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post #41 of 98
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I do not much care about organic food and I kinda of think the slow food movement sucks because if successful, it will take away the chance of poor farmers else where in the world to export to rich countries to get themselves out of poverty.

 

Does this happen? Aside from a few fair trade co-ops (and I haven't heard updates on most of those in a long time), I haven't heard many success stories of farmers in other parts of the world getting out of poverty through selling their crops internationally. The money doesn't seem to end up in the pockets of farmers.

post #42 of 98
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Does this happen? Aside from a few fair trade co-ops (and I haven't heard updates on most of those in a long time), I haven't heard many success stories of farmers in other parts of the world getting out of poverty through selling their crops internationally. The money doesn't seem to end up in the pockets of farmers.

I agree. If you are buying from big businesses, IMO it is just furthering their oppression. I do buy from fair trade organizations for some things : bananas, coffee, pineapples, etc, but everything else I buy is local if possible. 

 

 

We watch ridiculous amounts of TV and play video games the same. I don't feel like limiting it. It's just not something I want to fight about. My 4yo likes to play GTA, and he knows you can't kill people/run them over with cars in real life. Even so, it's fun. 

 

If they want ice cream/candy/slushies/cookies/etc, I don't look over my shoulder for the crunchy police.hide.gif

post #43 of 98

I work and I love my job.  LOVE.  My ds1 is struggling in school and I know that he'd absolutely thrive as a homeschooler, but I just can't do it.  I'd be a miserable, unwashed mess everyday and I'd resent that my husband got to get out of the house.  If we had a lot of extra money, I think I'd be ok (then we could go out for lunch every day or travel or pay for some activities), but even though we could technically afford for me to quit, it'd be tight and we'd be stuck at home.

post #44 of 98
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I spent Tuesday night sitting on the couch with DD and watching Beauty & the Beast. In fact, video watching is pretty much a daily activity in our house. And we are no strangers to Disney.blush.gif

 

Oh yeah, and we put M&Ms in DD's lunch this week (like 5 at a time). She got them at a birthday party last weekend. Why didn't we just throw them away? I don't know.

Us too!  In fact, DD is watching Beauty right now.  I actually like the story ("I want more than this provincial life") and I can so relate, being born a hillbilly and all.  I ate M&Ms throughout my life.  I was also a marathoner and athlete so, whatever.  I know what worked for me (excluding all the bullshite old-fashioned ideas about discipline, etc.), and I'm not going to get freaked about outside influences (candy, movies, etc) because I believe in our particular methods and values and I'm not going to feel bad for doing things as I see fit in the best interest of DD.  I think there is sometimes an all or nothing attitude but there are lots of shades of grey inbetween.  It's okay to me that my kid has outside influences in terms of stories and fantasies.  

post #45 of 98
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This is hard for me to admit, 'cause I have major sunscreen woo, but I bought a couple cans of that chemical-laden spray on sunscreen for my kids to keep at summer camp. It's what the YMCA asked for, as its easy for counselors to apply. Im all about CA Baby or other more natural physical blockers, but im worried they wont apply them properly, so after the first week of camp I sucked it up and bought the nasty stuff.
post #46 of 98
We use sunscreen and bugspray ( I try to get non chemical kinds, but if it comes down to 6 weeks of dd picking scabs of me spraying her legs with OFF- I choose the latter)

DD is spoiled rotten with sugar and candy by grandparents and Im doing nothing to stop it.

I use bleach, febreeze, and terminix sprays my house once a month. I was sick of living in mice and brown recluse spiders and after spending $200 on herbs and essential oils, I opted for chemical pest control. I dont like stains on my cloth diapers, plus Im sick of trying every organic laundry detergent in the world. I use all free and clear every wash, and bleach once a month. Febreeze goes wherever DD pees or her diaper leaks.


I never wash my carseat cover. Totally gross.
post #47 of 98
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Holly! Congrats on your pregnancy. I've been thinking about you and your family a lot lately.
post #48 of 98

you're supposed to wash your carseat cover?

post #49 of 98
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Originally Posted by Drummer's Wife View Post

This is hard for me to admit, 'cause I have major sunscreen woo, but I bought a couple cans of that chemical-laden spray on sunscreen for my kids to keep at summer camp. It's what the YMCA asked for, as its easy for counselors to apply. Im all about CA Baby or other more natural physical blockers, but im worried they wont apply them properly, so after the first week of camp I sucked it up and bought the nasty stuff.

