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May
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comment How to prepare children for impending death of a parent?
I think that this is a situation where the services of a good professional would be a great help, and it may be better to start finding someone who's a good fit for your family sooner rather than later.
Apr
10
answered Is it traumatic for a toddler to be left in their bedroom with the door shut?
Mar
30
awarded  Yearling
Mar
4
comment What factors encourage collaborative play in Nintendo DS games?
Good luck: DS gaming between my daughters (7 & 5) pretty quickly devolves into whininggetting mushrooms, or coins, or one knocking the other one down, and "she won't let me win" Not that they won't have fun, but they'll still find ways to fight about even purely co-op games.
Feb
29
comment Do we need an electronic breast pump?
Exactly. I always felt that there was something extra special about feeding compared to just holding them. Not that having them go to sleep in my arms wasn't awesome too. Just different.
Feb
28
comment Do we need an electronic breast pump?
Pumping also means that dad can feed baby and get extra special bonding time, and mommy can take a break once in a whole.
Feb
27
answered How can I stop repeating myself?
Feb
17
comment Ideas for dealing with a 16 month old toddler who likes to climb things?
Pictures from my toddler years show nearly every climbable surface blocked off with large cardboard panels (e.g. cut down from appliance boxes). My son is going through the same stage right now -- all we can do is offer safer places for climbing and watch like hawks. As long as he's not taking a header from the dining room table onto the hardwood floor, we're ok.
Feb
17
comment Ideas for dealing with a 16 month old toddler who likes to climb things?
+1 for mentioning that they're going to fall sometimes -- better that they do it while still flexy and low to the ground rather than later.
Feb
15
comment What are some effective strategies that I can take to get my first grade child in the highest quality teacher's classroom?
"Even the teachers do not know which grade they'll be teaching next year." That just sounds incredibly bizarre to me.
Feb
13
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Feb
10
comment How to stop my 8 year old from crying every time she's frustrated?
It may not be major to you, but there might be some change that she considers a big deal.
Jan
31
accepted At what age or developmental milestones is it safe to leave children unattended?
Jan
25
comment At what age or developmental milestones is it safe to leave children unattended?
Sure there's a middle ground, but I'm trying to find the beginning. The "grocery store" was just an example -- any number of scenarios could be concocted where a child might want (or need) to be left alone for a bit and we (as parents) would find it permissible. But it's not just about physical age: What will you look for in your own daughter to determine that maybe she can start being left at home alone?
Jan
25
revised At what age or developmental milestones is it safe to leave children unattended?
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Jan
25
comment At what age or developmental milestones is it safe to leave children unattended?
I'm not talking about letting her be a latch key kid (I was one too, but never had the same feelings about my parents that you did) I'm talking about shorter trips like "I need a few things from the grocery store to finish dinner. Want to come? No, okay -- I'll be back in 10 or 15 minutes." It's a first step towards independence -- I don't want her first time home alone to be when she's 15 and she has to take care of her siblings for several hours while my wife and I go have a date night or something.
Jan
25
comment At what age or developmental milestones is it safe to leave children unattended?
@TonyMeyer: Thanks for that. The whole idea is for the spans of time to be reasonable, though I'm sure the exact definition of that word will differ from person to person.
Jan
24
asked At what age or developmental milestones is it safe to leave children unattended?
Jan
16
comment How can I stop my toddler from playing with electrical outlets and plugs?
My youngest is going through a fascination with outlets (at 12 months!), has already managed to get zapped, and still likes to play with them.
Jan
6
answered Using a visual device to indicate good/bad behavior status for toddlers