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Aug. 4th, 2007

07:36 am - It's too soon!

Hey all, need some advice here~

Jayden said he bumped his tooth on the playground structure yesterday. His upper incisor (big tooth on top). He said it bled a lot.
I didnt think anything of it since the school didnt give me an incident report (something I will discuss w/ them on Monday), and his teeth weren't chipped or anything (he didnt seem too upset).

THIS MORNING, he complained that his tooth still hurt. I touched it and IT WIGGLED. *jaw drops* The incisor next to it wiggles, but not as much. It hasnt turned color and is not bleeding.

Now, they say kids start to get baby teeth at 6 mos, and then start to lose those at 6 years old.... I'm wondering, if Jay got his front baby teeth at 4 months old (to the week), would it be possible that he'd start to lose those teeth at 4 years old?

I know, it sounds stupid, but I'm in denial. I dont want to have to take him to the dentist... but man.... that tooth is so loose I dont feel comfortable giving him anything tough to eat!


Current Mood: anxiousanxious

May. 19th, 2007

04:22 pm - Grief counseling for children?

Tyler, my 5 year old son, is going through a phase right now and I'm pretty worried about him. He's got some big time anxiety and fear about death and dying. We frequently deal with melt downs usually before bed time, or if he is already upset about some other unrelated reason and I'm not quite sure what to do about it. He brings up my Great Grandma a lot, who died 2 years ago. He cries and cries about missing her. They were actually very close. When he was a baby, my grandma cared for him while I worked, and my great grandma moved in with her when he was little. He kept her so happy, when otherwise she was a little old grumpy 98 year old woman. They really did have a special connection. I've done everything I can think of to help- we make cards, we've visited her grave with flowers, we've looked through pictures. I've tried to help him understand that while she may be gone, she's always here in our hearts, and we have many great memories of her. Well, it usually doesn't end there, he then goes into hysterics about not wanting me or others in our lives to go away, and how he doesn't want to die, etc. I've found the best solution is to find a way to take his mind off of it- but it's obviously only a short term solution, since it returns several times a week.

I'm at a loss trying to help him through it on my own, and I've decided I should probably take him to a professional of some kind who can help him work through his grief. I know it's a long shot, but has any other parent gone through this and know of someone who can help us? Any books you've read? Anything? I'd really appreciate it!

Mar. 27th, 2006

04:50 pm - Yes, I'm single too...

I logged onto OkCupid and was faced with some quiz thing they wanted me to retake because they updated it or something. Here is my results:

You embody the German principle of Konstantzusammenschaft, which is best described in English (without using the obscure English word "sammenschaft") as "eternal togethermanship".
The Loverboy
Random Gentle Love Master (RGLMm)

Well-liked. Well-established. You are The Loverboy. Loverboys thrive in committed, steady relationships--as opposed to, say, Playboys, who want sex without too much attachment.

You've had many relationships and nearly all of them have been successful. You're a nice guy, you know the ropes, and even if you can be a little hasty with decisions, most girls think of you as a total catch. Your hastiness comes off as spontaneity most of the time anyhow, making you especially popular in your circle of friends, too.

Your exact opposite:
The Billy Goat

Deliberate Brutal Sex Dreamer
You know not to make the typical Loverboy mistake of choosing someone who appreciates your good humor and popularity, but who offers nothing in return. You belong with someone outgoing, independent, and creative. Otherwise, you'll get bored. And then instead of surprising her with flowers or a practical joke, you'll surprise her by leaving.


CONSIDER: The Window Shopper, The Peach

Link: The 32-Type Dating Test by OkCupid - Free Online Dating.
My profile name: megasurge

Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Current Music: TranceGlobalNation - Odessi - Moments in Space

Mar. 10th, 2006

02:21 pm - Teachers and Parents

I was having a discussion with my ex-wife about our daughter, who's 6 now, and her current education progress. She was expressing some concern that her teacher was teaching the kids wrong. My reply to that was, off-the-cuff, but I thought it was good and decided to post it here. My basic understanding of a child's learning process is that they learn primarily from two things: observation and environment. In light of this, my view is that teachers are not the end all of information, they are a guide. They are trained with various ways to educate that are effective and from that point they teach how they see as proper. Beyond that, they are guides to give direction to our kids and if they want to learn more then it's up to them to do so. It is up to the parents at this point to be the rolemodel and help their child gain the ambition and motivation to "want" to learn. I'm staying very focused on this now, because from all that I have read and just from my understanding, a child's most influential ages are from 0-12 years old. In any case, I thought this might be worth posting. I'm not saying I'm right or anything, but this certainly seems like it's good thinking.

Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: Gatecrasher - Liquid State - Falling

May. 10th, 2005

11:58 am - Non-Traditional Parent Playdate (Oregon Zoo)

Come and meet other "interesting" parents and children at the Oregon
Zoo on Saturday, May 14 at 11am.

Meet in front of the Bear at the gift shop. If you can't afford
tickets to the zoo, please contact me offlist at malacat@gmail.com and
I may be able to make arrangements.

My cell is (503) 809-1721


Apr. 10th, 2005

12:59 pm - Baby Stuff

Ok, so I have the following items that will be leaving our house shortly...

Whoever wants them, if you are local (Beaverton, OR), you can come pick it up, if you aren't, all you need to do is pay shipping.

baby stuffCollapse )

Email malacat13@yahoo.com

Apr. 8th, 2005

12:20 pm - Looking for friends and more...

Hello. This community doesn't really seem too active but I thought I would post to see what might come of it. So, for starters, I'm looking for a long term relationship with a girl who is sweet, caring and honest. I'm kind of leaning toward single mothers because I'm a single dad myself and it seems that at least single moms would understand the time constraints involved when you have a child as I would understand their dilemmas as well. It just seems like it works out better, however, if you're not a single mom but you do like children and are good with them as well as have understanding about my time constraints then it still might work out. So, I'm not going to go into much more detail than that as I have a complete profile that I filled out (with pictures) at OkCupid.com. Just click that link and it should take you to my profile. I'm really only looking for friends right now and if something should click then great! If you want to hang out sometime then message me or email or contact me any number of the possible ways there is. Hopefully I will meet some great girls.

Current Mood: curiouscurious
Current Music: White Zombie - Astro Creep 2000 - Super-Charger Heaven

10:10 am - Non-Traditional Parent Meetup, Saturday April 16, 2005

Hello Portland Non-Traditional Parents!

Come and play with other Non-Traditional kids and parents at Peanut Butter & Ellies!

Saturday, April 16, 2005 at 10:00 AM

Please note that there is a NEW LOCATION for Peanut Butter & Ellies is 4405 SW Vermont, Portland OR

To sign up for the Meetup group, go to http://alternaparent.meetup.com/68/ or just show up!

Hope to see you there!


09:24 am - Kind of an Odd Request

I need your help, guys.

I'm looking for a gay-friendly pediatrician in the area of St. Vincent's hospital. Or anywhere, really. I took my son to his first appointment with his new pediatrician and explaining his family situation and her reaction was really awful.

Any ideas from you parents out there?

Feb. 7th, 2005

12:37 pm - Dads & Daughters...

Also, I thought I may as well post this neat resource web site:

Dads & Daughters

It seems pretty decent.

Current Mood: geeky
Current Music: Actum Ne Ages - Area 39

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