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The Parenting Thread II - Advice, Tips, Etc

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Apologies if this has already been posted, but I think getting your kid into programming/computers as soon as possible is important. If you have young kinds, I think the by the time they are adults, programming wont so much be a degree/career track but just a required understanding for many jobs.

 

Hell, if you're in academics/research now, it pretty much already is. you have to be able to write up your own stuff to run simulations. They partner CS grads/staff with other researchers as required, but the basic idea of taking a data set and cleaning it up and running different things against it is already pretty much required for those people...

 

Anyways, check this out: https://csfirst.withgoogle.com

 

It says 9 as a starting age but I know someone with a 7 year old that's doing the smaller stuff. I think my oldest is still too young, but soon... soon...

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Code.org also has activities that go all the way down to Pre-K I believe.

 

Edit: Sorry, maybe down to Kindergarten, but it wouldn't surprise me if enterprising 4 year olds could handle them with some adult guidance.

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Grand parenting tip...

 

teaching a seven yr old to use a double bit axe MIGHT upset his parents. 😢

 

we did catapult trials , fire making , along with science lessons on thermal conductivity and steam propulsion.

 

we shall see what they whine about this time

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1 hour ago, twa said:

Grand parenting tip...

 

teaching a seven yr old to use a double bit axe MIGHT upset his parents. 😢

 

we did catapult trials , fire making , along with science lessons on thermal conductivity and steam propulsion.

 

we shall see what they whine about this time


this goes in the terrible neighbor thread 

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1 hour ago, twa said:

we shall see what they whine about this time

I love this attitude

 

we get it from both sides. And we hate it. 
 

but objectively it’s funny and has some merit ;) 

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do ya'll ever grab the kids arms or feet(or one of each) then fly them while you spin?

 

my GK loves that, especially when you roller coast him

 

 

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I posted some great parenting advise in today's Stadium's "Redskins trade out of 2d pick thread" probably would have been more appropriate here. Being April fools thought it would a good to gin up a message from the Governor saying this years school would not count so it would be repeated for all grades come August. Daughter had a fit.

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Ok boy turns 5 in June. I want to get him a pet. Need ideas. 
 

needs to be something you can interact with

needs to be something confined in a cage so I can drop off at neighbors for a week

needs to not be something I’d have to leave a place and head home solely because “we’ve been gone for x hours and...”

i want it to be something different than more usual things

Can’t be a snake, ferret or sugar gliders (I’ve tried)

 

so dog is out. We all love dogs. But I did the dog thing with the wife when we first got together and it immediately was a thing I had to do everything for. it’s hard to not get a dog but screw that not at this point in my life. 
 

We’re allergic to cats. 
 

currently considering a hedge hog. 
I was pushing for an iguana but I think reptiles in general aren’t getting much traction at the moment. 
 

No hamsters. No fish he can’t touch them. No birds they’re gross. I love birds but not in my house. 
 

Anyone got a cool idea that satisfies this ridiculous list other than “maybe you don’t want a pet” 

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A fish.

 

Buy a 5 or 10 gallon fish tank.  Get some rock and decorations.  Get a fish or 5.  If they die (they will), no big deal.

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At my school there are two bearded dragons and a hedgehog that seem to do really well and be relatively low maintenance.

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have you considered a pet rock?

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22 minutes ago, PleaseBlitz said:


Thanks my friend. Hope all is well with you and Karla and the crew. 

We're good, haven't managed to drive each other batty in quarantine yet...

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On 4/1/2020 at 4:08 PM, tshile said:

Apologies if this has already been posted, but I think getting your kid into programming/computers as soon as possible is important. If you have young kinds, I think the by the time they are adults, programming wont so much be a degree/career track but just a required understanding for many jobs.

 

Hell, if you're in academics/research now, it pretty much already is. you have to be able to write up your own stuff to run simulations. They partner CS grads/staff with other researchers as required, but the basic idea of taking a data set and cleaning it up and running different things against it is already pretty much required for those people...

 

Anyways, check this out: https://csfirst.withgoogle.com

 

It says 9 as a starting age but I know someone with a 7 year old that's doing the smaller stuff. I think my oldest is still too young, but soon... soon...

Agreed. And even if you don't do the coding yourself, you need to have an idea if it's being done efficiently or correctly. 

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