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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
15
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.
Apr
15
comment How long is breastfeeding effective and worthwhile?
@Javid Jamae: Wolf cubs are born blind and essentially helpless, but Elephant calves can walk almost immediately. Human children are born completely helpless and they develop more slowly than many other mammals. Lifespans, social structures, diet, environment, and developmental rates are totally different for different species, and all of these things affect the nursing period. Maybe I'm missing something, but, I just don't see how it is meaningful to compare the duration of nursing between Humans and Harbor Seals.
Apr
13
comment When is physical punishment appropriate?
Another drive by down vote. Seriously, how hard is it to leave a comment?
Apr
13
answered How do you tell your child they are terrible at something?
Apr
10
answered How do you know if you're ready to be a parent?
Apr
7
comment When is physical punishment appropriate?
I'd like to know why the second down vote! Look guys, @cabbey asked for more cites and got 7, so if you've got an issue let me know and I'll see if I can address it.
Apr
7
comment What is a positive way to handle a boy who acts like a girl?
My son went through a similar phase as well, when he wanted to be a princess, etc. Pink is still one of his favorite colors, but he's moved on from the princess bit. I think some of that was just becoming more aware of the differences between boys and girls... when his little sister started potty training, for example, he realized he could pee standing up and she couldn't!
Apr
7
comment Which breeds of dog are safe to have around a toddler?
Downvoters, I would appreciate some feedback.
Apr
6
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Apr
6
comment When is physical punishment appropriate?
@cabbey- I think you were overly optimistic about the perceived value of strong references among parenting.stackexchange users.
Apr
5
comment When is physical punishment appropriate?
One thing you should consider is confirmation bias. When we believe something to be true, we tend to notice the confirming evidence more than the disconfirming evidence. In this case, that might equate to noting disrespectful behavior from children if you know they are not spanked, and failing to note it in children who are. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_bias
Apr
5
comment When is physical punishment appropriate?
I'd like to know who downvoted this answer, and why.
Apr
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Apr
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answered When is physical punishment appropriate?
Apr
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answered Which breeds of dog are safe to have around a toddler?
Mar
31
comment How can I help my child develop social intelligence?
Sports activities (or any group activity) just gets them used to learning teamwork and leadership. Working together for a common goal is a good social skill. With different age groups, they have an opportunity to interact with a variety of levels of emotional control and intelligence.
Mar
31
answered How can I help my child develop social intelligence?