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That's why I'm so enjoying being totally cut off from the expat community here. The locals don't seem to give a damn what my kid does.
Yeah, I've used babysitter to take dd to a class. She performs better, but her general anxiety about the situation is not in the least lessened. She just doesn't feel safe to express her fears to babysitter.
Thanks everyone! I really like the look of the hug-a-bub! But is it easy to nurse in? Or should I get a hug-a-bub great for carrying and a pouch for nursing? Gee! I don't want to spend that much money though!
Quote: When you said your son called the arena, "scary", that is totally something that would come out of my son's mouth. And I just want to reiterate that my dd would also say something that. Yet, if you dig deeper you can sometimes out find out what is really scaring her. Sometimes it's not what you think (like it being big). Sometimes it's some small thing that it completely remediable. Edited to add: But, by all that I don't mean that you...
This thread is so OT! :LOL They give black tea to the orphan babies here and you should the havoc it wreaks on their poor little intestines. Anyway, I want to start a thread on what we limit and why. How do our own issues/experiences affect what we decide to limit and not. Does that sound interesting? It's something talked about quite a bit in the TCS movement -- how we shouldn't let our own biases affect the way we interact with our kids. And FTR, I identify...
Not long ago, I told dh I wouldn't mind if he got a job in DC because then we could do my dream trip: drive a Winnebago across the US and Canada. I'm so envious of those 3 years in a motorhome! Cool!
My dd is 5. She is very special! She has never needed to cling to me in group settings. With one or two guest adults around she is a real card -- does magic shows, dances and sings, etc. But she has been adament since she was 3 that she can't stand chaos, noise, etc. She strongly dislikes birthday parties, playgroups and formal lessons like dance, gymnastics, etc. She is vocal about her fears but works very hard to overcome them. For instance, when we were in...
What do you recommend for a newborn (one that will probably be around 9 1/2 lbs)?
Yes, picture books with no words are great! We've bought many beautifully illustrated books in Russian. I can read Russian (cyrillic), but I understand about 1/2 or fewer :LOL of the words. So we just make up stories to go with the pics. We have a lot of fun! Yesterday we were reading a book that had these kind of jazzy, hippy cats. We had so much fun saying "Hey man! Hey dude!" Dd had never heard these words and she got endless giggles every single time she said...
First, I would have addressed the initial refusal. I think allowing him to wait till after dinner only fuels his desire to not do it at all. I would openly express my feelings about leaving the mess. I'm going to give an example of what I think your feelings may have been, but I am not saying that's exactly how you felt: "Ds we need to clean up this mess before dinner." "I don' wanna!" "Yes, sometimes it seems like a big job to clean up, doesn't it? (you can pause...
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