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Forum: The Childhood Years   06-29-2015, 11:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 286
Posted By Snydley
I follow the American Academy of Pediatrics...

I follow the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines and allow my 8yo to average of 2 hours of screen time a day. I think it's reasonable, allowing kids to watch/use screens, but only in...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   06-15-2015, 06:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 805
Posted By Snydley
This is spot on. This is not an...

This is spot on. This is not an oversimplification of the research into motivation at all.

I also don't see why it's 'cheating' if your son follows the rules for his age group. I'm sure he is...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   06-11-2015, 06:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 486
Posted By Snydley
If the dance school had clothing requirements (as...

If the dance school had clothing requirements (as I think my DD's did when she took a class around that age) I would tell her that if she didn't want to wear what they were asking of her, it's ok to...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-11-2015, 05:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 584
Posted By Snydley
It is important to be able to take criticism, but...

It is important to be able to take criticism, but it is equally important to be able to disregard absurdity. He's not with his peers when it comes to art? I would have a very hard time not laughing...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   06-10-2015, 12:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 920
Posted By Snydley
The last wedding I was at, I just looked at that...

The last wedding I was at, I just looked at that young smiling bride and thought, "oh honey, just wait..."

You MIL sounds like a typical wacko of the 'someone please pay attention to me, even if...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   06-05-2015, 06:44 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,404
Posted By Snydley
Hi- My suggestion is to seek help for anger...

Hi-
My suggestion is to seek help for anger management specifically. Rage, loss of control..it's far more common than you think. Adults with this problem often had a parent/caregiver who acted...
Forum: Education   05-28-2015, 05:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 637
Posted By Snydley
Hi- When I think of an ideal school day, it...

Hi-
When I think of an ideal school day, it would be an hour of science instruction, an hour of math instruction, and four hours of completely free self-directed learning. Kids of different ages...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   05-27-2015, 05:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 794
Posted By Snydley
I'm so sorry this happened; I feel so bad for all...

I'm so sorry this happened; I feel so bad for all of you.

My brother attempted suicide at 22 and was also in the ICU, then a month of lockdown in the mental ward. They overmedicate terribly I...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-20-2015, 05:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 828
Posted By Snydley
If the dog is young and doesn't have behavior...

If the dog is young and doesn't have behavior issues I would definitely re-home it because it will get placed quickly -there's usually a wait for smaller dogs at adoption places, at least where I...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   05-13-2015, 06:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 813
Posted By Snydley
Just want to second Linda's comment here and tell...

Just want to second Linda's comment here and tell you a bit about my DD in first grade (last year). Her worksheets were not 1/2 completed, they were largely not completed. She shoved them, blank,...
Forum: Potty Learning   04-08-2015, 05:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,196
Posted By Snydley
I feel your pain, really. I started PT with my...

I feel your pain, really. I started PT with my DD when she was 3 and, like you, tried everything. I purchased that 3 day method online, and that worked for peeing. Pooping she started to hold, and...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   04-05-2015, 06:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 904
Posted By Snydley
I'm finding your reaction to be extreme, and from...

I'm finding your reaction to be extreme, and from the little I know of the situation, I'm siding with your DH. As as pp said, this should be between your DH and your girls, not you, really. You are...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-27-2015, 06:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,246
Posted By Snydley
While I largely agree with everyone, I think it's...

While I largely agree with everyone, I think it's important to note the obsession with appearance/materialism that the media deliberately targets towards girls in order to lock them in as lifelong...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-12-2015, 04:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 224
Posted By Snydley
Hi- I can relate! When my DD was 4 I was...

Hi-
I can relate! When my DD was 4 I was driving myself nuts thinking about if I wanted another. I thought about it so much, surely it must mean that I did? Well, long story short, I realized...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   02-22-2015, 06:28 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 999
Posted By Snydley
I have a strong-willed, confident, extroverted,...

I have a strong-willed, confident, extroverted, independent child (she is now 7). I suppose I am lucky in that I was very similar as a child so I can understand what it is like to be her, and I also...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   02-15-2015, 10:29 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 573
Posted By Snydley
Hi- I didn't read all replies but just...

Hi-
I didn't read all replies but just wanted to make a few comments based on my experiences. When I was considering colleges as a high schooler (for a STEM degree) I was really fixated on going...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-12-2015, 07:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 164
Posted By Snydley
How much control does she have over her life? Do...

How much control does she have over her life? Do you have a lot of rules in your house? Does she get to pick her own clothes, how her room looks, does she have larger sections of time that are for...
Forum: Parenting   01-31-2015, 09:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 494
Posted By Snydley
She OP is asking how to make it easier to go into...

She OP is asking how to make it easier to go into a toy store. I am opposed to buying toys the majority of the time, and I have zero issues with my DD when I enter a toy store. Hence, the point.
Forum: Parenting   01-29-2015, 06:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 494
Posted By Snydley
The OP is talking about how to deal with going...

The OP is talking about how to deal with going into a toy store. When I say I've never bought her a toy 'just because' - it's because the concept of giving "stuff" to show you care about someone, as...
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-28-2015, 03:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 354
Posted By Snydley
Hi- In my opinion he is far too young for...

Hi-
In my opinion he is far too young for organized sports. For a 5yo, free/child-initiated play would be my #1 (http://www.mothering.com/forum/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) priority....
Forum: Parenting   01-28-2015, 03:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 494
Posted By Snydley
Hi- I've never had a problem in a toy store,...

Hi-
I've never had a problem in a toy store, Target, or anywhere else. My DD is 7. I've never bought her a toy in a store I don't think- ever. She gets gifts on Xmas and her birthday; she has...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   01-24-2015, 05:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 136
Posted By Snydley
Hi- I would suggest her to talk to her...

Hi-
I would suggest her to talk to her friend(s) in person (not via text). She should tell them how she feels! Who knows why the girl didn't answer her text. She needs the whole story - could...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   12-28-2014, 12:51 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,215
Posted By Snydley
I like this. It's controlling/setting limits...

I like this. It's controlling/setting limits your DC can live with because they feel fundamentally respected. I've seen, even with my young DD, that power struggles benefit no one.

Midnight...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   12-28-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,215
Posted By Snydley
I think you are packaging your parenting choices...

I think you are packaging your parenting choices as "giving them space to have a relationship" but it sounds like you exhibited quite controlling behavior to actively prevent them from having sex. ...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   12-28-2014, 07:18 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,215
Posted By Snydley
The behavior was definitely self-destructive and...

The behavior was definitely self-destructive and unsafe at times, and yes I do believe I did it to exert some control over my life due to my mother's firm hand. She was often not reasonable about...
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