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May
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answered How do you explain “Right” and “Left” politics to a child without bias?
May
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comment How do you explain “Right” and “Left” politics to a child without bias?
-1 for "Believes that the government and regulation should be less involved in the lives of the people" because this is objectively false. The political right believes that the government should be involved in everything from people's sex lives to religion (eg, the Ten Commandments in a courtroom). They believe deeply in the redistribution of wealth in the form of--for example--tax breaks for oil companies, which seriously distort the energy market.
May
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comment When is physical punishment appropriate?
@Casebash: Unless you know that this is the case, I can't really respond. I would note that this style of communication--going from the specific to the general--is common not only on stack overflow itself but in the broader world as well.
Apr
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answered Would it be bad to only speak to a child in a language in which you are not completely fluent?
Apr
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answered What disorder is associated with social awkwardness, hugging, intelligence, and difficulty focusing?
Apr
27
comment Is it cruel to deny laughing gas for a teen getting a tooth filled?
Nitrous isn't all that hard to obtain. creamright.com. On the other hand, it isn't all that hard to obtain because its fairly harmless. There are tons of things to worry about in this world--such as airplane glue--that are easier to get and way more harmful.
Apr
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answered What are some suggestions for introducing my pre-schooler to comic books?
Apr
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answered Is it cruel to deny laughing gas for a teen getting a tooth filled?
Apr
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answered How do you handle a teacher that teaches pseudo science?
Apr
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answered How should I respond to a child asking to have as much spending money as her friends do?
Apr
22
answered How do I get my overachiever to accept her mistakes and live up to her abilities?
Apr
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awarded  Enlightened
Apr
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awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
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answered What is a positive way to handle a boy who acts like a girl?
Apr
19
comment Everything my son draws is abstract. Is this a problem?
I think its reasonable to associate both with fine motor skills, but I would agree that there is no direct correlation between the two. I can draw quite well but my handwriting is atrocious.
Apr
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answered Everything my son draws is abstract. Is this a problem?
Apr
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comment Can a school prevent a child from walking home?
The -1 is for fear mongering. It's hard to get precise statistics on this for more recent years, but in 2002, there were 115 'stereotypical' kidnappings (kidnappings by a stranger with intend to harm or permanently hold the child) in the US. The odds of a child being kidnapped are quite literally 1 in a million. A child is about 30 times more likely to drown.
Apr
15
comment How long is breastfeeding effective and worthwhile?
@Javid Jamae: Our closest relatives, Chimpanzees-Gestation 232 days, weaning 4-5 years. White tailed deer--Gestation 28 weeks, weaning 5 weeks. Lions are in your hypothesized space (110 days/120-150 days) but there isn't any particular reason to consider Chimps, Deer, Harbor Seals, and Grizzlies as outliers and Elephants, Wolves, and Lions as normative. I think that if you plot a few dozen mammal species, you'll see a continuum from Harbor Seals to Chimpanzees. If you want to know the optimum nursing time for human children, you'll need to look at the literature for humans.
Apr
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comment How long is breastfeeding effective and worthwhile?
@Javid: The gestation period for a Harbor Seal is 10.5 months, and the nursing period is 4 weeks. Human children cannot survive on anything but a specialized diet of milk or an equivalent at 4 weeks. Elephants gestate for 22 months and nurse for 5 years. Wolves gestate for about 65 days and nurse for about 10 weeks. Grizzly bears gestate for between 180 and 250 days (thats a fairly wide range) and nurse for between 2 and 3 years... depending on conditions. So really, there isn't a pattern or a relationship between gestation time and nursing period for mammals of the kind you hypothesize.