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Old 07-21-2008, 05:16 AM
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DeBora, you are so right. And then there are parents who have several children and every single one of them is so different yet come from the same two parents.
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Old 07-21-2008, 05:32 AM
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You are very right about the parents.I try very hard not to judge them.But they should aslo realize their are a ton of people who can't have kids.It is very hard to be a parent but to let a kid run free just isn't right too.
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Old 07-21-2008, 05:02 PM
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I just can't help feel 4 the children!!
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Old 07-22-2008, 04:07 AM
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WendyMichelle, that is the exact reason why we keep letting this kid in, feeding him, taking him to church, etc. It is not the child's fault that the grownups are lying down on the job.

It's frustrating, and difficult to remember that, when you see that little face at the door again and again and again....and it really ticks me off that his "grownups" do this. But how can we penalize the child?

My DH takes him to the pool on weekends when he takes Luke, and is teaching him how to swim. I fight a losing battle to "civilize" him like last night:

Him: "Mrs S? I'm hungry."

Me: "You need to ask for what you want, not just come to me and tell me you're hungry. Say 'Can I please have a snack' instead."

Him: (looks at me blankly) "I'm hungry."

(Now this is all after we fed him dinner....) But I am trying to teach him and my own youngest child how to ask for what you want in a respectful way.

I figure if he spends this much time here, I am treating him just like my own kid while he's here.
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Old 07-22-2008, 04:39 AM
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Barbszy, the lessons that you are trying to teach this child will last a life time. i know it may not seem like that now but believe me, he will remember. And teaching him manners (such as how to ask politely for what he wants) will definitely serve him well. It is just too bad that his grandparents are not teaching him these manners at home, or at least reinforcing them. You are right, though. if he is spending that much time at your home, he should be treated just like your dks and taught manners, how to pick up after himself, help out with chores etc. Between 9 and 14, I practically lived at my best friend's house and every Saturday morning I pitched in with chores just like she and her siblings did. (yes, I did my own chores at my house too). If his grandparents are not stepping up to the plate and teaching him these basic social graces, it is good that someone is. I guess you never thought you would have "another child" but this kid is sure lucky to have you and your family and any other neighbor to look out for him.
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