Oh, but haven't you heard about the dangers of micronized zinc-- the main blocker in CA baby and other physical barriers?  Seriously!

 

You can never win!

post #50 of 98
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you're supposed to wash your carseat cover?

If you washed your car seat cover, you would notice that the car looks even worse by comparison.  So, I don't recommend it!  But jam is a problem......

 

Speaking of cars, I live about 35 minutes from any where in any directions.  Some days, my client's houses are over 30 miles away!  Same for my dh, who works every day.  Luckily (for now until we move out even further onto a tire-munching dirt road) we can walk or ride our bikes to our post office, local bank or hole-in-the-wall library (part of a regional library system--no complaints!).  Except dh who, when he needs to "run" to the bank, he drives.  Four.  Blocks.

 

On the plus-side, my 4yo asbestos brake pads still look like new because I never have to stop....


Edited by SweetSilver - 6/4/12 at 8:12am
post #51 of 98
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you're supposed to wash your carseat cover?

 

I've only ever watched one of mine, and that was after dd1 started vomiting on the way back from an outing. I'm pretty relaxed about most things (and we haven't ever had jam on ours), but I"m not okay with making my child ride around in dried puke.

 

It would never have occurred to me to wash the cover, otherwise, though. It's a major PITA to take it off and put it back on.

post #52 of 98

Potty learning accidents.. yuuuck. When a toddler sized bladder empties all over the car seat, the cover gets washed! 

 

When my dd's preschool has had field trips, and everyone is dragging their car seats out of the car, I notice most are so much cleaner than hers! I've never washed hers. She's had it about a year and a half, well past potty learning. Does make me feel mildly self conscious. I'm sure its just random spills from eating in the car.

post #53 of 98

Great thread! I'm guilty of a lot of the same stuff others have said. Last night, my son had fruit loops (the Trader Joe's kind, but still) and cream cheese for dinner. It was one of those days. He also watches Yo Gabba Gabba or Curious George on a laptop whenever we go out in the car. It's the only way to prevent screaming, and better than lollipops every day, which is what we were using for awhile. We used cloth, but now DS is in sposies at night  (it's only one a day, I tell myself!) And I totally bleached his cloth diapies more than once. We also have a ton of crappy plastic toys in the house. Before DS was born, I never would have expected I'd be the kind of parent that let my kid watch TV, eat sugary cereal and lollipops, or play with anything that once came from a Happy Meal, but I really didn't know what I was in for! :)

 

I learned early on in this parenting journey that I could either run myself ragged trying to do everything "right," or loosen up on a lot of my principles. I still have pretty high (and crunchy!) aspirations, but that's what they are most of the time--just aspirations and goals to work towards. 

 

Oh, and I also have an addiction to Diet Coke that I'm not proud of, although I only indulge once a week or so these days. I've actually been known to hide our recycling bins when our uber-crunchy friends come over so they don't see the collection of Diet Coke and Red Bull (DH's addiction) cans. Blush. 

post #54 of 98
Diet coke addict here too.
post #55 of 98
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Originally Posted by SweetSilver View Post

Oh, but haven't you heard about the dangers of micronized zinc-- the main blocker in CA baby and other physical barriers?  Seriously!

 

You can never win!

 

I know! I just heard about that recently (on MDC I think), and I was like nooooooooooooooooooooooooo! It can't be true!

 

I need to research this more. I like the physical barrier kind because the chemical kind can irritate my children's very sensitive skin, and it irritates the skin on my face.

post #56 of 98
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Originally Posted by AbbyGrant View Post

 

I know! I just heard about that recently (on MDC I think), and I was like nooooooooooooooooooooooooo! It can't be true!

 

I need to research this more. I like the physical barrier kind because the chemical kind can irritate my children's very sensitive skin, and it irritates the skin on my face.

I read about this in my coop's newsletter.  We used it for the same reason, and I just gave up on the whole sunscreen thing at that point out of sheer frustration.  We just cover up now.  Thankfully we live in WA, and our beaches aren't blazingly hot and sunny.  I do need to keep an ear out so when we can go to, say Hawaii, I'll know what to get.  

