Do you send $$ with your child when you know another parent is taking them to the fair or other activity and if so what is the $used for? For example is the money only for toys your child wants? And if your child doesn't spend all the money do you expect it back when you pick them up? Or do you expect this extra cash will have gone for entry fees, food etc...
Any parents of only children or an only child themselves out there? I never imagined that I would only have one child but as the days pass, the thought of “starting over” makes me want to sob hysterically. I wouldn’t say my daughter is/was a bad baby but she most certainly is not easy-going by any means. We’ve had a horrible time with sleep, I haven’t slept in over a year and she really is the ... More
Parents/families that feel they own public places.... like parks and playgrounds. Recently had a family try to bully myself and my children because they “were there first”, and “we come here more often.” I was so furious I barely handled the situation. Say what you will to me, but being condescending, with snide attitudes with my children will not fly. What would you do in that instance? H... More
We love our daycare - they adore our little one, she adores them, and she is learning and developing and socializing so, so well. What are people's favorite ways to show appreciation? There are several ladies who care for our little one (with two main ladies).
Incredibly sad and terrifying at the same time. If only we could get rid of a lot of laws and start being decent to each other again. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/27/opinion/sunday/motherhood-in-the-age-of-fear.html
I need your advice, virtual hugs and support before I snap at somebody... Every morning I go on a fast paced walk with my 14 month old in the stroller and my two well behaved dogs. It doesn't fail that at least one person will make a comment about me having my hands full, buying a busy lady, and other variations of the same comment. WTF! This makes me feel bad, self-conscious and uncomfo... More
This is far in my future but I was wondering how do you talk with daughters as they get older about different styles of dress. I'm of the mindset that girls should wear what they want (no bodyshaming) but should also be aware of the reactions the world may have to their choices. Most of these reactions aren't their problem and they're not to blame but seems like being proactive and ... More
To parents of toddlers, what do you do when your kid is playing with something and another kid snatches it from your kid and the other parent either doesn’t see or doesn’t say anything? This happened today and I stood back to let my kid try and figure it out. He was definitely taken aback and a little upset but he didn’t say anything and eventually picked up a different toy. I’m glad he didn... More
A mom friend of mine is a hardcore minimalist and she just shared this post about managing toy creep. She has — brace for it — only TWELVE toys for her 2 kids. 12 toys in TOTAL. I have 12 toys under my couch right now. I especially love this part: "So how do we make up for the lack of toys? Here's our secret... we go out. A LOT. As a family. To kid-friendly places like zoos, aquari... More
Parents! What “family” policies do you want to see nationally and/or state-wide? What policies exist in your states that you think could/should be rolled out nationally? (California has a family leave act right?) Here are some things I’ve collected from my dad groups: This nation should have at minimum 6 weeks of paid leave for ALL parents, Mother, father, and adoptive parents. A clause fo... More
I found this thought-provoking and reassuring. I'm definitely the "soft" parent and I worry sometimes that I'm not "consistent" enough with rules, etc. But, as this points out, behavior issues aren't always straight-forward, and it's okay to take a gentle approach and address things on a situation-by-situation basis. "What if a child has good reason for... More
I know babies are cute and always seem to grab people’s attention but, what are your thoughts and feelings on when strangers come up to your baby and touch them or play with them? The other day I was in line at the grocery store holding my 9 month old son in my arms and a lady came right up to us and held my son’s hand and let him grab her face. I wasn’t sure what to do..but she was definitel... More
We just spent last night in the ER bc our oldest cut her upper eyelid/eyebrow which they, thankfully, only had to glue. Is it crazy that, while the 1st priority is their health and safety, you want there to be something for the Drs to do so as to not be a waste of time and effort?
...A phrase that I heard growing up often. I was never allowed to leave the table until I drank my gigantic glass of milk, or ate every parcel of food on my plate. Now I despise milk, and have an unhealthy habit of overeating. My husband and I often talk about what we will enforce as parents, and what we will be relaxed on. I would hate to implement those same tactics as my parents did on me.... More
I went looking for info on this subject as it’s coming up for me again lately. Pregnancy and childbirth were difficult in pretty straightforward ways, but there are some other triggers coming up as I parent my kids who are slightly older now. I thought this might be helpful for others too. http://themamabeareffect.org/parenting-as-a-survivor.html