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May 09, 2007



my suggestion is not do anything. When Truman comes tatteling tell him you are only going to deal with the big problems ( bleeding, broken bones, etc. ) and that him and his sister and the ones with the problem and to not involve you. I find that I get involved wayyyy to much in my children's normal arguements and sibling rilvary. How will they ever learn to resolve their own problems if someone is always doing it for them or making the bad guy stop so on and so on. If tatum is just doing things to aggravate him then he will have to soon learn that such is life and she is not the last person who is going to aggravate him and make him mad. He will soon learn to "get over it" Good luck and if needed bring them to my house for a few days and I will deal with them. I have tons of patience for other people's kids!


Melinda, I question your sanity, and, Jullianne, jump on this offer as quick as you possibly can!!! Don't look a gift horse in the mouth, just jump on, and ride!!! By the way, I tend to lean in the no blood, no problem direction myself. It got me through three sons, and, drove Grandma Mary kinda crazy at the same time, all you have to do is find that little island, pick out a palm tree, and pretend the loud noise you hear is the sound of the waves crashing on the shore, blow out your flip-flops, step on a pop-top, and squeeze some limes. Gotta love that Jimmy B.

Grandma and "Pop Pop"

My best advice to you is "everything is a phase". Your friend Melinda has a lot of wisdom and objectivity. Send T & T there for the day!!!
Seriously, Hang in there. Just deal with the "bleeding, broken bones" issues (which I hope you won't have). My heart goes out to you. I bet that before long, T & T will be the best of friends!
Love you, MOm


Papa Dale, Melinda and Mom and Dad-

I've been trying the, "if it ain't bleeding then don't respond" philosophy and it is, thus far, surprisingly effective. I'll keep you posted.


I agree w/Melinda. When my boys "fight" I only get involved now when it gets physical. It's so hard not too, especially when you do have a whiner, and for me that is Cody, and he can whine with the best of em'. There are times where I wanna pull my hair out, but that is when I go into another room, and grab a pillow and scream or heck even cry into it! All kidding aside, it is a phase, and they will both learn that it's getting them nowhere.

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