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[ - ] talk me down off a ledge, please. I saw a news story about a little girl who had a white reflection instead of typical red-eye in a photograph and it wound up being cancer. I am NOT a hypocondriac, but several photos of my son have one pupil with a white reflection and I am freaking out... 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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[ - ] Poll: What is your HHI and about how much do you expect to spend on holiday gifts this year? 19 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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[ - ] If I am a twin, how are my chances of having twins myself? 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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if you are a fraternal twin, slightly higher than non-twin. if identical, identical chances as anyone else. [ Reply | More ]
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oh! I am fraternal.. going to the doctor to find this week... [ Reply | More ]
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do you have any indication you might be having twins (fertility treatments, high hcg beta?) or you just wondering? [ Reply | More ]
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Only is that we have alot of twins on my mother side and that I am older, but it happened natural. Just speculating : ) [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Please help! My 3 y-o daughter has become so defiant and disobedient, we honestly don't know what to do. We talk emphatically to her, give her time outs and she keeps running out of her corner - if I try to hold them, it becomes a wrestling match. She screams, hits me and basically goes berserk. I hold her hands and say 'we don't hit', but it does nothing to her, she keeps growing more histerical. She does a bit better with my hb, but only barely. Help!!! Is this a normal phase? Suggestions? What should we do differently? TIA. 8 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 11.29.08, 05:17 PM Flag
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sounds like a totally normal phase. sorry. so hard to live through.... it will pass. try distracting her rather than winning the argument -- there's no point to "winning" during this age/phase [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.29.08, 05:28 PM Flag
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go get Ames book - "Your three year old" All will be explained [ Reply | More ]
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Checking it out now - thanks both for your answers. Hopefully my child is not a sociopath in the making, as one book reviewer put it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.29.08, 05:33 PM Flag
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1. choose your battles. don't let everything be an argument. talk to your dh and decide on one or two behaviors that you are going to enforce. 2. get on the same page about how you'll enforce them and how you'll explain the issues to dc. If you can't come up with a legitimate reason for why that behavior is unacceptable, then there's no reason for her to follow it. you might want to try the SEA method (Statement "it's not ok to hit", Explanation "hitting can be dangerous", Alternative "ask for the toy back" or "tell a grownup" or "find another toy".) (and btw, when a child is hitting, don't say she can't hit b/c it hurts someone. the point is that she WANTS to hurt someone so that's not going to get her to stop). 3. there are two goals to a time out. one can be punitive (you disobeyed, now you can't be with everyone else. you didn't follow the "society's" rules so you are excommunicated from "society") and the other is to help the child calm down (kids can't calm themselves down. they need to be taught how to do so.) either way, i'd put dc in a room that has a door and you shut the door. hold it from the outside if you have to but do not speak to your dc while she's in there. when you put her in, tell her she can come out when she's ready to behave. and then wait for her to knock on the door and say she's ready to behave. [ Reply | More ]
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^^^ 3. there are two goals to a time out. one can be punitive (you disobeyed, now you can't be with everyone else. you didn't follow the "society's" rules so you are excommunicated from "society") and the other is to help the child calm down (kids can't calm themselves down. they need to be taught how to do so.) either way, i'd put dc in a room that has a door and you shut the door. hold it from the outside if you have to but do not speak to your dc while she's in there. when you put her in, tell her she can come out when she's ready to behave. and then wait for her to knock on the door and say she's ready to behave. [ Reply | More ]
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^^^one more thing i want to add about timeouts. you can explain to your child which type of timeout it was (either a gentle "you need to calm down. rest on your bed with your blanket or doll until you are ready to come and try again" or a firm "that is not allowed and you can not play in the room with everyone until you are ready to behave".) and the waiting for your dc to decide when to come out only works for a while. after that they catch on and come out in three seconds and they didn't learn the lesson at all. [ Reply | More ]
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She's 3. Read a good parenting book to talk you off the ledge and understand how normal this is. (Everyday Blessings by Jon Kabat Zinn is great, or How to Talk so Kids Will Listen, and Listen so Kids will Talk, or You Are Your Child's First Teacher) [ Reply | More ]
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Thanks for your advice. I had to drop from the conversation and was only able to come back days later. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] My husband and I have been talking about having a second child and I am really conflicted. Our son is 4 and I am not looking forward to to the prospect of starting over with changing diapers, not sleeping, etc. But I feel really guilty about my son not having a sibling. Is it a good enough reason to have a second child just for the sake of your first child? 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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nope. not in imo. you gotta want it for you. [ Reply | More ]
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well, there are several ways of looking at it. you won't ever regret having another. you will love #2 no matter what, just as much as #1. your reason is not a great one, but I'm sure many #2s were born with the same reasoning and their parents don't ever wonder why they had #2 when it comes. [ Reply | More ]
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NP This seems like very Pollyanna reasoning. Honestly, I think there are tons of parents who regret their second (first, third...) children based on how children are treated in our society. I love kids but there are some people who find the whole thing trying. [ Reply | More ]
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Not a good enough reason IMO either. No guarantee sibs will be close or even get along. I understand the guilty but the question you have to ask yourself is do YOU want another? [ Reply | More ]
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not imo. but your reasons not to aren't good enough either, imo. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Just found out I am pg. and I am very irritable, is this hormones? TIA> 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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[ - ] I received an automated phone call at 8pm last night from Oxford health insurance on behalf of a pharma corp to make sure my baby was up to date on vaccines. I thought this was super obnoxious. 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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[ - ] Gift ideas for DH step-sister... senior in high school, nerdy, bookish... under 50$... 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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how about movie tickets? [ Reply | More ]
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How about something from La Sport Sac - the high school girls seem to love LSS - and they do a nice job of wrapping so you don't have to go out and buy wrap, etc. They also love Coach, but you won't get much for under $50. You could also take some little things like Juicy Tubes lip gloss and have the store wrap it inside the gift. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Can't believe my Thanksgiving "break" turned out to be finally cleaning out and organizing the catch-all closet. I lead such an exciting life. 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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[ - ] DS's number was pulled in the lottery for the School at Columbia University. Any Moms on with DCs that go there? Anyone else know anything about the school? 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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[ - ] i just saw Fargo. am i the only one who thought that movie was big time disturbing? 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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equally disturbing. they are sick bros. [ Reply | More ]
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this is one of the funniest movies i have ever seen. i still remember laughing hysterically with my bff during it. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Just found out ILs are staying until TUESDAY. OMG OMG OMG!!! I'm dying of boredom. 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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