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  1. 1 day ago on For Better or For Worse

    Lynn’s Comments: I believe this happens to all of us. Now and then we think someone else’s life is easier, better or more rewarding than our own.

  2. 4 days ago on For Better or For Worse

    Lynn’s Comments: Even rush hour can be a pleasant respite for a harried parent. There are times I would have loved to be stuck in traffic instead of being stuck at home!

  3. 4 days ago on For Better or For Worse

    I’ve done Toronto traffic and can attest to it. But you can get traffic anywhere, if you’re going the wrong place at the wrong time.

  4. 5 days ago on For Better or For Worse

    I’ve never done that, but with 3 kids (2 of whom ceased being the only baby when they were under 2 and didn’t really “get” it), maybe I should???

    Lynn’s Comments: Whenever one of the kids was feeling left out or otherwise marginalized, we declared a special day just for them. We’d go to a favourite restaurant, maybe supply a small gift. We just made a special day out of an ordinary one. Worked like a charm.
  5. 6 days ago on For Better or For Worse

    It’s worse now. I was in school in the 80s, and it seemed we learned so many different things about the world and teachers had so much freedom to make their lessons different from others’. My kids are in school now, and their teachers add what they can, but schools are heavily pressured to focus on reading and math, and in the worst and most standardised ways possible (in NC, and I work at the school, so I know how things go). Some schools just about script what teachers teach word for word :-(. Learning about the world, critical reading (not standardised, but what to do when you want to know what’s real out there on the internet), and other critical life skills are hard to fit in, at least in grade school. And unless your kid is in an immersion program, sadly languages are an afterthought in high school, when it is too late (I taught languages and studied neurolinguistics in grad school, so I know you’re right there, but nobody here cares)

  6. 6 days ago on For Better or For Worse

    …which I believe had a famous shopping mall

  7. 6 days ago on For Better or For Worse

    In the 80s, I had to learn all the states and capitals in grade school, and all the countries and capitals in middle school. I never had to learn counties in either state (this was Virginia and California). I never had to learn Canadian provinces, either, but got the basics when I was older because I had friends living in New Brunswick, British Columbia, and Nova Scotia and their conversation made me want to know. I did learn a little of Mexican counties in Spanish class as well.

    My knowledge of Canadian history is dreadful, but I do try to keep up with the basics of their current affairs.
  8. 8 days ago on For Better or For Worse

    I’ve seen this done- very similar situation to ktfahel’s situation. But I do agree the parents should be with the baby till it sleeps far better than a newborn. My older 2 kids, from the time they were 6 months old, slept just fine through the night (for at least 6-8 hours) and that’s not nearly so critical of an issue. But older children shouldn’t have to wake up every 2 hours of the night to the baby in their room- there is at least a little chance they won’t wake every time when the baby is in another room (they still might, of course!). I don’t remember the baby in this room from birth happening in this strip, though howtheduck will remind us.

  9. 8 days ago on For Better or For Worse

    It is strange how it’s both very difficult for children, and how the older children tend to be better adjusted and less spoiled than the baby who is always the last one.

  10. 8 days ago on For Better or For Worse

    There is still some debate on this one, or was 10 years back. Some parents bedshare, some keep the baby in their room for a while, and some believe in “their own bedroom and crib from day 1”. Each has its benefits and drawbacks. We had the babies in our room for the first 4-6 months or so, then transitioned them. But we had a crib set up from day 1 (well, from weeks prior) for naps and because we had a crib so set it up. We put it in our room.

    We could never get those babies to sleep in bassinets. I was terrible with the tiny babies and I new it.