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Dec
6
comment How can we help my 7 year old quit sucking her thumb?
I'm making this a comment because it's purely anecdotal: I sucked my thumb until I was about seven. My parents (read: mother) told me that if I stopped, I would get big girl furniture for my room. So I did; if I thought about thumbsucking, I'd read a book instead (reading required both hands) or I'd go play with toys or something. At night, I'd sleep with my right hand (my preferred thumb) under my pillow and/or under my head so that I wouldn't suck it by accident. It was hard, but Big Girl Furniture for my room was way more important to me than thumbsucking. I also realize it was bribery, ha!
Nov
18
comment How do you respond to a teenager who has started to smoke?
You'll also have your sense of smell and taste diminished significantly. Like food? Enjoy ash!
Nov
18
comment How do you respond to a teenager who has started to smoke?
Also, the terminal patients are usually much older, and "rebellious youth" will likely not feel the pressing nature of the message.
Nov
14
comment What are important legal and financial steps for new parents?
As this can differ from nation to nation, based on legalities and whatever legal system they have in place, if you could specify your location (even something as general as North America) that would help significantly. :)
Nov
2
comment When and how should I teach my kids to touch-type?
If you go with the software route, I emphatically suggest using Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing which is what I used growing up. It taught me home rows, and the basic touch-typing skills that I then perfected in instant messenger conversations. With eight people. All at once. Nothing like IRC/AIM to force a person to type faster and better.
Oct
26
comment Can I save rice cereal for short periods of time?
I think this belongs on cooking.stackexchange.com and isn't really on topic here. =\
Oct
19
comment How should a parent react when their child comes out of the closet to them?
@tomjedrz This is a wiki-style site. If you feel that's the better title for this question, you can edit it to reflect that.
Oct
18
comment How should a parent react when their child comes out of the closet to them?
No, I think the answer could very well include such feelings. The "advice" then would simply be not to be directly insulting to the child and to be conscientious of the words that you say. Disapproval is perfectly acceptable -- how you display that disapproval is what matters.
Oct
17
comment How should a parent react when their child comes out of the closet to them?
@DA01 Obviously, I agree, but not every parent is an extreme perspective (zealot vs hippie) and I know that my parents, for example, aren't very religious but are quite conservative. The question is for the in-between. More importantly, this is a question I think a lot of parents struggle with but aren't comfortable asking people about In Real Life.
Sep
27
comment How can we prepare our child for the arrival of adopted siblings?
@Sarato -- thank you for cleaning this up! :D
Sep
23
comment How do I help my son with fine motor skills?
Yes, please do! I'd love to hear if your son is doing better with his fine motor skills. :)
Sep
21
comment Recommended reading for first-time father?
Not reading, but since you're a several-thousand-rep user on SO/SU, you might find this question quite relevant to your interests. :)
Sep
20
comment What would be a good kit for cardboard construction projects for a pre-teen?
Brads are particularly cool because then she can make joints that can move, like a waving arm or some such. I used to make hand fans out of cardstock and brads when I was younger. They wore out fast, though.
Sep
20
comment What would be a good kit for cardboard construction projects for a pre-teen?
Those are called brads. :)
Sep
15
comment Are glass baby food jars safe to reuse?
My family did this, too. :D
Sep
15
comment How can I make my preschool child brush his teeth, and similar mandatory tasks?
But, @DanBeale, cinnamon and not mint is the natural antibacterial. I understand not using bubblegum flavor, but cinnamon or plain should be okay.
Sep
14
comment What consequences are appropriate for pre-teens?
I'd like to note that the trick question only works if the child feels like they've messed up and so feel guilty for it. One with more, shall we say, chutzpah might simply brush off the question. Be wary of this trick being transparent as the get older.
Sep
12
comment In what ways can you help a child develop self-control and delayed or deferred gratification?
Ross, my larger point was that her ability to develop delayed gratification aside, her parents setting good examples for her are more likely to keep her from developing debt or dropping out of college. The OP and his partner/significant other being, demonstrating, and rewarding her ability to be patient will, in my humble opinion, give their daughter the skills and values she will need to be successful. Basically, I was trying to tell the OP to have a little faith. :)
Sep
8
comment What are some ways to encourage a gifted toddler's development?
Fair enough, @Martha, but in the poster's defense, he's asking that, assuming the child is, in fact gifted, what can they do to encourage this.
Sep
8
comment Is there an alternative to Boy/Girl Scouts in the US?
I was a municipal liaison to a B&GC for a summer. It was one of the best experiences of my life.