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Forum: The Childhood Years   06-30-2016, 11:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,010
Posted By chickabiddy
I teach classes at a YMCA and the program is now...

I teach classes at a YMCA and the program is now "Adventure Guides" for both genders at most Ys and "Adventure Guides and Princesses" at a few holdouts. The level of religion depends on the Y. Mine...
Forum: Single Parenting   06-30-2016, 10:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 450
Posted By chickabiddy
I do not know the laws of your state and I...

I do not know the laws of your state and I understand why that would seem like a fair and attractive arrangement, but I know that in my state it would be extremely unlikely that one parent,...
Forum: Baby Health   06-29-2016, 12:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 397
Posted By chickabiddy
Was there something particularly distressing...

Was there something particularly distressing about this bat? I would assume that if you live on a property with a barn, he has probably seen animals in nature before. What sort of trauma is he...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-24-2016, 02:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,771
Posted By chickabiddy
I did say "old enough", but I am afraid it might...

I did say "old enough", but I am afraid it might have been misinterpreted. I'm not saying that 11 is "old enough" to suddenly not have anxieties -- I'm in my 40s and still have a few issues. I am...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-22-2016, 02:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,771
Posted By chickabiddy
I do not know specifically about nighttime/sleep...

I do not know specifically about nighttime/sleep anxiety, but my kid does have issues with anxiety and I did not notice that she "grew out of it" in any way between 11 and 14.
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-22-2016, 10:55 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,771
Posted By chickabiddy
I agree with several of the PPs. It would be good...

I agree with several of the PPs. It would be good to learn relaxation techniques or find a guided meditation that she can play in her room.

But in the end, unless there are extenuating...
Forum: Life With a Baby   06-19-2016, 02:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,197
Posted By chickabiddy
Women don't usually talk about stuff like this...

Women don't usually talk about stuff like this because it is not socially acceptable, but it took me a while to establish a bond with my baby. As a PP described upthread, I felt like I was just...
Forum: Life With a Baby   06-18-2016, 10:41 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,197
Posted By chickabiddy
If he leaves you he will owe child support. And...

If he leaves you he will owe child support. And as counter-intuitive as it may seem, parenting solo can actually be easier than parenting with a resentful and uncooperative partner.

Regardless, as...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   06-18-2016, 09:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 702
Posted By chickabiddy
He may be gearing up for a growth spurt and needs...

He may be gearing up for a growth spurt and needs the extra food. I would not restrict healthy food for a growing child (within reason -- if dinner is going to be ready in 20 minutes it's not the...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-16-2016, 12:46 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,200
Posted By chickabiddy
Oh, didn't think about that. (I live in a...

Oh, didn't think about that. (I live in a conservative rural area of the US and it's nothing like that here.) That would change my answer, which was based on the knowledge that *I* would be arrested...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   06-16-2016, 12:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 917
Posted By chickabiddy
Yes, definitely establish rules for phone/media...

Yes, definitely establish rules for phone/media use for both kids and enforce them together. I have to say that, fair or not, I would not be pleased if my ex-husband's wife took my child's phone away...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-16-2016, 12:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,200
Posted By chickabiddy
I think marijuana should be legal, but that's...

I think marijuana should be legal, but that's another discussion, and the fact is that it is not legal. I would have no problem telling my adult child that I will not allow illegal drugs in the...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-15-2016, 11:13 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,200
Posted By chickabiddy
He is 18. If you and he cannot come to an...

He is 18. If you and he cannot come to an agreement about house rules and respect, he can find his own place. That is a last resort, though, not a first step. What have you tried to help the...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   06-15-2016, 11:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 917
Posted By chickabiddy
Actually, I don't allow connected devices in the...

Actually, I don't allow connected devices in the bedroom at all. I guess where I'm coming from in this thread is if the OP is willing to allow the phone in the bedroom until 10pm, an extra hour would...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   06-14-2016, 03:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 917
Posted By chickabiddy
Okay. Again, I agree that your house, your rules....

Okay. Again, I agree that your house, your rules. But I don't quite understand this. If she turns the phone off at 11 and hands it to you and goes back to her room, why do you have to stay awake...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   06-14-2016, 12:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 917
Posted By chickabiddy
Parents do not have the right to determine what...

Parents do not have the right to determine what happens at the other parent's house. You are absolutely correct in that. But there is a difference between keeping the phone on until 11pm and playing...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-12-2016, 01:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,236
Posted By chickabiddy
Actually, the "crumple zones" in modern cars add...

Actually, the "crumple zones" in modern cars add to passenger safety. The big old steel-framed cars often transferred crash energy to the passengers. Modern cars are designed to absorb crash forces....
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-12-2016, 01:31 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,236
Posted By chickabiddy
I said this upthread, but any unbuckled passenger...

I said this upthread, but any unbuckled passenger becomes a projectile in a crash. Physics states that an object in motion stays in motion. A 120-pound person object at 40mph is definitely unsafe. An...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-11-2016, 03:17 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,236
Posted By chickabiddy
Yes, the ones who aren't still here can't speak...

Yes, the ones who aren't still here can't speak out. And speaking of statistics, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S....
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-06-2016, 03:14 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,236
Posted By chickabiddy
Never. Not only will he be extremely unsafe while...

Never. Not only will he be extremely unsafe while unrestrained, but in a crash he will become an airborne projectile and could kill you as well as himself.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-06-2016, 02:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,075
Posted By chickabiddy
It seems completely normal, though frustrating,...

It seems completely normal, though frustrating, to have one shirt be "neglected" over the course of a season. She may have liked it in the store but found that for some reason, it didn't feel good to...
Forum: Life With a Baby   06-06-2016, 10:47 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 751
Posted By chickabiddy
You don't believe the "stupid doctor" or the...

You don't believe the "stupid doctor" or the posters here telling you that the weight gain is within normal limits. It is not a concern if your child is smaller than average -- half the babies in the...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-05-2016, 09:37 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,075
Posted By chickabiddy
Firstly, you mentioned in another thread that...

Firstly, you mentioned in another thread that your daughter wears plus-size clothes. Those are in great demand in shelters and similar organizations and they would not be wasted if you chose to...
Forum: Life With a Baby   06-04-2016, 01:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 751
Posted By chickabiddy
I read that you think your wife's expressions of...

I read that you think your wife's expressions of anger towards you and her refusal to let baby play in the garbage may be hindering his development. While obviously it is better for baby to be in a...
Forum: Games   06-04-2016, 07:59 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,510
Posted By chickabiddy
Eh. I don't drink so it's a moot point for me,...

Eh. I don't drink so it's a moot point for me, personally. But I'm the only adult in the house. If I wanted a glass of wine with dinner or a beer out on the patio in the summer, which I think is...
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