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  • Lakeland, FL
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Ta-Ta MIGHT REPLACE TODDLER'S "NO!"

My two-year-old niece constantly says no. Why is this? It doesn't matter what or how we talk to her. I don't have any children but was wondering how can we get her to stop saying it?I had just about…Continue

Started yesterday

Not the normal baby shower gifts

My sister-in-law is having her first baby. It took a while for her to get pregnant. She and my brother have a healthy income and can buy whatever they want for the baby. I'm giving her a baby shower…Continue

Started Jun 19

No juice before age one

Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidelines for how much juice babies and kids should drink. It's a little confusing. Is it referring to 100% juice or all juice? Are there…Continue

Started Jun 12

Kids at boss' birthday party

We will be having a birthday party for our boss at my house in a couple of months. I want it to be a time where the adults can have fun and relax. It's for this reason that I'm going to hand write on…Continue

Started Jun 5

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Laura Davis posted a discussion

Ta-Ta MIGHT REPLACE TODDLER'S "NO!"

My two-year-old niece constantly says no. Why is this? It doesn't matter what or how we talk to her. I don't have any children but was wondering how can we get her to stop saying it?I had just about given up on getting my son to ever stop saying no. I asked his preschool teacher how she handled it. She said that they had a stuffed bear in one corner of the room and the children learned to talk to the bear when they felt the need to say no. I tried it at home using a stuffed monkey and after a…See More
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Laura Davis posted a discussion

Not the normal baby shower gifts

My sister-in-law is having her first baby. It took a while for her to get pregnant. She and my brother have a healthy income and can buy whatever they want for the baby. I'm giving her a baby shower and would like to get a gift that they would appreciate. Could you possibly suggest some gift ideas that might be different from the norm? Also, is it rude for me to serve cocktails even though she cannot drink?Last year I went to a baby shower where cocktails were served and at first I thought it…See More
Jun 19
Laura Davis posted a discussion

No juice before age one

Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidelines for how much juice babies and kids should drink. It's a little confusing. Is it referring to 100% juice or all juice? Are there alternatives? Although there are new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics pertaining to juice intake for children under the age of one, there are certain conditions and situations where our pediatrician still advises us to give our 10-month-old twins diluted juice in small quantities. He…See More
Jun 12
18watt_fan replied to Laura Davis's discussion What to do about head-banging
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Jun 6
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Kids at boss' birthday party

We will be having a birthday party for our boss at my house in a couple of months. I want it to be a time where the adults can have fun and relax. It's for this reason that I'm going to hand write on the invitations that it's for grown-ups only. While 90 percent of my co-workers agree, there are still a few that rolled their eyes. Is it acceptable to ask people not to bring kids or is there something wrong with doing so?It's a reasonable request but don't get upset if some people bring their…See More
Jun 5
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How to curtail yelling spouse

My husband yells a lot at the kids. He just can't control his reactions when they do something that irritates him, which seems to be just about anything. Our 10-year-old son is now beginning to yell at his younger sibling and I'm trying to explain to my husband that if he would stop losing his temper over trivial things, our son would ease up as well. How can I do this without making him angry?My mom used to yell at us a lot. In some instances, it got louder than other times, especially if we…See More
May 30
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Handling defiant kindergartner

Our son who is in kindergarten has just begun to be very defiant. His teacher recently took a maternity leave and there's a new one. Is this a part of it? How should we handle it?My husband and I learned the hard way that the more defiant our 6-year-old son became the harder we came down on him just made things worse. The stricter we became the more he acted out and took his time about doing anything we asked him to do. Plus, he didn't do anything like he was supposed to. Everything was done…See More
May 23
Laura Davis posted a discussion

