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Apr
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comment Should we teach rules of multiple board games at once
This is a pretty good answer, but I'm not sure I agree with the statement that "When a five-year-old starts to cheat or simply ignore rules, she's bored or frustrated. That's a good sign it's time to switch games...)" While that may be the case, five-year-olds are fairly notorious for pushing boundaries as well as being self-centered to the point that they think they should be able to change the rules as they see fit. It may be time to change games, but it may be time for a quick discussion on sportsmanship.
Mar
6
comment Should adults pay rent if they live in their parents' home?
The way my parents did it, after you graduated high school, you got your summer free. After that, you had to either be working full time, going to school full time, or doing both part time. If you chose the second or third option, you did not have to pay rent. If you chose the first, you either had to pay rent or be putting the same amount of money into savings.
Mar
1
answered How can my son learn to use the bicycle's pedals?
Feb
4
answered Should you let a toddler win?
Dec
17
answered How do I tell my parents that my wife and I are pregnant?
Oct
4
comment How do you get a primary schooler to continue doing chores when their friends don't have to?
Excellent points. Along the lines of your last bullet point, I include things like "Rey doesn't get to do X like you do either, so are you willing to give up X in order not to have to do chores"
Sep
10
answered What should children call a step-grandparent?
Sep
10
comment How does a parent that does not know a basic life skill make sure their child obtains that skill?
I disagree with closing this question. I think it is relevant and, while needing to be improved, is a good question. The need to teach a child a basic life skill that you don't possess yourself is something that many parents have questions about. Maybe it could be generalized to something like that
Aug
26
answered Arguments for/against same birthday for siblings?
Aug
6
comment Should I forbid my 10 month old boy to touch/play with anything that is harmful/dirty?
Don't tolerate disobedience? This is a ten month old. Not a four year old. If there's something they don't want him to play with, it shouldn't be within reach
Jul
30
answered How do you teach morals and values in non-religious households?
Jul
18
answered How to deal with a child in an “I can't” phase?
Jul
9
comment Our 4 year old won't fall asleep until 11pm
@ThomasPaine, I'm glad I had finished my coffee when I had read that same thing. If the kid isn't waking up till 9:30, no wonder she's not tired by 8:30 at night. That would be like my kid's being tired at 5:30 in the evening.
Jul
9
comment How do you feed a picky eater?
@balancedmama That's a tricky one. I don't want to encourage overeating, but at the same time, I don't want them eating all of the mashed potatoes and none of the peas. We try to balance this out by not having really big first servings. Then they can have seconds of just the stuff they want.
Jun
19
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Jun
18
comment What do we do to minimize negative impact to our child when we (the parents) argue?
I agree that it is ok to argue in front of the kids and that it is a model for them on how to argue with their spouses. One exception my wife and I have to that rule is that we don't argue about things involving the kids in front of them. EG, if my wife gives my son a punishment and sends him to bed early, I don't tell her in front of him that I think she overreacted. Always back your partner's play in front of the kids. You can discuss it later in private.
Jun
18
comment How do you respond to minor injuries?
Well, they have one thing in common. They are both behaving like a 21-month old should.
May
16
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May
11
answered How do I explain the difference in responsibilities and privileges between the oldest and youngest child?
May
2
answered How to prepare children for impending death of a parent?