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I never wore a bike helmet when I was a child. Nor did I sit in a car seat. But my kids sure as heck sit in car seats, wear bike helmets, and wear ski helmets when the ski or snowboard. Times change, we get more aware of dangers, and safety gear becomes more easily available and more commonly worn. We also wear our helmets for ice skating, which was unheard of when I was a kid.
  . It is good to read that you wish you hadn't screamed and that you are looking for better ways to handle stress. I think that is a good idea, because ime this is not likely to be the most stressful situation that you will encounter with your child in public places. We want our children to model their behavior on our own good behavior at all times, so we need to develop good strategies ourselves for dealing with stress.   I also don't agree with posters who tell you...
I don't know if it's weird, but it is inappropriate. I don't scream at the top of my own children, and I most certainly don't scream at other children either. If something is happening that is dangerous, it may be necessary to speak loudly and firmly, but imo screaming at children is never appropriate.   I also think that it is good to remember that one day your 2 yo will be the 5 yo on the playground, and may well make the same mistakes that you see 5yos making now. And...
Tough though it is, I think you have to see it that what is given to your dd is then hers, and as such she needs to be able to keep it in her home/homes as she chooses. The only thing I think you would have legitimate right to refuse in your house is an item that breaks your own vaues/rules, such as a movie, computer game, clothing that crosses a boundary that is already set with your dd. Otherwise, I think you are shooting yourself in the foot by making a rule like...
Quote: Originally Posted by hippiemommaof4 8 is of course old enough to say thank you, but lets not forget the fact that the child did thank the dad (even though he may not have been the one to make the item) and I think thats worthy of mentioning. I dont think it's appropriate to force the issue or the child to directly tell her step mother thank you because in the childs mind the thank you could have been at her comfort level and directed at them both. ...
Quote: Originally Posted by Multimomma Oh, circumstances like they're poor and can't afford a costume, much less ruining clothes they own to create a costume. Or that their parents don't support them and tell them to make their own without offering help. Or that they have a mental disability. Or a million other things that I could possibly never sleuth out because it never occurred to me. Kids are just kids, and to judge them from an adult perspective...
Wow, I am amazed that anyone thinks it is reasonable to sue a kid for an accident on her bike with training wheels, or even her parents. But then I don't come from a litigation-crazy country, so it makes no sense to me at all. When are kids allowed to make mistakes and be kids? Heck, as a just-5 yo I apparently cannoned around a corner on a scooter and knocked a visiting minister off his feet at my aunt's house. My parents were mortified, but that was mainly because he...
A mummy is so easy, and takes no effort or expense, so I'd get him to help, and just do it. Dd was a mummy for her halloween party tonight. We ripped an old sheet into strips, and her big sister safety pinned it onto her over a white t shirt and pants. It was totally easy, and looked great. She did buy a little white mask to wear too - cost about $4, but you don't need to do that. Honestly, I don't see the big deal. I think parents worry too much about spoiling a...
I always feel blessed that my kids actively don't want to ever go to Disney anything. They love far more simple and natural things in life - beaches, forests, mountains, lakes............. Personally, I'd spend part of the money on a vacation at the beach or in the mountains, bank the rest, and feel grateful that your kids haven't asked to go. But then, I hate hype, commercialism and Disney type stuff. Give me the natural world any day. I wouldn't even spend any $s...
We just came home from a Halloween party and there was a kindergarten age Hermione there, with her friend as Harry Potter. It was very cute, and the kids knew who they were. It made me laugh, as she just looked like any regular kid coming out of school in her school uniform, in the UK, except for the wand. Very cute pair though.
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