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My kid had a similar level of anxiety from age 2 to this summer (3.5). DH and I did everything we could think of (talking about feelings, rehearsing new situations, etcetera) but what worked was finding an excellent homeopath. Don't know if you're into alternative medicine but everyone at DD's school has remarked on how different she is now. (It's hard to describe...she's not a different person, she's now herself minus anxiety.) I was becoming exhausted from limiting my...
For those of you with architectural/design backgrounds, you might enjoy this booklet about various remodeling options for split-levels. It also describes why the houses were popular in the past and why they're not so popular now.   My own house sometimes puts me in knots but it has had unexpected benefits. For example, the families who live on our street enjoy each other so much that we often have last-minute cookouts together. That's not something that is apparent...
Well, the whole point of homeopathy is to find the remedy whose symptoms best match *you*...the book I mentioned lists 4 remedies for Fear of Flying and I'm sure there are many others that would work. I'm sure if we each found our perfect remedy they would all be different from one another.   That said, what I took was Argentum Nitricum. It best matched my symptoms of worries about arriving places on time and fear of heights.
Homeopathy fixed my debilitating fear of flying (that apparently came from nowhere--DH is a small plane pilot, BTW). I was paging through a home-remedy book in a health foods store and came across a description that exactly matched how I felt on my previous flight. I bought the remedy and took it shortly before another flight...it worked so well I enjoyed myself on the flight and was so relaxed I enjoyed myself! The remedies are inexpensive (about $8 a...
My 3yo DD is Hard of Hearing and she goes to a Montessori preschool. Her teacher is very responsive to my suggestions for what will work best for DD, but I have to stay on top of things and make the suggestions. Depending how old your DS is when he starts school (one school in town here takes 1yo's, DD's starts at 2.5yo), if he is in an Early Intervention program they may be able to send some specialists to the school to consult with the staff. I have found that DD's...
I've been thinking about your post, OP. I understand. I also find that my brain is in high gear to juggle all the requirements of cooking whole foods for a family--within a tight budget. And if someone in the household is looking for work, it casts a shadow over the entire household--don't underestimate that.   I'm always startled by how much time is required to make dates with friends. First I have to think of a couple of things we could do together, then propose...
Thank you to everyone who replied--it really helped me think this through. Such profound comments from all of you. I have figured out a few things:    - My friend's comment hurt so much because it confirmed what I had been subconciously noticing about her:  that she thinks there's something wrong with my child. If anyone else had made the same statement, I could've said quite calmly, "Oops, you used the wrong term. You meant to say DD has Condition A, not Condition...
What can I say to people who are trying to be friendly to my very shy 3yo? She is mostly okay with people who just talk to her, but some of them want to play patty-cake or sing to her. I think she (rightfully) doesn't want to interact with people who insist on wanting to interact with her when she doesn't know them.   I need something to say that is a good model for everyone--for my daughter on how to be polite yet protect her own interests, and to the strangers (who...
OP--I really like what you have said to your mom friend!   It seems like there are two issues in the original question: 1. When is it right to exclude someone from a playgroup and 2. What do you do when you see another mom under-reacting to worrisome behavior?  When a kid exhibits disturbing symptoms/behavior, and the mom shrugs it off as "quirky"?   I think it feels different if the mom knows what's going on, saying, "My kid has Condition X and we do A, B,...
A 4-month old will go just about anywhere with you, so do some fun (for you) stuff out of the house before she wants to crawl all the time. I see lots of mothers with babies on the free day at local art museums. In winter, plant nurseries can be a nice place to go. Both of those places have interesting environments for babies. She will be getting all your attention in just a few months.
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