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I don't like the "bribery" part of it, either, which is why we don't do THAT part of "Santa". But, I like the Santa thing, and don't see any reason to ditch the whole tradition just because I don't like one part of it. But, we also don't try to convince our kids that Santa is "real". We don't make a huge deal out of Santa coming to our house, bringing gifts, etc. Yes, there are gifts under the tree on Christmas morning, and the kids love the whole Santa myth, but I don't...
Okay, dh and I talked about it more, and he now says he wants to wait till after this Christmas to talk to them. He says they've already bought all their gifts for this year (they like to hit the after-Thanksgiving sales), so setting limits right now would mean they'd have to return things. So, he'd rather wait until January to have a talk with them, then have a whole year to "work" on them. But, that still doesn't solve our problem of what to do this year. I like the...
I see what people are saying about cutting back on our own gift-giving, but we've never given the kids lots of presents, anyway. Usually just one "big" gift per child, and some stocking stuffers. And I enjoy that part of it--I don't want to give it up entirely, just because the ILs overdo. And, the fact of the matter is that even if dh and I gave the kids NO presents, and my family gave the kids NO presents, 20+ presents per kid is just too much, IMO. They get 1-2 gifts...
We have already tried the "roundabout" way--talking about how we have too many toys, small house, etc. Dh has even dropped some comments in past years about how it is overwhelming for the kids to have so much stuff all at once--the ILs seem proud of the fact that they are overwhelming the kids This year, dh is ready to have a real talk with them--put some actual limits, like one gift per child, etc. And no, it won't get better over time--there aren't any cousins in...
My kids are the only grandkids on dh's side of the family, and everyone wants to play "Santa". We have 2 kids, and MIL, BIL and SIL will each get 6-7 gifts for each child (and they are not small, inexpensive gifts either!). In years past, we have just politely thanked them, then when we got home, most of the gifts would either go back to the store for a refund, get donated, etc. But, this year, it's going to be more complicated. Now, ds is 5, and he will remember what he...
How long do most kids use sippy cups? I have recently been noticing that all of my ds's friends (3-5 yrs old) still use them. At our house, we switched to cups with straws by 2, and by 3 ds was drinking mostly from an open cup. Just wondering what the "norm" is and how much of a weirdo I am
Quote: Originally Posted by kchapman I would not tell your friend-it won't go over well. Oh, no, I have absolutely no intention of telling her (or anyone else) about it. I even was reluctant to talk about it here, but it's really bugging me, and needed to vent somewhere. When I was wondering aloud on this thread what to do with the information, I didn't mean that I thought I should literally act on it in an outward way. I was thinking more...
Quote: Originally Posted by Raven you need to embrace this part of your psyche. I dont think you can change it. It feels freaky b/c there is no explanation for it - but IMO that doesnt = evil or insane or any other negative connotations. But how do I embrace it? I don't think it is evil or negative, I'm just wondering why this is happening to me. For what purpose--KWIM? What am I supposed to do with this information?? I certainly didn't tell...
Three weeks ago, a friend sent me an email telling me that the baby of a friend of hers had died of SIDS. The next day, my mom called to tell me that a friend of mine from high school had been in a car accident. Her 3 yr old dd had been in the car with her and was unhurt, but my friend was killed. That night, totally out of the blue, I had this strong feeling that a friend of mine was going to have a miscarriage. She was about 6 weeks along, and had just found out she was...
My dd is almost 5 mos old and is extremely interested in my food. I've tried giving her a spoon to play with, nursing her while I eat, etc, but I'm starting to feel like I'm depriving her. It's really freaking me out, because ds was so not interested in food for such a long time. He was a big, chubby baby (20 lbs by 5 mos), but I still got lots of comments from family about when was I going to give him some "real" food. : I had done lots of reading about the benefits...
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