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Quote: If we don't allow our children and their grandparents time to grow to know and love one another we are denying each of them a great opportunity IMHO. I still don't see why grandparents have to have extended, unsupervised visits with a child to have a relationship. And I totally fail to understand why they want these visits at such a young age. While I could see it being fun for a school-age child to spend the night at Grandma's house, I...
Quote: Originally posted by Serena You honestly can't understand why grandmothers would want to spend time alone with their grandchildren? I don't think the point is to "get mom out of the picture"; Closer bonding does happen when you can spend time one-on-one with someone. What is so hard to understand about that??? What I don't understand is why my MIL needs me to LEAVE my nursing child with her and go away for hours or overnight. You say...
Quote: Originally posted by wimbini I am always suspicious about why these grandmas are begging to take care of our kids without their mothers there. Why is that so essential to them? ... Yes, this hurts their feelings, etc., but that is there problem. I am chanting to myself all the time now... my dd does not exist to meet other people's emotional needs (mine included). We are there to meet her needs. This is so obvious, yet so hard to honor with the...
Oh, I never thought about the shower! We used to have a filter on our shower, but it was kind of a hassle and had to be replaced pretty often. I got it because we had hard water in our old apartment that was making my hair flat--not because of chlorine : We have talked about getting a whole-house filter system, but just can't find a way to budget for it yet--maybe we should make this a priority.
We've been battling with the TV ever since ds was about 15 months old. He's now almost 2, and I'm determined to win this one. The problem is that I have really good days where I'm full of energy and ds is in a good mood, and we don't turn the TV on all day. Then a bad day will come along when ds is sick or teething, or I'm not feeling well, and the only think that stops the whining is turning on the tube, and we start falling back into old routines. What I need is to...
Several days ago, ds was eating black grapes and got the juice all over his shirt. I rinsed it out with cold water and put it on top of the washer, intendeding to pretreat and wash it right away. Well, I never got around to laundry that day, and today I found the shirt, still wet and wadded up on the washer--but the stain was gone!!! I'm assuming it was the chlorine in the water that did it. What do you think? We filter our drinking water, but should I be concerned about...
I think the bigger issue here is not whose choices are right or wrong, but rather the fact that these people feel that they can openly criticize and attack you. I went through some of the same stuff with my ILs, and I learned the hard way that debating and trying to argue with or educate them was pointless, and only ended in bad feelings all around. What worked for me was first to let them know that I didn't appreciate being attacked. I told them I didn't enjoy being...
The Baby Bjorn is the one I've been looking at, too. I found it online: http://store.babycenter.com/product/...056?sku=104058 They also sell the Baby Bjorn toilet seat, but iit's $30. I really don't have the $$$$ right now to buy both, so I may just start with the potty, then get the seat later.
Actually, I'm trying to decide if I should get a potty chair, or one of those seat things that goes on the big toilet. We have a tiny bathroom, so I would rather get the seat thing, but I read somewhere that they need to have their feet on the floor rather than dangling (?). Would a stepstool in front of the toilet work? Ds is 21 mos and has started telling me when he needs to pee/poop, and I wasn't prepared for him to start this soon. I've tried sitting him on the...
Can someone give more info, or maybe a source for the height thing? We have the Alpha Omega, which says it can rear-face up to 35 lbs, but it doesn't say anything about how tall the baby is. Ds is 20 months and about 30 lbs, and still rear-facing. The manual says to keep them rear-facing as long as they're comfortable, as it's safer. I was planning to keep him rear-facing until he's two, as long as he doesn't hit 35 lbs before then, but now I'm worried about his...
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