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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
Dec
14
comment Childcare and illnesses in winter
+1: There's no reason to keep your kid out of school for a runny nose or a mild cough, even if it persists. Chances are it may not be so much "persisting" as it is a "new, different bug on top of the one she already had".
Dec
12
comment How accurate are the “Suggested Age Ranges” of toys?
The required interaction is for the kid to constantly feed the balls back into the popper. If they're easily amused, it can keep your kids occupied for far longer than anyone would have rationally thought possible. It's even better when a few kids are racing to be first to get the balls. :-)
Dec
12
answered How do we ensure that our toddler is getting proper nutrition now that he is eating more solid foods?
Dec
12
comment How accurate are the “Suggested Age Ranges” of toys?
I have a vague feeling that the upper end of the range caters to kids who would be developmentally behind their peers. Like your ball popper example: The only time I see any kids much over 24 months playing with one is in the company of even younger children.
Dec
9
comment When upgrading our toddler from a cot to a bed, how do we keep him in his bed?
Glad to hear that it worked for you.
Dec
9
answered How to deal with a bedwetting teenager?