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I'm a husband, father, and mechanical engineer at Hewlett-Packard. I support:

  • Breast feeding
  • Cloth diapering
  • Cosleeping
  • Vaccination
  • Home/charter/private schooling
  • Non-physical dicipline

Aug
27
comment At what age or developmental milestones is a child capable of critical thinking?
I agree that it's a complex issue and it may be beyond the scope of a single answer. As it stands though, your question doesn't say how any of the resources you provided are related to what I asked. Your answer may be fantastic, but I have no way of evaluating that.
Aug
25
comment At what age or developmental milestones is a child capable of critical thinking?
+1 Excellent suggestion! I love this idea because it fundamentally challenges how I wanted to achieve this without requiring me to change my educational plans. I believe that this will make determining the transition age easier and likely help to teach my son the skills necessary in the first place. Assuming nothing better comes up, I'll accept this great answer.
Aug
25
comment At what age or developmental milestones is a child capable of critical thinking?
This is an interesting answer. Could you make it a bit more specific though? Including which of Lectica's tests are relevant and a brief summary of how those books pertain to the issue would make the info more useful. As it stands, this just lists somethings you say are topical even if they look promising.
Aug
24
comment At what age or developmental milestones is a child capable of critical thinking?
@DaveClarke I don't think all people reach these milestones; that's mainly why I offered them as an alternative measure to age.
Aug
24
comment At what age or developmental milestones is a child capable of critical thinking?
I do not know those development stages by that name. If they are possible to measure or estimate at home (something you don't need a psychologist for) that would be acceptable. For instance, if it's as complex as IQ, that wouldn't be acceptable, but something like the hierarchy of needs would be. Basically it needs to be useful to me in determining when my child is ready.
Aug
18
comment How to teach children the difference between pets and vermin?
Your premise that she would be overrun with vermin if she wouldn't kill them is unrealistic for most locations. Live traps are certainly an option. That said, you probably can't do better than just explaining that they're dirty. It's factually accurate and is simple enough to be understood.
Feb
4
comment Bottle warmer with thermostat
FYI, it's a really simple thermodynamics and heat-transfer problem to calculate the final temperature of a substance given a known heat flux. Assuming you use the amount and temperature of milk listed in the directions and mix it well afterward, it should be accurate within a few degrees.
Feb
1
comment Is it okay to let a baby cry at bedtime?
@Guillaume I don't know how new it is; my attitude on the subject comes from my mother and maternal grandmother. It's honestly not that much work; the trick is to be smart and try to anticipate their needs. It's easier to just head the problem off rather than trying to end crying fits. The extra work can be exhausting at times, but my wife and I are both very hard working and try to help each other. What's wrong with working hard to raise your children? Not everything in life is easy.
Dec
18
comment As an atheist, how should I explain theism to my children?
@Iterator Not actually devoted, myself, though I agree that many 'objectivists' seem to just hang on Ms. Rand's words like those of a religious figure. I happened to independently come to most of the same conclusions as she and I merely admire her formalization of the logic as well as the consistency of application of base principles to specific ideas. However, she was certainly wrong about homosexuals and I disagree with her lack of respect for romantic fidelity.
Dec
16
comment Reasoning vs “because I say so”
+1 I agree with you completely. I was never offered bribes and 90+% of the time, I had the reason explained to me at the time. I was told in advance that situations may arise where an explanation must wait until later and that if my parent insisted, just trust them and obey with the understanding that it will be explained as soon as it is safe/polite/etc.. My parents didn't abuse the 'tell you later' clause, had good reasons, and as a result, I willingly complied and rarely-to-never needed enforcement.
Dec
13
comment As an atheist, how should I explain theism to my children?
@Martha Sure, languages evolve but once a language is complex and subtle enough to work well, change should be fought to aid understanding across time. English and Greek are advanced enough to be frozen; this is exactly what dictionaries and reference grammars attempt to do. I consider altruism to be a moral imperative to place the good of others above one's own. Finally, I agree this is off topic, if you wish to continue, email may be more appropriate: My gmail is RWilliamGrobman.
Dec
13
comment As an atheist, how should I explain theism to my children?
@Martha Just look at the root of the word and the prefixal modifier; the rules of language, not history, prescribe meaning and even the person who coins a word can be wrong. However, I'm personally glad to be considered immoral and wicked by philosophies that consider faith and altruism virtues. I wouldn't object to applying those labels to myself with full context.
Dec
13
comment As an atheist, how should I explain theism to my children?
@Martha I'm a linguistic perscriptivist; no matter how many people misuse a word, they're still wrong. Agnosticism is essentially an expression of skepticism's epistemology as applied to a deity and it doesn't even begin to answer the question of whether someone believes a god exists. The latter criticism also applies to apatheism; dodging the question isn't an answer. Theism and atheism are binary states--you either believe or you don't (though it's possible to either change state often or be unsure of what you believe).
Dec
11
comment As an atheist, how should I explain theism to my children?
While I completely disagree with your comparison of atheism to religion (the word really encapsulates both stronger positions and what you think agnosticism means; any lack of positive belief = atheism = without theism = without belief in god), I really like your point about the beliefs being less likely to mislead than a believer. However, your objection to my worry about indoctrination is contradicted by your point that "a charismatic individual" may try to indoctrinate them. If you edit for focus and clarity, you have my +1.
Oct
17
comment Are vitamin supplements necessary for newborns?
@MarieHendrix that's interesting! I'm sure you know what you're talking about. Personally, I thought it was odd that our pediatrician suggested all breast fed babied take iron from birth. Because of the 6mo depletion my wife and I'll make sure our son (5.5mo) keeps taking them then. +1 Good answer.
Oct
16
comment Are vitamin supplements necessary for newborns?
I've heard from numerous sources (doctor, books, websites, etc.) that breastfed babies require iron for a while too. Did you deliberately exclude this or have you not heard it before?
Oct
7
comment Is “hot saucing” bad parenting?
@Kate you're mistaken that they'll understand the cause you want. While it's possible they may, at a young age, a child will likely see the cause as being caught. No one is arguing it won't curb the behavior; only that it won't teach them anything other than sneaking.
Oct
6
comment What are best practices for managing student-teacher relationships?
Lacking substantial enough input for an answer, a comment: Try to teach your children to be respectful of their teachers. As a tutor, the common thread among kids who did poorly is a negative view of their teacher leading to poor communication.
Oct
4
comment How often should my wife breastfeed our newborn?
@Christine Thanks for cleaning up my phone typing.
Oct
4
comment Are trace amounts of caffeine through breastmilk safe for babies?
It's a getting a bit long for comments; let us continue this discussion in chat