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My daughter was just diagnosed with leukemia (pre-B ALL) and we are undergoing our first round of chemo. Does anyone have some resources for me? I've got the technical info, but I could use some connections/blogs/chat boards for support.
Asked on 30th July 2009 | 1 reply
My toddlers pull off all their pjs and diapers at night. Which has led to soggy beds and/or middle-of-the-night dressing sessions. I'm also concerned about poop in the beds, frankly! Any tips on getting them to stay clothed at night??
Asked on 4th February 2009 | 5 replies
A friend and I had a debate as to whether or not you need to be more cautious with girls as opposed to boys. We were actually discussing it in terms of toddlers on the playground - climbing, getting dirty, falling down, etc. I argue that they should both
Answered on 19th July 2009:
I have twin toddler daughters. One is a drama queen, the other is not. The drama queen doesn't care about getting dirty--she loves it. The non-drama queen hates messes and dirty clothes--she needs to change if she drips on her shirt. Both girls climb and swing and run and are allowed to get as messy as they want, unless we're going someplace where they have to look neat. They self-regulate in how much they want to be protected. The drama queen is more cautious when it comes to new things. She hangs back until her sister tries a new slide or a new toy, for the most part. Let kids choose their own ways, boys or girls. FWIW, I let both girls run naked in the yard. They love it. Somehow the terminology for this is "a chicken nugget" as in, "Can I be a chicken nugget?" which means take off all of one's clothes and run around fully nude. We just had a wonderful sprinkler afternoon yesterday with two chicken nuggets. (We started with swim suits, but when they got wet, the suits came off.) I don't see what is wrong with this either.
There's a very interesting article on MSNBC's website about how did WE survive growing up, without all the warning labels, helmets, precautions that seem to have overshadowed our lives and that of our childrens.
Answered on 8th July 2009:
I'm of two minds here. On one hand, there *are* children who didn't grow up due to the lax attitudes of the past. I cannot quote statistics of mortality rates, but I'll bet there are some who can to prove my point. So seatbelts, choking hazards, lead-based paint warnings are reasonable IMO. OTOH, we have to teach our children what is reasonable in areas of health, consumption, polite behavior, etc. One person's reasonable is not the same as another person's. Personally, I think many have gone overboard in the safety zone. I don't mind some bumps and bruises, and let my kids try many things on their own. My nanny treats my children very very carefully, as does my mother in law. While I get frustrated by their ultra-cautious attitudes some times, I suppose I'd rather that the bumps and bruises happen "on my watch". So I can appreciate the issue from many perspectives!