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comment My 13-year-old son made a foolish and wasteful donation. How can I teach him he was wrong?
@reirab - perhaps I over-egged it a little Think back to when you were 13, and a pretty girl you liked fluttered her eyelashes at you. Would you have done pretty much anything (within reason) to make her smile? A shoe for a smile would have seemed like a fair trade back then.
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comment My 13-year-old son made a foolish and wasteful donation. How can I teach him he was wrong?
@RubberDuck - we have two options. We can either make him pay for the shoes which is going to turn into a dragged out affair, or you can see the humour in the situation, make him sweat for a week or so, show him the problem so he understands what he has created, then save the day. At this point your kid will think you are the coolest parent ever. Respect is important. If your kid respects you, you can teach him.
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comment My 13-year-old son made a foolish and wasteful donation. How can I teach him he was wrong?
@msb - no, it teaches good humour
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revised My 13-year-old son made a foolish and wasteful donation. How can I teach him he was wrong?
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comment How can I motivate my child who doesn't care about rewards?
This is definitely an answer rather than a comment, and a good one at that. I have taken the liberty of framing it as such.
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revised How can I motivate my child who doesn't care about rewards?
This definitely should be an answer, and a good one too. Also no need to criticise other posters, we have a rating system for that.
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comment How can I motivate my child who doesn't care about rewards?
@Erica - Ah, looking at the previous versions I see why this was considered rude.
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answered How can I motivate my child who doesn't care about rewards?
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comment How can I motivate my child who doesn't care about rewards?
I see nothing wrong with this answer, why the downvotes?
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comment How can I motivate my child who doesn't care about rewards?
Welcome to the site @Tbobay. This is a little different to the normal discussion forums you may find around the place. The goal of this site is to answer the question. Once you get some upvotes you can then comment on other people's answers in the comment boxes. All the best.
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comment 9 year old son brought a toy gun to school – how can we get him to understand this isn't just about bringing a toy to school?
Explaining the reason for the rule is important. The rule is clearly mad, but unfortunately perhaps necessary.
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comment 9 year old son brought a toy gun to school – how can we get him to understand this isn't just about bringing a toy to school?
The problem is cultural. School kids shoot each other in America. In a European cultural context calling the police over a plastic toy sounds crazy.
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comment 9 year old son brought a toy gun to school – how can we get him to understand this isn't just about bringing a toy to school?
It must be rubbish living in a country where you have to be so afraid of guns that even a plastic toy elicits a visit from a police officer.
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answered How do you deal with when you've had a “parenting fail”?
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comment How to deal with a teenager who wants his parents to buy him everything his friends have?
Did you keep your family finances private from him while he was growing up, or did you involve him in budget meetings?
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answered My 13-year-old son made a foolish and wasteful donation. How can I teach him he was wrong?
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comment I want to expose my 5-year-old daughter to boys and girls toys equally, but she just turned her nose up at Star Wars. What do I do?
@mattdm - This worries me too. Before I had children I assumed 100% nurture and 0% inbuilt. My feeling now is it's likely more like 50/50. I can't support this with data though.
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