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SURVEY Just so I'm reeeeeeeaaaaly clear and understand what is "normal" for other people- at what age do you consider it appropriate to do the following?

(62 Posts)
LynetteScavo Fri 03-Oct-08 19:01:47

1.Wean your baby.

2.Allow your child sweets.

3.Have your DCs ear/s pierced.

4.Leave your DC home for 20 mins.

5.Please feel free to add your own.

ImnotMamaGbutsheLovesMe Fri 03-Oct-08 19:03:55

I can't help thinking this isn't genuine, sorry.

coochybottom Fri 03-Oct-08 19:11:46

Are you taking the P**? read all the threads and you will find the answer! grin

CherryChapstick Fri 03-Oct-08 19:13:26

Mutual feelings here. What is this about?

NotCod Fri 03-Oct-08 19:14:30

1.Wean your baby. dont care - i did about 4mmonths all kids still aliev wiht no allergies

2.Allow your child sweets. hmm - abotu 1? no rule really

3.Have your DCs ear/s pierced. if ihad girls it woudl be secondary school

4.Leave your DC home for 20 mins.9 /10 - depends when kid is happy

5.Please feel free to add your own.

Cocolepew Fri 03-Oct-08 19:17:12

1. 2 weeks

2. 2 weeks

3. 2 weeks

4. 2 months

5. feel free to add your own

maidamess Fri 03-Oct-08 19:17:25

Why are you suspicious? cod, around 4 months, less for my middle son.

Sweets...chocolate before they were one! One of lifes pleasures, a gummy mouth and a chocolate button

Ears...dd had hers done for her 11th birthday

Home alone...if dd is here I will leave all 3, but only for 10 mins max. I leave dd alone for much longer.

Please feel free to add your own.

LynetteScavo Fri 03-Oct-08 19:17:46

Cod, I've said it before, I'll say it again - you are the only person on Mumsnet who understands me!


Beetroot Fri 03-Oct-08 19:19:59

1.Wean your baby. 4 months for me

2.Allow your child sweets. jesus when someone else gives them to them

3.Have your DCs ear/s pierced. 10

4.Leave your DC home for 20 mins. ummmm -

5.Please feel free to add your own.

Notquitegrownup Fri 03-Oct-08 19:21:43

.Wean your baby - 10 months ds1, 6 months ds2

2.Allow your child sweets - 15 months ds1 (he had dozens of Easter Eggs for his first birthday from my mum and her friends, which I dutifully ate!!) 12 months ds2 I think

3.Have your DCs ear/s pierced - can't imagine. I have boys.

4.Leave your DC home for 20 mins - aged 8. Note, I was appalled last year when a friend left her ds1 alone aged 8. Then mine turned 8 and suddenly it seemed OK to pop and collect ds2 from a friend's house, leaving ds1 with my mobile number and the front door locked.

KerryMum Fri 03-Oct-08 19:23:38

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princessglitter Fri 03-Oct-08 19:23:41

1. 6 months
2. 2 years old
3. 14
4.not sure yet, dd only 2.

artichokes Fri 03-Oct-08 19:23:52

1.Wean your baby - I waited 'til 2 weeks before 6 months.

2.Allow your child sweets - chocolate = 18 months(ish), jelly sweets etc = 3 or 4

3.Have your DCs ear/s pierced - if DD wishes she can have them pierced after she turns 10.

4.Leave your DC home for 20 mins - depends on the child, maybe around 8 or 9.

chankins Fri 03-Oct-08 19:27:31

1. between 5 and 6 months depending on baby
2. chocolate buttons before one but thats all
3. 12 or 13
4. maybe 8 or 9 but would depend on child

Shitehawk Fri 03-Oct-08 19:27:52

There's no such thing as "normal".

Dd was 4 months when I weaned her onto solids - if I were doing it again I would wait until 6 months.

She had chocolate from about 18 months, proper sweets from around 3, boiled sweets from around 5, isn't allowed things like chewing gum yet at 7.

She can have her ears pierced when she's 35 14. Will probably let her negotiate that to 12 or 13 though.

