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awarded  Explainer
Sep
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awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
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comment What should I be aware of when introducing 7-8 year old to Harry Potter book?
You say you think the books are intended for a slightly older age, but it is my firm conviction that children will want to read about kids slightly senior to them.
Sep
5
comment What should I be aware of when introducing 7-8 year old to Harry Potter book?
Also, on point 4, while Harry is indeed rich, his close friend Ron's family, the Weasley family, is actually a bit poor. This contrast and the issues it causes are dealt with in the books.
Sep
5
comment What should I be aware of when introducing 7-8 year old to Harry Potter book?
I disagree with point 5. It sure looks like it in the first book, but as we move along (beware: spoilers!), we find out Snape is reluctantly good, while still mean. The Marauders are revealed to have been bullying jocks at times, and even Dumbledore is shown as having made bad decisions because he puts his personal desires ahead of what was right.
Sep
4
comment How should I respond to a child asking to have as much spending money as her friends do?
Not everyone thinks this book is a great resource; see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_Dad_Poor_Dad#Criticism
Jun
28
comment My son wants to bring a present to a birthday party where “no presents” was specified on the invitation
@Beofett that sounds bizarre indeed. I can think of several reasons for that, but none of them make sense nor should they be discussed here. Just mention me in chat if you feel like it.
Jun
18
awarded  Civic Duty
Jun
17
comment How strict can I be with my niece?
@This Ah, I see. Reprehensible. But without that extra context, this answer isn't bad. I also expect my sister-in-law to give my sons a timeout when necessary. 'Discipline' in itself does not mean 'corporal punishment' to me.
Jun
17
comment Should I stop my mother in law visiting when she doesn't respect me as the father figure?
I second the use of a nanny cam or similar if possible, since this has been going on for some time, it may be hard to convince your wife what's going on, especially since your MiL only does it when she's not around. You may even have some success showing it to your MiL too, if she doesn't realise her own behaviour.
Jun
7
comment My son wants to bring a present to a birthday party where “no presents” was specified on the invitation
@Beofett Thanks. Will you let us know how you handled it and what happened?
Jun
3
answered My son wants to bring a present to a birthday party where “no presents” was specified on the invitation
Apr
29
reviewed Leave Open My child is being bullied by roommates child
Apr
29
reviewed Close is it apropriate age for 3 year old to play with 9 year old
Apr
29
reviewed Leave Open What things would possibly indicate I should see a doctor about stomach worms?
Apr
14
revised What stories for children have strong female role models?
Incorporated own answer in CW answer
Mar
11
comment How can we explain our “cry it out” strategy to people who oppose it?
+1 for "I take my family's advice and opinions (...), but I don't allow them to interfere with my decisions."
Mar
6
revised How do you differentiate between allowing the child to disagree with you and letting her get her way?
Minor grammar
Mar
6
comment Should I make a particular effort to present great women of history to my daughter?
Also, while Disney seems to be getting better, they still default to male heroes. I get the impression they only feature a female hero if they want to make a movie about a female hero. But if they just want to make a movie about a hero, they seem to default to a male hero.
Mar
6
comment The UK ministry of education's website for verifying an international school's accreditation
@learner According to this page, that's the only thing it's used for. That information is useful enough to warrant an answer of its own. You could answer your own question, or perhaps Rory Alsop would like to expand their answer.