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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2013 at 5:14pm

Melina, I know what you mean. When is love good for a child, and when is love not enough? I think every loving parent goes through this phase. I visioned a narrow walk with high fences, and I had to protect them from dashing into the street and getting run over. As they got older the walk became a street and I had to protect them from killing themselves and others when they started to drive. A little older, a little more freedom, and I had to guide them so they wouldn't have unwanted pregnancies. Then I had to open my controlling hand and let them fly.

I don't know if that gives you any help. We did have a revolving door when they moved back in, moved away, and move back in again. I thought the revolving door would never stop swinging. Now it has, they are all 49 years old, and two have exceptionally fine families. My older son took a much harder path, including alcohol abuse, a failed marriage with a fine woman, and then a brain injury that left him disabled. That is the risk a mother takes when having children. I do not know what I could have done to prevent his life-journey. By remaining flexible, keeping lines of communication open, confronting when necessary, supporting when needed, setting values that make sense to you without imposing them on a child, sets the stage for healthy, productive living. 

My most sincere best to you and your family. May you hear each other and explore for mutual ground. You and your husband provide the kind of love that does not smother, and yet empowers them to grow to be who they are, using their internal guide. 

Comment by booklover on April 19, 2013 at 4:34pm

Ian, I love the monkey grooming the cat. :)  The cat just expects it, like "yep, everyone caters to me."

Going to see my daughter at school tomorrow with my Mom and my Son.  My daughter is going to drive me nuts!  She has some decisions to make, some of which involve big money which would have to come from us or my Mom.  She needs to understand how the real world works.  Right now she's been sheltered, literally, by us, and will continue to be, but feels grown-up at 21 in an apt. that is totally paid-for by my husband, etc. but doesn't want to "talk about stuff" with us, like we are prying.  Well, if involves our money, we have a right to know what is going on with her plans/life, not to mention the fact that we love her more than life itself and would love to know things.  Not asking personal stuff here, just her plans! Aaaarrrggghhhhhhhhh! :)

Comment by Patricia on April 19, 2013 at 1:50pm

Cross species communication!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 19, 2013 at 12:59pm

What an awesome lizard photo.  He/she is beautiful.  Any scientists on here who can tell if that's a male or female?  I'd be interested in knowing how you tell the difference.   

Loren, those are great cards.  What a fantastic idea.  It's often very easy for us to patronize and pander to people that we feel may need our help.  Those cards are a great way to request that we "back off." 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 19, 2013 at 11:48am

The lizard is fun, Melinda.

Loren, those cards are a great idea. I was at a talk about autism a few days ago and they sound like a useful tool for those with problems in that spectrum.

This popped up. I wonder if there's a natural simian/feline bond?

Comment by Steph S. on April 19, 2013 at 10:10am

Comment by Steph S. on April 19, 2013 at 10:03am

Booklover that lizard is so cute! I love it,

I love the severe brain fog Loren.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 19, 2013 at 9:40am

Nosing about the BBC News website, I discovered the following this morning:


The above is part of a collection of flashcards, meant to be used by people with disabilities, particularly when their communication skills are not what they'd wish them to be.

Frankly, I could use the above-shown card more days than I care to speculate ... and I don't THINK I'm disabled!!!

Comment by booklover on April 19, 2013 at 8:14am

Comment by booklover on April 19, 2013 at 8:13am

Good Morning Friends!  Wow Carl, now THAT was a picture of flooding.  We did not have that at all by my house, just a ton of rain, and our basement got a little water in it.  It was NOT a flood in our basement, due to my husband staying up all night getting the water out of the window-wells!  We had to pull the carpet back and put fans on it, but that was it.  There IS flooding in our city.  The park near us looks like a lake!

So yesterday, rain and about 60 degrees.  Windy all night.  I just took the dog out and it's cold and there are little tiny ice balls falling!WTH?!

At least it's Friday! :)

 

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