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In today's paper...

Millionaire Durst Cleared in Texas Death

Durst admitted that he killed the victim, and disposed of his body by cutting it up and dumping it in Galveston Bay.

The article says he still faces a bail-jumping count for fleeing following his murder charge, and that could carry a sentence of two to 10 years if he is convicted. It also said jurors considered only a murder charge, not lesser charges in addition such as manslaughter. And I'm wondering, would one of those lesser charges have been "abuse of a corpse" ?

John Rosemund dealt with a question about an 18-month old making the transition from crib to toddler bed in this week's column.

Which got me to thinking. I can't remember when Critter or Tigger made the move from crib to bed. I know for certain that Critter was still in diapers, from my vivid memories of the Desenex body paint.

He also had a low-stress approach to the toddler game of food dropping.

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The only thing I don't like about the toddler game of food dropping advice is it gives the kid the idea that throwing food on the floor is the appropriate way to say "finished". I like the way we did it way better. ;)

Basically, when she threw food on the floor, we said "no", took her tray away, explained that she would need to sit there for a few minutes because she threw food on the floor, then ignore her while she sat there. In about a minute or two (AFTER she stopped crying, which usually didn't last long anyway), then let her down. I think it took about a week for her to stop doing it, I don't really remember, I just noticed one day that it'd been a LONG time since I'd had to tell her not to throw food on the floor.

As you probably noticed yesterday, if she does anything with it to indicate she's finished, she tries to give it away. ;) More often, she just gets squirmy until I ask her if she wants down. This morning when she got squirmy, I asked if she wanted down and she said "no" (by shaking her head), then pointed to her Cheerios. :)

I think you're doing great with Roo. My reaction to Rosemund's advice is variable. Sometimes his ideas sound great, sometimes not. I really liked his response about the toddler sleeping on the floor, though. (Let him.)

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