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May
4
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.
Mar
27
comment How to spank in public without having everyone around you assume you're a child abuser?
You also might be surprised what they teach in those parenting classes. When we took them to become foster parents, our teacher was in general a strong advocate of spanking one's permanent children, although for foster children it's illegal in our state and otherwise a bad idea because of their previous trauma. I'm sure that varies depending on where you go, though.
Mar
27
comment How to spank in public without having everyone around you assume you're a child abuser?
Also, not all CPS referrals result in some sort of action. I'm pretty sure we were covertly investigated in the hospital after our daughter accidentally drove her wheelchair down the stairs. We were introduced to two "nursing students" who curiously had no mentor and spent several hours observing no one else but us, and only asking questions that made them sound more like cops than nurses. (She's not allowed upstairs anymore, by the way. Ever. We sold the lift.)
Mar
27
comment How to spank in public without having everyone around you assume you're a child abuser?
Yeah, don't really blame you there. That's why I have the "make sure it works" rule. At that point you're just taking out your own frustrations.
Mar
26
comment How to spank in public without having everyone around you assume you're a child abuser?
Please take discussion on this question's premise to Parenting Chat.
Mar
24
comment Thumbs splitting from changing nappies & repeated hand washing
Just curious, why just the one thumb?
Mar
21
comment Thumbs splitting from changing nappies & repeated hand washing
Normally, I'd agree @Beofett, but I think we may have an example of an XY problem. I've been changing diapers for 11 years and never known it to create this sort of problem in myself or others. Tomh, could you add some details about your process?
Mar
20
comment Is non-professional homeschooling detrimental to children?
@anongoodnurse, I did mention the self-selection bias. I'll leave it to others to present other cons. There are certainly no shortage of critics.
Mar
18
comment How can I handle a situation with a faulty, cruel teacher that does not like me and takes it out on my child?
You got flagged for a lot of edits on this post. Please try to consolidate changes into fewer edits.
Mar
17
comment Is organic whole cow's milk better than “toddler milk” powder for a 1 year old?
Please take discussion of this question's content to this meta question.
Mar
16
comment How do you raise an intelligent and happy daughter in a sexist world?
Yes, that's why I called it an extreme example, but the abuse mostly manifested in the isolation itself.
Feb
18
comment Just found out my 13 year old girl is Bi and dating a 17 year old girl in an “open” relationship. Huh? Now what?
@likejiujitsu, there are 15 comments you can't see because I deleted them. My admonition to take it to chat was directed to those people, not to the answer itself.
Feb
4
comment My 2 1/2 year old has no appetite
+1 for the journal. It could also lead them to realize she is eating more than they thought she was.
Jan
24
comment Are there resources that provide collections of good math training activities?
Just Google for "Singapore math".
Jan
23
comment How can we get our 5 year old to behave during eating, without us nagging all the time?
If that is working for you, by all means make the manners your next priority. My daughter doesn't each much at dinner either.