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My MIL when she found out we were leaving our son intact (non-circumcised): "Oh, you two will do anything to be different."
post #1142 of 1466
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Originally Posted by amberskyfire View Post
Oh, that part made me tear up! It's a shame what so many children are missing these days!
I got ourselves a copy of The Neverending Story (Michael Ende) to read to my little son(s).
I once saw a happy-in-love couple on the train while he was reading the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings to her, it was sooo sweet that I never forgot .
post #1143 of 1466
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Originally Posted by EnviroBecca View Post
I read to my son on the bus every day, chapter books that don't have a picture on every page. The other day he was looking out the window while I read, and some random lady felt a need to interrupt us:
LADY: He's not listening!
ME: Oh? (to kid) Are you not listening?
KID: Huh? I was listening. He's going up to the attic to look at the toy castle.
ME: (to lady) He was listening.
LADY: You oughta make him look at the book. He gotta see the pictures, or he won't understand it.
ME: There aren't any pictures. He just told you what's happening in the story, so he does understand.
KID: I make the pictures in my mind.
LADY: : Li'l smartie!
KID: Read the story, please.
Oh - that makes my head hurt. She butts in to tell you what to do, then gets annoyed at your child, because she was wrong? People can be just unreal.

I'm reading Harry Potter to dd. Sometimes, she starts doing something else, so I'll check in. Usually, she's still paying attention (just using her hands and eyes for something else), but sometimes she's done, and wants me to stop. For whatever reason, she doesn't tell me when she's done. That's why I check. I can't even begin to imagine interrupting someone else's reading time like that! Sometimes, even when ds1 didn't understand, he liked me to read to him, just for the sound...

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But all those people are outweighed by the many whose eyes have lit up as they heard the story and who've leaned over to tell us how they read that book when they were kids, and the old ladies who say things like, "Your mother is giving you a great gift. Do you know how lucky you are?"
Cool! I like to hear stuff like that.
post #1144 of 1466
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Originally Posted by A&A View Post
My MIL when she found out we were leaving our son intact (non-circumcised): "Oh, you two will do anything to be different."
OMG! I think I'd have trouble restraining myself! Of course, I didn't lop off part of my son's penis, because I want to be different. I mean - what other motivation could I have possibly had? Ugh..

This thread is hilarious, tragic and infuriating, all at once.
post #1145 of 1466
The worst thing anyone has said---and my family has said a lot--usually under breath or when I am not there--was from my brother--one of the dumbest people I know.

While we were visiting over the holidays, we started talking about how
i was a real stinker to him when we were little. I was not mean, but had him do things like if he wanted to join my "club"( basically to come in my room and play ) he had to run around the house wearing a silly hat. We were around 7 (me) and 3(him.). Things like that. By no means horrible. While we were laughing about all this he blurted out "well, at least I am not screwing up MY kid" completely out of left field and a lttle awkward. I was in a room with all the family-children included and did not really say anything to this, but now I wish I had. I guess he really let his true feeling fly out! The worst part about all of it was after he had left, I told my mother that it really made me upset, not that I want his approval for my parenting, but that he can't be more of a nice person, and she went ballistic and stared in on me for getting mad at him and basically told me to get over it. Her words. I guess I know where I stand now!
post #1146 of 1466
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Originally Posted by SarahElizabeth View Post
DH, when I was getting teary about being unable breastfeed: "You're still doing all of the night feeds, right? I mean, you were going to be up all night feeding him anyway, this way it's almost as if you are breastfeeding!"

No, dear, it's really not the same.

I would have knocked him in ... you know where.

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Originally Posted by A&A View Post
My MIL when she found out we were leaving our son intact (non-circumcised): "Oh, you two will do anything to be different."
I would have told her "well since we're naming him Loveskye Earth moonbeam, and dressing him in burlap until he is 15, and not letting him eat anything unless it falls off the tree naturally, I figured I would do him a favor and leave his penis like the other 90% of penises in the world." :
post #1147 of 1466
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Originally Posted by Storm Bride View Post

I'm reading Harry Potter to dd. Sometimes, she starts doing something else, so I'll check in. Usually, she's still paying attention (just using her hands and eyes for something else), but sometimes she's done, and wants me to stop. For whatever reason, she doesn't tell me when she's done. That's why I check. I can't even begin to imagine interrupting someone else's reading time like that! Sometimes, even when ds1 didn't understand, he liked me to read to him, just for the sound...
My MIL did a class for her teaching certificate that discussed learning styles. She said that a lot of the kids that are labeled as "annoying" because they tap their pencil, doodle, or hum to themselves actually HAVE to do these things to pay attention and learn properly...

Sorry, back on topic.
post #1148 of 1466
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Originally Posted by kriket View Post
I would have told her "well since we're naming him Loveskye Earth moonbeam, and dressing him in burlap until he is 15, and not letting him eat anything unless it falls off the tree naturally, I figured I would do him a favor and leave his penis like the other 90% of penises in the world." :
My family was all pouting and stuff when we didn't find out the gender w/ DD, AND we didn't share her name until she was born (and plan to do the same w/ this one). My mom asked me the other day if she and my sisters could give us name suggestions, and I told her that I'd "take her suggestions into consideration" lol. I admire people who name their children something a little unusual, but those sorts of names are just not for me, but I can totally borrow them and share them w/ my family and ask them what they think of such-and-such a name. It'll be fun to see their reaction, lol.

