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Dear Legins ~

I just finished reading Foolishly Free's suggestions and find that I must concur on each one. Who am I? Some medical school professional? No, but I am a mom of 5 who had the "child from hell" first kid out.

When you have your son tested neurologically and if you discover that is something you have to deal with then you will be given guidelines.

If the testing shows everything normal then you must have a child like my first one. Being at the center of attention is what this child lived for. She was selfish and manipulative and could be verbally abusive to me. Yes, there were times when she thought nothing of hitting or kicking me and I had the bruises to show for it. She hardly slept more than 15-20 minutes at a time although it was for more than 1 hour out of 24. They were more like cat naps and it didn't take much to awaken her.

She refused to potty train until she was 4.5 and would have waited longer but I got tired of changing wet sheets each day and no diaper was large enough for her. I finally told her that she had to change her sheets and remake the bed or else sleep in the stinky sheets. Yes, I really refused to change them and it took her about a week. Boy did she and her room smell! It took a comment by a visiting child to shake her out of her self-indulgence. She was embarassed and I used it to my advantage.

Legins, please don't be afraid to be more firm in what you expect behaviorally. Yes, you will feel tired from always being on guard but then you will see a glimmer of hope in the form of your child's behavior.

Keep the faith that we parents are supposed to mold these children into productive members of society. It isn't easy and it takes longer than we think it ought to but the rewards will be there. I promise you.

jrodwn - Robyn
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