Over-sensitive 20-month-old

Our 20-month-old daughter constantly starts crying over just about anything, but especially if we discipline her. What's the best way to handle this?Our daughter went through this at around 22-months. She kept using the word bite when she became upset. We never found out if a bug, dog or whatever had bitten her, but she became pretty terrified. Finally, when it got way out of hand, our pediatrician suggested we get her a new best stuffed pal. She suggested that we take it everywhere we went…See More
May 15
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How to handle a whopper

Our eight-year-old daughter is constantly lying to us about random topics. Since she is an only child, at first we thought she was making use of her imagination but now it is really becoming a problem. How should we handle this?Our nine-year-old daughter told some whoppers; she felt that she was not as good at art as some of her classmates. When other kids start making wise cracks about another one's abilities, lies seem to be the route to take to help themselves feel better about whatever. It…See More
May 8
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Mother's Day gift ideas

My mom passed away when I was nine. The three people who helped raise me were my grandmother, an aunt and an older sister. These are my moms. I am now twenty-two and have a job and would like to get them special Mother's Day gifts that I can actually pay for myself for the first time. All of us enjoy the outdoors but I don't know what to buy. Any ideas would be great.My mom passed away early too. I did not have any siblings but lived with my grandmother and my aunt. These two ladies made sure…See More
May 1
Laura Davis posted a discussion

What to do about head-banging

My two-year-old is constantly banging his head on things when he gets upset. I don't get it. Why is he doing this and how do I stop it?My 18-month-old daughter will occasionally bang her head. I notice it most often when she is put into her crib at night when it's time for her to go to sleep. Our pediatrician said it was a way for her to comfort herself and to just keep an eye on the situation. He said as long as she does not harm herself, just to let her do it. However, it did get worse and we…See More
Apr 24
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Teaching an older kid cursive

We recently moved to a new city and state. Our son is in the fifth grade and doesn't know how to write in cursive. He can read it, but actually writing in cursive was taken out of the school curriculum a few years ago. It has been taught in the schools where we live now and the kids are really giving him a hard time. Most days, he comes home crying. How's the best way to handle this unfortunate situation? He doesn't want to get these kids in trouble because he'll be in school with them for a…See More
Apr 17
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Take son to academic counselor

Our son is a sophomore in high school and makes pretty good grades. However, if he wants a big ticket item, we tell him he can get a job and pay for it or make a straight A report card. We're kinda hoping he'll get a part-time job. Instead, he makes the straight A's even though he has to wait on the item until after we see his grades. We were wondering if this “sometimes” good grade situation will be looked at by colleges and will it keep him out of the better universities?Most colleges will…See More
Apr 3
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Alternatives for good behavior other than candy

When I go to the mall, I take my toddler in his stroller. I see other moms with their kids and constantly hear them bribe them with candy if they stay in the stroller and stop whining or whatever. I was wondering if it was too terribly bad to actually offer candy for good behavior if they only have it once or twice a week?This is called positive reinforcement. For good behavior, they get a reward. It should be fine if your son only gets candy once a week. - Rob Cruzen in Wildwood, MOFROM…See More
Mar 24
Laura Davis posted a discussion

Divert focus of nose picker

My three-year-old son is a nose picker. We just can't seem to break him from this habit and it's embarrassing when he does it in public. It's to the point now that we think he may be doing it on purpose because he laughs and runs away when we tell him to stop. What should we do?When I was a kid, my grandmother put a little dab of hot sauce on the finger I used for picking my nose. It was the last straw when I just wouldn't stop. The hot sauce worked but it left me screaming as well. If you're…See More
Mar 17
Laura Davis posted a discussion

Put your health first

My daughter-in-law expects me to keep my three grandchildren every Saturday and they go home Sunday around 3 PM. I realize this gives her and my son time to do errands and to also have a little alone time, but the kids, ages 3, 5 and 7 are exhausting. I don't want to be a mean grandmother but it's just getting too much for me. How is the best way to bring this up without sounding petty or selfish?If you can't discuss this with your daughter-in-law, maybe you'll feel more comfortable talking to…See More
Mar 10

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