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Father of three sporty, outdoors'y kids aged 6, 10 and 12


Apr
17
comment Childproofing USB outlet
As I'm the testing type - I can clarify, you don't get much of a sensation from licking a USB port. The tingle from a 9v battery is much more fun :-)
Apr
8
comment I've taken all of my 13 year old daughter's possessions, and she's still disrespectful
We have a few questions on here about raising respectful children - one of the general directions is that more trust, love, care and reward is much more important than 'whooping' and acting like a child yourself. (Correct me if I misunderstood your post - I am unsure whether I read it correctly)
Mar
27
comment How can I get my 12-year old physically active or into sports when he's never been?
+1 for gamification! Ingress (www.ingress.com) is an excellent example: a mobile Android game that requires you to go to locations in order to claim them. A bit like geocaching for the 21st century
Mar
20
comment How to deal with a teenager who wants his parents to buy him everything his friends have?
This is what we have done with our kids from the age of 5. They get an allowance (pocket money) and if they want something big, then they save the allowance until they can afford it, eg my eldest wanted a PSVita - so he saved for 2 years until he could afford it, doing extra odd jobs for some extra money. So they already understand the value of money, and its connection with effort.
Mar
18
comment How should I respond to a parent who's upset their child wasn't invited to a (small) birthday party?
WHile I think this one is very non-confrontational, I have to say Chris's answer is the one I'd vote up. That mother should just grow up and deal with it. Sorry to sound cruel, but really...
Mar
2
comment How do we encourage musical aptitude in a two-year old?
Also, if you can play an instrument, or have friends who do, letting your child see that you enjoy playing music will really encourage them.
Mar
2
comment what's typical for birthday parties in the USA?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is not actually about parenting And is likely to be specific to your area. If you want to know what is common in your area, ask at kids soft play centres, or ask other parents.
Feb
24
comment What is the best way to stop your newborn hiccuping?
While hiccups may not necessarily be bad for your health (skeptics.stackexchange.com/q/2298/619) I can find no documented evidence online that they are good for you.
Jan
29
comment Kids and Time Management
@deworde - my apologies. I probably should have closed over on productivity, rather than migrate here.I agree it is very broad - the second sentence might be on topic though.
Jan
29
comment Kids and Time Management
This isn't on topic here I'm afraid. Ill migrate to parenting.se
Jan
17
comment What are some effective strategies that I can take to get my first grade child in the highest quality teacher's classroom?
Most primary teachers I know rotate classes each year. Some of them feel it gives them greater experience, others hate it.
Jan
5
comment My kid lost interest in eating
Was drafting up an answer but yours hit all the inportant points. (and was better written than mine :-)
Dec
27
comment Parental Control for Internet?
good call on that duplicate - I had forgotten we had that one. If the OP wants a technical content filtering solution, SU is definitely the place to ask.
Dec
22
comment Why do toddler boys love trains and cars so much?
I think anyone can get obsessive. Which is why tamagotchi, top trump cards, pokemon etc all do so well. But the gender bias is entirely cultural. We make sure wherever possible that our kids get no gender steer...which unfortunately means collectibles and other progression toys just keep on building up in their rooms... :-/
Dec
16
comment First keyboard: Qwerty or Dvorak?
Voting to close as it is not a parenting issue, and is entirely opinion based.
Dec
16
comment Baby always rolling over and ending up sleeping on his stomach, is it dangerous?
Hi Bec - if you look at the top answer here, you'll see they provide some supporting information. This helps provide a better answer to future visitors, as this site is not a discussion forum, but a Q&A site.
Dec
13
comment Trying to be the best stepdad I can be.
I think this has been covered before - can't find the question right now, but the key answer was sorting the message out between you two - you need a consistent message to the children. So this is less of a parenting question, and more of a working together as a couple question.
Dec
10
comment How to keep our 15 month away from the fireplace when she thinks it's a game?
We did something very similar, but additionally (while being right there) let our eldest reach out quite far towards the fire until he went "Ow, hot hot hot." This was still a good few inches away, but he never went close to a fire again.
Dec
6
comment Babies and blood. A innate knowledge?
I will grab links for a couple of those studies. There are actually very few responses that are actually considered innate in babies. And some of them vanish after a few weeks.
Dec
6
comment How to put a newborn/infant to sleep to bed without waking her?
You could try a swaddle with the arms out. It seems to be rarer, but a lot of people do use this.