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Forum: The Childhood Years   01-19-2016, 11:19 AM
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Great update!

Great update!
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-19-2016, 11:18 AM
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Posted By mnj77
Great update!

Great update!
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-11-2016, 01:47 PM
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Posted By mnj77
I think this is the root of your problem! You're...

I think this is the root of your problem! You're being way too hard on yourself. None of this is preventable. It's perfectly normal for your 2 year old to throw herself on the floor and for your 5...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   07-07-2015, 11:10 AM
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Views: 723
Posted By mnj77
This reminded me of a moment in my childhood. I...

This reminded me of a moment in my childhood. I was playing at a neighbor's and fell and scraped my knee. I picked myself up and continued playing for quite a while. When I went home, I burst in...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-03-2015, 04:00 PM
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Views: 1,457
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Can you go into the bank with him and find out...

Can you go into the bank with him and find out what the real story is? That would be my first step.
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-18-2015, 05:49 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,079
Posted By mnj77
If you don't like kids you shouldn't be marrying...

If you don't like kids you shouldn't be marrying someone who is responsible for one. If you are serious about changing your attitude, then I think you need to forget about your happiness for the time...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-18-2015, 04:19 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,079
Posted By mnj77
You have pointed this out repeatedly, but you...

You have pointed this out repeatedly, but you should not remain with this man unless you are willing to make a lifetime, full-time commitment to step-mothering this child with your whole heart. His...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-18-2015, 03:23 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,079
Posted By mnj77
I hope you'll let your boyfriend read this. He...

I hope you'll let your boyfriend read this. He has the right to be fully informed of the value you place on his son's happiness before he commits to you.
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-11-2014, 05:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 780
Posted By mnj77
Yep, DD started daycare in the January right...

Yep, DD started daycare in the January right before she turned two and it was the worst winter ever! I was sick over and over all winter. She actually didn't seem to get as sick as I did. In any...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-04-2014, 09:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 745
Posted By mnj77
I think you need to appreciate that you and SD's...

I think you need to appreciate that you and SD's dad have been instrumental in introducing this topic into SD's life. Her mom and dad once were together and now they are not, you've been introduced...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-30-2014, 12:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 587
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I read somewhere (Happiest Toddler on the Block...

I read somewhere (Happiest Toddler on the Block maybe?) that to stop tantrums you need two ingredients: you have to convince the kid that the tantrum isn't worth it, and the kid needs to be...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   09-14-2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 763
Posted By mnj77
I think you can be honest with her - sometimes...

I think you can be honest with her - sometimes there isn't time to discuss feelings and you can't always make things instantly palatable no matter what you say. The fact that you're trying will have...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-16-2014, 06:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,223
Posted By mnj77
I would focus more on how my daughter can...

I would focus more on how my daughter can tactfully handle this situation in the future. I know a few adults who don't like to be wrong and will argue with you till they're blue in the face. I...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-16-2014, 11:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 753
Posted By mnj77
You say he's a little anxious - I wonder if he's...

You say he's a little anxious - I wonder if he's shutting down in response to your anxiety about him not being able to do things. I would disengage and try not to care if he ties his shoes or opens...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   03-01-2014, 01:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 452
Posted By mnj77
I think you need to change the power dynamic....

I think you need to change the power dynamic.  It kind of sounds like your dd is a mini Marie Antoinette, holding court over your whole family.  If my DD speaks rudely to her dad, I would say...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   03-01-2014, 12:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 796
Posted By mnj77
Could you set up a private consultation or phone...

Could you set up a private consultation or phone call with the doctor and see if they think it's within the range of normal and where you go from here?  It seems like she needs some assistance with...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-01-2014, 10:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 452
Posted By mnj77
I would chat with the teacher and tell her that...

I would chat with the teacher and tell her that your daughter is struggling with some social dynamics in the classroom.  How are girls going to learn other ways of interacting if no one tells them...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-22-2014, 02:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 774
Posted By mnj77
I don't know if they would be too girlish, but...

I don't know if they would be too girlish, but my DD loved the Big Apple Barn series and I was really impressed with the thoughtfulness of the (animal) characters.  They're about horses, and have no...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   01-07-2014, 12:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 427
Posted By mnj77
I only have one so take my thoughts with a grain...

I only have one so take my thoughts with a grain of salt, but what about pointing out to him that people gave him a lot of grace and patience when he was a baby, and it would be nice if he passed...
Forum: The Childhood Years   12-18-2013, 04:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 371
Posted By mnj77
First, I would get him tested for a urinary...

First, I would get him tested for a urinary tract infection.  My dd had one once - she didn't seem to be in any pain but was doing a lot of "dribbling."  I felt terrible when it was finally...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   12-16-2013, 07:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 865
Posted By mnj77
Maybe this will be an unpopular opinion, but I...

Maybe this will be an unpopular opinion, but I think it's ok to make a peaceful home your first priority and work on housekeeping skills later.  I'm a pretty messy person myself though.  I would...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   12-16-2013, 07:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 383
Posted By mnj77
I would definitely honor and try her idea....

I would definitely honor and try her idea.  Sometimes we all need external motivation.  Just make it really specific and short in duration - "That's a great idea!  Let's try it for a week and see if...
Forum: The Childhood Years   12-09-2013, 04:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 637
Posted By mnj77
I've tried to tell my DD Santa isn't real at...

I've tried to tell my DD Santa isn't real at least twice, and she doesn't believe me!  The first time she was 4 or 5 and upset bc her friend got a letter from Santa and she didn't.  I told her it...
Forum: Learning at School   11-27-2013, 09:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 682
Posted By mnj77
For a perspective on immersion program...

For a perspective on immersion program homework, DD is in 1st grade in Mandarin immersion.  She has a packet of two double sided pages due on Monday, Weds. and Friday.  One page is Chinese and there...
Forum: Learning at School   11-14-2013, 10:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 881
Posted By mnj77
DD (1st grade) is in her fourth year in a full...

DD (1st grade) is in her fourth year in a full Mandarin immersion program and we love it!  I actually don't even really notice anymore that they're working in another language - it just seems...
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