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Lapsed Catholic. Luddite Geek. Shy Chatterbox. A mass of contradictions wrapped in an open enigma.

Some days, I really regret making http://stackoverflow.com/a/3638034/14250 a comm. wiki question. Then I get back to helping people solve problems rather than trying to help myself score rep. (Man, but 370 upvotes. Three. Hundred. And. Seventy.)


Mar
30
awarded  Yearling
Mar
28
comment How do I define 'rape' to an 8-year-old girl?
@MaulikV Okay, but I'd be cautious, as "forcefully embracing" implies a bear hug to me, which isn't the same thing.
Mar
28
revised How do I define 'rape' to an 8-year-old girl?
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Mar
28
answered How do I define 'rape' to an 8-year-old girl?
Mar
21
comment How do we stop our daughter rolling over and waking herself up?
Between the No Cry and eventually limited CIO (our adorable little bundle of impulses has a will of iron and the manipulation skills of a lil' blonde Lex Luthor), this answer worked best for us. It's a good idea to start with No Cry and then move to CIO once you've tried that, especially as you can do No Cry far earlier. Bottom line; systems help.
Mar
21
comment Is it OK for my children to eat solely carbs and fruit, which is what they want
+1 for the "random string bean" anecdote.
Mar
19
comment Should we put our baby in a helmet to mold her head?
@Imsurprenant How'd it go?
Mar
15
answered Are there drawbacks between reading stories from ebooks rather than paper books?
Mar
14
comment How can parents avoid making decisions based on nostalgia?
I get very cynical about articles like this: "I remember the good old days, when we wrestled that little kid with the glasses to the ground and pretended we'd gouge out his eyes with a knife, and the teacher didn't interfere. Happier, happier days." Always remember that "research professor of psychology at Boston College" is a successful product of his system. The kids who the system failed don't generally get columns in the Independent.
Mar
13
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How can I get my toddler to drink more water?
Mar
12
comment How can you offer other parents suggestions without making them defensive?
I don't know, parents can be very sensitive to "Oh, we wouldn't do that with our child" comments. They smack of "I desperately want to criticise your parenting, and this is as close as I dare". Which in this instance is a correct assumption.
Mar
10
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
6
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How do you differentiate between allowing the child to disagree with you and letting her get her way?
Mar
4
revised How do you differentiate between allowing the child to disagree with you and letting her get her way?
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Mar
4
comment How do you differentiate between allowing the child to disagree with you and letting her get her way?
From the bounty, I'm guessing my answer didn't meet all your needs. Is it not clear enough, or is there something I'm missing from your question?
Mar
3
comment Email and social media for pre-teens
One issue with this answer is that "Online Predators" are not particularly scary if you only plan to friend people you know from school. Did your 11-year old actually respond to "Scared Straight"?
Feb
27
comment Don't touch my hair!
For my 6 month old daughter, I used "Arya Splash?" as the warning. She learned to duck, block and weave, but it quickly turned into a game, and she stopped being so annoyed.
Feb
25
reviewed Approve suggested edit on solids tag wiki excerpt
Feb
25
awarded  Popular Question
Feb
24
answered How do you differentiate between allowing the child to disagree with you and letting her get her way?