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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.)


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comment Why are women taught to relax as much as possible during childbirth?
@Jax Listen, the last time I'm telling my wife to relax is when she's heavily armed.
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comment Why are women taught to relax as much as possible during childbirth?
@anongoodnurse Agreed, added. (To be honest, most of this advice is the same that you get in gym class when you get a stitch, but I agree that some references are needed).
Dec
2
comment Which way is correct to keep your kids on the right path: love or strict discipline?
@looser: I'd suggest checking out this question, which covers very similar ground parenting.stackexchange.com/questions/399/…
Dec
1
comment Which way is correct to keep your kids on the right path: love or strict discipline?
I was also tempted to close, but based on duplicate. I'm sure we had very similar questions on the site already: parenting.stackexchange.com/questions/399/… for example. I'm not sure this is any more non-question than "Is punishment necessary", but it may be the same question.
Nov
26
comment My wife wants a 4th baby, but I don't
-1: I don't feel like her desperately trying to have a child while you pretend that you can still have them is a good relationship plan. If her complaint was just about having to be the responsible one, this would be a good answer.
Nov
24
comment Why don't my twins sleep for a longer stretch of time?
This seems like a duplicate of... well pretty much every question under the sleep tag. parenting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/sleep
Oct
27
comment My 2 years old son supervises me after asking me to do something for him, does this suggest lack of trust?
I think it's exactly that. The number of times I'm now told by my 2-year old daughter "just a sec daddy, just need to finish!" is hilarious and slightly troubling.
Oct
9
comment Caring for the Children of Deceased Parents
@anongoodnurse I agree with the principal, but in practical terms, if you're asking someone to care for 5 additional kids, that's a colossal burden to put on someone, special needs or no special needs. That's a "move house, give up full-time job, completely rewrite entire life" change, in a way that just one child isn't. Seperation may be the only viable option over outright rejection,l
Sep
25
comment How often is it okay for a kid to become ill in kindergarten?
@AntonZujev You're welcome. Sorry if I sounded critical, this is one of those borderline cases, where the gap between "Parental" and "Medical" advice is a bit woolly, and I wanted to make sure I explained my close vote.
Sep
24
comment How to deal with the toddler who is not least interested in listening to the stories I read or listening to my talks?
I agree with all your points except the "identification" paragraph. I think that's a slight underestimate; my daughter was identifying animals on the page earlier than 15 months. I think identification of self is actually a later developmental stage than identification of images as representations of things. Your final paragraph is great advice.
Sep
24
comment How to deal with the toddler who is not least interested in listening to the stories I read or listening to my talks?
@Joe: Agreed, fixed. Getting an outside opinion was the key point, for exactly the reason you state, but I couldn't think of the correct person to go to (in the UK you'd go to your local GP).
Sep
24
comment How often is it okay for a kid to become ill in kindergarten?
parenting.stackexchange.com/questions/626/…
Sep
24
comment How often is it okay for a kid to become ill in kindergarten?
I think this is kind of a medical question, and thus out of scope for the site. You have concerns about your child's health, DOCTOR, not internet Q&A site. Your child may have been cuddling the other kids when they sneeze, or they may have a serious immune system issue. I personally would be reluctant to diagnose between these based on a StackExchange post.
Sep
10
comment How important is a settled/repeatable routine for a 1 month old
@EoinCampbell How's the mum?
Sep
1
comment How can we ask our 22-year-old son to leave?
+1 for cancelling the "funding".
Aug
28
comment My daughter is 15 and in love with a girl that is 19 what should i do?
Specifically, what are your feelings, what do you want to do, what do you want out of it? Is this about grandkids, religion, age differences, the actual girl in question, how the rest of your family will feel? There's a lot we could cover, but more information will allow us to help better.
Jul
22
comment Video game addiction
+1: Great edit; the idea that you won't remember the playing with fondness is a really critical idea. I personally have the other feeling; I can remember beating incredibly difficult challenges with glee, but there are so many TV shows I wish I'd never spent the time on.
Jul
22
comment Video game addiction
-1: My issue with this answer is that you seem to regret the time spent, but the rest of your answer is fairly positive about the outcomes. I'd appreciate a little edit to say what it is you actually regret.
Jul
15
comment Long Car rides with teenagers
I love this question, but think it'd be better asked on boardgames.stackexchange.com, so I'm going to ask the mods to migrate it if possible.
Jul
3
comment How much time is too much time playing educational computer games?
Just a question, why is Knex a significantly higher quality tool for learning creativity than Minecraft? Why is a GI Joe a better tool for storytelling than a Lego game? Why is a game considered passive amusement, when they literally don't work without active engagement?