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Jan
23
comment How do I tell my mom that I am not Christian?
It is not unrealistic to hope the parent will be accepting of their childs path in life, regardless of their age. It is unfair, however, to expect the child to be more concerned about the parents 'feelings' than about his own feelings about his current life path. It's a 2 way street and if the child is trying to be an adult, then the parent should try as well. Bottom line: this suggestion is simply honest. its always the best approach. If they cant accept it (note I didnt say LIKE) then that is on the parent along with any long term effects that theyll both have to deal with.
Nov
30
awarded  Student
Nov
30
answered Lost child contact card ideas needed
Nov
30
asked Need suggestions on how to deal with my 11yo in school
Nov
30
answered What should I do when my daughter's health is affected by the cats at my parents home when we visit?
Nov
30
comment What should I do when my daughter's health is affected by the cats at my parents home when we visit?
Not saying don't try it, but i'll bet the sheets/vacuuming has zero effect. The 4th law of aerodynamics says that you're not going to have enough suck to get deep enough to matter. Just sayin be prepared for that... so like have the healing salves and poultices avail in the morn.
Nov
30
answered Media Examples of Kind, Connected, Present, Engaged etc Father?
Nov
30
answered What should I do when my daughter's health is affected by the cats at my parents home when we visit?
Nov
29
comment What do you do with the cousins who, at birthday parties insist on opening the presents when they are not the guest of honor?
I didn't say it, but sometimes you need to say "No." just like that. Sometimes less really is more, and if you say more than just "No" it can actually give ammunition to the target for an argument. Even if you say "No, and that's final" it wasn't really final because you had to add more to it. "No" just says no. And, simply put, no means no.
Nov
28
comment Kids and Cell Phones? What limits should be set along with giving the first phone?
Also, what kinda half-baked Jersey Shore family members do you got over there? Krikey.
Nov
28
comment Kids and Cell Phones? What limits should be set along with giving the first phone?
relative to my answer in the topic about b'day party gift opening, it's all about domain. "My house, my rules... no damn phones at my dinner table. Including you, Cruella. Let's take a moment or 2 and . . . what do they call it? Interact."
Nov
28
answered Kids and Cell Phones? What limits should be set along with giving the first phone?
Nov
28
comment Are there any good suggestions for a soon to be mom about breastfeeding?
I've answered part of this in another thread here: parenting.stackexchange.com/questions/4442/…
Nov
28
answered What do you do with the cousins who, at birthday parties insist on opening the presents when they are not the guest of honor?
Nov
28
comment How do I cope with my toddler's jealousy towards her newborn brother and sister?
Ah ok... well you can help with it by being an observant 3rd party. For example, at the baby shower, bring him a book or soemthing for himself. "just thought i'd bring this for you." . . . surely not required, but it'll help him not feel left out. Then again, he could be completely unphased by the entire thing!
Nov
28
answered How do you encourage your primary-school-aged child to eat new foods?
Nov
28
answered How do I cope with my toddler's jealousy towards her newborn brother and sister?
Nov
28
comment How do I cope with my toddler's jealousy towards her newborn brother and sister?
What ages are we talking about?
Nov
28
comment What do we do when timeouts are not effective?
@ChristineGordon you disagreed then agreed. To clarify, "not ineffective" is different from "effective" in terms of degrees of effectiveness. And then "small doses" and "short term" are similar. Point is that it may work today and now, a few times, but at some point you're going to have to come up with something else (because it loses it's impact over time).
Nov
28
comment How do you say “not now”?
@ChristineGordon If that's what works for you, great. With my almost 70 collective years of parenting, I've found this to work with my kids over a hand in the face. Besides... the last paragraph was humor.