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answered All of a sudden my daughter thinks she isn't reading well, because sometimes her fluency slows
Dec
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answered My daughter hates all pants other than her sweats?
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Nov
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comment How can I help my ten-year-old not be traumatized by the deaths of characters in books?
That's a thought. I'll try it -- probably after the holiday, though.
Nov
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comment How can I help my ten-year-old not be traumatized by the deaths of characters in books?
I'll think about whether coping with grief is the same for a real or fictional character. At first glance, I'm not sure I buy it; but maybe there are strategies from the one that could be useful in the other. Thanks!
Nov
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comment How can I help my ten-year-old not be traumatized by the deaths of characters in books?
If I know a death is coming I can distance myself. She doesn't seem to have that skill. So, since fictional deaths happen far more frequently than real life ones, I want to help her feel it less. Keep in mind a good author will make it poignant and immediate, when in real life it generally happens off stage. We've had three unexpected deaths in our community (child; mom of friend; teacher); none affected her like Frank's. Her one true loss, that of her beloved grandfather last year (cancer), was worse; but we were helping care for him at the time.
Nov
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comment 10 month old won't nap
Is this new or has she always been difficult this way?
Nov
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comment How can I help my ten-year-old not be traumatized by the deaths of characters in books?
I am thinking about the Little Match Girl, and while part of me thinks it would be gratuitous cruelty to subject her to that, I'm wondering if we can deconstruct it somehow and make it safe.
Nov
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comment How can I help my ten-year-old not be traumatized by the deaths of characters in books?
Thanks, balanced mama! I will try the idea of "if you want the character to live again, all you have to do is pick the story up and read it again." And maybe if we stop before Frank is killed and she writes her own fanfic alternative ending to the chapter, we'll be able to go on to the rest of the book.
Nov
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comment How can I help my ten-year-old not be traumatized by the deaths of characters in books?
Thanks Mary Jo, but we haven't progressed that far. I was reading her the Harry Potter books the summer between 2nd and 3rd grade, and she never let me get past that chapter. You may have a point, though, that she's picking up on my over-protecting her, and another that I should encourage her to cry it out instead of just trying to take away the pain by helping her think of something else. I'll try the second, and be better about the first.
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answered What TV shows are wholesome for primary-schoolers?
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answered What can be done to encourage grandparents to be equitable between siblings?
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revised How can a dad be both a mother and father
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Nov
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answered How can a dad be both a mother and father
Nov
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comment How can a dad be both a mother and father
With apologies to Skippy, I think the question still doesn't have the right title. I haven't enough points to change it, but I think it should read, "How can a dad be both a mother and father?" (Leaving someone else to ask, "How can a mom be both a mother and father," BTW. Because while the general answer is the same, the specific, useful, day-to-day examples will be very different.)
Nov
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answered How do you respond to a toddler who endlessly says “why?”?
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comment How do you respond to a toddler who endlessly says “why?”?
+1 for "more conversation please." I was going to add an explanation/anecdote, but I'm getting a "420 characters too long" message, so I'll just add another answer.