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Forum: Learning at School   04-04-2006, 06:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 572
Posted By btlsmum
My kids attend a small, private Montessori....

My kids attend a small, private Montessori. There is no formal phys. ed program, nor is there a gymnasium. The kids are outside about 45 mins a day for free play. They also go outside to exercise as...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   03-30-2006, 08:50 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,013
Posted By btlsmum
When I only had one, I'd put him in a "bouncy...

When I only had one, I'd put him in a "bouncy seat" and set it in the bathroom with me while I showered. Over the years, I've come to love showering before bed. Now that they are older I often...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-26-2006, 10:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 355
Posted By btlsmum
Fat Boy Slim was always a big hit here.

Fat Boy Slim was always a big hit here.
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-21-2006, 11:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 833
Posted By btlsmum
Oops, I already posted in this thread. LOL

Oops, I already posted in this thread. LOL
Forum: Gentle Discipline   03-21-2006, 11:40 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 869
Posted By btlsmum
Double post

Double post
Forum: Gentle Discipline   03-21-2006, 11:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 869
Posted By btlsmum
I've been hanging out here a bit and just wanted...

I've been hanging out here a bit and just wanted to pop in and say thanks Donosmommy. Your post really hit home for me. You outlined an approach that *for me*, is rational, practical and inline with...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   03-20-2006, 03:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 472
Posted By btlsmum
I wouldn't personally do it if I had young...

I wouldn't personally do it if I had young children. The life of a foster child tends to be filled with chaos in regards to their birth parents, moving from place to place, etc. They can act out...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   03-15-2006, 01:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 417
Posted By btlsmum
[QUOTE=Kaitnbugsmom]I am seriously lacking in a...

[QUOTE=Kaitnbugsmom]I am seriously lacking in a social circle outside the web. But it's mostly because there aren't any like-minded mamas in our immediate area. [QUOTE]


Honestly, I don't...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   03-14-2006, 07:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 417
Posted By btlsmum
I went through a hermit phase for a few years...

I went through a hermit phase for a few years where I didn't miss it at all. But now, in the past 2 years I've come out of my shell and am starting to get back into the adult world. I go to school a...
Forum: Montessori   03-14-2006, 01:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 727
Posted By btlsmum
I'm glad that you are finding the courage to...

I'm glad that you are finding the courage to speak out and get your child what he needs. http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif

As for the year round school thing, totally...
Forum: Dads   03-14-2006, 01:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 779
Posted By btlsmum
Toddlers and young children can be very fickle...

Toddlers and young children can be very fickle and tend to have a "favorite" parent at all times. The wonderful thing is that they usually rotate every 6 months or so which parents they like best....
Forum: Gentle Discipline   03-14-2006, 01:08 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,540
Posted By btlsmum
I have one child that does not want to be...

I have one child that does not want to be consoled unless it's on her terms. When she's hurt you simply must let her cry until she's ready to come to you and be comforted. She gets irrate and...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-13-2006, 12:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 402
Posted By btlsmum
My 3 yo DD doesn't have much in the way of...

My 3 yo DD doesn't have much in the way of computer games (most of hers are hand-me downs from her older brothers LOL), but she doesn't have a Leapster that she enjoys.

Music-wise, we listen to...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-13-2006, 12:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 701
Posted By btlsmum
My oldest just turned 9 last week and he's been...

My oldest just turned 9 last week and he's been utterly impossible for like 6 months. Seriously, he used to be such a joy to be with and now he's just miserable and unpleasant....
Forum: Gentle Discipline   03-12-2006, 05:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 514
Posted By btlsmum
We also have the basic understanding in our...

We also have the basic understanding in our house that you don't have to go to sleep, but you do need to be in bed and not pestering anyone/horsing around. The boys can talk quietly with each other,...
Forum: Montessori   03-12-2006, 02:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 444
Posted By btlsmum
We have never had issues from the school with...

We have never had issues from the school with supplementing their academics. Honestly, supplementing is not something we would initiate on our own, just because I like kids to have time where they...
Forum: Montessori   03-12-2006, 02:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 727
Posted By btlsmum
I find the situation rather odd and IMO,...

I find the situation rather odd and IMO, un-Montessori. One of the great things we've always enjoyed about Montessori is the ability to adapt to the needs of the student. I am amazed that his...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   03-12-2006, 01:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 514
Posted By btlsmum
I'm not the most GD person (but I do enjoy...

I'm not the most GD person (but I do enjoy reading everyone's posts) so keep that in mind. I also have 4 kids so I'm familiar with trying to balancing everyone's needs.

I personally would tell...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-08-2006, 12:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 768
Posted By btlsmum
Honestly, I probably wouldn't do it. There is...

Honestly, I probably wouldn't do it. There is such a large difference between Kindy and grade school and so many other skills other than academic that are important to educational success. I think...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   03-04-2006, 11:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 621
Posted By btlsmum
I have a standing night out every week....

I have a standing night out every week. Thursdays I go out with friends. When schedules allow, every other Saturday is movie night with my best friend. We haven't been able to do it in a few months...
Forum: Montessori   03-01-2006, 05:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 456
Posted By btlsmum
That is basically how they do it at our school....

That is basically how they do it at our school. Parents are welcome to observe at any time. That means sitting off to the side and not interacting with the class. The kids are taught to act as if...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-25-2006, 06:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 320
Posted By btlsmum
I think it's sweet and I can't imagine being...

I think it's sweet and I can't imagine being freaked out (from the Mom of a girl perspective). Of course, my 2nd son (who is nearly 7) took flowers to his crush last year for Valentine's Day. LOL
Forum: Learning at School   02-22-2006, 04:08 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,508
Posted By btlsmum
To answer the OT- My oldest will be 9 next...

To answer the OT-

My oldest will be 9 next week. He has been reading since he was 2. I hate even writing that because it sounds like I'm fudging the truth or bragging but I'm not. He was reading,...
Forum: Montessori   02-22-2006, 03:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 486
Posted By btlsmum
I'm sorry to hear that you are having trouble...

I'm sorry to hear that you are having trouble with discrimination. We have a set of sibs in my 3rd son's class that have a TON of severe allergies. The school has set policy on snacks and food...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   02-21-2006, 05:23 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,170
Posted By btlsmum
Things are much better for us than the first...

Things are much better for us than the first couple of years we were married. Back then it was 12 hours a day minimum, 6 days a week (only because they were closed on Sunday, LOL). Now, he's...
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