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location Austin, TX
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I’m a thirtysomething dad and IT professional living in the Austin, TX area. I started gaming way back in the day, 1982, with the TSR space opera game Star Frontiers. Since then I've been an avid roleplayer. I went to 5 Gen Cons, was a regional Triad for the RPGA's Living Greyhawk campaign, helped start a gaming club (the FORGE) in Memphis, TN, et cetera.

I GM and play a variety of RPGs; currently Pathfinder is in heavy rotation as well as various non-D&D-based games.


Jun
23
comment How to explain to two young children that a parent need some “me time”
+1 9 and 12 is more than old enough to tell them "I need some time to do some of the other things I like; please give me space just like I give it to you when you need it. You're both old enough now to do that." Though your question could be more specific (if you mean "I want to leave them home alone for a week," then the answer is really different).
Jun
22
revised My 7 year old daughter is the team cry baby…how do I help her stop?
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Jun
21
answered My 7 year old daughter is the team cry baby…how do I help her stop?
Jun
21
answered Is it preferable to have “sex talks” vs “all the time education”?
Jun
15
comment How should I handle an 8 year old lawyering and quibbling?
+1 Jeez everyone is making this more complicated than it needs to be. My daughter feeds and waters the animals even when I say 'feed the animals' because the first two times she tried 'well you didn't say water' I made it clear that she faced the same consequences as if she hadn't fed them either. Come on people. Your precious little snowflakes don't need you to get a legal degree to get then to wipe their tushies after going potty.
Jun
7
comment My daughter is having sex with guys 10 years older than her; what do I do?
I think that the lack of detail here makes the question itself unclear (there's about 100 things they probably need to do), but I'll be honest, I also get the vibe it's not a legit question - only question on the network from the user, no supporting info in the question, no "how did it happen," no "here's what we've done..." I encourage them to elaborate if this is a genuine question.
Jun
6
comment My 13 year old is sexting need advice
+1 - you don't not talk about inappropriate sexual activity for your kid or set boundaries because "you might come across as anti-gay."
Jun
6
comment My son wants to bring a present to a birthday party where “no presents” was specified on the invitation
I agree - if they don't want a gift, then don't shove one down their throat. Teach your child true caring about others, which involves what they want instead of what you think is appropriate to give them.
Jun
2
revised At what age is it OK in USA to hold a birthday party at home instead of a party venue?
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May
27
comment How to extract child from busy place without physical restraint
Yep - by the time it's full meltdown, basically you can drag them or stay there. (Or strap them into a stroller or something, and drag them out that way.) Sucks, but it is what it is.
May
27
revised How can I encourage my child to eat “spicier” healthy food?
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May
27
comment Should I be concerned that my three year old son tries to manipulate us?
+1 - it's not abnormal but it's always good to stress correct behavior. Also consider where they are learning the behavior from - if you and your spouse do it to them, then you reap what you sow.
May
27
answered How can I encourage my child to eat “spicier” healthy food?
May
20
answered At what age is it OK in USA to hold a birthday party at home instead of a party venue?
May
20
answered What is considered to be a safe age to be a babysitter?
May
20
comment How do you handle poor sportsmanship from other parents during your child's sports events?
+1 every child sports organization has a code of conduct nowadays - report violations to the league.
May
7
comment What type of tracking technology is practical for young children?
You should be asking about your problem, not an artificially-enlarged problem that maybe someone else has. Other places might have more child kidnapping, but maybe they also have laws against lojacking your kid. "Focus on questions about an actual problem you have faced. Include details about what you have tried and exactly what you are trying to do."
May
7
comment Adult social media etiquette
+1 around here it's usual for parents to friend their kids/other kids friends for oversight. In fact if your child rejects their friend offer their kid might get told not to facebook-friend yours. My child is too young for facebook but that's the rules on instagram.
May
7
comment Worried sick about 3YO and aspergers
+1 yeah really, 3 year olds act all kinds of random ways, nothing here seems abnormal to me.
Apr
24
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