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Forum: Life with a Toddler   04-22-2010, 01:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 327
Posted By betsyj
Eh what does a receptionist know about your baby...

Eh what does a receptionist know about your baby and his binky. http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif One of the best things i have learned to do is ignore unsolicited...
Forum: Parenting   04-22-2010, 01:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,394
Posted By betsyj
I wouldn't worry about what you will or won't do...

I wouldn't worry about what you will or won't do in the future. I would only concentrate on the present.

He is still nursing and still a baby and she is eight hours away. I wouldn't do it either....
Forum: Life with a Toddler   04-22-2010, 11:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 540
Posted By betsyj
Thanks for the replies. I have tried showing him...

Thanks for the replies. I have tried showing him where he can throw dirt, where he can pile it, etc. But sadly it seems throwing dirt at me is the most fun.

I am a big fan of getting to "Yes you...
Forum: Family Safety   04-22-2010, 10:17 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,768
Posted By betsyj
I did it once a month starting when I was...

I did it once a month starting when I was seven-my parents got divorced. It was FUN!! The FA's were (usually) awesome. Lots of times I got to go see meet the pilots and see cool stuff happen in the...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   04-21-2010, 12:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 540
Posted By betsyj
I can handle screaming and pinching and kicking...

I can handle screaming and pinching and kicking with aplomb!! However, when my ds throws things at me it really pushes my buttons.

We have been spending a ton of time in the yard and he has been...
Forum: Parents as Partners   04-20-2010, 04:37 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,081
Posted By betsyj
I do understand about dogs and livestock (and...

I do understand about dogs and livestock (and dogs and deer for that matter) but the bigger issue is not taking care of animals in general. Just because you live on a farm doesn't mean that meat and...
Forum: Parenting   04-18-2010, 09:39 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 6,126
Posted By betsyj
Quote: When people are in public I guess they...

Quote:
When people are in public I guess they can choose to act however they like.....but it seems to me people would use "common sense" and act with behavior that actually is conducive to public...
Forum: Parenting   04-16-2010, 01:39 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 6,126
Posted By betsyj
I do not want my library to make "think of the...

I do not want my library to make "think of the children" censorship decisions-I hate the very thought of it. The library should be a place of unfettered access to information.

If my son saw...
Forum: Parenting   04-16-2010, 09:26 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,477
Posted By betsyj
Quote: Increased sex drive yes, more...

Quote:
Increased sex drive yes, more aggressive absolutely not. And I can tell you that I now have a testosterone level consistent with an average male of my age as determined by regular blood...
Forum: Parents as Partners   04-15-2010, 02:08 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,068
Posted By betsyj
When people threaten to commit suicide it is a...

When people threaten to commit suicide it is a clear indication of a serious issue.

Do you think he would harm you and the kids and then take his own life? If there is even a remote possibility...
Forum: Parenting   04-14-2010, 10:07 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,477
Posted By betsyj
Quote: What makes a gender is a social...

Quote:
What makes a gender is a social construct.
Sure. But it isn't 100% a social construct. There are real differences that exist.
Forum: Parenting   04-14-2010, 05:33 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,477
Posted By betsyj
Quote: We don't tell DS what his gender is...

Quote:
We don't tell DS what his gender is because we know that gender is not determined by biology.
I have known two people who are transgendered (both went from male to female through surgery)....
Forum: Life with a Toddler   04-13-2010, 12:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 698
Posted By betsyj
We work hard at learning to be respectful of...

We work hard at learning to be respectful of people within a framework of what Jack can and can't do developmentally.

We try hard to avoid the grocery store on Saturdays and Sundays because he...
Forum: Parenting   04-13-2010, 11:19 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,525
Posted By betsyj
I was an only for 20 years (my Mom had an oops...

I was an only for 20 years (my Mom had an oops baby at 47!!) and I loved it. I am happy and well adjusted.

We have an only. We love him and love our perfect little family of three (well four if...
Forum: Parents as Partners   04-12-2010, 05:09 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,068
Posted By betsyj
What happens if you stay? It sounds like he...

What happens if you stay?

It sounds like he cycles through periods of being simply unbearable with periods of being violent and abusive to you and your children.

What happens if you leave?
...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   04-12-2010, 02:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 888
Posted By betsyj
I think it can be taught-or more importantly...

I think it can be taught-or more importantly modeled. I enjoy food and I want my son to enjoy it as well.

Food should be fun. It should taste good, it should be varied, and sometimes it can even...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   04-12-2010, 11:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 260
Posted By betsyj
My son is 23 mos and has been occasionally using...

My son is 23 mos and has been occasionally using the potty. He is pretty good about it in the morning and will also poop on it in the morning.

Lately, he has shown no interest at all in the potty...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   04-12-2010, 11:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 727
Posted By betsyj
My son is almost 23 mos and we have been...

My son is almost 23 mos and we have been struggling with this since he was about 15 mos.

What has been hard for us is he mostly does it at daycare so our chances to work on it at home are few and...
Forum: Parenting   04-12-2010, 10:52 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,477
Posted By betsyj
Quote: Originally Posted by Landover...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Landover http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/15288797)
Why on earth would you want to parent you...
Forum: Family Safety   04-10-2010, 08:43 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,502
Posted By betsyj
At my daycare they play outside for hours on fun...

At my daycare they play outside for hours on fun little bikes, great slides, lots of little play houses, and even a balance beam. There is sidewalk chalk, and outdoor paint, and even little cars to...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   04-08-2010, 11:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,223
Posted By betsyj
DS is picking up two or three words per day and...

DS is picking up two or three words per day and his molars are coming in. He bit two kids at daycare yesterday and last evening came up to me with a book, said, "Read please," and then hit me with...
Forum: Parenting   04-08-2010, 09:44 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,824
Posted By betsyj
So to sum up: You bought your Mom a...

So to sum up:

You bought your Mom a Mercedes and she complains about the gas.

You built a bedroom and bathroom for her but aside from picking up your dd she does not help at all around the...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   04-03-2010, 09:27 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,300
Posted By betsyj
We are very little junk food here. But, I do not...

We are very little junk food here. But, I do not consider homemade cookies junk. What we avoid like the plague is anything store bought, designed to have a "long shelf life." BLECH.

He of course...
Forum: Parenting   03-30-2010, 08:21 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,935
Posted By betsyj
I saw a close family friend go through this....

I saw a close family friend go through this. Their son cried at the drop of a hat. He also quit games he wasn't winning and lots of other really annoying behaviors to kids and adults.

AT one...
Forum: Parents as Partners   03-30-2010, 04:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 627
Posted By betsyj
Part of marketing yourself is believing in...

Part of marketing yourself is believing in yourself and the good qualities you have. It doesn't seem like you believe in your abilities.

You say you are with him because you really like him but...
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