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comment Coaxing a child to perform her best
@Joe, she's still too young to worry about social or long-term effects. I'm fairly confident she'll be fine reading in public eventually. I'm also fairly confident her reading skills are moving in the right direction. Part of my reason is simple curiosity, and part making sure we're giving her reading material that is neither condescending nor too challenging.
Apr
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comment Coaxing a child to perform her best
Her vocabulary and comprehension are pretty good too, we just don't know how good, because she resists anything that feels like a test. She's somewhat reserved in public, but is quite talkative at home.
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comment Coaxing a child to perform her best
We don't praise much at all about her reading anymore, because of her response to it, although she readily accepts praise in other areas. We're aware of the studies about praising effort versus intelligence and try to follow that.
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Mar
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comment How to spank in public without having everyone around you assume you're a child abuser?
You also might be surprised what they teach in those parenting classes. When we took them to become foster parents, our teacher was in general a strong advocate of spanking one's permanent children, although for foster children it's illegal in our state and otherwise a bad idea because of their previous trauma. I'm sure that varies depending on where you go, though.
Mar
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comment How to spank in public without having everyone around you assume you're a child abuser?
Also, not all CPS referrals result in some sort of action. I'm pretty sure we were covertly investigated in the hospital after our daughter accidentally drove her wheelchair down the stairs. We were introduced to two "nursing students" who curiously had no mentor and spent several hours observing no one else but us, and only asking questions that made them sound more like cops than nurses. (She's not allowed upstairs anymore, by the way. Ever. We sold the lift.)
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comment How to spank in public without having everyone around you assume you're a child abuser?
Yeah, don't really blame you there. That's why I have the "make sure it works" rule. At that point you're just taking out your own frustrations.
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comment How to spank in public without having everyone around you assume you're a child abuser?
Please take discussion on this question's premise to Parenting Chat.
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comment Thumbs splitting from changing nappies & repeated hand washing
Just curious, why just the one thumb?