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Nov
24
comment How do I tell if my child is advanced at maths?
Expertise level - I grew up as mathematically gifted child, hung around many of them (magnet type school and math olympiad training), later on taught them, and was friendly with many people who were successful experts in gifted math education circles (as in, they trained kids who went on to succeed in or win national level math olympiads, myself included).
Nov
24
comment How do I tell if my child is advanced at maths?
@dave - 130+ IQ kids most definitely require very different approaches to raising and educating them.
Nov
4
comment What names can a father-in-law use w former daughter-in-law after a divorce
Somewhat dumb suggestion perhaps - ask her what her preference would be. Worst case scenario, you get a smartass or insulting answer. Best case - she warms up to you, at least marginally.
Oct
26
comment What is a good system of organizing toys?
More seriously, this seems like a reasonably good system, so I'm unsure why you think it is insufficient. We have very similar.
Oct
26
comment What is a good system of organizing toys?
Rule #1 for organizing toys: Don't Bother :)
Oct
21
comment How to deal with controlling parents?
... and if they don't want to believe in burnout, you can easily find tons of examples. Heck, I was one (although in my case I pushed myself more than my parents did)
Oct
21
comment Moving to US with a 5 year old child
#2,#3, #4 should be bold and large font.
Oct
16
comment My son is texting to other boys acting as a girl
You forgot #4: it's "free porn". He gets the thrill from talking about sexual stuff (and unlike reading porn, this is interactive).
Oct
14
comment Are there any studies showing how spanking bans have affected society since 1979?
Was the most important data rebuttal refuted? "The best evidence suggests that perpetration of criminal assaults against 7-14 year-olds is increasing most rapidly in age groups raised after the law against smacking was passed."
Oct
12
comment Can it be unhealthy to deprive a child of sugar?
This is not an expert opinion, but frankly, throwing a tantrum for a 5 year old may not necessarily be a sign of addiction. Merely a sign of being a 5 year old. They can just as likely throw a tantrum over wanting a toy or not wanting to wear socks.
Oct
12
comment My parents are taking over my life, I think I'm going insane
For those who do NOT live in fantasy worlds, I would recommend reading on the difference between legal rights of a child and adult as well as what is involved in being legally "free" of one's parents (legal term is "emancipation" here and here
Oct
9
comment As a step parent, what should be my role in dealing with a volatile five year old?
FWIW, I've seen very similar cases happen with birth/biological fathers (myself included). So it may possibly (though not with any degree of certainty) be unrelated to your step- status.
Oct
9
comment Why does authoritarian parenting style result in children with low self esteem and lack of self discipline?
before you accept a result of (frankly, extremely wishy-washy sounding) psychology finding as gospel truth, you may want to consider 2015 finding that half of psycjology studies' results aren't reproducible (more user friendly overview)
Sep
22
comment How to get my 16-year-old to understand that chores aren't that hard to complete?
@FrancineDeGroodTaylor - I need to check but I suspect Verizon, at least, doesn't offer that out of the box :( They are all in favor of you over-running your limits
Sep
22
comment How to get my 16-year-old to understand that chores aren't that hard to complete?
This works best for comfortable middle-class existence in USA - YMMV in other contexts. From what I'm told, maid services in India are dirt cheap; whereas a poor family in US may not have enough budget to add up luxuries to cost of maid, given labour costs there.
Sep
22
comment How to get my 16-year-old to understand that chores aren't that hard to complete?
@Erica - frankly, at 16, THAT should really be the answer. Modern society is screwed up enough that it seems not-constructive, but that was reality for most of human existence.
Sep
22
comment How to get my 16-year-old to understand that chores aren't that hard to complete?
"no access to the household wifi" - fyi, depending on logistics of your connectivity, that may backfire as "used up 60GB out of your 2GB cell data plan, at a cost of $500". Naturally, coming out of YOUR pocket, not the lazybutt's. Safer to skip strait to "No phone".
Sep
8
comment How do I limit the time my neighbor's kids spend at my home?
What us the age?
Aug
31
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)
Aug
31
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?