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Forum: Toddler Health   10-21-2014, 08:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 188
Posted By MeepyCat
I'm so sorry you're going through this. I wonder...

I'm so sorry you're going through this. I wonder if part of what's bugging your kiddo is the variability of your hours? IME, toddlers are big on routine, but he's not yet at an age where you can...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   10-21-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 142
Posted By MeepyCat
I'm confused. I don't know how old you are, and...

I'm confused. I don't know how old you are, and it makes a difference here, and I can't tell whether you're dealing with a real problem in mental health, or a disagreement with your mom about media....
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-13-2014, 12:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 527
Posted By MeepyCat
It may be that her full winter jacket is overkill...

It may be that her full winter jacket is overkill for October. Is there something lighter you can send her with for now?

I don't see why the teacher is insisting on all three zippers. One is...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   10-12-2014, 04:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 477
Posted By MeepyCat
I'd absolutely say no to that. That's not an...

I'd absolutely say no to that. That's not an occasional favor, that's you being her after school care program. For free.

If the local schools don't offer after care, or don't have spaces, she...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   10-10-2014, 11:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 325
Posted By MeepyCat
Yes. I don't know what points you want to...

Yes.

I don't know what points you want to hit. Maybe the magazines are inconsistent with your family values. Maybe you think that, as a maturing young man, he should be doing his own cleaning. ...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-10-2014, 07:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 537
Posted By MeepyCat
Parental rights can never be exactly 50/50 - if...

Parental rights can never be exactly 50/50 - if parties can't agree, someone needs to be able to make a decision and act on it.

I think talking to the kids the whole ride is unlikely to work all...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-10-2014, 06:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 537
Posted By MeepyCat
The two hours of basically sitting still hit me...

The two hours of basically sitting still hit me too, but there is so much in the situation that I'm inclined to let it go.

For the OP - is either child receiving counseling? Would it be a good...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-09-2014, 07:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 537
Posted By MeepyCat
It is not clear to me that switching schools will...

It is not clear to me that switching schools will result in the kids getting more sleep, having fewer behavioral problems, spending more time with parents or getting a better education.

1. A...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-08-2014, 03:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 537
Posted By MeepyCat
It sounds lile the children's mother has made...

It sounds lile the children's mother has made pragmatic decisions about dealing with the problems inherent in child care and her commute. As long as her work is so far from home, there are going to...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-04-2014, 10:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 358
Posted By MeepyCat
How is she acting? I know this sounds awful, but...

How is she acting? I know this sounds awful, but I just don't believe kids that age when they talk about feeling unwell if there isn't some kind of evidence to back up their statements. Stop asking...
Forum: Life With a Baby   10-03-2014, 02:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 969
Posted By MeepyCat
I second the recommendation to call the...

I second the recommendation to call the pediatrician. I'm going to take some wild guesses, but they are no substitute for an expert who can actually look at your baby.

If the Moby and bouncing...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   10-02-2014, 12:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 362
Posted By MeepyCat
I would absolutely report it to the police's...

I would absolutely report it to the police's non-emergency number. I don't know what they'll do with it, but I know they're unlikely to do anything if nobody tells them there's a problem.
Forum: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy   10-02-2014, 06:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 278
Posted By MeepyCat
Oh no! That's a lot to worry about. I'm so...

Oh no! That's a lot to worry about. I'm so sorry.

On nursing and surgery -I would want to talk to the anesthesiologist. Not being able to pump makes this harder - but ask whqt drugs he would...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   09-30-2014, 06:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 340
Posted By MeepyCat
Five year-olds aren't really still toddlers. ...

Five year-olds aren't really still toddlers.

In any babysitter, I think you're looking for someone who responds consistently and appropriately to your child, so I think your best bet is to chat...
Forum: Parenting   09-30-2014, 04:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 315
Posted By MeepyCat
Absolutely, I would be down with that. My kids...

Absolutely, I would be down with that. My kids are 7 and 5, and DS gets super bored in the summer child care program (which DD will be aging into this next summer). I usually work (this summer I...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   09-30-2014, 03:03 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,522
Posted By MeepyCat
I haven't heard of any women who gave birth...

I haven't heard of any women who gave birth prematurely on cruise ships, but I have noticed that cruise lines are pretty clear about excluding pregnant women in their third trimester from cruising. ...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-29-2014, 02:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 358
Posted By MeepyCat
That temp wouldn't move me to the ER by itself. ...

That temp wouldn't move me to the ER by itself. Lethargy in a young child would, or pain or symptoms of serious illness, but if you've got a basically okay kid, don't sweat it.

IMO, a child who...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   09-29-2014, 09:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 150
Posted By MeepyCat
YES. Contact the Labor Department. It...

YES. Contact the Labor Department.

It sounds like your employer is trying to deny you legally protected leave by failing to communicate with you appropriately, as required by law. It's...
Forum: Elimination Communication   09-24-2014, 12:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 609
Posted By MeepyCat
Aside from the fact that, no, at 5.5 months, your...

Aside from the fact that, no, at 5.5 months, your daughter isn't developmentally capable of things like spite, she is far too young to have that kind of bladder control. She doesn't have the muscle...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   09-23-2014, 09:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 339
Posted By MeepyCat
I absolutely would not let my kids play in the...

I absolutely would not let my kids play in the car. Aside from the accidental lock-ins thing (and, depending on the kids, the doors don't even have to be locked - if you aren't big enough or...
Forum: Vegetarian and Vegan   09-23-2014, 08:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 518
Posted By MeepyCat
It's not clear to me how much bees have...

It's not clear to me how much bees have benefitted from human cultivation, and to what extent they now rely on humans, but we don't really have the option to stop cultivating bees. Cultivated bees...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   09-23-2014, 07:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 356
Posted By MeepyCat
If there wasn't a placenta previa at 18 weeks,...

If there wasn't a placenta previa at 18 weeks, there is no way there will be one at term.

The demonstration of this is simple. Take a latex balloon and draw two dots on it with a pen. How far...
Forum: Breastfeeding   09-21-2014, 09:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 220
Posted By MeepyCat
I have a few thoughts. 1. This is not a...

I have a few thoughts.

1. This is not a scientific publication. It's a press release about a study. That makes it hard to really evaluate either the data used or the conclusions reached.
2. ...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-16-2014, 08:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 808
Posted By MeepyCat
Terrific_Son, when I talk about pageant culture,...

Terrific_Son, when I talk about pageant culture, I mean that I think it's very important for children to understand that the value of any individual person doesn't rest on superficial features, so I...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-16-2014, 04:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 808
Posted By MeepyCat
That part was blunt, but it wasn't intended to be...

That part was blunt, but it wasn't intended to be mean. Rather, it's a thing I've observed in raising my son.

When my boy wants to leave the house covered in ruffles, I do worry. I worry that...
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