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Forum: Preteens and Teens   05-13-2016, 09:49 AM
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Posted By beanma
I don't know if that will go over well. If he's...

I don't know if that will go over well. If he's really shy that's putting him more on the spot.



It sets you up to be just like his mom. Are you going to criticize his table manners, too?
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Forum: Preteens and Teens   05-12-2016, 11:02 AM
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Views: 2,917
Posted By beanma
He's just an introvert feeling very awkward at...

He's just an introvert feeling very awkward at family gatherings. Don't pathologize it. He's not abusive. He's shy and socially awkward. StarChild said and Use your extrovert super powers to ease...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   05-12-2016, 10:30 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,917
Posted By beanma
Wow. I don't think there's anything nefarious...

Wow. I don't think there's anything nefarious going on. It just sounds like he's really introverted. So am I! I've just learned to compensate and make pleasant conversation anyway even if I'd rather...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   05-11-2016, 12:02 PM
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Posted By beanma
I have been having more trouble than I expected...

I have been having more trouble than I expected with my 14/15 yr old dd this year. It's a hard age. There is a lot of stuff going on in the teen brain and a lot of asynchronous development. I'm...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   03-23-2016, 11:03 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,090
Posted By beanma
I think WallaWallaMama is right on with respect...

I think WallaWallaMama is right on with respect to what I have seen with my teen's peers. It's definitely kind of uncool to be straight for a lot of the kids and viewed as pretty unenlightened. I'm...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   03-16-2016, 09:51 AM
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Views: 1,534
Posted By beanma
This!:truedat: I also think it's important...

This!:truedat:

I also think it's important to be with your kids on social media. Don't throw them in to sink or swim on their own. Behavior is improved if they know that mom and dad are out there...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   03-16-2016, 09:33 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,090
Posted By beanma
Thanks for continuing the conversation, lauren. I...

Thanks for continuing the conversation, lauren. I think Mothering is an important place to host this discussion since it's the place so many of us came as new parents and a comfortable place for...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   03-15-2016, 12:00 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,090
Posted By beanma
I've been thinking about this thread more. ...

I've been thinking about this thread more.

Not to get too into specifics, but I have a friend who's daughter recently came out as transgender, but my friend (and I) really think it's more...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   03-08-2016, 11:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,053
Posted By beanma
I'd consider dragging him to a therapist even if...

I'd consider dragging him to a therapist even if he doesn't want to go. He sounds like he could be depressed. Better to deal with that early on. Sounds like his uncle could be depressed too.

I...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   03-04-2016, 12:52 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,521
Posted By beanma
Hi y'all. :wave: Been awhile. We started anxious...

Hi y'all. :wave: Been awhile. We started anxious DD1 on medication and therapy recently. It's too early to tell if it's helping much yet, but she has had so many issues going on this year (just...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   03-02-2016, 08:44 AM
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Views: 6,090
Posted By beanma
I'm another mothering oldster. Haven't posted in...

I'm another mothering oldster. Haven't posted in a few years, but this topic has been weighing on my mind.

Puberty can be tough with your body changing and getting hairy in places where there...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   10-02-2014, 07:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 802
Posted By beanma
I went to my 5 yr high school reunion and haven't...

I went to my 5 yr high school reunion and haven't been to one since. I might have gone to my 20th. I was considering it and asked some friends that still live in our hometown and that I still keep up...
Forum: Learning at School   09-22-2014, 07:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,724
Posted By beanma
What's involved in the 20 minutes of reading? The...

What's involved in the 20 minutes of reading? The bedtime routine might already count for that. Usually they're just trying to encourage kids to read who don't read. If you already read as a family...
Forum: Learning at School   08-11-2014, 07:49 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,034
Posted By beanma
This is the first year we don't have a school...

This is the first year we don't have a school supply list. The PTA is asking for donations in the amount you usually spend on school supplies and is buying them in bulk. We never were one of those...
Forum: Parenting   08-10-2014, 02:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,803
Posted By beanma
But some families PAY someone outside the home to...

But some families PAY someone outside the home to do it, too. I don't know anyone who has a live-in maid or cook, but I do know folks who have a service come to their home and clean once a week. It...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-09-2014, 07:04 PM
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Posted By beanma
I have a 13 year old, too, and also an 11 year...

I have a 13 year old, too, and also an 11 year old. DD1 has always been more on the flaky side. Dd2 is more organized and responsible. Dd1 has good intentions, but poor follow through. I have seen...
Forum: Parenting   08-07-2014, 12:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,803
Posted By beanma
This. I think I am going to do it. My kids...

This. I think I am going to do it.

My kids do earn a little money pet-sitting. (I don't think either one is the baby-sitting type.) It'll be a few years before they can or will want to get a...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-01-2014, 01:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,114
Posted By beanma
Check out http://www.newmoon.com/ . It's a girl...

Check out http://www.newmoon.com/ . It's a girl positive commercial free site with forums/chat rooms that are fully moderated.
Forum: Parenting   07-27-2014, 10:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,803
Posted By beanma
That makes sense crazyms. I'm thinking I might...

That makes sense crazyms. I'm thinking I might look at it like what I could hire out. If I had a housekeeper come to the house once a week, what would I want him or her to do? A housekeeper/maid is...
Forum: Parenting   07-27-2014, 02:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,803
Posted By beanma
Thoughts on paying kids for jobs around the house?

What are your thoughts on paying kids for jobs around the house? I have never done it, but am considering it. My kids are 13 and 10.

I do ask them to pick up their rooms and pick up their things...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-06-2014, 10:33 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,696
Posted By beanma
Schools use GoogleDocs/Apps, but when you sign up...

Schools use GoogleDocs/Apps, but when you sign up for that you get EVERYTHING google has to offer which includes Google+ and YouTube. My kids use alter egos on Google+ and have blogs with google's...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-05-2014, 08:25 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,696
Posted By beanma
True, but you can post animated gifs on google+...

True, but you can post animated gifs on google+ and link to Vines and YouTube. Once you have a Google account, you have Google+, YouTube, Blogger, etc automatically. My kids were quite excited to...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-04-2014, 09:35 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,696
Posted By beanma
Every child in my 10 year old's public school...

Every child in my 10 year old's public school class is required to have a google account. I don't think it's too young at all to start dealing with this stuff.
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-03-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,696
Posted By beanma
My 10 yr old and 13 yr old have to have google...

My 10 yr old and 13 yr old have to have google accounts for school so they automatically have all the google stuff (google+, blogger, youtube, etc). They have set up blogs, but under pseudonyms, and...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-03-2014, 08:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,024
Posted By beanma
I iron for weddings and funerals and that's it. I...

I iron for weddings and funerals and that's it. I also am a rare person who does not like lavender. I don't do many scents, but prefer citrus ones.

As for sheets, usually when they get dirty?
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