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May
29
comment How to raise a child between agnostic parent and believer relatives?
The main point and definition of agnostic is that they don't know if specific belief is correct. Whether they hold any particular belief is irrelevant - agnosticism is about the certainty level and not the content (an agnostic can very well think that there's probably no god. Or that there is one. Or that the Force binds us all together. The point is, they are not SURE they are correct, but they are sure it's impossible to know who is correct). By contrast, an atheist is 100% certain that there's no deity of any kind.
May
29
comment How to raise a child between agnostic parent and believer relatives?
@PravinCG - that's not a correct defnition. While agnostics are likely to behave in that way, what defines agnostic is simply that they do not know what the "correct" form of spirituality is (Wikipedia has enough details that I won't bother spamming the comments with the elaboration). However, quite a few non-agnostic believers behave exactly in the way you describe as well.
May
23
comment How do I tell my mom that I am not Christian?
"So you can be Christian and Druid at the same time" - I'm not an expert at either religion, but I'm almost certain that this is wrong for most mainline Christian denominations. You may want to double check on Christianity.SE site to be certain.
May
23
comment How do I tell my mom that I am not Christian?
" It might help if you start the ball rolling by telling her initially that you are exploring other religious ideas and beliefs outside of Christianity, and leave it at that." - another possible good first step - even before this one - that I saw mentioned in an answer on a separate question - is to merely start off by mentioning that one has doubts about the faith in question. That lays the groundwork for your suggestion while being even less of an initial shock.
May
23
comment How do I tell my parents I'm no longer Christian?
"Give them the story of faith with no works and works with no faith" - this seems to need a little bit more detail to be of actual actionable use to the questioner, IMHO
May
23
comment Wrist tendonitis from carrying babies
Also, what are the twins' ages? There's a big physical difference in terms of picking up and holding a baby who can't support head yet, vs older baby, vs. a toddler who can hold on themselves pretty well.
May
23
comment Wrist tendonitis from carrying babies
Can you please clarify - is the problem the act of picking up, or the act of carrying once picked up? The answer may differ based on that.
May
23
comment Is 15 years old too old to ground for bad grades?
@blankip - you should edit that clarification into your question
May
23
comment Should I tell my 10-year old son, how screwed-up Cinderella is?
@Atsby - I have 2 words for you: "Romeo" and "Juliet" :)
May
23
comment Should I tell my 10-year old son, how screwed-up Cinderella is?
"Don't give a lecture about all the psycho women who ruined your life" - that's easy to fix. Just absolutely prohibit him from dating non-psycho women. Either he will (as any sane teenager) date non-psychos on principle; or he will listen to you, date a couple of psychos, get that experience out of his system early; or if he's really smart, will ask you why you're giving such a weird advice, which nicely seguays into sharing your experiences with him at HIS prompting.
May
23
comment How can I teach my kids how to shop for groceries effectively?
Can you clarify the "i'm just here" part? In my experience, kids that age ASK "can I help you get this, can I grab that" before even being asked, more often than not.
May
23
comment My 13-year-old son made a foolish and wasteful donation. How can I teach him he was wrong?
-1 - as other answers artfully elaborated, this is NOT "funny" in a large scheme of things, as it has negative real world consequences at best, and is a sign that the child is willing to be pressured into doing bad things by the crowd at worst.
May
23
comment My 13-year-old son made a foolish and wasteful donation. How can I teach him he was wrong?
+1 for overall strong answer, but I strongly disagree with "First off, I strongly recommend taking the money out of your thinking". 13 is old enough to understand the value of money (in overall human development picture, even if not in pampered First World 21st century coddled youth environment) - people used to work for a living at 13. If you don't teach a child the value of money at 13, you're at risk of ending up with a wastrel when he's 23 and 33.
May
21
comment Why should I be hell bent on educating my toddler when she's going to learn the stuff anyways when she grows up?
@Zibbobz - no, but frankly i'd be more inclined to believe that claim from personal experience :)
May
21
comment Why should I be hell bent on educating my toddler when she's going to learn the stuff anyways when she grows up?
@Zibbobz - The distinction I see in OP's question is: "Learn topic X1 at 3 years old (which takes 6 months), then learn topic X2 at 5 years old", vs "Learn topic X1 at 5 years old (by now it takes 2 weeks), then learn topic C2 at 5 years old and 2 weeks".
May
21
comment Why should I be hell bent on educating my toddler when she's going to learn the stuff anyways when she grows up?
@Zibbobz - that only notes taht you need to learn prior things. It doesn't say you need to learn them early - yes you need to learn topic A before topic B. What's in question for the OP isn't that, it's why does A need to be learned years before B, instead of right before B. The source you linked doesn't address timelines, just dependency chains.
May
21
comment Why should I be hell bent on educating my toddler when she's going to learn the stuff anyways when she grows up?
@DaveClarke - as you learn on Skeptics.SE, a lot of times "common sense" is wrong :)
May
21
comment How do I make my son wear his glasses?
looking at my own scratched up glasses hmm....
May
21
comment Why should I be hell bent on educating my toddler when she's going to learn the stuff anyways when she grows up?
Is there research to back those assertions up?
May
21
comment How do I make my son wear his glasses?
Some? (many?) modern glasses are made of plastic and not actual glass, so may be less fragile. Talk to the optometrist