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Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-22-2015, 01:07 PM
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Posted By contactmaya
There was a similar post recently...about a guy...

There was a similar post recently...about a guy who wanted a girlfriend but didnt like any of the girls, he just wanted a girlfriend for its sake (i dont really understand that mentality anyway-you...
Forum: Parenting   06-12-2015, 01:16 PM
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Posted By contactmaya
Finally, some good news: <<ANNAPOLIS, Md....

Finally, some good news:

<<ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — After an outcry over one family's "free-range" parenting case, Maryland officials on Friday clarified the state's policy on how authorities...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   05-28-2015, 11:53 AM
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Views: 1,211
Posted By contactmaya
I havent read all the posts, but wanted to add...

I havent read all the posts, but wanted to add that a primary caregiver is considered essential by attachment parenting advocates. A village is not meant to replace a primary caregiver. This is...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   05-27-2015, 12:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,211
Posted By contactmaya
You put it very well blessedwithboys (I am also...

You put it very well blessedwithboys (I am also blessed with boys, and one girl :-))

Interestingly, my brother separated from the mother of his son, and his son could not spend a week with him...
Forum: The Case Against Circumcision   05-26-2015, 12:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,146
Posted By contactmaya
Apparently intactivists were behind much of this...

Apparently intactivists were behind much of this fight, and funded the mothers' lawyers. I dont know why they didnt push for this.
Forum: The Case Against Circumcision   05-26-2015, 12:02 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,146
Posted By contactmaya
I admit that i dont know the law, but i can see...

I admit that i dont know the law, but i can see that it needs to change when it comes to this particular case.

From the perspective of ethics, upon which all laws ought to be based (perhaps...
Forum: The Case Against Circumcision   05-25-2015, 11:51 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,146
Posted By contactmaya
Thankyou for this link. The change.org petition...

Thankyou for this link. The change.org petition summarizes the issues thoroughly and succinctly.

I was not aware that the boy himself, is actively against having the procedure. (hardly...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   05-24-2015, 01:32 PM
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Views: 2,697
Posted By contactmaya
Great point. How do you address this double...

Great point. How do you address this double standard?

I believe sugar is addictive and affects behavior in the same way that other drugs do. I also believe that certain people, can become addicted...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   05-24-2015, 01:30 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,697
Posted By contactmaya
The bolded sounds like good advice. Your mom...

The bolded sounds like good advice. Your mom sounds smart!

Im still thinking about how to approach the issue of drugs with my preteens. My 9yo already takes amphetamines every morning (ritalin-and...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   05-24-2015, 12:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 504
Posted By contactmaya
Yes, you cant punish someone else' child. You...

Yes, you cant punish someone else' child. You could definitely sit her down and talk to her about how that language is unacceptable in your household, and how it could hurt someone's feelings and she...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   05-23-2015, 03:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 842
Posted By contactmaya
...perhaps you see it in the preteen/teen forum ...

...perhaps you see it in the preteen/teen forum because there are so many potentially controversial topics in this age group....
Forum: Preteens and Teens   05-23-2015, 03:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 829
Posted By contactmaya
Are you sure the daughters prefer that?

Are you sure the daughters prefer that?
Forum: The Case Against Circumcision   05-22-2015, 11:10 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,146
Posted By contactmaya
Sadly, she just gave her consent whilst in...

Sadly, she just gave her consent whilst in shackles. She was threatened with indefinite imprisonment otherwise....(sorry, no link...)

(surely this counts as 'under duress'?)
Forum: Preteens and Teens   05-22-2015, 06:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 829
Posted By contactmaya
Your yard, your business. If the neighbors...

Your yard, your business.

If the neighbors dont like the sight of naked skin, then they dont have to look.

Do they have other thing to do perhaps? What nonsense....
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   05-21-2015, 03:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,211
Posted By contactmaya
Poor kid. Of course he misses his mom and of...

Poor kid. Of course he misses his mom and of course he misses his milkies! My daughter is close to his age and she wouldnt be too happy with such an arrangement. I agree that 50/50 is arbitrary.
Forum: Diapering   05-21-2015, 02:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 547
Posted By contactmaya
I used to soak poopy diapers in their own bucket,...

I used to soak poopy diapers in their own bucket, but pee goes with the rest of the wash.

Vomit, poop, anything with an awefully strong smell... gets its own bucket.
Forum: The Case Against Circumcision   05-21-2015, 02:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,146
Posted By contactmaya
You're right, it really doesnt make sense. Its...

You're right, it really doesnt make sense. Its horrifying.

Makes me glad I'm a single mother, and had noone trying to force a genital cut on a unconsenting minor with an unconsenting parent when...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   05-17-2015, 07:39 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,031
Posted By contactmaya
At our school, phones stay in your backpack, and...

At our school, phones stay in your backpack, and there would be no way kids could use them during recess. I dont worry about that at all.

I cant think of why preschoolers would need phones...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   05-17-2015, 07:36 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,031
Posted By contactmaya
MFQ, your approach sounds reasonable to me. I...

MFQ, your approach sounds reasonable to me. I think it is reasonable to request that playdate parents limit access to screens while in a playdate-its easy enough to turn off the computer. I...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   05-15-2015, 07:24 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,031
Posted By contactmaya
This? ...

This?

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/apps-let-parents-spy-on-teens--smartphones-but-should-they-220504844.html
Forum: Preteens and Teens   05-13-2015, 12:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,473
Posted By contactmaya
True :-) All the better. If the OP were still...

True :-) All the better. If the OP were still around, she could give us an interesting perspective on what happened in the long run.

Im going through some old threads-but i think they are still...
Forum: Unschooling   05-13-2015, 12:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 806
Posted By contactmaya
Thanks. Ill check it out :-)

Thanks. Ill check it out :-)
Forum: Preteens and Teens   05-11-2015, 12:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,473
Posted By contactmaya
Is there noone with an alternative opinion? What...

Is there noone with an alternative opinion? What would happen in the adult world, if you were invited, but then the person calls you at the last minute and changes their mind, after you had already...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   05-10-2015, 11:45 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,031
Posted By contactmaya
I dont agree. It just takes a bit of curiosity,...

I dont agree. It just takes a bit of curiosity, and a bit of tech savy, and voila!

I really think this is a problem of our times, and a recent one, in which there are no apparent solutions yet....
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-10-2015, 11:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 657
Posted By contactmaya
I dont think its related to weaning age. My 2...

I dont think its related to weaning age. My 2 oldest (now 9 and 7) self weaned at 5 and at 3 1/2 respectively, and we dont have this problem. If they are affectionate, all the better, since I hear...
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