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October 20, 2009

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Fiona M

My son was 23 months when we stopped breastfeeding; try distracting your wee one with a game or activity instead of a feed. This worked for me as I found that my wee boy was feeding out me habit rather than necessity, and I suppose I was allowing it that way too. To be honest, he weaned himself mostly. Be prepared for some unexpected emotions though, I was very surprised how attached I had become to our time together, realizing he was growing up with the best start I could have given him though was great*

Nancy

"I nursed my son until he was 3 1/2 years old. He was in the 95%ile of height and was as tall as a 6 year old. I was given a lot of pressure to stop. I worked at a daycare and he was in my class. I would nurse him before he went down for our "center wide nap time hour". But I could definitely feel the pressure to wean. Funnily enough he was weaned and potty trained in the same month. He has been a leader and has set his own pace ever since. He is now 15. Many people comment on his assertiveness and leadership-especially in sports."

Carla Martin

thankyou for expressing what many of us moms struggle with. i too have a young daughter with whom i keep upper most in my mind how vitally important it is to let her become the person she is meant to be without me trying to mold her into something or some idea i have in My mind.

again, thankou for your thoughts.

blessings to you and yours!!!

gigi

Yeah,it's hard to separate but fact is you arent getting separated.The bond btw you is there already,no matter how many friends she may get,the two of you would stil be close.
You have to guide her,talk with her,be her friend,discipline her.You would hav to balance loving her and spoiling her,it comes natural,jst make sure you sit back at times and grade yourself as a parent. ask her tutors in school about how they think she's faring as a child not jst academically.

gigi

You are right that it is natural for her, Taz. More than natural, it is critical. And, you are the best person to support her to become her own, unique, beautiful person.

I write a parent education blog about parenting through the child's perspective. Studies show that understanding your child's perspective has the biggest positive impact on your child over anything else you can do.

So, you are asking the right questions. In fact, the fact that you are asking shows what a wonderful mother you are.Two articles come to mind that might help to answer some of your questions: #1 Parenting Secret and The Secret to Connecting with Your Kids.

Good luck with the tricky balance of letting go and staying connected.

Emily
http://www.childperspective.com

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