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Dec
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answered What age should I encourage my kids to start working and earn his/her money?
Dec
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comment How can I pick my son up from daycare without a struggle?
No, my mom was literally walking out the door. She was completely prepared to leave me. I'm not suggesting he bluff--that's stupid. Merely suggesting that if his son truly thinks he wants to stay longer than he be allowed to stay a little longer if possible. Once he realizes that Daddy is leaving he might change his mind--or he might not.
Dec
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answered How can I pick my son up from daycare without a struggle?
Dec
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answered What should I look for in a new car (automobile)?
Dec
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comment My child is constantly hungry. How do I keep her feeling fuller?
@5un5: I agree, but I'm offering as wide a variety of suggestions as I can possibly formulate in an attempt to not only respond to the OP, but make the answer useful to other parents who might have a similar question. In a pinch, a decent protein shake is not a terrible option as long as the parent is aware of what he/she is giving to his/her child. And some kids don't like eating right before they go to bed. My daughter will drink practically anything I give her, but isn't so keen on actually consuming food shortly before bedtime.
Dec
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answered Does a breast feeding mother's diet affect the breast milk produced?
Dec
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comment What should I do when my daughter's health is affected by the cats at my parents home when we visit?
Lonas is certainly an older cat, probably over 10, but he doesn't show any signs whatsoever of giving it up any time soon. But they did just have to put their other cat down who was probably almost 15. I think that's where most of this is coming from. Lonas is now their only cat (at one time they had 5) and I think she just feels bad for him. Or something. Strangely, the cat doesn't show any signs of having fleas. He isn't scratching or doing any of the tell-tale things that cats do who have fleas.
Dec
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answered My child is constantly hungry. How do I keep her feeling fuller?
Nov
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comment What should I do when my daughter's health is affected by the cats at my parents home when we visit?
You all are right. I am being a little too nice to my mom's sensitivities. It's amazing how when family drama pops up we sometimes revert to our "little kid" selves. They have about a month to hopefully clean up the situation and they are coming to visit us the week before we stop at their house on the way to visit my husband's family for Christmas, so maybe I can gently remind my mom to bug bomb the place a few days before we get there. We can't find the fleas anywhere else...only in that one bed.
Nov
30
comment My six year old is afraid of the shower. How do I help her transition?
@balanced: I was terrified of the water until I was 7. Then one day I just sort of figured it out and was jumping off the diving board into the deep end of the pool by the end of the day. Just keep working with her and she'll get it. I have friends whose kids could swim by the time they were 2 and neither of my kids are competent swimmers, either yet. +1 for the goggle idea, btw, Christine!
Nov
30
comment What should I do when my daughter's health is affected by the cats at my parents home when we visit?
My dad is amazing, but "pushy" is not a word I would ever use to describe him. We're not scheduled to visit them again until right before Christmas and we're only staying for one night. Certainly for that night a clean set of sheets and a good vacuuming will get us through. As for long-term solutions, we'll just have to keep working on that.
Nov
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comment What should I do when my daughter's health is affected by the cats at my parents home when we visit?
Lots of great suggestions, guys. Thanks! The cat is all ready on a flea-drop treatment, but new research is showing that fleas are all ready evolving to be immune to the chemical in the topical treatments. My parents are pretty religious about using it which is why this is a bit of a shock. Also, my parents recently had to put their other cat to sleep and I suspect that my mom's reluctance to deal with the flea problem perhaps stems from that. It's the only thing that makes sense. Any suggestion that we stay anywhere else when we visit will be taken as a personal sleight by my mother.
Nov
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asked What should I do when my daughter's health is affected by the cats at my parents home when we visit?
Nov
28
comment My 8 year old son won't fall asleep
@TorbenGundtofte-Bruun: Absolutely. I used to attend a daycamp in the summer and ghost stories ran rampant in the middle of the summer. And, even though they shouldn't be watching them, I can vividly recall hearing pretty much every detail of the plots of Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street from other kids in my 3rd grade class! FYI: I have never seen either movie to this day.
Nov
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answered My 8 year old son won't fall asleep
Nov
27
comment Kids and Cell Phones? What limits should be set along with giving the first phone?
Yeah, this woman makes my sisters-in-law look pretty tame.
Nov
27
comment How do you handle a toddler that refuses to say 'sorry'?
I agree with @ChristineGordon and balancedmama on this one. Before he was saying "I'm sorry" because it was a habit and he wanted to please you. Not because he was truly sorry. Now he realizes that he has control over certain things and you can't MAKE him necessarily do things he doesn't want to do. Which is true--you CAN'T make him apologize for things. But you can control what you choose to do. I think you need to decide if it's more important to you that your child learn to apologize out of politeness or because he REALLY means it.
Nov
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comment Kids and Cell Phones? What limits should be set along with giving the first phone?
Geez! This family is one hot mess! You have my sympathies!