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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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.