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Forum: The Childhood Years   07-07-2014, 01:17 PM
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Views: 628
Posted By zansmama
I generally think that this kind of play is how...

I generally think that this kind of play is how kids assimilate the world around them. A child who knows what amputation is, or has been around car crashes may need to work that out in their play.
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Forum: Parenting   07-06-2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 1,092
Views: 63,086
Posted By zansmama
Hi CC mamas! Any of you still around? I'd...

Hi CC mamas!
Any of you still around?
I'd love to get your thoughts on tech for older kids and interest in sex :eek:

Ds is 11 now, and has recently acquired for himself an Ipod Touch (through a...
Forum: I'm Not Vaccinating   11-28-2010, 01:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 587
Posted By zansmama
very interested in this topic... I have thought...

very interested in this topic... I have thought a lot about mumps at least for ds when he is 12 or so... that's the one that I think I would feel just horrible about him getting and then becoming...
Forum: Waldorf   11-14-2010, 12:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 241
Posted By zansmama
I really like the "first book of knitting for...

I really like the "first book of knitting for children": it has a lot of little animals a dolls to knit...
Forum: Waldorf   11-14-2010, 12:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 564
Posted By zansmama
Oh! this is almost exactly what we were doing in...

Oh! this is almost exactly what we were doing in our home! Except we were homeschooling... 
 
I think the important thing is to clearly identify what it is about each approach that you like, and...
Forum: Waldorf   11-07-2010, 05:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,196
Posted By zansmama
I think I would go more with developmental toys...

I think I would go more with developmental toys rather than imagination-based toys at this age...
I think I would just do some felted balls and playsilks, if it was me. Those were ds's favorite...
Forum: Waldorf   11-07-2010, 05:17 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 9,820
Posted By zansmama
Okay, I haven't read this whole thread yet, but...

Okay, I haven't read this whole thread yet, but I'm very excited about it!!
We Waldorf-homeschooled ds for kindy and then put him into a wonderful art & development based school.
Waldorf-style...
Forum: Waldorf   11-07-2010, 05:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 386
Posted By zansmama
We have a special rhythm to being sick (which is...

We have a special rhythm to being sick (which is about once or twice a year around our house for some reason)
Ds (7yo) is set up on the couch next to the window with a blanket and small table near...
Forum: Connect With Other Moms   10-17-2010, 04:29 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,420
Posted By zansmama
LOVE this tribe; this is so us!!! We don't...

LOVE this tribe; this is so us!!!

We don't consider ourselves to be poor (okay, dp does http://www.mothering.com/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif ), but part of the "global middle class". We...
Forum: Parenting   07-21-2010, 12:04 PM
Replies: 1,092
Views: 63,086
Posted By zansmama
Quote: Originally Posted by voxana...

Quote:
Originally Posted by voxana http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/15323418)
I also posted this question in the toddler...
Forum: Parenting   10-25-2009, 02:55 PM
Replies: 1,092
Views: 63,086
Posted By zansmama
Quote: Originally Posted by jrose_lee...

Quote:
Originally Posted by jrose_lee http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/14567123)
Hey! I'm looking for everyone's thoughts on...
Forum: Waldorf   09-06-2009, 04:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 420
Posted By zansmama
We liuke Ruskovilla better (less holes), BUT the...

We liuke Ruskovilla better (less holes), BUT the sleeveless shirt form Toy Garden has held up very wel... if you have coolish summers....
Forum: Waldorf   09-06-2009, 04:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 835
Posted By zansmama
Funny; ds has known for quite a while how he...

Funny; ds has known for quite a while how he came out. Somehow I'm way more comfortable with that info. maybe it IS because i'm a doula.
I think he's going to join us at my friend's birth !! He's...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-04-2009, 01:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 288
Posted By zansmama
I really, really don't think it matters. I...

I really, really don't think it matters.
I never corrected ds, and now he's 6 with a great grasp of numbers and math ideas. I think it's really important to let math be fun, and not create any...
Forum: Waldorf   09-04-2009, 01:19 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,363
Posted By zansmama
I think one of the Tiptoes Lightly books has a...

I think one of the Tiptoes Lightly books has a good story. We usually do St George and the Dragon, make dragon bread, and have a dragon candle on the table.
Forum: Waldorf   09-04-2009, 01:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 835
Posted By zansmama
I think ds was about this age when i told him...

I think ds was about this age when i told him that "Papa and I loved each other so, so much that our love made a new little bitty baby. and you grew and grew, until you were ready to come out!"
Ds...
Forum: Waldorf   09-03-2009, 09:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 423
Posted By zansmama
well, I tell ds a version and say 'spirit'...

well, I tell ds a version and say 'spirit' instead of angel... don't know if that works for you...
We also substitue "Love" for "god" at times... it seems to work, not that we're doing bible...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   09-02-2009, 07:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,221
Posted By zansmama
I think you just have to figure out what works...

I think you just have to figure out what works for your kid. The one time I did this with ds (at 5yo), he became hysterical and was inconsolable for about an hour. He needs holding and physical...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   09-01-2009, 06:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 839
Posted By zansmama
handling tantrums: lots of mama milk. the...

handling tantrums: lots of mama milk.

the minute I sensed one coming on, i would just plop down and nurse ds until he felt better (usually just a few minutes). Who can scream with a boob in their...
Forum: Parenting   08-25-2009, 04:57 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,134
Posted By zansmama
http://www.mothering.com/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hu...

http://www.mothering.com/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif

having grown up in a crazy, culty abusive family myself, and having sisters 6 & 12 years younger than me... I don't really hve any advice,...
Forum: Parenting   08-23-2009, 08:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 317
Posted By zansmama
Quote: Originally Posted by ShannonHas2...

Quote:
Originally Posted by ShannonHas2 http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/14275908)
... I am still nursing (in answer to...
Forum: Parenting   08-23-2009, 05:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 317
Posted By zansmama
Are you still nursing, by any chance? because...

Are you still nursing, by any chance? because that would be my first reaction...
Beyond that: I would be very, very careful to stay calm. Dd is NOT "being bad" she's just overwhelmed, or angry....
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-23-2009, 04:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 312
Posted By zansmama
I guess I don't understand why you wouldn't open...

I guess I don't understand why you wouldn't open the door until he calmed down? At this point, I would have opened the door, finished my business, and taken him in my arms...
Anyway, ds went...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-23-2009, 04:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 396
Posted By zansmama
You could also teach her a (little) bit of...

You could also teach her a (little) bit of martial arts... if her confidence in self-defense is high, it may allay her fears, and actually would make her safer, statistically...
Forum: Parenting   08-23-2009, 04:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 417
Posted By zansmama
I guess I make a big distinction between hurting...

I guess I make a big distinction between hurting someone out of anger and hurting someone out of extreme exuberance (not that uncommon in our world).
My standard way of dealing with ds...
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