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Mar
24
comment How can I motivate my 16 yo daughter to do something valuable with her life?
Brilliant, you can't bully motivation into her, it needs to come from within.
Mar
24
comment My 14 year old daughter is overly resistant when I advise something
Is it specifically the maths advice she finds boring, or is it more general?
Mar
23
comment My 2-year-old son supervises me after asking me to do something for him, does this suggest lack of trust?
Yes, his argument was that the boat is already IN water, so why would you put water in the boat. His reasoning is almost profound :)
Mar
23
comment My 2-year-old son supervises me after asking me to do something for him, does this suggest lack of trust?
Oh gosh, I remember this. My eldest spent a whole year absolutely adamant that it was impossible to have a swimming pool on a boat. Literally laughing at us for being so silly to suggest such a thing might be possible. Even when we showed him youtube videos of ships with pools he thought they were CGI. He is rather embarrassed about this now.
Mar
23
comment How do you raise an intelligent and happy daughter in a sexist world?
@Erica - agreed, I don't want to be seen as condoning violence, but my 3yo daughter can certainly throw a punch! The two older boys are of course not allowed to hit back. I think it's good to teach kids how to defend themselves so that they don't feel like they always HAVE to be defending themselves.
Feb
26
comment Why is my baby crying?
Oh won't somebody roll it back :)
Feb
26
comment Does a baby cry inside the womb?
+1 Correct answer backed by a reference.
Feb
26
comment Should you pick a baby up everytime it cries?
You will find this 20 second rule hard to sustain if you have more than one child. It may also start to affect your wellbeing. If your baby cries for a short period, you shouldn't beat yourself, or your husband up over it.
Feb
19
comment What should we do when our 15 year old wants sex with his 13 year old girlfriend?
@Waterseas - I should say that I'm not suggesting he should be allowed to break the law. I'm just pointing out that you can't stop a 15 year old boy from breaking the law by force any more. He needs to decide in his own heart to do the right thing, and the way you can help him make the right choice is by teaching him the difference between right and wrong.
Feb
18
comment What should we do when our 15 year old wants sex with his 13 year old girlfriend?
@blueraja - I don't think all of human history has shown that.
Feb
18
comment What should we do when our 15 year old wants sex with his 13 year old girlfriend?
@danbeale - I stand corrected.
Feb
18
comment What should we do when our 15 year old wants sex with his 13 year old girlfriend?
@Daniloloko - actually in the UK at least, sex between a 16yo and a 13yo is statutory rape. It's very illegal. Teenagers typically have high ideals and low respect for authority though, so I doubt the law would deter him.
Feb
18
comment What should we do when our 15 year old wants sex with his 13 year old girlfriend?
Then you need to explain that to him in a way that hits his head, but more, that he feels in his heart. It needs to be real for him.
Jan
6
comment How can I help my child who is advanced in programming to meet others at the same skill level?
+1 for computer club or course.
Dec
17
comment 21 month has learned how to climb out of crib
This is normal at that age. He needs a big boy bed.
Nov
27
comment Should we get her a doll?
If she's trying to make herself a doll, getting her a real one would be an amazing gift which she would love. I don't avoid buying my son lego because I want him to make his own lego out of sticks and rocks. Buying him the lego opens up new opportunities for creative play.
Nov
14
comment On what surface should a baby crawl
@l0r3nz4cc10 - I wouldn't sweat it too much. Babies are designed to take the odd knock without being damaged, or apparently noticing. Also, do you want to raise a brave and confident child? My advice would be to provide sensible boundaries, so they can feel confident you are caring for them, and not worry too much about the small stuff.
Nov
8
comment On what surface should a baby crawl
Are you first time parents by any chance? :)
Mar
21
comment Is it OK for my children to eat solely carbs and fruit, which is what they want
You know, bits, small lumps. For example, my son won't drink orange juice with "Juicy bits" in it. I have to buy the smooth variety. Until I worked this out I just thought he was fussy about orange juice.
Sep
4
comment My 6 month old will not sleep all night.
Agreed, 10PM is way too late. Try 6:30 - 7:30