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Quote: Originally Posted by amcal Well, some people don't open presents and honestly, when you have a large party, it's absolute chaos. Last year, we had 18 children and it took so long to get through all the presents, the other children were bored and it wasn't a fun process for them - well, watching their present get opened was fun but other than that, they were bored, distracted and it just wasn't fun. So this year we decided to open them...
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My little one (9 mos) is lucky to get a bath every WEEK; 2 weeks is the norm around here. She loves the bath, though. In an ideal world I certainly wouldn't mind giving her a bath more often, but after a long busy day and cooking dinner and wrangling my 5 yr old into pjs/toothbrushing/stories/bed, I just don't CARE if my baby gets a bath, lol. I'm not terribly worried about her bedtime routine at the moment, TBH. I'm more focused on my 5 yr old's routine. I do...
Your link didn't work for me, but I poked around the CSPI site and I see that they are 'concerned' with the environmental aspects of harvesting palm oil and that "palm oil promotes heart disease" (their words). They hate coconut oil, too. CSPI has been a looooooooooooongtime hater of saturated fats. They're partially responsible for the obsession with low-fat diets this country has had for the past couple decades- despite the fact that No one's ever proved that...
Quote: Originally Posted by jaidymama qtopia... thank you! I appreciate another mom's point of view/experience. I have read/heard that this is something they need to work through... although I wonder how they are actually working through it... when it appears to be continual or default. In a multiple sibling scenario or child care setting, I'm wondering how to work with this when the older one is trying to set the agenda for the other ones. It...
hmmm.... I have a 5 yo DS and his interest in war/kill play has *skyrocketed* recently. He has never played a video game of any sort, and although we are 99.99% tv free now, when he did watch TV it was very limited, zero violence shows/videos (we're talking Kipper, Little Bear, Blues Clues and the like). Our 1-2 hours of tv a week consist of a family movie once a week- again, zero violence. We don't have toy guns in our home, and I think the closest thing to a toy gun...
It's a sticky issue, isn't it? For the record- I don't think this is an etiquette issue. It is perfectly appropriate etiquette to not invite everyone and their brother to a party- regardless of whether it's a wedding or a 5 year old's birthday party. Likewise, it is perfectly appropriate etiquette to graciously decline an invitation. My son did a year of preschool, and that was the 'trend' there, too- i.e., invite everyone, and accept every invitation. On the one...
What kind of spoon do they (baby) use? Just to be clear- I am not talking about a spoon used to spoon-feed. I am talking about a spoon you give to your baby to use on their own to scoop food, or a spoon you "load" and then put in your baby's hand for them to put in their mouth. I have a bunch of assorted spoons left over from when DS was a babe and they are either typical "spoon-feeding" spoons, i.e. long skinny handle and tiny oval part at the end (LOL, what do you...
1/1: Paid rent (budgeted) 1/2: $25 co-pay for OT for DS (budgeted) 1/3: $8 eggs/bread/milk run (technically budgeted but I HATE unscheduled trips to the grocery because I usually buy extra, so I got DH to go instead ) 1/3: $24 for 1.5 years worth of laundry detergent 1/4: nothing spent! 1/5: $41.00 groceries; $17.00 haircut for DS (both budgeted). 1/6: $10 for church collection; $98 stock-the-pantry trip to Costco (both budgeted). 1/7: no driving! nothing spent!
I give my baby oatmeal. I also feed myself, DH, and 5 y.o. DS oatmeal. Hey, I'm totally in favor of baby-led feeding and practice it with my baby, but uh, big people eat mushy pureed stuff, too. Oatmeal, mashed potatoes, creamy soup. I don't think there's anything wrong with feeding a baby oatmeal. Cave mamas also weren't feeding their babies cheerios, so I figure if it's ok to do that, what's the big deal with oatmeal?
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