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How to work-at-home given no daycare

We're fortunate to have somewhat older children, who need only short attention bursts followed by longer periods of working independently. However, with a 14 month old, you're not going to get that! ...
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What is the day to day life like as a father?

It depends on the child - some babies sleep through the night when young, some insist on feeding every couple of hours. Some need constant entertainment, some like wriggling in a basket. You'll ...
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How to work-at-home given no daycare

To add to Joe's excellent answer: One option I occasionally found helpful is what I'd call babysitting by video chat (or video conference). In our case, there are many people who have free time to ...
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What is the day to day life like as a father?

No one seems to have put it the way I would. Many years ago I was browsing in a bookstore with my daughter on my shoulder. An older gentleman asked her age. I told him; she was about 1 at the time. ...
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How to work-at-home given no daycare

My husband and I work at home and have a two year old. We Have found the following to work really well for us. Setup a safe play area. We have a play area right by our office that is completely ...
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Hobby vs. baby balance

First, congratulations on becoming a parent! As you have (or will soon) discovered, babies are work. A lot of work. And usually when you'd rather be sleeping or cleaning the baby puke out of your ...
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What is the day to day life like as a father?

I hope that if you and your wife are ready and truly want children that you will go ahead. However you have to be prepared to parent which is another full-time career and one that should have priority ...
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How to work-at-home given no daycare

Not sure if it will work for a 14-month-old, but a 2.5-year-old can already learn to play themselves for 1-2 hours at a time without disturbing the parent. I've used this for extending the time I have ...
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To have or not to have a second child?

Having a second child is very much an individual decision, and it seems like you have thought about some of the things related to it. Here's my take on some of the possible concerns. My opinion ...
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How to cope with going back to work as a stay at home dad with two working parents

It's hard for them to understand why someone they love goes away. And at that age when you tell them "Mommy is going to be back in a week" or "Daddy will be back in three days", they can't understand....
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Hobby vs. baby balance

I wouldn't necessarily think of it that way. Try to consider that everyone in the family has to make sure nobody in the family loses their minds. Putting 100% of your time into baby after work might ...
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Are kids with daycare background antisocial?

Are kids with daycare background antisocial? I'll assume you mean Are kids with daycare background measurably more antisocial than their non-daycare peers? There are several studies which point ...
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Are kids with daycare background antisocial?

The other answer gave really good research background into this, but please keep in mind something when reading this research: The sample set is often small (a few daycare/children surveyed)... For ...
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How to work-at-home given no daycare

In addition to the great answers already given and from the perspective of a single parent of a very energetic and active 23 month old. I think its really important to talk to your employer/boss (...
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What is the day to day life like as a father?

For me, it has been absolutely fantastic. Really fun. I have worked in exciting careers, and had the opportunity to travel extensively to many parts of the world. I have partied all night in many ...
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Can a breastfed 3-month-old go 12-14 hours without eating, when she refuses the bottle and I have to go to work?

Sorry, but twelve hours without feeding is way too long for a baby. You also can’t (and probably shouldn’t, if you want to save your own sanity and ability to function) reverse the day/night cycle, ...
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As the father, when is it better for me to be home?

First off, congratulations! Here's my recommendation: plan on taking the first month, period, no ifs ands or buts. That period is going to be the hardest on your wife, as she is going to be going ...
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Toddler tells everyone to "go away"

My feeling is that this is pretty normal, at least it happened with my children starting around that age (2.5) too. I saw it as one of the signs of them starting to want control of their environment. ...
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To have or not to have a second child?

You have probably heard already that no one can decide for you, and that the decision to have a child is the most life changing decision you will probably ever make. I believe this is true. I don't, ...
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To have or not to have a second child?

As a parent of two, I think you are overthinking this. Listen into yourself. Do you really really have a burning desire to get a second child? If yes, then by all means get another child. I this case,...
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As the father, when is it better for me to be home?

Please know that people will have different opinions on this. My opinion is based on my own experience of parenthood and on taking care of new parents (moms mostly.) Sleep deprivation is the most ...
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Hobby vs. baby balance

There are a lot of interesting answers, but I would like to maybe add a little more perspective from the "wife" point of view. Maybe your wife is 100% convinced that hobbies should be put aside for ...
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Hobby vs. baby balance

When my husband and I were doing some pre-marriage counseling which our church required from all couples getting married in the church, I got a piece of advice that has been extremely useful for all ...
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My baby won’t stop crying while I am at work

I worked afternoon shift yesterday and morning shift this morning. Yesterday I tried adding some strawberries to his milk. He drank about five ounces of strawberry milkshake while I was at work and he ...
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Hobby vs. baby balance

Congratulations! There's a lot of detail missing from your post so I'm going to make some assumptions, based on your wife's request: Your baby is fed by your wife, so she can't spend much time away, ...
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What is the day to day life like as a father?

As others have said, there are many variables that affect the overall impact on your life. I'm just going to talk about time. I only have an 18 month old thus far. I'm speaking as a father who works ...
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What is the day to day life like as a father?

Every child is different, as Matthew said, but as a rough approximation expect that raising children is a full time (24 hours a day) job for years or decades. Caring for a child is great, but trying ...
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What is the day to day life like as a father?

Labour of love - children give deep meaning to your life, but you must embrace that to succeed Once you become a parent you have to learn to love and embrace the work of parenting and (sometimes) the ...
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How important is it for a mother to have help around the house when she has several young children?

Trust your wife. If she has chosen to be a stay-at-home mom, don't micromanage her. If she feels up to the task of running your busy household (three small children) without help, let her thrive. If ...
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How can I explain to my parents I do not want to find a job yet?

I think what you wrote in the question is a very good explanation. If you want to make it short, condense it to something like: I want to finish my studies quickly and with good grades, so I can ...
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