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Forum: Learning at School   09-20-2007, 10:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 565
Posted By MamaDimstam
My daughter received some in-school OT last year...

My daughter received some in-school OT last year (in grade 1), which helped her immensely. Some things the OT did with her:

*practice cutting out shapes/drawings with special scissors that do not...
Forum: Personal Growth   02-14-2007, 07:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 520
Posted By MamaDimstam
YES PLEASE. My husband has lived with...

YES PLEASE.

My husband has lived with depression for more of his life than not. It's hard. I'm an optimist by nature, and when I occasionally get down I feel like I don't have the luxury, no one...
Forum: Personal Growth   02-14-2007, 07:26 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,180
Posted By MamaDimstam
I truly understand misplaced anger. I have been...

I truly understand misplaced anger. I have been angry at dh a lot in the past (occasionally in the present, but it's better now) but had it come out at my kids. This sounds crazy, but somehow it...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-07-2007, 01:25 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 11,820
Posted By MamaDimstam
This is obviously for slightly older readers,...

This is obviously for slightly older readers, but I cannot stand the Junie B. Jones books for all the deliberate misspellings. Dd saw one and asked why the writer made Junie so "not smart." Awful.
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   12-28-2006, 06:50 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 8,104
Posted By MamaDimstam
Dunno. I'm moderately far along the crunchy...

Dunno. I'm moderately far along the crunchy spectrum, and I think this theory is a bit simplistic. My house is N E A T. But it's not spotlessly clean. We simply don't have a lot of stuff, and that...
Forum: Parenting   12-28-2006, 06:45 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,682
Posted By MamaDimstam
Along with all the other good reasons everyone...

Along with all the other good reasons everyone else has piped with, my biggest beef is that most of the character stuff is pure CRAP. Meaning, it's cheap quality, fragile and very breakable. It's an...
Forum: Personal Growth   12-26-2006, 03:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 685
Posted By MamaDimstam
I identify with a lot of this. My take is that...

I identify with a lot of this. My take is that it boils down to a tendency to think in absolutes, as a way of expressing a form of perfectionism. I can very much be a control freak. All or nothing...
Forum: Personal Growth   12-26-2006, 03:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,326
Posted By MamaDimstam
This is an issue for me too. For me it's about...

This is an issue for me too. For me it's about feeling appreciated- I need to be recognized for all I do, which is a lot. I think in my case my dh does appreciate me, he just doesn't often show it...
Forum: Natural Body Care   12-20-2006, 12:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,474
Posted By MamaDimstam
Quote: Originally Posted by True Blue...

Quote:
Originally Posted by True Blue http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/6791229)
IS there a reason you are going to...
Forum: Natural Body Care   12-18-2006, 06:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,474
Posted By MamaDimstam
Hi all, We just got a brand, spankin' new...

Hi all,

We just got a brand, spankin' new Whirlpool front loader. So far, I love it- but I'm paranoid about the whole HE detergent thing. The only one that's easy to get around here is the Tide...
Forum: Parenting   12-18-2006, 02:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,255
Posted By MamaDimstam
Do you speak frequently? That IS really cold to...

Do you speak frequently? That IS really cold to not even acknowledge your lovely, open letter. But maybe she's assuming that because she's your mother, she knows all about it and it's not news to...
Forum: Parenting   12-18-2006, 01:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 383
Posted By MamaDimstam
In my neck of the woods, there seems to be a...

In my neck of the woods, there seems to be a current epidemic of people (and ok, I'll generalize to mothers because as a SAHM these are 90% of the people I am in contact with on a day to day basis)...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   12-18-2006, 01:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 133
Posted By MamaDimstam
Hand cream! I have horrible, cracked knuckles in...

Hand cream! I have horrible, cracked knuckles in the winter (probably because I vainly refuse to wear warm, sensible and ultimately dowdy mittens) and I love a good, non-greasy yet...
Forum: Learning at School   12-15-2006, 03:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 929
Posted By MamaDimstam
I agree with you- though the impression I get is...

I agree with you- though the impression I get is that up here in Canada the quality of public education is a little more consistent. I went to an inner city public school with a huge ESL population....
Forum: Finding your Tribe Archives 2008   12-15-2006, 12:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 205
Posted By MamaDimstam
HAMILTON! I grew up there, and avid sewers...

HAMILTON!

I grew up there, and avid sewers from Toronto and beyond go there to shop. You would want to go to Ottawa Street, in the east end. There are blocks and blocks of fabric stores,...
Forum: Finding your Tribe Archives 2008   12-15-2006, 12:13 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 472
Posted By MamaDimstam
In Ottawa we were 84c today.

In Ottawa we were 84c today.
Forum: Learning at School   12-14-2006, 04:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 978
Posted By MamaDimstam
I have to make this quick because I'm leaving to...

I have to make this quick because I'm leaving to go meet with dd's teacher in about 20 minutes.

My kids go to an alternative school here in Ottawa. Dd's teacher isn't a big homework person. It's...
Forum: Learning at School   12-14-2006, 09:34 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,881
Posted By MamaDimstam
Weird but so true!...

Weird but so true! http://www.mothering.com/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif:

I keep telling myself it's not about me. But then the other day I read the blog of another local mama. She was...
Forum: Learning at School   12-14-2006, 02:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 923
Posted By MamaDimstam
Well marlisa I hear you loud and clear. My dd...

Well marlisa I hear you loud and clear. My dd just got her first report, and she got a B+ in reading. Which, isn't bad, except that her teacher has also told me more than once that she is reading...
Forum: Learning at School   12-14-2006, 01:45 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,881
Posted By MamaDimstam
You all pretty much said what I've felt in my...

You all pretty much said what I've felt in my gut- that, bottom line, she IS reading and she's reading well, so in the grand scheme of things this is good. I am meeting with her teacher tomorrow,...
Forum: Learning at School   12-13-2006, 06:52 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,881
Posted By MamaDimstam
My dd is 6 1/2 and in grade 1. She's a great...

My dd is 6 1/2 and in grade 1. She's a great reader, according to her teacher, but there's one interesting thing- she reads almost exclusively by recognizing whole words and is really weak on her...
Forum: Learning at School   12-13-2006, 06:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 325
Posted By MamaDimstam
I have no specific suggestions because I'm...

I have no specific suggestions because I'm pretty much in the same boat as you.

My daughter's report came home with similar comments. Her specific problems have to do with spatial organization....
Forum: Mental Health   11-26-2006, 11:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 354
Posted By MamaDimstam
My husband has had major panic attacks and...

My husband has had major panic attacks and depression at various points in his life. I agree with the above poster that it is closely tied in with depression...which means that Ativan on it's own is...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   11-25-2006, 10:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 455
Posted By MamaDimstam
Lots of good advice up above me. Another...

Lots of good advice up above me.

Another thought: My dd (now 6) has always been a strong-willed, argumentative type. Her dad is a lawyer, so she comes by it honestly...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   11-15-2006, 12:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 263
Posted By MamaDimstam
Thanks GC_Mom... That's where we're a bit...

Thanks GC_Mom...

That's where we're a bit stuck- we don't really know if this is all a problem in school. I haven't come right out and explicitly asked her teacher...I feel weird about it. I...
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