Originally Posted by prettyisa
Starling--how long have you been a mod?
Do you ever listen to Josh Ritter? Every time I see your name I get his Snow is Gone song stuck in my head (which is lovely for spring).
Isa ... I've been a mod for several months, but they've just now assigned forums. The ones I'm moderating are the ones I've spent the most time in over the years.
I don't know Josh Ritter, but now I'll go check him out! I'm always looking for new music ... thanks!
Originally Posted by wishin'&hopin'
Speaking of DW, she is starting to feel a bit better--the day her milk came in was ROUGH. Currently she has an appt to get a unit of blood tomorrow, but we are debating whether to stick to another round of IV iron (it takes two weeks to kick in). I think the hardest part at the moment for her is feeling like she can't help--the hardest part for me is feeling like she can't help. We'll make it tho'! It helps that the little is so chill--he is good errand company and I'm able to give DW breaks from both boys between nursing sessions (DS1 didn't have breaks between nursing sessions!). We are hoping he stays "easy" once he really wakes up!
Wishin ... SO GLAD to hear that she's starting to feel better. Our first never stopped nursing until she was about 18 months old. She wanted to nurse all. the. time. I was so surprised when H didn't have that same need. It was like parenting a totally different species! I used to think that E was our 'easy' baby, but H is waaaaaaaay more laid back than she is. So interesting to get to know your new kid.
Originally Posted by onemommyonemama
starling - are you in Toronto area?
Funny, H and I were in TO just last week, for an author tour, but now we're home again in Vancouver. Do you ever come out this way?
Originally Posted by seraf
Starling, you have to rub in Canada's maternity leave? Just kidding. I'm glad to see more of you again. What is your oldest doing school-wise?
QOTD: What do you and your partner look like? Just generally, hair, style, masculinity or femininity, visible tattoos, other things strangers notice?
Oh Seraf, how I wish I could wrangle all you fine Americans a fine national parental leave program like ours! I *truly* believe that it is the best asset a nation can have towards building a compassionate future. I think it's criminal that you are all denied the amount of time that so many other countries enjoy!
About schooling for E ... We're not doing anything, per se. Just continuing what we've been doing (it's all over my blog), which is project-based homelearning, loosely put. It's interesting to see what her peers are and will be doing. So many options! We've always been set on homeschooling, so we're not having to deal with the turmoil that a lot of our friends with similarly aged children are going through. There is a lot of choice within homeschooling too, mind you, but we're set on interest-led learning, so that takes care of that. So, no packaged curriculum, no adhering to provincial curriculum, no public school "homeschool programs," and no weekly accounting to a distributed-learning school either.
A lot of people do DL here, because you get $1000/yr towards lessons, classes, etc, but the trade off is that you have to be accountable to prescribed learning outcomes. We don't have to register her at all until she's nearly 7 (kindy is optional, and she's a January baby), and at that point we plan to register her as Section 12, which means that we take full and sole responsibility for her education, and therefore don't get the $1000 annually, but nor do we have to do anything with any curriculum or learning outcomes and no testing whatsoever.
Basically, provincially sanctioned unschooling. I balk at the unschooling label though, because we actually do a lot of deliberate learning, even though we don't do many structured classes or lessons. Also, we don't fit into the unschooling milleu in that we limit screentime, have regular bedtimes, monitor what our kids eat, and require and expect certain behaviours from them. I guess we're more eclectic homelearners, if we had to pick a label.
QOTD allowance: No plans to do any kind of allowance any time soon. Both children have bank accounts. We put in the government supplement each month, plus they get Christmas and birthday money. When E wants something specific, she can use her own money or ask us for it. If she wants something we encourage her to take careful note of it and put it on her Christmas or birthday lists. She has a piggy bank with change in it, and she can use coins out of there to buy a cookie to share with H. She goes into the store and does the purchase herself (chooses, asks, pays, gets change, says thanks, etc) and often is in charge of buying our groceries, etc.
Me: short, fluffy, tattooed, glasses, longer hair, femme-please-and-thank-you.
DP: taller, fluffy, tattooed +++, buzz cut, butch-thank-you-very-much.