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    My daughter Madalyn LOVES our neighbor’s daughter.  Madalyn is almost 5, the neighbor’s daughter, let’s call her Jen, is 8.  When we first moved in, their ages were 2 & 5.  Jen LOVED hanging out with my daughter, it was like having a little sister.  But recently, I think Jen (who will be entering 3rd grade) is definitely feeling too old to hang out with my 4 /12 year old.  My daughter BEGS to play with Jen.  She stalks her in fact (looks into the neighbors driveway to see if the car is there) and is constantly begging to play with Jen.  Last year at my daughter’s 4th birthday, when the neighbors were there, I explained to the mom that my daughter LOVES Jen but I understand if she doesn’t wish to play with Madalyn that’s okay  – she is much younger.   At that time, the mom said Jen loves to play with Madalyn so we continued to ask.  They have maybe connected about 3 times since last fall to play and it’s always us calling down to the neighbors.  I’m almost positive it’s simply because of the age difference.  Jen is getting older and now having more playdates so she doesn’t need to hang with the neighbor much anymore.  But how do I explain this to Madalyn?  I tried to explain that Jen is older and likes to do things Madalyn can’t do.  Sort of like how Madalyn doesn’t always like to play with her little brother.  I tried to use her cousins as an example (to which she replied "but cousin A loves to play with me" (she does, but they’re cousins).  How do I explain this to a little girl?  I often feel like a stalker calling this mom for dates all the time.  School says all she talks about is Jen – draws her pictures, can’t wait until she’s Jen’s age so they can ride the bus together (which won’t happen due to ages), etc…  It breaks my heart!!


    I gave one of this to my son for his first birthday, he likes it and he’s getting more and more provicient at using it everyday (He’s not 27 mo old).

    It’s easy to use and quite heavy duty, it survived several drops.


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    How about an informal play date with a few of his favorite friends? That way there is no pressure to have a big hoopla but your son will still feel as if his friends helped to celebrate his day. You can make is special by serving cupcakes or your son’s favorite snack.


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    I advocate the healthy balance of having healthier sweet options alternating with the not so healthy desserts. Sounds like this would be a good practice for the whole family. We also follow Mary’s advice of not having dessert every night as a rule so it doesn’t become an automatic given. We don’t do it in scheduled way – though am thinking we should to avoid crying fits we sometimes get. We also consider any sweets she may have had during the day – someone’s birthday at school, etc. – to remind her that desserts are not just "after dinner" but count at any point during the day.

    When we just have to have something, we will wait until after bed time to have our sweet treats. We’re adults afterall and we’re allowed to break our own rules! :smileywink:


    amy dempster

    I definitely agree with everything in moderation. That was my motto when teaching kids’ cooking classes. We talked a lot about balancing out having a cupcake one day for snack and opting for a healthier option such as carrots for the next day. To live by this rule this week, my daughter will have to eat carrots all week after a weekend of playdates and birthday parties – lol!

    I also think there is a big problem with the cost of healthier options. Unfortunately, the raw costs of goods of processed foods are cheaper than the better alternative. That’s exactly why they are made that way to begin with – driving down costs to boost sales.


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    Last November we posed the same question to our pediatrician.  Concerned about the bad habits of having dessert every night, our pediatrician suggested moving to an every other night model, not because our daughter had weight issues but more to teach her that it’s okay to not have dessert.  It took about a week to get her to understand but now, she knows when it is a dessert night and when it is not.  Since it’s only every other night, she gets more freedom in her choices – like she can have 2 oreo cookies or 1 popsicle or we make popcorn (on the stove which is a very fun task especially if your pan has a clear lid).  For special nights, we may allow desserts (like birthday cake) even if we had dessert the night before but the next night it’s no dessert.

    Better than many desserts includes fudge pops, juice pops, jello, pudding cups, apples with peanut butter, popcorn, weight watchers ice cream bars/pops, mixed up snacks (M & M’s with peanuts and raisins).  The best part of this new model is that her brother has a much better approach to desserts than she did.  Might be worth a shot (and ps – for you, maybe eat your dessert after the kids go to bed!)


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    I haven’t found any great movement videos, but as a birthday present for my toddler a friend got us the The Toddler’s Busy book along with some hula hoops, mini bean bags and cones.  The book has some great ideas about how to set-up little games and activities for your toddler.  It’s been a great way to get her outside and moving around.  She has fun and it tends to tire her out which is always an added bonus 🙂


    I have seen/heard them all over lately (including in a Church service and a library)….  My vote is for highly annoying.  The kids seem to like it and it encourages them to walk (or so I’ve heard) and makes it harder for them to sneak away, but I figure that if I need loud shoes to prevent my children from sneaking away I need to work on my parenting observation skills anyway.  The only real use I see for them is annoying any would-be kidnappers or a revenge gift for a friend who gave your child a noisy toy for their birthday.


    My son is turning 6 in a few weeks and I’m looking for some way to mark the occasion without the hoopla of a traditional kid party.   We’ve done birthday parties for the past two years, and frankly, I don’t want to do one this year.   The problem is that we’ve recently come off the school-year birthday party circuit so in his young mind, a birthday equals a party.  He’s got a list of friends and even the kind of cake he wants.   I’ve tried explaining to him that you don’t always have a party, but your birthday is still YOUR day, and is still special…just not sure he’s buying it.

    Any suggestions for celebrating your child’s day, with maybe just 5-8 little friends, that does not involve the traditional gym/bowling alley/party factory?   Our home is quite small, so that is not an option.


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    When I was younger one of my neighbors invited me and a few other close friends for a day at the zoo to celebrate her birthday. It was a smaller group than they would have invited to a big party, but I think that made it even more special. We had a lot of fun and it was one of the best birthdays I can remember celebrating–party or not. I would suggest giving some ideas for a special birthday trip or activity and let your son choose what he likes best. Allowing him to help plan will make it even more exciting and ensure that he enjoys his special day.

    Good luck!

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