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Mar
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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
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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
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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.
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answered How to handle a 11y/o son who act like a girl?
Aug
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answered Toddler interacting with other peers
Aug
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comment As an atheist, how should I explain theism to my children?
To short for an answer, but what I am doing with my kids is taking the to the Unitarian Church, which has a religious education program that is pretty comprehensive.
Jul
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answered How do you teach morals and values in non-religious households?
Jul
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comment How do you encourage a toddler that you suspect may be gifted?
In my answer to the linked question, I pointed out that a) the defining factor in future success is practice, and b) being "gifted" as a child is not a predictor of future results. The answer for your toddler is exactly the same as it is for any toddler: help him find activities that are challenging and fun, encourage him to try hard, and allow plenty of time for play.