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Forum: The Childhood Years   09-18-2014, 12:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 308
Posted By Letitia
We use similar dose with our kids (6 and 7)...

We use similar dose with our kids (6 and 7) sporadically. It is natural, but it's a hormone. Most hormones have complicated actions in the body. Honestly, all the safety data is short-term. If...
Forum: Life With a Baby   09-17-2014, 11:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,192
Posted By Letitia
My daughter never did tummy time. She learned to...

My daughter never did tummy time. She learned to flip to her back pretty young, and then it was like trying to set a cat down on its back - she would be twisting back over to her back just as we set...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   09-17-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 597
Posted By Letitia
In my state kids could receive EI (Early...

In my state kids could receive EI (Early Intervention free services for kids under 3) and Child Find (kids 3 and up) services in a private preschool. Ours was also a church based preschool and they...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   09-17-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 337
Posted By Letitia
We always gave anybody who would come in contact...

We always gave anybody who would come in contact with our kids a warning and choice to opt out, even if it was only one with a sniffle. Some people just did't want to deal with it, and I felt it was...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-16-2014, 04:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 342
Posted By Letitia
Pranava, I am no expert in the world of...

Pranava, I am no expert in the world of "giftedness" but my daughter was "diagnosed" as gifted during the neuropsych testing she had for her ADHD diagnosis. That testing would have been grueling if...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-16-2014, 03:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 520
Posted By Letitia
So is your question if there is something wrong...

So is your question if there is something wrong with your son?

I think that's totally going to depend on your values. I have never heard that cross-dressing at any age is associated with...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-15-2014, 09:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 318
Posted By Letitia
Novus, the kid I was in the past really feels for...

Novus, the kid I was in the past really feels for your son. I remember a grinding, suffocating boredom that started in kindergarten. I used to pretend I was sick every morning. I don't think I...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-13-2014, 07:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 331
Posted By Letitia
I also think you handled it well. If your son...

I also think you handled it well. If your son were also 4, I wouldn't have made a big deal about it at all. But given the age gap, there's a very uneven power dynamic. I was not sexually assaulted...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-13-2014, 07:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 520
Posted By Letitia
Tonight, we went to dinner at the home of old...

Tonight, we went to dinner at the home of old friends, and my son out of the blue decided he wanted to wear one of his sister's dresses. He's 6, she's 7. I stifled my "You can't do that!" initial...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-12-2014, 02:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 304
Posted By Letitia
Could he have what here they call "night...

Could he have what here they call "night terrors?" That's a horrible name for it because it doesn't really describe what happens. For us, it was like having an upset zombie in the house. My son...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-11-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 253
Posted By Letitia
I think it's actually really common for kids to...

I think it's actually really common for kids to get amped up and crazy when tired. Both ours do. We have a very set bedtime routine that we really, really try to stick to unless it's a very special...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-02-2014, 07:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 725
Posted By Letitia
Where do you find foreign language cartoons? ...

Where do you find foreign language cartoons?

I really liked PP's comment about doing things so screen time doesn't become total disconnect from people time. Our kids do their "movie night"...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-02-2014, 03:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,680
Posted By Letitia
Hmm, Tigerle, come to think of it maybe I wrote...

Hmm, Tigerle, come to think of it maybe I wrote too cavalierly. I still remember some haunting scenes I read.

I experience re-reading as a really different experience than the first time. I...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-02-2014, 02:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 255
Posted By Letitia
My kids are growing up differently (showered with...

My kids are growing up differently (showered with gifts as the first/only grandchildren of oldish grandparents), but I was raised much as PP's: simple good-quality toys for creative play that...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-02-2014, 02:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 832
Posted By Letitia
It's a constant conversation with my partner...

It's a constant conversation with my partner about both our kids (DD 7, ADHD/gifted, DS 6 no official diagnosis of anything but a challenging and probably gifted kid). We have sought help for my...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   09-01-2014, 07:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 445
Posted By Letitia
We have done professional trades. My partner is...

We have done professional trades. My partner is a PT, and we have twice traded her services for services for our DD, including for some of DD's speech therapy. That was after we met and knew the...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   08-30-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 445
Posted By Letitia
Have you looked into what it would actually cost...

Have you looked into what it would actually cost locally? We did not pay $20K total. It was not an insubstantial amount, but not that much. When you're on the other side of it and things have gone...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-29-2014, 07:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 348
Posted By Letitia
My kids fight, but I'm not sure that all fighting...

My kids fight, but I'm not sure that all fighting is necessarily sibling rivalry. In our case, I think a lot of it is an extension of the worst of my son's behavior with other kids because it's his...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   08-25-2014, 12:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 780
Posted By Letitia
Makes sense about the paper trail, but what are...

Makes sense about the paper trail, but what are you going to do with it? Do you have a plan of who would see it?

Most schools have some sort of administrative summer hours. Does yours? If you...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-24-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 725
Posted By Letitia
I'm pretty anti-screen. Our television wasn't...

I'm pretty anti-screen. Our television wasn't hooked up to anything that would work with it except a DVD player until this past Olympics, when we got a converter box. Our kids are now 6 and 7. I...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-23-2014, 11:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 557
Posted By Letitia
Personally, I'd go with the harness. I would...

Personally, I'd go with the harness. I would hate to give up the outside world, but you can't give up safety.

I know there are several times when I did things that we never thought we'd do to...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-19-2014, 09:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 366
Posted By Letitia
I have that. I got to listen to two dentists...

I have that. I got to listen to two dentists talk about how each would cut it as if I weren't there when I was 7. Somehow, neither way happened and I still have it. No problem for me at all. My...
Forum: The Case Against Circumcision   08-17-2014, 10:33 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,303
Posted By Letitia
Observe other boys that age. Most of them grab...

Observe other boys that age. Most of them grab or rub their penises a lot. Why would a kid not, unless he had fully ingrained the societal taboo? I don't think many of them do by 5-1/2.
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   08-15-2014, 08:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 516
Posted By Letitia
Linda, that is beautiful: ok is really a very...

Linda, that is beautiful: ok is really a very big place.
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-15-2014, 08:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 430
Posted By Letitia
WaturMama - I am too! It's not that I am...

WaturMama - I am too! It's not that I am confused about which direction I mean. I see things very clearly in my head. I just often get the words crossed.

What I wish is that we lived on a...
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