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Dec
24
comment How do dealing with infant flipping over during sleep training?
Do you have any references for preventing a child from sleeping after rolling over from their back to their tummy? I know you are supposed to put them on their backs to sleep, but we were told that once our son was old enough to roll over onto his stomach by himself, it was okay for him to sleep that way, although we should continue starting him off for the night on his back. This website, while not what I'd call authoritative, backs up that position.
Dec
23
comment Why don't kids like vegetables?
Then, per this discussion on our meta, you should not have answered the question at all. "I don't agree", not matter how detailed or justified, is not an answer to the question. At best it should be a comment. Most importantly, it is never appropriate to post an answer that does not directly answer the question asked. That is the point of StackExchange. To answer questions.
Dec
23
comment When should I introduce different foods to an infant or toddler?
We have the book, and it does have a lot of interesting information in it. However, in the interest of answering the specific question asked, perhaps you could edit your post to include some of the specific recommendations from the book regarding the order in which foods should be introduced?
Dec
23
comment Why don't kids like vegetables?
Please keep in mind that the question is "Why children do not like vegetables", and not "how do I get my children to eat vegetables". As it stands, your answer does not address the question.
Dec
23
comment Why don't kids like vegetables?
Please keep in mind that the question is "Why children do not like vegetables", and not "how do I get my children to eat vegetables". As it stands, your answer does not address the question.
Dec
22
comment Is TV harmful to my infant's development?
@afrazier Here's what it does!
Dec
22
comment Should I discourage my son from “stealing” toys from Let's Rock Elmo?
As for you believing that my son is violently and inappropriately behaving, I'm not sure how you read that in to what I said. "Grabbing" is your word, not mine, nor did I point out that his behavior was inappropriate. What I said was that he was treating the toy like a toy, instead of like a person. Given that Lets Rock Elmo is, well, a toy, that seems rather the opposite of "inappropriate". The issue is solely whether the "lifelike behavior" of the toy blurs the line, which is why discussion of how he treats his toys (outside of the "sharing" issue) is irrelevant to the question.
Dec
22
comment Should I discourage my son from “stealing” toys from Let's Rock Elmo?
@morahhochman FYI: If you start your comment with "@username" the person you are responding to will get a notification of your comment. As I said, we are starting to teach him about sharing (thus the original question). However, your answer stated that he can't learn with Elmo because Elmo does not model reciprocal behavior. Expecting reciprocal sharing behavior as a condition of learning implies that the learning comes from seeing the behavior in other children, and not from parents saying it on their behalf.
Dec
22
comment Parenting books
Shopping and product recommendation questions are off topic here. They tend to generate lists of questions suggesting one or two products each, and are simply a poor fit for our format.
Dec
22
comment Should I discourage my son from “stealing” toys from Let's Rock Elmo?
Isn't 15 months a bit early to expect other kids to take turns or offer toys when finished? While we certainly praise this behavior when it occurs, at this age we're more focused on "we don't take toys other people are using". I don't think there is any issue of not taking care of his toys. He's not behaving violently, just, well, treating it like a toy instead of a person.
Dec
21
comment When can a toddler be taught that dropping unwanted food on the floor is unacceptable?
Ugh, I had that in there, and then accidentally dropped it when I made some edits. He's 15 months, but I'll add that back in. Good catch!
Dec
21
comment I don't like my child's teacher's teaching style
@Erin I don't believe you were being disrespectful, which is why I only left a comment. Perhaps my use of the term brow-beat was too harsh, but we've had incidents in the past where discussion rapidly took a turn for the worse when answers focused too much on disagreeing with the premise of a question. Really, the amount of focus you put on the answer vs. the additional perspective as to why the task is required is what I was focused on, rather than any problems with tone.
Dec
21
comment I don't like my child's teacher's teaching style
@Erin While I fully agree with you about the importance of alphabetizing, and the pitfalls of relying upon the Internet and computers to substitute for basic skills, please be careful not to use answers to soap-box or attempt to brow-beat the OP. You do address the OPs question, but the focus is more on why she shouldn't be taking the stance that she is. It would be preferable for the focus to be on the answer, with your opinions on her stance secondary.
Dec
21
comment How should I handle academic disagreement with a teacher?
+1 for "The parents can compensate for those specifics by exposing the child to other opinions."
Dec
21
comment Is TV harmful to my infant's development?
I know of no studies that attempt to link television viewing to physical milestones like crawling and walking. The concerns are language development. 5 or more words by the age of 15 months is the first language milestone, so it doesn't sound like your son is behind, but going by the first milestone is not really sufficient to claim that television has had no impact whatsoever.
Dec
21
comment Is TV harmful to my infant's development?
Related.
Dec
21
comment Disagreeing with a teacher
I'm closing this, as the other two questions you've asked touch upon different aspects of disagreement as written. This question is more generic, and is covered between the other two. As DA01 says, if you are unsatisfied with the answers you are receiving on the other questions, you can edit them to clarify what, exactly, you are looking for.
Dec
20
comment How should I handle academic disagreement with a teacher?
@DA01 I never said it was "bad teaching". I merely presented strategies for addressing the op's concerns. As for your Godwin example, I think hitler could be adequately characterized by facts.
Dec
19
comment When is it appropriate to start explaining the religious components of the various holidays?
I have modified the title to make it a bit more descriptive. However, if you feel that my change doesn't help, or if it doesn't really match your intent, please feel free to roll back the change.
Dec
19
comment My kids are asking for Angry Birds Knock On Wood for the holidays, is it safe?
The focus of the question is on "is this toy safe". While I agree with the sentiment that "just because they want it doesn't mean they need it" wholeheartedly, I think you may be over-reading the OP's hesitation about buying it. As for teaching children about throwing things in the house, is that really any different from this classic toy?