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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