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Nov
20
comment How do you measure a child's “learning to learn” skills?
I know that people have indeed published serious test-style attempts to evaluate "learning skills" that are much more abstract than a typical multiple choice test, and more specific than "IQ". So your question is certainly valid. I can't immediately find where I last saw them (approximately a year ago), but if I do run across them again I'll post here in the form on an answer. As I recall though, they seemed pricy and it wasn't trivial to get a preview to see if they looked like nonsense, or semi-insightful.
Nov
20
comment How do you measure a child's “learning to learn” skills?
This comes off rather condescending... I'm certain the asker is intelligent enough to know and judge these things for him/herself. The question is a factual one: do you know of such a test? (whether or not you endorse it, or the whole endeavor.)
Nov
20
comment Music player for toddlers
I'd say this is more than a shopping rec, because if you're like our family, music is extremely important and there are almost no acceptable solutions on the market. The market is Not sufficiently competitive. I researched every product of the last decade and there is only one I found acceptable. google "sweetpea mp3". It's from Canada. It's rather expensive and has a few annoying limitations but has been very well worth the money for us. Strengths: durable, plenty of memory, built in speaker, good battery life. Weaknesses: hard to specify order of songs, setting volume etc. is awkward.
Jun
14
comment What is the least problematic age difference between siblings?
To try to make this clear... I do not imagine that any number will be perfect; and I am not "hung up" on age difference, nor am I neglecting the effect on the parents... it's just that the impact on parents (and the subsequent impact on the kids) is already obvious to everyone (as proven by everyone commenting on it). What is less obvious is the kids' perspective, so I'm asking for experience (or data) about that specifically. Thanks for the comments on your experience.
Jun
14
comment What is the least problematic age difference between siblings?
@Darwwy - Thank you for addressing the question that was asked! @EveryoneElse - I'm not asking for random, unsubstantiated opinions (you can post those on yahoo "answers"); nor suggestions to change the point of the question (clarification requests are ok). Do you have any actual experience or data that relates to the actual question that was asked? If so, please be specific about what age differences you have experience with. (If you have something you're just itching to preach or start an argument about, please do that elsewhere.)
Jun
13
comment What is the least problematic age difference between siblings?
@BBM - I don't know if there's any solid research (so I'm asking), and you're right that success can be defined many ways... I'm receptive to any and all: academic level, income, happiness, philanthropy... I want to learn anything that's known.