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Jan
30
comment How to inspire more creativity in play?
I love this answer!
Jan
30
comment Why do some parents have a favorite (or least favorite) child? How can this be avoided?
Awesome answer! The only thing I might add is that as a parent you have a lot of influence on your child's character (in the earlier years, before peers gain influence, and subject to the child's basic nature, of course). If you model cheerfulness, even in the face of adversity, or inclusivity, or being a good sport, or fairness, or honesty, or social warmth, or any other positive trait that people like, your child will eventually start demonstrating it back at you. I.e., you can try to raise a child that you will like. And one of the things you model is fairness, to all your children.
Jan
29
comment When a child only gets enthused about books above his reading level
You're right, of course, @Doc. The first Captain Underpants book is quite clever -- the concept is brilliant, even -- but after that they're sort of all the same, nothing there for an adult. And of course it makes it harder to hold the line in the battle against potty humor when your kid has seen you grinning and chortling with delight at George and Harold's antics. For a first- or second-grader, the line between funny and gross is no more than a glare in their parents' eyes, at this point.
Jan
29
comment Kids and Time Management
One could leave anecdotes illustrating one's kid's evolving grasp of time, if that's what the OP is looking for... Cool and interesting, yes, but it doesn't seem on topic here. More on topic might be, "At what age can I expect my child to get ready to leave for school by herself based on a set number of tasks and the amount of time she has left to complete them?" I.e., no matter what time I wake her, with ten minutes to go, my ten-year-old always has more to do than time left to do it in. (It's like she can't grasp time the reality (fleetingness?) of timespans longer than twenty minutes.)
Jan
28
answered Should we add Soccer to an already pretty full schedule?
Jan
22
revised Socialization strategies for a new stay-at-home Mom
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Jan
21
comment How to teach civil rights to children who don't know about racism?
I really like the idea of using the Sneetches! Also the concept of people having the power to change things.
Jan
21
answered Socialization strategies for a new stay-at-home Mom
Jan
17
comment Strategies for difficult bedtime routine for young toddler
Understood. They are not in very good control of themselves at this age; their brain and nervous system are still developing. Sometimes what happens, happens.
Jan
17
comment How do I address a teacher humiliating my son by calling him a “tattletale”?
I may yet post, but I see a lot of good responses here already.
Jan
17
comment How do I address a teacher humiliating my son by calling him a “tattletale”?
"Much more likely he simply couldn't hear over the noise, and felt that he should be able to." I extrapolated: that if that was the boy's complaint, and the teacher was calling him a tattletale in response, then the teacher was either behaving completely randomly, or thought that the boy had no legitimate reason to listen to the announcements. And then I (creatively) phrased it as Chrys phrased the others, because I want to hear her thoughts on that one, too. I think she then would have covered the three main possibilities as to what was happening; the fourth was just covered by Joe.
Jan
17
answered Strategies for difficult bedtime routine for young toddler
Jan
17
comment How do I address a teacher humiliating my son by calling him a “tattletale”?
Can you also address Beofett's theory that the alternative was, "John, there's no need for you to hear those announcements, they're the same ones that come out every day?"
Jan
17
comment How do I make sure kids don't run on the stairs?
I hadn't thought of it that way! It was meant to be a deterrent, but I guess it could work if it was part of the game...
Jan
17
answered How do I make sure kids don't run on the stairs?
Jan
13
comment How do I do my daughter's hair?
Try different size hair ties... and practice. My daughter's caretaker could get hair ties in her hair for months before I developed the knack. I assumed she had smaller fingers than me, too, but now I can do it easily, and I don't know what changed.
Jan
13
revised How to teach civil rights to children who don't know about racism?
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Jan
11
answered How to teach civil rights to children who don't know about racism?
Jan
10
comment How to break the cycle of lies?
I agree the proper natural consequence would be his dad not trusting him/checking everything he says, but that won't work unless he learns to value trust. And I think the "contest" was clouding this issue. Trust between people who love each other is a warm and wonderful thing; having it makes you stronger against all the things that go wrong in life. If he can come to see this, then not having his dad's trust would be worse than losing a cookie. Though I have to admit, I don't know if this might be harder because of the ADHD; but it can't hurt to try.
Jan
10
revised How to break the cycle of lies?
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