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Coder, algorithm designer, father of two, pizza fanatic, and secret musician.


Mar
16
comment How do I tell my parents I'm no longer Christian?
@DA01 It sometimes helps, when analyzing other people's motives, to try to look at things from their point of view. To a person who truly believes in the reality of hell, supporting a child who is determined to go there might be a terrible disservice to the child, literally the worst possible thing that could be done for them.
Mar
16
answered How do I tell my parents I'm no longer Christian?
Mar
15
comment How do you respond to a teenager who has started to smoke?
Meh. I knew all that, had my dad tell me about it, saw pictures of dead peoples lungs, watched my grandfather die of emphysema and cancer, and still smoked. Teens are idiots. kotaku.com.au/2010/06/…
Mar
15
comment How do you respond to a teenager who has started to smoke?
I have an idea: lets just repeat the previous two comments back and forth until a moderator makes us stop. :) Seriously, I clearly don't agree with you. From my perspective, my question is relevant, which is why I asked it.
Mar
15
comment How do you respond to a teenager who has started to smoke?
that doesn't really help me to understand the specific relationship being asked about in the question. Neither parents nor teenagers are homogenous groups, and the answer to the question will depend on specifics.
Mar
15
comment How do you respond to a teenager who has started to smoke?
Do you give them money? Cigarrettes are extremely expensive in the US, and illegal to purchase for under 18s.
Mar
11
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Mar
6
answered Should adults pay rent if they live in their parents' home?
Mar
5
answered How can I get my toddler to exit discreetly when threatening-looking people are around?
Mar
5
answered At what age should I explain to my kids that we don't believe in God?
Dec
20
answered How early should I start thinking about cloth diapers?
Sep
18
awarded  Good Answer
Sep
8
answered What kind of controlled safe scientific experiments can I do with my baby?
Sep
8
answered How can I help my 4 yr old adjust to junior kindergarten?
Aug
25
comment How to handle a 11y/o son who act like a girl?
@RexKerr and if you would like to discuss this further, I suggest we take it to chat. This discussion does not belong in this comment thread.
Aug
25
comment How to handle a 11y/o son who act like a girl?
@RexKerr We know that there are genetic factors that influence whether someone is homosexual or not. We do not know if any parental behavior whatsoever has any predictable effect on whether someone is homosexual or not. We do know that parents do not control every aspect of a child's environment, and therefore the exact same parental behavior, given the immense complexity of environmental factors, is going to have different effects, so no, nothing that a parent does or does not do causes their child to be gay, and certainly nothing they do after the age of 11 will change them.
Aug
25
comment How to handle a 11y/o son who act like a girl?
@RexKerr I'm saying that as far as a parent is concerned, homosexuality is a genetic trait, because while we do know that environmental factors influence how genes are expressed, we have no idea what those factors might be in this case or to what degree they might have an effect. So from the point of view of the person asking this question, if their son is gay, their son was born gay and nothing that they did do or didn't do "caused" him to be gay and nothing that they do or don't do now will change that.
Aug
25
comment How to handle a 11y/o son who act like a girl?
@RexKerr The data cannot rule out the possibility of some environmental factors. That isn't the same as showing that there are major environmental factors. Any stronger claim is based on a total misunderstanding of both the data and genetics. Given that we absolutely don't know what environmental factors might be in play or to what degree they have any effect, I'm comfortable saying that homosexuality is a genetic trait.
Aug
25
comment How to handle a 11y/o son who act like a girl?
@RexKerr It may be a simplification, but it's largely accurate. The data does not show that there are major environmental factors, and it certainly doesn't show that anything in particular that parents do causes a child to be gay, and it absolutely does not indicate that an 11 year old's sexual orientation can be changed by parental intervention. So in this context, I'm comfortable making the statement that homosexuality is something you are born with.
Aug
24
comment How to handle a 11y/o son who act like a girl?
@Abe Thanks for pointing that out. I made some edits in that section to clarify.