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Jack of all trades, master of none. Except maybe MediaWiki.


Apr
2
comment Dealing with teens and pornography?
"Fact"? Actual scientific research on the topic is mixed at best, there's some evidence that the availability of porn has decreased sexual violence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effects_of_pornography
Mar
31
comment What is the best approach to cut the hair of an infant/toddler?
For anybody else who's not up to speed on their 1990s American infomercials: flowbee.com
Mar
23
comment Dealing with teens and pornography?
"The dangers of pornography on the teenage mind are well-documented" -- really? Cavemen in 28,000 BCE had porn (see eg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_of_Willendorf), while the idea that porn corrupts young minds is a Victorian invention.
Mar
20
comment Enforcing minority languages at home
If I believed that, I wouldn't be raising trilingual kids! The issue is not English, but that we're the only sources of Finnish or Japanese around, so if you cut that off, they won't learn either language.
Mar
19
comment Enforcing minority languages at home
Are you planning to stay in Austria forever? If your kids can't even speak Danish, they're going to have a hard time in school if you ever go back.
Feb
6
comment Preventing motion sickness in a baby on a plane
@Doc Can you point to a study showing some of that scientific and medical proof then? Because I can only find ones that say they don't work.
Feb
6
comment Preventing motion sickness in a baby on a plane
"Is it worth a shot?" Well, no, since they don't work, and babies are too young to even enjoy placebo effects. skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/14988/…
Feb
6
comment Preventing motion sickness in a baby on a plane
Yes, apparently motion sickness in kids under two is quite rare, but that's not much of a consolation for us...
Dec
3
comment Feeding Baby while Traveling
Then you might want to just stick to bottle/breast for the flight.
Dec
3
comment Are there any dangers or downsides to white noise as a calming tool
And to point out the obvious, even in the unlikely event that there is some correlation between airplanes and autism, airplane noise (neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...) is very different from the shhhhhh of white noise.
Nov
14
comment Please help with defiant, stubborn and abusive 5yr old
So w00t, do you have any references to actual peer-reviewed science about your diet working on kids?
Nov
8
comment Please help with defiant, stubborn and abusive 5yr old
What? Those are both studies about the positive effects of giving violent adult prisoners omega-3 fatty acid supplements, while you're claiming that omega-3 is bad for kids!
Nov
7
comment Please help with defiant, stubborn and abusive 5yr old
w00t, do you have any references to actual peer-reviewed science about your diet working on kids, or is it all just "anecdotal evidence" as you say?
Oct
16
comment How soon until I can take my newborn to take a walk outside?
No, it depends on your preconceptions of weather. In Finland it's common for babies to sleep in prams intentionally left out on the balcony, in temps down to -10 C. In Singapore room temperature is 30+C with near-100% humidity. And babies in both countries do fine!
Aug
6
comment Is it safe for one-year old baby to sleep in her car seat for long hours?
...except when they don't: driving when sleep-deprived (like the parents of most babies) is considerably more dangerous than driving drunk, so you'd be wise to steer clear from overnight marathon drives. mommyish.com/2013/03/16/sleep-deprivation-2
May
23
comment When should kids be allowed to walk/bike to school alone?
Your fear is hysterical, irrational, and endangering your children. Kidnappings make the news precisely because they are so rare. What actually kills kids is car accidents (75%!), homicide (usually at the hands of someone they know), child abuse, suicide and drowning. So every time well-meaning you drive your children somewhere because it's too "dangerous" for them to walk alone, you are actually putting them at much greater risk! The New York Times sums it up: nytimes.com/2010/09/19/weekinreview/…
Mar
12
comment Stopping a toddler playing with his belly button
What's with the downvotes? Often doing nothing is the best solution: if it's not an actual problem, don't make it one. Bandaids, insisting that he not touch etc it will just lead to unnecessary drama and possibly even body image issues.
Jan
11
comment How do we help our toddler to sleep through the night?
Night terrors, I'd imagine.
Jan
9
comment Any advice on how to react to my 4 year old who gets hysterical instead of solving her “problem”?
Sorry if I came off as harsh, but the idea is that useful info (eg. at least a summary of the book) should be posted here, instead of just pointing people at links that may disappear tomorrow.
Jan
8
comment Any advice on how to react to my 4 year old who gets hysterical instead of solving her “problem”?
Please don't post the same link in multiple places. parenting.stackexchange.com/questions/6967/…