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September 23, 2022


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DrumMajor Linda in Kansas

Maybe instead of talking with John, find one of those charts or chapters from a child development book that explains the usual patterns. Then he can see with your educator knowledge, that it's not just a dynamic between family members.
Jeepers, do daycare kids not see kids being picked up very often? Maybe they were sizing you up to join your household!
Older Daughter should open that bakery!
Ok, having raised a boy by myself: you need a cardboard chart on the back of the bathroom door. Each time he goes, he gets a gold star. I couldn't find stars at the time and found foil dots. He was delighted to get a "potty dot" and choose the color of foil dot and placed it on the cardboard wherever he wanted. (My parents came to visit one time, and my son watched his Grandpa shave, and use the toilet. My son came running out exclaiming, "Mommy, Mommy, Grandpa needs a potty dot!")
I found some little pieces of paper called Tinkle Targets, made by "The Little White House" company. Not sure if they're still in business. For $5, it had several little pieces of paper, printed with animals, cows, sailboats, with the red concentric circles like a bull's eye pattern. When they are TALL enough, (so little boys don't slam the ring down on their penis...) place a target floating on the water. The boy aims as he tinkles to sink the target. They are flushable, one time use pieces. My friends said they needed some Tinkle Targets for their husbands! Good luck! Linda in Kansas


I did what Linda in Kansas did with the chart and stars for my granddaughter who was resistant to potty training with her mother. I also rewarded her with teeny little cookies when she got a certain amount of stars. And I had her wear "big girl panties" instead of diapers so she'd feel it if she made a mistake. Oh.... and I gave her lots of her favorite beverage to drink. :-) She was trained in a week as far as peeing went. Pooing took a little longer.

October already? Wow!


Oh your weather forecast looks nice. We had a high of 55 today and it seemed too brisk, too soon! Get those bike rides in while you can. You daughter is quite the baker. I'd be lost without Pillsbury pie crusts.

Doug M

Those quiche looked so tasty, Margaret how do you keep your figure? Secondly, I thought that was a sweet picture of you and OD until I read the text and realized what I was really looking at. Too funny! But sweet too. 😄👍


John’s gd certainly seems either borderline autistic or developmentally challenged or even both. I hope she is loved and will have a good life.

Your daughter seems to be an amazing cook. I can’t fathom not using pre-made pie crust. Lol

We’ve gotten close to frost here, but I think ink temperatures will begin to return to something closer to normal later today. Unfortunately, our biking has lapsed. Sue is back to exercise class twice a week, so she doesn’t need it as much and. . . . Well … I haven’t thought to do it on my own since it is something that we do together.

Arkansas Patti

Wonder if the 4 year old has a hearing problem? That would affect her speech.
Smiling at your new potty training job. Linda had some good suggestions. As for the tinkle targets, I know some grown men who could benefit from those and would have fun with them:)


I can't remember the last time I made my own pie crust! I agree with Patti on the hearing, although I assume she probably had a newborn hearing screen after birth? Things can change though and that would be a good place to start investigating. It may help John immensely if you give him a little nudge...
I had to laugh at the potty picture and the offer of toilet paper for meme!


Just talk to John about your concerns, and his, about his granddaughter. She needs early intervention.

Those quiche look wonderful. I find making pie crust to be a pain in the butt, but I have discovered olive oil crust which requires no rolling out, just press into the pan, very easy.


Your daughter's quiche looks amazing. Working full time, raising a child and cooking from scratch...all combined says, "Super Woman." N wanting you to be part of his potty training is no surprise as you are a VIP in his life. I suspect he will train up in no time. For my son, the lure of no diapers and big boy pants accelerated the training. That said, once he was watching Sesame Street while I was dressing for work. When I walked in to the TV room, I found him peeing into my potted palm tree. What? He said he did not want to miss Big Bird and Ernie. I guess that still amounts to fully trained!


Potty training is something else. Rita helped Ian by using the easy to get the pants down method which often involved no pants. It was hilarious.

Jenni Elyse

I understand why you're anxious about talking to John. I have several friends with advanced intellect children and others with not so advanced kids. It's very hard not to compare parenting styles and other environmental factors.


I rarely purchase pie crusts. Usually they are reserved for when we have to make several pies which will be given away for various reasons, but none to friends or family. Pie crust is so easy to make and tastes so much better, plus can be made days ahead of time so it is always in our home consumed pies.

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