chore or task?
uh, yeah... you'll note I used the word "reward" right in the answer....
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answered What should I teach my teenager about condoms?
May
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comment How do I make sure I don't mix up identical twin newborns?
While that is true, it takes a while to learn to tell the differences. Until then, the dab of nail polish is a great idea.
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revised At what age should my child start schooling (formal education)?
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comment How should a stepfather respond to “You are not my Father!”?
Ignoring the above concerns, stooping to the boy's level is a poor choice, as the adults in the conversation we really should do better than that.
May
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comment How do I teach my child to speak in sentences?
@Jon If the sentence is too complex for them to actually parse and understand, then they're just parroting it... which is great for learning sounds, but doesn't help them form their own sentences. We've always tried to stay a bit ahead of what our son is capable of, give him stretch goals. (At the direction of his speech teacher.) And of course we don't always do it... probably only a few times a day when we're consciously working with him on it... so he still hears lots of normal speech.
May
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comment How to calm a toddler before bedtime?
We used that process successfully here, though the important part is to start with a short time before you go back, say 2 minutes, then each time you go back that night it's a minute longer. I don't think we ever got past 10 minutes unless there was a serious problem. These days our son is better about going to sleep, so I start at 10 minutes before I go back in the first time... rarely have to go back a second time.