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Posts by santander  

Joined: 14 Sep 2009 / Female ♀
Last Post: 18 Feb 2010
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Posts: Total: 68 / Live: 35 / Archived: 33
From: manchester
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santander   
18 Feb 2010
Life / 3 reasons why winter is the best time of the year in Poland [53]

There is a whole world outside of Poland full of smiling people and 30 day exchange policies on defective goods.

I forgot about that one. Anyone tried taking defective goods back to M1, they look at you like you have two heads!
santander   
18 Feb 2010
Work / Is it normal for companies/schools in Poland to be rude? [116]

A few things to consider:

Mafketis, just out of interest, what is the situation for special needs or "learning difficulities" as it is now called.

Is there still such a stigma attached to disabilities, or is it changing gradually. Are there provisions made for autistic children and an inclusion in the schools, or are they ignored.

This is something I have been thinking about for a while. I am sure there was a large autism research centre in Gdnask, I read about it somewhere, but cannot find any information on the internet.
santander   
15 Feb 2010
UK, Ireland / Brits to protest against foreigners in the workforce, including Poles. [289]

you'll have more 18 year olds looking for work simply because they cant get places at British universities,

I thought that everyone was guaranteed a place at university these days. Except of course those incredibly "thick ones" who get a place anyway and do "sports theory"
santander   
15 Feb 2010
Law / The 'Secret' of Poland's Economic Success [83]

High levels of trust in the government

[Now I know that you are joking. The credibility of the Polish government is about as credible as the credentials of a "used car salesman".
santander   
9 Feb 2010
Life / Making Real Friends in Poland [9]

Polish people are very spirtual no matter what occasions is.

Do you mean that if they like someone , it is in their heart, they know straight away male or female.
santander   
9 Feb 2010
Life / Making Real Friends in Poland [9]

TheOther
I have been left Poland for quite a number of years, and I still have those friends and will always have them. There are false friends and, and true friends and I will always have true friends because I am a true person, and Polish people can distinguish, between false and true.l
santander   
9 Feb 2010
Life / Making Real Friends in Poland [9]

I read alot of the posts on the forum,some are great some are just pathetic. I would like to offer my experience. |There are arseholes everywhere in the world, but you know when you have a true polish friend, or any friend for that matter, when they call you, "out of the blue" just to ask how you are, and they say that thay miss you as a friend.

I can honestly say over a long period of time, it has always been my Polish friends who have contacted me, rather than my British ones, and yes I have some great British friends.

I think that the Polish are more spiritual what do you think?
santander   
31 Jan 2010
USA, Canada / My wife wants to return to Poland...but I want to stay in the US [155]

Highlights the fact that people who marry into a different culture and language etc soon realise that after the honeymoon period it can turn out to be not a bed of roses

They are both of Polish origin, without any cultural differences, it highlights nothing.

Many people marry into different cultures, and they last a lifetime. This is quite a silly naive remark.
santander   
25 Jan 2010
Food / OKOCIM PORTER BETTER THAN GUINNESS STOUT? [43]

Between the two beers ,I think the Okocim Porter beats the Stout by just a little

Is there still an Okocim brewery in Krakow or did it close down, or was it taken over?
santander   
23 Jan 2010
USA, Canada / Differences in How Polish People Raise a Child and How Americans Raise a Child [149]

ChrisPoland

Maybe spanking is going out of style, so to speak, esp with the popularity of the Supernanny tv show??

I have to say I get really annoyed with Supernanny, for a start when she became this "all knowing celebrity" she did not have children of her own. Children behave completely different with strangers than they do with their mothers, as they are out of their comfort zone of familiarity.

I have watched programmes where she is clearly dealing with a child who has Attention Deficit, or other disorders on the autistic spectrum, and she treats them as "an out of control naughty child" and makes no reference or allowances at all. It is such children that need a different type of guidance and she either ignores the fact, or fails to recognise it.

I personally think that programmes such as these should be axed from tv as they give out the wrong messages to families.
santander   
19 Jan 2010
USA, Canada / Differences in How Polish People Raise a Child and How Americans Raise a Child [149]

mammal-natural or not, don't ask me to lick my babies clean after their birth.

Well how about just a little "cooked placenta" on toast !

I remember watching a programme and I am sure some people were saving it to cook later after the birth. Theres a new creation, instead of "Baby Showers" there should be "Placenta Parties".
santander   
17 Jan 2010
USA, Canada / Differences in How Polish People Raise a Child and How Americans Raise a Child [149]

Yes I have without the "dreadful naughty step". I have always found it better to take the child out of the situation completely, let them shout and scream, get out the anger they feel, and yes I do believe in smacking, at the time of the tantrum, on the back of the legs only, then talk about why they felt the way that they did.

I have gone through many tantrums with my children but I try to divert rather than humiliate. I feel naughty steps humiliate a child, contrary to all these silly programmes on the tv, it does not feel normal to me to ignore a child and let them sit on a step and say sorry in parrot fashion.
santander   
17 Jan 2010
USA, Canada / Differences in How Polish People Raise a Child and How Americans Raise a Child [149]

LOL. Ever tried talking to a child just after a tantrum?

Yeah - I bet they're scarred for life. Why did you become an axe-murderer Billy? "It all started back when I was 15 months old and my mum made me sit on the naughty step for a whole two minutes

Well I don't think that it produces axe murderers, it does however serve no purpose at all.
Simply talking to the child makes much more sense.
santander   
17 Jan 2010
USA, Canada / Differences in How Polish People Raise a Child and How Americans Raise a Child [149]

Another problem I have is the "Naughty Step", or "Time Out". I am no really sure that this resolves any situation, other that makes the parent feel superior over the child well Gee, what a great accomplishment!.

