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Dec
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answered How can I help a child stay motivated in learning to program?
Dec
31
comment How to get a 17 year old son to realize that laundry is not that hard to do and to do it on a regular basis?
Get him a gf. Most men exibit wonders of cleaning acumen when a girl they are into is about to visit the room. Pay the gf $10 to off-handedly mention how her little brother is wonderful because he does his own laundry. Done.
Dec
24
comment 6 yo smothers his food in sauce — how can I change this?
@corsiKa - depends on the condiment and the quality of meat and the amount, based on my practical experience. Too much Ketchup and your meat flavor disappears. May be worth asking on cooking.SE?
Dec
24
comment 6 yo smothers his food in sauce — how can I change this?
@DavidRicherby - this is Parenting SE, not Environmentalist SE. Some of us value teaching kids independence, among other things. It's a perfectly valid answer, so no reason to downvote it.
Dec
24
comment 6 yo smothers his food in sauce — how can I change this?
My kids got introduced to the idea of "condiment" at ~3-4 YO and had no issue understanding that. +1
Dec
24
comment 6 yo smothers his food in sauce — how can I change this?
@Snowman, I would probably post your comment as a question - I'm struggling with the same problem as yourself.
Dec
24
comment 6 yo smothers his food in sauce — how can I change this?
@RoryAlsop - another reason was alluded to by the OP. As my father taught me, "If you need condiments on your meat, it was a poor quality meat. And if you have good quality meat, don't ruin the natural flavor with condiments!"
Dec
24
comment 6 yo smothers his food in sauce — how can I change this?
@RoryAlsop - because it can be harmful, both at the moment, and even more so as acquired habit in the future. Many sauces aren't very healthy for you (high sodium content, if nothing else). Some others are simply poor nutrition with tons of calories (Ranch, I'm looking at you!)
Dec
10
reviewed Approve What should I look for in a crib?
Dec
10
answered Son (22) has to keep initiating contact between son and parents after moving out
Nov
27
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Oct
15
comment What are the effective durations of punishment at various ages?
I'll accept if you link me some sources pls
Oct
15
comment Handling strong need to protect family
(4) Statistics don't lie. People incorrectly using them do.
Oct
15
comment Handling strong need to protect family
(1) false. You can store them attached to bed with number lock. (2) false. any parent of >1 child knows how to wake up NOT disoriented. (3) false. Anyone sane has a security alarm system AND the children who are old enough to venture on their own have the combo. They also get a lecture about the fact that if you don't wanna get shot, you honestly tell the parents you're going someplace. Basic parenting - trust for trust. (3) Dismissing an article written by anti-gun zealot, and peer reviewed by constituency hostile to guns, to be more precisely.
Oct
11
comment Handling strong need to protect family
I don't have not-reported stats handy, but for general stats on defending home, see Clayton E. Cramer and David Burnett's paper from Cato.
Oct
11
comment Handling strong need to protect family
if you're disorganized enough that you don't know where keys are, you're not smart enough to own a gun, IMHO. Suicides aren't something I'm worried in my family - security from intrusion is - and doesn't sounds like OP does the opposite either.
Oct
10
comment Handling strong need to protect family
I'd +1 if you found some more authoritative sources to back this up than anecdotal evidence.
Oct
10
comment Handling strong need to protect family
And +1 for balanced answer. Wish I could give another +10 for "have a plan".
Oct
10
comment Handling strong need to protect family
"Making your house a hard target means it is far less likely someone will even want to break in in the first place." - THAT. You don't really have to run faster than the bear. Just faster than the guy next to you.
Oct
10
comment Handling strong need to protect family
-1 - you are taking biased article AND oversimplifying its conclusion. Most of discussed deaths result from suicide. Most home intrusion repulsions are NOT reported for worry of reprecussions of the authority. NONE of the cases where an intruder chooses an easier target due to risk of being shot are analyzed at all (e.g. via interviews with criminals). Oh, also the fact that most of the gub violence is restricted to a very small segment of population that are prone to high-risk behavoir is also not analyzed (e.g. you forgot to exclude gangland shootings).