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Mar
7
comment 9 year old son brought a toy gun to school – how can we get him to understand this isn't just about bringing a toy to school?
@user1751825 That's really not true. A toy knife could get him shot as well. Any toy small enough to fit in his pocket where he might reach in to get it at the wrong moment could get him shot by a jumpy cop.
Jan
12
comment Is it ok to wake up my 3yo boy for a pee?
Just don't wake him up. Carry him to the bathroom and set him on the toilet. He'll most likely go without even waking up.
Dec
11
comment Appropriate age for a Swiss Army Knife (male, age 11, UK based)
I would highly recommend something like this for training:boyscouttrail.com/content/award/whittling_chip-434.asp
Dec
1
comment Want to be Fair / Equal but Still Realistic with Bedwetting Pre-Teens and Social Issues
My answer was not intended to be mean. If 1 in 65 children are affected then several kids within a group having the same issue would, statistically speaking, be odd. And I will edit my answer to be less abrasive
Nov
30
comment Want to be Fair / Equal but Still Realistic with Bedwetting Pre-Teens and Social Issues
There is nothing in the question that suggests the cause of the issue is known. Yes, I know incontinence is an actual problem, which is why I suggested seeing a doctor.
Nov
18
comment Having older kids wear an apron at meal
Agreed. If a child that age is being careless and getting food on their clothes, then it's time for them to start helping with the laundry. That is the route I would go before trying to force them to wear an apron.
Nov
17
comment Is poor (20/40) eyesight common in 10 year olds?
Not that reducing TV isn't good for other reasons, but it does not cause vision problems.
Nov
13
comment Mom too worried with germs and disease
@BobJarvis, I call it the Quarter Rule. First kid swallows a quarter, you rush them to the emergency room, by the fourth kid you're like "that's coming out of your allowance, kid"
Jan
5
comment Is it reasonable for parents with small children to use the disabled toilet?
@dan, yes. There is a difference between "handicap accessible" and "handicap reserved". Bathrooms are accessible. Parking spots are reserved. There is nothing wrong with using something that is handicap accessible if it is not already in use.
Jun
6
comment How can we ask our 22-year-old son to leave?
I think this is a terrible answer. Buy him off? No. It is time to kick him out.
May
27
comment How can I encourage 5 year old to kick the ball?
I think this a mountain out of a molehill situation. Unless there is some reason that she really needs to kick a ball, I'd just let it go.
May
27
comment How old really is my child?
I know this wasn't specifically asked, but I would also be careful as she gets older with age cutoffs for school. If she just barely makes the cutoff I would seriously consider waiting and starting a year later
May
27
comment My son is 8 and is still soiling his pants and doesn't care
Does he do this at school, or just at home? Unless there is a physical reason, a doctor won't be much help. A counselor would be a better bet
May
20
comment How do you handle poor sportsmanship from other parents during your child's sports events?
What age range and level of play are we talking about? Five year old rec? Twelve year old competitive?
Mar
17
comment 7 Yr Old Using Violent Language During Play
You're concerned that when pretending to be someone who's primary job is to murder people, he says he's going to murder you?
Oct
30
comment How do I stop yawning so much when I'm reading bedtime stories to my kids?
Whether you feel tired or not, if you have kids you are probably operating on some sort of sleep debt. Beyond that, the accepted answer is a great one.
Oct
30
comment Is a Do-It-Yourself baby monitor a bad idea?
Do you have a cordless land-line phone system in your house? If so, it probably has an intercom/room monitor feature on it and you have a zero cost audio system already. Video monitor is, IMHO, completely unnecessary.
Apr
8
comment Pre-teen always sneaking junk food
Why do you have them in the house?
Apr
1
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.