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Forum: Single Parenting   12-05-2012, 09:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,216
Posted By ShadowMom
I empathize with your situation.  I have a...

I empathize with your situation.  I have a controlling ex, and have been divorced around 5 years now.
 
He is going to try to keep controlling your life.  He is going to be a pain.  
 
I have to...
Forum: Single Parenting   12-05-2012, 09:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 326
Posted By ShadowMom
How did *I* end it?   Well, it was time for...

How did *I* end it?
 
Well, it was time for the every-six-months "You need to try harder, you aren't living up to my expectations" talk that my husband would give me.  And I finally said, "If you...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   06-20-2011, 07:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 240
Posted By ShadowMom
My DS has used words that I consider...

My DS has used words that I consider inappropiate/divisive sometimes, like "idiot"... I think it was used to describe someone on tv, but I still don't care for the word.
 
I told him, "it's not ok...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   06-20-2011, 08:49 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,714
Posted By ShadowMom
Well, you weren't there so it's hard to address...

Well, you weren't there so it's hard to address behavior you didn't see for yourself.
 
For me personally, treatment of animals is a VERY big deal, just like treatment of humans, and I would have...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   06-20-2011, 08:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 690
Posted By ShadowMom
I don't get the whole forced apologies thing...

I don't get the whole forced apologies thing either.  I would have just apologized for her and gone on ("I'm sorry she did that.  It's not ok to hit people.")
 
Forced apologies are about power....
Forum: Gentle Discipline   06-20-2011, 08:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 861
Posted By ShadowMom
I'm the sort of person that I need a few moments...

I'm the sort of person that I need a few moments to myself if I start to lose my temper.  I explain as calmly as possible to my DS (7) that I need to be alone for a few minutes so that I can calm...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-20-2011, 08:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 349
Posted By ShadowMom
My little guy is 7 and a half years old and he's...

My little guy is 7 and a half years old and he's a bit nerdy, like his parents.  http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif  He's having some trouble relating to the kids he meets at...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   04-25-2011, 02:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 283
Posted By ShadowMom
My guy (sleeps by himself, and has for the last...

My guy (sleeps by himself, and has for the last several months now) is having a lot of trouble getting to sleep at night, and it's very upsetting for him.
 
I have shared custody of him, which...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   02-25-2011, 02:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,777
Posted By ShadowMom
Well, I have to say that when I find something...

Well, I have to say that when I find something new and fun that I'm interested in, there's generally a period near the beginning where I'm nearly obsessed with it, or at least VERY into it.
 
I...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-25-2011, 09:24 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,294
Posted By ShadowMom
I'll proffer that the problem you're having is...

I'll proffer that the problem you're having is not that your child won't eat vegetables.  It's that you have a lot of emotional investment in controlling of the actions of another person.
 
I...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-13-2011, 04:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 451
Posted By ShadowMom
Well, I'm all about not trying to control...

Well, I'm all about not trying to control someone's actions unless it's directly harmful and they need a boundary.  So I honestly wouldn't do anything.
 
I'd talk to my child afterward, though,...
Forum: Natural Body Care   10-05-2009, 11:47 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,876
Posted By ShadowMom
I got my Diva Cup a few weeks ago and am using...

I got my Diva Cup a few weeks ago and am using it today for the 2nd full day.

I am already so in love with it...

I am a fluffy mama and I have problems with pads because sometimes if I started...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-12-2009, 12:20 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,098
Posted By ShadowMom
Just wanted to let anyone know who is interested...

Just wanted to let anyone know who is interested that we are reading "My Father's Dragon" and it is a HUGE hit. I may go ahead and get the other two in the series.

I had NEVER heard of that book...
Forum: Life With a Baby   09-12-2009, 12:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 758
Posted By ShadowMom
ITA with the other mamas. My DS is 5.5 years old...

ITA with the other mamas. My DS is 5.5 years old now and I remember the days when he would only nap in arms so fondly. http://www.mothering.com/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif:

Babies are so hard,...
Forum: Parenting   08-21-2009, 05:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 601
Posted By ShadowMom
These are hilarious... My son's only...

These are hilarious...

My son's only mispronunciation that I can think of in relation to music is that he calls Michael Jackson "Michael Jackshon"....
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-21-2009, 05:00 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,098
Posted By ShadowMom
This is off the topic a bit, but have you other...

This is off the topic a bit, but have you other mamas had problems with these older fiction books having inappropriate content with them?

I was just curious because I picked up My Father's Dragon...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   08-20-2009, 05:55 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,236
Posted By ShadowMom
I think the problem is a lack of critical...

I think the problem is a lack of critical thinking skills. It's missing from many areas of human lives and many people simply don't have them.

That is one benefit of education - whether self...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   08-20-2009, 02:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 279
Posted By ShadowMom
I think you could adapt Alton Brown's couscous...

I think you could adapt Alton Brown's couscous pudding recipe, and make bulgur pudding...

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/a...ipe/index.html...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-20-2009, 02:11 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,098
Posted By ShadowMom
Quote: Originally Posted by zinemama...

Quote:
Originally Posted by zinemama http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/14262870)
Sorry, didn't mean to offend you! I do find...
Forum: Learning at School   08-20-2009, 01:09 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,303
Posted By ShadowMom
Quote: Originally Posted by reillys_mom...

Quote:
Originally Posted by reillys_mom http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/13817555)
This is a challenge and developmental...
Forum: Learning at School   08-20-2009, 12:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 8,777
Posted By ShadowMom
Not trying to hijack the thread, but these are...

Not trying to hijack the thread, but these are good suggestions. At my son's school, they take turns and provide snacks for a whole week at a time. I'm not used to that at all, so the snacks will...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   08-20-2009, 12:38 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,425
Posted By ShadowMom
I would not let the authors of that book...

I would not let the authors of that book discipline my cat, much less my child.
Forum: Gentle Discipline   08-20-2009, 12:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,274
Posted By ShadowMom
I am also in the camp of practicing my parenting...

I am also in the camp of practicing my parenting because it is what I feel is right, not necessarily because of an outcome.

I do think that we need to let go of the idea that we have control over...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   08-20-2009, 12:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,526
Posted By ShadowMom
I don't have that much new to add. If DS starts...

I don't have that much new to add. If DS starts acting bossy, I will say, "Are you remembering to not be bossy?" or "I don't like being bossed around. I need you to say that differently. Can you say...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-20-2009, 12:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,098
Posted By ShadowMom
Thanks for the suggestions! I went to the used...

Thanks for the suggestions! I went to the used book store and loaded up. My DS seems kind of torn on our reading, he will tell me he doesn't like it that much but then he insists on reading another...
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