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Forum: Preteens and Teens   05-26-2016, 12:37 PM
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Posted By EnviroBecca
We began allowing our son to post videos (with...

We began allowing our son to post videos (with his dad as moderator of his channel) when he turned 11. Two of his best friends' parents said they can appear in the videos only if their faces aren't...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-26-2016, 12:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 876
Posted By EnviroBecca
I remember this kind of behavior being fairly...

I remember this kind of behavior being fairly common when I was young and when I was a Girl Scout leader. I see it among my son's peers too.

I also was bullied. The kind of comments quoted in...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   03-28-2016, 04:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,430
Posted By EnviroBecca
I meant to add that I agree that no child should...

I meant to add that I agree that no child should be physically forced into water--not only is the use of force inappropriate in general, but being pulled into water is NOT going to decrease any fear...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   03-28-2016, 04:44 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,362
Posted By EnviroBecca
Contactmaya wrote: That hasn't been my...

Contactmaya wrote: That hasn't been my experience, either as a child or in what I've heard of my son's experiences when he goes places alone. I think it's fine for adults to speak to unaccompanied...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   03-26-2016, 03:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,430
Posted By EnviroBecca
I think that if a school has a pool, swimming...

I think that if a school has a pool, swimming instruction should be available. I would be okay with having it as an elective class or after-school activity, but I agree with Moominmamma that...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   03-26-2016, 03:27 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,362
Posted By EnviroBecca
Huh. I live in a semi-major city, and one of our...

Huh. I live in a semi-major city, and one of our biggest, most popular parks still has a merry-go-round. I also don't hear a lot of "Don't put bark on the slide"-type things, except when the bark...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   03-18-2016, 02:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 461
Posted By EnviroBecca
Yes, good article! Avoiding lecturing is...

Yes, good article! Avoiding lecturing is especially important--instead of telling the kid how he should be and what he should do and endlessly reminding him of how he's failed and/or you expect him...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   03-18-2016, 08:11 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,362
Posted By EnviroBecca
I think it is fine to speak to a child about...

I think it is fine to speak to a child about his/her behavior in public, but it's important to do it gently and politely, and you certainly should not touch the child unless it's the only way to...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   03-17-2016, 01:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 844
Posted By EnviroBecca
I'm sorry your thread has been here for 6 weeks...

I'm sorry your thread has been here for 6 weeks with no replies! I hope you didn't get discouraged. Maybe things are going better by now?

My son went to a small home childcare, where the...
Forum: Parenting   03-11-2016, 10:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 847
Posted By EnviroBecca
My parents had this kind of attitude. It was the...

My parents had this kind of attitude. It was the 1970s when nudism was a somewhat popular idea overall, but we lived in a conservative small town in the Bible Belt. By age 3 I was well aware that...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   03-07-2016, 01:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,163
Posted By EnviroBecca
My daughter is 22 months. Her interests...

My daughter is 22 months. Her interests include...

All the books about Frog and Toad. She knows the title of each book and of each story therein. (I think she's recognizing the pictures.) She...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   03-07-2016, 11:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,333
Posted By EnviroBecca
I totally agree about teaching and modeling and...

I totally agree about teaching and modeling and discussing general skills for decent behavior and appropriate cynicism. My parents were always very good with this relating to TV commercials, so I've...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-26-2016, 12:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,333
Posted By EnviroBecca
Katea wrote:I see what you mean, but think about...

Katea wrote:I see what you mean, but think about this a minute. I've been reading the book Get Out of My Life! But First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall? by Anthony Wolf, about raising...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-25-2016, 01:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,333
Posted By EnviroBecca
It sounds like you have made wise decisions. We...

It sounds like you have made wise decisions. We had a similar situation with needing a Google+ account for a school project, except that our son is in 5th grade so all of his classmates are too...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   02-25-2016, 09:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 727
Posted By EnviroBecca
For a 15mo, that's right on target. Talk about...

For a 15mo, that's right on target. Talk about what you are doing a lot: "Blocks in the bin. Trucks park here. Blocks in the bin. Trucks park here." Soon he will start saying it himself, and the...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-25-2016, 08:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,038
Posted By EnviroBecca
This sounds familiar, and my son doesn't have...

This sounds familiar, and my son doesn't have family disruption as an excuse! He just had a very clingy type of personality and always wanted someone to do things with him. He's slowly outgrowing...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   02-25-2016, 08:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,067
Posted By EnviroBecca
I agree with everyone who's said you need a...

I agree with everyone who's said you need a better understanding of your child's developmental stage and a gentler approach. Here is an alternative "normal routine"...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   02-19-2016, 08:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 899
Posted By EnviroBecca
Oh, also, I really like this idea of making sure...

Oh, also, I really like this idea of making sure kids realize that what they have is "in the middle" rather than deprived:...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   02-19-2016, 08:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 899
Posted By EnviroBecca
Ugh, my son has phases like this, and it's so...

Ugh, my son has phases like this, and it's so annoying! (I don't think it's a blended family issue; we aren't one.) I like Philomom's idea of cutting back on treats for a while to make them more...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   02-19-2016, 07:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 550
Posted By EnviroBecca
Can you put chairs in front of the cabinets so...

Can you put chairs in front of the cabinets so that he can't open them? We have extra chairs from our dining set (it has 8 chairs, and we only use 3 daily as baby is in a high chair) and often use...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-19-2016, 07:38 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,268
Posted By EnviroBecca
Supermom8, when you can't resist stating a strong...

Supermom8, when you can't resist stating a strong opinion like that, it's best to follow it up with some helpful suggestions about what to do instead. When you throw out a statement all by itself...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   02-19-2016, 07:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,234
Posted By EnviroBecca
LadyHussain wrote:You don't think social...

LadyHussain wrote:You don't think social interaction with adults counts?

At times when we've truly been housebound because of illness, I've found TV or computer valuable for all of us for the...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-17-2016, 12:39 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,268
Posted By EnviroBecca
I have no experience with homeschooling, but I...

I have no experience with homeschooling, but I have been a Girl Scout leader trying to get the group through activities in a loooonnggg rainy Saturday in a lodge at camp, and days at home with my...
Forum: Parenting   02-17-2016, 12:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 615
Posted By EnviroBecca
I feel that this is a very helpful organizing...

I feel that this is a very helpful organizing principle: "I'm not raising children. I'm raising people." They won't always be children. If I protect them at all times, they won't be able to learn...
Forum: Parenting   02-16-2016, 01:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 615
Posted By EnviroBecca
I agree that there are some parents these days...

I agree that there are some parents these days who seem to believe that setting rules is a bad thing. As an experienced mother now, and as a developmental psychologist, I think there's good evidence...
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