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Jul
17
comment Enforcing minority languages at home
You're not really answering my question: OPOL is already a given, I'm asking if we should try to stop the kids from speaking English with each other.
May
15
comment How to stop parents from interfering with my love life?
They're not going to change their minds if you ask now... but if you go ahead and get married, they most likely will once the grandchildren come along!
May
3
comment What type of tracking technology is practical for young children?
Your profile says you live in Houston, TX? And the problem with worrying about and throwing money at irrelevant risks is the opportunity cost of not using it to address a real risk.
Apr
30
comment Enocurage or discourage playing video games to 4+ year old son
"Extraordinarily harmful"? Let's see a cite for that.
Apr
28
comment What type of tracking technology is practical for young children?
No, "we" haven't "all had the fear" -- your kids are considerably more likely to be struck by lightning than they are to be kidnapped by strangers. Worry about a real risk instead, like car accidents or drowning.
Apr
21
comment I am 24 years old. I found marijuana and ecstasy my 17 year old sister's room. What should I do?
This is probably the worst answer in the history of Parenting.SE. Telling "everyone everything" will result in the sister being branded a druggie, probably expelled from school, and quite possibly arrested: it's this that would turn her into "Beavis & Butthead", not the drugs themselves.
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!