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Forum: Gentle Discipline   11-01-2011, 03:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,291
Posted By heartmama
Lots of supervision and extra attention and...

Lots of supervision and extra attention and cuddles. This is totally normal and getting punitive won't eliminate the behavior. Keep an eye on him near the baby, give him lots of positive instruction...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   11-01-2011, 03:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 231
Posted By heartmama
You could try picking up with him. Or he may...

You could try picking up with him. Or he may need more positive when/then guidance too? You could also time your request so that it is more likely to be accepted--just until you get him in the habit...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   11-01-2011, 03:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 497
Posted By heartmama
Good for you!!

Good for you!!
Forum: Parenting   04-08-2011, 09:54 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,241
Posted By heartmama
I just want to disagree with the statements that...

I just want to disagree with the statements that imply intent does not matter, rules are rules. This is definitely not the way the real world works. Intent is very important in a legal sense....
Forum: Pets   03-30-2011, 08:48 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,458
Posted By heartmama
You can google gender online and sex the cat...

You can google gender online and sex the cat pretty easily if it is an adult. I don't think it is THAT difficult, unless you are dealing with a young kitten. There IS a difference, just google it...
Forum: Pets   03-30-2011, 08:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 598
Posted By heartmama
My advice if you keep them outside is in line...

My advice if you keep them outside is in line with the previous post--they need a large enclosed and very well build play area with a separate sleep "hutch" and you need to get at LEAST two...
Forum: Pets   03-16-2011, 04:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 213
Posted By heartmama
This sounds a bit obvious, but after years of...

This sounds a bit obvious, but after years of reading the indoor/outdoor cat debates I finally just started taking my cats outside into the fenced yard for supervised hour long play times each...
Forum: Pets   03-16-2011, 04:32 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,458
Posted By heartmama
I've known 3 ferals that all became happy indoor...

I've known 3 ferals that all became happy indoor only cats. Far from being miserable they seem so blissed out to finally have food, warmth, and comfort they hardly ever ask to go outdoors--and they...
Forum: Pets   03-16-2011, 09:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 400
Posted By heartmama
If she wants to adopt him I'd let her. Better...

If she wants to adopt him I'd let her. Better for the dog, better for everyone involved. Other than sadness over seeing him go, I don't really see the dilemma here. The dog is clearly happier in a...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   03-14-2011, 08:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,024
Posted By heartmama
I would make therapy your priority right now....

I would make therapy your priority right now. You really sound overwhelmed by both your living situation but especially your own health issues.
 
Although it is very hard to parent effectively in...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   02-27-2011, 09:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 698
Posted By heartmama
I would draw the line at physical discipline or...

I would draw the line at physical discipline or shaming/screaming at the child. But I think for that to work they must feel that other discipline solutions are acceptable, because it is their home,...
Forum: Pets   02-24-2011, 11:26 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,780
Posted By heartmama
  Quote: My very first cat was given up by...


Quote: My very first cat was given up by their owners because she scratched their 2-year-old son after the parents let him play with her like she was a stuffed toy  and when she struck back in...
Forum: Pets   02-24-2011, 09:08 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,586
Posted By heartmama
On the one hand I don't think any animal as...

On the one hand I don't think any animal as intelligent as a cat can feel totally satisfied never, ever, EVER seeing the outside of a house. I can't imagine a dog living like that, or any highly...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   02-21-2011, 04:50 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 13,954
Posted By heartmama
Dh suspected before I did. I took a test and he...

Dh suspected before I did. I took a test and he was right!
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   02-21-2011, 01:07 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,293
Posted By heartmama
Based on the clips she seems like a totally...

Based on the clips she seems like a totally typically 3 year old to me. She comes across as very bright and expressive and happy. I thought she was quite a wonderful little conversationalist! She...
Forum: Parenting   02-21-2011, 11:04 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,496
Posted By heartmama
There is really no shortage of cultural examples...

There is really no shortage of cultural examples illustrating kids growing up financially and socially oriented to their parents and extended family, and this resulting in desirable qualities such...
Forum: Pets   02-21-2011, 09:53 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,780
Posted By heartmama
Border collies are one of the most demanding...

Border collies are one of the most demanding dogs out there in terms of needing mental and physical stimulation. They are definitely not a dog that will ever be happy being separated from their pack...
Forum: Pets   02-14-2011, 11:00 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,124
Posted By heartmama
Hmmm....well at least now you know she is not...

Hmmm....well at least now you know she is not confused by the towel, she is just not associating the litter pan as her exclusive toilet. Maybe the sleeping towel should be put back, so that she...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   02-14-2011, 09:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 896
Posted By heartmama
I definitely would not have made my son go, at...

I definitely would not have made my son go, at that age or any age, if he was that upset, unless I was so incapacitated that staying home could jeapardize his safety. ESPECIALLY because my son's...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   02-11-2011, 08:56 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 269
Posted By heartmama
This thread has been temporarily removed pending...

This thread has been temporarily removed pending moderator review
Forum: Gentle Discipline   02-11-2011, 08:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,092
Posted By heartmama
Effective discipline is inextricably linked to...

Effective discipline is inextricably linked to the quality of the parent/child relationship.
 
You recognize that you have not bonded well with your daughter, harbor strong negative feelings...
Forum: Pets   02-11-2011, 08:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 598
Posted By heartmama
You went to a responsible shelter and I am happy...

You went to a responsible shelter and I am happy to hear of the rules they enforced.
 
I am impressed that you came here to find out more and strongly encourage you to educate yourself regarding...
Forum: Pets   02-10-2011, 06:57 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,124
Posted By heartmama
In the wild a rabbit digs a warren, and inside...

In the wild a rabbit digs a warren, and inside it is a specific "room" for toileting. The only other time I've seen rabbits toilet outside their 'secret spot' is males dropping poop marbles to mark...
Forum: Pets   02-09-2011, 02:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,124
Posted By heartmama
Okay. I just re-read the dimensions of the cage....

Okay. I just re-read the dimensions of the cage. That is a really small cage. She is a baby so I know she is small too, but I have litter boxes that size! How big is the litter box inside the cage?...
Forum: Pets   02-09-2011, 02:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,124
Posted By heartmama
Okay so if I understand you right she is always...

Okay so if I understand you right she is always peeing ON something at this point, like a fabric, towel, or blanket. Is this right?
 
Has she ever peed straight onto the plastic floor leaving just...
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