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How to approach a stubborn parent about a rule that is harming my studying

There is no reason not to speak to the neighbors, find out about their routine & figure something out that is reasonable & respects everyone involved. I have a neighbor whose teen is in a ...
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How can I make noisy toys quieter?

In my experience, putting some tape over the speaker hasn't caused my son to rip it off if you use tape with edges that won't peel up. That is a valid concern though. Another idea is maybe push some ...
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How can I make noisy toys quieter?

I have shoved cotton balls into speaker grills before. On one toy with an internal speaker (squeaking rabbit) I did have to open the toy to put the cotton balls in, but it was not big deal. Note that ...
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Can having a computer game temporarily go blank when kids are too loud have adverse emotional effects?

This is a tricky question to answer. In my opinion, I think the comment is a bit exaggerated because a child would generally be able to differentiate between a computer and a person and know that it ...
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Kid's bedroom adjacent to living room - noise

Contrary to what you might think, children sleep well with a certain level of noise, especially if it's the familiar sounds of the family doing whatever they usually do or the voices of people they ...
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how to deal with noise from neighbor construction for infant

We started extensive renovations of our house with a 6 month old. This involved 15 months of destruction, construction, tradies arriving first thing, jackhammers, etc... Our kid coped fine, he just ...
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15 month old keeps smashing his head against walls, cupboards, bed and also screaming extremely loud very often

TL;DR: Make an appointment to see your doctor to discuss it. Most people are shocked when a child starts banging their heads. They are afraid the child might might hurt themself, or even have autism. ...
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how to deal with noise from neighbor construction for infant

It would/will surprise you what baby will sleep through. We have two, and they've always slept through stuff like (adult) neighbours jumping around playing Wii just on the other side of the wall, the ...
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How can I make noisy toys quieter?

If you have a solding iron and know something about electronics, you can put a resistor in series with the speaker, reducing the output power (part of the power that would be converted in sound will ...
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Is construction noise harmful to a newborn and how to protect them?

My daughter was born while there was extensive construction in our area, we were the first house completed. It was no problem. As a matter of fact, my daughter is a sound sleeper now and was very ...
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Can having a computer game temporarily go blank when kids are too loud have adverse emotional effects?

Cheating your children into discipline is a very very bad idea, regardless which technique was used or how clever it might sound. One day this will backfire because your children will follow the ...
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Why does my 16 month old daughter cry when we imitate animal sounds?

Unexplained/seemingly random toddler phobias are extremely common, and particularly with children that are more anxious or sensitive in general. I know of one small child who would cry hysterically ...
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What to do with tantrums if screaming it out is not possible?

For the most part, I think the answer is, unfortunately, that your neighbors will have to be understanding for a while. Three year olds scream a lot, and that's just a fact of life. They are ...
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Is construction noise harmful to a newborn and how to protect them?

Will the baby be born after you move? Think of the following: the noise to which a fetus/unborn baby is exposed to constantly while in the mother's belly is is far more than you can imagine. ...
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How does a parent's misophonia impact the child?

This is coming from someone who’s parent has quite a severe case of misophonia. They have a sensitivity to sounds of eating, coughing, clicking, sniffing, tapping, cutlery on plates, doors being shut ...
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First "sounds" based on parents native language?

From Subtlety of Ambient-Language Effects in Babbling: A Study of English- and Chinese-Learning Infants at 8, 10, and 12 Months, it seems like there is not an easily detectible language effect on ...
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Can having a computer game temporarily go blank when kids are too loud have adverse emotional effects?

Comment seems to be hyperbolic, overly dramatic and maybe in need of some emotion restraint. Turning off a screen for 15 seconds on a computer game when the kids get very loud is "ruining" their ...
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Street noise outside a child's bedroom - studies on how much it affects the quality of sleep?

Night noise is linked to insomnia and lower sleep duration. This link is mostly supported by multiple research studies. This association was considered substantial enough for the World Health ...
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How to approach a stubborn parent about a rule that is harming my studying

Not really a parenting answer but you can get a saxophone mute for like $10. Practice in a closet full of clothes will mute the sound. Line the walls with (free) cardboard. You can dry practice (...
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How to approach a stubborn parent about a rule that is harming my studying

This article lists some tricks to reduce the noise or to practise elsewhere : http://www.bestsaxophonewebsiteever.com/9-tips-for-practicing-saxophone-without-getting-shot-by-your-neighbors/ This ...
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How can I pick out safe headphones?

Since your child is older, it is best to teach them to listen responsibly, since you will not be able to control what headphones they use in the long run. Some iPods and iOS devices have volume ...
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how to deal with noise from neighbor construction for infant

I would suggest using another sound to block out the construction noise. A lot of people use some kind of white noise device to help their babies sleep anyway even without excessive background noise. ...
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How can I make noisy toys quieter?

"Batteries have run out, son, and these ones don't let you replace them" Removes batteries and superglues battery compartment shut... This and following the guidance in Jeremy Miller's comment have ...
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possible disadvantages of being very silent when baby sleeps

I watched a documentary called "The secret life of babies". They said that the mom's hearts in the womb sound at 80 dB (very noisy). They show also a baby peacefully sleeping in a car with a noisy ...
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How to approach a stubborn parent about a rule that is harming my studying

I have no idea about the practicality or the financial feasibility of implementing my suggestions in your settings, but I'm just going to to throw in my 2 cents: Since your dad's main problem seems ...
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Why does my child love loud (scary) noises?

Unless you have reason to believe they have poor hearing, it does seem perfectly normal. Some children really dislike loud noises when young and some love them. My youngest wasn't keen on any sudden ...
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Why does my 16 month old daughter cry when we imitate animal sounds?

My daughter who is now almost 3 used to cry every time we blew into a toy flute that we had when she was really small. She would blow into it all the time without an issue, but as soon as someone else ...
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How does a parent's misophonia impact the child?

My mum has misophonia. She is extremely annoyed by loud children, sounds of kids outside playing, but also a few non child-related sounds. It is to a point where I am worried that when I have my own ...
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How can I pick out safe headphones?

What you need is a set with a built in volume limiter. Many children specific sets have this feature, some more effective than others. A quick Google turned up this roundup review of children's ...
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