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MrG - all indications show that you will succeed.

You're like a Magic 8 ball of reassurance, Stitch. wink.gif

Seriously though, I appreciate the kind words.
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You did say the right words...I have changed my expectation..
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I have asked myself many times if my dad was a friend's dad , would I respect him ?
The answer is no ...

Agreed on both accounts.
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i'm nowhere near the age of fatherhood nor will i ever have children, but what concerns me most about raising a child is not teaching them how to be properly functioning adults, rather what and how you teach them as babies and toddlers. teaching a child how to speak, potty train them, feed themselves etc, is it like teaching a dog a trick or something?

My kid is only a year old, so I can't speak to all of your questions, but a lot of their development just happens. Your part is really just doing things to encourage them. For example, my son's first real word was "ball." We didn't go out of our way to teach him that; we simply called his ball a ball and encourage him when he says it: "yes, LowerCaseG, that is a ball." Eventually, everything round became a ball - we walked through the produce aisle yesterday, and I was informed that lettuce, cauliflower, apples, etc. are all "baaawlls."

They also pick up on stuff on their own. When we play with toy cars, I make a "brrrr" noise. Other than that, however, I didn't do anything to try to teach him to use that noise, but he put it together. Eventually, everything from small toy cars to my truck became a "brrrr."

Food is much the same way. We started with feeding him with a spoon, then we moved up to finger foods he can manage on his own, and now we're giving him the spoon to use himself. They do things that make it clear they're ready to take the next step; you just have to be aware of it and help them along.

Basically, kids that age are little sponges who learn through repetition and observing. They'd probably eventually figure it all out on their own, so your job becomes finding ways to help them along and foster their growth.

Potty training, on the other hand, freaks me out a little. It just strikes me as a huge hassle.
post #107 of 115
^^ that type of post is the one of the indicators i was refering to ^^

potty training is a pretty big hassle, im not gonna lie to you. but getting them to sleep through the night without a diaper is even worse. have plenty of spare sheets.
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^^ that type of post is the one of the indicators i was refering to ^^
potty training is a pretty big hassle, im not gonna lie to you. but getting them to sleep through the night without a diaper is even worse. have plenty of spare sheets.

I have to start potty training and I have 2 of them...shog[1].gif
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I have to start potty training and I have 2 of them...shog[1].gif

good luck man. make sure you have plenty of rags, febreeze and lysol in the house.
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So we have digressed from fathers to baby shit.
post #111 of 115
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So we have digressed from fathers to baby shit.

it would seem so, though its usually the peeing thats more of a hassle with potty training imo. less gross but far less contained and more frequent.
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good luck man. make sure you have plenty of rags, febreeze and lysol in the house.

I try to force the Eastern European nanny to start the process...

She is some authoritarian..
post #113 of 115
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I have to start potty training and I have 2 of them...shog[1].gif

good luck, can't tell you how happy I am to be done with it
post #114 of 115
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I try to force the Eastern European nanny to start the process...
She is some authoritarian..
Hey ... watch out. Your kids will pick up on her politics. wink.gif Before you know it, they'll be joining the Conservative Party.
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Hey ... watch out. Your kids will pick up on her politics. wink.gif Before you know it, they'll be joining the Conservative Party.

I will try my best they do not finish Tory believe me..

They might finish like Portillo...

Right-wing son or daughter of an immigrant....

They're the worse ones..
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