 

In the meantime, here's an old joke:  

 

What did the Seattleite say to the Pillsbury Doughboy?

 

"Hey..... Nice tan!!!!"

post #57 of 98
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Originally Posted by liberal_chick View Post

I work and I love my job.  LOVE.  My ds1 is struggling in school and I know that he'd absolutely thrive as a homeschooler, but I just can't do it.  I'd be a miserable, unwashed mess everyday and I'd resent that my husband got to get out of the house.  If we had a lot of extra money, I think I'd be ok (then we could go out for lunch every day or travel or pay for some activities), but even though we could technically afford for me to quit, it'd be tight and we'd be stuck at home.


I totally love my job, too. And I would make a really lousy SAHM. Though I do fantasize about my DP being able to quit her job, I don't think we'd choose to homeschool. Just not our thing.

 

And beyond that...I know this is a "fluff" thread, but having just read Peggy O'Mara's recent post about powerful moms, I have to say...I have not developed amazing confidence, intuitive powers, or super strengths (yet) on my mothering journey. Actually, the whole ride has been pretty humbling thus far. I actually feel a lot more confident at my job than I do at my parenting. Don't get me wrong...I love my DD to pieces and I do the absolute best that I can do for her as a mom. I think she has a pretty good life. I desperately wanted to be a mom, I worked like crazy to get here, and I hope that over time I'll get better at it, or at least just feel better about how I'm doing. I do seem to be a slow learner/late bloomer when it comes to this stuff. Maybe by the time DD is 10, I'll be different. But some moms on MDC just blow me away with their confidence, creativity, and feats that really do seem to require supernatural powers (homeschooling 6 children?! UC with twins?! wow!!!!). I'm in awe, and glad that I get to be on MDC, even though my achievements are way, way, way modest by comparison.

post #58 of 98

My kids are obsessed with Cars. I still cannot bring my self to buy any clothing, but the Babby has a Cars themed scooter, which would have been a big no-no back in the day.

 

During the school year, I live on a steady stream of coffee, Diet Coke, and Sugar-Free Red Bull, then promptly switch to Chardonnay on ice once night hits and studying is done.

 

We stop CDing when the kids outgrow g Diapers.

 

Not only are my kids fully vaxxed at this point, but I am trained to give vaxxes and encourage people to get them.

 

I was only able to BF DS2 for a year. I do have some guilt about that one. School really got in the way.

post #59 of 98
I let my daughter watch waaaaaaay more tv than I thought I would. I tell myself that it isn't the worst thing in the world. In reality she only has access to a few preselected movies and Netflix. We have an iPad and no television set. I hate to admit that Dora is growing on me. *shudder* in terms of food I think I ended up way crunchier than I expected. I cook a lot. I make everything from scratch and a former housemate got all the nice toys like my good mixer. That was a mistake. So now I do everything by hand because we don't have wiggle room in the budget to replace it all. Festive. I could get a cheap mixer but doing it by hand doesn't take me much longer and I figure I need the upper arm workout. I have way more time than money.

I use bleach and Pine Sol. My bathroom has a weird gross fungus I can't make a dent in without bleach. My husband gets fussy if he can't smell the Pine Sol so he knows it is clean. Whatever.

I think I am strangely attached to my MDC-crunch. Sure we eat fast food once a month or so but it doesn't cancel everything else out. My kids are still little and under my control. Ask me again in ten years. smile.gif
post #60 of 98
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Originally Posted by rightkindofme View Post

Ask me again in ten years. smile.gif

 

ROTFLMAO.gif

 

Life is...strange when they get older. DS1 was/is a great kid. But, he got into the candy and pop and chips in a big way in his teens. (I had, too, but I always loved sweets, while ds1 was  very "take them or leave them" when he was younger. I made sure we had mostly good food in the house (we do have a couple of specific packaged "meals" that appear more often than they should), talked to him about it a few times, and then left it alone.


And, a few months ago, he told me he's quit drinking pop, except once in a blue moon, when he really wants one. He doesn't really eat candy much, anymore. And, - to my shock - he apparently has a rep as a bit of a "health food nut" among his friends. I'm beyond shocked. Maybe that whole taking broccoli as a kindergarten snack thing worked out okay, after all.

It's been a weird ride, but it's turning out okay. :)

 

He does spend too much time playing videogames, though.

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