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Father of three sporty, outdoors'y kids aged 7, 12 and 13


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comment planning babies in a quick succession?
A couple of extra points: our eldest two are 2 years apart, so are very competitive, which has stood them in good stead in lots of sports; we then had a 4 year gap to our 3rd, so childcare with 3 was much easier than if we had had her closer, as our eldest helps out by making lunches for school, looking after the other two, and now a few years along, walks them both home from school.
Jul
16
comment How to get my son to sleep earlier
Yep - sounds perfect. Many parents would be jealous :-)
Jun
19
comment Should I stop my mother in law visiting when she doesn't respect me as the father figure?
I would have to disagree with your first sentence here. You absolutely do not need to let her visit. If my MIL acted like this she would no longer be welcome in our home.
Jun
17
comment How to protect my children from cyber-bullying
I have updated to take into account comments and to clarify. Thanks DA01
Jun
17
comment How to protect my children from cyber-bullying
I agree in most cases, however in the specific instance of bullying online where bullies may be outwith any possible action, you don't have many options. And in my example it was definitely the right option in so many ways.
Jun
17
comment Dealing with a devoted mom about moving out
matthew - I would suggest deleting everything except your last two sentences. The rest is background that isn't necessary for the question.
Jun
16
comment When should kids get a cellphone?
You can live quite happily now without a mobile phone. It may be a desirable item, but it isn't essential. It's almost a luxury item.
Jun
11
comment What are the factors for deciding at what age to give a child cell phone?
I think this question is sufficiently covered by the answers on the question Erica linked to.
Jun
11
comment What should I consider when choosing a bicycle for a 5-6 year old child?
I really like the completeness of dave's answer, but my personal take on it is that for that age child, I just want a free hand-me-down bike. While they are growing, there is no point paying for a high quality bike, or one customised to their size - just get whatever you can, and when they grow out of it, pass it on to another child.
Jun
5
comment Are there any concrete citations for the range of expected costs of raising a child?
Also, there are a lot of extra factors, eg: 2 kids is less than twice as expensive as 1, but a third one is much more expensive - due to most services and facilities assuming a 2+2 family.
Jun
5
comment How should I teach my son to play video games?
Little Big Planet 1 and 2 here as well. My two eldest kids love to compete against each other to get the most baubles etc, and my youngest likes the self-build aspect
May
23
comment When can I introduce different music?
I agree 100% with Beofett! Mine also had everything from birth: from Metallica to Mendelsson, Beethoven to Brant Bjork etc - there is absolutely no reason not to (possibly excluding songs with swearing). My eldest is not almost 14 and loves all music (from Jazz to thrash metal, classical, baroque - you name it) and loves coming to music festivals with me and meeting not only his heroes, but mine as well.
May
14
comment How to encourage the baby to learn to crawl?
Two of mine did the crawling backwards thing! One didn't crawl at all, but sat until the day she decided to pull up to a walk.
May
13
comment Any dangers associated with learning piano too young?
Almost worth migrating to Skeptics, if you have a link to a notable claim for this...
May
12
comment How can we confront our pediatrician about not washing his hands?
As a patient - I would not care what the doctor thought of my request that they wash their hands! They are in the business of helping keep folks healthy - they have a duty of care. They must wash their hands every time. If they feel dejected, well, tough.
May
12
comment When to pull loose teeth
You as a parent can definitely feel how loose it is - by wiggling it - so I'm not sure I agree with this answer.
May
9
comment At what age would be best for my daughter to admit in nursery school?
Here in the UK, it is common to have kids in nursery from 18 months/2 years, then they go to preschool then school by 4 or 5. Voted to close as opinion as well.
May
9
comment Teaching children how to fight back
That last paragraph is actually good guidance all through life if confronted by an attacker.
May
7
comment What type of tracking technology is practical for young children?
Jpatokal has a very good point though. The risk is still low in the countries you mention, just higher than in Europe and the US, so you should really consider applying your concerns to valid risks and not worry unduly. Focus on protecting your child appropriately.
May
5
comment Teaching children how to fight back
It took that statement to make the head actually take action. Absolutely justified. And quite legal (even approved of by two police friends of mine)