Friday, July 24, 2009

Parenting on Facebook.

Inspired by Gail's post on her teenagers and a Facebook discussion she had.
This was an exchange on one of my friend from La Leche League Facebook wall. Needless to say the contrast to what I am used to in the unschooling boards is huge.
This is about a little boy not 3 and a half years old yet.
Its very sad to see parents create such an adversarial relationship with their kids from the get go. All because of a couple of bucks that it cost for a box of Band-Aids!

MOM's son is howling "Band-aid!!! Band-aid!!! Band-aid!!!" over and over and over non-stop now for 15 minutes... because he wants a band-aid but doesn't need one. I have to draw the line somewhere, or there won't be any left when they're needed.... I'm stubbornly refusing to give in this time! ugh

Poster 1-I understand the frustration, but it's still kind of funny! M. occasionally whined about needing a band-aid for his toe, every time he noticed the little blood blister on his toe nail from dropping his sippy cup on it. It happened at least 6 months ago! Luckily it finally grew out a week or two ago, ha ha.
Poster 2-don't give up hang in there girl!
Poster 3-I, too, sturggle with the Band-Aid battle! Stick to your guns!
Poster 4-For us it's food... this morning our son wanted butter on his muffin. I gave him some, he picked off the butter and ate it without any muffin, then asked for more. I gave him more and took the butter away. He ate the butter and they screamed and cried for more. It' tough!
Poster 5 -No blood, no band-aid! That's what my mom's rule always was. Grandma always gave us a band-aid regardless. I admit I'm a softie when it comes to giving them out. Hang in there
MOM-there's always something! it's hard -- if you let them do it once, they'll keep trying next time! kind of like my raccoon I guess, he's back for more food ;) of course.
ME- Take a few out of the box and give him the box. Its less than $2 and your child will be happy and know mom cares.
MOM-see, I've let him in the past when it's borderline, but we've gone through so many in the past week! I feel the need to start limiting it to real blood/injuries, not past ones that are scabbed over and almost healed... He used to go in there and get his own, now I'm locking the door and putting them up high!
Poster 6-Been there, done that! Be strong!!
Poster 7 -Okay, the way I look at it, it's not about the bandaid - it's about the fact that he is screaming about it for 15 minutes! No means no, that's what kids have to learn!!! Don't get me wrong, this is NOT about blame here- my 9-year-old is still learning and still whining and throwing fits when she doesn't get her way . . . but she has to learn the fits aren't going to get her anywhere besides up into her room until she is done!!! Oh the challenges of parenting!!! HANG IN THERE, HEATHER!!! We are all with you!!!
KIDS GRANDMOTHER ( dad's side and former LLL leader)-And as Grandma, I can say,"this too will pass". Soon enough Zach will be handing out bandages to his kids. :)
ME-Grandma is right.

How sad..... My daughter , who is the same age, has had boxes of Band-Aid applied all over her body many times. It always makes her feel better when she gets hurt or it is plain fun to have them all over. One time I think I counted about 23 on her. Wish I had a picture taken.....