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Feb
15
comment When can a toddler be taught that dropping unwanted food on the floor is unacceptable?
This worked very well for us. Now he either puts it next to his plate, or (more often) hands it to us. Thanks!
Feb
15
comment How can I get my toddler to sleep later in the mornings?
Unfortunately, it seems your answer was the correct one (at least in our case): nothing we've tried seems to influence the time he wakes up, and even our pediatrician has said "some kids just wake up early, and there's nothing you can do about it".
Feb
15
comment What are some effective strategies that I can take to get my first grade child in the highest quality teacher's classroom?
@user984532 I have modified your question to try and make it applicable to a wider audience, since, as Lennart mentions, the way individual schools handle these scenarios vary wildly from location to location. Please feel free to edit it further to clear up anything I didn't get quite right.
Feb
15
comment What are some effective strategies that I can take to get my first grade child in the highest quality teacher's classroom?
@LennartRegebro I have edited the question in an attempt to avoid some of the localization issues.
Feb
15
comment How can you preserve old teddy bear for eternity?
My first instinct was to say "this isn't really about parenting, but rather a 'how to' on preserving cloth", but a teddy bear can be so important to a child that I really do feel this touches too closely to parenting to be off-topic. Good question!
Feb
14
comment What are questions to ask when interviewing a midwife?
Could you summarize the major points of the resource you linked? That way if something happens to the linked document, your answer will still contain the important information.
Feb
14
comment How can I get my toddler to exit discreetly when threatening-looking people are around?
@RoryAlsop Re: "the only reason you hear about these and perceive them to be common is because the media likes to exploit our fears"... This is true to an extent. However, the frequency is also dictated by where you live. In areas with heavy gang activity, they are proportionally much more common. Even if "much more common" means "it happens once or twice every 2-3 years", it is, imo, too much of a risk. We also must beware of falling into the trap of assuming that the criminal elements of other cultures share the "values" of the criminals we may be more familiar with.
Feb
14
comment Reading Programs
@Benjol Another alternative is to just delete your comments, and hope the other person notices and does the same. A half of a set of irrelevant comments is better than a full set ;) I'm certainly not going to get upset if you decide to flag (or ask another user to flag) as a way of handling the situation, but no one is going to get the deputy or marshal badges by doing so ;).
Feb
14
comment How can I get my toddler to exit discreetly when threatening-looking people are around?
I'm inclined to agree with deworde. The idea that gang members "respect children" is not universally true, and any implication that you can rely upon a certain level of respect and consideration for the safety of children is a dangerous misconception. I have lost track of how many times I have heard of children getting shot in gang-related activity. Not because they were targets, but rather because they either got in the way of a conflict, or happened to be somewhere in the background when bullets began to fly. (this relates to comments here, and not the actual answer)
Feb
14
comment How does one formally educate a gifted child without wrecking childhood?
Hi Meg, and welcome to the site. What a fantastic first contribution! I look forward to hearing more from you.
Feb
10
comment Online resources of quality cartoons for toddler
The question is "what are some legal online resources for quality cartoons for toddlers". As has been mentioned before, our policy is "if you don't agree with the premise of a question, it is not appropriate to answer saying 'don't do that'". If you disagree with that policy, please participate in our meta discussion.
Feb
10
comment How can I get my toddler to exit discreetly when threatening-looking people are around?
+ 1 for actually addressing the question.
Feb
10
comment How can I get my toddler to exit discreetly when threatening-looking people are around?
+1 for actually addressing the question.
Feb
10
comment How can I get my toddler to exit discreetly when threatening-looking people are around?
-1 I'm sorry, but you aren't actually answering the question. While I agree with everything you've said, the question is "how can I get my toddler to exit discreetly" in whatever the OP considers a threatening situation. For reference, please see What should we advise when one disagrees with the premise of a question?
Feb
10
comment How can I get my toddler to exit discreetly when threatening-looking people are around?
-1 I'm sorry, but you aren't actually answering the question. While I agree with everything you've said, the question is "how can I get my toddler to exit discreetly" in whatever the OP considers a threatening situation. For reference, please see What should we advise when one disagrees with the premise of a question?
Feb
2
comment What are ways to stay calm when dealing with an argumentative teen as a step parent?
Hi maz, and welcome to the site. I cleaned up your question a bit; feel free to change anything back that you feel I mis-represented. Its a tough position you're in. I hope you get some helpful answers!
Jan
31
comment Which skills are best learned while very young?
I'm afraid that I'm going to have to close this, as questions that ask for an open-ended list of answers are generally a poor fit for our platform. They tend to receive a bunch of incomplete answers, and encourage discussion. However, if there is a major interest in this by the community, we could consider making a Community Wiki answer. If you feel strongly about this, vote to reopen if you can, or visit our Parenting Meta and start/participate in a discussion there to explain why you feel this question is an important one.
Jan
28
comment How to deal with others' children who do not respect my authority?
Restraining someone else's child, no matter how much they deserve it, seems to run a very high risk of the other parents becoming offended or worse.
Jan
26
comment Does pulling kids out of class for special help negatively influence them?
Can you clarify what you mean by "pulling kids out of class"? Do you mean having them drop the class altogether, or someone physically coming into the room and saying "come with me"?
Jan
26
comment How do you stop a child from using bad language and profanity?
The OP used the tag [primary-schooler], which means roughly 5-8 years old (you can see this by clicking on, or hovering over, the tag). Your answer seems very specific teenagers. You might want to consider editing to address younger children.