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Sibling rivalry is normal, and some conflict is to be expected. The sibling relationship is like a marriage, only you enter into it when you're extremely young and immature, you're constantly being scrutinized and supervised, and you don't get to pick your partner.
Hear me now, people: you are not required to be friends with the parents of your child's peers. In fact, I believe it can be beneficial to forego connections to them and let your kids make friends ON THEIR OWN.
Try as you may to avoid using what my third-grade teacher called a "garbage mouth" in front of your kid, they're inevitably going to be exposed to the wonders of four-letter words -- by you, by their peers, by hearing Lil Jon at the club.
Is your child panicked about Swine Flu, but still craving bacon? Are you wanting ultimate insulation from the bug, but praying to god they'd finish sanitizing the damn school? Do you already have mask rash? Then you'll enjoy this compendium of ways to protect your precious beloved.
One of my colleagues here at momlogic recently posted a piece about washing her son's mouth out with soap. Once the kid inevitably crossed the line a final time, mom squirted some pineapple hand soap into his mouth and had him swish it around. The outcome? The boy pumped his fist and said, "YES! I ate soap!"
Parents often get extremely aggravated, or concerned, or humiliated when their kids tell a lie. Why?
I love to be right. Fortunately, given my astounding expertise in things child-related, this happens with some frequency. In fact, just today, I received such a testimonial.