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Jan 11
Laura Davis posted a discussion

Keep things as normal as possible during divorce

My husband wants a divorce. I really don't know what to think about it. I'm upset, surprised, angry and sad. I don't understand the reasons he says we need to call it quits after nine years and three kids. I don't even know what to tell the kids or how, when or where. Any advice on the best way to handle the situation and keep my emotions intact around the children?I tried to hide my emotions from my children while going through a divorce and it backfired terribly. Talk to them and tell them as…See More
Jan 8
Laura Davis posted a discussion

Teaching kids to share toys

Our almost three-year-old doesn't want to share his toys and I think it's fine because when I force him to do so, it seems like the toy always ends up getting broken by the other child. Then I'm left with trying to console my son. But my friends and some of my relatives, especially my mother-in-law, says I'm wrong to promote this type of behavior and it is showing my son how to be selfish. Am I wrong in no longer making him share his toys? If so, why and what should I be doing?When our kids had…See More
Dec 29, 2017
Laura Davis posted a discussion

Stop making excuses for gifts

We have 5 kids under the age of 16 and get a lot of gifts for holidays and birthdays. People don't listen to gift suggestions because the kids don't really care for most of them. We end up returning or regifting a lot. I don't know what to tell people when they ask how the kids liked their presents. Should we make up excuses or what?If you tell people what the kids want and they buy them other gifts, you should be able to do whatever you want without any guilt. I used to get presents as a child…See More
Dec 26, 2017
Laura Davis posted a discussion

Don't push no cooking issue

My oldest son will be getting married in the spring. His bride-to-be doesn't know how to cook. Food has always been an important part of our family. Should I offer to teach her how to cook some of my son's favorite foods or do you think I should just keep quiet?If he is not worried about it, you shouldn't be either. My mother-in-law offered all kinds of suggestions, in the form of ridicule, for years when I didn't know how to work on my wife's car or mine. This type of belittling put a bad…See More
Dec 18, 2017
Laura Davis posted a discussion

Not too late to wait

My husband will be home for the holidays two weeks after we will celebrate as a family with his parents and four sisters on the 25th. He is being released from the military after two surgeries. I'd like for his family to try and wait until he arrives before celebrating. Is this a bad idea even if they haven't seen him or our three kids in almost four years? Also, there's a large number of kids, from newborns to age 20, who will get to see each other for the first time. Should I contact the…See More
Dec 11, 2017
Laura Davis posted a discussion

Pool your money for gifts

This year, three of my siblings have lost their jobs. This makes a big difference as to what we buy all the kids, up to age 17, because the other three siblings, including my own family, will be getting together and helping those that can't spend the money just to try to make the holidays a little more joyful. Gift suggestions would be greatly appreciated.We bought books this year. Small Walt, by Elizabeth Verdick, has awesome illustrations with a story theme that being little doesn't mean big…See More
Dec 4, 2017
Laura Davis posted a discussion

Curing the helicopter syndrome

I have been a helicopter parent for so long that my children, ages seven and nine, are extremely apprehensive of taking any risks in various activities, sports, etc., or doing anything where they may get even slightly hurt or disappointed. What have I done and how do I correct it?My mom was a helicopter parent and it just about destroyed my life. You correct it by letting them be kids without your permission and actually live their own lives. - Brian C. in San Jose, CAFROM JODIE: Since the…See More
Nov 27, 2017

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Teaching kids to share toys

Started by Laura Davis in Parenting Column by Jodie Lynn Dec 29, 2017.

Stop making excuses for gifts

Started by Laura Davis in Parenting Column by Jodie Lynn Dec 26, 2017.

Don't push no cooking issue

Started by Laura Davis in Parenting Column by Jodie Lynn Dec 18, 2017.

Not too late to wait

Started by Laura Davis in Parenting Column by Jodie Lynn Dec 11, 2017.

Pool your money for gifts

Started by Laura Davis in Parenting Column by Jodie Lynn Dec 4, 2017.

Curing the helicopter syndrome

Started by Laura Davis in Parenting Column by Jodie Lynn Nov 27, 2017.

Corner or room better time out

Started by Laura Davis in Parenting Column by Jodie Lynn Nov 20, 2017.

Paying aunt to watch kids

Started by Laura Davis in Parenting Column by Jodie Lynn Nov 13, 2017.

Kids who talk too much

Started by Laura Davis in Parenting Column by Jodie Lynn Nov 4, 2017.

Help grandmother with cat odors

Started by Laura Davis in Parenting Column by Jodie Lynn Oct 23, 2017.

Breastfeeding in public

Started by Laura Davis in Parenting Column by Jodie Lynn Oct 16, 2017.

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