A few times I've given the kids a break. Since I like the other mom, I still get together with her for coffee, but for awhile we stop doing playdates.
I don't think it's very fair to keep having kids over who my kids don't like.
Originally Posted by St. Margaret
I've seen a LOT of parents using candy to get their kids to sit on the potty, shaming, etc. That's potty training to me. I also like how potty learning sounds more respectful of the child. Potty teaching is cool, too. But just like with anything, it's all about the actual learning!
I don't think it's fair to list candy and shaming in the same sentence.
We used candy. It was a very easy way to...
I think there's a difference.
But we potty trained our kids. It was mostly parent led/done because we trained them early (by 16/18 months). There wasn't any "learning" because it just was something they did.
We are also late risers. DH and DS get up early because DH leaves for work and takes DS to school on the way. That leaves me with the 2 DDs (3yo and baby).
The morning is pretty simple. I sleep until one of them wakes up (between 8 and 9am). I take a quick shower every second morning. If it's the 3yo who wakes up she either joins me or plays in her room. The baby also either joins me or lies on the bath mat. Then I look at the clock. If we have time (so it was...
Originally Posted by Kelmendi
I agree that it may be time for her to have her own bed, but I worry that presenting it this way would make her think of sleeping in her own bed as a punishment.
It's not a punishment. It's a consequence!
If you DH jumped on the bed while you were trying to sleep, would you like it? I know I'd tell him off pretty quick. And if he kept doing it every morning, I'd come up with other sleeping...
It sounds to me that if she can't be respectful of the other 2 people she's sharing a bed with, maybe it's time for her to sleep in a different one. Or that's how it would shake out here. We're happy to co-sleep as long as the child is being polite and respectful. (One the child is no longer a baby and can understand the connection).
So, I wouldn't let her sleep with us tonight.
To me it's just like if my DH did something similar. He might have to sleep on the...
I went to something like that as a kid. It was great. There was a loose structure to the day (nothing mandatory, so if a kid wanted to just play all day that was fine). We'd do crafts, play games, free play, and just have fun. It was alot of fun. I would walk there in the morning and normally go home for lunch. Then I'd go back in the afternoon.
I agree. That doesn't sound like helicopter parenting to me. It sounds like paying attention to one of the leading causes of accidental death in small children.
We're very free range with our kids, except with water and car seats. A child's ability to explore isn't hindered by a life jacket when they are in water. My DD1 is often given a choice between a life jacket or being "within arm's reach". She varies in what she chooses.
I've seen late 2s definitely bully other kids.
At my DD1's daycare there were 2.5yos who knew if they did certain things the other kids would give up toys and they'd get what they wanted. They were bullies.
I think we do all the children a disservice by thinking that kids need to be much older to bully. That's how bullies get started and it gets ingrained into the culture.
Because a 2.5yo threatening to hit another kid, and that other kid giving up a toy...