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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
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Feb
10
comment How to stop my 8 year old to cry 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
Jan
6
comment How do you address a 5 year old that has problems accepting corrections?
+1 -- Having her see others make mistakes and recover from them is important, particularly people that she looks up to as being "smarter than her."
Jan
6
revised Is this considered child abuse
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Jan
3
comment How do you control the quantity of sweets and junk food a pre-teen eats?
@BBM: Hopefully, by the time they're of an age where they've got their own pocket money and the opportunity to spend it apart from you, they'll have learned healthy habits. That's getting into other aspects of parenting (e.g. "teen rebellion") that this question isn't really targeted at. The same thing goes for the teeth cleaning comment, as long as they've learned good oral hygiene habits, they should do a decent enough job of keeping their teeth clean, but is dependent on their luck with oral health. Some people simply need to take better care of their teeth than others.
Jan
2
comment How do you control the quantity of sweets and junk food a pre-teen eats?
I think that buying in bulk is only good if you have the self control to moderate consumption. It doesn't matter if you're buying steaks, bread, or ice cream. I know for me if it's in my house I'll probably eat it, whatever it is.
Dec
25
answered How do I discipline my 4 year old for not playing with schoolmates?
Dec
25
revised How do I discipline my 4 year old for not playing with schoolmates?
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Dec
22
comment Is TV harmful to my infant's development?
Most of the junk on TV leaves me feeling dumber after watching it -- I shudder to think about what it would do to my kids. :-P