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Excerpts of conversations from the Parents Council blog this week:

Learning to obey: “Children are so different without anyone’s intervention. My best friend adopted a boy (who was first a foster child, removed from his mom’s care in the hospital at two days old because of drugs in his system). He is a handful, but it’s not because of how my friend is raising him. He is quite smart but doesn’t like to follow directions, directly disobeys his parents, and has a hard time sharing.

“I’ve spent a good deal of time with my friend and her husband and they are caring, patient, loving parents who have taken many different parenting classes to be the best parents they can. My son was and continues to be a really easy, ‘follow all the rules’ guy – not because of any great child-rearing skills we have, but because he was born that way.” – Posted by Rachel

Positive reinforcement: “I get so tired of hearing people say, ‘No, no, no,’ to their toddler, but then when the kid does something right they don’t say, ‘Yes, yes, yes.’ Children this age are curious. They learn by exploring and don’t need to hear no and have their hands slapped every time they turn around. How about baby proofing the house, for crying out loud?” – Posted by Jennine

Too old for a blankie? “Who cares if a 10 year old has a ‘blankie?’ wouldn’t we all be so lucky to have a little thing to make us feel better! My daughter is 5 and adores her blankie. she doesn’t take it everywhere but would like to.

“After the horrific events in Moscow last month, my 9-year-old son decided to take his 4-foot-tall stuffed Tigger to school on the day of the memorial for Officer Newbill. I only wish I had something to make me feel better that day.” – Posted by Debbie G.

You can share your thoughts on these and other issues at spokesmanreview .com/blogs/parents.

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