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Mar
14
comment At what age should I explain to my kids that we don't believe in God?
Not a bad answer, but it feels you might be blurring science and religion there.
Mar
14
comment Is learning mathematics good to build personal character?
Define 'personal character'. I don't think this question is really answerable in its current form. But yea, in general, education builds character.
Mar
13
comment Help troubled 5 year old boy on 2nd suspension for kindergarten
"diagnosed with superior intelligence" ... not sure that's a medical issue. Regardless, you need professional counseling here. We simply can't answer the question on the internet. Try and find a child psychologist if you can. They can help steer you in a particular direction.
Mar
11
comment Is raising a child bilingually with English worth the effort?
"worth the effort" is a hard variable to answer given how subjective that answer will be in the context of parenting.
Mar
5
comment At what age should I explain to my kids that we don't believe in God?
@dave one does not have to frame it as a belief system to communicate that people believe in different things. For instance, in our family, we simply state 'mom believes this, dad does not'. That, in and of itself, communicates that people believe different things--including some that don't believe it at all.
Mar
5
answered At what age should I explain to my kids that we don't believe in God?
Mar
5
comment At what age should I explain to my kids that we don't believe in God?
While a valid question, if you are only at the 'thinking of adopting soon' stage, there's probably some other higher priority things to consider. ;)
Feb
18
comment How do you determine if a child is ready for a pet?
I think a parent just has to make that call based on what they know of their own child. One suggestion I'd have is to start small: Fish. Maybe a hamster.
Feb
5
comment 8yr old boy - afraid of too many things, too laid-back, lacks zeal to compete
We've talked to doctors and psychologists and tried a few medications. We found one that's been working fairly well. It's something that differs from child to child so it's hard to suggest broad solutions.
Feb
5
comment 8yr old boy - afraid of too many things, too laid-back, lacks zeal to compete
Our child is #2 and #3. #2, I think, just stems from being introverted. He enjoys competing, but could care less about winning or losing. In some ways, that's perhaps a good thing. As for #3, in his (and his dad's--ie, me) case = ADD.
Jan
27
comment Should we see a Speech Development Specialist?
All good advice about TV, but it doesn't address whether or not they should see a speech pathologist. (at almost 3 years, I'm th inking they should).
Jan
27
comment How can I get my mother to recognize that I've matured?
I think the only way to be older is to wait.
Jan
27
answered Should we see a Speech Development Specialist?
Jan
26
comment How does one address Christianity with their children in a mixed faith marriage?
Hard to answer this since religion is really a personal thing. I'm an atheist, but find theology a fascinating world. Perhaps that's one approach: world religions. Or if you want to just focus on Christianity, there's plenty of corporations that produce Sunday-school curriculums. Perhaps look through them to find one that fits your personal preferences.
Jan
24
comment How do you manage free time when you have kids?
While 'health problems' may very well be legitimate, saying a particular diet is a cure is silly. Suggesting they go see a doctor and consider diet changes would be a more appropriate suggestion.
Jan
24
comment How do I tell my mom that I am not Christian?
But if that's the type of parent we're dealing with, than the answer is "you can't explain it without upsetting her". (which I'd say is an acceptable answer, even if it doesn't directly answer the question)
Jan
23
comment How can I tell parents of a 1-year-old that they're doing it wrong?
Spending an hour a day with the child is huge. That's good of you. And good idea seeing if the girls can pitch in too. Good luck with it all!
Jan
23
comment How can I tell parents of a 1-year-old that they're doing it wrong?
If you're willing, I'd simply ask if they'd be OK with you helping with the 1 year old. There's a ton of other issues here (obviously) going on with the parents that you maybe don't have much hope in fixing, but if you can reach out to the one year old, at least the one year old has you.
Jan
22
comment Do babies who watch TV start speaking late?
TV is not good for babies, but it's impossible for us to tell you that is the issue here. You need to see your pediatrician and/or a pediatric speech pathologist.
Jan
22
comment How do I tell my mom that I am not Christian?
@clockwork-Muse I think that's a huge stretch to assume most Christians think other religions are bad. I'm sure many due, but certainly not anything close to 'most'. Also stating you will 'pray' for someone knowing they don't share your religion is just plain rude (if not insulting).