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 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Sick Kids - How do I teach...?

Posted: 03 Jan 2009, 4:53 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 1,429


my son is 9 and by 8 learned to go to the bathroom. Unfortunately, he didn't realize to go in the toilet. He used to barf in the bathtub and the latest was in the sink.

 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: John Travolta's son dies in Bahamas

Posted: 03 Jan 2009, 4:50 pm 

Replies: 44
Views: 8,433


Yes, we just don't know and probably won't ever know. I do have a friend who has seizures DESPITE her medication and attention to her environment. So, blaming a boy's death on presumed lack of medical intervention is just mean and petty. Yeah, I find the death suspicious but not enough to actually s...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: West coast better at accepting differences than East Coast?

Posted: 16 Aug 2008, 2:17 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 3,908


omg, jul, that is so right!

Just for clarification, I've never been to the East Coast, just the Midwest (Indiana/Michigan), Northern Plains (WY), Southwest (Tucson) and Northern CA (Bay Area and Sacramento Valley).

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: West coast better at accepting differences than East Coast?

Posted: 16 Aug 2008, 10:08 am 

Replies: 13
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I grew up in Northern California and moved back briefly 4 years ago. I found it just as bigoted and insular as the Midwest was, in terms of racism and dislike of "otherness". Where I lived, being sociable was on par with morality, if you didn't know how to speak well, smile pretty and make proper ey...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Broken homes and autistic kids

Posted: 16 Aug 2008, 2:59 am 

Replies: 41
Views: 4,691


thanks so much. such an awful story.

I'm still hoping for the best.

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Broken homes and autistic kids

Posted: 13 Aug 2008, 11:31 pm 

Replies: 41
Views: 4,691


Hi, I know you mean well but you've misunderstood something here. I'm not the person who brought up the new girlfriend with my son. My ex did. He dated her about a week and decided to inform Pop that he had a new girlfriend that would "be around". I requested that he wait a while and he refused. We ...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Broken homes and autistic kids

Posted: 13 Aug 2008, 7:47 pm 

Replies: 41
Views: 4,691


Part of me is still in denial about the pending divorce. I mean, we were reconciling and then he had a girlfriend. It's only been a few weeks and I'm in a real state of shock. I still have his stuff in my place, despite asking him to take it out over the past few months. There are plenty of things t...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Broken homes and autistic kids

Posted: 12 Aug 2008, 8:56 am 

Replies: 41
Views: 4,691


AFter so many years, I never thought he'd be like this. never Even last month when he broke up with me then, he wasn't like this. I just don't know what changed. The "look it up" argument for him is actually a trap because he thinks psychologists are stupid and if you use any trade terms with him, h...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Meltdowns killing our relationship

Posted: 11 Aug 2008, 4:30 pm 

Replies: 38
Views: 3,229


His dad and I actually used to let him watch us use the restroom for this reason. I learned the hard way that this doesn't always work. My son never learned from watching mommy and daddy doing stuff. It was always initiated by seeing other kids. Plus, I lost a lot of boundaries with personal space ...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Broken homes and autistic kids

Posted: 11 Aug 2008, 4:17 pm 

Replies: 41
Views: 4,691


Well, we spoke today and it was mixed. I explained that Pop was upset about Dad's new girlfriend and he said he wouldn't take him there anymore for a while. Part of the reason he wouldn't comply with my request is that "he doesn't trust me" enough to even give my theories any weight. This is another...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Meltdowns killing our relationship

Posted: 11 Aug 2008, 3:58 pm 

Replies: 38
Views: 3,229


Hi, I'm new to broken households and learning myself. I understand that your ex is out of work but not watching your son. I question the necessity of that? Perhaps there is an underlying issue with why he is unable to work or watch your son and that's a whole other kettle of fish. But if he is able ...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Broken homes and autistic kids

Posted: 11 Aug 2008, 10:27 am 

Replies: 41
Views: 4,691


Be careful not to accuse Ex; he is probably very sensitive to that; approach it more as a "this is what I see; what can we do about it?" talk. Easier said than done. :wink: I've been coaching myself on what I'm going to say to him and I know it's going to fly out the window when I see him or he dro...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Broken homes and autistic kids

Posted: 11 Aug 2008, 8:43 am 

Replies: 41
Views: 4,691


I don't get that, why propose a reconciliation when you got someone already? 3 years is a long time to hold off on the introductions, especially when they're living together. But it does sound better. I wish I could have stopped this. He referred to not introducing as "hiding" the relationship. Whic...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Broken homes and autistic kids

Posted: 09 Aug 2008, 5:34 pm 

Replies: 41
Views: 4,691


Well, we talked on the phone and debated the whole thing. I'm not happy with his decision but he was convincing enough that he is going to stay "level" with this. He assured me that she isn't staying over at his place when Pop's there, she isn't being referred to as family and that he's constantly m...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Broken homes and autistic kids

Posted: 09 Aug 2008, 3:16 pm 

Replies: 41
Views: 4,691


Part of my limbo is that he is changing what he says every minute. This is a man I have been with who was consistent for 12+ years. When I try to say that we should stay friends, he replies that that's what he's doing by still talking to me. But the manner in which he's doing it is radically differe...
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