Parenting Catch-all

Oh yeah, for the past few months our 18 month old's favorite way of indicating he's done with a meal is furiously swiping at all the remaining food on his tray until he's thrown it all to the floor. His sisters did versions of this too, and I don't recall ever learning any secret to stopping it other than a)give a consistent, stern "No!", b)quickly take away all available food or other throwable stuff when he does it. It faded with his sisters and seems to be on the downward trend with him too, but mostly I think you're just in for a few months of extra cleaning and extra watchfulness of her food. Sometimes I'll take my son's food away a little early and if he demonstrates he still wants it I'll give it back to him a bite or two at a time, to minimize the volume of food he can launch.

Get a dog! Our throwaways all went straight into his mouth. He gained like 10 pounds when our son was that age.

DiscoDriveby wrote:

Get a dog! Our throwaways all went straight into his mouth. He gained like 10 pounds when our son was that age.

Yeah that's part of our problem. One of our cats is allergic to chicken, turkey, rice, and some other stuff. So we end up scrambling to pick it up before he poisons himself, but also grab her food before she dumps more.

We probably look hilarious.

Oh no! That's a tough cat allergy to manage.

Maybe some summer meals outdoors are in your future.

DiscoDriveby wrote:

Oh no! That's a tough cat allergy to manage.

Maybe some summer meals outdoors are in your future.

Peas too. That's the kicker. There are a ton of dry kibble fish-based foods. But most of them have peas or pea protein in them. So we're stuck with a wet food right now. $$$

Anyway, that's for the Pet thread.

Good to know we're all dealing with kids throwing food and it'll get better.

Ugh. Ages and Stages. I'm dealing with an 11 year old boy's pre-teen angst and rebellion, an 8 year old boy's need for attention, and a 6 year old girl's need to be included. The last few days have been really tough in this house. The kids are really pushing our limits and acting out in very negative ways, and the wife and I are starting to lose our patience. I think a lot of this is just the whole family going stir-crazy without enough variety and outlets for the kids. We're planning to get out of the house and head up to my mother-in-law's mountain cabin next week, hopefully that will be a big help, but it honestly can't come soon enough.

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My four year old announced gravely that "some of the sickness got into me" and began coughing. They then announced, between forced coughs, that they could not go to daycare now. *Cough cough*

"Oh no! Well, go put your shoes on. We will have daycare check your temperature and if it is too high we can go to the doctor's office for your shot."
*Hesitant coughing*
"You need shots if you get sick?"
"Probably, but we will stop at daycare first to make sure."

*Cough*

A few minutes into the car ride:
"Guess what! I feel much better now."
"That's great!"
"Yup! My cough is all gone now!"

Parenting crimes.

Oh, if we're going parenting crimes, mine is making sure I take my phone with me when playing hide and go seek around the house. I know a couple really good spots that give me a quiet five minutes to catch up on GWJ.

You are not a true parent unless you have played the 'I am going to lie here on this nice soft carpet and let you jump on me game' because ... well ... exhaustion.

Then again I had a non-sleeper (and one sleeper thankfully)

Sojourn wrote:

You are not a true parent unless you have played the 'I am going to lie here on this nice soft carpet and let you jump on me game' because ... well ... exhaustion.

Then again I had a non-sleeper (and one sleeper thankfully)

Some of my favorite memories from when my son was a toddler was on top of me while he watches Rescuers Down Under while I napped. He loved that movie so much at the time.

Sojourn wrote:

You are not a true parent unless you have played the 'I am going to lie here on this nice soft carpet and let you jump on me game' because ... well ... exhaustion.

Then again I had a non-sleeper (and one sleeper thankfully)

I am now an expert parent, then.

Sojourn wrote:

You are not a true parent unless you have played the 'I am going to lie here on this nice soft carpet and let you jump on me game' because ... well ... exhaustion.

Then again I had a non-sleeper (and one sleeper thankfully)

I have two non sleepers. This speaks to me so much.

Our first child was pretty easy with sleep, but there are still *many* photos of me passed out with a 2-3 month old passed out on top of my chest. They would not sleep for mommy, only for daddy...

Many photos.

So, my 13.5 year old wants to find people to play Stardew Valley with, safely, on Xbox, thoughts?

Euro time zone...

Roo, I've had very good luck with talking directly to other parents at my kids' school or parents of kids' friends to get a curated list of kids/accounts that my kids can play with. Basically, my kids ask their friends for their parents contact info, then I get an email or phone call going with those parents and make sure we're on the same page.

Unfortunately many of the parents I've talked to are not nearly so on top of their kids or their digital footprint. Many of these kids have full access "adult" accounts and un-curated friends lists so I have enforced on my kids' settings that "Friends of friends" are not allowed. It's so tough because I know eventually I have to cut these strings and make sure the kids are prepped to meet the untamed masses on their own. But, with my oldest only being 11, I can tell you they are not ready for that yet.