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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > THE LOUNGE > My daughter and the animals: Problem
Last Post by Princess*Smudge at 10/27/2012 2:25 PM (27 Replies)
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User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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10/06/2012 2:14 AM
Yeah I don't know about the H problem. I'm the "mean" one of the 2, so he is very little help in discipline. I've gotten him a couple parenting books he didn't ever read. But I do look up most situations online, theres a couple parenting forums that I read a lot, and those help make me feel not alone with something and get tips on how to deal from people with experience (of course, you have to filter everything, obviously not ever method will work for every kid). Ooh and a book I liked was "raising a spirited child" It was easy to read, and really gave me a lot of tools to deal with my spirited kiddos

User is Offline SirThumpsey
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10/08/2012 7:43 AM
Thank you Rabbit Pam, Haha...I'd have to get him the book on cd cause he doesn't read...Won't even read the manual to his new camera..

I have read some books on Parenting...actually I've only checked out a few novels and the rest were non-fiction... So maybe I'll looks for that one. Thank you!

User is Offline tanlover14
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10/08/2012 10:16 AM
LongHairedMike --- LMAAAAOOOOO. I just pretty much died laughing from that comment.

I don't have kids -- but is this whole making the women be mean to the "kids" a whole guy thing? Because my boyfriend is SUCHHH a softy with the buns... I have to do all the holding for every administration we do because he freaks out -- when we do their nails and they're kicking around (not with hind legs of course, but rather attempting to get there way free) he's always yelling to let go and I'm like NOOOO. It's more stressful if you have to catch them 80 times just to do it -- the next time I catch him he's STILL gonna hate it so by gosh, JUST SHUT UP AND TRIM THE NAILS WHILE I HOLD! Hahahah. Luckily I figured out the hand over their eyes trick which makes it SOOOO much easier.
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User is Offline SirThumpsey
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10/09/2012 9:25 AM
I do see a pattern, Tanlover lol

User is Offline Stickerbunny
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10/09/2012 9:49 AM
lol yeah Tanlover, my boyfriend took some training too - he is too scared to trim, so he holds, but first few times he always let them go cause he was scared he'd hurt them. o.O And when it's the birds bed time if the birds being a brat and doesn't feel like going to bed (even though he's cranky / tired / falling asleep on me) the boyfriend is always like "Just let him stay up" so I have to be the mean one and force the birdy into his sleep cage. Can't imagine how he'd be with actual kids.

User is Offline SirThumpsey
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10/09/2012 10:01 AM
Off topic i know but...the bird has a special sleep cage?

User is Offline tanlover14
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10/09/2012 2:05 PM
Stickerbunny -- Glad I'm not the only one with this problem! I SWEAR -- every time I have to pick them up (for either their own safety) or move them out of the way quickly he has like a mini-heart attack. I can't even imagine him with kids either!

And the bird with the sleeping cage -- hahahah, that's cute!
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User is Offline Princess*Smudge
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10/27/2012 2:25 PM
Hi SirThumpsey,

I know this thread is from a little while ago but I haven't been on in a month or so. We had a very similar problem with my (much younger) brother around that age. We had 2 guinea pigs and an adult cat at the time and he struggled with the exact same problems, especially with the cat. He would pull the tail, legs, try to pick him up by the neck, even run up to him when he was sleeping and kick or stomp on him and then laugh. The two pigs were mine and my sister's, so when we had them out he would of course want to see which led to grabbing, poking, prodding, hitting even when we were supervising. It can be so frustrating because they are so quick and just like you said we would try "redirecting" and get no response. It took a long time, and we used the steps most people have said, especially the "two-finger petting" and only being allowed to interact when he was sitting on a couch or the floor and we handled the animal.

One thing that helped immensely was having him interact with the piggies or the cat in a non-contact way as a way of showing him how much fun he could have if he was being good. He really wanted to feel like a big boy and so we would let him sit on the carpet and put a piece of veg down in front of the piggies nose without touching them but he thought it was amazing when the gobbled it up. He also loved helping with the feeding/care (supervised of course) by putting the pellets in the bowl or something like that. But the rule was there was no touching or petting when the piggies ate. Maybe this would help with your bun? Our cat was trickier because of course he had the run of the house and it's hard to keep them separated all the time. We had to enforce a no touching unless there is an adult with you rule (easier said then done of course... there were a lot of time outs), but we got him one of those cat toys with a long handle and a feather/toy mouse/ball on the end of a string. My brother would sit on the couch and play with the cat with this toy while it was on the floor and it kept him giggling forever. It helped us to show him good ways to interact with the pets that also made everyone less worried that someone (animal or child) was going to get hurt by accident. I hope you are feeling less stressed lately. I don't have kids but 2 brothers under the age of 10 that love getting in trouble. If it makes you feel any better the little brother described above is now an animal loving 9 year old who teaches his little cousins the best ways to play with his new kitten
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