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We have a fake tree! Well, we joke that it's our "permanant tree" (not fake - haha). We always bought real trees and I hated it - expensive, needles everywhere, hauling the damn thing into our 3rd floor condo, watering it, water spills, needles everywhere... Oh, did I mention how EXPENSIVE it was??? I'm so cheap, I like the idea of buying it once and being done. I know my husband really prefers a real tree, but we bought our fake tree last year and I think we will be...
My husband and I rented a tub when our son was born, but unfortunately I wasn't able to use it. The hospital where our midwife practices has now installed permanant birthing tubs, so I'm looking forward to using that tub when I have baby #2.
Sierra - First of all - hugs! I'm sending good vibes your way. I agree with your idea to sit and take the moments as they come. Breathe. Don't rush into decisions, if possible. I love the expression - "Don't DO anything - just sit there!" During times of crisis I need to remind myself that I'm safe and that I don't need to rush to make things feel better. Being in a bad place sucks, but it's usually temporary (I HOPE so, at least!) The other thing I do is to...
A friend of mine here in Chicago just did the training (either in Chicago or Evanston, IL) I think that is a bit closer to you...
missgrl - Thanks for your reply! How old are your kids and what kind of school would you send them to? I like the idea of homeschooling, and maybe that is an option for us, but I am still exploring... my son is only 2 years old. My husband and I both attended parochial schools (Catholic) and we are open to that. I like aspects of both Waldorf and Montessori schools, but the expense of tuition makes them seem fairly elitist to me, and I don't like the extremely low...
Any teachers out there (pulic, parochial, alternative schools), I am looking for advice. In my heart I know that teaching is part of my long term career path, but I haven't been ready for a career change. I took one education class in college and dropped it becuase it seemed so lame. I have a BS in History & Econ, some graduate work in Urban Planning and for 10 years I have been working as a community development/ affordable housing specialist for the U.S. Federal...
La La - I sounds like you need more people contact and more stimulation or challenge. I can understand that... I work part time (three 7 hour days) and work is totally boring to me (hectic and boring - what an awful combination). I need to figure out when to make a change and what to do, but I am finally giving myself the time to figure it out. I may stay where I am while I have small kids - it's flexible, the pay & benefits are good and I can do it with my eyes...
I prefer wood, but our house has lots of plastic toys, bins and even a plastic table from IKEA. My real priority is that the item is simple and encourages imaginative play - and I also try to buy used stuff as much as possible to save resources ($$ and mother earth).
I also agree that kids should not be forced to share. I think it is fine to put a special toy away and just say something like "we need to put this away, because it is special and too hard to share". I encourage sharing if it is appropriate and not a big deal, but I think it is unrealistic to expect small kids to share.
Sunshinemama did a wonderful job with the "Mothers for Peace" website, she keeps adding more links and articles. In Chicago I have been somewhat active with a group called Peace Response and I participated in a few meditations and prayer groups. I'm not genearlly one to participate in protests, so I haven't done that. A friend here in Chicago is forming a local group of "mother for peace", but it is very fledgling. Anybody who wants more info, let me...
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