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Dec
16
comment How do I figure out why my child no longer likes preschool?
I'd start by talking to the school...namely the teacher and counselors. See if they have any insights or observations.
Dec
15
answered What is the impact on kids of having two working parents?
Dec
15
comment What is the impact on kids of having two working parents?
We here in the US like to say we're pro-family, but really, we're not. Lack of mandatory vacations, lack sane maternity leaves, lack of universal health care, lack of properly subsidized day care, etc, etc.
Dec
14
comment How can I stop my toddler from having nightmares about robots?
I'm not a doctor or psychologist. Just a parent. Maybe pick up a wall.e book? Show him that Wall.e is a friendly robot.
Dec
12
comment What precautions do I need to take in the event that my baby is born with Hemophelia?
I'm not up on current US health insurance changes that are in effect other than children can no longer be denied--but I don't think any sort of employer mandated providing of health care has kicked in yet.
Dec
12
comment What precautions do I need to take in the event that my baby is born with Hemophelia?
It was more of an empathetic statement. I know it's not a practical answer. It's definitely a frustrating situation and hopefully the US will eventually catch up to the rest of the world so that these types of issues aren't so stress inducing.
Dec
12
comment How accurate are the “Suggested Age Ranges” of toys?
Those air powered ball poppers are AWESOME. There is no upper age limit. I kinda wish I had one now.
Dec
12
comment How accurate are the “Suggested Age Ranges” of toys?
I am not a lawyer, though I believe these are usually based on "what's the minimum age where we can reduce the number of lawsuits enough that it warrants the loss of sales to ages below it" type of formulas. As for maximum age, that's probably coming from the marketing department. "At age six, we can market them a new toy that they have to purchase." Cynical? Maybe. But that's business.
Dec
12
comment What precautions do I need to take in the event that my baby is born with Hemophelia?
Wasn't meant to be sarcastic nor a joke.
Dec
12
comment What precautions do I need to take in the event that my baby is born with Hemophelia?
Sounds like the best precaution would be to move to a nation with universal health care that offers those born there with citizenship.
Dec
11
comment As an atheist, how should I explain theism to my children?
No, atheism is not a religion. Use a dictionary, please.
Dec
11
comment As an atheist, how should I explain theism to my children?
Religion is confusing. I'd argue that your husbands exploration in adulthood will lead to a much more clear end-result then had he been blindly fed one particular flavor of it growing up (as most of us get)
Dec
11
answered As an atheist, how should I explain theism to my children?
Dec
11
comment As an atheist, how should I explain theism to my children?
"How do you know that?". It's called 'critical thinking'.
Dec
11
comment How should a child be prepared for adulthood?
I'm 38. I'm still trying to figure out how to be an adult. Honestly, I think being an adult sucks. My advice to any kid is to be a kid as long as you can. You only have one life. Live on your terms (while obviously respecting everyone else's).
Dec
9
comment How to deal with a bedwetting teenager?
I concur. I suggest investigating a psychological evaluation and/or some sleep study observations.
Dec
8
comment Cleaning bathtub toys that squirt water
diluted bleach soak once in a while worked for us.
Dec
7
comment To medicate or not to medicate?
That kind of stigma is unfair and illogical so I wouldn't put to much weight behind it.
Dec
7
comment What studies exist regarding computer usage and computer game playing that support limiting access?
Perhaps it's a bit of vicarious guilt. "I wish my parents exposed me to more things than they did so I should try a bit harder with my kids." On the other hand, indulgences left unchecked aren't always good either. For instance, I know my kids would eat McDonalds for every meal if they could. :)
Dec
7
comment What studies exist regarding computer usage and computer game playing that support limiting access?
I see it as a difference in both frequency and magnitude. Either way, yes, the solution is the same. It's just that also requires a different magnitude of intervention. IMHO, of course. As for last question, I think it's both. I think a person can likely be much more mean online than they otherwise would be in person, and can be subjected to more meanness online than they otherwise would be in person. (Again, just my opinion)