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May
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answered Any suggestions on how to control yelling and negativity on our part, and also teach my 8 yr old son to not feel so helpless and cry so easily?
Apr
10
comment How do I motivate my 8-year-old to practice the piano regularly?
There's a whole host of issues going on here that have already been addressed in some of the answers, but I'm curious, why in the WORLD would you give him the reward if he behaved like that?
Apr
10
answered Light Day-Hiking with Newborn— baby carrier or offroad stroller?
Apr
10
answered Why do parents refer to themselves in the third person?
Apr
9
awarded  Critic
Apr
9
answered Addressing bad behavior after the fact
Apr
9
comment Why is my baby crying?
Don't forget good old fashioned pain. We were at a family get together a few years ago when one of my nephews, who was too young to talk, kept crying after we strapped him in his high chair. My siblings, parents and I (who have a couple of hundred years combined child raising experience) wasted about 20 minutes trying to get him to eat different things, giving him toys, drinks, etc. Finally my brother took off his shoe and found a pebble stuck between his toes.
Apr
9
answered Tummy ache in 3 year old after eating
Apr
9
comment How to tell my son (10yo), somebody he knows as a man, is actually a woman?
Don't know if you can comment or not, maybe you can create a throwaway account if you need to, but can you clarify whether your step-daughters partner is actually transgender and identifies as a man, or is she just "butch" and your son has mistaken her for a man?
Apr
8
awarded  Yearling
Apr
5
revised What are the basic items we should buy to receive our new baby?
Added information about baby monitor
Apr
5
comment How can I stop repeating myself?
One second is not enough time for a two year old to process something and start complying with it.
Mar
1
answered What are some effective strategies that I can take to get my first grade child in the highest quality teacher's classroom?
Jan
23
answered Should 18+ kids still have a tight schema for bed and PC-usage?
Dec
6
comment Should my 3 daughters share 2 rooms?
I agree. I would give the two daughters that live at home their own room and use the third as a guest bedroom, which the 20 year old can use when she is visiting. And if there are other guests, the two younger ones can share a room while the guests are there.
Sep
2
comment How can I get my primary-schooler to remember to turn off the light?
"Now I make him go do it whenever I see them on even if that means he has to go up the stairs or stop doing whatever he's doing." Um, why are you just now doing this?
Aug
17
answered What material is available to teach a toddler how to read?
Jun
15
comment How do you tell your child they are terrible at something?
I like this idea. I might not even need to compare her to anyone. If I just start keeping track of a few simple things like "% of passes completed" and "% of shots that were accurate" and review after every game, she's the kind of kid that would want to see those numbers getting better.
May
13
comment Should we circumcise our son?
FWIW, I am circumcised and had my son circumcised as well, mainly out of a sense of tradition and a fear of answering the "why am I not like Daddy" questions. There may have also been an element of "If my father had it done on me, and I don't have it done on my son, I'm calling my father a bad father." In retrospect, I wish I had not circumcised my son. There's not really any GREAT reason to do it, and when in doubt, go with not cutting off part of your (or your son's) body
May
13
comment What age is it appropriate to start martial arts?
While I agree with pretty much everything you said, my son, who is about to turn 8, started Karate at the age of 6. His sensei is Japanese and is pretty traditional in his teaching methods. He does not do a whole lot of "kiddie games" and my son loves him.