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Forum: Working and Student Parents   07-19-2014, 05:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 408
Posted By sillysapling
It makes me sad for the baby. There are parents...

It makes me sad for the baby. There are parents who leave the baby to cry while they get things done, and "experts" who insist doing otherwise "spoils the baby". After 4 months, most parents should...
Forum: Parents as Partners   07-18-2014, 07:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 491
Posted By sillysapling
If she wants to work towards fixing the...

If she wants to work towards fixing the relationship- yes, I think she needs to be upfront about the fact that she's at the point of looking for or even consulting with lawyers. She also needs to...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   07-18-2014, 06:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 408
Posted By sillysapling
If they were offering enough to cover what you're...

If they were offering enough to cover what you're doing (twice the rate seems reasonable, like what your friend gets- you'd be doing twice the work), it's your call if it's worth it or not. If you're...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   07-18-2014, 06:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 206
Posted By sillysapling
That sounds like an awful situation. Am I right...

That sounds like an awful situation. Am I right that you've been in these kids' lives since they were very young (it sounds like the oldest was, at most, 6)? It's awful that you raised these kids...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-17-2014, 04:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 318
Posted By sillysapling
It doesn't sound like your son is experiencing...

It doesn't sound like your son is experiencing any distress related to his gender. It's good that you want to make sure you're doing the right thing, but it sounds like you already are. :) Let him...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   07-17-2014, 03:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 524
Posted By sillysapling
I agree, look into spousal/child support and also...

I agree, look into spousal/child support and also the custody laws in your state. If you divorce him now and he still gets the job- the courts frown on that and it may be harder for him to get a...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-15-2014, 02:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 318
Posted By sillysapling
You seem to be very focused on gender roles. It's...

You seem to be very focused on gender roles. It's an easy habit to get into, I've seen many parents hold up similar lists in the hopes that it'd hold the answer. I'm afraid that there is not a...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   07-15-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 524
Posted By sillysapling
The honeymoon period is a very common part of the...

The honeymoon period is a very common part of the cycle of abuse, and what makes it so hard to leave. As you've seen. Once your husband realized you were strong enough to leave, suddenly he's all...
Forum: Parenting   07-15-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 1,094
Views: 63,391
Posted By sillysapling
I'm impressed that he was comfortable enough to...

I'm impressed that he was comfortable enough to confide that in you, I think it's a good sign, and it also sounds like he's asking for help processing this. It sounds like you have a fairly...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   07-15-2014, 01:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 305
Posted By sillysapling
You may find out that there are physical effects...

You may find out that there are physical effects you weren't aware of. It's amazing how much more pain I lived with on gluten- it was something that was just constant and I just assumed was normal. ...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-15-2014, 01:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 580
Posted By sillysapling
In that case, I would try to make closer friends...

In that case, I would try to make closer friends with other homeschool parents in the area and try to take support from them. If you aren't co-parenting, I agree that he should have no say, and he...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-14-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 580
Posted By sillysapling
It's really hard when your husband isn't...

It's really hard when your husband isn't supportive. Pretty much anyone else is one thing, but it's really rough when the person you're co-parenting with disagrees with something like this.

Why...
Forum: Vaccinations   07-14-2014, 07:33 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 3,705
Posted By sillysapling
Your tone was very confrontational. You're also...

Your tone was very confrontational. You're also ignoring what's being said. I gave the answer to your question, you either don't find it good enough or aren't bothering to actually read what I said...
Forum: Vaccinations   07-14-2014, 06:45 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 3,705
Posted By sillysapling
I was never tested while pregnant. Not to my...

I was never tested while pregnant. Not to my knowledge, at least, they just looked at my vaccination records. I never heard of titers before this thread. I didn't realize you could test if a...
Forum: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy   07-14-2014, 05:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 370
Posted By sillysapling
I've seen a lot of people dry up while their...

I've seen a lot of people dry up while their child was still nursing, generally after 2 or 3 years, some people just don't produce milk that long. 6 years is very impressive! Kids can still get...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   07-14-2014, 04:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 791
Posted By sillysapling
We couldn't split up the tickets, so it would be...

We couldn't split up the tickets, so it would be financially very, very hard for us to not go together. Until this weekend, my partner wanted to go back on the 28th. They finally agreed it was better...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   07-12-2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,134
Posted By sillysapling
I've seen accounts of women who were working in a...

I've seen accounts of women who were working in a domestic violence center, helping others get out of abusive relationships, well educated about the nature of abuse and all that- and, after listening...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-12-2014, 09:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 774
Posted By sillysapling
I see nothing wrong with roughhousing for any...

I see nothing wrong with roughhousing for any gender. They need to understand boundaries, and, yes, I'd be willing to have a talk with even little kids about safewords if they like shrieking "no,...
Forum: February 2015 Due Date Club   07-12-2014, 08:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 495
Posted By sillysapling
You need a babysitter who is familiar with home...

You need a babysitter who is familiar with home birth and who can help support your children through the complex emotions it may cause (labor can involve blood and pain and cursing- seeing a parent...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   07-12-2014, 07:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 171
Posted By sillysapling
She may have a food intolerance. Those don't show...

She may have a food intolerance. Those don't show up in tests and don't always have more obvious signs than a baby who's clearly not happy. We had the same problem with kiddo before figuring out what...
Forum: February 2015 Due Date Club   07-12-2014, 07:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 495
Posted By sillysapling
I think a doula/babysitter is a good idea. Having...

I think a doula/babysitter is a good idea. Having a support person lined up for the kids is very important, just in case.
Forum: Potty Learning   07-12-2014, 07:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 234
Posted By sillysapling
You can let your kid go commando. If even pants...

You can let your kid go commando. If even pants feel too much like wearing a diaper, you can give overalls a try. It's not uncommon for underwear to feel too much like a diaper.
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   07-12-2014, 06:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 305
Posted By sillysapling
I have to be GF, and you can find alternatives...

I have to be GF, and you can find alternatives that are very close. You may be able to substitute them without your son even realizing (tatse them yourself first). Look online for options, don't rely...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   07-11-2014, 01:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 189
Posted By sillysapling
Has your step-daughter seen her dad at all in the...

Has your step-daughter seen her dad at all in the last 3 months? How well are they staying in touch? Even if she doesn't want to visit, he should still be able to get quality time with his daughter....
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   07-11-2014, 12:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 348
Posted By sillysapling
Again, fostering with the hope of one day...

Again, fostering with the hope of one day adopting can work- but the person really needs to be prepared for it, and there are other, less emotionally wrenching, options.
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