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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)


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
24
answered Should we freeze some breastmilk for later use even if there's no excess supply?
May
21
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....
May
21
answered How do I deal with a child that refuses to do a chore or task?
May
21
revised How do I deal with a child that refuses to do a chore or task?
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May
21
answered What should I teach my teenager about condoms?
May
20
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.
May
16
revised At what age should my child start schooling (formal education)?
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May
16
revised My child has chickenpox, am I infectious?
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May
16
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
14
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
14
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.
May
14
revised What are some good strategies for preventing Diaper Rash?
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May
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comment What are some good strategies for preventing Diaper Rash?
+1 for the diaper free time.
May
14
comment What are some good strategies for preventing Diaper Rash?
The usefulness of this might depend on what type of diaper you use. We noticed that with some disposables our son got rash any time he was in a wet diaper for more than a few minutes, so a layer of ointment (we used Butt Paste) was a necessity if there was a chance that we wouldn't be able to change him immediately when he got wet. Cloth diapers were similar, but not as bad. Other brands of diapers didn't exhibit this same tendency.
May
14
answered How many growth spurts does a child usually go through?
May
13
reviewed Approve What should I expect regarding development of baby born severely underweight with Symmetrical IUGR?
May
12
comment How do I prepare my home for the arrival of my premature baby?
@Rhea: Prime applies everywhere, Mom seems to only apply to a handful of categories.
May
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revised What are the most important features to look for in a baby monitor?
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May
11
answered How do I teach my child to speak in sentences?