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Dec
28
revised Is it bad for a child to sit on their feet?
Reworded question to remove vague 'many say'
Dec
27
comment Is it bad for a child to sit on their feet?
@JPmiaou just to let you know, Pluto is no longer a planet, there is no such thing as a Brontosaurus, Starfish are now called Sea Stars, and kids now sit 'pretzel style'. ;) (These are things I've learned in the past few years of our kids' schooling.)
Dec
27
comment Are there techniques for sleep training that actually teach a child how to sleep?
While it doesn't answer your question, as a father who went through this as well, I do miss those days. While it can be frustrating at the time, I think the key is for dad to relax, and enjoy the bonding time. I know it's really easy to say that in hindsight, and I probably would have ignored my own advice back then, but for what it's worth...
Dec
27
comment How do I discipline my 4 year old for not playing with schoolmates?
@morah I'd suggest rewording it per Beofett's suggestion.
Dec
27
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Dec
27
comment How do I discipline my 4 year old for not playing with schoolmates?
@morah I agree with Beofett that there is a valid way to word this question, but asking us how to change typical age-appropriate behavior seems rather peculiar.
Dec
27
comment How do I discipline my 4 year old for not playing with schoolmates?
"This is completely unacceptable". Uh...she's 4. This is rather typical.
Dec
23
comment How can my 7yo daugher increase her attention span in school?
If it's purely an issue of boredom (meaning the coursework is help her level) then that's perfectly good advice. But if the issue is, say, ADD, then busy-work does nothing to help with attention. In fact, it can make things worse.
Dec
21
comment Should we use our (convertible) car seat when flying with our two-year old?
There's the safety issue that there's small chance of turbulence and the standard seat belt not sufficing. There's also the reality that kids HATE being stuck in an airplane seat. (well, so do we adults). Maybe we're really bad parents, but we've often opted to let the kid have a bit of freedom on the plane vs. annoying 100 other people with 3 hours of tantrums.
Dec
21
comment Should I discourage my son from “stealing” toys from Let's Rock Elmo?
No, it's just a toy. ;)
Dec
21
comment I don't like my child's teacher's teaching style
In the US, teachers have little to no direct control over curriculum in the public school system. They certainly have influence in terms of what the district may adopt, as do parents, but so does the school board, legislatures and lobbyists. Not that any of that should prevent an open dialogue as you suggest. Just go in with realistic expectations. Teachers can only tailor their teaching to individuals to a certain extent. The alternative is to hire one's own private tutors.
Dec
21
comment How should I handle academic disagreement with a teacher?
"A qualified teacher should know the difference between facts and opinions." = on the subject of History, that is not always a clear line. As for letting parents choose teachers, how, exactly, would that work in any practical manner? It barely works at the college level. I can't imagine a public school system having to let every parent choose specific teachers each year.
Dec
20
comment How should I handle academic disagreement with a teacher?
Well, there you go. It's quite easy to characterize Columbus with facts as well. So at some point, facts will lead to a particular opinion. The opinion is debatable (as is all history) but to expect a teacher to not have opinions on the topic of history is asking for the impossible. I think the first step in resolving this specific concern of the OPs is to understand that history will inevitably be FULL of opinion. The key is having their child understand how to learn (asking lots of questions) rather than trying to dictate a specific curriculum. (IMHO)
Dec
20
comment Disagreeing with a teacher
Please don't start new questions to clarify old ones. Go back and edit your old questions.
Dec
20
comment How should I handle academic disagreement with a teacher?
Also, please don't bother a principal about a teacher who maybe points out that due to Columbus' track record, he doesn't seem like a nice guy. Teachers and Principals have so many more serious issues to contend with every day. This is History, history is very much opinion anyways. The idea of leaning history is to gather viewpoints and data and try to make an understanding of it.
Dec
20
comment How should I handle academic disagreement with a teacher?
I'm going to Godwin this topic! So, if a teacher says "Hitler was not a nice man" is that bad teaching? Is having and sharing that opinion a sign of poor teaching?
Dec
20
comment I don't like my child's teacher's teaching style
If you were sincere, then my apologies. There's all sorts of homework I disagree that our children should have to do (I'm actually against homework in general). That said, I understand the reality that an education system targetted at the general public will never please everyone all the time and that it's best to pick our battles. Not sure alphabetizing is a major one.
Dec
20
answered How should I handle academic disagreement with a teacher?
Dec
20
comment Can rocking an infant make her too dependent on it?
Not sure a comforting rocking is a fair equivalency to fast food grease.
Dec
19
comment My kids are asking for Angry Birds Knock On Wood for the holidays, is it safe?
But 'safe' is a relative term. I imagine this game is as safe as stacking up blocks and throwing a ball at them.