But I do have a comment. Mom asked the other day if I "finally" weaned DD, and I told her no, but that it's only like every couple of days. So of course she just thinks that's "wrong" and said "But you're pregnant, you need to stop!" I asked her, "When do you think was the last time I cared about what other people thought about stuff like that, that I do?" lol. Then she starts spouting off ages... 2, 12, 22, 32... and I had to stop her... "Mom. I'm not even 31 yet, where did that 32 come from?" lol
post #1149 of 1466
AFWife,
Yay!!! I love to hear of teachers learning about this stuff
post #1150 of 1466
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Originally Posted by ernalala View Post
I once saw a happy-in-love couple on the train while he was reading the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings to her, it was sooo sweet that I never forgot .
DH reads to me. He started the LotR trilogy while I was pregnant. And we're still going. I even have a picture of him reading it to newborn DD in the hospital. He also read her lots of children's books while she was still in my belly.
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Holly - you are the cutest family. Adorable - all of you.
post #1152 of 1466
I just got one today from my grandmother. She lives overseas and I'll be visiting her with the baby in a couple of weeks. She told me today about how she went out and bought a stroller for us to use. I thanked her, but reminded her that I practice attachment parenting and carry my baby everywhere.

She said "oh, well, if we go out shopping together, you can use the stroller so you don't get tired."

I told her that I shop, go downtown, take trips to the zoo and everything else while carrying my baby. We go for a 1-2 mile walk every single day at least once a day and I've been doing it since she was born and I still never get tired.

Her reply? "Well, we'll just see about that."

Right! Because my old hunched and shuffling granny is going to outlast a 28-year-old mother of a toddler.

And this doesn't really quite count as advice, BUT...

When my cousin had her baby four months after I gave birth, she told everyone she wasn't going to breastfeed him because her breasts "belong to her husband." She swore she would exclusively pump.

When she found out a week later that I was pumping extra milk to donate to a severely premature baby in California, she told me that she would like to have the milk instead and that I should send it to her so that SHE wouldn't have to pump anymore.



She ended up switching him to formula after two weeks.
post #1153 of 1466
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Originally Posted by amberskyfire View Post
When my cousin had her baby four months after I gave birth, she told everyone she wasn't going to breastfeed him because her breasts "belong to her husband." She swore she would exclusively pump.

When she found out a week later that I was pumping extra milk to donate to a severely premature baby in California, she told me that she would like to have the milk instead and that I should send it to her so that SHE wouldn't have to pump anymore.



She ended up switching him to formula after two weeks.

Wow!
post #1154 of 1466
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Originally Posted by amberskyfire View Post
And this doesn't really quite count as advice, BUT...

When my cousin had her baby four months after I gave birth, she told everyone she wasn't going to breastfeed him because her breasts "belong to her husband." She swore she would exclusively pump.

When she found out a week later that I was pumping extra milk to donate to a severely premature baby in California, she told me that she would like to have the milk instead and that I should send it to her so that SHE wouldn't have to pump anymore.



She ended up switching him to formula after two weeks.

Words just can't even describe...:
post #1155 of 1466
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Originally Posted by AFWife View Post
My MIL did a class for her teaching certificate that discussed learning styles. She said that a lot of the kids that are labeled as "annoying" because they tap their pencil, doodle, or hum to themselves actually HAVE to do these things to pay attention and learn properly...

Sorry, back on topic.
Oh yes! When I was drawing or doodling during lessons, were the times where I was MOST concentrated on the lesson. Rather than the times I was looking out of the window or towards the teacher all of the time. Uhm and I was not labeled as 'annoying', mostly no-one except the pupil next to me noticed me drawing, I was an easy-going kid in class and always had good marks.
post #1156 of 1466
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Originally Posted by Storm Bride View Post
OMG! I think I'd have trouble restraining myself! Of course, I didn't lop off part of my son's penis, because I want to be different. I mean - what other motivation could I have possibly had? Ugh..

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I know. It was a totally weird comment.
post #1157 of 1466
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Originally Posted by kriket View Post





I would have told her "well since we're naming him Loveskye Earth moonbeam, and dressing him in burlap until he is 15, and not letting him eat anything unless it falls off the tree naturally, I figured I would do him a favor and leave his penis like the other 90% of penises in the world." :


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these are great! I had to subscribe to this one
post #1159 of 1466
When a girl from our neighbourhood (and a same-age friend of both of my sons) had been quite an 'harassment for our family' today, my MIL told me I should discourage/tell them not to play with her anymore (uh no, even if I was pretty annoyed with her today, and many other days, doesn't mean we will cut ties, they are friernds and have the right to play together) and then 'because she's a girl and they are boys'. Meaning: 'girls and boys should play seperarely'. We are speaking here of 3-5y olds.

Now I know (and respect) that she sees things from a very different perspective than I do, because of some cultural and personal beliefs, but this just made me sick to the stomach, and me who does not want my sons to have to hear such comments... I am raising them in a non-gender-stereotype way and there you go.
post #1160 of 1466
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Originally Posted by AFWife View Post
My MIL did a class for her teaching certificate that discussed learning styles. She said that a lot of the kids that are labeled as "annoying" because they tap their pencil, doodle, or hum to themselves actually HAVE to do these things to pay attention and learn properly...
You know...that's interesting. I'd never made the connection, but I think I was like that, too. I guess dd comes by it honestly. I don't think dh is like that at all, which is probably why it annoys him a little.
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