You mentioned you grew up on a farm and now you are listed as living in a city. Which do you prefer? What do you think are the pros and cons of each?
When I was a child, I hated being on a farm... it felt so isolated, and I didn't have other kids (other than my brothers) to play with. But now that I'm an adult and live in a city (or really, it's the suburbs), I really miss the farm. I think the big advantage is getting to see where things come from -- we had a huge garden, I got to see calves and chickens being born, and I really learned the value of doing things myself, watching things grow, etc. But again, it was isolating as a child and since we didn't have a lot of money, I also felt like we missed out on things (like traveling as a family, or going to movies).
I dislike the suburbs... I don't know my neighbors, and it doesn't feel very friendly. There are no sidewalks to get to anywhere, so everyone drives, and all the houses look the same.
It is very convenient to get to shopping and to work, however.AP is attachment parenting.
Ahhhh! I don't know a whole lot about it, to be honest.... but I'm learning. I actually found this website on a recommendation of a midwife friend because I was invested in breastfeeding, CDing and natural birth, and have learned more about AP --- although I have to say that I probably would have done AP before I really knew formally what it was. Since I learned all the attachment stuff through my psychology courses, and teach it in my developmental psychology class, I really feel it's important that your child is the #1 thing in your life, your day, your moments. There's no way that you can over-do loving your child.What is 4-H?
It's an organization like the Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts, except it used to be focused on rural children. The 4 "H"'s stand for Head, Heart, Hands and Health. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4-H
) There are different clubs, and it used to be that the local county fairs were designed for 4-H children to showcase their projects they did throughout the year (livestock, sewing, crafts, cooking/baking, photography, woodworking, etc., etc). Then if you got a high enough place, you could take your project to the state fair. Of course, nowadays (boy, I sound OLD!!) the fair is a place for rides and deep-fried food on a stick... the 4-H part is really a small piece anymore. I loved being a part of it -- that's where I learned public speaking, and how to run meetings, and how to sew.I love the names of your furbabies!
We thought we were being rather witty when we named them, LOL.