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Jun
15
comment Do we have a recourse against an anonymous parent making our child's life harder?
The typical solution is a lawyer. Not the most pleasant solution for you nor the school, but sometimes that's what it takes. It's typically legally required that schools make accommodations for students with needs like this. I do have to second Ben, though. Seems to be a very odd explanation from the school. It could be that the other parent has already had to jump through their own hoops and is now upset someone else is now 'getting away' with a more casual accommodation and the school is worried about a lawsuit coming from the other direction.
Jun
4
comment Are there any concrete citations for the range of expected costs of raising a child?
But I have to agree with the others. If you're asking to see if you can afford it, the answer is: No. No one can afford it. But we all get by.
Jun
4
comment Are there any concrete citations for the range of expected costs of raising a child?
"If you have to ask how much it is, you can't afford it..."
May
5
comment How to explain racial stereotypes in classic films
For a 2 year old, I'd suggest not showing racist material until he's older for you to properly explain it.
Apr
30
comment Adult social media etiquette
A typical rule in a lot of households is that a child has to friend their parents. It's just about keeping an eye on things...also encourages kids to think about what they post.
Apr
21
comment What's the best way to respond when parents have kids put a helmet on a kid's head in a way that doesn't help that much?
"right way looks dorky, uncool" = complete aside, why haven't we figured out how to fix that yet? Seems after 20 so years or so someone would have figured out a slightly less dorky bike helmet by now. (but to offer a bit of an answer...I, for one, wouldn't be insulted by someone asking me if they could help me fit my child's safety equipment a bit better to make it that much safer...)
Apr
10
comment visual stimulation videos for infants
Small clarification: It's not easy to sue Disney. They have an army of lawyers. :)
Apr
10
comment Walking barefoot is bad for my child health?
The flu is a virus. A cold floor is just a cold floor. Not sure there's a strong connection between the two. At most, you may end up with cold feet.
Apr
9
comment Could it be ADHD?
It could be anything. Or likely a combination of things. It's never too late to get help, though.
Apr
7
comment First keyboard: Qwerty or Dvorak?
@TorbenGundtofte-Bruun FWIW, our oldest son writes most of his reports with OSX's built in voice recognition.
Apr
7
comment First keyboard: Qwerty or Dvorak?
@TorbenGundtofte-Bruun I was speaking more tongue-in-cheek than anything, but that said, Siri is certainly mainstream.
Apr
7
comment First keyboard: Qwerty or Dvorak?
Keyboards? That's so last century. Kids these days will be using gestures and voice and glasses for input.
Mar
22
comment Dealing with teens and pornography?
"it's your job to make it impossible" = that's an impossible job.
Mar
19
comment Enforcing minority languages at home
I believe you're making an assumption that there's "only so much room for language" in their heads and that English will get in the way of the others. That's not the case. Child minds are gigantic sponges. A 3rd language isn't any hindrance to the other two.
Mar
18
comment Should parents of young children set an example of socializing by using Facebook?
This reads like a troll post. (If it's not, my apologies, but in that case I'd point out: If you want to teach your children how to socialize, stop using Facebook)
Mar
13
comment Why do my parents start ridiculing me in front of my friends?
There's ridicule of who you are today and then there's "embarrassing stories of when you were a kid". The intent of each is quite different. The former is just being a jerk. The latter is just being a parent.
Mar
10
comment When should my multi-lingual child start kindergarten?
Umm...No Child Left Behind was George Bush's mandate--not that I'm entirely sure that NCLB has anything to do with your question.
Mar
10
comment How to deal with a teenage daughter who refuses to dress modestly
" else can we verify what she's wearing without having our other kids spy on her" = I think that's the key. You can't. Either you need to find compromise, or assume that she'll just keep on breaking your rule. Since you were asking more for our opinion, I'd say she's being a normal 15 year old girl in this day and age in terms of what she's wearing. You may want to take that into stronger consideration and see if there is compromise to be found. You want knee length, she wants no-length. Can you (literally) meet in the middle?
Mar
10
comment What's the right (average) age to transition from Duplo to Lego?
If they are out of choking stage, just get some LEGOs. If they start playing with them, then you know!
Feb
18
comment What exactly is the problem with the Television?
downvoter...care to comment?