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    Farewell Kevin (R4V4G3D_SKU11S) :*-(

    Haven't been here in ages, and I only knew Kevin a little bit aside from on here, but wanted to express my heartfelt condolences to those of you who knew him so well and loved him so much. So incredibly sorry to hear about this. McBee (Sarah), you are in my thoughts.
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    The Mom Thread

    Note - his room is pitch black, and there's always white noise in our house.
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    The Mom Thread

    Hey moms of slightly older kids... Any ideas of how to teach an early riser to sleep in a bit? Felix (now 6.5yrs old) is *finally* making it to 6am every day now, but never later than 6:30, even when he stays up late. His bedtime is 7:45, cuz otherwise, with the 6am wake-up, he's a monster. He...
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    The Mom Thread

    I'm way behind on this thread, and this might have already been suggested, but have you thought about chiropractic or acupuncture? You probably have, given your knowledge of the area, but just in case... I know a few people who have had great luck with both chiro and acupuncture helping with...
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    The Mom Thread

    I'm way behind on this thread and trying to catch up, so I don't know what others have said about this, but my kid has been riding on smaller city streets with me since he turned 4. Prior to that, he'd be on the sidewalk beside me (i'd be on the street), wherever possible. Now, he's just too...
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    The Mom Thread

    Exactly. I just am not going to freak out when my kid comes home from the neighbour's place with a popsicle, and neither are most parents who want to stay sane. Hell - I'm just thrilled that he was out of my hair, having a blast with other kids for an hour, while I made dinner! But hey - my...
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    The Mom Thread

    Yeah, that. If they're at your house, then it's a different thing, but out playing in the street or on various people's lawns - p'shaw! Pro-tip for situations like that, though... Have cheap freezies on hand for the other kids. Then you can say - 'sorry, we don't have enough popsicles...
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    The Mom Thread

    You can buy brakes for the Strider, for when they get really really fast (though Felix never needed them - he moved on to a 'real' bike with brakes before that point), but really - they are only going as fast as their little legs can take them, and because they're so low to the ground, stopping...
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    The Mom Thread

    From what I understand, the wooden ones don't stand up as well to the wear and tear of regular-heavy use. You have to re-tighten things regularly, which I've never had to do with the Strider. Also - the strider is a longer-term tool - it can be used for kids from very young to 4-5-6 years old...
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    The Mom Thread

    Felix really loved going 'off-roading' with his Strider. Less so with the pedal bike - he wants to go FAST, now, and far, too!! But when he was on the Strider, he spent most of his time going over little bumps in the pavement, or grassy knolls, or riding down small inclines. He wasn't a...
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    The Mom Thread

    Felix has been wearing a helmet since he was <1 year old, so he's never really known that it was an option NOT to wear it. lol That said - any time he refuses to do what I feel is necessary for safety (or for the avoidance of a ticket, as ontario law is that everyone under 18 on a bike must...
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    The Mom Thread

    My best piece of advice wrt the biking: don't 'help' them. The more you hold the bike, the less they learn how to move it and steer it, and balance, themselves. They will fall a few times, but they're VERY close to the ground on a Strider, and it takes SUCH a short time for a 2+ year old to...
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    The Mom Thread

    Felix started riding his balance bike at 2 and a bit. He really 'got it', by 2 and a quarter. Last year, at 3.5, he started on a 'regular' bike, hand brakes and all, without ever needing training wheels. He did use the strider again (after the winter) for a month or so before trying the pedal...
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    The Mom Thread

    In my humble opinion, asking for help is not just smart, it's brave.
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    The Mom Thread

    This, so much this. I was posting on another board just yesterday, how my kid is so awesome - it's like a switch got flipped somewhere between 4 and 4.5yrs, and now he's just the best thing EVER. Autonomous, happy, fun, funny, easy-going, cuddly - fantastic. I can't believe how wonderful he is...
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    The Mom Thread

    My bestie went through very much the same thing with her (at the time) 3 year old, when she had the new baby... From what I recall, she found it really difficult to nurse the 3 year old, and DEFINITELY couldn't deal with the grabbiness at all. What she did was to have a weaning party for the 3...
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    The Mom Thread

    Found one:
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    The Mom Thread

    Thanks - that looks like a great tool to start him out on. As for extended bfeeding - I breastfed Felix 'til he was 3, and it wasn't a difficult weaning for us - does that count? I know I've posted about it before in this thread, let me see if I can find it, instead of re-typing.
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    The Mom Thread

    As for the tv as distraction tool thing - I agree with others here: tv is perfectly acceptable in small doses, and when needed to get things done. Felix tends to respond badly to tv. Whenever he watches any, he is more difficult, obstinate and whiny for an hour or two after the tv is turned...
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    The Mom Thread

    Hi y'all, I'm looking for parenting book recos for the bf - specifically, something that talks about phases and stages of development, so he'll stop expecting my 4 year old to behave like a 10 year old all the time. I'm going to [finish, then] pass on 'how to talk so kids will listen, and...
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