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Totally pisses me off too! I have girls, and people already make comments about "drama" and "wait until they're teenagers, then you won't like them so much!" (wtf, I get along great with teenagers, they seem to behave how they're treated and I can see why they're a nightmare for people who treat them like crap just because of their age!) and "oh, I'd never want girls! Too much trouble."   Now in addition, I'm getting, "you're crazy if you risk having another girl"...
I love this thread. I'm all over the place with my name tastes. There's no pattern or logic to it at all. Of my 3, the oldest has a normal-but-not-terribly common name, middle has a name that was unheard of when she was born, broke the US top 1000 but not by much last year. Still never heard it up here. And my younger has a classic but not popular name after my lifelong heroine.   My 4th and final, I am thinking is going to be my "**** it, I'm using the name I...
DD1 is going to be a zombie bride. DD2 is going to be either a leopard (already made costume for a party earlier this year that ended up not being held, so she never got to wear it) or a dalmatian, which is a store-bought costume we've had around for a couple of years. DD3 is going to be the cutest little pumpkin fairy you've ever seen! She's 2, she doesn't really "get" Halloween yet and didn't care about her costume, so I played on her passionate love of all things...
Here from Ontario, Canada, land of the ice and snow. First of all, invest in high quality thermal shirts. Not the kind from Walmart, the kind upmarket sporting/outdoors stores sell. Good thermals will be no thicker or bulkier than an average long-sleeve shirt but will keep you very warm, your kids too.   About snowsuits, I've never had trouble getting my kids into them, cloth diapers and all.   We live in a pretty cold climate and I've never been big on...
Oh my goodness. This could have been written about my mother. She's mellowed in age though, obviously your dad hasn't. I have no advice, just a (((hug))) and a vote of confidence that you're doing the right thing. Potentially explosive behaviour is just not something you want around your little guy, especially if he's the kind of kid that sets your dad off
I think that's the case for most people. It was more complex for me. My mother had no respect for my privacy or for me. She'd read my diary, ridicule me when I told her my feelings, tell my secrets to my friends or try to get things I'd told friends in confidence out of them, et cetera. My dad is a totally different story. He and I had a great relationship. Trust, mutual respect, openness, no condescention. He treated me like he'd treat anyone else, wouldn't do anything...
I'd just smile and nod. It's most likely that she's doing it because she's either very insecure and needs her child's minor accomplishments to make her feel impressive, some parents seem to want to live vicariously through their kids, or else she's very lonely and doesn't have other parents to talk to very often, adn when she has you, it all just has to come out.   Either way, there's no use calling her out on it. Just grin and bear it, or try to take her in short...
No to all. Very disrespectful and not exactly trust building. I'd rather they just trust me and talk to me, and being the kind of person who'd go through personal things and behind their back doesn't exactly lend itself to that.   The obvious exceptions would be if I had a good reason to fear that they were an imminent danger to themselves or to others, or that someone was a danger to them, like in an abusive relationship. But that's why I'm focused on building...
No advice here, just a lot of support. I'm very similar, radical unschooling and all, and it's tough to find friendships where parenting style isn't a tension. Even when I try not to even mention it, or ignore it when they do, there inevitably comes a point where I can't take being picked at about it, or having my children 'tested' in various ways to see if they have any hidden freak in them, since after all, it must be in there somewhere with the horrible parenting they...
I have a mix of cursive and print. My print alone stinks and looks like a squirrel on crack's writing. My cursive is very nice but impractical. My answer to that is to go half and half. It's actually very nice, I've always gotten compliments on it.   Strangely, I have no recollection of ever being taught cursive. I thought it was just me forgetting stuff, of course I'd been taught, everyone is. Surprise surprise, my lifelong best friend, who was in all the same...
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