WiFi Management for Parenting

I’ve been futzing for what feels like a year with the WiFi trying out various things. Basically, instead of the wife turning off all the WiFi and none of us having it, I’ve been playing with a few things to bring some sanity.

  1. The first approach was the wife disconnected the wifi router. That meant all of our devices were dead in the water too. No streaming devices. No laptops. Phones were using up data.
  2. Technically, I have a couple routers. One from the ISP and another I bought. So, I moved the devices to use the ISP router. However, I only want the devices on it, so I have not provided anyone else access to it. That still left the problem of the wife yanking the router all the humans are using for their phones.
  3. So, next, I replaced the router with a newer one that included a guest network feature. I built this router so that we connect to a new name and the teen connects to the old name which is the guest network. The nice thing about it was I the ability to schedule when it was available. We tried various settings to deal with different issues. For example, it doesn’t come on until 8am after the bus comes because when it was coming on at 7am, the bus would be missed a couple times a week due to watching videos while getting ready to lose track of time. We have not really settled on a shutoff time in trying to figure out what is appropriate for getting homework done while not enabling playing video games.
  4. I could manage access to the video games through router, but it is one of those things where you block one thing and the activity just moves on to the next thing. (Youtube, Netflix, etc.) So, it is a game of whack-a-mole where I want a sledgehammer.
  5. He complained about the WiFi being unstable. He described sudden extraordinarily high ping rates, a pattern of issues in the hour before cutoff, and other stuff. Part of that problem is he is in the basement while the router is a floor up, 25 feet away, with a staircase, ductwork, pipes, and stairs in the way.
  6. So, I rebuilt the guest network on an extender. Now, in theory, the WiFi router talks to the extender down the hallway. The extender sits directly overhead. It still might have to deal with some ductwork and pipes, but it should be significantly better.
  7. Also, I have Smart outlet that will turn it off when we need to cut him off. I set it on a schedule which is nicer because I can say an earlier time Sun-Thu and later Fri & Sat. Also, it can also be managed through an app which is easier than an obscure webpage URL and desktop designed web page.

The plight of the older sibling

Older siblings are shaped by parents into perfectionists to set an example for the younger siblings. They are less likely to do bad things and more likely to turn out better than the younger siblings.

What it also says to me is it is effective on the older siblings. If the parents maintained the same level of strictness on the younger siblings, then the younger kids would turn out better as well. Because the parents are only putting on act, the younger siblings end up more likely to become screw ups.

Sneeze With Me Now…

PoughkeepsieJournal.com – Preventing allergies might get a little dirty

Here’s the new wisdom: Early exposure to pets, peanuts and intestinal worms might actually be good for you, because they program the developing immune system to know the difference between real threats, such as germs, and Aunt Millie’s cat.Evidence to support this view has been mounting for more than a decade. But now, for the first time, researchers are beginning to test remedies based on these theories in patients. Other doctors are trying to make use of novel approaches to retrain the immune system once it’s too late and allergies set in.

“What we’ve learned is that it may, in fact, be important to be exposed early on to a sufficient quantity of allergy-causing substances to train the immune system that they are not a threat,” said Andy Saxon of the University of California-Los Angeles. “And, in people who already have allergies, we see for the first time where the problems lie, and we have new opportunities to tweak the system.”

Scientists base this radical new thinking about human allergies on a deeper understanding of how the immune system works. They have begun to exploit fresh insights to attack allergies and other immune diseases in unexpected ways. No longer content just to treat allergy symptoms, they hope to outwit the immune system and stop allergic responses before they start.

Why Kids Hate to Wear Coats

NPR : Why Kids Hate to Wear Coats

Kids would rather be the way they came into the world: naked. And as they adapt to the world of clothing, extra layers — particularly coats — add to their heightened perception of constriction.

“It feels like they’re being really tightly bound, and it feels bad,” says pediatrician Lynn Wegner.

There’s another legitimate reason that kids ditch their coats. Ellen Paulsen says parents don’t seem to get it: Kids don’t notice they’re cold, she says, because they’re running around like crazy.

Kids are comfortable because they’re active. Just as an adult who takes a jog in cold weather doesn’t need as many layers as someone who’s just standing around.

Career Day

Nice, the Pita posts are working again. The ones that were not showing up from all last week are not visible.

I would think that it was my computer that was the problem IF the posts had shown up on other computers.


Had fun Friday talking to middle school students for Career Day. Don’t know what to think of the guilty looking faces when I talk about hackers.


How about INCH – Institute for Naming Children Humanely? Ezra is not nearly as bad as some names I have heard.I did hear about this one girl who has a different last name than her parents because the dad mispelled it when he named her.