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As a parent who grew up in an abusive home-life situation, I can connect with your wife's perspective. Growing up, I never knew when the next blow was coming. I could say something "wrong", have an expression on my face that looked "disrespectful" and suddenly I was slammed up against a wall getting yelled at by a man who I didn't doubt was capable of ...


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It's hard for them to understand why someone they love goes away. And at that age when you tell them "Mommy is going to be back in a week" or "Daddy will be back in three days", they can't understand. They might be able to count to three, but the concept of three as applied to the passage of time is probably beyond their comprehension. I used to have some ...


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When our cat became sick, we simply explained everything to our kids as it happened. We explained that while some treatments could extend the cat's life, nothing would ultimately work and meanwhile the cat would be in a pretty miserable condition. We explained what euthanasia was, and when it could be used - for instance only for very sick animals, but not ...


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It is exhausting when you first must get used to having a child around all the time. For someone who is used to having a substantial amount of "down-time", it can be devastating. There are some people who get uplifted from being with all children, and some who get uplifted from being only with their own children, and others for whom being with any children ...


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This is actually an area where kndergartens/nurseries come into their own - they tend to be very experienced at organising structured and unstructured time, including play and learning together, and this really gives you as parents some time to be by yourselves, whether that is for working, chores, or just to relax. If you don't use that sort of facility, ...


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Going from your description, it sounds to me like it's not necessarily the separation from one parent, or both parents for the full day in daycare, but rather the changing nature of it all from one day and week to the next. That would be hard on his need for stability at this age. So anything you can do to make his schedule more regular day to day, even if ...



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