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Mar
19
comment How important is it for a mother to have help around the house when she has several young children?
@anongoodnurse Well, in this case you'd be evaluating how she's doing with the kids over 2 months, and how much she's struggling.
Mar
19
comment How should the children be taught to be wary of online predators?
Their age, what they plan to use the internet for, how responsible/trusting you believe them to be, what your neighbourhood is like, how much time you spend with them, the kind of other kids they hang out with, what you're comfortable talking about with them; there's a lot of stuff... Basically, there are a lot of general answers we can give, but those are trivially googlable. If it's not for a specific child and just a general question, then more a more specific case would still be helpful.
Feb
24
comment How to comfort my dad?
@MatthewRead Agreed. Depends on your family as to whether that sort of rough humour works, and this seems like a case to avoid.
Feb
24
comment I seem to have good talks with my 16 yr old son about his life but then he is texting his friend trashing me?
@MartinFawls Note that I don't say you can't be a friend. You could replace "dad" with "friend" in that part and it still works as a concept. But yeah, if you have to choose between Dad and Friend, only you can be the Dad
Feb
23
comment I seem to have good talks with my 16 yr old son about his life but then he is texting his friend trashing me?
@Zaibis I absolutely agree that the rules might be too strict and potentially harmful, but that's a different issue to what's being described here. If the question was about "when's an appropriate curfew" or mentioned a curfew at all, that would be one thing, but here you'd be basically arguing that he should be allowed to illegally intoxicate in order to make friends; I'd struggle to make that argument.
Feb
9
comment Is there an evidence-based study regarding the long-term psychological effects of spanking?
This should be closed as duplicate, the answers here are probably the best available, and if there are better answers they should go on that question instead
Dec
6
comment At what age child can get a game console?
Let us continue this discussion in chat.
Dec
6
comment At what age child can get a game console?
Agreed; my own answer literally reads "Parents should parent"; but my feeling is that you should take an interest in your children's interests, rather than necessarily discouraging them.
Dec
6
comment At what age child can get a game console?
I am also skeptical about the concept that "not playing computer games is no risk at all". Logically this can then be extended to literally every non-essential activity from singing to bungee-jumping. For example, there is fundamentally less risk of a blood infection not blackberry picking/dog walking than blackberry picking/dog walking. And your logic would seem to mean that your children can only be interested in things that you are, because "why would you help your child build a habit that you don't endorse"?
Dec
6
comment At what age child can get a game console?
True, these studies don't make as many headlines, but that's because the incidents are taking up all the space.
Dec
6
comment At what age child can get a game console?
"studies have shown that excessive computer gaming is correlated to emotional and behavioural problems". Citation needed. For example: "There is no such correlation between behavioral problems and other play" is completely inaccurate, as violent sport like football, soccer and boxing obviously and academically correlates with violent behaviour
Nov
24
comment Will I become a lighter sleeper after my child is born?
Trust me, you'll wake up when your wife smacks you in the face and shouts "IT'S YOUR TURN!"
Nov
24
comment How do I tell if my child is advanced at maths?
@EngrStudent I think we're in agreement here. I never suggested that it matters "if he invented it", but if he's grasped that "1.5 + 1.5 = 3" refers to real objects and can be applied further, or if he's just memorised the words that he's been told. Where you said "walk the road", I used "extensible concept", but they mean the same thing.
Nov
20
comment How do I make my nocturnal 4mo baby sleep at night?
Couple of related questions: parenting.stackexchange.com/questions/6288/…
Nov
20
comment How do I tell if my child is advanced at maths?
I've updated the title to be more specific, which removed the word "Gifted" as that always causes more friction than for example, "advanced". If you feel that the word gifted is critical, feel free to rollback my change, which you can do through this link
Jun
16
comment How should I inform parents if their children are bothering me?
+100 for "my problem". It's not unfair to ask people for help with your problems, but at the end of the day, your problems are not theirs.
Jun
2
comment Is there a downside to giving a preschooler band-aids when he doesn't really need them?
+1: if only for confirmation that this is not just our problem.
Apr
30
comment Should Disney princess movies be avoided?
Interesting. I actually take more issue with Princess and the Frog than any of the others. It's the only one with the central message "no matter how hard you work, you gotta find a man, honey". And by central message, I mean, literally the middle song is "don't work hard, get married".
Apr
29
comment Can children be educated without a family by professionals?
I think this is an interesting hypothetical (if well trodden ground, as this is Plato's idea of family rearing), and I'm not sure if it's subjective, as there is research and thought experiments on this stretching 2,000+ years. However, I'm not sure if it's useful to the community, in the same way as "What are alternatives to using computers" is not a long-term helpful question on superuser. I'd suggest this would go better at WorldBuilding or possibly philosophy?
Mar
31
comment When is corporal punishment abuse, really?
What's always interesting to me is where does this end? If you believe that pain is an acceptable, why is hitting your spouse considered wrong as long as it is also "delivered in a loving way"? Why is it not okay for someone to knock down and kick someone who queue jumps? In essence, why is it only okay when it's a child? Maybe it's just my need for simplicity, but I'd really have a hard time justifying to my daughter that it's not okay for her to push another child, but it's fine for me to hold her down and hit her.