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Mar
3
comment I am 21 and I am terrified beyond belief of my father
@TimB if I had the kind of resources I mean, I could well afford to lose some, and could arrange for the scammer to receive negative consequences in that case. But your point is well taken.
Mar
1
comment I am 21 and I am terrified beyond belief of my father
If I had the resources I would personally organize a rescue, myself. Please hang in there and know that our hearts go out to you and that there is hope, you just have to stay strong no matter what happens. Eventually, you will be able to better your situation!
Jan
27
comment Anything wrong with eggs and bacon every day for my kids' breakfast?
@DA01 I dont' agree about bacon and eggs being a problem at age 30. See my answer!
Jan
27
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Jan
27
revised Anything wrong with eggs and bacon every day for my kids' breakfast?
The word "everyday" is an adjective. Changed to "every day", which is a noun. Fixed up grammar and removed "thanks" as well.
Jan
27
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Jan
27
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Jan
19
comment My toddler calls me “Mommy”, but I'm his father
My son called every animal in the world " 'ina" (after our cat Tina). And he still, at age 9, occasionally slips up and says "Mom" to me (usually after he's been deep in thought) but then corrects himself before continuing. I wouldn't worry about it (he has no confusion about animals now :) ).
Oct
19
comment 6 yo too competitive for his own good
@MasonWheeler Something about your attitude there sits wrong with me, even though your words seem on the surface reasonable. Kids can always be encouraged to improve their focus, care, attention, and so on—those are easy in my experience with my own child. But working hard is a trait that is much harder to encourage later once the child has gotten used to focusing on "being excellent". Please read the book "Nurture Shock" for some science backing up what I'm saying.
Oct
19
comment 6 yo too competitive for his own good
Be careful to praise for hard work & effort, and immediately cease all praise for results. Praising kids for results harms them in this exact way!
Aug
26
revised What are possible risks to a child's health from having an indoor cat?
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Aug
26
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Aug
13
comment At what age should opposite-sex siblings stop bathing together?
I just wish people would teach their kids (at some age) the difference between a vulva and a vagina. Not that you don't know, but in reality the parts you've named aren't really well-matched opposites.
May
9
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May
6
comment Anything wrong with eggs and bacon every day for my kids' breakfast?
Supposedly nitrate-free bacon that has celery powder or sea salt isn't nitrate free. The manufacturers are just playing a shell game with you. Feed nitrate water to celery. Cut down celery. Extract nitrates. "Celery powder"!
May
6
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Feb
3
comment Will getting child care from a non-native English speaker impact my child's language development?
I don't think that requiring the "staff speak reasonably accent-free" is supportable with any objective evidence. As long as the child has a large enough source of accent-free English to provide the proper feedback loop (even television) then they learn fine. While I don't have any scientific studies to point to, either, I do have my own experience with my son spending most of his time with a non-native English speaker (see my own answer) and having no problems.
Oct
10
comment How to discipline 2yo who still does not talk
I think a warning is appropriate if you have reason to believe the child didn't know the behavior was wrong or the rule is new and he hasn't integrated his awareness of it yet. However, outside of those conditions, I believe that warnings are disrespectful to children, and in fact are counterproductive. If you are 100% consistent and the child gets the negative result every time, no matter what (and it doesn't have to be punishment, better forms of discipline can work), then he will better integrate the rule. Giving warnings is harmful.
Jun
4
comment My son wants to bring a present to a birthday party where “no presents” was specified on the invitation
This. Thank you. This was much better than a list of moral obligations.
Jun
4
comment My son wants to bring a present to a birthday party where “no presents” was specified on the invitation
Put this another way: How are we supposed to know that a simple "no gifts, please" on an invitation, in a culture with the tradition of giving gifts, is about a deeply-held belief trumping other beliefs and requiring no questioning?