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Forum: The Childhood Years   09-20-2012, 04:55 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 18,338
Posted By Hippie Mama in MI
My son is 6, and has gorgeous blond hair to the...

My son is 6, and has gorgeous blond hair to the middle of his back. LOTS of people think he is a girl. Once, at a city wide garage sale, he was dressed in a camouflage suit, a paintball helmet and...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-20-2012, 04:42 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,276
Posted By Hippie Mama in MI
Disgusting. If it was my child I'd take it up...

Disgusting. If it was my child I'd take it up with the little pervert's parents, the principal, the teacher and her supervisor if any (where was SHE when this happened?) and the parents of the other...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-20-2012, 04:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 7,272
Posted By Hippie Mama in MI
Quote:Originally Posted by...

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Forum: Gentle Discipline   04-22-2012, 04:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,809
Posted By Hippie Mama in MI
The Naughty Chair is your friend, my dear.   ...

The Naughty Chair is your friend, my dear.
 
Tell child what not to do. (Child does it anyway.)
Count to 3; he has 3 seconds to stop the behavior. If he stops, he escapes the naughty chair.
If...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   04-22-2012, 04:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 549
Posted By Hippie Mama in MI
He has done a destructive thing AND lied about...

He has done a destructive thing AND lied about it. If it was my kid, I'd lay some pretty steep consequences. Get him where he lives; if he likes to see his friends, ground him. If he loves his bike,...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   04-22-2012, 04:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 407
Posted By Hippie Mama in MI
I have a very picky eater, too. Here's what we...

I have a very picky eater, too. Here's what we did.
 
Use one small bowl. Put the fruit or veggies in it first and give it to him. Tell him, I can't give you anything else until that bowl's empty....
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-22-2012, 04:25 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,016
Posted By Hippie Mama in MI
My two best friends and I were talking...

My two best friends and I were talking homeschool even before we all got married, got pregnant and had a bunch of babies. By the time our kids were preschool age, we had been talking homeschool for...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-22-2012, 03:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 755
Posted By Hippie Mama in MI
Since your child would need to be enrolled soon,...

Since your child would need to be enrolled soon, here's what I'd do.
 
1. For now, assume you will be homeschooling.
2. Find out what legal requirements homeschoolers must meet in your state.
3....
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-22-2012, 03:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 658
Posted By Hippie Mama in MI
I let him watch PBS for an hour, or pop in an...

I let him watch PBS for an hour, or pop in an educational DVD. I read in the back bedroom.
 
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-22-2012, 03:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 655
Posted By Hippie Mama in MI
I am shameless about homeschool endorsement with...

I am shameless about homeschool endorsement with my kid. I never let an opportunity pass me by. I list all the shortcomings of public school on a continuous basis. Those poor, poor public school...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-22-2012, 02:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 794
Posted By Hippie Mama in MI
My ds is 5 and starting first grade on May 1st....

My ds is 5 and starting first grade on May 1st. We are following the Well Trained Mind program, blending Charlotte Mason with Classical and unit studies. Just what does that mean?
 
Charlotte...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-22-2012, 01:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 535
Posted By Hippie Mama in MI
I vote yes on homeschool. It sounds like the...

I vote yes on homeschool. It sounds like the right thing for your situation.
 
And I would like to very, very gently present you with a possibility you may not have considered: Perhaps the problem...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-22-2012, 01:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 453
Posted By Hippie Mama in MI
I'm glad he came around a bit. Kudos for...

I'm glad he came around a bit. Kudos for sticking to your guns.
 
Now that you have a foot in the door, you're golden... wink wink.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-22-2012, 01:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 590
Posted By Hippie Mama in MI
I got some uneasy remarks when I announced my ds...

I got some uneasy remarks when I announced my ds would be homeschooled. He was only 2 at the time, so some of my relatives said "There's time to change your mind."  Later on, as I began actually...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-22-2012, 01:20 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,233
Posted By Hippie Mama in MI
He wants to send his child to public school to...

He wants to send his child to public school to "get his tax dollar's worth?"
 
I find this a bit off-putting. Would he also send his child to prison for the same reason?
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-03-2011, 02:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 979
Posted By Hippie Mama in MI
My son is 4 and a half. We have been informally...

My son is 4 and a half. We have been informally homeschooling since he was 3. We do mostly what he wants to do; right now he CHOOSES to do so much stuff, it can be hard to keep track of it all. He's...
Forum: Meal Planning   02-03-2011, 12:54 PM
Replies: 698
Views: 111,294
Posted By Hippie Mama in MI
I shop every 2 weeks, when dh gets paid. Then,...

I shop every 2 weeks, when dh gets paid. Then, the following day I cook most of it (generally between 20-25 meals at a go).
 
I bake whole wheat bread, super healthy, with only yeast, whole wheat...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   06-01-2010, 09:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 383
Posted By Hippie Mama in MI
Ok, I wanna play... I don't know about the...

Ok, I wanna play...

I don't know about the Wal Mart is YOUR area, but in our area the local Wal Marts are undergoing a radical layout change. Rather than having long aisles that run paralell to...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   06-01-2010, 08:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 198
Posted By Hippie Mama in MI
First, go to the bathroom, shut the door, turn...

First, go to the bathroom, shut the door, turn lights off & cry like a baby for 5 minutes.

Then meditate for 10 minutes, wash face and comb hair.\

Then drive to McDonalds for a mocha frappe.
...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-27-2010, 09:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 735
Posted By Hippie Mama in MI
You can see from my siggie that I'm one busy...

You can see from my siggie that I'm one busy babe. Homeschooling, housework, running my jewelry business, and gardening and preserving our food takes MOUNTAINS of time. But every Monday, I decamp. I...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-27-2010, 08:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,765
Posted By Hippie Mama in MI
My 3.5 yo ds began "homeschool" this January....

My 3.5 yo ds began "homeschool" this January. Our philosophy is thst he's too young for much formal learning and should have most of the next few years to play. We set aside 2 mornings a week for...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-27-2010, 08:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 424
Posted By Hippie Mama in MI
That is so funny! I am planning a preschool...

That is so funny! I am planning a preschool gardening unit for my own son (nickname: Boo!).

Here's some of what's planned:
Go to a local farm & check out animals & how "fertilizer" is made...
Forum: Gardening   04-27-2010, 07:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 426
Posted By Hippie Mama in MI
Sorry, I don't have any good advice here, but in...

Sorry, I don't have any good advice here, but in fact I'm wondering many of the same things about my ancient orchard. I have 3 apples and a pear tree, all of which haven't been pruned since 1920 (if...
Forum: Gardening   04-27-2010, 07:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 457
Posted By Hippie Mama in MI
Hello. I did tomatoes in big (5-gallon) pots on...

Hello. I did tomatoes in big (5-gallon) pots on the porch one summer. I am sorry to report that they grew huge and healthy, but all 10 plants never gave me enough tomatoes to fill a quart jar. My...
Forum: Gardening   04-27-2010, 07:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 983
Posted By Hippie Mama in MI
We have a 50 x 100 ft garden in Northern...

We have a 50 x 100 ft garden in Northern Michigan (deer central). We had problems with the deer getting in until we devised this system:

use TALL cedar poles (trees about 12' high are excellent...
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