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Little tricks for blind parents

I have a few pretty cool tricks i use with my four boys shen they think they are getting something over on you or some neat ways i keep up with them when they are playing outside.

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You have piqued my curiosity! What sort of tricks do you use?


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I would be very interested in those tips. I would also like any information on baby and infant care for mothers who are visually impaired. Thanks!


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Any ideas would be great! My little guy is getting ready to crawl. I'm not concerned about that because I feel good about the baby proofing in our house. However, I am apprehensive about what we're going to do when we take him to places like the park.


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I am not sure if this is too late. I just found the website. Have you thought of using a harness and tether? They have worked well for me and my daughter.


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hello,
I am a blind father of an eight month old boy. I am wondering what kind of tips any one can give me. I have trouble feeding him by a spoon and am wondering what i can do when he begins crawling and finally walking. I also have many more questions. Any help you can give me would be a great help. Thanks to all,
Mike If you like feel free to email me at fishm@canisius.edu


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I know it's probably too late to help the person who had the 8 month old but when my son was little I used to put a bib on him and wait until his face was directly in front of me and than I would put the spoon in his mouth. Admididly I had more vision then than I do now. But it worked. He did get some on his bib but he got quite a bit in his mouth too. He didn't go hungrey that's for sure. He's grown and has 2 adorable girls now. I hope I have helped. If I can be of more help. I'll continue to look for questions and will respond if I have any suggestions.
Hischild


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Hello everybody,
I'm really very intrested in these tricks. I live in one country where treanings and support aren't so accesible. Soon, i'll by one way ticket to new life (marriage and children) but i'm really afraid about events witch comes. Help me to find web sites with resources for blind parents and, of course, i'd be glad to learn from you who have such expiriences.
Thanks in advance,
BYe, Bye


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I am looking for a list of tricks but don't see where any were posted?


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here are a couple of my tricks,
1. finger foods are good and things a bit more solid than baby food. I feed my kids from the table and they are great eaters
2. I often go to McDonalds instead of the park because it is enclosed and it's so hard for me to get them out of there, I know no one else can do it without a lot of crying Etc.
3. Playdoe, puzzles and other messy or little things are played with in a small room where mommy can find the mess better. When they were little, I even put them in the bath tub, with no water, so i could find the puzzle pieces in or near the tub.
4. Crayons, markers, Etc. be very careful, drawing on walls is a nice quiet activity which mama doesn't usually notice quick enough. My bath room features an aray of smiley faces drawn by my daughter in her second year. I've left them there because people get such a kick from seeing her progress in drawing.
5. I use a slate and stylus to make my own braille print books. they are cheaper since I buy the books used.
6. socks, buy all white and do without them in the summer, I know someone is thinking, use a sock ring. Well I'm doing well to find both socks, toddlers dump them in the strangest places. Also take the shoes when you get home and put them up high so you can find them again. Of course, when they get a bit older, they can look for their own shoes and even match socks.
7. the sippy cup blues, finding the sippy cup at the end of the day isn't always fun, it could be in the trash, under the bed, or in mommy's shoe. I constantly listen for my little one to set it down and then run to get it. I've bought many cups while being out because I lost them.


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I need some suggestions. My two year old son loves to take the dvd's and video's off the shelf, and then out of there cases. I have a braille lable on the cases, but after Sam gets a hold of them I don't know what goes in whitch case. My husband and I can not really think of a good place to keep them that is out of his reach. My husband called me from the store a little while ago to tell me that he saw a cd-dvd player that held 400 disks. It cost $400. However, for that price, we would have to wait a while for that.


How can blind mom tell infant twins apart?



I am a friend to a blind mother with twin infant girls. Among the many challenges she will face, is the question of how she can tell one twin from the other while they are very young. This is necessary for a number of reasons, such as not feeding one baby twice and the other baby not at all! Does anyone have a good trick?


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Hi there. I'm Michelle and I'm the happy mom of two. Well, almost happy anyway. See, the trouble is that I am going through a divorce. So life as I know it, as become exponentially harder. There are days when I have to take a deep breath and remember that _I used to do perfectly fine 15 years again when I wasn't married. Anyway, my children are eight and five. I am wondering if there are any parents of _older children on this list. Right now the trouble is getting books to study with my 8 year old. I know, kind of late in the year, but I haven't really needed them, or Wally has had them. That's my husband. Anyway, my daughter is having some reading difficulties, and I would like to know if anyone has found a way to make reading fun for a struggling reader!
Sincerely
Michelle Thomas.
Ps. All of you have great ideas about tricks for parents of small ones. I especially liked the bathtub trick for finding puzzle pieces. One thing I didn't see mentioned was bells on shoes. Of course, this has its advantages and disadvantages. One being that another quiet activity that kids enjoy and mommy doesn't always hear is kicking off shoes. Another is that it's hard, or it was for me to stuff those little tied laces inside the part the holds the bell on the shoe. But it keeps them from untying shoes and lets you know where they are. I always taught them, from an early age to verbalize. They got real good at it very quickly. But obviously baby days are long behind me. Right now, I'm dealing with a five year old who pees herself but is getting better, and an eight year old who struggles to read.


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Hello, I'm Sylvia. My husband and I are both totally blind. We have a nine-year-old and a seven-year-old. They are both struggling with lying and stealing from us. I'm sure they feel that they can get away with more than most sighted kids being that we are both blind. I would be interested in any hints on dealing with that.


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HI everyone, I am reaching out to all blind parents pass with children of all ages. I am a blind mom of two as is my husband blind. I have several reasons for reaching out to the blidn parent population, but on of them is to create a database of those of us who are blind and are parents. Other reasons can be explained at the time you contact me. If anyone is intrested in learning more, or providing your name for the database please email me at rubyrue@socal.rr.com. please indacate you are a blain parent in the subject line. Also please pass my information on to whom ever you may no that may be intrested.
thank you all.


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Hi there, my name is Rebeca and I would like to give a heads up to all the blind parents out there. I understand that parenting is tough, especially when you have a disability but it can also be rewarding at the same time. For those of you who read Braille I suggest you to order books from seedlings.org. They have a wide variety of Braille print books with pictures and my children love it when I read to them, but one of my biggest challenges is traveling with my toddlers. Does any one have any advice for me?


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While I was pregnant I couldn't find much advice on becoming a mom, especially as a single visually impaired mom. I was excited about this thread at first, but notice none of the questions have been answered, so if anyone else should come along like I did I just wanted to share my blog. My daughter just turned 7 months *smile* I hope to connect with other parents both to exchange tips and pass along what I've figured out so far

Be well,
Asha
AshaMama.com


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Hey I have been looking for other blind parents to talk to. I have four boys who thinks they can get away with murder believe it is not fun when they think they can get away from things can't get them to tell the truth what fun being a blind parent.


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I'm a nany for an adorrable two year old. When we walk I will either hold her hood or her hand. When she eats I have her sit on the floor so i can vacuum/mop the whole area and not miss anything.If there are any questions feel free to email me at jolenebennet80@gmail.com
Jo


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I just created a facebook group for Lowvistion and blind parents please join us and we can learn together. The group is called Low vision/blind parents


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I hope you don't mind I found and joined the group. I'm not blind myself, but my husband is and any tips and tricks to make his life easier would be wonderful.


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