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Oct
10
comment Toddler always get close to the TV, might it point on bad eye sight?
herp derp, that's why I get for answering without reading. My bad.
Oct
9
answered Toddler always get close to the TV, might it point on bad eye sight?
Oct
9
comment How do you handle unsupervised, poorly behaved children in public play areas?
I recently had to deal with a bunch of extremely bratty children who were running in a play area that they were clearly too old for. When I and some other parents asked the kids to leave, they were extremely rude, and their father told me to 'cram it sideways.' So then, the real question is-- how to deal with jerks? One method is avoidance; the other is to be confrontational. It may be difficult to teach when one or the other is appropriate when they are very young, as they haven't yet learned the nuances of human interaction.
Oct
5
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Oct
5
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Sep
26
comment I suspect my teenager is using illegal drugs; what should I do?
A side question you don't have to answer here: did you ever do drugs? Because if you did, any kind of moral stance you take now might be a bit compromised, unless you can point to addiction problems you had to overcome. If you have that story, you could just share it apropos of nothing, because it's your story, not his. But if you used drugs and are none worse the wear and he knows that you did that, then being moralistic would ring very very hollow.
Sep
21
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Sep
5
comment Helping my todder fall asleep
Just be careful about this one-- it will delay removing night diapers, because milk before bedtime generally seems to lead to night urination. At least, it does for my son, so we had to stop giving him liquid before bed.
Sep
3
comment How can I get my kids to spend wisely?
@Jack-- sick days were comped :) Also, if someone has a school trip, they can get out of chores that way. Kind of encourages school trips and group participation, come to think of it... I think my parents were wilier than I gave them credit for...
Aug
31
comment How can I get my kids to spend wisely?
+1 I agree-- there are too many opportunities to teach and learn by participating in their activities rather than saying that the activities are worthless. It would have been awesome to play these kinds of games with my dad or mom.
Aug
31
comment How can I get my kids to spend wisely?
I disagree with that first point. Just because the parents aren't compensated for a task does not mean that someone can't be-- I don't want my kids thinking that they should do work for free (internships), nor do I want them thinking that certain kinds of work aren't worth paying for (ie, that a maid/gardener/nanny is somehow a 'bad profession' because the people who hire such professionals should be doing those tasks for themselves). There's too much personal angst and negative judgement in "well, I don't get paid for this, so no one should be!"
Aug
31
comment How can I get my kids to spend wisely?
3. I'm not sure how well it scales to more or fewer.
Aug
31
answered How can I get my kids to spend wisely?
Aug
29
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How do I stop my 3yr old from wetting the bed at night?
Aug
24
comment Are prenatal ultrasounds safe?
@TorbenGundtofte-Bruun-- I've been trained to put that there :) Should I move it to the top?
Aug
24
comment Should I let food be a way out of a “time out”?
@Rhea-- So, that's really a different question ("How can I wean a 16 month old?"), but in general, I think my answer still stands. Make it seem like they can't have whatever it is you want them to have, and they will try to get it. Reverse psychology; works for us, and it worked for us when we were weaning as well. Another trick is to say that breast milk is for babies, and she's not a baby.
Aug
24
comment At what age or developmental milestones is a child capable of critical thinking?
Are you looking for child development stages as described by Piaget and Vygotsky?
Aug
24
answered Are prenatal ultrasounds safe?
Aug
24
answered Should I let food be a way out of a “time out”?
Aug
20
comment How many plane flights per year are considered unhealthy for a toddler?
Thanks. All those medical physics courses paying off :)