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We had many hours of training to be foster parents for a year, and were reimbursed our expenses by the county, so I jokingly say we were professional parents. We have witnessed the effects of very bad parenting first hand, and learned many different ways to reverse those effects, often with professional guidance.

We've parented a wide gamut of children. Some of our foster children were of a different ethnicity than us. Our oldest daughter has cerebral palsy, we adopted our son, and our youngest was a surprise baby after thinking we couldn't have children without fertility treatments.

After she was born our plate was too full to continue fostering, but we are grateful for the experience, and I hope to be able to pass on some of what we have learned on this site. In a few years when we have teens I expect you all to return the favor.

We recently started homeschooling our children, which should be a source of interesting questions.


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answered Typical frequency of discplinary issues for a kindergartener?
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answered My 1 year old chews for a second and then swallows it whole
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comment Destructive when unattended
Those ideas might work for naptime, but I'm not seeing it for night time.
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asked Destructive when unattended
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comment What safe ways are there to get a baby to sneeze?
I accidentally nicked the tip of my nose last week while shaving (I was still waking up, okay?), and used a styptic pencil to stop the bleeding, which stings like crazy. Made me sneeze around 6 times, big sneezes too. Oh wait, you said "safe." :-)
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revised Where does a child's intellectual curiosity come from?
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comment At what week will the doctor be able to determine my Baby's Sex
Considering my 6 year-old nephew was thought to be a girl until the actual birth, I'd say 40 weeks :-)
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answered Where does a child's intellectual curiosity come from?
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asked Writing from the bottom up
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answered How do you explain to a very sociable 5 year old about strangers?
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answered 2 yo sad when I leave for work in the mornings
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answered What is a fair way to punish a sibling who unintentionally erases another's Saved Game?
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accepted Helping a child independently make logical connections
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comment Helping a child independently make logical connections
That's a good idea, @Ida, and something we already do but could step up. He also favors repetition over exploration in creative play. See this previous question of mine where I asked about him building the same lego designs over and over.
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comment Helping a child independently make logical connections
We already do the education tailoring as much as possible. That's why we are homeschooling and why he is reading as well as he is. However, at some point he needs a minimal proficiency in this skill. I especially like the focus training idea. It will take time to learn, but it would be nice for him to have a "standard operating procedure" for those situations.
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answered How should I deal with a 3 year old storming off and sulking over minor incidents
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answered 2 year old not responding to simple commands