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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.)


Oct
17
comment How important is it to brush infant's teeth before vs. after the goodnight milk bottle?
Apparently the truth is a bit more complex: parenting.stackexchange.com/a/9173/147
Oct
17
revised How important is it to brush infant's teeth before vs. after the goodnight milk bottle?
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Oct
16
answered How important is it to brush infant's teeth before vs. after the goodnight milk bottle?
Sep
27
revised How to persuade lazy-to-think kids to learn mathematics?
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Sep
27
answered How to persuade lazy-to-think kids to learn mathematics?
Sep
27
comment How to persuade lazy-to-think kids to learn mathematics?
@MukeshKamath That's a valid answer, but doesn't it motivate the motivated? If someone sees no value in maths or worse, is struggling, they're just going to accept that they will never be class leader and become even more demotivated. A more persistent "level-up" system, where as you progress you get to "apprentice" or "journeyman" seems like it would help more.
Sep
24
comment Is putting a 9-year-old to bed early abusive?
This goes beyond the boundaries of the question, but I think the point you're making is important. I cannot imagine the problems it would add to my life if someone overheard a teacher calling me "abusive" about an early bedtime and missed the context of the situation. And this was apparently in front of other parents, so that's 100% given. Therefore I'd complaining politely to the head so fast there'd be rubber marks on the carpet.
Sep
23
comment Is putting a 9-year-old to bed early abusive?
I agree with this. If you are accused of abuse, and you aren't guilty of it, take it very seriously.
Sep
13
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
3
comment My toddler has dandruff in her hair, and we've found tiny insects on her scalp
@sabertabatabaeeyazdi That's more of a problem than the lice to be honest. Making her feel better about it should be an equal priority to getting rid of the blasted pests. Valkyrie's final paragraph is the most important thing here.
Aug
27
comment 14 yr old lesbian/bi daughter
Helps that you have another daughter: "Can Steve sleep over? No. Can Beth sleep over? No. No boys, no girls, no hermaphrodites, no transexuals, no goats. No sleeping together as long as you're living under our roof, until you're 18 and/or married. And even then, no to the goats, it's illegal, as they can't give consent."
Aug
27
comment 14 yr old lesbian/bi daughter
-1: For the "aware of what this means for her". Sorry, but plenty of people are going to let her know that she "shouldn't like who she likes". Home is where the support is needed. Also, not relevant to the question, there are other questions where I'd have left this answer unvoted, because "how do I cope with her homosexuality" is the question that was asked in that case, rather than "should her girlfriend be allowed to sleep over".
Aug
27
comment 14 yr old lesbian/bi daughter
+1: Claiming discrimination when it's exactly the same rule is fairly shameless manipulation. If she can claim it's not the same, fair enough, but that's on her.
Aug
27
answered 8-month old terrified of new caretakers
Aug
20
comment I am 24 years old. I found marijuana and ecstasy my 17 year old sister's room. What should I do?
@user1129682 No, seriously. Giving someone pills without their knowledge/consent, SERIOUS CRIME. I'll drop this now, but I think it's important that we don't recommend criminal activity on the site.
Aug
20
comment I am 24 years old. I found marijuana and ecstasy my 17 year old sister's room. What should I do?
@user1129682 Then you're really bad at assessing risk. Even a conviction of drug possession would be a slap on the wrist compared to a poisoning charge.
Aug
17
comment I am 24 years old. I found marijuana and ecstasy my 17 year old sister's room. What should I do?
+1, especially for hard data and for highlighting that the legal issues are more critical than the medical ones. I would say, that depending on the parents, telling them could be a good idea, as much to support the original questioner as to do anything about the real problem.
Aug
17
comment I am 24 years old. I found marijuana and ecstasy my 17 year old sister's room. What should I do?
@user1129682 Thinking about it, it's not just a bad idea. Switching pills that someone is taking for other pills is a criminal offence. If you spike my drink with laxatives, and I come to harm, you're in very serious trouble in the eyes of the law. I believe it's technically "battery".
Aug
17
comment I am 24 years old. I found marijuana and ecstasy my 17 year old sister's room. What should I do?
@justkt But by that token, there are plenty of successful people who've experimented with far harder drugs, and plenty of people who've wrecked their lives with nothing more illegal than cheap whisky and cigarettes. There are valid reasons having and taking illegal drugs are a bad idea. But overemphasising the risks to someone who's already taking them is not going to be productive, because it's the equivalent of telling them not to bite their nails or the boogeyman will bite their fingers off. It makes you seem like you don't know what you're talking about, and can therefore be ignored.
Aug
15
answered I am 24 years old. I found marijuana and ecstasy my 17 year old sister's room. What should I do?