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Thursday, May 18, 2006

This drives girlfriday nuts

I've posted on Baby Whisperer, and I'd love feedback on my thoughts. I figure I've posted enough recently on gf to allow myself to announce posts on my own site. It's such a rare event, I wouldn't want any of you miss out.


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Blogger Ambrianne said...




"Would you like them here . . . or there?" My comments that is. Not green eggs and ham. I'm not sure it's protocol, but I'll comment on your other blog posting here at this one.

One end to the "would you like spaghetti or mac and cheese or pizza?" nonsense is to have more children. The now nine-year-old got choices as a preschooler, then she got a little brother, and then a little sister. Now the rule around here, as she describes it, is "you get what you get and you don't throw a fit." (You have to say "get" like you're a cowboy to make that work.)

Friday, May 19, 2006

 
Blogger girlfriday said...




I think the answer lies in knowing your child. Sometimes they get to pick their meal because it's fun for them. Most of the time they eat what's in front of them.

Good parenting, I think, is about reminding your kid that they're your kid, not a bastard. That includes loving them unconditionally, telling them no, and disciplining them. I DON'T think it's about failing to account for an individual child's personality, temperament, taste, etc.

It is certainly not giving them whatever they want. Paris Hilton is a walking example of why not.

Friday, May 19, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...




None of this matters much outside of a rather severe, unwestern context: until they have really known hunger, until they come to know those who know nothing but hunger, choices about meals have nothing to do with wisdom. How do we give this to a child?
Othergadarene

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

 
Blogger girlfriday said...




Yes, how? The answer can't be deprivation. Or indulgence.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...




1) keep it simple
2) maintain frugality in principle and habit
3)feast and fast as God commands
4)keep childlike eyes open on the world. Ignore disneyland, media ads, and superficial cultural commands.
5)pilgrmage to the land of hunger. at least vicariously, go.
othergadarene

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

 
Blogger girlfriday said...




Don't these look like different things to different people?

Ignore Disneyland if you take your kids every other year because your guilty soul feels the need to purchase its way into your child's heart.

Take them once or twice and give them a pocketful of memories and a lot of fun with their family.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...




Good point. I guess I meant america as disneyland, the culture. Not so much the actual travel event.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

 

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