Surely it is better to talk to the child straight after the tantrum, or indeed diffuse the tantrum, then allow the child the talk about how they feel before and after the tantrum.

To allow a child to sit in a corner, or designated space for a period of time resolves nothing.
I can only think that it is quite humiliating for a child.
santander   
10 Jan 2010
Life / Are foreigners welcome in Poland? [265]

I disagree that they find it hard to be into families...

Me too, I have Polish friends, and I get along great with their extended families, grandmothers, mothers all of them. Polish people are quite sensitive and perceptive, I have found this no matter which area of Poland they are from. Maybe during communism they had to be like this, but if they like someone, they like someone. I think that they are a great judge of character, and observe things that other people in western societies may miss.
santander   
9 Jan 2010
USA, Canada / Differences in How Polish People Raise a Child and How Americans Raise a Child [149]

There's nothing wrong with letting a baby cry for a while.

I am not so sure, it would be interesting to see research into babies that were left to cry and babies that were not, of course there are other numerous environmental factors as well.

I personally could not leave a baby to cry itself to sleep. It is making the only method of communication it knows how, since it cannot talk, it is asking for human contact. This is not wrong.
santander   
8 Jan 2010
USA, Canada / Differences in How Polish People Raise a Child and How Americans Raise a Child [149]

she will end up divorced with an ungrateful brat which will turn her life into a nightmare by the age of 16.

I hav'nt got one of those.

However,at different stages of a childs life modifications, and adaptations have to be made, by everyone in the family to produce a well rounded individual, and yes sacrifices have to be made. You get an ungrateful brat, if he has not been disciplined in an educated manner, has been given rewards for what he was not entitled, and told he has done well when infact he has not.

The early development between 0 and 3 are crucial, for brain development.
santander   
8 Jan 2010
USA, Canada / Differences in How Polish People Raise a Child and How Americans Raise a Child [149]

I often times feel the methods used by my wife and in turn me, are simply too much.

If your wife continues with this method of bringing up your child, when he reaches the age of 16, you will have one of the most balanced level headed, confident sensitive and caring human beings on earth, who can independently travel anywhere unaccompanied.

It is these early formative years of totally unadulterated love, that makes a person and makes a person for life.
santander   
1 Jan 2010
Study / Private school in Krakow (not the international one) for my child? [12]

gouden
[quote=gouden]Either polish or English will do. I want to settle for few years in Krakow so I guess learning polish would be a good idea.

Could you let me know the address of the school?

A child is not a commodity, just go to the international school in Krakow, it would probably serve your needs, and of course I guess it would be a great idea to learn Polish until the next country comes along
santander   
1 Jan 2010
Study / Private school in Krakow (not the international one) for my child? [12]

Do you want you son to go to a private polish or english school. I know of a really good private polish school in krakow,if he is six it a perfect time to put him into a polish school if you want him to really learn the language.

What is your nationality?
santander   
13 Dec 2009
News / Dalai Lama says: "POLAND HAS RETAINED ITS SPIRIT" [75]

Poland ranks amongst thsoe countries that despite all the vicissitudes has retained its spirit."

I would agree with this, I thing also Poland has retained its individualism, despite everything that has happened. Maybe I have said this a few times on this forum, but once you reallly know a Polish person, you know a polish person! they don't open up easily, but once they do they really trust you. However, they have done all the groundwork beforehand they don't trust just anyone, they know when someone is genuine when they tell you everything. I think that I was accepted into many places that non-poles were not accepted because of just the way that I am. They have a great spirit and are very passionate about certain things.
santander   
4 Dec 2009
History / What Was Poland like in the year 1988? [50]

Those riots were not in steel mill but around famous Arka church in Nowa Huta. Karol Wojtyła, who was then archbishop of Kraków and later the Pope, did a lot to defend those still workers. This young man must be Bogdan Włosik

Thank you very much for that. Sorry my polish is not so good, but was this around l981 when it happened. It is a very sensitive subject, and naturally affects that person today, but I know that he was only 18 when he was shot running from the mayhem.
santander   
4 Dec 2009
History / What Was Poland like in the year 1988? [50]

I remember labour and student strikes in summer 1988, they were broken by the riot police, especially in steel mills in Nowa Huta where the police was extremely brutal.

My polish friends cousin was shot and killed in one of these riots. He was a very young impressionable student.
santander   
13 Oct 2009
Life / Polish stereotypes of other nationalities!? [472]

English: taking loud ownership of very bar they enter in groups

Colonialism never dies in the british! It dosn't matter if it is a bar or a country its ours all the time.
santander   
8 Oct 2009
UK, Ireland / Sad life of a Polish migrant in the UK. Ch. 5 - Racism [259]

I did personally assist illegal Poles register for health service and education so I do have some knowledge on this)

Why would you assist illegal poles, or illegal any nationality. I would be grateful if you could explain. If someone is in a country illegally, they should not be there.

Could you help me claim jobseekers allowance, even though I dont have the contributions?
santander   
6 Oct 2009
UK, Ireland / Sad life of a Polish migrant in the UK. Ch. 5 - Racism [259]

Just wait another twenty years, you will come immigrating to Poland, like you came to Germany in the 90s - to build.

I think that companies have been setting up factories in Poland about 10 years ago. I cannot recall many british setting up companies in Germany in the 90's though, tooooooo expensive!