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


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
10
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
30
answered How do you teach morals and values in non-religious households?
Jul
24
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.
Jul
23
answered How can one tell if an infant is developmentally advanced?
Jul
15
comment How can I make my travel schedule easier on my 5-year old?
@mmr pretty sure. When I first get home, he punches me. Then he stops until it starts getting closer to the time I leave, when he starts up again.
Jul
13
comment How can I make my travel schedule easier on my 5-year old?
No, looking for a new job isn't going to work just yet. I'm going to be doing this for a while, at least another year.
Jul
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Jul
11
answered How to teach bike riding with a balance bike
Jul
8
answered How can I motivate my 16 yo daughter to do something valuable with her life?