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Forum: Gentle Discipline   Yesterday, 10:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 338
Posted By nd_deadhead
When I was 12 and my little brother was 5, his...

When I was 12 and my little brother was 5, his favorite thing to do in the whole world was push my buttons. If it bugged me to have him burst in on me in the shower, you can bet that would be on his...
Forum: Reuse & Recycle   Yesterday, 10:23 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 6,640
Posted By nd_deadhead
We remodeled our kitchen last summer, and almost...

We remodeled our kitchen last summer, and almost all the old cabinets found new homes. Some went into our laundry room (replacing a metal shelf that went to our church storage room); one went to our...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   07-17-2014, 07:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 997
Posted By nd_deadhead
I just helped my Mom move from a large 4-bedroom...

I just helped my Mom move from a large 4-bedroom house to a 2-bedroom apartment. Naturally she got rid of a lot of stuff, and some of it came to me. But she also donated a ton.

That effort...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-16-2014, 12:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 367
Posted By nd_deadhead
Do you have an emergency fund? I might split...

Do you have an emergency fund?

I might split the difference - put 2/3 to the family loan, and 1/3 to the student loan.

How much was the car payment? Are you making regular payments on the...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   06-16-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,618
Posted By nd_deadhead
I think there are a lot of ways to give positive...

I think there are a lot of ways to give positive feedback, both immediately and later. When my sons were little, I used positive feedback to reinforce appropriate behavior - for example, "I noticed...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   06-13-2014, 12:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 782
Posted By nd_deadhead
Ours slept in the same crib at the foot of our...

Ours slept in the same crib at the foot of our bed for about 6 months. At that point they barely fit in one (they were, and still are, big boys). Interestingly, I remember thinking "I can't imagine...
Forum: Pets   06-09-2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 181
Posted By nd_deadhead
New treatment for canine parvovirus

My husband works for a company that has developed a treatment for parvo. So far it is almost 100% effective - the pups that have died were too far gone for any treatment to work. Instead of a week or...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   03-13-2014, 06:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 324
Posted By nd_deadhead
I agree completely with Mariamadly. Our...

I agree completely with Mariamadly. Our parenting philosophy is based on respect., and it has worked out extremely well for us. Our twin sons are 19 years old, and they still like to hang out with...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   03-11-2014, 07:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 221
Posted By nd_deadhead
Spring Fever has struck in my house. I have been...

Spring Fever has struck in my house. I have been on a mission to purge and organize in the house, and I am on a roll! I've gone through stuff that I haven't touched in years.
 
Closets first. I do...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-11-2014, 07:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 300
Posted By nd_deadhead
I e-filed my federal taxes with Turbotax (as...

I e-filed my federal taxes with Turbotax (as I've been doing for at least 10 years). I ended up with a refund of about $750. This year I was given three choices: receive a check in the mail, have...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   01-24-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 488
Posted By nd_deadhead
Hugs to you, Mama!   My son didn't as far as...

Hugs to you, Mama!
 
My son didn't as far as attempting suicide, but did have suicidal thoughts, and was seeing a psychiatrist. When he told me he had a suicide plan, I admitted him to the...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   09-03-2013, 09:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 251
Posted By nd_deadhead
Paint ceilings first (where needed). Knowing...

Paint ceilings first (where needed). Knowing that you'll be painting the walls soon, you don't have to be terribly careful of the edges. Lay down drop cloths to protect the flooring, and cover...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-27-2013, 12:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 290
Posted By nd_deadhead
So she hasn't had regular chores or helped out...

So she hasn't had regular chores or helped out around the house prior to this? I would think starting now would be a challenge.
 
I hate the "Other parents don't make their kids..." or "Other kids...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-31-2013, 10:29 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 707
Posted By nd_deadhead
Our sons don't have assigned chores, but they...

Our sons don't have assigned chores, but they are expected to help out around the house as asked, or as necessary. When they were old enough to stay home alone during the day while DH and I were at...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-31-2013, 10:21 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 3,498
Posted By nd_deadhead
My sons got cell phones when they were 18, and...

My sons got cell phones when they were 18, and headed off to college. Their dorm does not have land lines, and a cell phone was the only way I could reach them, or they could reach me. They are 75...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   07-24-2013, 08:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 345
Posted By nd_deadhead
OP, my sons were mono-di. I can't understand how...

OP, my sons were mono-di. I can't understand how babies could share a chorion without being monozygotic. I've heard of placentas being fused, but examination by a pathologist would still be able to...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   06-14-2013, 10:30 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,301
Posted By nd_deadhead
My church has a sale every spring, and they have...

My church has a sale every spring, and they have a storage room to take donations throughout the year. It's much easier for me to bring things there than to store them and deal with a sale myself. I...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   04-22-2013, 10:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 300
Posted By nd_deadhead
I am not a fan of threats and punishments, and I...

I am not a fan of threats and punishments, and I agree with Sarafi that your dd is too young to really understand them. Your best bet at this (and any!) age is to be consistent, set age-appropriate...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   04-22-2013, 10:06 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 729
Posted By nd_deadhead
My identical boys are 18 years old, just...

My identical boys are 18 years old, just finishing their freshman year in college!
 
Hang in there, ladies - it does get easier.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   04-03-2013, 02:48 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,650
Posted By nd_deadhead
I don't think it's about the plumber - it's...

I don't think it's about the plumber - it's about the laws of physics. If I want 120° water for my shower, and it comes into the house at 36°F (which it does for 4 or 5 months out of the year), I...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   04-03-2013, 11:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 441
Posted By nd_deadhead
Krisnic, someone recently bumped a thread you...

Krisnic, someone recently bumped a thread you started a year ago about your son, and the replies you got then still apply now - you need to be the Parent, set some limits, impose some consequences,...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   04-03-2013, 10:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 441
Posted By nd_deadhead
Just from what you've written here, it sounds...

Just from what you've written here, it sounds like your son rules the roost. While I recognize that bringing a teenager into your home is a major adjustment, it sounds like you are bending over...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   04-03-2013, 10:37 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,650
Posted By nd_deadhead
We installed new toilets about 4 years ago, and...

We installed new toilets about 4 years ago, and even with 3 grown men in the house, we hardly ever have to flush more than once (trust me, our toilets get a workout).
 
We put plastic on the...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   03-03-2013, 10:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 275
Posted By nd_deadhead
We found age 4 to be a real turning point, in...

We found age 4 to be a real turning point, in terms of being able to do things with the boys (instead of for them), and their ability to entertain each other. I agree with you about compromise -...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   02-26-2013, 07:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 690
Posted By nd_deadhead
My boys decided for themselves - at least one of...

My boys decided for themselves - at least one of them did! He wanted his own room. Though they were often together, except to sleep, either in one room or another.
 
Now they are in college, and...
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