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Mar
9
comment How much time is too much time playing educational computer games?
@jwg: Yes -- probably most of the Internet. Surely the massive increase of availability of porn that came with the popularity of the Internet would have caused a world-wide crisis if there was any non-negligible detriment.
Feb
20
comment How much time is too much time playing educational computer games?
@jwg: To keep things more "family friendly", let's just say that simulated activities are not as good as real activities, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't use the simulator as much as you want. Does anybody think that pilots should limit their time on a flight simulator because it's not as good as flying a real jet?
Feb
20
comment How much time is too much time playing educational computer games?
@jwg: Nobody said they're equivalent; I was just pointing out that there are benefits rather than just drawbacks. Actual fingerpainting is a rare treat because it consumes paint (and paper), requires constant supervision, and entails lots of cleanup. Actual jigsaw puzzles last about 10 minutes in my house before pieces get lost or eaten. These are activities my kids would get to do a few times a year if done in real life, while they can do them for eight hours a day on a tablet.
Nov
14
comment The great debate: Minivan or SUV
@anongoodnurse: We have the same problem with our driveway, which is why we ended up getting a Sienna (Toyota is one of only 2 or 3 manufacturers to offer AWD on a minivan) instead of an Odyssey. We would need a winch to get a minivan up our driveway in winter without AWD.
Oct
20
comment Is it too dangerous for my 2 years old son to watch YouTube on the iPad for hours?
I'm sure everybody agrees that those things are all good, but it doesn't answer the question of whether YouTube is bad.
Jun
5
comment My son wants to bring a present to a birthday party where “no presents” was specified on the invitation
I agree that making something is far different from buying something. My 5-year-old likes to make "jigsaw puzzles" as gifts for people by drawing a picture of them and cutting it into several odd-shaped pieces.
Apr
21
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Apr
20
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Apr
19
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Apr
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Apr
19
revised How can I teach my son to ride a bike?
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Apr
19
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May
11
comment How can you deal with tantrums without spanking?
+1 for getting to her level and calmly telling her that it's unacceptable. I also say something like "I understand that you don't want to eat that now, but that's what everybody else is eating."
May
11
comment How can you deal with tantrums without spanking?
This seems to work for my boss, too!
Apr
8
comment Is there any scientific evidence in favor of co-sleeping with children?
My experience was the opposite -- sleeping with the child made it so she could nurse in the middle of the night without having to wake up either me or my wife, so we all got a lot more sleep.
Apr
8
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