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comment 8-year-old refuses to blow his nose
I'm curious about the downvotes. This looks like a fairly good question to me; it's not an example of perfect parenting behavior, but that's why this site exists to a large extent - none of us are perfect parents. I don't know that I think downvoting based on the agreement with how the parent approached the subject is a good thing for the community.
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comment 8-year-old refuses to blow his nose
I think the sarcasm notes are very apt, by the way; it's very hard particularly for people whose primary humor outlet is sarcasm to remember that it works with adults and not kids much of the time.
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comment 8-year-old refuses to blow his nose
@anongoodnurse Did you make this CW on puprose, or did you make it by virtue of the edits? I tend to think this sort of post should not be CW - it's your answer, not some sort of collective thing.
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comment My wife is pregnant and I don't want to be part of it, what I should do?
It doesn't matter if they're perfect duplicates; at the end of the day the best answers to that question are also good answers to this one.
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answered What can I do about 3 year old holding in pee all the time?
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comment My wife is pregnant and I don't want to be part of it, what I should do?
That or opinion based; I can't see a useful objective answer here really. In particular, given she's already pregnant, this would be a highly inflammatory question if it's allowed to proceed.
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comment The great debate: Minivan or SUV
The answers as given actually largely answer a somewhat better question - but the question needs to be edited into that somewhat better question form, not just answering the better question without doing the editing. It's not enough for the answers to be good; the question should be good, as well, and particularly so for a question very likely to hit the Hot Questions feed like this one - we want this to be a good representation of our site to others.
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comment The great debate: Minivan or SUV
There are a lot of different reasons you might buy an SUV versus a Minivan, and it's very hard to answer that, particularly as asked. It is possible to ask, When choosing a vehicle for a large family, what are the advantages and disadvantages of a minivan versus an SUV; and it is possible to include additional information in the question to make the answers more useful. None of that is present here, so it is not on topic.
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comment The great debate: Minivan or SUV
"What should I buy, X or Y" with no other restrictions are bad questions because they are opinion based, are individualized - focused on just the asker and not useful for others - and tend to not have enough details to answer the question. This question has all of those problems. You can tell from some of the answers, in fact. Is the asker in a snowy state or a warm one? Does he live in a city or a suburb or an exurb or in the country? Are any family members disabled or extremely short?
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comment The great debate: Minivan or SUV
I have to vote to close this as opinion based; it's not properly written as a 'good subjective' question in my opinion. There cannot be "consensus" as to which is preferable because people do buy both. In order to be an acceptable question, you could ask for more specific features and such, but just asking "which should I buy" is opinion-based and not on topic.
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comment Explaining mental illness to children
I largely think this is perfect. The only concern I have is that I know what my 3 year old would follow up with: "Should I worry about germs too?" Be prepared for that follow-up, and for explaining that she's too worried (maybe in a less-judgy way, but I'm not that good at phrasing at 5pm on a tuesday). You can't entirely avoid discussing the illness, assuming the child is inquisitive like mine are, because they'll wonder why they aren't like that.
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comment Explaining mental illness to children
That said, I think to some extent it is relevant, because of exactly what Dan answered with: for specific things, and hers certainly sounds that way, there are very good materials out there. Whether it's officially OCD or not, the basis is the same (severe, almost crippling anxiety), and that first link in his answer is very good - it made some things in my head click together and I'm certainly not the target audience. Basically - don't be afraid of resources that seem to pin down the disease when it's not that simple; they're still helpful for kids even if the term is not exactly right.
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comment Explaining mental illness to children
Understood, and i'm certainly not the person to debate that with anyway - I was largely basing this off of Dan's original comments... I would suggest perhaps just removing the terms entirely and just give the broad description that you did.
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comment Explaining mental illness to children
I'm actually not sure your change in terminology was accurate. For example, I have mild Health Anxiety. I don't have the OCD symptoms, though; I think Dan's right that at least in the particular case of your relative, OCD is likely the genesis of the cleaning and avoidance. (I'm not a mental health professional, though I think Dan is or at least seems very knowledgeable of the subject, but from the explanations of OCD it very often manifests in precisely this manner). OCD is based in very strong, often crippling anxiety.
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comment How does food influence production of urine during the night?
You comment in your other question that you have a specialist you talk to - you might want to include in the question what comments he/she has about the subject (or if you haven't asked him/her, do so and then include it in the question).
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comment Explaining mental illness to children
Is hypochondria always directly related to OCD? Or is it that in this case it clearly is?
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