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Mmmm. Loving gentle and kind, as long as you don't suggest they might be doing things BETTER than they are currently.
Isn't it funny that the same women who decry labels being attached to their parenting are happy to label other posters "trolls"? Hate to burst your bubble, ladies, but you can be one seriously nasty bunch. I subscribe to mothering magazine, and I send a subscription (for two years!!) to any of my friends or family who are expecting. As such, I expect to be able to contribute to this board, without being called disparaging names. How much is your virtue worth,...
Totally agree, Bec. Big dogs should not be messed with. A professional trainer is the only one who can handle a big dog. It actually pisses me off something serious to see people taking big working dogs and making them pets. Rottweilers, for example, are meant to hunt wild boars. That is what they have been bred to do, for hundreds of years. To make these ferocious dogs household pets, thinking one or two generations is enough to breed their aggressive killer instincts...
Debra, I agree that the MIL has placed the dog at the top of the pack. But dogs are relatively simple (albeit dangerous) creatures. It might be worth a try to re-establish the pecking order. If the dog refuses to sit, growls, or snaps the treat out of your hand, that's a pretty good sign that socializing isn't working. But if the dog acts submissively after a few rounds of the play-sit-treat routine, you may have a chance at getting ahead of it in the...
Is there any way you can spend some time alone with the dog? Dogs are pack animals, and have finely-tuned instincts about where you fit in the pack. You need to assert your dominance. Here’s what you can try: Buy yourself a box of doggie treats (the expensive, soft, chewy, yummy kind – it will be $5.00 well spent), and then take the dog into the backyard to play. As you are playing, command the dog to SIT! And I mean command. Don’t ask. Don’t plead. Don’t put...
I judge you so you judge me back for judging you so I judge you back for judging me for judging you so you judge me back again for judging you for judging me .... Who knows how to say hypocrite? And isn't it just too funny that y'all can jump over me for being sob - harsh and mean - sob - gosh you would never say anything like that to a child - (does that mean you're a child?) while you post your own bile and venom? Who is that has anger issues? Gee, not the oh...
Quote: Originally Posted by mamawanabe Yes yes, why don't you go to some of these countries and find all these happy babies. You'll find mothering a pleanty to fit your preconceptions, but you'll find LOTS of other kinds of mothering. All those happy baby girls deserted on church doorsteps in China, all those low caste child wives abused in India, all those devoted single moms in Thailand who have to work the streets cause there are no jobs availble to...
Oh, everyone's got an excuse, don't they? Some of them are valid. Most of them are not. The trouble with all the invalid excuses is that everytime you give one, you've just given someone else one more excuse to add to their repetoire. When I talk to mothers (and I'm a specialist in mother-child ESL classes) in other parts of the world, they think these excuses are hilarious. Go to India, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, East Africa, Bolivia, Paraguay - you will...
Babies need to sleep within touching distance of a living BREATHING human. Whether that's in the bed with you, or in a co-sleeper doesn't matter. They should not be in isolation down the hall. Bad back fracture: work with a physiotherapist. If you can do the laundry, you can carry the baby. Nothing builds muscles like carrying your baby. Americans (North Americans) are so fat and lazy it's shameful.
How can breastfeeding not work? You put the baby to your breast, and let them suckle. If they aren't getting enough milk, you give them a bottle of formula, and then put them back on your breast to suckle and fall asleep. Why does providing them with food from a bottle eliminate the need to provide them with the comfort and closeness of suckling at a real live human breast? This is what I don't get. Even if baby gets 100% of their nutrition from the bottle, why wouldn't...
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