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Mar
31
comment How can I stop my toddler from playing with electrical outlets and plugs?
"Get power bars which are too complicated for children to operate[.]" That sounds like a recipe for the kid getting the device into a state from which the parents can't figure out how to recover! :-)
Mar
30
comment We're looking to get pregnant - what can we do to optimize our chances?
Lots of good information here. One thing to keep in mind though: have fun! If sex feels like a chore, you're doing it wrong. If you're doing everything right and still having trouble getting pregnant, don't feel bad about getting you both checked out for any possible problems.
Mar
30
answered How strict should we be with our 14 month old boy?
Mar
30
comment When can I cover my baby with a blanket in her crib?
Tossing this up as a comment since it's not really an answer: I didn't realize that it was an issue. My 4.5 mo son has been sleeping with a blanket pretty much since birth without problems. In fact, he loves cuddling up with it now.
Mar
30
answered How can I teach my child to be careful about carrying potentially dangerous objects?
Mar
30
answered Which breeds of dog are safe to have around a toddler?
Mar
30
comment How old should a child be before getting their first cell phone?
I didn't need it often either, but if it was "walk home from school in the pouring rain" or "use the pay phone and see if mom can come get me," I made sure I had a quarter!
Mar
30
answered When should a child stop using a pacifier, and how can I help with this transition?
Mar
30
comment How can you communicate with a child that refuses to talk?
I'm not sure that's a wise maneuver for an autistic child.
Mar
30
comment How old should a child be before getting their first cell phone?
We also grew up with the wide availability of pay phones, so we didn't need cell phones like we do today.
Mar
30
answered How do you control the quantity of sweets and junk food a pre-teen eats?
Mar
30
comment How do you control the quantity of sweets and junk food a pre-teen eats?
Darn it, you beat me to the "you can't eat it if it's not there!" comment. :-)
Mar
30
answered Should adults pay rent if they live in their parents' home?
Mar
30
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Mar
30
comment What to buy to prepare for the arrival of a new baby?
@Lloydie: In the US, many hospitals won't let parents take the baby home without seeing the car seat and running it's serial number for possible recalls.
Mar
30
answered What are some ways to get an older sibling to give a younger sibling a little space?
Mar
30
answered How do you stop a child from talking back without discouraging them from asserting themselves?
Mar
30
comment What television shows could I show my toddlers to encourage multilingual learning?
@Andra: But why does she like it? It's probably not because she can read the German. My own children didn't learn language in a vacuum -- my wife and I were there to guide them. I'm not sure that children can gain fluency in a language without a real human instructor. They might be able to pick up words and string them together, but who's going to guide them in structuring sentences, word forms, subject/object distinctions, verb tenses and conjugation, etc.? Who's going to correct them when they make mistakes? (e.g. We say "many things", not "much things")
Mar
30
comment What to buy to prepare for the arrival of a new baby?
Don't forget the diapers! (A great tip: One of the conditions of my wife's baby shower was that guests were to bring a package of diapers. We didn't have to buy diapers for our first kid for nearly 4 months.)
Mar
30
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