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  1. A member asked if we could continue my old "All About Potty Training" thread. But I decided to open a new one instead, basically asking the same questions... What age do you think is the best to begin potty training? And what's the best method? Is there any value to letting daycare workers or preschool teachers help w/ this job? Please feel free to share your favorite tips here b/c they may help some parent or GP caregiver who is reading this and dealing w/ just this topic. Also, if you're struggling w/ a child's potty training, at the moment, please feel free to ask any questions you have below...
  2. Re: nap time

    How much nap time do you feel the "average" toddler needs? How about the "average" preschooler? Sometimes a GP/relative babysitter/caregiver has come in here complaining that the parents want the LO (little one) to nap more/less than works for them (the babysitter/caregiver). How would you handle that situation? Or how have you handled it in the past if it happened to you? Or, if you're a custodial GP/relative, what do you do if the parents visit and want the LO to nap more/less that LO's usual schedule allows?
  3. In a MILA thread, the subject came up of differences between spouses/parents as regards telling young children "where babies come from.". How do/did/would you handle any such differences? Do you feel that parents need to be on the same page about how to answer such questions? And if one parents gives a response the other doesn't agree w/, how do you think the other parent should deal? Is it ok for each parent to give a slightly different explanation? Or ?? Same question if you're raising your GC/relative kids? But also, in that case, do the parents have any say in how this topic is addressed?
  4. Free, full-day pre-kindergarten is now offered where I live for the "older" preschoolers/children around 4 years of age. And while some people applaud this development, others think a full school day is "too long" for pre-K. So I'm wondering, do/did any of your children or GC attend pre-K (or the equivalent) and full day or half day? Which do you think is better for that age? And, if you'd like, as a parent or GP caregiver, which is/would have been better for your schedule?
  5. According to my DM, back when I was little,  my MGM got me to stop sucking my thumb long before DM thought it was time. DM resented this, but continued to let MGM be a big part of my life and to see her as the babysitter-of-choice when needed. Now I'm wondering if you think there's any specific age by which children should stop using various security items, such as a "blanky," teddy bear, pacifier, or even their own thumb (or other fingers), etc. And given my DM's experience w/ my MGM, I'm also wondering if you've ever run into a parent/GP conflict over such an issue and how it was handled? Would you handle it the same way today? (Same questions regarding such conflicts between custodial GPs and other relatives.)
  6. Tantrums!!!

    What do you feel is the best way to deal w/ a tantrum? Is it different for a GP/relative caregiver than a parent?   Also, though I tagged this as a "toddler" and "preschooler" topic, I know older kids, sometimes, can throw a fit, too. Have you ever had to deal w/ that? And if so, did you handle it any differently than you would w/ a toddler? Or if you ever have to face that, in the future, do you think you'll respond any differently than w/ a toddler or the same way?
  7. What age do you think is the best to begin potty training? And what's the best method? Is there any value to letting daycare workers or preschool teachers help w/ this job?   Please feel free to share your favorite tips here b/c they may help some parent or GP caregiver who is reading this and dealing w/ just this topic.   Also, if you're struggling w/ a child's potty training, at the moment, please feel free to ask any questions you have below...
  8. One of the biggest issues between YDD and DGD's PGM was about the number of days YDD chose to send DGD to preschool the first year she attended. Like all the parents there, YDD was given a choice of 3,4 or 5 days. She thought it would be a good idea to start off w/ 3 days and then "graduate" to 5 when DGD did pre-K (for which 5 days would be required, anyhow). PGM felt it should be 5 days from the get-go and argued w/ YDD quite a bit over it.   Soon enough, DGD was in pre-K and the matter was behind them. But now I'm wondering how many days you feel is best for preschoolers? And at what age do you think kids should go, if at all? Also, while we're at it, has this ever been a parent/GP issue in your experience/observation, as it was for YDD and PGM?
  9. Granny Writes About...

    Welcome to the first installment of Granny Writes! I'm a novelist, writing Paranormal Romance. I've always been a writer but I only decided to publish my stories a couple of years ago. Currently, I'm working Book 3 of my Archangels Creed series (written with Azure Boone), scheduled for release the first week of June. Hubby and I have been married 27 years, and are incredibly happy together. We have one adult daughter and she has blessed us with three amazing little grandsons. She is bipolar and refuses medication and not long ago we found out she's also an addict (more on both of those issues in a future post). After a series of relatively minor events that raised red flags, a major event took place and I caught her in a situation where the children were being dangerously neglected. Rather than argue, I just took the children to my house. That was a year and a half ago an she's never even asked to have them back. We're preparing to seek legal custody since it doesn't appear she'll ever make an effort to get to a position where she could care for them again. Who knows how long it will take us to undo some of the damage she inflicted on them. Now that I have this blog, I'll use it to record our progress. I have another blog at http://kenradaniels.com/blog, which is mostly about my books. Thanks for taking the time to read! Kenra