Depends on the child when it's OK to leave them for 20 minutes - not yet though. Maybe 9 or 10? Will cross that bridge when I find it.

Portofino Fri 03-Oct-08 19:27:56

Weaning - 4 months
Sweets - can't remember but probably choc buttons around 9 months
Ears - 12 ( absolutely hate LOs with pierced ears)
Leave alone - can't really imagine - 10?

Here's one - stay overnight at a friends house?

My dd (4.5)is gagging but the invitations have not been forthcoming.

Flamebat Fri 03-Oct-08 19:30:07

1.Wean your baby.

4-6 months... pref leaving until 6 months

2.Allow your child sweets.

About 1 - pref just white choc for as long as possible though!

3.Have your DCs ear/s pierced.

7. I am considered very old fashioned by rl friends, positively slack here it seemshmm

4.Leave your DC home for 20 mins.

Completely depends on the child.

5.Please feel free to add your own.

don't wanna :p

GobbledigookisThrifty Fri 03-Oct-08 19:30:56

1. weaning - depends when the baby is ready but around 5-6 months I'd say although ds1 was about 8 months before he was itnerested.

2, sweets - depends, choc buttons from about 7-8 months here blush sweets, don't really do 'sweets' till school age

2. ears - god, 16. Hideous on children imo.

4. At least 10 but I'm finding it hard to decide because my eldest is only 7 so I can't really think what a 10 year old is like.

PeppermintPatty Fri 03-Oct-08 19:31:53

1.Wean your baby. 4 1/2 months

2.Allow your child sweets. DD had chocolate on Christmas day at 6 months old

3.Have your DCs ear/s pierced. I've not had to make this decision yet - they would definitely have to be old enough to have their own opinion on it though!

4.Leave your DC home for 20 mins. Don't know I haven't had to make this decision yet either. I guess it would depend on the child.

5.Sleep in their own room - 3 months old

DeJaVous Fri 03-Oct-08 19:33:39

Not sure what your getting at here, but still...

1. Around six months

2. When they are old enough to notice that they are not getting something that other children are, and seem to enjoy.

3. Definitely no younger than 9. I wouldn't be happy doing it before secondary school really.

4. Depends. Don't know. My DD is only 10 months. Secondary school age?

5. Why are you asking?

TheFallenMadonna Fri 03-Oct-08 19:33:47

1.Wean your baby.
I did 4 months for ds, 6 months for dd. 6 was easier. Would go with that were I to have another.

2.Allow your child sweets.
God knows. No rule. Pretty sure my dad gave both dc chocolate buttons at, well it must have been 4 months and 6 months if that was when they were weaned.

3.Have your DCs ear/s pierced.
Secondary school for dd. Ds I wouldn't be happy full stop (blatant double standard blush)

4.Leave your DC home for 20 mins.
Hmm. Might consider it soon-ish for ds (7).

beansmum Fri 03-Oct-08 19:34:06

1.Wean your baby. - 6 months

2.Allow your child sweets. - 2, chocolates only.

3.Have your DCs ear/s pierced. - 16

4.Leave your DC home for 20 mins. - 9ish, if they are sensible.

DeJaVous Fri 03-Oct-08 19:38:04

Stay at a friends house over night - 4 ish? Depends totally on the child and the situation.

Sleep in own room - 6 months

fruitful Fri 03-Oct-08 19:40:35

1. Weaning - when they walk to the fridge and make themselves a sandwich. No? Oh, about 7 months for the last two.

2. Sweets - earlier for each child it seems. Although ds1 (3.5) refuses sweets, bless him. He is too suspicious to put one in his mouth. One day he'll risk it and find out what he has been missing.

3. Ears pierced - dd is asking already (she is 6). I've said 13.

4. Leave alone - 8 or 9? Don't know yet

5. Sleepovers? Well dd could go now except that they'd probably want me to have their child back, and I don't see the point of letting myself in for that, not for oohh, another 3 or 4 years?

ohdearwhatamess Fri 03-Oct-08 19:43:51

1. Wean - 6 months.
2. Sweets - 1 year(ish) but not hung up about it
3. Pierced ears - never, they are boys
4. Leave at home - 9 depending on how sensible

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