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Jun
30
comment At what age is it suggested to enunciate specific expectations regarding sexual activity?
@Dariusz - the goal is for the kid to say that - and mean it.
Jun
30
asked At what age is it suggested to enunciate specific expectations regarding sexual activity?
Jun
30
comment Why does my 16-year-old hate me?
Also, does he do the same thing (try to deliberately hurt, physically or emotionally) other people? 3% of people are sociopaths, and plenty enough enjoy hurting others in and out of itself, without a cause. While I'm loath to suggest your child is one of them (and pattern of self-hurt isn't suggestive of that possibility), the chances are NOT zero.
Jun
30
comment Why does my 16-year-old hate me?
@Julie4435637 - this may be too personal to answer, but was he actually diagnosed with depression? The asnwer may depend on that a lot.
Jun
30
comment Why does my 16-year-old hate me?
What is his reaction to another parent's suggestions/ideas (assuming another parent is in the picture to make them)? What about other adults of influence? (mentor? teacher? older siblings/cousins? more remote family members?)
Jun
26
comment How strict should I be with my 9 month old?
This would be an awsome answer if there was some citation for the (presumably correct) assertion "Children at 9 months really don't understand cause and effect yet"
Jun
19
comment How should I inform parents if their children are bothering me?
@deworde - yes and no. If someone yells in your ear, it's your problem caused by their behavior. The question lies in where you place the boundary between reasonably acceptable behavior vs. unreasonably impactful one. And it's largely cultural - as the OP noted, the rules used to be for children to be quiet and NOT bother adults for a large swath of history. (or for unrelated topic, you used to consider that someone smoking on the bus is expected and reasonable. Most Western countries, that isn't true anymore).
Jun
8
comment Teaching children how to fight back
Personal experience: best (and from my observation, only) real way of deterring a bully is making the bully dead sure that you will hurt them. Whether that requires actually exibiting that on bully's hide depends on a situation, bully, and your luck. Unfortunately, modern Westen culture keeps forgetting Orwell's maxim about pacifism.
Jun
8
comment How do we avoid leaky diapers at night?
+1 especially for #3
Jun
5
comment Is there a downside to giving a preschooler band-aids when he doesn't really need them?
@ida - please see "magic kiss" in #1. That addresses what you describe, I think
Jun
4
answered How do I handle an absentee parent wanting to build a relationship later in life?
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Jun
3
revised When can/should children start sleeping on pillows?
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answered When can/should children start sleeping on pillows?
Jun
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comment How much should a 26 y.o. adult child assist their parents?
@Erica - I agree. I can't be sure but seems the OP was referring to the typical "American kids sponging off their parents while in their 20s" narrative, popular in US culture/media since 2000 and especially 2008. The emphasis being on sponging off of, not merely living together.
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answered Is there a downside to giving a preschooler band-aids when he doesn't really need them?
May
31
comment What is a good physical activity for a seven-year old who loves falling down?
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May
29
comment How to deal with the story books which indicate stealing to be okay/good?
Extra bonus reading: Aladdin; 1001 Nights in general, Robin Hood