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Jul
23
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Jul
23
reviewed Approve How can I explain to my child that I'm not superman?
Jul
13
comment 8-year-old right away repeats action after she is told not to do them
In all honesty, I find this is true in most people, not just children. Like really, the entire answer. Focusing on the desired action instead of the undesired action, advanced notice before making a change, and sometimes learning to just "deal with it" are all effective techniques for kids and adults alike. The only thing missing is exploring the motivation behind it. "Do you want more time to sing? Singing lessons? Is that a cool song you like?" If nothing else, that gets them talking instead of singing, right? =)
Jun
29
comment My 9 year old son regards life as meaningless
Taking an intelligent child to a psychologist simply because he's intelligent and you need to learn to cope makes as much sense as taking a child to the hospital because he can jump really high and you need to learn to cope.
Jun
15
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Jun
15
comment How should I inform parents if their children are bothering me?
To me, this seems to imply that your day is more important than my day. You might be having a stressful day, but I've probably been dealing with this incessant singing for hours before we got on this bus, and will continue for hours after we get off this bus.
Jun
11
awarded  Pundit
Jun
9
comment I have a 6yr old son with listening, focus and behavioral issues
"Now, the goofing off and funny noises may just be an excess of boy-ness." As the father of two young girls, I can assure this is a symptom of excess child-ness in general.
Jun
5
comment My 4-year-old refers to himself as me
Not only does it give him a chance to explore, but this gives Dad a perfect opportunity to try to see life through Eric's eyes.
Jun
5
comment My 4-year-old refers to himself as me
Give him your bills.
Jun
2
comment 3 year-old boy wants constant attention, hits and deliberately poops in underpants when he doesn't get it
It would be important to note that there are different definitions of what is or isn't corporeal punishment, and there are also different acceptance levels for the various degrees of intensity. I think it would be worth your while to keep an open mind to individual techniques and evaluate them case-by case to see if they cross your and your partner's "no corporeal punishment" threshold.
May
30
awarded  Populist
May
25
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