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Sep
30
comment How should I help my 9years old son to get back on TAG program
@Ida Ah, strange. Thanks for the comment and the attempted upvote... hopefully whatever is giving the error will be resolved soon :)
Sep
30
comment How should I help my 9years old son to get back on TAG program
@Ida Normally, I don't say this about my own posts, but given the seemingly random downvote, don't forget to upvote if you think its a good answer :)
Sep
30
comment Are “pull-ups” worthwhile?
As I commented on your answer: the question is not asking "if I switch to pull-ups, will my son be potty trained?". I'm asking if pull-ups will help potty training, not replace it.
Sep
30
comment Are “pull-ups” worthwhile?
Actually, yes, my son knew the difference at 3 between pull-ups and regular diapers. The question is asking if pull-ups could facilitate potty-training, not replace it.
Sep
27
comment Daughter is reluctant to participate in proposed family meeting. What kinds of objections do you anticipate she has?
Please avoid discussion in the comments. Comments are intended for clarification. Discussion belongs in Parenting Chat.
Sep
25
comment What challenges exist in raising a child in an apartment?
Good point about lead. One thing to note is that some areas have local lead abatement programs to assist landlords and homeowners in identifying the presence of lead and removing it. Check with your local government agencies when moving in to an older apartment or home.
Sep
24
comment What challenges exist in raising a child in an apartment?
I just want to add under "Sound": your neighbors will scream bloody murder if your kid keeps them awake at night, too :)
Sep
24
comment Son 22 asks me how to deal with a friend with benefits, so that she does not get hurt
-1 from me. I don't perceive from the OP that the son wants a "revolving door of sexual partners". Instead, it seems like he just got out of a long term relationship, and isn't ready to get back into one yet (which is a fairly mature and healthy realization, imho). Nor does it sound like he's looking to avoid negative consequences, but rather how to best handle the situation, knowing that one way or another there are going to be complications. While I appreciate you've clearly marked part of your answer as opinion, you make some pretty significant leaps and assumptions that I disagree with.
Sep
24
comment What's wrong with Dr Seuss?
I'm not sure I'm getting the whole "parental disobedience" thing from Cat In the Hat. The only thing wrong the kids do is let the cat in the house. Then their participation becomes pretty passive until they realize that things are getting out of hand, at which point the boy puts a stop to it. The message of "do the right thing, even if it means putting a stop to fun" is much stronger than "ignoring your parents is okay". As for Green Eggs, I agree with nekomatic's interpretation.
Sep
23
comment What's wrong with Dr Seuss?
@user3143 Yes, I agree some of them are so much of a stretch as to be absurd, but The Lorax was supposedly acknowledged as "propaganda" by Geisel, and some people do object to environmentalism in its current form, particularly if they perceive it as being "forced" upon a child. IMO, any political message in a children's book is inviting some strong feelings. You should have seen the rants about The Giving Tree.
Sep
23
comment What's wrong with Dr Seuss?
It is possible that their objections may be political, rather than about anything to do with the developmental appropriateness. Or maybe they just had to read Oh, Say Can You Say? one too many times...
Sep
19
comment How can I show my appreciation for my wife?
I hope you do not mind, but I have taken the liberty of rephrasing your question. I hope that I have properly captured what you intended to ask, as it is my belief that the wording of your original post may have given some people the wrong idea of what you were looking for. If I have made any mistakes, or don't properly describe your question, please feel free to make further edits, or even revert to your original version if I got it completely wrong.
Sep
16
comment potty trained 2 1/2 year old wetting the bed again
Hi, and welcome to the site. We expect our answers to be self-contained here. While it is fine to link to external resources (we encourage it, actually), you should post enough information from the resource so that people can get get the relevant content without having to leave our site. Please consider editing your answer to include appropriate quotations from the source you linked that would be helpful to the OP.
Sep
5
comment Paternity test or not
Rereading this answer, I realized I omitted an important qualifier on one of my statements that may be what is making people see this as some sort of attack or judgement on fathers or the role of fathers (which I, as a father, would be pretty unlikely to knowingly do). When I said that people involved in a child's life are more important than someone who contributed DNA, I accidentally omitted a very important part of that sentence: "if that person isn't involved in their life." I have fixed that, and I apologize if it seemed I was saying "fathers aren't important"; that was not my intent.
Sep
5
comment Paternity test or not
@user3143 no worries... Bolding that part was a good idea; thanks!
Sep
4
comment Paternity test or not
@user3143 I'm not saying the father shouldn't be informed. I tried to be pretty clear that I didn't think anyone could make an informed answer based on the information provided, because "should I?" is too subjective otherwise. If it sounded like I was passing judgement, clearly I didn't phrase my answer well enough.
Sep
4
comment Paternity test or not
@user1450877 As a side-note, we are all entitled to our opinions. Calling someone who has an opinion that differs from yours "completely ignorant", however, is not an entitlement. It is rude, and rude behavior is not welcome here.
Sep
4
comment Paternity test or not
@user1450877 The situation is biased against fathers, because... the identity of the father is not known. This isn't about "condemning" a father for not being a mother, and nowhere do I see anything in my answer, or the question, implying such a thing. Nor did I say it wouldn't have any negative impacts if a child doesn't know who his father is. I actually pointed out a couple. But in the grand scheme of things, kids grow up without knowing who one or both of their biological parents are all the time, yet still turn out to be healthy, well-adjusted adults.
Aug
28
comment My daughter is 15 and in love with a girl that is 19 what should i do?
While I'm not sure these two questions are actually duplicates, I believe there is a lot of advice on the other question that you will find useful, and this question needs more details (as the previous comments mentioned) in order to get you quality answers. If the linked answers don't help, I would be happy to reopen this question, but please provide more information and explain why the other answers aren't sufficient.
Aug
28
comment Disney, Dreamworks and Pixar: What is the appropriate age to start showing their films to a child?
+1 Great answer. Avoiding movies because of outdated or questionable content misses an opportunity to explain what is wrong with those concepts. Let's face it: our kids are going to be exposed to these things eventually. It is preferable, imo, to be there to help put things in proper perspective when it happens.