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Forum: The Childhood Years   11-22-2014, 03:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 261
Posted By elus0814
Instead of making sick days fun days of tv...

Instead of making sick days fun days of tv watching make them sick days. I no longer allow my kids anything fun and they're magically sick less often. No tv, no electronics, no fun books, no fun...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   11-18-2014, 10:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 229
Posted By elus0814
I don't think there is an appropriate bike...

I don't think there is an appropriate bike available. There is one that is built for women, one that is too big, and one that is too small. I would make accommodations if the only coat available to...
Forum: Site Help   11-17-2014, 10:34 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 476
Posted By elus0814
That's disappointing. It was so nice to lists of...

That's disappointing. It was so nice to lists of reasonable gifts as well as needs when our local programs are asking for electronics and other luxury items. I liked knowing that gently used items...
Forum: Family Safety   10-29-2014, 02:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 458
Posted By elus0814
I've never used that particular seat so I can't...

I've never used that particular seat so I can't comment on how it would fit.

Yes, I have done three harness seats across the middle row. I've also done three harness seats across the third row. I...
Forum: Family Safety   10-27-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 458
Posted By elus0814
We have an 07 odyssey with the jump seat. I've...

We have an 07 odyssey with the jump seat. I've put car seats on the jump seat many times. It's not ideal but, IMO, it's perfectly safe. We've used britax roundabout, marathon, pavilion, and frontier...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-26-2014, 07:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 454
Posted By elus0814
I agree with everything said here. If you...

I agree with everything said here. If you yourself are not on solid financial footing (consumer debt and only a small emergency fund) then you are not in a position to give a large cash gift. I would...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   09-22-2014, 04:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,211
Posted By elus0814
Again, I get what you're saying but I have to...

Again, I get what you're saying but I have to disagree. How could someone figure out if another person is someone they want in their life if that person is not able to express their opinion on...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   09-21-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,211
Posted By elus0814
I think he is entitled to an opinion on this. I...

I think he is entitled to an opinion on this. I don't think he is entitled to make decisions regarding it or to get annoyed when things aren't done the way he thinks they should be but I do think she...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   09-19-2014, 07:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,211
Posted By elus0814
Sort of off topic but you will only listen to...

Sort of off topic but you will only listen to someone if they have first humbly approached you for permission to voice their opinion? Even then you will not take a moment to listen, listening is only...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   09-18-2014, 08:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,211
Posted By elus0814
To each their own but I, personally, think it is...

To each their own but I, personally, think it is unreasonable to push a stroller around all day so an older child can sleep in it late at night. As you said, parents sometimes have to do things for...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   09-18-2014, 07:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,211
Posted By elus0814
I can see both sides of this. Not knowing how...

I can see both sides of this. Not knowing how things were said makes a big difference. He should have waited until later to kindly bring up concerns but disney tends to wear people out and 'break...
Forum: Family Safety   09-10-2014, 01:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 690
Posted By elus0814
This contradicts itself. A backless booster might...

This contradicts itself. A backless booster might 'be fine' for an eight year old. It might not. They might also be safe without one. They might not. There are many factors in deciding. You say...
Forum: Finding your Tribe Archives 2008   09-10-2014, 01:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 443
Posted By elus0814
She might not reply, this thread is more than six...

She might not reply, this thread is more than six years old.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-06-2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,954
Posted By elus0814
We usually spend about $1000 but it has been...

We usually spend about $1000 but it has been creeping up the past several months. It's for 8 people, 2 adults and 6 kids. No formula (that sounds like a big expense for the op) but we do buy...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   03-17-2014, 07:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,085
Posted By elus0814
The whole situation sounds really frustrating....

The whole situation sounds really frustrating. To be completely honest with you, it's not your place to even try to 'reparent' teenage children you're keeping an eye on while their parents are out...
Forum: Meal Planning   03-01-2014, 07:18 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 6,791
Posted By elus0814
$1000 for a family of eight. That includes all...

$1000 for a family of eight. That includes all non food stuff too like toiletries, ziploc bags, diapers, etc. Yes, I know cloth is cheaper.

It's spent approximately like this:
$225 local organic...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-01-2014, 06:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 478
Posted By elus0814
Maybe add more healthy fat and protein to the...

Maybe add more healthy fat and protein to the food choices? In our family kids who aren't 'in the mood' to stay put (such as while paying for groceries) are strapped into a stroller. If a child...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   03-01-2014, 06:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,056
Posted By elus0814
It sounds like food is a big topic of...

It sounds like food is a big topic of conversation and arguments. What about just not bringing it up for awhile. He's an adult and knows it's not healthy to not eat all day, why argue over it? Could...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   02-24-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 397
Posted By elus0814
I have to agree that this is very normal...

I have to agree that this is very normal behavior for a six year old. The big red flag for me in your post is when you say you "flipped out". It's hard to do but it's important to try to stay level...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-11-2014, 09:14 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,961
Posted By elus0814
I have been thinking about this. I have to say...

I have been thinking about this. I have to say I'm in the 'no' camp. It's a purchase that's both big and self indulgent. I do think those on welfare should feel free to treat themselves at times but...
Forum: Parenting   02-11-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 804
Posted By elus0814
We move frequently and are never really familiar...

We move frequently and are never really familiar with any 'downtown' area so that's a difficult question to answer. It also depends on which child, a few of my children are more responsible and a...
Forum: Breastfeeding   02-11-2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 671
Posted By elus0814
I've always understood that many women viewed...

I've always understood that many women viewed breastfeeding as something poor or uneducated women did. Going way back wealthy women would hire wet nurses as breastfeeding was seen as below them and...
Forum: Florida, Georgia, Alabama   02-07-2014, 10:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,379
Posted By elus0814
Gentle Birth Options is wonderful. They do...

Gentle Birth Options is wonderful. They do homebirths and have a birth center. They have all kinds of support groups as well. Just can't say enough good things about Cindi, the midwife there.
Forum: Family Safety   01-27-2014, 03:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 306
Posted By elus0814
I wanted to add that the vests are only for kids...

I wanted to add that the vests are only for kids already old and mature enough for booster seats, they don't replace regular harnessed car seats.
Forum: Family Safety   01-27-2014, 03:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 306
Posted By elus0814
We have our six kids in a Honda odyssey with the...

We have our six kids in a Honda odyssey with the small seat between the captains chairs. They're pretty much the same ages as your kids with a three year old added in. Using travel vests (we have...
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