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My 8yo ds rejected the phonics way. I was frustrated but just kept on reading to him. He started reading just after he turned 8, but before that he knew all letters and sounds and could read bits and pieces of books. What I found for him is that most of the early reader books bored him. He would read to me from some of the chapter books I was reading him, but he wouldn't sit with the easier books. We are homeschoolers, so his beginning to read "late" wasn't an issue for...
My son was soooo clingy for a long time. It's like he was attached to me. Sometimes I tried to gently get him away from me, but I found that if I embraced it and let him do what he needed he was better off. Now, he's almost 8yo and says "Bye Mom!" as he's on the way out the door to play with his friends. He's still a bit shy with people when he first meets them (as I am, so I totally understand that) and there are some people he's just not comfortable being around. I just...
Hi girls4me, I've had the lottery fantasy myself, but also don't spend my money on it. I'm considering setting myself up with a home-based bookkeeping business so I can be financially self-sufficient. That way I'll have more options available to me. I am convinced that there is passion and happiness in a healthy relationship out there for me. I guess I'm just hoping that my dh will finally see the light and that relationship can be with him. But, the reality is that...
girls4me, you could be me (except I have a 7yo ds). Your dh sounds just like mine. I was ready to walk out 2 years ago, but the fact that I would have had to put my ds in school (we homeschool) and the money situation has kept me here. Some days I think I could go on for another 11 or 12 years and some days I feel like I can't take another minute of it. My dh has been holding back from me for years. During our first years together, I wanted to know everything about him -...
My son is only 5.5yo, so I don't know if I can help. I've been thinking about him growing up and becoming a man - actually, I've been thinking about it since before he was born. I know I don't want him to end up like his dad - not able to express his emotions - so it's on my mind a lot. I've been reading a great book - "The Courage to Raise Good Men", by Olga Silverstein & Beth Rashbaum. I'm just beginning the chapter on the adolescent years and rituals are discussed in...
I'm sorry, I didn't have time to read all the replies, but I wanted to share my story with you. My son is 5.5yo. He was always very timid around most people and wanted me or his dad to be with him all the time. At playgroups, he'd want me to move with him from activity to activity and he only did some interacting with the other kids. As for adults, if anyone even looked at him (never mind tried to talk to him) he would hide behind me or look away from them. I'm sure...
My 5.5yo son loves his bath by himself, but does take occasional showers with me. We have a hand-held shower massager and he just loves to "spray mommy in the face." So far he's not uncomfortable at all (and neither am I), so we'll keep doing it until he doesn't want to anymore.
I don't have any personal experience with it, but I've heard that bankruptcy can ruin your credit for about 10 years. A better solution might be one of the non-profit credit counseling agencies. I've never used one of those either, but I've heard good things about them. I believe they sit you down with all your bills, loans, credit cards, etc. and work out a payment plan that's within your means. I think you do lose some control over how your money is used, but that could...
It sounds like you're ready for them to be out of diapers, but they're not ready for it yet - frustrating, isn't it?. Here's how it worked for us: My son was 3.5 before he would finally agree to pee on the potty. Once he started, he never had an accident. He resisted pooping on the potty, however, and finally started doing that when he was 4.5. From the information I gathered (much of it here at mothering), many children will take their time and will do it when they're...
Nursing Mother (and others), There's a review of this movie at http://www.kids-in-mind.com/V/vanilla_sky_2001.htm It's a great site - they rate the movies on Sex, Violence and Profanity and provide details of each category (without using names of the characters). I've found the reviews very helpful in determining what movies I take my 5yo son to (very few). I am usually attracted to very few movies, but this one has my attention and I may go see it. I love Tom...
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