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Husband, Father, Catholic ... also a corporate IT stooge, just waiting for the scorn and ridicule to be heaped upon me.

Feb
19
comment When did you let your child play around your house unattended? (by herself)
@Treb Yes ... the nanny state is encouraging people to think that the government needs to get involved in everything.
Feb
19
comment Moving with our bilingual child
@Treb Indoctrination instead of education is common everywhere unfortunately.
Feb
19
comment What should one look for in first firearms training for children?
Great question! I would answer, but @HedgeMage nailed it.
Feb
19
comment What should one look for in first firearms training for children?
+1 Nice answer .. I can't add a thing!
Feb
19
comment What would be a effective way to explain pornography?
@TorbenGundtofte-Bruun I think saarthak answered the question very precisely. He will tell his children that porn is contrary to the values in which he believes, which include chastity and purity. Absent those values, what exactly is wrong with porn?
Feb
19
comment What would be a effective way to explain pornography?
@DA01 Would you show porn to your kids? Why not?
Feb
19
comment What would be a effective way to explain pornography?
Pedantic note: Who cares about efficient. You want effective.
Feb
19
comment Ideas for dealing with a 16 month old toddler who likes to climb things?
+1 I Concur ... it is called being parents. Toddlers need to be watched and managed. There really is no way around it.
Jan
12
comment Is it ever okay to tell a kid you disagree with their parents?
Except it doesn't answer the "should I disagree" question. I completely agree with Karl that being loving and supportive of the kids is important. But more important is not maligning the parents to their kids.
Jan
3
comment How do you control the quantity of sweets and junk food a pre-teen eats?
+1 to counter @bobobobo .. looking forward to dessert 1 meal a week is hardly making it routine, in fact it is just the opposite. This approach seems like a great way to get the kids into the habit of not expecting sweets routinely.
Nov
13
comment What are some tips for making an international flight with a toddler?
@JeffAtwood That depends on the 20 month old. My 19 year old (girl) started talking at around 14 months and hasn't shut up since.
Nov
13
comment What are some tips for making an international flight with a toddler?
Liberal use of Benadryl can prove helpful ....
Nov
12
comment How do you convince your son to poop in the toilet?
I suspect that this is a patience problem .. it takes too long. Streaks are a symptom of inadequate cleaning, which is another example of impatience.
Nov
5
comment How can I negotiate with a toddler successfully?
I never cared for "1-2-3". The child will learn quickly that compliance is not needed until the parent starts counting. It also is confrontational, escalates emotional intensity, and requires threatening the child. Better just to give the command, and if there is no compliance, apply consequences.
Nov
5
comment How old is old enough for a child to have their ears pierced?
Seriously ... "human right to bodily integrity"? You are making way too much of this question. Then you contradict yourself by allowing the kids to make the choice at 4, which is way to young to make any decision with long term consequences.
Nov
5
comment How do I get an easily distracted 5 year old to eat more?
I like the discipline and I like the snack avoidance. Perhaps I am missing something, but I don't see how this addresses the actual question. It addresses the child not eating at mealtime, not the child having a poor appetite and not getting enough food to be healthy.
Nov
4
comment How do I get an easily distracted 5 year old to eat more?
This is a good approach. +1 for the note about phases and variable food needs.
Nov
4
comment What is the best strategy for adjusting an toddler's sleep cycle during Daylight Savings?
A few years ago the DST transition dates in the US were changed. I believe they moved 1 week later in the fall and 1 week earlier in the spring.
Nov
4
comment What is the best strategy for adjusting an toddler's sleep cycle during Daylight Savings?
I despise DST .. moving the clocks around is silly, and it embodies government stupidity. Rather than change operating hours of the offices, which is easy, they require an stupid, costly change from EVERYBODY. /END RANT
Nov
3
comment How do I get an easily distracted 5 year old to eat more?
So what does your pediatrician think? And what are the comparative weight percentile numbers?