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comment My 13-year-old son made a foolish and wasteful donation. How can I teach him he was wrong?
You being the only source of money makes this easier, not harder. It's not your fault he put himself in a situation where he can be exploited. He's just lucky the only person who can do the exploiting loves him unconditionally. Can't say the same for most business owners/managers.
May
8
comment Is visiting museums worthwhile or beneficial for a toddler?
That's a little off topic, but it simply isn't true. Science is observation. In the wise words of Issac Asimov, "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'" And again, just because you (and as I said, I) can't think of any doesn't mean a professional in pediatric behavior sciences wouldn't. I asked a simple question ("has anyone looked at downsides?") and got a simple answer ("nope, not yet!"). The comment has attracted far more attention than it deserves.
May
8
comment Is visiting museums worthwhile or beneficial for a toddler?
@Jason that's my entire point. We don't have the capacity to monitor such things ourselves. That's why we have scientists who conduct these studies for us. I doubt there are studies into the negative effects of museums mostly because I doubt there are many that would fund a study - but it's worth asking if there are downsides. Just because we can't think of any doesn't mean they aren't there.
May
7
comment Is visiting museums worthwhile or beneficial for a toddler?
To provide balance, is there anyone out there saying what downsides there are? I mean, of course the museums are going to say it's great. Now, I've taken my girls (2 and 4) to museums multiple times, and they've loved it. And I can't necessarily see any downsides. But then again, sometimes science informs us of things that contradict "common sense" so it would be interesting to see if anyone has downsides to taking toddlers to museums. And I mean downsides as in detrimental to the child, not "it's stressful on the parent" or "they get bored".
May
7
comment Is visiting museums worthwhile or beneficial for a toddler?
"within the attention span of a toddler" - you're going to see the entire museum in about 41 seconds I suppose?
Apr
30
comment Can a wish when thrusted upon a person from childhood become her own wish?
It did with me. Until I was living that wish for ten years and realized I hated it.
Apr
30
comment Why would you lie to your children about Santa?
You know you're not allowed to talk to muggles about Hogwarts. I'll be reporting you to the headmaster shortly.
Apr
29
comment I want to expose my 5-year-old daughter to boys and girls toys equally, but she just turned her nose up at Star Wars. What do I do?
Your daughter is going through a period of defining herself right now. It would appear she is choosing the superior path of Star Trek fandom, which explains the wise decision to shun Star Wars toys. braces for impact
Apr
16
comment Bringing babies to bar?
The notion of introducing Baby to new environments is pretty neat. I hadn't thought of a bar as a place that a new baby should experience, but when I look at it, why not? As long as the baby is safe and in good company, the combination of lights, sounds, smells would actually be quite stimulating! Okay, maybe not all smells in a bar are desirable, but baby is literally a stationary turd machine, so it doesn't have a leg to stand on in that argument. :-p
Apr
16
comment Bringing babies to bar?
Your note about no drinking while pregnant is pretty significant. My wife and I had two babies 18 months apart. Thanks to breastfeeding she was alcohol-free from May 2010 to February 2014. I don't think I can put to words how bad she needed a drink when she was done with that stage ^^.
Apr
10
comment How do you explain to a five year-old what energy is?
If you want to do it from strictly an energy perspective as opposed to waste perspective, it still works - mana/magic points are a quantified form of energy in every game I've ever played (except HOMM1... beautiful game...)
Apr
10
comment How do you explain to a five year-old what energy is?
Energy, money, magic, donuts, the key is to understand value. You have to understand value before you can understand waste.
Apr
10
answered How do you explain to a five year-old what energy is?
Apr
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Mar
7
comment Should I allow or forbid my son to visit the education of a religion that I do not share?
It is necessary to show the rationale for why a parent may choose to remove their child from a "religious education" class, and that those reasons cannot be explained to a seven year old.
Mar
6
answered Should I allow or forbid my son to visit the education of a religion that I do not share?
Feb
20
comment Woman: Afraid of infants/newborns
@scrappedcola Having kids isn't even enough. My wife and I are asked at least once a week when we're having a boy because we have two girls. "But, who are you going to do man stuff with?" Pff, my girls like football, and I like tea parties. I don't need a boy to have a child I can have fun with.
Feb
18
comment What should we do when our 15 year old wants sex with his 13 year old girlfriend?
As for the two years part, that was a summary from the bbc: bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4hPrqzTRSBvvzHkTckNYNZ5/… which summarizes it as: A boy who has sex with a girl under 16 is breaking the law. Even if she agrees. If she is 13-15, the boy could go to prison for two years. If she is under 13 he could be sentenced to life imprisonment. A girl age 16 or over who has sex with a boy under 16 can be prosecuted for indecent assault.
Feb
18
comment What should we do when our 15 year old wants sex with his 13 year old girlfriend?
legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2003/42/pdfs/ukpga_20030042_en.pdf - Part 1, Section 5 "Rape of a child under 13": "he intentionally penetrates the vagina, anus or mouth of another person with his penis" compared to Section 6 "Assault of a child under 13 by penetration": "he intentionally penetrates the vagina or anus of another person with a part of his body or anything else" - a penis is special cased as rape. If you do not have a penis, you cannot commit that offense.
Feb
18
comment What should we do when our 15 year old wants sex with his 13 year old girlfriend?
@Mari-LouA They may have not skipped it, they may have simply hid it from the parents, as teenagers are so prone to do.