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comment Why does my 16-year-old hate me?
I'm not sure why the downvotes, but just to make it absolutely clear, I don't think this is your fault at all. I'm focusing on your response only because you have no control over his.
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comment Behavior changes after social events
I mean events where he's mostly around other kids, not his sisters, for several hours for multiple days. This question isn't about how to stop the lying. We have quite a bit of experience doing that at this point. It just takes several weeks to break the habit, then these events seem to reset him back to zero. I'd like to prevent the reset, or at least understand why it happens.
Jun
23
comment Suggestions on keeping a soon to be 7 year old engaged during summer vacation
One word: Pinterest.
Jun
19
comment One year old scared of the doctor and similar situations
My 8 year old still cries at the doctor if he thinks there's even a slight possibility of a shot.
Jun
16
comment Overcoming a fear of the stove
That's a good idea about placing it lower. I use a portable induction cooktop that could easily be moved down.
Jun
16
comment Overcoming a fear of the stove
@Erik, she's mostly just naturally cautious. She feels the heat and backs away.
Jun
16
comment Overcoming a fear of the stove
@Joe, she definitely likes helping with cookies and such, she's just shown no desire to do the putting in the oven part. With eggs, the stove part is unavoidable.
Jun
16
comment Overcoming a fear of the stove
The oven too, but she hasn't shown any interest in doing that part yet.
Jun
16
comment Overcoming a fear of the stove
More like the 18 inch one.
Jun
16
comment Overcoming a fear of the stove
She uses a two-step stepstool. She's quite steady on it and uses it for many different purposes.
Jun
15
comment Teaching perseverance and planning
He had been on creative for several months. That's how he understands the mechanics so well. He actually asked to go back on survival, because he missed fighting the monsters.
Jun
2
comment How to deal with young child's apparent fear of embarrassment
I like that "absurd section" idea. I'll have to remember that.
Jun
1
comment Activities to show to my children that the body is 70% water
It would be better to mummify the chicken.
Jun
1
comment How can I get my son to keep time during school time?
Finishing a fifteen-minute task in an hour, with reminders from the parent at the start and at regular intervals, is a small goal for an 8 year-old. It's also not a punishment to give kids the option for a play time the rest of the hour, at least if they haven't previously had that option.
May
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comment Does using antibiotics increase the risk of a child getting recurrent ear infections?
Regarding your "not medical advice" edit: why else would you be asking, if not to influence future decisions on whether your kids should take antibiotics?
May
1
comment Why would you lie to your children about Santa?
Related.
Apr
14
comment Preventing anti-STEM bias especially with girls
Please don't use comments for extended discussion or answers. Take discussion to Parenting Chat.
Apr
13
comment Coaxing a child to perform her best
@Joe, she's still too young to worry about social or long-term effects. I'm fairly confident she'll be fine reading in public eventually. I'm also fairly confident her reading skills are moving in the right direction. Part of my reason is simple curiosity, and part making sure we're giving her reading material that is neither condescending nor too challenging.
Apr
13
comment Coaxing a child to perform her best
Her vocabulary and comprehension are pretty good too, we just don't know how good, because she resists anything that feels like a test. She's somewhat reserved in public, but is quite talkative at home.
Apr
13
comment Coaxing a child to perform her best
We don't praise much at all about her reading anymore, because of her response to it, although she readily accepts praise in other areas. We're aware of the studies about praising effort versus intelligence and try to follow that.