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comment Could I have damaged my unborn baby in the womb?
@anon - I was remembering different effects - the impact of hormonal balance on protein building (I don't recall DNA methylation as being a stated mechanism). Don't recall exact details from years ago, sorry - and I don't feel comfortable answering a medical topic without details far more specialized than my level of knowledge, even if I could find a couple of random studies. Yes, we allow medical questions - but IMHO this one can only be answered other than "maybe" by fetal development specialist, in professional setting (e.g. knowing exact mental and prescription history of the person)
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comment Private school vs bad public school for a young child
I think that the answer would heavily depend on the financials... does going to private school for a year cost meaningfully more, or less, or the same, as the margin of cost to move to a better location for you?
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comment When is corporal punishment abuse, really?
I would be curious to see any studies that try to explain (to steal an idea from comment below) the relative lack of 100% pervasive permanent damage in humans who grew up before 1950s where nearly 100% of children did experience corporal punishment. Frankly, any study that doesn't, doesn't seem like it is worth its academic salt to put it mildly (any study that concentrates on modern kids would be autimatically suffering from effects of correllation between children who experience punishment, and parents who are willing to buckle extremely opposed social norms to do so)
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comment Could I have damaged my unborn baby in the womb?
"There is no guarantee at all that your worry will affect your baby" - I seem to recall studies that there are statistically significant effects of mother's mental state, so I wouldn't be so sure without a thorough perusal of the literature (which is why I personally think this question is too medical-advice to stay open).
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comment What should we do when our 15 year old wants sex with his 13 year old girlfriend?
"The combinations of exceptions can be difficult to navigate to laws in some places" - Law.SE is now open for business in Beta stage, and could hopefully be a resource for just that kind of question if jurisdiction is supplied
Aug
28
comment Is it an acceptable practice to request summer camp administration to help contact other campers' family?
since practices may be locale dependent, this is USA.
Jul
13
comment Extracurricular activities for children
@SteveJessop - been a while since I read the biography, but I'm almost certain Mozart was NOT (entirely) self-directed.
Jul
13
comment 8-year-old right away repeats action after she is told not to do them
"Also, consider that they are bored." - this seems like an overlooked angle.
Jul
7
comment How do I deal with my wife's violent outbursts around our child?
My impression from the question was that the pattern of behavior did NOT start with the birth; and therefore is unlikely to be postpartum depression.
Jul
6
comment At what age is it suggested to enunciate specific expectations regarding sexual activity?
Source of the quote please?
Jul
6
comment At what age is it suggested to enunciate specific expectations regarding sexual activity?
The question was "What is the age recommended by the experts", not "what is your opinion on how to impart the information"
Jul
2
comment What is a polite way to ask others not to comment on baby girl only for her looks?
"without laying on a guilt trip" - +1 for actually understanding human psychology.
Jul
2
comment What is a polite way to ask others not to comment on baby girl only for her looks?
@NeMo - Yup. Babies are totally useless. Bummer.
Jun
30
comment At what age is it suggested to enunciate specific expectations regarding sexual activity?
@rotard - if they have a misfortune to have sex in Sweden and/or People's Republic of California, that would actually probably be a good idea, despite being entirely stolen from the Onion by its level of ridiculousness. No sex is worth getting arrested and charged with rape. That's it, new rules. No sex in California. Ever.
Jun
30
comment At what age is it suggested to enunciate specific expectations regarding sexual activity?
@Erik - I agree. My question is, when is it best to start repetitions.
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
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"