I Want To Talk About Parenting

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    I believe in natural consequences parenting.

    I have wanted to not spank because i dont think it worked for my parents on me. (?) I took parenting classes and learned that the punishment should be related to the natural consequences of the behavior. For example If curfew is broken then the parents trust in the childs...
    stufy stufy
    3 Responses Jun 18, 2014

    Im a overwhelmed single dad thats going through

    a divorce. I have two boys that are 6 & 9 yrs old and a 13year old step daughter that hates me. My boys love me most of the time. Just earlier today I went to the store too let my boy pick something out.He had a dollar that he earned and thats what he was going to buy something...
    nodak82 nodak82
    31-35, M
    May 25, 2015

    Parenting is hard - super hard

    as a single parent, and you lean many things that might surprise you. I try to be a teacher, a friend and a dad at the same time; but sometimes I just want to be a cat and sleep.
    NoVADad703 NoVADad703
    36-40, M
    Jun 21, 2014

    Overcoming Difficult Teen Behavior Through Caring For Others

    One of the most highly regarded “laws” in the Christian Bible, “Love thy neighbors as you would love yourself”, is a great rule of thumb whether you believe in all Christian values or not. When your child becomes a teenager you might find that they have become very...
    senecaranch senecaranch
    46-50, M
    1 Response Nov 2, 2013

    Right now I heard my mum telling my brother.

    "With dad's and my money, we would be able to go on vacation every year if we didn't have another responsibility (us)" Well, mom, I'm really sorry I was born, my bad.
    elsasaunt elsasaunt
    18-21, F
    2 Responses May 27, 2015

    The Tree And The Iron Bar

    Ever since I left home at a young age ive indulged a philosophy towards child rearing.  You can raise a child like a tree or an iron bar.The iron bar child is bent exactly into whatever shape the parent wishes.  When it is the wrong shape it is beaten into shape in much the...
    badbinary badbinary
    41-45, M
    3 Responses May 11, 2012

    I have been with my fiance 3 years now.

    When we met we both had children and have done well letting them know that we adore them. Both sets of children have struggled with the neglect from the other parents (my children have a drig addicted father and has been inconsistent for 10 years while his have a drug addicted...
    aprilamartino aprilamartino
    2 Responses Jul 5, 2015

    When I was a boy growing up,

    like most kids from that era (70's) I had in the back of my mind to steer clear of certain temptations because I knew that if my dad found out I would get a spanking. If I did, it was usually for something like making a smartass remark or getting a note for some sort of...
    mikste mikste
    1 Response Feb 26, 2016

    The Accidental Stepdad: Part 1

    Friday 13 August 2010 Its midday. I'm sweating. It's not that hot, I'm in Leeds after all. I have taken the day off from work to meet Helen. I have 'known' Helen for 25 years. I just haven't really seen her for the last 22. I am practicing sucking my stomach in. Around two...
    vicarage125 vicarage125
    51-55, M
    Jun 11, 2013

    I'm at a loss.... I had wish my partner

    and I had worked things out.. He doesn't want to... His not answering my calls/text.. I know he won't pay child support. His turned into the person when I first met him, he was a every weekend drinker, smokes weed.. Just all about his friends.. I was kind of the same just never...
    shexlove shexlove
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Jul 31, 2014

    Ok so my 13 year old son has been having this

    issue where he keeps "forgetting" very important things aside from his homework he has been neglecting the cat witch he claims that it's HIS cat yet he's let the cat go with out water for several days at a time and does not feed the cat either...my 6 year old daughter has a...
    SystemK SystemK
    22-25, F
    1 Response Nov 2, 2015

    My Stepdaughter Doesn't Want To Live With Us Anymore

    I need help. We have a wonderful blended family. Yours, mine, ours and we balance it all quite nicely or so I thought until now. We have 50/50 custody of my 5 y/o step daughter who happens to be the middle child at our house and the only child at her Moms. We've never had any...
    MCL456 MCL456
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Dec 3, 2013

    Baby Disappointment

    I'm 18 and I have a girlfriend that is 17. We got together about 2 months after she broke up with her ex, and we were very happy. Finally, one day, she opened up. She was late. By 2 months. At first I panicked but then I remembered that we haven't done-the-deed yet. So I was...
    wheelmon wheelmon
    22-25, M
    1 Response Aug 7, 2013

    I wanna dance to loud music!

    ! xD then I remembered that I'm a young mommy.. lol
    deleted deleted
    Aug 25, 2015

    Hey daddy , did you forget you had a sixteen

    year old daughter ? Leaving me alone in your apartment since Thursday isn't being a good parent , although I have enjoyed your 65" smart TV ,the stocked fridge and your cleaning service . Next time a driver would be a nice touch .
    Sammy4u2 Sammy4u2
    22-25, F
    1 Response Apr 11, 2015

    My son is 16 and recently moved in with his

    biological father which is so hard to deal with. His father was never in his life before, but my husband was. The ex goes out of his way to create major problems between my son and I. I don't know what to do anymore and my son barely speaks to me now. Anyone have any helpful...
    DanieGirl1 DanieGirl1
    2 Responses Dec 10, 2015

    im looking for the baby

    that was born on my birthday last year on November 14,2014,.i named him after my boyfriend kyle wayne goodson the baby is on facebook as kyle goodson,.I had gaved him away but now me n kyle want him back,.my name is crystal brandon
    happy133 happy133
    31-35, F
    1 Response May 16, 2015

    Have teenage boy with ADHD/Autism

    and going threw a hard time. Anyone less having this problem??
    msvanish0 msvanish0
    46-50, F
    4 Responses Jan 27, 2015

