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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.


Jul
15
comment Getting a 5-year-old up and going in the morning
My dad would come into our rooms singing the Boy Scout song, "Rise and shine and Give God Your Glory, Glory" at the top of his lungs. My brother eventually would set his alarm 10 minutes early, get up and go find a hiding place (say, a closet in the guest room) and would go to sleep there. :-)
Nov
7
comment How can I potty train my 4 year old daughter?
This worked really well for our daughter. So much, in fact, that she would purposefully control her bathroom productions. Just pee a little to get a sticker and then pee a little again 10 minutes later to get another sticker, etc., repeat for a couple of hours. Ditto for #2s. Just a little bit now, a little more a little later. We had to make it so that she only got a sticker on sufficient eliminations, but it did convince us that she had fine control of her bladder/bowels.
Jun
1
comment At what age should a child be introduced to the Television?
@Ernie: I'm not saying television has no place, just that ideally it has no place. Yes, your son enjoys the Extreme Engineering shows, but wouldn't the ideal way to learn and be engaged is to see it in person, talk to a real engineer, build some models, etc.? And as for your childhood, wouldn't the ideal way have been to talk to a real astronomer, look through a telescope, and so forth?
May
9
comment Is it reasonable for parents with small children to use the disabled toilet?
@Ian: I Googled "Radar key" and read that they are only used the "keep the toilets locked to stop misuse and damage." I'm curious, does an able bodied person using the disabled toilet quickly and courteously when the able bodied toilets are occupied constitute misuse? Or does that term carry a more egregious connotation?
May
5
comment How should I respond to a child asking to have as much spending money as her friends do?
Perfect. It let's the kid know (a) that you're listening and understanding their concerns; (b) sends the message, "If you have a problem you need to hunt for a solution," and (c) imparts the important message that in life work and effort is required if you want to enjoy material/monetary gain.
Apr
14
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
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
13
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.
Mar
29
comment At what age should a child be introduced to the Television?
@Ziv: Yes it does. "Ideally, never."