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I have spent the past 8 years working at a small ISP, where I manage E-mail, DNS, Web, and Voip servers for a couple thousand clients.


May
31
asked What do we do if our children don't like the nanny?
May
31
comment Is an expensive stroller worth it?
By the way, rose bushes and other thorny plants puncture tires as well. :) I still think pneumatic tires are better though, because of their lower rolling resistance and comfort for the child.
May
31
answered Is an expensive stroller worth it?
May
31
comment Can I use a stroller for my infant in Chicago's public transportation?
+1 for non-localized information that is likewise spot-on.
May
31
comment Is nipple confusion a real thing?
Oh yes, we had a very similar experience with our first son. He didn't actually take to breastfeeding until he was 4 months old, and that was only because my wife was exceptionally determined. She pumped for the whole time, feeding him with a bottle. It was absolute hell (imagine having to do this for the third time in the wee hours of the morning).
May
19
awarded  Critic
May
19
comment What is the best way to respond if my child is picked on by other children?
-1 because I've experienced this advice first-hand. It makes the problem worse, not better. Avoiding the situation entirely just leaves the bullied kid more isolated, and gives the bully what they want: power through intimidation. It becomes a game for the bully to then see just how much of the weaker kid's life they can cut off, by showing up at "situations" that the weaker kid will again try to "avoid".
May
19
comment What is the best way to respond if my child is picked on by other children?
@DR01: I have personal experience with what you say. I would even venture that most bullies over the age of say, 7 are of the sort that take pleasure in hurting other people. At that point, it's time for the weaker kids to start asking questions like "what the hell is wrong with you?" Because the bullies are seriously damaged goods.
May
19
comment What is the best way to respond if my child is picked on by other children?
+1 for healthy friendships. For two reasons: it makes them less vulnerable (bullies pick on the kids that are both defenceless and don't have any or sufficient friends to back them up), and if it comes down to it, they can dispense some playground justice.
May
19
comment How do I reduce the time my child spends playing computer games?
"achievements that can be had - swimming badges, cycling records." Please tell me how this translates into anything more meaningful in the real world than a high score on a video game, or a Starcraft championship trophy? I personally didn't even learn to swim until I was 33. Swimming is fun and all, but besides ensuring that one doesn't drown in the unlikely event that one will find themselves about to drown, it doesn't really have a lot of use in modern society, unless you make your living on a boat. Cycling has even less real purpose, and it's something I like a lot.
May
19
answered How do I reduce the time my child spends playing computer games?
May
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awarded  Commentator
May
19
comment How does one formally educate a gifted child without wrecking childhood?
Oh yes, this. I was a somewhat gifted child and I felt held back by school, but there was also an "enrichment" program in Elementary school that I was part of. I eventually got bored of that too (after two, maybe three years), because while it allowed me to study stuff I wanted to study, it was all about making book reports. I also gave it up because it took time away from my favourite class: creative writing.
May
19
comment How do you moderate a teenager's obsessive or excessive behavior?
+1. Oh yes, please watch "October Sky" for historical reference to teenagers who "spend too much time" on "useless hobbies".
May
18
comment How do you know if you're ready to be a parent?
@torbengb: That causes regular screaming and throwing things too, doesn't it?
May
18
answered When is it safe to start letting our children go into relationships?
May
18
answered How do you know if you're ready to be a parent?
May
18
comment How can I stop my two year old from taking off his diaper in bed?
Actually, it sounds like he's trying to tell his parents something - namely, that his diaper needs to be changed. Forcing the kid to wear the diaper anyway isn't cool, don'tchathink?
May
18
answered At what age should a child be introduced to the Television?
May
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awarded  Teacher