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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-23-2014, 11:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 251
Posted By Lizafava
We are taking it a semester at a time.  This...

We are taking it a semester at a time.  This outlook really helped my kids' father.  We are not "homeschoolers", we are "homeschooling right now".  I also agreed to yearly achievement tests but I...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-16-2014, 09:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 353
Posted By Lizafava
I bought Moving Beyond the Page for our first...

I bought Moving Beyond the Page for our first year of homeschooling.  I like it okay and it sounds like something you would really like.  I don't think its that expensive for all the great books you...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-16-2014, 08:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 188
Posted By Lizafava
For my boys, 8 and 5, Singapore math has been...

For my boys, 8 and 5, Singapore math has been great.  There are pictures (and lots of tropical fruit!), but the program is solid and mostly how I remember learning math, with more emphasis on...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-16-2014, 08:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 654
Posted By Lizafava
I will tell you, as a new homeschooler, that is...

I will tell you, as a new homeschooler, that is *isn't huge*.  I told people that we were going to homeschool for a while and see how it goes.  Even now when people ask me now how long we are going...
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-15-2014, 08:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 200
Posted By Lizafava
My 8yo just had this surgery.  I am not happy...

My 8yo just had this surgery.  I am not happy that three doctors missed it, but guess that they could have ascended.  Some studies suggest this is more common that previously thought.  When it was...
Forum: Midwives   11-25-2013, 07:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 643
Posted By Lizafava
I started with a green apprentice and feel like...

I started with a green apprentice and feel like that was a mistake.  I prefer advanced students and/or nurses.  I don't always like having 3 people at a birth and I want to know that after a few...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-25-2013, 11:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 367
Posted By Lizafava
my 5.5 yo just started taking some lines out of...

my 5.5 yo just started taking some lines out of his "E"s, uh, yesterday.  I kind of miss them - they were like combs!  Writing is super boring and stressful for lots of little kids.  Sounds like...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-25-2013, 11:17 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 928
Posted By Lizafava
I also came (back after years away!) here to...

I also came (back after years away!) here to read stories of other mamas who are HSing and working.  Its hard but I think we are finding our groove. 
 
I am a full-time HB midwife with 2-5 births...
Forum: Midwives   06-20-2013, 07:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 270
Posted By Lizafava
I I switched to the EMR private practice about a...

I I switched to the EMR private practice about a year and a half ago, but I would be happy to share my paper charts.  You can send me an email at stlouismidwife at gmail.
 
I would suggest really...
Forum: The Childhood Years   12-04-2012, 06:41 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,140
Posted By Lizafava
We have always explained to our boys, 4 and 7,...

We have always explained to our boys, 4 and 7, that Santa is just a game some grownups like to play.  This year, my children seem to be enjoying practicing their critical thinking skills by pointing...
Forum: Parents as Partners   11-06-2011, 06:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 504
Posted By Lizafava
All of this is smart stuff.  I wanted to add...

All of this is smart stuff.  I wanted to add that my STBX started taking antidepressants and the anger problem became much, much more manageable.  Apparently depression in men is more likely to...
Forum: Missouri, Illinois, Iowa   12-12-2010, 07:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,325
Posted By Lizafava
I think a 3rd or 4th floor walk up apartment in...

I think a 3rd or 4th floor walk up apartment in dog town would be a great option.  Without a partner I would probably reccomend not being on a first floor.  We have friends there and it feels just...
Forum: Birth Professionals   10-05-2010, 11:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 671
Posted By Lizafava
I went for six weeks with my 14 month old and a...

I went for six weeks with my 14 month old and a friend who I paid to watch him. Most interns with family seem to stay at the Warren Inn, which seemed just fine but did not work out for us for too...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   09-20-2010, 06:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 953
Posted By Lizafava
28mo DS1 slept through my second labor, but just...

28mo DS1 slept through my second labor, but just barely. I was desperate to get him to sleep, and as soon as he was out, my labor kicked into high gear. We did have a close friend at the house in...
Forum: Parents as Partners   09-01-2010, 04:19 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,061
Posted By Lizafava
It really stands out to me that you could use a...

It really stands out to me that you could use a playgroup and some time alone - alone by yourself *and* alone with your husband. I had two little ones while DP was working and in an MSW program....
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-20-2010, 12:01 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,447
Posted By Lizafava
we kept the landline for years because I'm...

we kept the landline for years because I'm always misplacing my cell-phone and need to call it. But, now I use on of the online cell-phone services a few times a week. wheresmycellphone.com or...
Forum: Traditional Foods   08-20-2010, 11:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,036
Posted By Lizafava
Bubbies pickles are fermented - if you can buy a...

Bubbies pickles are fermented - if you can buy a jar of those, you can kindof tell what they are supposed to taste like. I've made and tasted (and thrown out) several different batches of fermented...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-10-2010, 01:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,285
Posted By Lizafava
It really depends in the school. I went to a...

It really depends in the school. I went to a very traditional montessori through 3rd grade and we really didn't do much in the way of crafts. It seems like once I was in the grades we had art-time...
Forum: Parenting   08-09-2010, 11:09 AM
Replies: 157
Views: 7,734
Posted By Lizafava
No way would I have called. As someone who rides...

No way would I have called. As someone who rides her bike with both kids on the back I am aware that many (likely non-bike commuters) people feel like its inherently unsafe. A three wheel bike is...
Forum: Missouri, Illinois, Iowa   08-02-2010, 03:40 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 221
Posted By Lizafava
Hi all, I'm spreading the word about an...

Hi all,

I'm spreading the word about an important primary race tomorrow. Senate 24 is much of Clayton, Ladue, Richmond Heights, MAplewood and even St. Ann and Bridgeton. The primary race for...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   07-28-2010, 10:59 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,390
Posted By Lizafava
My boys have worn keens after the first wobbly...

My boys have worn keens after the first wobbly toddler days are over. They are incredibly durable, cute and washable. The foot bed is nice and wide for my kiddos and they are very stable shoes,...
Forum: Single Parenting   07-27-2010, 07:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 782
Posted By Lizafava
Ah, thanks ladies. Just thanks...

Ah, thanks ladies. Just thanks http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif
Forum: Single Parenting   07-26-2010, 08:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 782
Posted By Lizafava
Thank you all for your words. This is kindof...

Thank you all for your words. This is kindof where we are in counseling, and I feel the pressure to pull the trigger (as it were) and Make It Happen. Sigh. We honestly don;t have much to lose except...
Forum: Parenting   07-26-2010, 12:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 346
Posted By Lizafava
For us it has depended on the child. DS1 was...

For us it has depended on the child. DS1 was hysterical when I tried to bring the seat. He ended up in my lap the whole time anyway. But he was/is an intense kid and at the time did not fall asleep...
Forum: Single Parenting   07-25-2010, 11:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 782
Posted By Lizafava
A temporary separation sounds great, but seems...

A temporary separation sounds great, but seems like it would be so hard on the kids. Where would DP go? We've talked about buying the house next door or at least another nearby so the kids would not...
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