Tempest80 wrote:What motivated you to spend more time with her? Was it her telling you how she felt? Or her being old enough to not be annoying like little kids are? lol
I had started spending more time with her before she even told me how she felt, so that had nothing to do with it. She's a teenager and more mature now. We have more common interests these days.
That makes sense. They're probably more fun when they're older.
-- Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:59 am --
Metastatic wrote:I'm curious if you ever neglected to feed your children for a few days when they were too young to complain. Perhaps you were busy or just didn't make it to the store to restock their food supply. This is unquestionably something that I would do if I had to raise children alone. I've done it to pets and I'd do it to children. I don't think it's child abuse. It is harmless. I've subjected myself to far more grueling periods of combined sleep deprivation + starvation. I was curious what it would be like to stay awake for a week, so I did it. I didn't eat because I was using drugs to make sure I stayed up. If I'd do that to myself for curiosity's sake it follows that it's very minor from my perspective.
I had a sense of deja vu when I typed this post, so I may have asked about it before or perhaps I mentioned that I would do this to my children.
Children and never too young to complain. My Children have always had their basic needs met... good food/nutrition, well dressed/clean clothes, nice home and tons of material possessions. It's only their emotional needs that don't get met very well.
-- Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:06 am --
Twinkling_Butterfly wrote: Besides, mammals can still cry without their vocal cords
Not very strongly. I've had dogs debarked... the noise they can still make is very minimal and not annoying.
Twinkling_Butterfly wrote:.and contract a lot of lung infections.
Fine... take the wind out of my sails
Metastatic wrote:. i talk to them like they're my age. I use words like "paragon," "soporific," and "endogenous" when I'm talking to an 8 year old.
That's how my 9 year old talks and has always talked. She prefers conversation with adults. If you don't baby talk to them and talk to them like they're kind of people... or at least talk to them as if they're at your level, that's what they learn. I find parents who baby talk and babble at their Children amusing.