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Forum: The Childhood Years   03-23-2009, 09:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 624
Posted By cyndimo
Also - Mollie Katzen has a series of kid's...

Also - Mollie Katzen has a series of kid's cookbooks that are mostly snacks, so they can be made when nobody is starving and trying to put dinner on the table. The recipes all have 2 versions: one...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-22-2009, 12:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 414
Posted By cyndimo
Thank you all for the validation. The teacher...

Thank you all for the validation.
The teacher has told me that he's "outside her experience" - which makes me think that we need to find someone with more experience.
I think that she's looking...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-21-2009, 09:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 414
Posted By cyndimo
I'm having some issues with my DS's preschool...

I'm having some issues with my DS's preschool teacher. My feeling is that he is a normal 3.5yo boy who is very spirited and an only child. She's concerned that there's a special need we need to...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-21-2009, 08:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 624
Posted By cyndimo
I'm not very good at having my little sous chef...

I'm not very good at having my little sous chef around, but I'm working on it because he loves it soooo much.
Right now, he almost always gets to run the food processor and open cans. I try to have...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-21-2009, 08:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 355
Posted By cyndimo
With my 3.5yo, I can buy a few minutes here and...

With my 3.5yo, I can buy a few minutes here and there by setting a timer. It seems like lately, the microwave rules my life!
I can tell him that I will play with him in 5 minutes and that I'll set...
Forum: Multicultural Families   03-21-2009, 08:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,179
Posted By cyndimo
Enjoy! I studied in Budapest for a semester in...

Enjoy! I studied in Budapest for a semester in college and had a great time!
As we would have said at the time "jealous vagok!" (sp??)
Forum: Multicultural Families   03-21-2009, 08:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,739
Posted By cyndimo
When DS was little I used the CA Baby sensitive...

When DS was little I used the CA Baby sensitive shampoo for body and hair and also the conditioner, which I'd often leave in or only kind of rinse out. I used a bunch of different hair moisturizers...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   03-21-2009, 07:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,038
Posted By cyndimo
In my area, there seems to be a potentially long...

In my area, there seems to be a potentially long wait (for private adoptions, based on birth parent choices; for county adoptions based on the needs of specific children) for healthy (or mostly...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   03-21-2009, 07:24 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,679
Posted By cyndimo
My feeling is that we shouldn't be using "birth...

My feeling is that we shouldn't be using "birth certificates" for the DMV, border crossings, etc. Sort of like the movement to get the government out of the marriage business and have civil unions...
Forum: Multicultural Families   11-27-2008, 02:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 597
Posted By cyndimo
We do a lot of celebrating in December... I'm...

We do a lot of celebrating in December...
I'm Jewish, DP is Catholic.
What we generally do is give the "big" gifts for Winter Solstace/Yule, since the solstace is pretty universal and not...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-20-2008, 02:17 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,423
Posted By cyndimo
My favorites... DS says "laster-year" for any...

My favorites...
DS says "laster-year" for any time in the past (yesterday, last week, last year... doesn't really matter)
He says "next-together" for a combination of next to each other and...
Forum: Parenting   08-26-2008, 11:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 869
Posted By cyndimo
I also would say to go (for at least part of...

I also would say to go (for at least part of it). I think that if it's important to your Dad, you should support him. (He may actually not know that many other guests, for that matter!) Plus, if...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   08-24-2008, 08:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,920
Posted By cyndimo
Our nighttime routine is: I love you a bushel...

Our nighttime routine is:
I love you a bushel and a peck (from Guys and Dolls)
Snugglepuppy (from Philadelphia Chickens by Sandra Boynton)
Followed by the longest, most boring song I could make...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   08-23-2008, 09:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 344
Posted By cyndimo
We only went with the toddler bed because we...

We only went with the toddler bed because we have a really nice organic (expensive) crib mattress that never really got used in a crib. So, I got a $25 wooden toddler bed off craigslist to wo with...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   08-22-2008, 09:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 628
Posted By cyndimo
Asleep is the only way I can do it. DS often...

Asleep is the only way I can do it.
DS often falls asleep in the car for his naps, so I just do it before I bring him in the house. (I keep a pair of clippers in the car for that purpose.)...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   08-21-2008, 12:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 605
Posted By cyndimo
The other suggestion that I have is to control...

The other suggestion that I have is to control the wake-up time, then try the suggestions of the PPs to let her set her "bed" time. For a while, we had only one car, so if I didn't want to be...
Forum: Multicultural Families   08-20-2008, 11:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,487
Posted By cyndimo
I agree with the pp's - you did great! As a...

I agree with the pp's - you did great!
As a white mom with a dark brown baby (who did come to our family through adoption), I tend to get this question from kids at the playground... I had a very...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   08-19-2008, 12:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 373
Posted By cyndimo
Quote: Originally Posted by MaterPrimaePuellae...

Quote:
Originally Posted by MaterPrimaePuellae http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/11982416)
I read in one study that, in...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   08-18-2008, 06:00 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 7,235
Posted By cyndimo
This thread has generated a lot more negative...

This thread has generated a lot more negative feedback than I've seen on other similar threads here on MDC...
In any case, the times I've used our "leash", I've been running so fast with DS that I...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   08-18-2008, 01:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 215
Posted By cyndimo
Another one without the "why"s! DS just turned 3...

Another one without the "why"s! DS just turned 3 last week and I have been expecting it for a while.
What's more, DS doesn't seem to really get the word... he doesn't answer me when I ask him a...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   08-16-2008, 12:37 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 7,235
Posted By cyndimo
I was also against them, but gave in to purchase...

I was also against them, but gave in to purchase one before a big trip on the insistance of my DP. I knew we would be spending a lot of time in an airport to and from the vacation, as well as...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   08-15-2008, 07:33 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 891
Posted By cyndimo
I used to have this problem when DS was about...

I used to have this problem when DS was about that age. I found the following product:
http://store.tinytots.com/store/prod...-Changing-Aid/...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   08-14-2008, 06:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 583
Posted By cyndimo
I'll agree with the "slight overthinking camp",...

I'll agree with the "slight overthinking camp", BUT - as with many things, if there are topics you want to be sure you get "right" when it matters, it doesn't hurt to practice the words now while...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   08-14-2008, 05:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 339
Posted By cyndimo
Not really a cookbook of stuff to cook *for*...

Not really a cookbook of stuff to cook *for* toddlers, the kid's cookbooks by Mollie Katzen (Pretend Soup, Salad People and Honest Pretzels) are cookbooks to use to cook hearty snacks with toddlers....
Forum: Parenting   08-14-2008, 12:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 463
Posted By cyndimo
We have the Prius and love, love, love it! ...

We have the Prius and love, love, love it!
When my old Accord died and needed to be replaced, I thought a lot about my priorities and decided that I needed a car with 4 doors, a backseat that folds...
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