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Forum: Life With a Baby   Today, 06:05 PM
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Posted By starling&diesel
My eldest didn't crawl or cruise at all. Then...

My eldest didn't crawl or cruise at all. Then she got up and walked at about 10 months. At 5yo, she's absolutely fine. All in good time, mama! :smile:
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   Today, 09:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 102
Posted By starling&diesel
Just keep letting her play and explore at her own...

Just keep letting her play and explore at her own pace.

Watch where her interests go, and follow her there, offering her quality tools and resources as she goes so that she can lead the way.
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Forum: Unschooling   Yesterday, 09:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 158
Posted By starling&diesel
So true. What I bolded really rings true for my...

So true. What I bolded really rings true for my daughter. Thanks for the concrete ideas about how to address this, Miranda. Much appreciated.
And thank you as well for sharing how you've seen...
Forum: Unschooling   Yesterday, 02:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 158
Posted By starling&diesel
My 5yo struggles with zealous and crippling...

My 5yo struggles with zealous and crippling perfectionism too.
I used to never intervene to make her picture or writing 'just so' because I'm all for kids working through their own idea of outcome...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   07-22-2014, 08:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 275
Posted By starling&diesel
What about you joining him in his room for a...

What about you joining him in his room for a while and see how that goes? You could tell yourself that it's for ____ amount of time, ie. we're doing this with our 5yo right now. I'm thinking one of...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   07-22-2014, 08:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 171
Posted By starling&diesel
We give our 5yo daughter the homeopathic Calms...

We give our 5yo daughter the homeopathic Calms Forte (http://www.hylands.ca/products/calms4kids.php).
We don't give it to her every night, because we don't want her to equate an easier sleep with a...
Forum: Unschooling   07-19-2014, 10:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 349
Posted By starling&diesel
Hi winter singer, I'm a parent to two kids,...

Hi winter singer,
I'm a parent to two kids, aged 2 and 5, so I don't have the experience that comes with BTDT, per se, but I wanted to mention something that comes up a lot in conversations in my...
Forum: Unschooling   07-18-2014, 10:28 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,580
Posted By starling&diesel
Thanks for sharing this, Miranda. I remember...

Thanks for sharing this, Miranda.
I remember being horrified at the fact that my 7- and 9yo nieces weren't reading AT ALL. I harboured all kinds of very dark and critical thoughts about the way...
Forum: Unschooling   07-11-2014, 09:46 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,580
Posted By starling&diesel
Oh, and also interesting, is families that I...

Oh, and also interesting, is families that I assumed were very unschool-y choosing very 'school-y' options. That's been surprising too. We're not radical unschoolers by any means (DD is actually...
Forum: Unschooling   07-11-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,580
Posted By starling&diesel
What do you think happened, SweetSilver? With...

What do you think happened, SweetSilver? With your friends who were going to homeschool? I'm curious. Listening to our friends reason their way to school has been very interesting.
Forum: Unschooling   07-11-2014, 09:41 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,580
Posted By starling&diesel
Bingo, sweetsilver. That is happening, although...

Bingo, sweetsilver.
That is happening, although it was more pronounced last year (E is a January baby so many of her friends hit school age last September) when previously strident 'homeschool'...
Forum: Unschooling   07-10-2014, 10:42 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,580
Posted By starling&diesel
I'm watching -- with interest -- the choices...

I'm watching -- with interest -- the choices folks are making as our fellow homeschool famiies' 5-year-olds hit school age. In BC you can register as a homeschooler (full parental responsibility, no...
Forum: Unschooling   07-10-2014, 10:23 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,580
Posted By starling&diesel
Erin, you're good. Totally good. Carry on, my...

Erin, you're good. Totally good. Carry on, my friend. Carry on.
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   07-07-2014, 05:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 453
Posted By starling&diesel
We're homeschooling, but with no specific...

We're homeschooling, but with no specific curriculum, except for math (we do Jump).
We haven't done any 'gifted' testing so far. I agree with the idea that there isn't much point unless you want...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   07-06-2014, 05:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 754
Posted By starling&diesel
Thanks for chiming in, Lottie. It is comforting...

Thanks for chiming in, Lottie. It is comforting to know that other folks are dealing with this kind of thing too.
And thank you for the site recommendation, Kathryn. Off to check it out now ...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   06-29-2014, 10:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 349
Posted By starling&diesel
My 5yo DD has Tourette's, OCD, SPD, anxiety, is...

My 5yo DD has Tourette's, OCD, SPD, anxiety, is extremely bright and the doctor says ADHD too. I don't agree with the ADHD diagnosis in the typical sense in that she can and does happily sit still...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   06-29-2014, 12:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 754
Posted By starling&diesel
I so very much look forward to the time when DD...

I so very much look forward to the time when DD gets better at picking up other's cues regarding wanting/not wanting physical contact. I would say 'more than you can imagine' but I'm guessing this...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   06-29-2014, 12:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 754
Posted By starling&diesel
Thank you for posting, LaughingHyena. This...

Thank you for posting, LaughingHyena.

This rings true to me. I feel like we're in the dark at the crossroads right now, and the further we go down our own path, the further it diverges from the...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   06-28-2014, 11:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 754
Posted By starling&diesel
Thank you so much for your thoughtful replies,...

Thank you so much for your thoughtful replies, Linda and Queen.
I really hope that I can integrate some of your mama-wisdom into my parental toolbox sooner than later and figure out how to...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   06-27-2014, 04:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 754
Posted By starling&diesel
How much do you tell people?

We live in a lovely bubble; we homeschool and I work from home, and we live in a diverse urban community where quirks are the norm.

Therefore, my 5yo doesn't have to be anywhere at a certain...
Forum: Unschooling   05-21-2014, 08:34 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,162
Posted By starling&diesel
Well put, Erin.  It's nice to be coming at this...

Well put, Erin.  It's nice to be coming at this with a framework for myself, even if that framework is flexible and easily moved or reshaped, depending on our ever-changing intellectual needs and...
Forum: Unschooling   05-19-2014, 01:18 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,162
Posted By starling&diesel
Nice to see this thread revived! PBH (or...

Nice to see this thread revived!

PBH (or perhaps 'PBU'?) provides a nice catch phrase for what we do, and Lori's book helped us establish some regular practices as a family, such as prioritizing...
Forum: Mental Health   05-18-2014, 08:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 250
Posted By starling&diesel
I wouldn't mention it at all if it's a job where...

I wouldn't mention it at all if it's a job where there is no reason to (not particularly mentally taxing, which would be different for everyone).
If it's a job that is particularly mentally taxing,...
Forum: Unschooling   04-22-2014, 08:07 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 755
Posted By starling&diesel
Just popping in to sub so that I can come back...

Just popping in to sub so that I can come back later with a cup of tea and have a proper read.
But I will say it again, and again and again, Miranda ... PLEASE write a book.  Your ideas and...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   04-12-2014, 10:09 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,240
Posted By starling&diesel
In the heat of the moment, when I use words that...

In the heat of the moment, when I use words that I wouldn't normally use, I feel badly.
When my kids say hurtful things to each other, I take care of the offended person, and when the moment has...
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