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Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-14-2017, 02:46 PM
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Posted By AuntNi
Yes, especially since she's asking you for...

Yes, especially since she's asking you for advice. I talk to my DD a lot about friendships and and relationship skills. Since I've been with her dad 20+ years and did little casual dating, I don't...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   01-25-2017, 01:56 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,660
Posted By AuntNi
I'm so glad to hear your 18-year-old is doing so...

I'm so glad to hear your 18-year-old is doing so well at university, and that all her coping techniques are helping. That's wonderful!

In all the years I've seen your posts on MDC, you've always...
Forum: Missouri, Illinois, Iowa   03-29-2016, 01:04 PM
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Views: 629
Posted By AuntNi
Did you ever find another doctor you like? My...

Did you ever find another doctor you like? My daughter and I have been seeing Cindy Wilbrand at Dr. Wessling's office for a few years, and absolutely love her. But I just found out today they stopped...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   03-24-2016, 11:53 AM
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Views: 6,706
Posted By AuntNi
I agree with all of this. When our DD started...

I agree with all of this. When our DD started questioning last summer, I told my DH, "Mathematically, it's unlikely that 1.5% of the US population identifies as trans, yet 100% of the white females...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   03-09-2016, 02:51 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,660
Posted By AuntNi
Hello all! Glad to hear there have been some...

Hello all! Glad to hear there have been some improvements, and sorry to hear of the issues that continue. Our spring break begins Friday, and I'm dreading it. For some reason, DD's mood has gone off...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   10-30-2015, 02:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,593
Posted By AuntNi
I'm sorry the OP has left the thread. It is so...

I'm sorry the OP has left the thread. It is so heart-breaking to read how much this situation has hurt her and her daughter, because unfortunately, my 13-yo DD has a pattern of doing this to her...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   10-14-2015, 03:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,463
Posted By AuntNi
As usual, I really appreciate Miranda's...

As usual, I really appreciate Miranda's thoughtful response.


This is *so* my DD. She gets a very generous allowance to learn money management, but tends to blow through it all the first couple...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   10-08-2015, 01:02 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,660
Posted By AuntNi
Same here! So glad it's going well. That...

Same here! So glad it's going well.


That is terrible! What grade is your daughter in? I know some kids really enjoy that sensational gore, but not our anxious kiddos!


Yes! To both these...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-21-2015, 02:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 922
Posted By AuntNi
I agree with Miranda - "parallel play" requiring...

I agree with Miranda - "parallel play" requiring no eye contact is key. Somehow my daughter and I got in the habit of evening walks, and now it's often the only time we connect in a day. I just let...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-03-2015, 01:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,509
Posted By AuntNi
One day at a time! We're only four months into...

One day at a time! We're only four months into the teen years at my house, and most days I fear I'm failing miserably. Another mom with anxiety here . . .

My coping techniques are:
Ask for advice...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-19-2015, 10:02 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,660
Posted By AuntNi
Does anyone have back-to-school updates they...

Does anyone have back-to-school updates they would like to share??

We're only on Day 3 of back-to-school, but so far, so good. DD said, "It's better than sitting around the house being sad." I...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-13-2015, 12:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,402
Posted By AuntNi
My daughter really likes the Natracare tampons....

My daughter really likes the Natracare tampons. She says they work better than other brands she's tried, and I feel like they're less toxic than mainstream brands. I'm a Diva Cup gal myself, but I...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-11-2015, 02:55 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,660
Posted By AuntNi
Aaaah, I get you. As an introvert myself, I can...

Aaaah, I get you. As an introvert myself, I can totally see the stress of going back and forth between solitude and busy family life.

Which makes me think of something else: how much do you mamas...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-11-2015, 12:37 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,660
Posted By AuntNi
I have had misophonia since puberty, and so has...

I have had misophonia since puberty, and so has my DD. I find that desensitization does not work for us, and I've read similar things online. The more I'm exposed to a trigger noise, the more rage I...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-06-2015, 11:48 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,660
Posted By AuntNi
I hear you! DD's psychiatrist says this is common...

I hear you! DD's psychiatrist says this is common - downtime gives them time to ruminate. We've had DD in as many arts activities as possible this summer. School is 1.5 weeks away, and her anxiety...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-03-2015, 02:38 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,660
Posted By AuntNi
Ugh, same here! I am having my worst anxiety in...

Ugh, same here! I am having my worst anxiety in 20 years, mostly because of my DD's anxiety. (Might be perimenopause, too.) Then my anxiety makes me much less effective at parenting her.

I'm glad...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-08-2015, 02:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,940
Posted By AuntNi
I agree. Standing up for your beliefs was my...

I agree. Standing up for your beliefs was my favorite theme of these books, and that becomes so important in middle school. This was a very popular book in my DD's 4th grade class. She read the first...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   04-06-2015, 01:06 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,978
Posted By AuntNi
So many awesome viewpoints here. I am really...

So many awesome viewpoints here. I am really enjoying reading everyone's opinion!

Yep, absolutely! By defining "Needs" vs. "Wants," I am imposing my values on my kiddo. But money aside, I'm...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   04-02-2015, 11:14 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,978
Posted By AuntNi
I love this idea! I might adopt it myself. My...

I love this idea! I might adopt it myself.
My DD is almost 13, and she gets $100/month (but $20 gets deposited into her savings.) Since she turned 11, we've been giving allowance at the beginning of...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   03-30-2015, 02:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 967
Posted By AuntNi
Oh gosh, I worry about everything! Long story...

Oh gosh, I worry about everything! Long story short: she is in therapy and on medication for anxiety/depression/OCD. This has been going on for a year. But now I feel like I attribute every mood...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   03-27-2015, 11:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 967
Posted By AuntNi
Parenting Teens Book Recommendations

My DD will soon be 13, and as she is my only child, I often feel so lost about what is to be expected for her age. I especially need good parenting tips for dealing with normal teenage mood swings. A...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   03-27-2015, 11:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,371
Posted By AuntNi
My daughter is also 12, and loves to buy makeup....

My daughter is also 12, and loves to buy makeup. She rarely wears much at all, but she enjoys experimenting. We've had the best luck at Nordstrom and Ulta. Nordstrom will send you home with samples...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-04-2014, 01:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 24,568
Posted By AuntNi
We ran into the same thing last year. We haven't...

We ran into the same thing last year. We haven't let DD go to sleepovers at new friends' houses. But we have let her attend a couple overnight slumber parties at houses where I had at least met the...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-21-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,668
Posted By AuntNi
I'm so glad things are getting a little better -...

I'm so glad things are getting a little better - it sounds like you're all taking positive steps. I so empathize with what you're going through! My DD (also always an anxious child) has been...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   05-27-2014, 11:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,896
Posted By AuntNi
I think you've gotten some great advice. I'm...

I think you've gotten some great advice. I'm another one with a theater/music kid, and I used to be a professional musician. I agree with telling your DD she needs to wait for the other girl to...
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