We want to get a dog for the kids. We found 2 Chocolate Labs on Petfinder.com and we went and got them yesterday. They are really sweet, but we think we're going to have to take them back though. They were born in January and are already huge! They already weigh over 60 pounds and will continue to grow. If they could knock us over when just playing, I can only imagine what they would do to our babies! The kids weren't home last night (they spent the night with their grandparents) so they haven't seen them yet.
Can any of you guys reccommend a good kid friendly pet that doesn't bark a lot? We don't really want a small dog- I guess maybe a medium sized one?View Thread
This is about my 14 month old, but maybe some of you have some experience dealing with this. Whenever he gets mad or you tell him no he immediately tries to bite whatever is in front of him (toys, chair, people, himself...) or he will try to pull your hair. I know it's because he can't communicate his feelings but I don't know how to get him to stop! It doesn't help that he doesn't say any words yet either. I never had this problem with my almost 3 year old (in 2 weeks!). They are totally different in every way. DS1 is so laid back and easy going but DS2 is wild and very curious! He gets into everything and is very stubborn!View Thread
My SO and I are separating We have two boys (one who is almost 3 and the other just turned 1). My SO decided 2 weeks ago that he wasn't happy and that he didn't love me and he was done trying. It is very painful, but I am trying to hold it together around the boys.
We lived rent free in a house owned by his parents. The boys each have their own room. His parents advised us to keep the boys there every night so they can have the stability of their own beds and we would switch off every night. I guess this sounds better than it works. I would love for my boys to be able to sleep in their own beds every night, but it is just too painful for me to be in that house full of so many memories.
We both love our boys very much and we can't stand to be away from them but we have to figure out another way. I am going to get an apartment somewhere nearby I guess (even though the closest ones are not in good neighborhoods). I know I am going to struggle with bills and everything, but it's better than staying somewhere different every other night. I wanted my boys to grow up in a home with two loving parents, but I guess they will just have to have two homes with one loving parent in each.View Thread
Over the past few weeks my DS (he turns 3 in July) has had this really bad attitude and has started hitting. He has always been such a good kid and has always minded. Here lately whenever I tell him to do something he will tell me "No!" and when he gets mad he has started kicking and trying to slap me or pull my hair. He did this yesterday during church and it was so embarassing. I had to take him outside and talk to him. But it didn't really work, he still did it again. And it doesn't help when my mom and grandma are telling me to spank him. Time outs have always worked so far. I just want to nip this behavior in the bud before it gets way out of control and before his little brother starts copying him!View Thread
My son will be 3 in July and he is going through a little bit of the same thing. He has always been a pretty good kid but here lately he has been throwing more fits and even trying to hit me when he is upset. I think it's just a stage they are going through and are getting frustrated when they can't communicate exactly how they want to. I think the key is to remain consistent. He gets immediate time out for hitting (no warning). If he is screaming or throwing a fit then I let him be for a minute and when I come back to him I make him look me in the eyes. I tell him his behaviour is not very nice and I try to figure out what it is that's bothering him. If it's because I have told him no for something then I explain to him the reason why and try to divert his attention to something else. If he keeps throwing fits and is really cranky then I know it's because he is tired and probably didn't get his nap out all the way. This seems to be happening a lot at daycare these days. He has been sleeping in more in the mornings with his daddy and it takes him longer to fall asleep at naptime at daycare.View Thread
I have found that when my almost 3 year old wakes up in the middle of the night crying like that we wait a few minutes to see if he is going to fall back asleep on his own. If he doesn't then all we do is go into his room and pull his covers back over him and rub his back for like 20 seconds. Then we say "night-night" and walk out of the room. Unless he is sick he will stop crying and go back to sleep. I think it's because he is not all the way awake when he does this. He has never woke his little brother up from crying and their rooms are across the hall from each other.View Thread
At one of my baby showers my mother had me walk around with a tray with a bunch of baby items on it. Everyone focused on the tray and when I left the room instead of asking what was on the tray she asked them things about what I was wearing or how I had my hair and etc. It threw everybody for a loop because they were concentrating on the tray. It was pretty fun. Lol.View Thread
My oldest doesn't turn 3 until July, but I know where you are coming from because I also have a 9 month old. The boys are 21 1/2 months apart. The first few months were the hardest. It was very overwhelming in the beginning and very exhausting. It took awhile for everyone to get used to having a new baby around and for us to develop new routines. Now things are starting to go more smoothly- especially since DS2 started crawling and is able to feed himself some. The boys do fight a little bit (like when DS2 tries to play with DS1's toys...) but they usually get along okay.
Anyway, what I was trying to say as that the first few months are definitely the hardest. I think things should ease up for you pretty soon. Especially when your youngest starts to hit some milestones. We all feel overwhelmed sometimes. No one is a perfect parent. You just do the best you can and never be afraid to ask for a little help ever once in awhile. That's what family and friends are there for! I would go crazy if the grandparents didn't come get the kids ever once in awhile! Hope you feel better soon!View Thread
My son is only 2 1/2 but when we were Christmas shopping with my mom he heard her call me by my name, so he started yelling my name too. I told him that he was only allowed to call me Mommy because I was his mommy. He didn't really do it anymore after that. But then a couple of weeks ago we were sitting at the dinner table and he said out of the blue "You say Justin. I say Daddy." And then proceeded to call my SO by his name instead of daddy and just started laughing. He definitely knows what he is saying. I just kind of ignored it and he stopped. I find that works for a lot of his misbehaviors View Thread