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comment At what age should a child be introduced to the Television?
You know what's crazy? My 4 year old son likes watching Extreme Engineering, How'd They Build That, and Mythbusters on Netflix. And that's aside from other educational age-appropriate stuff like Sesame Street. You'll never guess what he likes to do with his blocks and crazy fort "building materials". Now tell me that a child should never, ever watch TV.
Jun
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comment At what age should a child be introduced to the Television?
And in my house when growing up, we learned that if there's nothing on but crap, the TV gets turned off. Learning moderation is also something you can learn, even if you have Cable.
Jun
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comment What do we do if our children don't like the nanny?
@HedgeMage: About four months now. It's more like a growing problem.
Jun
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comment What do we do if our children don't like the nanny?
This sounds like good advice, but I've already tried all this. It was part of the long discussion that led to the post, and the reason I know she's not mistreating him in any way.
May
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May
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asked What do we do if our children don't like the nanny?
May
31
comment Is an expensive stroller worth it?
By the way, rose bushes and other thorny plants puncture tires as well. :) I still think pneumatic tires are better though, because of their lower rolling resistance and comfort for the child.
May
31
answered Is an expensive stroller worth it?
May
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comment Can I use a stroller for my infant in Chicago's public transportation?
+1 for non-localized information that is likewise spot-on.
May
31
comment Is nipple confusion a real thing?
Oh yes, we had a very similar experience with our first son. He didn't actually take to breastfeeding until he was 4 months old, and that was only because my wife was exceptionally determined. She pumped for the whole time, feeding him with a bottle. It was absolute hell (imagine having to do this for the third time in the wee hours of the morning).
May
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May
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comment What is the best way to respond if my child is picked on by other children?
-1 because I've experienced this advice first-hand. It makes the problem worse, not better. Avoiding the situation entirely just leaves the bullied kid more isolated, and gives the bully what they want: power through intimidation. It becomes a game for the bully to then see just how much of the weaker kid's life they can cut off, by showing up at "situations" that the weaker kid will again try to "avoid".
May
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comment What is the best way to respond if my child is picked on by other children?
@DR01: I have personal experience with what you say. I would even venture that most bullies over the age of say, 7 are of the sort that take pleasure in hurting other people. At that point, it's time for the weaker kids to start asking questions like "what the hell is wrong with you?" Because the bullies are seriously damaged goods.
May
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comment What is the best way to respond if my child is picked on by other children?
+1 for healthy friendships. For two reasons: it makes them less vulnerable (bullies pick on the kids that are both defenceless and don't have any or sufficient friends to back them up), and if it comes down to it, they can dispense some playground justice.
May
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answered How do I reduce the time my child spends playing computer games?
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May
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comment How does one formally educate a gifted child without wrecking childhood?
Oh yes, this. I was a somewhat gifted child and I felt held back by school, but there was also an "enrichment" program in Elementary school that I was part of. I eventually got bored of that too (after two, maybe three years), because while it allowed me to study stuff I wanted to study, it was all about making book reports. I also gave it up because it took time away from my favourite class: creative writing.
May
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comment How do you moderate a teenager's obsessive or excessive behavior?
+1. Oh yes, please watch "October Sky" for historical reference to teenagers who "spend too much time" on "useless hobbies".
May
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comment How do you know if you're ready to be a parent?
@torbengb: That causes regular screaming and throwing things too, doesn't it?
May
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answered When is it safe to start letting our children go into relationships?