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Kids these days…too much freedom

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Posted By: Alfred K at 12:52 pm

31 Mar 2009

VANCOUVER — One morning last September, Melanie Leavey’s six-year-old daughter, Savannah, insisted on wearing a Halloween cat costume instead of normal clothes. She wore it all day long, and the next too. Eventually, she agreed to take off the costume so it could be washed, but the minute it was laundered, she pulled it on again. Weeks passed, then months. It wasn’t until February, almost six months later, that Savannah finally decided to put the cat costume to rest.

But at no point did her mother try to make Savannah stop wearing it, says Ms. Leavey, who lives in Burlington, Ont., with her husband Brandt, Savannah and Sebastian, age 4.

Getting Savannah dressed in the morning had long been a battle. “I tried all the mainstream parenting guru advice, but nothing worked,” she says.

So, Ms. Leavey began to practise consensual living, a set of principles designed to help family members understand each other’s feelings and meet one another’s needs.

My kids are happy to have potato sacks to wear to school every day.  And when they complain, I tell them the story of Julian Tavarez who was so poor that he owned no clothes

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  • Hugh G Rection

    Gordon Edes, Globe, May 17, 2007:
    While talking to Julian Tavarez the other day about his impoverished upbringing in the Dominican — he never went to school, sold newspapers, cleaned shoes and helped his dad, a construction worker — Tavarez sheepishly admitted he had an odd ambition as a kid. If he couldn't be a baseball player, he said, he thought he might have a future as an adult movie star. …

    The way Julian explained it, he was exposed to a lot of that stuff as a kid, and saw it as a way to a better life.

  • http://www.crackcocaine.com The Jiggler

    The mom is just like the daughter, a pussy (cat).
    I mean one day I guess, and regardless of the man (school) or society looking down onher, i wouldn't want my kid to be obsessed with being a cat, leading to tattoos and weird cat things, as well as cat related clothing, owning many cats, meowing, etc…

    There are two advantaes to this though that were overlooked:
    -Not buying clothes for a growing child saves the mom some money (later used for therapy though)
    -She can get away with feeding the kid cat food, even fancy feast will save her money. Now that's parenting, Jiggler stylllle.

  • Hugh G Rection

    Gordon Edes, Globe, May 17, 2007:
    While talking to Julian Tavarez the other day about his impoverished upbringing in the Dominican — he never went to school, sold newspapers, cleaned shoes and helped his dad, a construction worker — Tavarez sheepishly admitted he had an odd ambition as a kid. If he couldn't be a baseball player, he said, he thought he might have a future as an adult movie star. …

    The way Julian explained it, he was exposed to a lot of that stuff as a kid, and saw it as a way to a better life.

  • dub

    The Jiggler therapy would be jazz record listening sessions

  • http://www.crackcocaine.com The Jiggler

    The mom is just like the daughter, a pussy (cat).
    I mean one day I guess, and regardless of the man (school) or society looking down onher, i wouldn't want my kid to be obsessed with being a cat, leading to tattoos and weird cat things, as well as cat related clothing, owning many cats, meowing, etc…

    There are two advantaes to this though that were overlooked:
    -Not buying clothes for a growing child saves the mom some money (later used for therapy though)
    -She can get away with feeding the kid cat food, even fancy feast will save her money. Now that's parenting, Jiggler stylllle.

  • dub

    The Jiggler therapy would be jazz record listening sessions

  • ThurgoodJenkins

    3 hours later this goes up on Barstool..they be snitchin

  • ThurgoodJenkins

    3 hours later this goes up on Barstool..they be snitchin

  • http://www.crackcocaine.com The Jiggler

    Thurgood, wonder how you came up with that…

    ABBA ZABBA, You my only friend.

  • http://www.crackcocaine.com The Jiggler

    Thurgood, wonder how you came up with that…

    ABBA ZABBA, You my only friend.

  • http://www.crackcocaine.com The Jiggler

    Thurgood, wonder how you came up with that…

    ABBA ZABBA, You my only friend.

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