Falin: Falin: As the father of 4 children ranging from 15 to 7 years old, there is one piece of advice that I wish I had never gotten, as it cause me more frustration and pain than anything else that happened while raising my kids.DON'T TAKE ADVICE ABOUT HOW TO RAISE YOUR CHILDREN FROM OTHER PEOPLE.It's a waste of time. You will be better off figuring things out for yourselves.Bah, this doesn't make sense. You know what I mean.
Geotpf: RobDownSouth: Sooner or later your child will walkSooner or later your child will come into your bedroom and wake you out of a sound sleep to tell you they "don't feel good".IMMEDIATELY cover your head to avoid the intense spew of vomit that will follow within the next 5 seconds.Trust me on this./bitter experience//lactose intolerant kiddos///barf-o-rama////slashies!I actually remember doing this exact thing when I was about eight.
NowhereMon: Sleep now. Prepare to no longer be the center of your universe, get used to the idea that you won't be seeing your childless friends as much any more. Be prepared to really truly understand the meaning of the word "responsibility". Forget about having a spotless clean house or nice stuff for the next 6-8 years. I hope that you didn't wait till age forty to do this like I did.Haha, who am I kidding, there is no way to prepare for what you are about to go though. You'll be fine, you are not unique, most people do it at some point, just try to not be too abusive or neglectful.
EdNortonsTwin: My 2.5 y/o has had this nagging barking cough for over two weeks and doctors won't give me anything for it.We can't sleep; my daughter is miserable; she hardly eats; losing weight - any advice?/Other than strangling the Dr which I want to do.
Gwendolyn: If you are having a girl, be prepared to figure out how to get liquid poop out of a teeny tiny vagina. WHY DOES NO ONE TELL YOU THAT?
ModernPrimitive01: hasty ambush: 1. Do not bubblewrap your spawn. No childhood is complete without a bloody nose or two, cuts, bruises and even a scar or broken bone.2. Do not give them a sense of entitlement. Nobody owes them anything, life is unfair and the kid down the street will probably have more than him. Let the spawn learn to deal with it.3.Occasionally say no even if you do not have to.4..Because you said so is a perfectly acceptable reason that requires no further explanation.5. Make sure the spawn behave in public6. Spanking is OK. The spawn's frontal lobe won't even be fully developed for a couple of decades. They will be driven largely by hormones and instinct instead of common sense so they won't always respond to reason.that's no way to teach your child logic and reason. An argument from authority isn't a good reason for your child's beliefs
NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: Don't tell anyone until around week 16. Miscarriages are a biatch.
Sneakytoes: The people at the hospital can be assholes. Don't let you push them around. Example - I was having huge problems getting my baby to latch on, she finally started to, and a nurse swooped in and took her away because it was time for the pediatrician to look at all of the babies. I was alone and too whacked out to fight back. Asshole.
Embden.Meyerhof: grinding_journalist: To the guy that said "this thread sucks, didn't know FARK was reddit lite",I guess that's me, since we're the only ones who've mentioned Reddit in this thread so far.Let me tell you what I actually said:"This advice thread is another example of the types of things I'm seeing on Fark which seem better suited for Reddit. Why is Fark trying to turn into Reddit?"Didn't say the thread sucked. Didn't say Fark was "reddit lite". I asked why Fark was trying to turn into Reddit. This doesn't disparage you, since you don't control what gets on the front page (as users on Reddit do). This is more of a comment pointed at the Mods. Since I've used BOTH sites for years (and have been behind the "Total Fark" curtain a few times), I can say that this is not the type of post that I've seen much on Fark.... until the last couple months.
Doubletwist-: 2. Baby sign
Doubletwist-: 3. Talk to your baby normally - We constantly talked to our daughter. From day one we'd just talk, explain everything we were doing using full sentences. We'd use a higher pitch [since they do respond to that] but we didn't use baby words like 'baba' for 'bottle' or anything. We used the proper words and complete sentences. While I can't *prove* it, I think this went a long way to helping develop her intelligence and speaking/reading abilities.
