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Forum: The Childhood Years   04-28-2014, 10:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 357
Posted By sbarr_NY
Thank you - that's exactly what I did.  The...

Thank you - that's exactly what I did.  The teacher thanked me for the email and told met that the girls had already told her that morning in the playground and she followed up with the kissing...
Forum: The Childhood Years   04-23-2014, 07:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 357
Posted By sbarr_NY
I'm totally on the fence on this one.  My...

I'm totally on the fence on this one.  My daughter told me last night that one of the boys in her class has a crush on 3 girls in his class wants to play the kissing game (these girls rule the roost...
Forum: The Childhood Years   04-20-2014, 05:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 333
Posted By sbarr_NY
I think things have become very commercialized...

I think things have become very commercialized and kids just get bombarded with so much that any single thing gets lost in the crowd of gifts.
 
My daughter just turned 6 last week.
 
For...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-10-2014, 07:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 351
Posted By sbarr_NY
I'd keep it simple and explain it just the way...

I'd keep it simple and explain it just the way it is.
 
Today's your birthday (maybe a cupcake and a special dish at dinner) and your party is next week when daddy is home - aren't you lucky!  I...
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-28-2014, 08:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 176
Posted By sbarr_NY
My first question to you - are your sons mature...

My first question to you - are your sons mature enough to watch showy wrestling, know it's fake and promise to not imitate moves each other or friends?
 
My second question, if you set hard...
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-25-2014, 04:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 343
Posted By sbarr_NY
Very rarely - my daughter (age 5) doesn't see...

Very rarely - my daughter (age 5) doesn't see commercial TV (Netflix only) so she's not aware of the latest and greatest gizmo on TV commericials.  We might make it into a Toys R Us once a year, and...
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-25-2014, 03:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 327
Posted By sbarr_NY
The best first step ergonomic walking shoes are...

The best first step ergonomic walking shoes are bare feet.  Remember that.  That's it.  Once you've made that step (pun intended), the decisions get easier.  But, that is a good frame of reference...
Forum: The Childhood Years   12-24-2013, 12:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 538
Posted By sbarr_NY
I think the volume here is light over the...

I think the volume here is light over the holidays -  I just wanted to send an encouraging "hug".  I hope someone with some insight into this difficult and painful situation can lend some guidance....
Forum: The Childhood Years   12-17-2013, 08:07 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 500
Posted By sbarr_NY
That's an interesting thought, where if the...

That's an interesting thought, where if the parent is lying about Santa, maybe the parent lies about other things.  I would think if a parent is consistently honest, and the only deliberate...
Forum: The Childhood Years   11-26-2013, 09:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 466
Posted By sbarr_NY
I'd reach out to the teacher, who knows your...

I'd reach out to the teacher, who knows your daughter - ask her what she thinks.  I think the kindergarten teacher may be more realistic about the needs of a 5 yo in a chaotic environment than the...
Forum: The Childhood Years   11-26-2013, 09:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,688
Posted By sbarr_NY
Yayyyyyy for the nudie butt child...it doesn't...

Yayyyyyy for the nudie butt child...it doesn't last long.  I agree that the ped sounds overboard.
 
My DD is 5 and is still going skyclad.  I think the day she decides she doesn't want me seeing...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-02-2013, 04:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 278
Posted By sbarr_NY
Are there any after-hours dentists in your area?...

Are there any after-hours dentists in your area?  What happens if you call your dentist off-hours, maybe someone on call?
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-29-2013, 05:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 173
Posted By sbarr_NY
We're basically secular, with a pagan bias.  We...

We're basically secular, with a pagan bias.  We talk about the seasons, the moon, cycle of the year.
 
My neighbor across the street is muslim, my daughter's after-care program is at the Jewish...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-14-2013, 01:43 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,158
Posted By sbarr_NY
Red flags galore - and you have the right and...

Red flags galore - and you have the right and responsibility to keep your kids in a safe environment.
 
I don't think mainstream TV causes those types of graphic behaviors.  This is way over the...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-14-2013, 01:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 323
Posted By sbarr_NY
Agree with above statement about being brief and...

Agree with above statement about being brief and clear - I can see the difference between myself and my neighbor - My instructions are usually 5-8 words or less and include please and get...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-14-2013, 12:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,167
Posted By sbarr_NY
I like the honesty approach above.  I found the...

I like the honesty approach above.  I found the book "Unconditional Parenting" to have some good points.
 
You can say:
 
I like it (if you do)
This room looks a lot better (if it does)
Now we...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-19-2013, 07:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,492
Posted By sbarr_NY
I have a somewhat boring approach that can work...

I have a somewhat boring approach that can work very well - Nudie butt... as a rule, IMO, a child will not willingly pee or let feces tumble down his/her leg.  I don't know your family dynamics...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-16-2013, 04:54 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 800
Posted By sbarr_NY
Alison's Mom - for the number writing dispute -...

Alison's Mom - for the number writing dispute - can you just say:  "OK, let's put it away for now" until he's more "compliant" (not the best word, but I think you get my perspective) - my daughter...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-16-2013, 04:17 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 800
Posted By sbarr_NY
Caveat - my post is for parents who honestly try...

Caveat - my post is for parents who honestly try to communicate to the child but are at wits end.  Please read it from that perspective - you've tried, you're irritated and the kid won't quit.  If...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-05-2013, 05:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 322
Posted By sbarr_NY
Caveat - my response is based on the fact that...

Caveat - my response is based on the fact that the child is offered healthy, energy-sustainable choices at every meal - the parent decides what, the child decides how much - the child makes the...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-05-2013, 05:10 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,834
Posted By sbarr_NY
I know I'm late into this thread, but a quick...

I know I'm late into this thread, but a quick comment about introducing new food.  I learned this during a wine tasting class - different parts of the tongue "like" different flavors - sweet, sour,...
Forum: Montessori   05-31-2013, 03:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 983
Posted By sbarr_NY
Blessing - good luck!  It's definitely worth...

Blessing - good luck!  It's definitely worth checking - in our case, during a parent teacher conference, they were concerned about her speech and said the local school district provided speech...
Forum: Montessori   05-30-2013, 04:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 714
Posted By sbarr_NY
I respectfully disagree with the previous...

I respectfully disagree with the previous statement that Montessori will not accept a kindergartner.  My daughter's Montessori (accredited, well-established, 45+ years, excellent reputation) will...
Forum: Montessori   05-30-2013, 03:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 983
Posted By sbarr_NY
I'd suggest to check both schools - talk to the...

I'd suggest to check both schools - talk to the teachers and be open and honest about your daughter - the objective is a good fit.  My daughter goes to a private Montessori, unfortunately $$$,...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-27-2013, 03:44 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,191
Posted By sbarr_NY
Great to read this thread - I was feeling like a...

Great to read this thread - I was feeling like a bad parent for letting my almost 5 yo stay up until 9-9:30, although we shoot for 8:30.  She's a trooper, once in bed, she will NOT get up, she is...
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