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I wanted to chime in on this topic. I TOTALLY AGREE with Yowbarb on this!! As a mother of two small kids, 8 and 5, I agree that all kids are different on how they can handle certain issues. Take my 8 year old for example. She is very mature for her age. We had a death in the family due to cancer a few years back, and she insisted on going to the viewing as well as the funeral. Of course questions about cancer and death came up. I answered her questions truthfully, but not graphically. Now her sister on the other hand would stress to no end if I explained that to her. I would have to select my words carefully with her. As a parent, we know our kids and their limits on info that they can handle. My suggestion is to be honest with them...but tell them at their level. And...ask them questions. If little Suzie asks you if the Earth will end, ask her why she wonders such a thing. Maybe she has had a dream and can give you insight to it. I also believe that kids know alot more than they let us on to know, and understand alot more than we give them credit for.
Well, here's my two cents. I am very concerned with the way the generation behind me raises their kids. My wife (before she left) was 13 yrs younger than me and the primary caregiver to my kids while I went off to war. She had those little kids on so much dope; all because she didn't want to deal with them. Now I have all but one off the MEDS, & she's taking a1/4 of a pill a day now.You have to LOVE your kids! You have to PLAY with your kids! You have to TEACH your kids! Ever since I took over, they are great kids, no problems. If you don't take care of your kids who will? Barney? Ernie & Bert?When we play in the back yard, we ALL play! Show them how to play army with sticks & pine cones. Show them how to play tag, or build a fort! That sh*t is FUN! That's all the kids want anyways is to be loved & cared for.We clean house together, I always help. We put on loud music and make a game out of it. Everyone works, and when we are through, we get a Popsicle!My girls trust me when I tell them "don't worry about the changes coming, I will take care of you". I teach them everything I can to survive, and they love it because I'm giving them the attention they so desperately need from their daddy.Cheers, erv
If my girls get too hyper, I put them in the backyard & we play tag. I start off being it and I pretty much stay in a 10' circle while they run around me! Make them run! They are tough little Marines & getting tougher every day!Erv
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