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Marianne in TX

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About Marianne in TX

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  • Birthday 09/09/1965

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  1. This : ) I don't want to embarrass my kids. ETA: I have mostly learned to avoid situations that tend to bring the worst out in kids.
  2. It isn't clear how old the husband is, but is it possible that he is having mental/dementia issues? It also doesn't seem - from your explanation - that you have definitely lost a friend. The text sounds to me like she just might want to visit with you on the "down low", you know? :001_smile:
  3. There was a time with my first two children -- when they were small -- that I thought I was doomed. Then I stopped focusing on trying to change them. Instead, I began to look at things from their point of view. Doing that helped me to figure out what they needed. And what I needed to let go. I've learned so much about them this way. With a family of six, there is plenty of conflict, but instead of trying to play judge and referee...I'll just point out my observations with the intention of helping them better understand each other. And I always refrain from thinking "this is silly...you sho
  4. My now lovely (but still spunky 12 yo dd) had nuclear meltdowns. She was 2 or 3 when I realized that she just acted on the outside the way I often felt on the inside...especially when I am stressed. My 10 yo ds had meltdowns as well, but he would implode instead of explode (run to his room and hide under his blanket). No one pitches fits exactly anymore, but I still find myself helping them handle whatever is stressing them. It usually involves some empathy -- which I really do have for them -- and sometimes it's a matter of helping them understand something. I've had to assure my
  5. I don't know how to answer that directly. I have fallen in love with history, mythology, and literature in an angsty kind of way. These subjects paint a beautiful and heartbreaking picture of what it means to be human. But I'am also holding on to my faith without conflict. Tension maybe. The tension between faith and reason I suppose. But I hold on tightly to both. I did convert to Eastern Orthodoxy about 10 years ago.
  6. When he says "get me water," I would just look at him and say "water, please?"...just like I'd want him to say it. And then go ahead and give it to him. He'll catch on. :001_smile:
  7. I think this is a great idea : ) My 9 yo still has difficulty articulating his frustration. And even when my olders articulate their frustration, they don't always know exactly WHY they are so frustrated....or that the frustration is quite normal under the circumstances. When my 2nd daughter was 2, I realized that she would often act on the outside the way I felt on the inside. So instead of trying to fix her (or me <_< ), I began trying to figure out ways to help us all manage our emotions better. It's hard at first. A couple of things I've learned and try to keep in mind:
  8. too funny! Tell me about it:tongue_smilie: My dh doesn't like that they watch the videos because they start asking to download all these different mods. But they also find out how to make things like the Nether Portal. And of course they watch the silly parodies, too, and then go around singing "Do you like my sword, sword. My diamond sword, sword..." I think I've let Minecraft get out of hand around here though, because I think it's really interesting, too. There was a learning curve up front when I helped them learn about the blocks, tools, and recipes. (Minecraft wiki is
  9. LOVE this description! I have one of those. She is the sweetest thing in the world, and she will cheerfully do anything you *ask* her to; but all she wants to do is doofer. And thank you, ladies, for sharing your troubles and wisdom here. :grouphug:
  10. I would give just about anything to have a Fairy Grocery Godmother. I loathe shopping. :glare: Since I must shop, however, I've worked out a rotation with my dc. I take only one each week. It turns a necessary evil into something pleasant. :) We get a snack at the snack bar, and it's also a perfect time to get any needed shoes or clothes. (I loathe shopping at the mall even more than shopping at Target. Presently, the girls are able to drag me there once a year when they have some birthday money to blow :tongue_smilie:)
  11. Sometimes challenging things kind of takes out the fun. For a silly (and somewhat embarrassing example), when I play Guitar Hero with my family, I prefer playing on easy or medium. I know I could probably do a harder level, but I actually have fun when there's no struggle to keep up. ETA: re: the piano piece...Does she like the song? Does she know it well? Is it possible she didn't want to "mess up" in front of a new teacher?
  12. I was hoping it would be helpful to share a timely perspective from the leader of Orthodox Christians in Syria. He was born in Syria and has been the Patriarch of Antioch since 1979, but we won't see him on the evening news. And it's important to me for others to see a Christian perspective that is rarely noticed, because, I guess, it's not provocative or sensational enough to be newsworthy or debate-worthy. In peace and hope,
  13. I was very moved to see this in my Flipboard news the other day.
  14. The following appeal is from the Orthodox Christian Patriarchate in Antioch. http://www.antiochian.org/sites/antiochian.org/files/letter_of_patriarch.pdf
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