    Ending Violence

    So, I have a dear friend who hit me in the face the other day. When I say dear friend, I mean, very close. So close that I call him "son" at times. So close that the same weekend, I took his kids out for breakfast as a nice treat. He hit me in the face as a lark. He thought it...
    Jan 15, 2013

    I am currently pregnant

    and will be having my first baby boy in a few months. It came as a shock to find out I was pregnant and most of all the conditions in which I was bring my baby into the world. Now I am trying to get on a steady, loved and happy path. I want to raise my child as best as I can and...
    dg87 dg87
    31-35, F
    Dec 14, 2013

    My son is 7. And completely obsessed with

    whatever game he's into that day. He has a hard time focusing in general. So husband and I agreed to limiting screen time. 30 min after school on rainy days. And 1 hr on non-school days. Then 30 min of TV later on school days, and full movie on non-school days. I wake up...
    squirrelbounce squirrelbounce
    41-45, F
    1 Response Nov 10, 2014


    I've more or less understood that I am infertile since I was in my early teens. It never really bothered me, until all my friends started getting married and having kids. Right now, I know two other people in the entirety of my friends and acquaintances who are not married and/or...
    tinypoppet tinypoppet
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jul 30, 2013

    At My Wits End With My Boy.

    My son is 12 i adopted him when he was 1 years old. He had been with me since he was 17 days old. Never in a million years could I have foreseen what I am currently dealing with. He was diagnosed with adhd at age 5. At the urge of his pre school teacher I took him in for an...
    Hahlyn Hahlyn
    41-45, F
    1 Response Nov 6, 2013

    my son has a love hate

    for animals really I believe he loves them oh by the way he is five almost six....Anyway we recently adopted a small dog since we live in an apartment and i thought at his age he would be able to understand direction regarding taking care of and how to treat the dog but...
    jaxpdx jaxpdx
    41-45, F
    1 Response Jan 21, 2015

    Great night in my house tonight.

    got my very picky eater of an 8 year old to eat spaghetti...this is a girl who's so picky she won't eat rice, tomatos or anything new...well the noodles were gluten free Brown rice noodles and the sauce was a tomato sauce and all I had to tell her was that it's just like...
    SystemK SystemK
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Oct 12, 2015

    I'm a single dad. I don't have many friends

    who have kids so it'd be nice to have some people who can relate.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Jan 24, 2016

    A fathers day gift from a young boy- A bag of

    candy for a special man 1 tootsie roll for the big role you play in my life 1 almond joy for the joy you bring me 1 hershey kiss to show i love you 1 hershey Nugget for all the nuggets of information you teach 1 mint to appreciate your commit-mint to me 1 lifesaver for how you...
    stufy stufy
    Jun 15, 2014
    deleted deleted
    Dec 15, 2013

    so today I took my 2 year old to an indoor play

    place, you need a membership to play here and it has Eco friendly toys...its a great place and is very clean. the point to my story is that today was our first play time there and there was a few other moms there that were totally judging me and my child!!! this place is located...
    Xxoo6 Xxoo6
    26-30, F
    Sep 14, 2015

    Ok. So I am no parent,

    but I have worked with and around kids ever since ninth grade. I've seen numerous people (young and older) parent their child. The one thing most of them have in common is when a parent says "because I'm the parent and I said so". Correct me if I am wrong, but this is not...
    ohmyele717 ohmyele717
    22-25, F
    1 Response Feb 11, 2014
    nodak82 nodak82
    31-35, M
    1 Response May 25, 2015

    deleted deleted
    Dec 13, 2013

    Can't Stand To See My Daughter Upset

    This week everyone went back to school, and what should be an exciting time of year has been nothing but tears and stress. Myself and my two daughters along with a step daughter and her father lived out in the middle of nowhere in a shack of a home. Nobody was ever really happy...
    haileyandkaylinmom haileyandkaylinmom
    Sep 7, 2012

    my partners 14 year old child (

    that hasn't lived with us since she was 8 , she moved back to Canada to live with the grandparents ) is potentially moving back to live with us as they don't want her there anymore because she's smoking pot drinking and just being a rebellious teen . We have two young children...
    harddecis harddecis
    26-30, F
    Jan 11, 2016

    I feel like an inadequate parent!

    My husband is away and it was his nieces bday so I went with our 3 yr old daughter alone. It was a good time, but late. Way past my daughters bed time and I told her we had to go. She threw a fit and hit me, so I put her in a time out. She cried a lot and then grandma went to...
    Opinionation Opinionation
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Feb 22, 2014

    I Believe In Tiger Parenting

    I have been saying for years that the time to be uncompromising about parenting is from birth to about 12. Tiger Parenting is just that. Before such a term existed, I remember my years living in New York City (1982 to 2002), when some American mothers were very upset with Korean...
    Southpaugh Southpaugh
    1 Response May 5, 2012

    Im a overwhelmed single dad thats going through

    a divorce. I have two boys that are 6 & 9 yrs old and a 13year old step daughter that hates me. My boys love me most of the time. Just earlier today I went to the store too let my boy pick something out.He had a dollar that he earned and thats what he was going to buy something...
    nodak82 nodak82
    31-35, M
    May 25, 2015

    So me and my boyfriend are going to have a baby

    and I told him I wanted a home birth and to have the baby in the king sized bed and he said that was fine and he seemed on bored with me about it. however he keeps letting his 8 year old daughter sleep next to him in the very same bed where I want to have the baby and she wets...
    SystemK SystemK
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Oct 3, 2015
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