Rob Elliott
  • Member for 7 years, 11 months
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  • Ann Arbor, MI
Why do parents talk to young kids the way they do?
7 votes

A mother will always have a different relationship with her son than you will. You have a unique 3rd-party perspective on this kid's feelings, but I think before criticizing, remember this parent has ...

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Why is my toddler afraid of talking puppets?
5 votes

We have an innate fear of things that look 'incorrectly' human, aka the uncanny valley. Corpses, dolls, robots. There are many theories for why this is. Your son is may be too young to make a clear ...

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What age should you start enforcing board game rules?
5 votes

What a great opportunity to teach communication and compromise. I would separate the kids into those who want to play by the rules and those who want to create their own game. Or play with official ...

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Young kids and other people's dogs
4 votes

It's not clear where you're located, but even in a semi-rural area, it's inappropriate to have a dog off leash. For the safety of others, as well as the dog. If you're living in an area where it's ...

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17 Year Old Moving Out or Staying Home?
3 votes

General advice: At 18, I had life figured out. At 36, I realize I was just beginning to learn. You describe your parents as dissapointed in you, that may be true. But that doesn't mean that they don'...

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Should a parent stop "destructive play"?
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The core challenge is to keep things safe and fair. At 5 years old my kid STILL destroys snowmen before they're finished. Towers get knocked over. Artwork gets torn up. Just about every creative ...

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Can a “magic answer box” backfire? Is it ok?
1 votes

This system should offer her a friend whom she can trust and rely on in case she gets mad at us, or whenever. Your thoughtfulness and concern makes me feel like you will be a good parent. ...

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How do I get my 8-year-old, who was diagnosed with ADHD, to be respectful and do her chores?
1 votes

Your situation with ADHD and an integrated family sounds challenging. My son has sensory processing disorder, and I find helping him achieve expected behavior is a combination of standard parenting ...

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Bringing work organizational effectiveness practices home to the family?
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Some days, oh how I wish I could fire these kids. :-p I think there are similarities between home and office, and I think a lot of the traits of a good manager also apply to being a good parent. At ...

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9 year old son brought a toy gun to school – how can we get him to understand this isn't just about bringing a toy to school?
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Do not punish your son for breaking bad rules. The idiocy of these rules make my blood boil. My son got in trouble for 'making a gun out of his fingers' during recess. There is no victory with these ...

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How to handle 3-year-old's fear of failure?
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I really like SomeShinyObject's lead by example suggestions. Another angle is to focus on minimizing the fear of failure, by reframing what success looks like. Give him a very small easily achievable ...

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