Yaxe: Remember: If your child isn't popping, don't feed them laxatives. Make them eat prunes. You will be surprised how effective they work.
Doubletwist-: My advice is not so much things we didn't do that we wish we did, but some things we did do that I'm really glad for.We used the proper words and complete sentences.
FooDog: NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: Don't tell anyone until around week 16. Miscarriages are a biatch.Yup. Don't uncork the champagne until you've passed this landmark. Tons of pregnancies auto-terminate within the first few months. It's fairly normal but unfortunately near taboo to talk about.
orbister: Don't put the baby in bed with you, it's so dangerous, and it creates bad habits.Statistically there are no additional dangers in co-sleeping as long as you don't smoke, never share a bed with a baby after even the smallest amount of alcohol, and don't do it if you are particularly tired. As for bad habits ... what bad habits? Are we talking Sandusky here?
imasig: Doubletwist-: My advice is not so much things we didn't do that we wish we did, but some things we did do that I'm really glad for.We used the proper words and complete sentences. Now I understand how grammar nazi's are created.
Spanky McStupid: grinding_journalist: Since you all are providing me with such specifics, I figure I can ask a couple questions, and outline my situation more clearly.As far as sleep goes, I am a night person, while my wife is a morning/day person. I'm usually up till about 2-3am anyway, and she's usually up by about 530-6 after going to be around 10. Am I crazy in thinking this will also be very helpful? This works in theory - your mileage may vary.I've already received flak from bro and sis about "not just dumping my kid on mom" (theoretical kid, this was months ago and they don't know yet, nobody does- except this thread) which was never my plan, but I am glad that I have familial support locally. Alongside this, my wife's BFF has a 6 month old, and she's been her ... Tell your siblings to go pound sand because after the babby arrives, you might need a restraining order to keep the grandmas away.Just saying. And congrats!
namegoeshere: We had the best of both worlds - a flat bottomed small bassinette with mesh sides that fit right in between the pillows but was its own self contained unit. I like a lot of pillows and fluffy covers in the bed, and it's a water bed, so not ideal for cosleeping. The bassinet was an excellent compromise.
orbister: As for bad habits ... what bad habits? Are we talking Sandusky here?
Roy_G_Biv: Big Ramifications: Do not leave your laptop lying around. They rip the keys off the keyboard.One day it will happen. At around 8 months. Strong wrists and tiny fingers.... overnight they become KEY RIPPING OFF machines. Must be like bubble wrap to them.Haven't had that problem with either one, knock wood, but if you wear glasses get the frames that can be bent without hurting them. I did, my wife didn't, hers got bent beyond repair.Also, keep one or more of your old cellular phones when you get new ones. After awhile mine didn't want to play with those fake toy ones anymore; they wanted to play with the real thing. Once you get your phone number removed, they can play with the old ones to their heart's content.
namegoeshere: Geotpf: RobDownSouth: Sooner or later your child will walkSooner or later your child will come into your bedroom and wake you out of a sound sleep to tell you they "don't feel good".IMMEDIATELY cover your head to avoid the intense spew of vomit that will follow within the next 5 seconds.Trust me on this./bitter experience//lactose intolerant kiddos///barf-o-rama////slashies!I actually remember doing this exact thing when I was about eight.Oh yuck. Memories. Little kids will run to you for comfort as soon as they feel the pukey feeling. You will be showered with puke every time. The best way to handle puke is to tag-team it. The puked-on parent gets to clean up themselves and the puke, the other one gets to clean up and comfort the kid.On that note, keep LOTS of extra bedding and jammies clean and handy for the nights where they puke faster than you can run laundry.
vrax: orbister: As for bad habits ... what bad habits? Are we talking Sandusky here?Like they never want to sleep in their own bed. Having seen this happen, it's bad news. Put them in their own bed. The apart time is important for both child and parent.
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