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Mar
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Mar
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comment From what age should one heed “But I'm not cold!”?
... (FWIW, this is true for adults too, especially if they're not used to dealing with moderately cold weather for extended periods. It sneaks up on you. Oh, and the trick I used with the shivering child? A hot water bottle in their sleeping bag, both to actually warm it up and, more importantly, to make it seem more inviting in the short term. A cup of sweet hot tea or fruit juice can also work great as a short-term perk to interrupt the cold-induced stress loop, and allow the causes to be properly dealt with.)
Mar
14
comment From what age should one heed “But I'm not cold!”?
It's worth noting that some of the earliest behavioral symptoms of incipient hypothermia include irritability, poor decision-making and change aversion -- basically, the constant low-level discomfort elevates stress levels and gradually shuts down higher reasoning in favor of instinctive "huddle up and bear it" behavior. As a summer camp organizer living in a cold climate, I've had to deal with shivering children sitting in their pajamas and refusing to get into their sleeping bag "because it's too cold". So you do need to keep an eye out for such harmful behavioral feedback loops.
Nov
17
comment Is poor (20/40) eyesight common in 10 year olds?
You make a very good point that it doesn't really matter if he's going to grow out of it or not, if it's causing him difficulty now.
Apr
24
comment How to help my 1st grade daughter with her reading comprehension?
+1 also for "let them read stories they like."
Apr
15
comment How can I tell if my child is truly gifted or just bright?
(Similarly, while I agree with you that trying to administer any kind of an IQ test at the age of 2 is undoubtedly silly, it's not really that much more meaningful at any age. Sure, such tests do correlate somewhat with certain kinds of pattern-finding and problem-solving skills, and it might be fun to sit down with your bright child and do one just to see what score you get, but it's not something that you, as a parent, should base any decisions about your child's education on.)
Apr
15
comment How can I tell if my child is truly gifted or just bright?
I'd like to upvote most of your answer, but I feel the paragraph starting with "academic performance" could be read the wrong way. There's a huge amount of developmental variance among children between 2 and 10 years, and surely does matter if you wish to help your child grow intellectually at their own optimal pace. Now, you surely are right that you cannot reliably predict a child's future academic performance (or interest) before the age of 10 (and I might argue that you really cannot do so before the age of 20, or maybe 30). But that's not the same thing as saying that it "means nothing".
Oct
28
comment When disciplining that used to work no longer works for a middle childhood boy and q preschooler girl
It would be better if you could at least summarize the books / sites you refer to a little. You don't have to provide an objective or an exhaustive summary, but certainly you must have some reasons why you consider those resources worth recommending. It would be extremely useful if you could briefly describe why that is, and what you expect (in general terms) the OP to get out of them.
Sep
24
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Jun
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comment My son wants to bring a present to a birthday party where “no presents” was specified on the invitation
@ReadyToLearn: We don't know why these specific parents might request no gifts, but there are plenty of possible reasons mentioned in both this answer and in others. Depending on the reason, the parents might or might not be happy to receive a gift for their child before or after the party, or on some other day of the year, but this is not something you can know unless you ask them.
May
19
comment What is considered to be a safe age to be a babysitter?
... Basically, it seems to come down to the fact that the choice between calling 112/911 and immediate CPR is somewhat situational: if the person is unconscious because their airways are blocked (which is, apparently, the most common cause in children), immediate CPR may clear the blockage and revive them; if the root cause is heart failure (more common in adults), however, it's unlikely that CPR alone will revive the victim, and so its purpose is only to keep them alive until professional help arrives -- which, obviously, will only happen if someone has called for it.
May
19
comment What is considered to be a safe age to be a babysitter?
@Joe: On a bit of a tangent, the issue of whether to start CPR before calling 112/911 if you're alone appears to be somewhat controversial, and different emergency services may have different guidelines about it. For example, here in Finland, the official recommendation seems to be to always call first, while in the U.S., the standard recommendation seems to be to start with CPR for two minutes if the victim is a child or has choked, drowned or otherwise suffocated.
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