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bio website twitter.com/#!/nGinius
location Ottawa, Canada
age 41
visits member for 3 years, 4 months
seen Mar 28 '13 at 16:48

Training developer, teacher, mom, currently experimenting with gamifying instruction and learning via social media.


Nov
12
comment What can be done to help bright children stuck in a boring school?
Stuck = only one school in the community, no other options within walking distance
Nov
7
comment To medicate or not to medicate?
Tried Montessori (class of 9 with 2 teachers) - wonderful teachers, still a trial. Tried the medicine - pressure from Dr. for higher dose, sticking with just enough to make a difference, feels like kid+!
Jul
8
comment How do you feed a picky eater?
+1 for smaller plate and proportionate eating
Jun
25
comment What can be done when a child cuts his or her hair?
-1 Removing scissors from the house is not a logical consequence. Scissors can be found almost anywhere - school, friends houses.
Jan
18
comment Why is my baby suddenly screaming in the bath?
If you are showing with your baby, if they are wearing a shirt, they aren't as slippery.
Jan
17
comment What to do when parents disagree regarding their parenting
+1 for staying calm and teaching kids conflict resolution
Jan
17
comment How do you investigate what's going on in the pre-kindergarten classroom?
Thanks! My touch mouse is a bit sensitive. :)
Jan
17
comment How do you investigate what's going on in the pre-kindergarten classroom?
Depends on the school. In the public system, most teachers welcomed the help. In the Montessori schools we have been involved in (3), they asked for volunteers for very specific things, usually just field trips, not in the classroom. They did, however, have scheduled classroom visitations. They also had much lower student/teacher ratios (8:1, 11:2).
Jan
15
comment How do we get an eight month old back to sleeping in his crib?
+1 for portable playpen doubling as a crib when traveling. This made bedtime at relatives so much easier.
Dec
16
comment How do you teach a child to receive gifts graciously?
+1 Fantastic idea! Brilliant! Wish I could +10 it! Accepted because the article answers the question by giving a fun, concrete method to teach children how to be gracious.
Dec
7
comment To medicate or not to medicate?
@DA01 I'm referring to the stigma that there is something wrong with a child on medication. I don't like the label either. It's seems like a way to stereotype the children.
Dec
7
comment To medicate or not to medicate?
Do you ever give them a break from the medication?
Dec
4
comment scientific parenting book for newborns thru pre-school
An anonymous user suggested: "Try What's Going on in There? : How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life by Lise Eliot Written by a neurobiologist and mother. Doesn't address all of those questions specifically however is a facinating read and is well referenced".
Dec
3
comment To medicate or not to medicate?
Thanks! Edited. Our family doctor looked at him for 5 mins and said he was not ADHD, but referred us to a child psychiatrist because we insisted. After testing and diagnosis, the C.Psych encouraged medication in order to prevent social maladjustment, which isn't happening. Now, I'm starting to be concerned about academic progress, but I don't want to give my child drugs. The teachers and the doctors might say there is no stigma associated with this, but there is. I'm looking for non-medical opinions on how other people decided.
Nov
23
comment What is the right age to put the toddler to (pre-)school?
+1 for it depends on the child
Nov
18
comment How do you respond to a teenager who has started to smoke?
-1 This doesn't work with adults.
Nov
17
comment How can I teach my child not to be greedy?
I would suggest that you rephrase your question to something like "how do I teach my child not to be greedy". It seems like your concern is commercialism.
Nov
12
comment Are Ballet or Swimming lessons more suitable for our girl?
I make my children finish the year of whatever they have started or reach the SMART goal they have set for themselves whichever makes sense. It's a challenge knowing how long to make them persevere since if they love something, they will stick with it through that growing period when it's difficult. No, I would not let her change her mind mid year.
Nov
8
comment How young is too young to take a child overseas?
Sometimes you don't have to buy a seat if there is one vacant. Ask. If you have the car seat with you, but can't use it because there are no vacancies, the seat gets "sky checked". It is better to be prepared than not.
Nov
5
comment How Should I React to an Indecisive Toddler?
Is it a problem to give him both cups?