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Since I can see it in her eyes that she wants to communicate but is not able to and I can see it bothering her a lot. One of the Amerind languages was reputed to be so hard that native children weren't fluently competent until about age 8. It is possible that if a child needs to speak 4 languages, it will take longer before they reach competency in all ...


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Most babies start to roll "almost by accident", a typical example would be when they - placed on their tummy - lift their head too far up and sideways and "topple over", or, laid on their back, lift head and feet and topple sideways. Even if they manage rolling in one direction, it takes a few days to weeks until they can turn back at will. Leading to the ...


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I do it by day of the month not by number of weeks. 4 weeks doesn't make a month. We have 52 weeks in a year. If we calculate by 4 weeks a month then we need to have 13 months in a year. Just calculate this way. So your baby will be one month old on August 18th.


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I think the distinction between pessimism and skepticism lies in intent. Skepticism is a tool we use to learn more. Pessimism is a hang-up some of us have that we use to "protect our biases" (almost the opposite of healthy skepticism). I think the way you encourage children to be healthy skeptics instead of pessimists is a little counter-intuitive for ...


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Honest, but not secretive. If your child asks for your opinion, give it. And also give the context, and what other people think. Giving an amount of information that indicates you expect your child to take your word as opinion rather than gospel will do far more to develop critical thinking skills than handing books and sermons on the type of sceptical ...


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I am very much a skeptic - in the true 'scientific method' meaning. Skeptical of everything. I am also, apparently, the most optimistic and positive person in my group of friends and acquaintances. To me the world is generally a good place, and the majority of people are good to each other, themselves and the environment. I feel a large number of people who ...


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Two parts to your question. First, you are concerned about passing the pessimism and negative side of your personality. On that, I would say that passing on our personality to our kids is inevitable. At least some of it will rub off. I cringe when I see some of my bad habits and character traits in my kids. But it can be minimized, and for that there ...


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This is a valid concern, and it's admirable that you're honest enough to admit that the degree with which you feel negatively about things is not necessarily the best outlook. As you've noted, critical thinking is different from pessimism/cynicism. If you want to keep the latter out of your child's thinking, you'll need to keep your judgements to yourself. ...



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