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Forum: Gentle Discipline   02-26-2015, 08:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 181
Posted By sewchris2642
Everyone, not just kids, want order in their...

Everyone, not just kids, want order in their lives. Boundaries provide order out of chaos. But boundaries should be fluid and change with maturity of each child. Some children will just accept,...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-08-2015, 05:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 130
Posted By sewchris2642
I second what Linda said. And remember they are...

I second what Linda said. And remember they are her feelings and she is entitled to them. And think about how you would feel if some close to you tried to "fix it" instead of just listening to you....
Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-04-2015, 11:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 103
Posted By sewchris2642
As my son says: "We have family for that." ...

As my son says: "We have family for that." Usually I take Dylan to school. On Tuesday, he is picked up by Erica, my 2nd daughter. Earlier in the year, he was taken to school by me or Joy, my...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   01-30-2015, 08:16 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,360
Posted By sewchris2642
Yes, I agree. And to remember that you are not...

Yes, I agree. And to remember that you are not just parenting in the moment but for the long term. And some of the results won't show up until years later. The end goal is not just a child who no...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   01-12-2015, 11:11 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,360
Posted By sewchris2642
I would be interested i what age of child is...

I would be interested i what age of child is talking about in each quote. That would make a difference. So would the reason for the rudeness and what kind of rudeness. As well as when and why...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   11-11-2014, 08:40 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,360
Posted By sewchris2642
More thoughts: AP isn't a one-size-fits-all...

More thoughts: AP isn't a one-size-fits-all how-to parenting instructions. It's a set of guidelines that lets parents tailor their parenting to each of their children. One of my children slept in...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   11-06-2014, 10:16 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,360
Posted By sewchris2642
AP isn't a set of rules. Attachment Parenting...

AP isn't a set of rules.
Attachment Parenting is an approach, rather than a strict set of rules

It’s actually the style that many parents use instinctively. Parenting is too individual and...
Forum: Parenting   09-12-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,338
Posted By sewchris2642
I was formula fed, slept away from my parents but...

I was formula fed, slept away from my parents but with my siblings ( I thank God that I didn't have 3--toddler and twins-less than a year apart), fed jared baby food when it was full of sugar and...
Forum: Parenting   09-02-2014, 08:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 836
Posted By sewchris2642
Oh, Dylan talked. Just not about feelings and...

Oh, Dylan talked. Just not about feelings and emotions. He talked about tanks, army men, how they do special effects in movies, etc. He still talks my ear off. Now it's his online games--both...
Forum: Parenting   08-31-2014, 01:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,361
Posted By sewchris2642
Ok, then what have you started doing to restore...

Ok, then what have you started doing to restore your mom's trust in you? Your posts are still all about what she has done to you and not about what you have done and how you are rectifying your...
Forum: Parenting   08-31-2014, 08:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 836
Posted By sewchris2642
I also think that it could be gender related. My...

I also think that it could be gender related. My girls talked about feelings and emotions a lot. My son, hardly ever to never. But if I rephrase it and talk about facts and thinking, he is more...
Forum: Parenting   08-31-2014, 08:16 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,361
Posted By sewchris2642
Ok, we get it. Your mom over reacted. But that...

Ok, we get it. Your mom over reacted. But that still doesn't change the fact that you messed up and now you have to fix it. That fix isn't going to happen over night. The funny thing about...
Forum: Parenting   08-30-2014, 11:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 836
Posted By sewchris2642
Also keep track of when these episodes happen. ...

Also keep track of when these episodes happen. Is it between meals? After a meal that doesn't contain enough protein (such as just cereal and milk for breakfast because that's all he ate)? My...
Forum: Parenting   08-29-2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,361
Posted By sewchris2642
To give a peer perspective to your original post,...

To give a peer perspective to your original post, my 16 yo son agrees that you need to grow up and act adult if you want to treated as an adult instead of a 2 or 3 yo that you demonstrated by your...
Forum: Parenting   08-24-2014, 06:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 681
Posted By sewchris2642
Children don't need perfect parents. They need...

Children don't need perfect parents. They need to see our imperfections to know that they don't have to be perfect. Modeling how and when to admit mistakes and say "I'm sorry" is what they need in...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-24-2014, 06:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 860
Posted By sewchris2642
With the girls, we did year round school--3...

With the girls, we did year round school--3 months of school and one month off so I could plan the next 3 months. We did start the new school year in Sept. Sept-Nov., Dec. off, Jan.-March, April...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-15-2014, 08:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,883
Posted By sewchris2642
Hang in there. Keep in touch--by email, by...

Hang in there. Keep in touch--by email, by phone, etc. Invite her back for another week. Probably not this summer, but next summer. Maybe do some long weekends during the school year. Be the...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-12-2014, 09:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,883
Posted By sewchris2642
I'm a bit confused as to why she is staying with...

I'm a bit confused as to why she is staying with you. Was this her idea? Thinking back to when I was 12, spending weeks away from my friends and usual activities would not be my idea of a fun...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-12-2014, 09:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,269
Posted By sewchris2642
Supervising his nephews and niece while his...

Supervising his nephews and niece while his sister teaches yoga, playing multi player games online and chatting with his friends until it's tomorrow, walking the dog late at night (it's too hot...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-08-2014, 08:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 790
Posted By sewchris2642
Depends on what you mean by formal lesson plans. ...

Depends on what you mean by formal lesson plans. I skipped Kindergarten and started with 1st grade. I use a weekly planner (started with teacher's planner from the office supply store, now use my...
Forum: Work from Home Parents   05-06-2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 323
Posted By sewchris2642
How long does it take you to make one dress from...

How long does it take you to make one dress from start to finish?  Have you ever timed it?  Do you make one of a kind dresses or do you sew the same dress in a range of sizes?  If you are to provide...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   04-25-2014, 02:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,157
Posted By sewchris2642
Laurel, I would participate in more of the...

Laurel, I would participate in more of the questionnaires here but usually I find that I can't chose one of the choices offered for each question.  None of them fit me, my family, my child/ren, or...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-11-2014, 12:06 PM
Replies: 19
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Views: 589
Posted By sewchris2642
I voted 5 +.  We do all our TV watching online...

I voted 5 +.  We do all our TV watching online and I like watching Netflix while I sew (I work at home as a dressmaker).  We also use the computer for home schooling (research, watching...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   04-05-2014, 12:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,157
Posted By sewchris2642
That's another thing--personalities.  My son...

That's another thing--personalities.  My son didn't have a best friend to hang out with so he hung out with me and his sisters by default and because he could talk to us about what he was interested...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   04-03-2014, 10:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,157
Posted By sewchris2642
I took the survey but my answers are probably...

I took the survey but my answers are probably skewed because my youngest is much younger than his siblings--20 to 13 years younger.  Also his daycare provider was my sister who runs an in home...
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