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Dec
14
comment Is a small kindergarten class a problem?
One of the most important? Defniitely. I'm not sure it's more important than student count as the opening line says. Not that you want to pack them in like sardines, but children go to these levels of school for so, so much more than the actual content. The most important thing my kids learned at this level were how to follow instructions, how to resolve conflicts with other kids, and how to socialize. Too high of a teacher-student ratio actually hinders the learning of these attributes as opposed to helps it.
Dec
2
comment How do you teach a toddler how to wait?
Perhaps it's just my experience, but I have found toys at the table to be a net negative with my girls.
Dec
2
comment How do you teach a toddler how to wait?
A kid that wants to sit up and eat her dinner? How did you accomplish this? And are you up for a trade? :)
Dec
1
comment Should I let my son see his dad
Also, you specifically mention adopted. Does the ex still have any legal claim to your son?
Dec
1
comment Should I let my son see his dad
@dirkk Replace drunk with "under the influence of drugs" and the answer seems to be fine. It's easier than typing out "under the influence of drugs" 20 times.
Dec
1
comment Should I let my son see his dad
Do you feel there is physical danger to your son if you let him visit? And has he stopped doing drugs (and you're confident he won't resume)?
Nov
2
comment How to protect my children from cyber-bullying
Considering the primary people they will interact with are real people they meet at school, that might prove difficult.
Oct
19
comment 6 yo too competitive for his own good
Of course, everyone remembers Edison for that, but I would hesitate to use him as a historical role model. He essentially trapped dozens of geniuses in labs for very, very long periods of time and stole their work as his own. I just wish there was an analogous inventor who deserved a place in the moral story.
Oct
14
comment Is it safer to install a back seat car seat behind the driver or behind the passenger?
So it turns out it's slightly higher to be hit on the driver's side! i.imgur.com/2CMjOwO.gif from the nhtsa.gov but I can't find the exact citation - only a web archive of web.archive.org/web/20120201122139/http://www.crashtest.com/…
Oct
14
comment Is it safer to install a back seat car seat behind the driver or behind the passenger?
Actually, if someone runs a red light, they will t bone you on the passenger side, which would make the driver's side safer. Also if you need to get them out in an emergency, it would be faster to do this on the driver's side since you won't have to go around the car. The sidewalk thing is definitely a concern depending on where you live and where you take baby, but if you live in low traffic areas it will be a diminished factor.
Oct
8
comment My wife wants a 4th baby after getting a vasectomy
I agree that it's not necessarily a duplicate, but upon reading the answers from that post, I think there would be little to add about how to resolve it. This all boils down to communication and understanding, just like that one.
Oct
2
comment Should I stop pirating TV in order to better role model for my toddler?
I like that this answer doesn't say whether or not you should stop pirating for any reason other than the context the question asks for. What is available around you, the possible consequences of pirating, and other factors for and against aren't in scope, and this answer does an excellent job of keeping those out of this conversation.
Oct
2
comment If a pregnant woman's tummy is pressed hard, can the baby in her womb get hurt?
My wife does antiques and I read in a medical book she got from the late 1800s that women should not drink when they're pregnant because, get this, they may lose their balance, fall, and hurt the baby. It made me think of this answer.
Oct
1
comment Should I stop pirating TV in order to better role model for my toddler?
It's actually quite logical - many people pirate things because they aren't available by walking into the store and acquiring them there.
Sep
28
comment How to address my son’s fear of mostly passive objects, namely smoke detectors
You found a way to keep your kids out your bedroom? Seems like the opposite of a bad thing, really...
Sep
16
comment How should a parent advise a child who wants to become a musician even though he is devoid of talent?
Having been playing music all my life, almost every 9 year old is devoid of any musical talent. Even at 12 and 13, most concerts sound absolutely horrid.
Sep
15
comment What do I tell my child about her Learning Disability?
That work is the contribution. You can't say "You don't get paid for contributing, you get paid for work" when that work is the contribution. Without a workforce, there is no industry or commerce. And raising children doesn't "have only monetary disadvantages for you". Children have to be raised to have a workforce in the next 20 years, and everyone has to pull their weight. Consider raising children a form of taxation. As for people who contribute and don't get paid for it (or those who get paid without due contribution), it's not a perfect system. Call me when you have a perfect system.
Sep
12
comment What do I tell my child about her Learning Disability?
I don't know if it's entirely nonsense. Remuneration is the measure of contribution to society and civilization, and people need to be incentivized to make that contribution. They might take it to an extreme, but only because to truly advance (as opposed to maintain) requires both extreme specialization and inspiration. But even if it were nonsense, one does not simply "stem against the flood" of societal pressures.
Sep
11
comment What do I tell my child about her Learning Disability?
In today's society, telling someone "You'll never have a well paying job, but you're still a wonderful human being" does not carry much weight, especially with children. They're under constant pressure to be successful in everything they do, get the best grades to get scholarships to the best schools so they can get the best jobs and have the biggest boats which leads to the happiest life. It might not be true, but that's what they face.
Aug
11
comment Could I have damaged my unborn baby in the womb?
The first two paragraphs appear to have zero relevance to the question.