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Forum: Birth and Beyond   02-26-2013, 09:28 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,078
Posted By puddle
1.  Choose care provider and hospital...

1.  Choose care provider and hospital carefully.  Check C-section rates.  Don't just check out your provider--check out everyone they share call with. 
2.  Hire a doula or monitrice.
3. ...
Forum: Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico   02-17-2013, 01:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 223
Posted By puddle
I live in Cedar Park and have a daughter in...

I live in Cedar Park and have a daughter in Leander ISD.  Honestly, I'm not sure that you could find a geek-free part of the Austin area if you tried.  The tech industry is huge here and the...
Forum: Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico   02-09-2013, 09:03 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,875
Posted By puddle
Dr. Hutchens is no longer carrying...

Dr. Hutchens is no longer carrying patients--she's just working on a fill-in basis when needed.  The practice will still accept patients who selectively vax (although not if they don't vax at all),...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   01-18-2013, 07:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 292
Posted By puddle
I found when my DD was that age that a lot of...

I found when my DD was that age that a lot of times bringing along a snack to eat in the car worked wonders.  I think some of the meltdowns were because she had been so busy playing that she didn't...
Forum: Parents as Partners   01-17-2013, 10:06 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 553
Posted By puddle
So sorry you're going through this.  I don't...

So sorry you're going through this.  I don't have any meaningful personal advice, but did want to mention backline (http://yourbackline.org/) in case you find them helpful.  They have a talkline...
Forum: The Childhood Years   12-12-2012, 09:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 607
Posted By puddle
So sorry that your family is going through...

So sorry that your family is going through this!  We've dealt with this on a smaller scale.  My daughter started withholding at around 15 months, and at age 5 still goes through occasional brief...
Forum: The Childhood Years   12-04-2012, 10:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 152
Posted By puddle
I got my 5-year-old DD some LunaStar...

I got my 5-year-old DD some LunaStar (http://www.lunaorganics.com/) makeup and she loves it.  It's mineral based, and the colors we got are all really light.  DD puts a ton on, but it's still fairly...
Forum: Parents as Partners   11-27-2012, 06:42 AM
Replies: 335
Views: 11,595
Posted By puddle
Your husband is so concerned with the fact that...

Your husband is so concerned with the fact that he didn't technically cross the line into cheating, that he doesn't care at all about the pain and fear that his actions have caused you.  He cares...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   11-16-2012, 08:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 649
Posted By puddle
I agree with what the previous posters have...

I agree with what the previous posters have said.  The smack was a one time mistake and she apologized, so I would let that part go with her.  I would
talk with your child about it and let them...
Forum: Understanding Circumcision   11-14-2012, 07:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 376
Posted By puddle
In my area, OBs cut newborns in the hospital. ...

In my area, OBs cut newborns in the hospital.  If the surgery doesn't take place in the hospital before the newborn is released, urologists do it.  Urologists do perform RIC here, if for any reason...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   11-06-2012, 10:22 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,684
Posted By puddle
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by Adaline'sMama http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1367360/keeping-shoes-on-in-the-car/20#post_17163917)

It's...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   11-06-2012, 10:05 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,684
Posted By puddle
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by Adaline'sMama http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1367360/keeping-shoes-on-in-the-car/20#post_17163880)
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Forum: Gentle Discipline   11-06-2012, 08:06 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,684
Posted By puddle
You're asking what you can do to make a toddler...

You're asking what you can do to make a toddler choose to keep her shoes on in the car.  The answer is: nothing.  There is absolutely nothing in the universe that you can do to ensure that your...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-06-2012, 06:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 503
Posted By puddle
Sorry it's taken me so long to get back to this...

Sorry it's taken me so long to get back to this thread.  Computer issues and sick kids.  I really appreciate your comments though!
 
To address some of the things some of you wrote:
 
I've tried...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-31-2012, 09:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 503
Posted By puddle
Since my daughter was an infant, I've been...

Since my daughter was an infant, I've been researching educational options.  I felt overwhelmingly drawn to homeschooling, for oh so many reasons.  I always assumed that was the direction we would...
Forum: Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico   10-25-2012, 08:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 376
Posted By puddle
I'm in Cedar Park and love it.  Outside of...

I'm in Cedar Park and love it.  Outside of Austin proper, parenting seems to trend more toward the mainstream, but if you look hard enough, you can find likeminded people.  I agree with the PP--you...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   10-24-2012, 11:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 336
Posted By puddle
I agree with you, but I also agree with the...

I agree with you, but I also agree with the other posters that teachers have to do what they can to manage a large, diverse group of young children, most of whom are probably living in homes where...
Forum: Work from Home Parents   10-21-2012, 09:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 893
Posted By puddle
My sister started a peanut free home cupcakery. ...

My sister started a peanut free home cupcakery.  It's feasible, but will definitely take some time to get off the ground.  Being peanut free, she's been able to get some large orders into schools. ...
Forum: Learning at School   10-12-2012, 05:59 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,481
Posted By puddle
OP again.  Last update.  The duct taping event...

OP again.  Last update.  The duct taping event actually occurred this week.  I'm not sure if this is how she did it in the past or not, but what she did this year was have the kids who met fund...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   09-26-2012, 11:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 659
Posted By puddle
Reading at 18 months is not indicative of a...

Reading at 18 months is not indicative of a child in the normal IQ range.  You may want to read about "stealth dyslexia."  Sometimes intellectually gifted kids with dyslexia are very hard to...
Forum: Learning at School   09-24-2012, 06:30 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,481
Posted By puddle
OP here.  Update for those interested: I...

OP here.  Update for those interested:
I e-mailed the principal my concerns, and she was receptive.  She said that although she has done this a couple of years now, she's never thought of the...
Forum: Learning at School   09-23-2012, 11:37 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,481
Posted By puddle
I'm actually really shocked to find out both how...

I'm actually really shocked to find out both how widespread this practice is and how many people think there's no cause for concern. I searched online about it and saw that lots of schools do engage...
Forum: Learning at School   09-21-2012, 08:39 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,481
Posted By puddle
So I've just learned that as a fund raising...

So I've just learned that as a fund raising incentive, our elementary school principal is going to let some of the children duct tape her to a wall.  The top seller gets to  tape her mouth shut. ...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-06-2012, 02:47 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,224
Posted By puddle
My daughter just started kindergarten and has...

My daughter just started kindergarten and has been reading for over 2 years.  It's too soon to say for sure how the year will go, but so far she's really enjoying it.  This week they're learning the...
Forum: Understanding Circumcision   09-02-2012, 09:56 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,771
Posted By puddle
He may never come around.  My DH never did.  To...

He may never come around.  My DH never did.  To the extent that he made two appointments with a urologist.  At the first one, the doctor said we should think about it and if we agreed to come back...
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