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Forum: Special Needs Parenting   11-05-2007, 01:29 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,088
Posted By SueDid
Our Ruthie had heart surgery at 4 1/2 months...

Our Ruthie had heart surgery at 4 1/2 months old...it's so scary! I know the closer we got to it the more I felt like I was in a slow moving train heading over an embankment.

Our doctors were...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   10-01-2007, 08:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 361
Posted By SueDid
I agree with Guin. Our Ruthie had to be in the...

I agree with Guin. Our Ruthie had to be in the special care nursery, I was already hurting from not being able to be with her. When I had my other children, everyone who came into the room, all the...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   10-01-2007, 07:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 561
Posted By SueDid
I've been reading here for a while but post very...

I've been reading here for a while but post very little. We are homeschoolers and this is our 16th year. Our older two have graduated high school now, I have a sophomore, an 8th grader and a 2nd...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   07-04-2006, 01:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 762
Posted By SueDid
Congratulations on your baby girl! Our...

Congratulations on your baby girl!

Our daughter was diagnosed at birth. We decided to forgo the genetic testing even though I was of 'advanced age' and we don't regret it. For us, knowing ahead...
Forum: Parenting   01-12-2004, 09:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 909
Posted By SueDid
I don't post often at all, but this topic always...

I don't post often at all, but this topic always strikes a chord with me. We have 5 children and have never really had a regular babysitter. We did try to go out a few times a year (our birthdays...
Forum: Parenting   10-24-2002, 12:42 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,373
Posted By SueDid
Being a Mom is very much my dream job, too. We...

Being a Mom is very much my dream job, too. We have 5 now, ages 15, 13, 10, 8 and 2. I lost two babies, one before the 10 year old and one before the 2 year old. We've never really used birth...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-10-2002, 09:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 853
Posted By SueDid
We've been homeschooling now for 12 years, our...

We've been homeschooling now for 12 years, our oldest is at the level of a sophomore in high school, we've been homeschooling since he was preschool age. I did preschool curriculum with him the year...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-10-2002, 09:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 705
Posted By SueDid
We've used a couple of approaches. In the...

We've used a couple of approaches. In the morning I would tell them what needed to be done for the day and expect it would be done by dinner time. I found that they were getting to the point that...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-10-2002, 09:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,470
Posted By SueDid
I found really good books at a Christian...

I found really good books at a Christian bookstore and bought one for my daughter (and my son, actually) for their age range. I told them to read about the book and then we could talk. Ido...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-10-2002, 09:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 765
Posted By SueDid
There is one school of thought that allowance...

There is one school of thought that allowance shouldn't be tied to chores, the chores are something that we do because we're a family, we live in the house together and we want it to be a nice place...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-10-2002, 09:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 906
Posted By SueDid
I wouldn't snoop in general, but if I suspected...

I wouldn't snoop in general, but if I suspected drugs or other illegal activity I sure would see what I could find. Drugs are nothing to mess with and I think some kids get in as much trouble as...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-10-2002, 09:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 864
Posted By SueDid
Our girls are 10 and 13 and they love Bath and...

Our girls are 10 and 13 and they love Bath and Body Works. The lotions, the shower gels, anything from there. They also love nail polish and my 13 year old is starting to get into makeup. Our girls...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-06-2002, 10:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,208
Posted By SueDid
We've been homeschooling since our oldest...

We've been homeschooling since our oldest started school, he's now 15 and in grade 10. I think each of them briefly thinks about public school once in a while, but they really love the perks of...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-16-2002, 01:29 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,181
Posted By SueDid
I've got 4 kids over 4 (and a 2 year old)...none...

I've got 4 kids over 4 (and a 2 year old)...none of mine would have been comfortable on a play date without me at 4 years old. Our children played with the children of people I knew and hung around...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-11-2002, 06:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 945
Posted By SueDid
Personally I wouldn't worry too much, yet. I...

Personally I wouldn't worry too much, yet. I understand the writing backwards is actually very common, our pastor's daughter is that age, I had her in Cubbies, and she wrote her name that way for a...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-09-2002, 04:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 735
Posted By SueDid
Our families don't talk about school with us at...

Our families don't talk about school with us at all. My mil made no bones about the fact she thinks the kids should go to school, mostly so I could go out to get a job and help her poor son support...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-09-2002, 04:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 746
Posted By SueDid
I totally agree with the older children getting...

I totally agree with the older children getting so much from interaction with the youngers ones. Our teens are Awana leaders now, they work with the 5-7 year olds and the kids just love them. I've...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-09-2002, 01:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 556
Posted By SueDid
I'm right there with you. I've been...

I'm right there with you. I've been homeschooling now for 12 years now and every summer at this time I'm ready for all the other kids to go back!

I have to say, though, I think it's really sad to...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-09-2002, 12:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 541
Posted By SueDid
I think your situation sounds wonderful. I agree...

I think your situation sounds wonderful. I agree that planning some outings is a good thing, but it's not like he needs to have something going on every day. Small children really do not require...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-09-2002, 12:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 496
Posted By SueDid
It is an amazing thing to teach your child to...

It is an amazing thing to teach your child to read. I've done it 4 times now and it thrills me each time. We've used a couple of different programs, but really teaching the letter sounds and how to...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-09-2002, 12:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 746
Posted By SueDid
We heard this a lot at the beginning, too. Our...

We heard this a lot at the beginning, too. Our children are 15, 13, 10, 8 and 2. None of them have ever been to public school. They are happy, cooperative and able to get along with people of any...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-09-2002, 12:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 916
Posted By SueDid
My thoughts were almost verbatim what was said...

My thoughts were almost verbatim what was said by maggie, I see a lot of red flags in your post and think that she is way too young to be involved in these kinds of behaviors, which will only...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-08-2002, 11:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,997
Posted By SueDid
Our 10 year old is the biggest talker, she goes...

Our 10 year old is the biggest talker, she goes non-stop, too. The 2 year old isn't far behind her. The others are quieter but have no problem holding up their end of the chatter when they are in...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-08-2002, 11:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 581
Posted By SueDid
I'm often mistaken for younger because of my...

I'm often mistaken for younger because of my younger children. Actually having teenagers has been wonderful, so far. I really think if one takes the time to teach them when they're little the...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-07-2002, 11:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 635
Posted By SueDid
I agree with whoever said stay on them about it....

I agree with whoever said stay on them about it. I usually am able to tell my children I want whatever it is done by dinner time and it would be done. Occasionally they start to stretch the limits,...
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