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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?
Aug
31
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)
Aug
31
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).
Aug
31
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"