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Jul
16
comment 30 year old granddaugter in lesbian relationship and I was told about this by her 5 year old child
I believe the OP means that the other woman is the bald nazi drug addict. It's not the gayness that's the big issue here.
Jul
16
comment If my 4-year-old asks me “why”, what kind of “why” does he mean?
Agreed, he's saying: "Please talk to me about the water and other interesting things related to the water, in addition, please engage with me because I'm in a mood to learn something."
Jun
30
comment How does one address Christianity with their children in a mixed faith marriage?
She is six. I would suggest starting simple. One doesn't teach evolution by handing a six year old the origin of species. You start with drawings, cartoons and simple stories.
Jun
29
comment My 9 year old son regards life as meaningless
Logically of course he is correct. Without a higher purpose life is meaningless. I would have said the same at his age.
Jun
19
comment How should I inform parents if their children are bothering me?
Edited for politeness, though @graham makes a reasonable point.
Jun
15
comment Mission Impossible 6: Toilet training my daughter
Taking a potty with you everywhere is a good tip. It's inconvenient, but not forever.
Jun
8
comment I think my 11 month old is afraid of his dad
Good point @Erica - I have edited for clarity.
Jun
2
comment 3 year-old boy wants constant attention, hits and deliberately poops in underpants when he doesn't get it
This is a difficult one, and there are many possible causes. Don't let him gain attention or traction from this behaviour. In my experience there are two possible solutions to issues like this, more love, or more consistent discipline. Without further information it's hard to say which route you should go down.
Jun
1
comment My 13-year-old son made a foolish and wasteful donation. How can I teach him he was wrong?
@starsplusplus - It's $500 worth of useful family assets potentially down the pan.
May
26
comment My 13-year-old son made a foolish and wasteful donation. How can I teach him he was wrong?
Because after all, how valuable is a child? If he really knows that, he will want to excel, to do the right thing. There's a place for hitting him over the head with a sharp (metaphorical) stick, and a place for scooping him up out of the mess he's made and just being a daddy.
May
26
comment My 13-year-old son made a foolish and wasteful donation. How can I teach him he was wrong?
Here's what we do when our kid does something stupid
May
26
comment My 13-year-old son made a foolish and wasteful donation. How can I teach him he was wrong?
@MattSamuel - you are right, I didn't mean to imply lack of personal responsibility, that was sloppy language on my part. I have edited for clarity.
May
26
comment My 13-year-old son made a foolish and wasteful donation. How can I teach him he was wrong?
@RubberDuck - I agree with you. My father always used to say "never a lender or a borrower be". He refused to lend me money when I was in trouble, but would freely give of what he had. This did not teach fiscal irresponsibility, but the opposite as I saw how money could be used as a tool. A lesson can be learned in an hour, in a moment. I don't think it's necessary to drag the problem out until the debt is paid, it only needs to be dragged out until the lesson is learned. Just my opinion.
May
26
comment My 13-year-old son made a foolish and wasteful donation. How can I teach him he was wrong?
@RubberDuck - If you don't act, you have a $500 problem to sort out. This is going to drag on for months, perhaps years. The child will be in debt to the parent. It's a true statement that the borrower is slave to the lender. This is not a good situation for a parent and child. I say learn from it, forgive it, fix it if possible for bonus points, and move on. All part of child rearing.
May
25
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.
May
25
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.
May
24
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
May
22
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.
May
22
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.
May
22
comment How can I motivate my child who doesn't care about rewards?
I see nothing wrong with this answer, why the downvotes?