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Forum: Life With a Baby   09-22-2013, 08:54 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,492
Posted By barefootmama0709
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Quote:Originally Posted by pepperedmoth http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1387908/ridiculous-baby-gear-gadgets#post_17446415)
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Forum: Life with a Toddler   09-22-2013, 08:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 418
Posted By barefootmama0709
Yikes! I just wanted to say I'm very sorry that...

Yikes! I just wanted to say I'm very sorry that you're experiencing this; we enrolled my oldest in a preschool when he was 3 and that particular school was a horrible fit. They managed to make us...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   09-22-2013, 08:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 626
Posted By barefootmama0709
I used to say "look up here" to my late son. I...

I used to say "look up here" to my late son. I think eye contact is so stressed by Western autism specialists because it's a good way to pull focus to the person who's speaking, and getting the...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   09-22-2013, 08:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 423
Posted By barefootmama0709
Have you tried social stories? I know most...

Have you tried social stories? I know most people think of them as being for younger kids, but I think they're useful for all kids on the spectrum. You can't necessarily teach him to feel empathy...
Forum: Trying To Conceive After Loss   09-21-2013, 10:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 145
Posted By barefootmama0709
We lost our 5 y/o in March. Our TTC date is set...

We lost our 5 y/o in March. Our TTC date is set to begin January, 2014. My question for other mamas is, well...everything. I've never had a planned child before (one total surprise, one failed BC...
Forum: Gardening   09-21-2013, 10:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 120
Posted By barefootmama0709
Hey, thanks! I did have to cut some of the herbs...

Hey, thanks! I did have to cut some of the herbs down the other day before a freeze and I'm drying but I haven't dug everything up yet and I'm hoping not to!
Forum: Vermont. New Hampshire, Maine   09-21-2013, 09:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 222
Posted By barefootmama0709
Hello! There is a place in East Montpelier, VT...

Hello! There is a place in East Montpelier, VT on Snow Hill Road called McKnight Farms. They sell raw milk. My DH used to work there. They also sell organic grass-fed beef (at least last I checked). 
Forum: Parenting   09-21-2013, 09:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 542
Posted By barefootmama0709
Anything he wants to do with his hair is fine...

Anything he wants to do with his hair is fine with me. He currently has longish (about shoulder length) hair because that's how he prefers it. I was allowed to color my hair however I liked starting...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   09-21-2013, 09:16 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 12,704
Posted By barefootmama0709
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Forum: The Childhood Years   09-18-2013, 06:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,729
Posted By barefootmama0709
I would make it more inconvenient for her NOT to...

I would make it more inconvenient for her NOT to wipe. Tell her that her undies are stinky and she needs to help deal with that and reiterate "this is what happens when you do not wipe your bottom"....
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-18-2013, 06:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 995
Posted By barefootmama0709
My son self-entertains but it was a struggle to...

My son self-entertains but it was a struggle to get there. I have no problem saying "you need to go play now" if I'm in the middle of something. If he chooses to sit on his bum and not do anything,...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-18-2013, 05:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 521
Posted By barefootmama0709
I would just take a step back, try and relax and...

I would just take a step back, try and relax and see how preschool goes. That will be an excellent litmus test to see if you're going to need additional services or not. My son on the spectrum VERY...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-18-2013, 05:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 188
Posted By barefootmama0709
I have found the phrase "you don't have to like...

I have found the phrase "you don't have to like it, but you have to do it" to be enormously useful. Kids can have feelings about the situation but that doesn't always influence the outcome. I offer...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-18-2013, 05:41 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 21,747
Posted By barefootmama0709
As a former parent of a child with autism (my...

As a former parent of a child with autism (my late son was high-functioning) I would like to reiterate that autism is NOT always obvious. You have probably seen children with ASDs and not known;...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-18-2013, 05:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 407
Posted By barefootmama0709
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Forum: The Childhood Years   09-17-2013, 10:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,136
Posted By barefootmama0709
More than just meaningless "good job!" type...

More than just meaningless "good job!" type praise, I try to offer specific reasons why I'm thankful/grateful that he's done something. Such as: "that's really helpful to me when you clean...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   09-16-2013, 01:56 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 12,704
Posted By barefootmama0709
We tried pretty hard to veer away from popular...

We tried pretty hard to veer away from popular names but it didn't make any name a no-no. DH came up with ODS's name and I picked YDS's name because I've always loved it. We are going to TTC again...
Forum: Grief and Loss   09-15-2013, 09:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 465
Posted By barefootmama0709
It's fine to cry in front of your children! And...

It's fine to cry in front of your children! And yes, they might be frightened by it-my son often asks if he did something to upset me. I always reassure him that I'm crying because I miss his...
Forum: Gardening   09-15-2013, 09:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 120
Posted By barefootmama0709
Sooooo...this is my first year with an herb...

Sooooo...this is my first year with an herb garden. I have: English lavender, purple sage, white sage, golden oregano, regular oregano, thyme, parsley, calendula and two kinds of basil. What should...
Forum: Parenting   08-08-2013, 10:56 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 8,360
Posted By barefootmama0709
We love Boynton's "The Going-To-Bed Book". So...

We love Boynton's "The Going-To-Bed Book". So fun, cute rhymes.
Forum: Parenting   08-08-2013, 10:52 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 8,360
Posted By barefootmama0709
My late son used to get REALLY MAD about the...

My late son used to get REALLY MAD about the "digger" page because they didn't say "excavator". I didn't like it much either-"digger" is not a machine.
Forum: Breastfeeding   07-31-2013, 04:49 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,830
Posted By barefootmama0709
For me, BFing was way, way easier than formula....

For me, BFing was way, way easier than formula. It didn't agree with my son either-he was constipated a LOT. Mixing bottles at 3 AM was never any fun either and really highlighted the difference for...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-05-2013, 01:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 220
Posted By barefootmama0709
If she's nagging, tell her so! It's not okay to...

If she's nagging, tell her so! It's not okay to ask a hundred times for something. I would also say something like "you need to wait patiently. If you continue to nag, you will go to time-out and...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-05-2013, 01:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 318
Posted By barefootmama0709
Just keep stressing that "if you want to do the...

Just keep stressing that "if you want to do the things big kids do, you have to act like a big kid". Don't respond if she tries to talk with her thumb in her mouth, have designated areas for blankie...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-29-2013, 10:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 589
Posted By barefootmama0709
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Quote:Originally Posted by nettlesoup http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1383583/in-laws-pushing-boundaries-how-to-say-no#post_17360607)...
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