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Dec
2
comment Why do kids always do things which we tell them NOT to do?
Because they are humans with their own free will. 'tis human nature.
Dec
1
comment What to buy to prepare for the arrival of a new baby?
I've never heard of noodles for car seats! But it makes sense. As for isofix, do note that it's not a cure-all. One still has to make sure things are proper. Where our kids grew up, you could also go to any fire station and they'd come out and thoroughly inspect the installation of the car seat for you for free.
Dec
1
comment What studies exist regarding computer usage and computer game playing that support limiting access?
On-line interactions being notoriously uninhibited is a gigantic drawback, IMHO--especially for kids--namely in the preteen/teenage years. It's even a problem for adults. Read the comments at the bottom of nearly any online newspaper article and you will see humans interacting with each other in truly offensive ways. Now, that said, there are other benefits to online socializing--a big one being like the SE sites...it allows people to search out others with like interests a lot easier. One can find groups to fit-in with online that don't always exist in their particular region.
Dec
1
comment What studies exist regarding computer usage and computer game playing that support limiting access?
Also, I wouldn't say reading is anti-social as much as I'd say it's solitary. Being well read can actually be a great benefit to one's social abilities.
Dec
1
comment What studies exist regarding computer usage and computer game playing that support limiting access?
No scientific references, but, in general, I think the issue is typically about passive vs. involved and sedentary vs. physically active. In otherwords, TV has been shown to be harmful in that it's mentally passive and physically sedentary. But something like playing a puzzle based video game, or any active Wii game, starts moving towards mentally involved, physically active activities.
Dec
1
comment How can my 7yo daugher increase her attention span in school?
I think this is a good answer if the issue happens to be teaching style. It may very well be that, but it's also a bit premature, IMHO, to just assume the teacher isn't skillful enough to retain one particular child's attention.
Nov
29
comment When do kids usually stop believing in Santa Claus?
Santa isn't real. There is no god. School is mostly pointless. It's not what you know, it's who you know. Good guys usually finish last. Drugs won't kill you. Sex is fun.
Nov
29
comment When do kids usually stop believing in Santa Claus?
@william, you claim that coping with reality is the point of parenting, but deny the simple logic that gods can only exist for those that believe in them. So it's a contradictory mindset. Which isn't bad, by any means. We humans believe all sorts of different things whether they are based on reality or not.
Nov
29
comment When do kids usually stop believing in Santa Claus?
As for the Jesus comment, yes, this will start a flame war, but Santa is as real as Jesus in that they are both based on people that lived at one time who now have myths built up around them. Coincidently, at least near xmas, their myths deliver the same messages: be good and nice to each other.
Nov
29
comment When do kids usually stop believing in Santa Claus?
How about a SPOILER ALERT!?
Nov
4
comment How can I help my 3 year old son to be more mature according to his age?
There's way too many unknowns for us to be much help. I'd trust your teachers and pediatricians.
Nov
4
comment What is the best strategy for adjusting an toddler's sleep cycle during Daylight Savings?
this is an idea that sounds absurd at first, but actually is an interesting concept. This is actually an interesting idea for a clock...a clock that instead of flipping the hour at 2 am instead adjusts itself by 10 minutes each evening the 6 days leading up to it. Granted, the rest of the world wouldn't be coordinated with you...
Nov
4
comment What is the best strategy for adjusting an toddler's sleep cycle during Daylight Savings?
Given that most adults don't adjust naturally, I'm not sure there's a whole lot to do for the kid. I really wish DST would die already.
Oct
31
comment When should a child transition through the different car seats, to none, and to the front seat?
Well, the guidelines are pretty much weight and height. The age can be used as a generic ballpark, but kids at these ages have quite a range of sizes, so it really is best to focus on weight/height.
Oct
30
comment When should a child transition through the different car seats, to none, and to the front seat?
The 'age' row is mostly irrelevant.
Oct
30
comment When is it too old to go Trick or Treating?
Yea, I was going to say the same thing...are we talking about the same halloween?
Oct
28
comment ADD Children and writing - tips, tricks?
Well, no, my mother denies it even being a condition. Had I had some meds as a child, things may have been a lot easier for me. My dad clearly has it and has developed some rather awkward (if not humorous and annoying) coping skills on his own...a big part of that being my mother's nagging. ;) Again, your suggested methods are certainly valid and helpful, though!
Oct
28
comment ADD Children and writing - tips, tricks?
All good ideas. The tech solutions have got me thinking now of a software product...hmm...
Oct
28
comment ADD Children and writing - tips, tricks?
Every human procrastinates. ADD isn't simple procrastination, though.
Oct
28
comment ADD Children and writing - tips, tricks?
ADD is very different than just procrastination. Yes, it is what it is but it is something and there are things you can do about it. Hence the question. Your response, alas, is exactly how my mother handled it for me...which was sheer torture of 18 years of nagging. The medicine has helped a lot, as are the coping skills, of which you mention which are very valid coping skills. KNOWING I had ADD itself was a big help. Just being more aware of the issue has helped me in adulthood, so I can't say 'not talking about it' as being the best idea.