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May
27
comment Are there any benefits to taking a bath over taking a shower for a child?
+1. I would suspect that a shower might, at least in some situations, be better for sore muscles, simply because you can focus the water on the necessary spot, and ensure that the temperature remains consistent, whereas a bath will gradually cool, limiting the amount of time you can apply heat to the area (unless you're in a heated whirlpool or such).
May
26
comment How can I encourage my child to eat “spicier” healthy food?
Debates about the potential benefits of foods are better suited for skeptics.se. If you need to discuss it further, please take it to Parenting Chat.
May
24
comment When can I introduce different music?
@ChristopherW here's one:amazon.com/Rockabye-Baby-Lullaby-Renditions-Ramones/dp/…
May
23
comment What age is it appropriate to start martial arts?
I'm downvoting this because the anecdotal evidence you present (your sister's son) doesn't provide any actual support to the question, because you don't include the age of your nephew. Since the question is "what age is appropriate", that's a vital piece of information missing to make your answer relevant; without it, essentially your answer is an unqualified "as soon as possible!", which is questionable, at best. Is 1 year possible? 6 months?
May
23
comment How can I deal with no-socks situation at night?
@DVK I suggest you pop into parenting chat before putting too much store into that study; it appears that "cold feet can lead to sickness" may be an... overstatement... of the actual findings.
May
23
comment How can I deal with no-socks situation at night?
Let's take it to Parenting Chat. The comments here are getting off topic.
May
23
comment Walking barefoot is bad for my child health?
There may actually be some evidence that exposing feet to acute cold may cause some symptoms of illness.
May
23
comment How can I deal with no-socks situation at night?
@DVK If they're taking them off because the socks aren't comfortable, no, it won't work, but if they're taking them off because their feet are too warm, it might work if you dropped the temperature even lower. Still, I realized I missed something key from my answer, so I'm editing it.
May
23
comment How can I deal with no-socks situation at night?
Related: Will getting your feet wet make you sick? on skeptics indicates that acute chilling of the feet may lead to cold-like symptoms.
May
22
comment Is it a good approach to have a policy of apologizing for yelling at a kid?
《Comments removed. Please do not use comments for discussion. Comments are for clarification of the question or answer only. If you'd like to have a discussion, please take it to our Parenting Chat system>
May
22
comment How do you correct slang or other improper grammar in a pre-schooler?
@JeremyMiller Doh! I do pronounce it with 2 l's, though!
May
21
comment How do you correct slang or other improper grammar in a pre-schooler?
@DanBeale that's a valid point, but my son is developmentally well past needing linguistic shortcuts like that. At this point, he is very ready to learn proper pronounciation, and I think it is important to start that as early as possible. It is easier to teach the right methods at the outset than correct idiosyncricies after they've been in use for a couple of years.
May
21
comment How do you handle poor sportsmanship from other parents during your child's sports events?
@Kevin I've added two age tags, to focus on ages 5-11.
May
20
comment How do you handle poor sportsmanship from other parents during your child's sports events?
Maybe I'm a bit jaded, but I assume any question about one's kid is implicitly primarily about "how do I best mitigate the negatives/maximize the positive side for my child"
May
20
comment How do you handle poor sportsmanship from other parents during your child's sports events?
Fair enough. I'm curious if others in the community agree. I see the question as really being "how do you mitigate the negatives for your kid", with the questions you're referring to as more examples to highlight specific aspects for consideration, but maybe I didn't present it very well.
May
19
comment At what age is it OK in USA to hold a birthday party at home instead of a party venue?
@DVK in my (admittedly limited, for the age ranges you specify) experience, I'm not sure just how pervasive that cultural expectation is in the USA. It is almost certainly specific to certain economic brackets, and likely varies significantly by region. However, anecdotally, I know of at least one upper-middle-class suburban parent (just outside a large city) that has exclusively thrown home parties throughout preschool and primary school ages for his son. Granted, they are lavishly planned theme parties, but 100% of the decorations and activities are homemade.
May
16
comment My child is ignoring my timeouts and walking away from them. What are some options for handling this?
Let's all just calm down, and remember that comments are not for discussion, and also that we need to keep it friendly here.
May
12
comment How can I tell if my son is big enough for a car booster seat?
@DanBeale yes, I believe that is exactly what I'm looking for.
May
1
comment How can I stop my 5 year's violent tantrums?
After reflecting on this for a bit, I've edited the question to remove the unnecessarily rude language. I'm also purging the comments, as some of them have also been flagged as rude. I will once again say: basic courtesy is a requirement in the community. If you feel that making "distasteful" answers to deliberately make people "upset or self-conscious" is the way that you want to communicate your opinions, then we may not be the right community for you. If, however, you can make your points without such tactics, and maintain basic civility, your posts will be welcome.
May
1
comment Teaching my 10 year old son appropriate bathroom manners
We have one that lowers on its own, slowly, but you still have to pull it slightly forward to start it closing. Are there other varieties that close without assistance? If so (and how can I put this delicately?)... do they go slowly enough to not drop in front of a guy unloading a particularly full bladder?