I am interested in what others think about this, but my initial feeling is that explicit mention of specific children has two disadvantages:
- It violates a child's privacy. For example, if I ask about pacifiers but don't reference a specific child, said child will not have to explain to his girlfriend why his pacifier use was being discussed in 2011.
Asking questions that are too specific may promote questions and answers that are situational rather than general.
- For example, the question are the effects of breastfeeding quantifiable starts with a fairly objective question and then side-tracks to a specific case that, in my opinion, decreases the value of the question
Answers that reference one's own child are more likely to be anecdotal.
Referring to one's own children not be required for credibility in the stack exchange system.
- another question suggests that it is helpful to state the number / age / sex of ones own children on parenting sites, so that other readers can judge how credible the user is; the SE system allocates points to determine credibility, so this may not be require here.