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Saved from the web by a job in industry. Coding GUI for computer-aided railway realignment machinery.

At last a job where I have time to do stuff properly and don't have to worry about loads of unfixed bugs coming back to haunt me.


Jun
3
comment What do you do with the cousins who, at birthday parties insist on opening the presents when they are not the guest of honor?
@MilesRout, did you miss the 'not talking to her parents for three months' bit? :)
Jan
6
comment When a child only gets enthused about books above his reading level
Read it to him, or 'share' the reading when he gets fed up? I wouldn't consider that a cop-out: I met some unschoolers recently who still regularly read to the teenage children, even though they're perfectly able to read themselves.
Oct
16
comment Explaining sexual attraction
Thanks for the reassuring words about thinking :) I guess I'm not sure how to impart caution and independence without transmitting fear and suspicion (or outright incredulity and rebellion).
Oct
10
comment Explaining sexual attraction
@MaryJoFinch, they may figure out female sexual attraction (through their own experience of it), but I fear that without insight into male sexual attraction, the learning process can be long, and painful.
Oct
1
comment What would be a effective way to explain pornography?
@JBRWilkinson, war is quite popular too...
May
7
comment How to address hemming and hawing?
Yeah, we get this too (slightly older), I wonder sometimes whether it's about not wanting to answer, or (in the case of asking about what happened at school) compartmentalising ("I don't want to think about school now I'm back home")...
May
7
comment How do I persuade my 4 year old daughter that School is Cool?
You can't, 'cos it ain't :)
Apr
19
comment Can my 18 months old boy learn from watching movies?
You may want to consider whether watching a movie on your laptop is not a way for him to get more time with you... :)
Apr
19
comment At what age can a child be left alone in a parked car?
Ah memories... I must have been 7 or 8 when my father left me and my brother in the car while popping in to a shop. He'd just left the car in gear, no handbrake. And I pressed the clutch and the car started rolling! I remember pushing down the brake pedal with all my strength and screaming at my brother to 'get Dad'. All's well that ends well, but...
Mar
8
comment My toddler wants to watch the same shows over and over
Toddlers are the only age group that it's worth actually buying DVDs for!
Feb
11
comment Is it healthy for toddlers to play outside when it is cold?
Re the criticism, I suspect that all most parents care about is the symptoms, not the virus :)
Feb
11
comment Should I make my child respond to me in my language?
topical anecdote from this weekend: "Why do I have to call you 'Daddy'? Everyone else in Switzerland calls their father 'Papa'!"
Feb
8
comment Should I make my child respond to me in my language?
My youngest says she doesn't want to talk English, but the other day I honestly didn't understand what she was trying to say in French, and she just trotted it out in English, which was reassuring. You could try to augment the exposure by only allowing TV in Danish :)
Jan
21
comment Can a son share a bed with his girlfriend, at 27?
"I'm unsure of the origin of their concerns." Why? The fact that you're coming here and asking us instead of asking them seems a bit weird to me, especially in the context of an "otherwise happy relationship." To be honest, without knowing what is motivating them, I don't feel there's much that we can do here except speculate.
Jan
21
comment Can a son share a bed with his girlfriend, at 27?
I'm guessing 'financial problems' might preclude the hotel option.
Jan
18
comment How do I tell my mom that I am not Christian?
Leaving this as a comment as it doesn't really answer your question, but please consider that even though you may feel 'finished' and certain about your orientations, a lot of things can still happen which may change them in the next 15-or-so years...
Dec
5
comment No BM control; what does this mean for training?
Our daughters both went through a phase of wanting to examine their 'productions', and being the ones to 'pull the chain'.
Dec
5
comment How do I deal with my pre-schooler's over tired behavior after school?
@morahhochman, I'd say that for a 4 year-old, your problem is right there staring you in the eyes...
Dec
4
comment How do I prevent my child from becoming frightened by “scary” stories?
That's me, 6-7 years old, hiding behind the sofa, listening to the Doctor Who theme tune (that alone gave me the willies!)
Nov
6
comment Resources for helping children understand that TV/Films aren't necessarily “real”
Good idea, I had also thought of something like this (it will be Paint.NET).