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Mar
20
comment How do you raise an intelligent and happy daughter in a sexist world?
The rejection of the parents' values usually has more to do with the fact that the parents preached the values but didn't practice them. Children adopt the values they see daily, not the ones they hear once a week.
Mar
20
comment How to deal with a teenage daughter who refuses to dress modestly
At what age did you begin teaching her about modesty? It sounds like she's surprised at your stance.
Mar
20
comment How can I handle a situation with a faulty, cruel teacher that does not like me and takes it out on my child?
Consider removing your child from the school. You're concerned about one teacher, but what if a similar thing happens again? You have a lot more options with private school or home school.
Jan
22
comment How do I handle a 10 year old girl “in love”?
First, where do you think she got the concept of being "in love?" Could it be from movies or TV? Or perhaps other kids she's hanging around? I would be more concerned about what else she's learning. Compared to what other things she's picking up, being "in love" is pretty harmless. Second, ignore those who tell you to stop reading her diary. A 10 year old does not have a right to privacy from her own parents.
Jan
22
comment 1 Year Old Wakes Up Screaming Multiple Times A Night
Screaming is not crying. The ominous link about research that suggests the "cry it out" approach is harmful refers to newborns who are crying, not 1+ year olds who scream a lot. Based on what you said, she's not afraid of the dark because she does it during the day when it's naptime. She also doesn't seem to be in any pain since she co-sleeps fine with the parents. Either she has bad separation anxiety or she's just manipulating.
Jan
22
comment My 4 year old daughter has suddenly changed her speech
Have you asked her why she talks differently? She might just be doing it for amusement.
Jan
22
comment Can lack of sleep be harmful for newborns?
What does she do when she's awake? While it may be unusual, it's not necessarily harmful. But there may be an underlying issue causing her not to sleep more. e.g. acid reflux can interfere with sleep, as can sensitivity to things like light and sound. Some babies are just very wakeful.
May
24
comment When is it safe to start letting our children go into relationships?
Lots of assertions, but little evidence. Downvoted.
Jan
26
comment What to do when parents disagree regarding their parenting
There are always going to disagreements about how you implement your parenting strategies. But it is important not to let your children see you two arguing. People have different personalities and will therefore parent a little differently. Choose your battles wisely.
Jan
26
comment Vaccine reactions
If you suspect it's severe, call the doctor. A fever, loss of appetite, and being tired are common side-effects. Call the doctor just to put your mind at ease. Most of the time vaccinations do not cause reactions that require any intervention.
Jan
26
comment How do you stop a child from using bad language and profanity?
Find out where he is getting the words from and put a stop to it. Television? Radio? Family or friends?
Jul
13
comment How do you handle a teacher that teaches pseudo science?
Can you provide a definition of "pseudo-science?" Science is based on empirical and testable phenomena. Creationism is a historical claim, just as Darwinism is. Neither can be reproduced in a lab or empirically tested. Consider the claim "Plato existed." It is a historical claim, not a scientific one, but you would not call it "pseudo-science." It is in a completely different field of study.
Jul
12
comment How do you discipline someone else's child?
-1 particularly for the point, that there is no general right and wrong.
Jul
12
comment How do you discipline someone else's child?
Rewarding expected behavior is counterproductive. "You didn't punch a hole in the wall, little Jonny? Have a cookie!"
Jul
12
comment When do kids usually stop believing in Santa Claus?
Well said, Jonathon. I think the answer could be paraphrased as, "Children stop believing in Santa Claus when their parents decide not to lie to them."
May
11
comment Is it alright to use corporal punishment on children?
I'm curious as to your views on verbal abuse. You mentioned elsewhere that you sometimes "lose your cool" and shout. Do you consider this a preferable alternative to corporal punishment?
May
11
comment How can firearms be secured from children?
+1 fantastic and reasonable answer. children have to learn to live in the real world which includes guns, knives, water, rusty nails, broken glass, cars, germs, and a host of other potentially lethal objects.
May
11
comment Is it alright to use corporal punishment on children?
Be careful about taking your personal situation and making a generalization based on it. One person who experienced abuse under the guise of "spanking" will have a very different view of corporal punishment than someone who was calmly and and lovingly disciplined by a parent who remained in full control of his or her emotions the entire time.
May
11
comment What are some good strategies for preventing Diaper Rash?
Allowing the area to dry completely between diaperings helps a lot also. Also avoid using baby wipes that are perfumed.
May
11
comment How do I teach my child to speak in sentences?
There is absolutely nothing wrong with not making sentences at his age.