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Forum: Preteens and Teens   01-02-2012, 12:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 775
Posted By Thisbirdwillfly
Thirteen and fourteen were rough years for my...

Thirteen and fourteen were rough years for my son but it did get better.  By the time he was 17, I was sick at the thought of him leaving for college, believe it or not.  
 
The teen years...
Forum: Learning at School   11-30-2011, 08:58 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,047
Posted By Thisbirdwillfly
Glad to hear it worked out!

Glad to hear it worked out!
Forum: Preteens and Teens   11-22-2011, 05:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 714
Posted By Thisbirdwillfly
I am sorry you are going through this.  I too...

I am sorry you are going through this.  I too went through a bad stage in my late teens but I straightened out by my early 20s and I hope your sons do as well.  
Forum: Preteens and Teens   11-19-2011, 01:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 458
Posted By Thisbirdwillfly
My child has always been interesting to me but I...

My child has always been interesting to me but I find him even more so as the teen years are coming to a close.  He still reflects a lot of his father and I but he is evermore his own person and I...
Forum: Learning at School   11-18-2011, 04:59 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,047
Posted By Thisbirdwillfly
    Quote:and you absolutely cannot run...


 
Quote:and you absolutely cannot run things the way a parent at home with one or two of their own children would.  It is not possible to effectively - or safely - manage a day-care environment...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   11-18-2011, 04:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,377
Posted By Thisbirdwillfly
 (hand him an allowance, drive him to and fro to...

 (hand him an allowance, drive him to and fro to activities, pay for those activities, etc.,)
 
This has to stop.  At a time when you are both calm, sit down and explain the new rules.  NO more...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   11-18-2011, 04:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,294
Posted By Thisbirdwillfly
Hugs to you, Mama.  I think you've gotten a lot...

Hugs to you, Mama.  I think you've gotten a lot of great ideas in this thread and I agree that getting him his own apartment is, most likely, a set up for more failure.  Best of luck to you and your...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   11-18-2011, 04:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 216
Posted By Thisbirdwillfly
Thank you all for sharing your thoughts.  I was...

Thank you all for sharing your thoughts.  I was the first sibling and the first among my friends to have a child, so there are very few people I can talk about this with who are going through it as...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   11-15-2011, 08:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 216
Posted By Thisbirdwillfly
My only child is now 19 and he is away at...

My only child is now 19 and he is away at college.  Last year, his freshman year, was really tough on me.  Thankfully this year is better but I still really feel his absence in my day to day life.  ...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   11-15-2011, 08:37 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,555
Posted By Thisbirdwillfly
Funny to find this thread...Although my son is...

Funny to find this thread...Although my son is 19, I recently began working as a preschool teacher and MDC has been on my mind.  I learned so many helpful things here!  It's always nice to check...
Forum: Grief and Loss   12-23-2009, 08:30 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 11,188
Posted By Thisbirdwillfly
If you've not already, please get the book My...

If you've not already, please get the book My Stroke of Insight by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, a Harvard trained brain scientist who had a stroke and documented her healting process.

Here is her...
Forum: Grief and Loss   12-23-2009, 08:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 721
Posted By Thisbirdwillfly
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Forum: Lactivism   12-22-2009, 03:07 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 8,282
Posted By Thisbirdwillfly
Quote: Ideally yes, but we are in a serious...

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Ideally yes, but we are in a serious crisis situation at the moment, which was why I was there meeting with the pastor anyway, which makes it doubly inapproriate that it was mentioned to...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   12-22-2009, 06:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,036
Posted By Thisbirdwillfly
I understand the idea but I think if you put...

I understand the idea but I think if you put yourself in your children's shoes, it's not a good idea.

If, god forbid, this happened they would lose two of the three people who they lived with,...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-22-2009, 06:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,404
Posted By Thisbirdwillfly
This is how DH's ex-wife is and she's not going...

This is how DH's ex-wife is and she's not going to change. It sounds like your DH has no interest in fighting this battle. I would just accept it as a quirk of family life.

Maybe think of it this...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   12-22-2009, 05:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 975
Posted By Thisbirdwillfly
My son's sophomore year was pretty fraught. We...

My son's sophomore year was pretty fraught. We got all the help we could and it was tough but he got better.

Looking back on it, what surprises me is the intensity of parenting my kid through it....
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   12-20-2009, 12:34 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 8,180
Posted By Thisbirdwillfly
Quote: Originally Posted by APToddlerMama...

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Originally Posted by APToddlerMama http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/14811974)
...Going into adoption with the mindset...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   11-21-2009, 07:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 884
Posted By Thisbirdwillfly
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When we ran out of ideas with our 15 year old, we sat him down and asked him what he thought we should do. We set aside the idea of...
Forum: The Mindful Home   11-16-2009, 01:32 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,903
Posted By Thisbirdwillfly
If it's been a disaster, then the district...

If it's been a disaster, then the district should be paying for her to attend a specialized school or, at the very list, have a teacher sent to the home during the week.

I can only imagine how...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   11-12-2009, 05:35 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 739
Posted By Thisbirdwillfly
Quote: I feel bad for DH and the cousin, they...

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I feel bad for DH and the cousin, they are both really decent men and getting jerked over like this by someone who should have been a mentor to them is sucky.
Absolutely. It is very sad and...
Forum: Learning at School   11-12-2009, 03:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,036
Posted By Thisbirdwillfly
Quote: The other thing is that at a Waldorf...

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The other thing is that at a Waldorf school such as this, I'm worried that Elle will get "punished" for her mom being an interloper, so to speak.
This would be the breaking point for me. If...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   11-12-2009, 12:49 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,727
Posted By Thisbirdwillfly
Quote: And I don't think it's unreasonable to...

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And I don't think it's unreasonable to want a kid to sit with you for dinner either, but I have recently decided that it's unreasonable for MY kid. He's a sensory seeker, so when he gets...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   11-11-2009, 02:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,094
Posted By Thisbirdwillfly
I think a really positive first step would be to...

I think a really positive first step would be to stop thinking of your DSD in literal, or adult logic, terms.

When she was yelling about the toys? She's not really talking about toys and it's...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   11-11-2009, 03:54 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 739
Posted By Thisbirdwillfly
Quote: He just wants to know the truth and for...

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He just wants to know the truth and for his uncle to be straight with him...
That is not going to happen. This is the person that his Uncle is and always has been. Obviously it was a...
Forum: Parenting   11-11-2009, 03:38 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 938
Posted By Thisbirdwillfly
As a military spouse, I am in the same position...

As a military spouse, I am in the same position for months on end. Plus he is a pilot, so even when he is home, his hours are erratic.

One thing that helps me is to remember that single mamas do...
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