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Forum: The Childhood Years   10-11-2014, 05:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 535
Posted By mnj77
Yep, DD started daycare in the January right...

Yep, DD started daycare in the January right before she turned two and it was the worst winter ever! I was sick over and over all winter. She actually didn't seem to get as sick as I did. In any...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-04-2014, 09:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 474
Posted By mnj77
I think you need to appreciate that you and SD's...

I think you need to appreciate that you and SD's dad have been instrumental in introducing this topic into SD's life. Her mom and dad once were together and now they are not, you've been introduced...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-30-2014, 12:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 344
Posted By mnj77
I read somewhere (Happiest Toddler on the Block...

I read somewhere (Happiest Toddler on the Block maybe?) that to stop tantrums you need two ingredients: you have to convince the kid that the tantrum isn't worth it, and the kid needs to be...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   09-14-2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 566
Posted By mnj77
I think you can be honest with her - sometimes...

I think you can be honest with her - sometimes there isn't time to discuss feelings and you can't always make things instantly palatable no matter what you say. The fact that you're trying will have...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-16-2014, 06:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,021
Posted By mnj77
I would focus more on how my daughter can...

I would focus more on how my daughter can tactfully handle this situation in the future. I know a few adults who don't like to be wrong and will argue with you till they're blue in the face. I...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-16-2014, 11:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 494
Posted By mnj77
You say he's a little anxious - I wonder if he's...

You say he's a little anxious - I wonder if he's shutting down in response to your anxiety about him not being able to do things. I would disengage and try not to care if he ties his shoes or opens...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   03-01-2014, 01:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 256
Posted By mnj77
I think you need to change the power dynamic....

I think you need to change the power dynamic.  It kind of sounds like your dd is a mini Marie Antoinette, holding court over your whole family.  If my DD speaks rudely to her dad, I would say...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   03-01-2014, 12:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 575
Posted By mnj77
Could you set up a private consultation or phone...

Could you set up a private consultation or phone call with the doctor and see if they think it's within the range of normal and where you go from here?  It seems like she needs some assistance with...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-01-2014, 10:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 333
Posted By mnj77
I would chat with the teacher and tell her that...

I would chat with the teacher and tell her that your daughter is struggling with some social dynamics in the classroom.  How are girls going to learn other ways of interacting if no one tells them...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-22-2014, 02:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 515
Posted By mnj77
I don't know if they would be too girlish, but...

I don't know if they would be too girlish, but my DD loved the Big Apple Barn series and I was really impressed with the thoughtfulness of the (animal) characters.  They're about horses, and have no...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   01-07-2014, 12:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 239
Posted By mnj77
I only have one so take my thoughts with a grain...

I only have one so take my thoughts with a grain of salt, but what about pointing out to him that people gave him a lot of grace and patience when he was a baby, and it would be nice if he passed...
Forum: The Childhood Years   12-18-2013, 04:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 260
Posted By mnj77
First, I would get him tested for a urinary...

First, I would get him tested for a urinary tract infection.  My dd had one once - she didn't seem to be in any pain but was doing a lot of "dribbling."  I felt terrible when it was finally...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   12-16-2013, 07:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 646
Posted By mnj77
Maybe this will be an unpopular opinion, but I...

Maybe this will be an unpopular opinion, but I think it's ok to make a peaceful home your first priority and work on housekeeping skills later.  I'm a pretty messy person myself though.  I would...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   12-16-2013, 07:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 265
Posted By mnj77
I would definitely honor and try her idea....

I would definitely honor and try her idea.  Sometimes we all need external motivation.  Just make it really specific and short in duration - "That's a great idea!  Let's try it for a week and see if...
Forum: The Childhood Years   12-09-2013, 04:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 513
Posted By mnj77
I've tried to tell my DD Santa isn't real at...

I've tried to tell my DD Santa isn't real at least twice, and she doesn't believe me!  The first time she was 4 or 5 and upset bc her friend got a letter from Santa and she didn't.  I told her it...
Forum: Learning at School   11-27-2013, 09:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 542
Posted By mnj77
For a perspective on immersion program...

For a perspective on immersion program homework, DD is in 1st grade in Mandarin immersion.  She has a packet of two double sided pages due on Monday, Weds. and Friday.  One page is Chinese and there...
Forum: Learning at School   11-14-2013, 10:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 701
Posted By mnj77
DD (1st grade) is in her fourth year in a full...

DD (1st grade) is in her fourth year in a full Mandarin immersion program and we love it!  I actually don't even really notice anymore that they're working in another language - it just seems...
Forum: Learning at School   11-04-2013, 08:16 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,816
Posted By mnj77
We get very detailed report cards with specific...

We get very detailed report cards with specific skills and a grade of Exceeding, Meeting or Developing for each skill.  The skills are like "adding up to 20" or "can write characters related to the...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   10-29-2013, 02:12 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,843
Posted By mnj77
Are you sure she's not physically ill?  With...

Are you sure she's not physically ill?  With such a dramatic change in behavior I might check in with the ped.  That said, my DD had a 3-6 week period every summer when she was 2.5, 3.5. 4.5 and 5.5...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   10-25-2013, 04:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 289
Posted By mnj77
I had good success with using tickets for tv...

I had good success with using tickets for tv shows at that age.  She got three tickets per day.  There was no losing tickets for bad behavior or anything.  When she asked for a show, I said "Do you...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   09-10-2013, 03:53 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,594
Posted By mnj77
It all sounds pretty normal, and annoying!  I...

It all sounds pretty normal, and annoying!  I have a couple thoughts that may or may not be helpful.
 
1.  This sounds like it's escalated recently. My DD is normally compliant, easygoing and...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-29-2013, 12:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 189
Posted By mnj77
I have a six year old.  I've never perceived her...

I have a six year old.  I've never perceived her as having more trouble completing tasks than her peers, but she gets distracted like any kid.  For example, if I tell her to go brush her teeth, at...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-29-2013, 12:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,308
Posted By mnj77
I totally wouldn't tell him.  I would just say...

I totally wouldn't tell him.  I would just say they're busy and hard to arrange something with.  No need to pass that lady's cruelty on to your five year old.  And try to let it go yourself - those...
Forum: Learning at School   08-03-2013, 03:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 291
Posted By mnj77
My dd's school has the IB Primary Years Program...

My dd's school has the IB Primary Years Program (elementary school) in a full Mandarin immersion environment.  I love the IB for elementary school.  It's inquiry based, so there's a broad topic like...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-31-2013, 05:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 898
Posted By mnj77
I agree that it's about personality.  I was kind...

I agree that it's about personality.  I was kind of like your kid - I was an only and remember following my mom around bugging her.  I think she dealt with it by letting me watch as much tv as I...
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