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Laura Davis
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  • Lakeland, FL
  • United States
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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…Continue

Started Jan 8

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…Continue

Started Dec 29, 2017

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…Continue

Started Dec 26, 2017

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…Continue

Started Dec 18, 2017

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
Nov 20, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017

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