I know that everyone has a pet peeve where they live....what's yours?
I have tons...but right now the one that bugs me is the rising cost of rent. I don't understand how landlords expect us to be able to live. This is a provincial problem but very widespread in our city. There is such a great job market but our minumum wage is still the lowest in Canada!! I could talk forever on this topic....
I have a friend with a 7 year old daughter, and she is turning her into a little woman. Make up, provocative clothes the lot. And she is obsessed with all the kids in our group wanting her " as the princess" or "I´m the prettiest" and her behaviour drives me nuts. Now she has started following my son around, who is also 7, and telling him that he loves her and she is his girlfriend! He´s bemused to say the least. And to quote him " she doesn´t ever want to climb trees or do anything fun". Too frightened to chip the nail polish I expect.
Why can´t people let little girls be girls?? I know I only have boys, but is this normal for girl behaviour???
And do we just ignore it? My son really doesn´t like playing with her at the moment, as it leaves him uncertain of how he feels.
My daughter is always wanting to grow up really fast too. I think it is the society that it is today. Seven seems so young for that! I think there is way too much pressure on them to grow up. Why can't they just be able to be girls? At eleven I was still playing school...
I have this problem with my son. He eats tons of snacks all day. Not junk food but cereal and sandwiches...that type of thng. And then when supper is put in front of him he won't eat. Like tonight for instance...I made him speghetti...it is only the two of this week...and he wouldn't eat it. But he had two bowls of cereal just before that. So then a while later he wanted a sandwich. I told him I would make him a sandwich right after he ate his supper. Well his supper is still sitting out and he hasn't had the sandwich.
Don´t get too hung up on it. As long as he is eating and eating fairly well. Sandwiches can be nutritious, watch the high fat fillings though. Sometimes kids like to use food as an area to get attention, they know it is important to mom to see them eat well, and it is a really easy way to get you to sit up and pay attention.
I can´t really offer tips, my boys are both very good eaters, but only support.And try to gradually cut down on the snacks. If their stomachs get full there is no way they will eat at mealtimes.
I would love tips in this area. My oldest makes dinner an issue every night. She refuses to eat, then wants to nibble afterwards. Last night, we refused to give her anything but her dinner... which she finally ate eagerly right before bedtime. It's a constant battle, though, even when I serve her favorites!
My daughter is like that. We don't let her eat anything until dinner. She likes to fill up beforehand, or refuse dinner and then ask for snacks afterwards. We finally started saying eat dinner or eat nothing, especially if we know it's something she likes.
I let my kids play in the back yard of the complex to play with the kids back there. When I go back to check on the kids or to get them the other mom's look at me like I am a worthless mom. I hate that feeling but I am not going to sit outside all day with my kids when I have to work and I would just be there to watch them. MY daughter is 11 and quite capable to take care of my son.
It´s different here in Spain, everyone lets their kids play out and mine at 5 and 7 are allowed to play on the land opposite our house. I can see them from the house but they love that bit of freedom. People are too keen to keep their kids under their control, but you have to let them learn on their own. Ignore the neighbours, as long as you are happy that they are safe and not in any danger, let them go.
How stupid! People are so quick to judge!!! Forget her. An 11-year-old is pretty capable.
How come it seems that husbands can never be happy with what you do? There is always something that bugs them about the house or finances. I am personally sick of having to always think about these things. I just wish I could be like him and just work and then come home and watch tv and not worry about how the kids are and how I need to take care of them. I am really glad my husband works...it just makes me upset sometimes.
Not all husbands are perfect then?? They just seem to want everything done and expect it to be done because they work away from the home. Sometimes I would do anything to trade places with him and be the one that works. But then reality sets in and I realize that there is no way I would be able to keep up with that pace.
Basically men seem to be able to focus on one thing at a time. My husband admits this is the case, and says he could never work from home with the kids in the background.
But I must be lucky, he is great at the ironing and even though he works away all week, he will still lend a hand at home. I guess he got fed up wearing my version of crumpled clothes!
Still, I find it takes him ages to get round to doing anything and often do things myself just to get it out the way.
He can be in the same room as the kids whilst they are up to mischief, and still not notice!!
And at times I think he doesn´t appreciate how lucky he is... when we moved to Spain guess who learnt Spanish and now deals with everything, whilst he just about manages " Dos cervezas" at the bar!! He has no inclination to do it, and now has the ideal excuse - he can´t understand!
Ah well, at the end of the day I´d rather be here than anywhere else!
Being a full-time mom is the best job I've ever had; I really love spending most of my time teaching Kieran cool things every day. I don't spend all my time doing the things that my husband's mother did (keeping a perfect house while Brian vegged in front of the tv). I basically spend the minimal amount of time to keep a clean and healthy home. It really sucks when Brian comes home from work and complains that he works all day to pay for our house, and it looks like crap because there is a pile of unopened mail on the kitchen counter and toys on the coffee table where he wants to set his beer. He doesn't even show interest or pleasure in what I accomplished, as if our kid would learn how to write his name from Sponge Bob so I could clean house all day. He complains about how it's all on him to pay the bills and we'd have so much more money if I got a full time job. But then, if he were to get what he wants, half my salary would go to child care and the other half would go to a maid service! I've always been a clutter freak, and for some reason Brian thought that I would change my cluttered ways once I became a "homemaker"! Ridiculous. I mean, the house isn't even in terrible shape, we aren't ashamed to have people over. But I'm never going to live up to the super-perfect standards that my mother-in-law set.
I really hate hearing the criticism... and I think it goes both ways. I really try to avoid nit-picking since I hate hearing it, but it is tough. Sometimes I am just in a MOOD and do it anyway...
So I have a new thing to talk to about...death threats in schools. In my other rant I was saying how there was a death threat in my daughters school Friday. So I didn't send her to school that day. I send her back to school thinking it was a fluke thing and it wouldn't happen again. But when my daughter came home there was a note that she got that there was another death threat for April 30. They have been doing a good job explaining it to the kids but frankly it freaks me out. When will it be safe for me not to worry at her school? Do I even let her go back? Do I transfer her?
I'm a little upset today. My daughter comes home from school yesterday and she tells me there were death threats at her school. She doesn't show me the official letter from the school until right before she goes to bed. It tells what's going on and that the police are around and that it will be safe for them to go to school, nut if we want we can keep them at home.
I really didn't think about it, until my husband said he saw it on the news. The threat was originally for yesterday or today. They said they were taking care of it. But I don't really want to take the chance. So I made sure to keep my daughter home.
I just don't know what this world is coming too. First what happened on Monday and then today is 8 years since Columbine. THe world is getting scary. Do we all have to stay in our houses scared to be safe?
It is crazy what things have come to. Why do we even have to worry about such things. When I was a kid we never even thought of such things like somebody coming in the school and shooting us. We worried about bombs and tornados. There is nothing like worry about those little things when there is so much more to worry about.
I have talked to alot of people about what's going on. Most people with no children say it's the parents fault. The parents say that we should do what we can to keep the kids safe. I think as a parent you wonder what you can say to your child. There is only so much you can say to them when you ask them what's wrong. I get the answers "I don't know," or "Nothing." They should have more discussions at school about talking to others about what's bugging them....
> I just don't know what this world is coming too. First what happened on Monday and then today is 8 years since Columbine. THe world is getting scary. Do we all have to stay in our houses scared to be safe?
It is ridiculous that we even have to worry about such things. I can understand why you kept your daughter home. I would be a nervous wreck in your situation. Plus, with the way the administrators mishandled the Virginia Tech shooting by not closing class and notifying students... it's hard to trust that a school will really do the right thing!
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