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Sep
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comment Is putting a 9-year-old to bed early abusive?
Personally, I would consider the getting up at 5:15 to be the abusive part, but only jokingly. ("Not a morning person" doesn't even begin to cover it.)
Jun
1
comment Daughter saying whole sentences at home but not in kindergarten
If she's not yet three, I'd venture to guess that she's actually attending preschool (or perhaps daycare), not kindergarten.
May
27
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May
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Apr
1
comment What features should I look for in an infant or toddler bath tub?
These are exactly what my sister used for my niece, including the bit about not having much use for the sling. However, as nice as the IKEA tub was, she outgrew it by the time she turned 2, so 2.5-3 is overly optimistic, I think. The tub is still around, waiting for her to become interested in bathing her dolls. :)
Feb
20
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Feb
13
comment What if my kids don't want me to speak my native language?
Your first paragraph is true for young children: pre-pre-teens, if you will. When they get older, though, which language they use is a matter of choice, and worse, peer pressure: they will choose to speak German because that's what all their friends speak, and they don't want to be different. Which is where your 100% correct second paragraph comes in: if you can arrange it so that peer pressure gets them to speak Danish, you will have won your battle.
Feb
8
answered What if my kids don't want me to speak my native language?
Feb
4
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Jul
7
awarded  Cleanup
Jul
7
comment What are some strategies for raising a bilingual child?
Note to editors: if you want to suggest something so entirely different than my answer, please write your own answer.
Jul
7
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May
27
awarded  Yearling
May
2
comment What are the warning signs for Dyslexia?
I'm not dyslexic (far from it, in fact), but "left" and "right" continue to be random words to me, with no clear association between them and the concepts of left and right. My sister is the same way. So there's probably an education component to this skill, same as any other. In other words, don't expect a 5-year-old to know left and right if you haven't taught him left and right.
Apr
11
comment How to tell my son (10yo), somebody he knows as a man, is actually a woman?
I'll note that as recently as 60 years ago, being left-handed was not considered acceptable, and children who exhibited left-handed tendencies would be forced to use their right hands, and would be punished if they used their left. Most such children learned to adapt, and became semi-ambidextrous: they'd write with their right hands, but in things that the teacher never saw (holding a hammer, for example) they would revert to their natural left-handed state.
Feb
29
comment Reading in second language for a bilingual kid - how to approach a phonetic language vs. English phonics?
Too late now, but I would've suggested doing it in the other order: teach her to read in Czech first, then send her off to kindergarten. It's what my sister & I did, except with Hungarian. Being able to read things phonetically was an immense help when trying to learn English spelling. (But it did lead to an interesting episode where I read a passage written in English as if it were in Hungarian... the kindergarten teacher was a bit, um, confused.)
Feb
29
comment Do I really need to wake my newborn to feed him?
Btw, congrats on the new arrival!
Feb
23
comment How to soothe a 4 1/2 month old during our night time sleep routine?
You do not let a four-month-old cry it out!
Feb
23
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Feb
21
comment Recommendations on helping my left-handed preschooler when my husband and I are right-handed
I'm right-handed, but when the carpal tunnel is acting up, I have no problem switching my mouse to my left hand. I really wouldn't worry about that part.