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Forum: Single Parenting   06-06-2015, 08:01 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By rparker
Update (sorry for the delay!): I went ahead...

Update (sorry for the delay!):

I went ahead and told them Thursday night.

DD1 (7) sobbed and yelled and then was calm within 15 minutes. She kept quizzing me as to why we actually NEEDED to...
Forum: Single Parenting   06-03-2015, 11:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 405
Posted By rparker
His work schedule is somewhat erratic. It results...

His work schedule is somewhat erratic. It results in him only working 26 weeks of the year overall, but that sometimes mean he works one on/one off and other times it means the weirdness we've had...
Forum: Single Parenting   06-03-2015, 10:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 405
Posted By rparker
Telling the kids

My STBX and I disagree about the timing of when to tell the kids, so I guess I'm looking for confirmation that I'm not crazy (or a reality check if he's in the right).

Background: I requested a...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   05-17-2015, 08:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,218
Posted By rparker
I usually lurk on this forum since I don't have a...

I usually lurk on this forum since I don't have a blended family *yet* but hope to get to that point (still working through the end stages of my divorce), but figure I'd chime in since I breastfed...
Forum: Breastfeeding   05-09-2015, 05:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 798
Posted By rparker
You may want to check out Jay Gordon's method for...

You may want to check out Jay Gordon's method for night weaning if you haven't already: http://drjaygordon.com/attachment/sleeppattern.html

I tried it with DD1 and gave up when I couldn't handle...
Forum: Breastfeeding   05-09-2015, 04:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 930
Posted By rparker
Done :-)

Done :-)
Forum: Site Help   05-08-2015, 06:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 525
Posted By rparker
Well, I just PMed bananabee, so hopefully she'll...

Well, I just PMed bananabee, so hopefully she'll respond :-) Bumping this in case anyone else has any info?
Forum: Site Help   05-06-2015, 09:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 525
Posted By rparker
Private forum?

I'm wondering what's the criteria to gain access to the private single parenting forum? I posted an intro before, then thought better of having the details on a publicly viewable forum since...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-26-2015, 09:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 563
Posted By rparker
Ditto on the CPS. You might also try discussing...

Ditto on the CPS. You might also try discussing the issues with your niece's pediatrician and/or teacher (who are both mandated reporters).
Forum: Waldorf   04-16-2015, 01:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,305
Posted By rparker
Our Waldorf school has a mixed ages Kindergarden...

Our Waldorf school has a mixed ages Kindergarden for three to six year olds with the option of attending five, three, or two days either full or part-time. To enroll in Kindergarden here a child...
Forum: Breastfeeding   04-06-2015, 07:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 676
Posted By rparker
Hmm, could it be non-nursing related? Cramping...

Hmm, could it be non-nursing related? Cramping could be dehydration. So could the nausea and dry eyes. Are you drinking enough to keep up with how much milk you're producing? This is also one of the...
Forum: Breastfeeding   04-06-2015, 07:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 970
Posted By rparker
My youngest started sleeping 8 hour stretches at...

My youngest started sleeping 8 hour stretches at two weeks and my supply didn't suffer at all. She continued to nurse another 2.5 years and at four is still at the top of the growth chart. Having had...
Forum: Breastfeeding   04-06-2015, 07:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 602
Posted By rparker
I nursed the same way in front of my older...

I nursed the same way in front of my older daughter's friends at home as I did at restaurants, the library, playgroups, etc. That is I'd make *some* effort to be discreet (keeping the nipple covered...
Forum: Vaccinating on Schedule   04-06-2015, 06:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 933
Posted By rparker
My kids have been vaccinated on schedule (other...

My kids have been vaccinated on schedule (other than opting out of Hep B at birth). At my oldest's 4th birthday well child visit she was given five injections (one for flu since she has an October...
Forum: Breastfeeding   03-25-2015, 04:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 754
Posted By rparker
Hugs. I am so, so sorry. Your feelings are...

Hugs. I am so, so sorry.

Your feelings are most definitely real and valid. How you'll feel about nursing this baby may change once he or she is born, but you won't know until then. Personally, I...
Forum: Lactivism   03-05-2015, 01:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 833
Posted By rparker
Oh, also? I bought a pregnancy test the other day...

Oh, also? I bought a pregnancy test the other day and was given a coupon by Walgreen’s for prenatal vitamins from Similac (I believe, may have been Enfamil, I threw it out)… reminded me a lot of the...
Forum: Lactivism   03-05-2015, 01:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 833
Posted By rparker
Two great responses to the Similac ad

I just came across these today and figured I'd share. Both make great points that I've thought myself, albeit the second is more polemical.
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Forum: Gentle Discipline   03-04-2015, 09:53 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 992
Posted By rparker
Physically harming animals and siblings,...

Physically harming animals and siblings, particularly continuously and after being corrected, is not normal behavior for a five-year-old, and it has nothing to do with how clean your house is or how...
Forum: Lactivism   03-02-2015, 04:56 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 149
Posted By rparker
:thumb I love positive nursing in public...

:thumb

I love positive nursing in public stories!
Forum: Breastfeeding   03-02-2015, 04:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,014
Posted By rparker
If you don't have pain or any other kind of...

If you don't have pain or any other kind of abnormal discharge, it's probably hormonal. My guess is that the spotting is just an indication that your cycles are about to return. I had months/years of...
Forum: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy   02-28-2015, 05:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 207
Posted By rparker
This is an old post, but in my experience: yes,...

This is an old post, but in my experience: yes, particularly if you're tandem nursing and comparing the toddler's latch to an infant's. I weaned my oldest at 3 years and 9 months because her latch...
Forum: Single Parenting   02-26-2015, 09:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 115
Posted By rparker
Introduction / Bird Nesting

I appreciate the support comments but realized I'm not comfortable having the details of my divorce on a public forum. Moderators please delete.
Forum: Single Parenting   02-26-2015, 08:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 472
Posted By rparker
I'm in the process of a very amicable divorce and...

I'm in the process of a very amicable divorce and he was never abusive, but there are several similarities in our situations: he's 24 years older than me; I've been a SAHM, and at the point I asked...
Forum: Breastfeeding   02-26-2015, 07:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 259
Posted By rparker
Oh, one other thing... I have no personal...

Oh, one other thing... I have no personal experience with this, but several of the mamas in my MDC due date club SWORE by teething necklaces, so if he's really struggling you might want to check that...
Forum: Breastfeeding   02-26-2015, 07:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 259
Posted By rparker
I nursed my oldest until she was almost four,...

I nursed my oldest until she was almost four, tandem nursed, and nursed my youngest until just before her third birthday... and I was a SAHM at the time with a partner who worked insane hours, so...
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