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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.


Apr
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reviewed Reject suggested edit on When to pull loose teeth
Apr
12
comment How to change a one track mind?
@longneck, like wanting to go outside late at night or in bad weather, wanting to play with a toy that got thrown away because it broke, asking for a person who is busy or not there. That sort of thing.
Apr
12
comment When to pull loose teeth
@DrJ, my sister had some teeth come in through the side of the gum because the baby teeth didn't come out, but they never got loose enough to pull except by a dentist. If they're loose enough for a parent to pull, they're loose enough for the permanent teeth to push out naturally.
Apr
11
comment Painting around baby?
You're making my back hurt just talking about it :-)
Apr
11
asked Making isolation not feel like a punishment
Apr
10
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
9
asked How to change a one track mind?
Apr
9
answered Is it appropriate for parents to cry in front of their children?
Apr
9
reviewed Approve suggested edit on My 8 year old daughter was taught by her classmates how to use the middle finger. How do I get her to stop this behavior?
Apr
8
comment Pre-teen always sneaking junk food
@Ana, I posted it in my answer to the Easter peep question.
Apr
8
comment Pros and cons of C section (Cesarean) delivery?
Was your wife already well into labor? My understanding is those cause significantly more physical trauma.
Apr
8
answered Pre-teen always sneaking junk food
Apr
8
comment Pre-teen always sneaking junk food
Here's a good article that supports your hypothesis.
Apr
8
answered Pros and cons of C section (Cesarean) delivery?
Apr
5
comment At what month of pregnancy should the DHA intake be started?
I agree waiting beyond 18 weeks is unlikely to give better results, but a lot of other nutritional supplements have been proven to give better results when started earlier, even before becoming pregnant. I don't see anywhere questioning the safety of DHA, just the efficacy.
Apr
5
comment At what month of pregnancy should the DHA intake be started?
Those studies only compared starting at week 18 with not starting at all, in order to capture the "last half of the pregnancy." You can't really draw conclusions about the most beneficial timing from those results.
Apr
4
answered How often should the cloth diaper be changed and how to know when it is the time to change the diapers?
Apr
4
comment How often should the cloth diaper be changed and how to know when it is the time to change the diapers?
I could have sworn this was a duplicate, but it seems other questions focus on how long is safe to leave a wet diaper, not how to know when to check.
Apr
3
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
2
answered Strategies to reduce computer game interest