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

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Nov
1
comment How do you explain to a 3-year-old what Halloween is?
"The two of you need to get your stories straight" - that's one reason why I'm asking. But TBH, you aren't keeping your stories straight either: ""We're not afraid of pretend XYZ's, are we? Let's practise telling them to go away" <- if they're not real, why are you telling them to go away?
Oct
30
comment What factors should I consider when deciding to let children fly unaccompanied?
Depends on the airline, but eg. Qantas in Australia allows childen as young as 5 to fly unaccompanied (albeit escorted at the airport by staff for a small fee), and 12+ to fly entirely solo. qantas.com.au/travel/airlines/children-travelling-alone/global/…
Oct
17
comment How to stop my father from physically abusing me
@JeremyMiller: Once again, I still don't see where you think I'm suggesting violence? I'm suggesting restraining the dad to prevent the violence. No punches, no pokes in the snout, no cutting off appendages.
Oct
15
comment How to stop my father from physically abusing me
@lgritz The kid has presumably been beaten up for a long time, I'd wager not resisting is largely psychological. But yes, if his dad is a pro kickboxer or something, this isn't going to work.
Oct
12
comment How to stop my father from physically abusing me
I'm not suggesting he beat up his father, simply that he defend himself.
Sep
24
comment What's wrong with Dr Seuss?
Kids don't need books to figure out "parental disobedience is fine if you don't get caught" and "if you don't want to try new things, whine about them". Reading Seuss books may help them stop doing both.
Sep
5
comment my 3 year old daughter no longer wants to sleep in her room, wants to sleep ours and I dont know why
"child abuse is actually quite common". Citation needed. The vast majority of abused children are abused by their own parents, and the vast majority of that abuse is neglect of some kind, not sexual abuse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_abuse#Prevalence
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/…