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Scott Mitchell, author of several books and founder of 4GuysFromRolla.com, has been working with Microsoft Web technologies since 1998. Scott works as an independent consultant, trainer, and writer.

He can be reached at mitchell@4guysfromrolla.com or via his blog, which can be found at http://ScottOnWriting.NET.


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asked At what age should a child be able to dress herself?
Apr
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answered How do you teach a child religious views?
Apr
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awarded  Editor
Apr
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revised What disorder is associated with social awkwardness, hugging, intelligence, and difficulty focusing?
Fixed spelling mistake in title
Apr
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suggested suggested edit on What disorder is associated with social awkwardness, hugging, intelligence, and difficulty focusing?
Apr
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comment How long is breastfeeding effective and worthwhile?
@Javid: If we are discounting modern advances, then sure, comparing mammal behavior to human behavior is closer to an apples to apples comparison. But when it comes to raising children I think we'd all take the advances humanity has made - abundant food supply, immunizations, vitamin fortification, and so on. Which brings us back to an apples to oranges comparison.
Apr
13
comment How long is breastfeeding effective and worthwhile?
@Javid: No, I'm not making any assumptions, just noting that comparing the two is comparing apples to oranges. It would be like saying, "How long does a mammal live on average in the wilderness," and then using that data point to try to draw some conclusion or insight into the average human lifespan.
Apr
13
comment How long is breastfeeding effective and worthwhile?
@Javid: I am doubtful that averaging it out across all mammals would erase the conditions I speak of. I presume the average weaning time is instinctual. Yes, it is shortened if there are calamitous conditions, but I doubt it is lengthened in the good times. Evolutionarily speaking, a child has every incentive to nurse for as long as possible, while a mother has every incentive to keep that time as short as possible while still ensuring her child lives long enough to reproduce. As humans, we can overcome evolutionary pressures via rational thought, but not so for lower-order mammals.
Apr
13
answered Should I let my 5 year old watch the news?
Apr
13
comment How long is breastfeeding effective and worthwhile?
I don't think you should consider weaning time in other mammals when deciding how long (or short) to breastfeed your child. In the wild, mothers are incentivized to shorten weaning times since breastfeeding incurs a cost of a significant number of calories on the mother. In fact, in situations where food is scarce, a mother will stop nursing even if that means her baby will starve to death. The weaning time in nature has evolved to be a balance between what is best for the baby and mother, whereas I suppose you want what's best for the baby, since you (presumably) aren't facing starvation.
Apr
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comment How can I help a child who won't talk to anybody at school? Selective mutism
Have you check out selectivemutism.org? They offer a number of resources, articles, and suggestions for both parents and social workers.
Apr
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answered How old is old enough for a child to have their ears pierced?
Apr
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awarded  Supporter
Apr
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answered How can we get our toddler to accept bedtime?
Apr
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answered How can I brush my toddlers' teeth when he won't let me?
Mar
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comment At what age should a child be introduced to the Television?
@Ziv: Yes it does. "Ideally, never."
Mar
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awarded  Precognitive
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awarded  Teacher
Mar
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answered At what age should a child be introduced to the Television?
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awarded  Autobiographer