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Jan
5
comment How do we address other adults telling my son to ask us to bring him to their house?
@Erica this is just for family visits. We do have a standing offer for them to babysit, and we take them up on it sometimes, but in these cases she's specifically asking us to drive over and hang out for an hour or so.
Dec
28
comment How do I solve my brother's fear of a creepy video game character?
@PaulJohnson Fair enough. I was making that statement primarily to head off any discussion of this being off-topic. Sorry if I mis-guessed your intent.
Dec
27
comment How do I solve my brother's fear of a creepy video game character?
"Acting as a parent" is a pretty nebulous term. Regardless of the fact that we're talking about siblings, any advice given here would likely be just as applicable to parents, should they ask about similar situations.
Dec
27
comment What are some better ways to teach empathy when taking kids to the zoo?
Zoos vary considerably in quality. If the zoos near you have animals showing clear signs of poor treatment, don't take your kids there. Find more conservation/education oriented zoos, even if they're less convenient.
Dec
15
comment Does being the oldest in a day care class harm a child's social development?
That would be quite an insightful, albeit excessively wordy (you even used a word I had to look up, although it was largely the fact that you misused it that caused me to miss the meaning) commentary... if this were a question about middle-age adults, or even pre-teen children. However, since the topic is toddlers, as the true focus of my answer indicates, there is very little meaning to asking what the child's "real age" is (for social intelligence, yadda-yadda) at that age.
Dec
14
comment Is my wife an over-protective parent and how does this influence my child?
@KaiQing Thanks. I added an upvote, and it looks like at least one person's downvote was retracted :)
Dec
14
comment Is a small kindergarten class a problem?
Child:teacher ratio is one of the most important metrics. +1
Dec
14
comment Is my wife an over-protective parent and how does this influence my child?
I don't think this answer merits so many downvotes, but I agree that "hypochondriac" seems pretty clearly an incorrect assessment, and that is keeping me from upvoting, even to offset what I feel are excessive downvotes. I wish you would reconsider some minor edits. You've got some good citations and insight, and it would be a shame to have this answer buried or auto-deleted.
Dec
13
comment How to behave with 10 months old baby around staircases?
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Oct
8
comment How to read an English story book to the kid when we don't talk in English at home?
@TheIndependentAquarius That's wonderful to hear! Thanks for coming back to this with an update. It's always nice hearing how these situations work out.
Sep
23
comment How competitive or forgiving to be when playing games against my own kids
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Jul
21
comment 14 month old baby no longer eating or drinking after MMR vaccine
"If you google MMR and loss of appetite, you will get numerous hits" if you google "vaccines cause autism", you'll get numerous hits, too, but that doesn't mean anything beyond that there's a ton of bad information on the Internet. That's why including specific sources is so important.
Jul
14
comment How to handle spoiled 20 year old step grandaughter and her enabeling mother?
Hi, and welcome to the site! Could you please clarify what type of advice you're looking for?
Jun
26
comment Why do humans require assistance in childbirth so frequently?
The first two facts simply aren't true. There are actually countless mammals that stay in family units their entire lives. In some cases, only the males leave as they enter adulthood. Similarly, there are quite a few cases of mammals where raising children is either communal, or delegated to specific members of the group.
Jun
25
comment How do I help my son deal with a sexually abusive bully in preschool?
One or possibly both of his friends have had similar conversations with their parents about playing with Cain, but as 4 year olds, they have a hard time remembering that that's what they're supposed to do, particularly when they're in the middle of having a good time and Cain shows up. I don't think my son really wants to leave the school; it was merely him trying to come up with a solution. I know he'd be very sad to leave his friends. We'll definitely follow up with the school, to see what steps they're taking. It seems complete separation isn't likely to be an option, though.
Jun
18
comment Causes and prevention techniques for crooked teeth?
You don't believe what to be true? That we don't fully know what causes it? Or that losing teeth can contribute to crooked teeth? Or that early intervention by a pediatric dentist can sometimes help prevent teeth from growing in crooked? From the rest of your comment, it seems like you disagree that poor dental hygiene is the sole cause of crooked teeth, but no one has actually claimed that to be the case.
May
29
comment How to handle my baby boy urinating in bath?
@ShadowWizard There are plenty of examples of questions that are duplicates except for the age range, because the developmental level of the child is such a game-changer that it radically changes the question. You're welcome to disagree, but I find it extremely difficult to imaging a scenario where "why is my newborn doing x" would be a duplicate of "why is my toddler doing x".
May
29
comment How to handle my baby boy urinating in bath?
It's generally a good idea to ask a new question, instead of editing to radically change the question and thereby invalidating existing answers. A question about a newborn peeing in the tub is radically different than a toddler doing the same. My suggestion is to roll back the edit, and post a new question. You can flag a moderator and see if you can get the bounty refunded.
May
1
comment Why would you lie to your children about Santa?
Its a shame this answer got buried at the bottom. Its the best answer here, IMHO. Wish I could upvote more than once.
Apr
13
comment How do you explain “Right” and “Left” politics to a child without bias?
@msouth and you're providing a good example of why gross generalizations based on "left" or "right" are fundamentally useless. Many (all) of the things you've just attributed to "the left" only apply to subsets of the left (and some of those subsets are so vanishingly small as to be actively disingenuous when used to describe "the left"). This isn't helped by the deliberately inflammatory phrasing you've choosen. It's no different than saying "the right wants to take away your freedom to not be beaten for being other than a heterosexual Caucasian christian".