“I am married and have a seven-year-old son and an almost-two-year-old daughter. I’m pregnant and due in 3 weeks. My seven-year-old son is not biologically my son, but I have raised him since he was 1.”
“My daughters don’t take care of anything that belongs to them, and I don’t know what to do. My daughters are 7 and 8. This past Christmas, my husband and I spent thousands on gifts for them. Hoverboards, a dollhouse, bikes, the HUGE packs of Lol Omg dolls, a basketball hoop, and just so much more…”
A mom writes in asking for advice about how best to discipline/punish her teenage daughters. This mom says that the day finally came, and her two teenagers, aged 13 and 15, snuck out of the house at night. Though this mom is understanding — she remembers her own teenage misdeeds and mistakes — she does want to lay down some productive discipline to help teach her daughters about consequences. So what’s a fair punishment for teens who snuck out of the house?
A mom writes in asking for advice about her daughter. She says her 7-year-old daughter, who is currently doing online school from home, has started “accidentally” pooping her pants. She uses the toilet as per usual to pee. This mom says her daughter told her that she doesn’t want to stop playing with her siblings in order to go to the bathroom, hence the accidents. This mom has tried talking to her “like a friend.” She has tried yelling. Nothing seems to be solving the issue. What should she do?
A mom writes in asking for advice about nursing. She says her now-5-year-old daughter “all of the sudden” wants to start nursing again. She adds that she nursed her daughter for 3.5 years. But for the last year and a half, she has not nursed. She is confused as to why this might be coming up again now, especially given that she says they haven’t been around anyone who is currently nursing. Is this normal?
A mom writes in asking for advice about her toddler. She says that her toddler refuses to hold her hand when they go places in public. She adds that if she tries to hold his hand, he sits on the ground and won’t move. But if she isn’t holding his hand, her son will run around like crazy and will often do things like run into the street. It has gotten to the point where this mom feels she can’t safely take her toddler anywhere. Is there anything she can do to change this behavior?
A mom writes in asking for advice about her 6-year-old daughter’s behavior. She says her daughter has recently become obsessed with farts, poop, and butts. Not out of the ordinary for a 6-year-old. The problem is that this mom runs a day home, and her daughter’s obsession has started spreading to other children. Other parents are starting to notice, she says. All day long, it’s poop, farts, and butts, and this mom doesn’t know if she should work harder to shut that kind of talk down.
A mom writes in asking for advice about her baby’s sleep. She says her baby, who is almost 10-months-old, has never slept through the night. She says he wakes up “four-plus times a night” and recently has stopped napping as well. This mom has tried everything she can think, but the problem only seems to be getting worse, and both she and her baby are more tired from lack of sleep than ever. Adding to her stress is that she just started a physically demanding job for which she needs rest.
A mom writes in asking for advice about teaching her baby to self-soothe. This mom says she has been told that she needs to stop running to her baby the moment he starts crying, to stop sleeping with him, and generally to let him be more independent. She struggles to try to do so and feels like she is neglecting her child. She asks the community what the negative effects of not teaching her baby to self-soothe could be, and what the hardest thing moms who did teach self-soothing had to teach themselves.
A mom writes in asking for advice about a request made by her daughter’s daycare. She said the daycare has requested her daughter be put back in Pull-Ups due to a recent string of accidents. This mom says her daughter is fully potty-trained and has no issues at home. She adds that her husband (and child’s father) is currently deployed and that she herself is currently pregnant, so she suspects the accidents at daycare are a result of these changes in her daughter’s life and that putting her back in Pull-Ups could actually make the problem worse. What should she do?
A mom writes in asking for advice about pacifiers. She says her son, 2, is “absolutely hooked” on his pacifier. She wants to know if any other moms have advice about how she might consider beginning him to wean him off of using it. She adds that continued prolonged use for them is not an option, as his teeth are already beginning to misalign. So what say you, mamas? Any advice on pacifier weaning?
A mom writes in asking advice about her 10-year-old stepson. She says that her stepson still wets the bed. He is large enough that they have to buy small adult Pull-ups for him to wear in bed. He has been to a doctor, but no helpful advice was given. This mom is frustrated because she feels like her stepson’s mom refuses to address the issue, and it is causing issues in her home when he is over. What should she do?
It goes without saying that at some point, you’re going to say the wrong thing to your kid. It could be an off-handed comment you make while you’re upset that you thought wasn’t a big deal or something that came out wrong in the heat of the moment. Bottom line: It happens! Don’t beat yourself up about it.