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Forum: The Childhood Years   Yesterday, 07:13 PM
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Posted By marsupial-mom
I also agree that it's OK for certain toys,...

I also agree that it's OK for certain toys, games, other items to be off limits to guests. We don't share all our adult toys, games, books, etc with our guests so why should we make our kids share...
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-29-2015, 10:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 126
Posted By marsupial-mom
Yes, yes, yes. He was riding a bike at age 3...

Yes, yes, yes.
He was riding a bike at age 3 (no training wheels). He throws things all the time. He kicks balls or hits them with his baseball bat. He's very athletic.

I guess I made a mistake...
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-28-2015, 06:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 126
Posted By marsupial-mom
These are sports themed classes I'm talking...

These are sports themed classes I'm talking about, like LEARNING to swim, not joining the swim team. And besides, swimming is NOT bad on the joints. Likewise, kids yoga classes are not going to...
Forum: Vegetarian and Vegan   01-28-2015, 03:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 28
Posted By marsupial-mom
The notion is ridiculous. I'm vegan and have...

The notion is ridiculous. I'm vegan and have great teeth. Talk to dentists and oral hygienists not regular doctors.
Forum: Parenting   01-28-2015, 03:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 59
Posted By marsupial-mom
Before we enter I explain why we're going to the...

Before we enter I explain why we're going to the toy store (gift for friend, reward for my kid, spending a gift card, etc) and I set a limit ("you can choose one toy" or "you can spend $10"). Then in...
Forum: Child & Teen Health   01-28-2015, 03:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 39
Posted By marsupial-mom
I would get it. Better safe than sorry.

I would get it. Better safe than sorry.
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-28-2015, 11:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 126
Posted By marsupial-mom
Need Suggestions on Motivating 5-year-old to do Sports

My son is athletically gifted. People comment all the time on how coordinated he is and how he looks like a "born runner" or "natural athlete." He's not going to be some super-star but he definitely...
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-28-2015, 11:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 28
Posted By marsupial-mom
My husband and I have very flexible schedules but...

My husband and I have very flexible schedules but we struggle to get work done or have date nights because we can't find quality childcare. As our son has gotten older we have many more options...
Forum: Family Safety   01-26-2015, 11:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 23
Posted By marsupial-mom
You might want to look at Plush Beds Natural...

You might want to look at Plush Beds Natural Bliss Wool-Free, All Natural Latex Mattress
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-26-2015, 11:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 344
Posted By marsupial-mom
http://i.huffpost.com/gen/1491849/thumbs/o-BOYS-GI...

http://i.huffpost.com/gen/1491849/thumbs/o-BOYS-GIRLS-TOYS-900.jpg?6
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-26-2015, 11:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 292
Posted By marsupial-mom
I too thought the thread was about the flu and...

I too thought the thread was about the flu and not about a stomach bug or digestive disease.

The most common cause is a food poisoning. Young children are more susceptible to food poisoning than...
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-26-2015, 11:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 106
Posted By marsupial-mom
My son is 5 and still wets the bed so he wears a...

My son is 5 and still wets the bed so he wears a pull up at night. But not on road trips. I stop frequently to make sure we all stretch our legs and take potty breaks.
Forum: Vaccinations   01-26-2015, 11:02 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 7,503
Posted By marsupial-mom
I'm pro-vax and I'm offended by this statement....

I'm pro-vax and I'm offended by this statement. My number one issue regarding saving children's lives is this: car seats. Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for young children and most car...
Forum: Vaccinations   01-18-2015, 02:42 PM
Replies: 519
Views: 7,503
Posted By marsupial-mom
That's actually not how statistics work. ...

That's actually not how statistics work.

It's not just how many people who came down with measles were vaxxed, unvaxxed or partially vaxxed. It also matters how many people in each group were...
Forum: Vaccinations   01-17-2015, 08:18 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 7,503
Posted By marsupial-mom
I don't really think it's accurate to describe...

I don't really think it's accurate to describe children as "willingly" accepting risk. They are children. Their parents made the choice to vax or not.

Statistically, the issue with measles is...
Forum: Family Safety   01-16-2015, 09:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,759
Posted By marsupial-mom
Many other car seats fit fine. The Radian is...

Many other car seats fit fine. The Radian is extra tall (great for my tall kid - 98 percentile in height) and allows parents to keep tall kids rear-facing longer. I would not really say the Honda Fit...
Forum: Family Safety   01-16-2015, 08:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,759
Posted By marsupial-mom
Car Seats in Honda Fit

We used a Radian from birth to present (age 5) in a Honda Fit. The first 4 years were rear-facing. It was a very tight squeeze, especially the first year without the angle adjuster.

We placed it...
Forum: The Childhood Years   11-08-2014, 09:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 216
Posted By marsupial-mom
We did it and it worked fine. Our son loves candy...

We did it and it worked fine. Our son loves candy but he's not obsessed with food so it's fairly easy for him to let go. We just explained that the Halloween Witch was like the Tooth Fairy and she...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-23-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,837
Posted By marsupial-mom
Article related to this topic: ...

Article related to this topic:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/Amelia/anti-gay-bullying-at-school-but-not-like-we-expected_b_5838928.html
Forum: Learning at School   09-21-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 548
Posted By marsupial-mom
We have our son in a language immersion program....

We have our son in a language immersion program. Studies show that learning a second language is good for kids' brains. Plus, if one becomes proficient then it's a marketable skill later in life.
I...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   09-21-2014, 12:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 628
Posted By marsupial-mom
How would you handle it if they were blood...

How would you handle it if they were blood relatives? What if your child had a cousin she really liked and wanted to see but your sister didn't respond to requests for a visit?
Handle it the same...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-10-2014, 09:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 660
Posted By marsupial-mom
I can't imagine how scary that must have been!

I can't imagine how scary that must have been!
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-10-2014, 09:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 481
Posted By marsupial-mom
My kid is CRAZY when tired

My son is opposite most children in a few key ways (not most ways, just a few ways). For example, most people eat more when watching TV or movies. But not my son. Any distractions and he doesn't eat....
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-08-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 476
Posted By marsupial-mom
This is great! I was going to suggest that...

This is great!
I was going to suggest that getting a balance bike might make sense since it's designed not to have wheels and so it's special and doesn't look like it's weird or missing anything,...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-07-2014, 08:18 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,348
Posted By marsupial-mom
My pre-k little one does three activities after...

My pre-k little one does three activities after school right now. He goes to school all day (not half day) but still has energy to do more. He does some art and music at school already as well as a...
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