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By Rebecca Teti

Monday: Parenting

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Terrible toddlers? Trying teens? Something in between? This weekly forum is the spot to share your questions and struggles about all things related to parenthood.

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Rebecca Teti


  • I am struggling with jealousy this morning. I've been observing other families that we know. These families do are similar in size, ages, structure as ours. We have very similar values and beliefs. The children in these families "seem" much happier , much more respectful, and much more in tune with their faith. I do realize that I am on the outside looking in. We have 3 daughters. Eldest is strong in her faith & evengilization, but has moved in with her boyfriend. The 2 HS daughters, one is defiant, disrespectful, has depression & refuses to use the medication prescribed for her; the other has become the silent child, locks herself in her room to be on her computer, this ones likes going to Mass & youth group (of which I am very glad!). I've spoken, at length, with my priest concerning this feeling. St. Monica is my go to saint for this, I judge we are sisters in the same fight. Oh, the number of tears & prayers said for these children! Please pray for me to stay strong and to fight the good fight for my children's souls. Continued Christmas Blessing & Abundant New Year Blessings on all of you.

    Posted on Dec 31st, 2012 at 8:03 AM by MJ

  • I'm so sorry for what you're going through. Prayers that your children will find their way. For what it's worth, I think the struggles your daughters are experiencing are very common, especially given their age, and hopefully will resolve in time.

    Posted on Dec 31st, 2012 at 8:47 AM by Claire S

  • I have a question about potties... specifically, how to clean them after they've been, um, pooped in. Generally, I just dump the poop in the toilet, rinse the potty in the sink, and call it good. But my daughter is recovering from a stomach bug so I've been dealing with poop in alllllllllllll its many colors, textures, and shapes. There are many kinds of poop that stick to the potty and I am not sure how to clean them up. Wash in the sink with soap?? Wipe with wipes like a diaper, then disinfect with lysol?? I've even tried swabbing everything up with a diaper and then wiping with wipes after that. Nothing has gone 100% smoothly, though. What have you veteren moms done?!

    Posted on Dec 31st, 2012 at 9:04 AM by Jen

  • Who's got an idea for a 16-year-old boy's birthday party? He's nerdy, with interests advances in technology, coding and music.

    Posted on Dec 31st, 2012 at 11:55 AM by Rebecca

  • Jen- (I'm not a veteran mom but my son has mostly been wanting to use the potty instead of the toilet since july) my son has never had a stomach bug, but I'm concerned maybe she got sick from the sink! I always use toilet paper to get any remaining poop out and into the toilet, then spray with lysol antibacterial and then wipe again with toilet paper. If I were ever to put a poopy potty in the sink then I'd sanitize that sink with lysol immediately after.

    Posted on Dec 31st, 2012 at 1:46 PM by MMH

  • MMH - thanks. :) Why did I not think of using toilet paper and then flushing it?! And I love the concept of using a blast of lysol on the potty every time. I will start incorporating that as well!

    Posted on Dec 31st, 2012 at 7:40 PM by Jen

  • I LOVE my diaper sprayer for cleaning out the potty. It is worth it to have for this reason alone, IMO, even if you don't use cloth diapers!

    Posted on Jan 5th, 2013 at 4:06 PM by Leslie

  • will not have another day, minute by minute will not go back, so be sure to cherish every minute. There is a pursuit, obviously disappointed, but would not go back. There is an effort, obviously fail, but do not want to stop. There is a love, obviously wrong, but would not let go; there is a beautiful, obviously fantasy, but do not want to wake upLife is sometimes not with right and wrong measured; life is not a coin that is not being anti-; life is not go, either black or white. Life, so many things in life, this is a lot of love, there is no reason, and without reason, love is love, love is love, there is no result, and without result, willingly, no regrets. Life is not really perfect, not only is the most perfect real beauty; life is not always successful, is the real success only stood up in frustration, only the flash of life is both eternal life. Do not pessimistic that he is very unfortunate, even more attitude towards life, happiness is their own thing, as long as like, you can always replace their remote controls, to adjust the window to the soul happy channel. Learn to be happy, even sad, but also smiling face. Institute of loneliness, not who will treat you as guarding treasure. Learn to be independent, can no longer blindly trouble others, their own thing their own. Institute of unsympathetic, the roll to roll, stay on the left. Learn to grow up, you can not be so capricious. Learn to forget, can not live in the past time. The mood is an emotional state, it has a good mood, it has self-confidence, and then have a young and healthy. To have a future life of longing, full of expectations, so we have a good mood, because the life is luck and happiness. Give yourself a good mood, let the world smile at you; to others a good mood, make us smile for life, good mood is the wealth of life, let us always accompanied by a good mood. People on such a life, fun is the day, is not happy day, so you must make yourself happy. People on such a life, not something wrong again, another broken heart is difficult to heal, so you will not regret it. People on such a life, after today unfortunate than you actually are still many people; not optimistic that he is very great, in fact, you just drop in the ocean. Learn to adapt, make your environment becomes bright; learn to adjust, so that you no longer feel sad; learn to be tolerant and let your life without trouble; learn dedication, make your life full of sunshine. In fact, the skies are blue, clouds the total to be scattered; in fact, the sea is not wide, the other side even to this shore; in fact, tears are sweet, when your heart to do so. With emotion to see the world is a tragedy, a comedy is a rational look. Sometimes not understand, just do not want to understand, and sometimes do not know or just do not want to say it. Sometimes he does see, but understand not do anything, so he remained silent. Some words, for keeping everything just some pain, only for silent forget some memories, only suitable for occasional out aftertaste. All the days will come, all the days, and will be the last, as if everything happened, and as if everything did not happen.Has been called back for a century,

    Posted on Sep 2nd, 2016 at 4:18 AM by wty123