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Jul
12
comment Getting a 5-year-old up and going in the morning
Trick him into thinking that every day is Saturday and he doesn't have to go to school? I know my kids get up at the crack of dawn on a non-school and non-work day, but regular weekdays it's like pulling teeth to get them up on time.
Jun
26
comment 3 year boy old will not wear shorts or t-shirts WHY?
Depending on your local climate, keeping a 3 year old out of pants and long sleeve shirts during the summer really matters.
Jun
7
comment Do children need hot meals twice a day?
No research assertions keep this as a comment instead of an answer: If she's eating a balanced diet and getting enough calories, it really doesn't matter if the food is hot or cold. I'd spend more effort on making sure that her diet stays varied to try and keep her from becoming a picky eater.
May
29
comment How do you cope in the first few months?
Downvoters: I'd appreciate comments or (proposed) edits.
May
8
comment How do I persuade my 4 year old daughter that School is Cool?
This sounds more like a fear of change or the unknown than anything in particular wrong with school. However, once she's been going for some time, gently probe and see if there's anything in particular she's having problems with.
Jan
25
comment How do I teach my baby to not touch my computer?
Okay, so it's just my kids then. :-)
Jan
25
comment How do I teach my baby to not touch my computer?
Has this "give them a toy laptop/smartphone/widget" ever actually worked for anyone? Because it's never worked for me. Even in the infant "I'm just beginning to figure out how to manipulate things" stage, they've never been able to capture my children's attention like my own widget. Whether it's an age-appropriate children's toy or even my previous smartphone (which still worked and did smartphone things), they'd rather have the one I'm using.
Jan
24
comment How can I tell parents of a 1-year-old that they're doing it wrong?
I definitely like @balancedmama's idea: It might be a good direct icebreaker, especially if you can get your own kids to help pitch in on things like bedtime rituals.
Oct
15
comment How can I prevent my 9 month old from eating anything and everything?
As my pediatrician put it: "Have you ever had a puppy that chews on everything? It's kind of like that. Your son is that puppy. Eventually he'll grow out of it." Until then I just have to use the eyes on the back of my head. Silly me thought that a mouthful of dirt was its own punishment!
Oct
12
comment How can I deal with my unreasonable 8 year old with ADHD?
You can edit your answer instead of leaving a comment.
Sep
25
comment I suspect my teenager is using illegal drugs; what should I do?
+1 for providing perspective from the teen's side of the fence
Sep
20
comment How do you get a teenager to take shorter showers?
I'm not sure this has anything to do with teenagers. I still take long showers. My wife and oldest child can be in and out in less than 10 minutes. My middle child will run out the hot water in the tank -- she's the primary reason we'll never have a tankless water heater.
Sep
7
comment How does a parent that does not know a basic life skill make sure their child obtains that skill?
I like the CBeebie's Cooking Game link but I think that a 12-year old would find it a bit too childish. The second link is good though.
Sep
7
comment How does a parent that does not know a basic life skill make sure their child obtains that skill?
@DaveClarke: You should write up an answer expanding on that. One can't really teach something that they're unable to do. I think another thing to be careful for is that the father doesn't some to rely on or expect the daughter to cook for him.
Aug
27
comment Arguments for/against same birthday for siblings?
If your biggest concern this late in the pregnancy is how close the actual birthday is to your other child's, you're a pretty lucky guy. :-)
Jul
13
comment How do I stop my 3yr old from wetting the bed at night?
If at all possible, I'd go with "wake the child up to go to the toilet" rather than "carry him or her to the toilet." You want the child to understand that waking up and moving himself or herself to the toilet is the important part. It also helps if this can be done at a consistent time too.
Jun
18
comment How can parents avoid their child becoming a “whiner”?
I like this answer. I'd like it more if you provided the references that you indicate other answers are missing.
May
18
comment Does/can it have a negative effect, if newborns/infants are exposed to background noise (TV, …) while awake or sleeping?
I like when my kids fall asleep with audible background noise because it means I don't feel like I have to be a ninja in my own house while they're sleeping.
May
2
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.
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.