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Laura Davis
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  • Lakeland, FL
  • United States
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Corner or room better time out

What's the difference between making a child sit in the corner by themselves for a time out and just sending them to their room for a time out? My sister uses the children's rooms and I do the other.…Continue

Started on Monday

Paying aunt to watch kids

My husband's sister has a babysitting business in her house. She is licensed to watch five kids and offers to watch our two kids every other week while we go to job interviews. We both have part-time…Continue

Started Nov 13

Kids who talk too much

The kids have a cousin we will be seeing frequently during the holidays. This kid has to be the center of attention at every family gathering. Plus, he thinks he is never wrong and knows everything.…Continue

Started Nov 4

Young children need good role models

Each time I go to a grocery store, a restaurant, a park, etc., I hear back and forth arguing between children--as young as two to three--and their parents. Then, my own two children, same age, say…Continue

Started Oct 31

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Corner or room better time out

What's the difference between making a child sit in the corner by themselves for a time out and just sending them to their room for a time out? My sister uses the children's rooms and I do the other. She thinks it's okay for her kids to do whatever they want in their room during this period and I don't. Which one of us is actually right and why?We used time outs for our three older children by sending them to their rooms during family time. But, it never really seemed to work because they liked…See More
Monday
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Paying aunt to watch kids

My husband's sister has a babysitting business in her house. She is licensed to watch five kids and offers to watch our two kids every other week while we go to job interviews. We both have part-time jobs and are looking for full time work, so money is a little tight. Should we pay her what she charges her regular customers or what we can afford at this time?If your children are taking up space and a time slot that could be replaced with a regularly paying customer, I think she would appreciate…See More
Nov 13
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Kids who talk too much

The kids have a cousin we will be seeing frequently during the holidays. This kid has to be the center of attention at every family gathering. Plus, he thinks he is never wrong and knows everything. How's the best way to tolerate Mr. Know It All without upsetting family members?My brother's son was like this. He had to be the center of attention at all times. His dad travels frequently and I'm guessing that my nephew was having a hard time adjusting to the absence of his dad, especially when he…See More
Nov 4
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Young children need good role models

Each time I go to a grocery store, a restaurant, a park, etc., I hear back and forth arguing between children--as young as two to three--and their parents. Then, my own two children, same age, say exactly the same words to me. What in the heck is going on with today's kids and parents? Are parents afraid to tell these bratty kids to shut up?I noticed that my two kids started arguing with my husband and I quite a bit and searched for a reason why. It didn't take long because I quickly became…See More
Oct 31
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Help grandmother with cat odors

Every year we go over to my husband's mom's house for Thanksgiving. The house smells bad because of her three cats and our kids hate going over there. Should my husband say something to his mother about this? What should we do?It's easy to get used to the smell of family pets if you are around the same area day in and day out. But that doesn't mean others who come into the home do not smell odors, especially from pets or even odors from a specific food frequently cooked. When I was a child, we…See More
Oct 23
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Breastfeeding in public

Why do people still gawk at moms who breastfeed in public? My sister breastfeeds her baby and does so whenever or wherever it is necessary. The other day we were at lunch at a restaurant and were asked to either go to the bathroom or leave. I couldn't believe it. What exactly should we have said? Of course, we left but it was disturbing that the manager took this type of position.I breastfed both of my children for the first year of their lives. They are both in college now so attitudes towards…See More
Oct 16
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Praise toddler for helping with new baby

Is there a way to teach our toddler to be gentler with his two-month-old sister other than getting upset with him? It could be that I am overprotective of her, but sometimes, I think he's trying to hurt her on purpose.We had this problem with our three-year-old daughter and her newborn sister. Our pediatrician suggested that we try to keep things the same with our older daughter as much as we could. Sometimes, we even hired a neighborhood girl to come over and read and play with her. This…See More
Oct 9
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Older pregnant mom shouldn't be embarrassed

Our kids are in college and I just found out I am pregnant. It's pretty devastating news to all of us. The older kids are embarrassed and my husband is shocked but no one is really thinking about me. I've never really thought about this happening, but I guess there's always a chance. What's the best way to handle nosy friends, strangers and relatives?This happened to my mom. She became pregnant at the age of 42 while my brother and I were in high school. You're right, no one really thought…See More
Oct 2
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Uncle smacking nieces on rear end

My wife's brother is always smacking our two daughters on the rear end. He thinks it's funny. I don't. My wife says he's just joking around and being a funny uncle. I disagree. I don't want to start trouble in our family or scare our girls, but shouldn't I bring this up to him now before they become teenagers?If he has been doing this little ritual since they were young, it probably is harmless. Also, if he is your wife's brother, she knows him better than you. I actually do this to my own four…See More
Sep 25
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Resume pointers for teens

Our 17-year-old hopes to do some intern work for her uncle's law firm this fall. She's been helping out on small projects for the last two summers. He has a new partner and would like for her to present a resume to him so that he can give her extra hours, plus maybe help the attorney across the hall as well. What's the most important things to include?When we helped our teenagers put together a resume, we researched the internet for downloadable templates. Depending on the jobs that they wanted…See More
Sep 18

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