Being hit at school at age 4 is completely different from being hit at school at age 10. I teach my child to be non-violent but I can't trust other parents to do the same...if she got hit in Elem school I would not blame her for fighting back. That being said, violence has no place in schools and I think it should be treated harshly and quickly by administration. It's hard enough to get an education in this country.View Thread
I don't believe in corporal punishment. We don't use it at home at all.
I showed my DD how to make the sign for "stop" with her hands, and I encourage her to use it while saying "stop" to other kids at school if they hit or do something she does not like. Personally I think using the sign is a nice way for her to move her body (and vent a little aggression) without lashing out at anyone. She also tends to be very shy and quiet so the signing is another way for her to get herself "heard".
Hitting happens between kids, especially 4 yr olds, but I believe in showing them other things they can do with their hands and other ways to show their anger. Showing my own through hitting is counter-productive IMO.View Thread
We have food allergies but I dont want my DD to feel like that should stop her from enjoying food and, especially, baking (one of my fave things to do). Even though she's only 4 we do a lot in the kitchen together. She makes a mean vegan chocolate cake!View Thread
We don't make a big deal of Santa in our home, but once DD started preschool (she's 4) it became too hard to avoid. She does not watch TV (except through Netflix - no ads) so there's no pressure from commercials or for specific toys or anything. We will probably claim a gift or two from Santa and leave a carrot for the reindeer and that will be it. Personally, I really dislike the "be good or else" mentality, so we don't do that at all.
Once she's in school I'm sure all bets will be off, but for now we like keeping it a "from the family" event.View Thread
THis is a stumper. I know many kids prefer to be naked when they go to the potty - do you think that could have something to do with it? Or maybe she likes the attention she gets from soiling the bed? (positive or negative)View Thread
You might also consider if his diet is keeping him up t night. (Sorry - my "A" key is very flakey). My DD would be up screming in pain every night when she was 18 months till about 2 yrs ...after putting her on an elimination diet we discovered she had wheat intolerance, it was giving her horrible gastro pain. Once we took her off of wheat she slept the night through no problem.View Thread
Seriously? The government telling me what I can and can't buy my kids? No. If I want to feed my kids crappy food then that is my business. And frankly, we live in a capitalistic society. Business will do what it does in order to sell things. That does not mean you have to go out and actually buy it.
It is interesting though that school lunches are so bad and the state has no interest in actually doing anything to fix that (I know, they talk about it, but aside from moving the coke machines or putting the brownies in the back of the display, no one does anything about it)....but they will tell me what I can and cannot provide in the home.View Thread