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Do you feel your kid(s) are strongly influenced by relatives other than you and your hb ?

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Asked by lillyblue111 at 3:45 PM on Feb. 9, 2011 in General Parenting

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  • absolutely! my oldest LOVES my uncle (they have a cool bond) they go on road trips... no girls allowed, shop for fireworks for the 4th and my uncles loves teaching him things!

    Answer by rebeccadac at 3:48 PM on Feb. 9, 2011

  • Yes, they are influenced by anyone they spend a lot of time with. That includes relatives, and friends.

    Answer by my2.5boys at 3:56 PM on Feb. 9, 2011

  • Mine aren't because we live far away from family.

    Answer by misses_nick at 3:57 PM on Feb. 9, 2011

  • Yes, they are pretty strongly influenced by my family - their aunt and grandparents. I love my in-laws, but one of the reasons we don't move closer to the in-laws is because the children in that family have quite a few behavioral problems (okay, A LOT) and we just can't stand the thought of our children picking up on that stuff.

    Answer by aliceryannesmom at 4:02 PM on Feb. 9, 2011

  • No we live 900 miles away from everybody.

    Answer by ashisamom at 4:04 PM on Feb. 9, 2011

  • No we live far away from our family.

    Answer by okmommy08 at 4:10 PM on Feb. 9, 2011

  • Nope. We have always had a strong relationship with both our kids. I credit a former boss of mine who told me (when mine were still quite young) how important it is to have one-on-one time with each child every day. AND (this is the key) to always be sure that we are giving them our undivided attention during this time. Not my knitting, or DH's sudoku; but looking right at them, and really paying attention to them only. Even during the bumpy times with my DD (around 11-13) she still listened to us -- she argued a lot, but she listened. She loves that my sisters spoil her with gifts; but she turns to me first for advice, or to share good news. I love that. :-)

    Answer by ss_mom at 4:14 PM on Feb. 9, 2011

  • I'm with a lot of the previous posters - we live too far away for them to have much influence.

    Answer by Dr.Donna at 4:35 PM on Feb. 9, 2011

  • Yes I do, my 5 year old really like her uncle and picks up stuff really quick from him.From him she has learned some words or maybe I should say some rather not very nice names to call people and we try to get her to quit saying them but when she is around him he will say them or come up with other stuff she should not be saying.I get rather upset with him sometimes. :)

    Answer by Ananomys at 4:58 PM on Feb. 9, 2011

  • We live far away so there is not much influence on how they behave, but they know that my mother, brother and grandfather ADORE them and they talk and skype a lot.

    Answer by Bubbie0809 at 5:40 PM on Feb. 9, 2011

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