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Forum: Selective & Delayed Vaccination   01-31-2015, 06:18 PM
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Posted By wagamama
We lived in Addis Ababa for three years...

We lived in Addis Ababa for three years (2011-2014). My son is vaccinated, except for the MMR, and my daughter is completely unvaccinated. My kids went to an international school, but also played...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-28-2014, 04:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 538
Posted By wagamama
I do make a point of praising my son (and...

I do make a point of praising my son (and daughter) when they are being nice to each other. When my son is being mean, I tell him it's not acceptable behavior in our family. But usually he just won't...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-27-2014, 06:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 538
Posted By wagamama
Brother, 9 and sister, 6, fighting constantly

I feel so upset, because I had a great time with my sister growing up, and I feel like my own kids are having such a terrible experience. They hardly ever play together. It's like they are two only...
Forum: Traditional Foods   10-22-2012, 11:14 PM
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Views: 414
Posted By wagamama
We are living in Ethiopia at the moment and the...

We are living in Ethiopia at the moment and the milk products here -- milk, cream, butter -- have a very pungent, cheesy taste. I asked some local people why that is, and they said it is because the...
Forum: Television   04-24-2011, 07:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 612
Posted By wagamama
I just go to youtube, and then type in the name...

I just go to youtube, and then type in the name of the show. Then various choices pop up.
 
Glad to hear you are OK. I am in Kanagawa - OK too, but worried about possible effects of radiation on...
Forum: Television   04-20-2011, 07:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 612
Posted By wagamama
Hi, I live in Japan too. Three awesome cartoons...

Hi, I live in Japan too. Three awesome cartoons for kids, that you can watch for free on youtube are: Caillou, Peep and Quack and Charlie and Lola. Caillou would be young for a 7-year-old, I guess,...
Forum: Women's Health   02-21-2011, 07:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,020
Posted By wagamama
I read your site and it was very informative. I...

I read your site and it was very informative. I was an exchange student in Ecuador many years ago, and the family I stayed with gave me the papaya cure -- papaya seeds ground up in a blender with a...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-13-2011, 06:23 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 27,533
Posted By wagamama
My kids are 5 and 3, and they were scared by...

My kids are 5 and 3, and they were scared by Ponyo -- so much that they refused to watch it again! Ponyo's father is scary!
Finding Nemo was also too scary for them. :(
 
The only DVDs we've had...
Forum: Personal Growth   02-03-2011, 07:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 866
Posted By wagamama
I'm 42 with two young kids, and have been...

I'm 42 with two young kids, and have been feeling "in crisis" about aging for awhile. My face has changed. It really has. I have really prominent nasolabial folds, if you know what those are :)
And...
Forum: Far East   02-03-2011, 05:40 PM
Replies: 73
  Japan
Views: 4,190
Posted By wagamama
Yes, I have to say, that if I could do it all...

Yes, I have to say, that if I could do it all over again, I would not choose to raise my kids in Japan. Because of the school system, because keeping their English intact is a constant struggle,...
Forum: Far East   02-01-2011, 08:46 PM
Replies: 73
  Japan
Views: 4,190
Posted By wagamama
Mmmmochi mama, I like your name too! But your...

Mmmmochi mama, I like your name too! But your story is heartbreaking! I am glad, at least, to hear that you are planning a move.
 
For us, we have bought a house, DH's career is here ... a move...
Forum: Reuse & Recycle   01-30-2011, 07:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,012
Posted By wagamama
I will try hydrogen peroxide -- thanks!

I will try hydrogen peroxide -- thanks!
Forum: Parenting   01-30-2011, 07:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,685
Posted By wagamama
Last year DH "strongly encouraged" our shy...

Last year DH "strongly encouraged" our shy 5-year-old DS to join a preschool rugby class on Sunday mornings. After going 2-3 times, DS wanted to quit, but DH basically "strongly encouraged" him to...
Forum: Far East   01-30-2011, 06:56 PM
Replies: 73
  Japan
Views: 4,190
Posted By wagamama
 Quote:Originally Posted by...



Quote:Originally Posted by mmmmochi http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1226492/japan/20#post_16202652)

I have an 8 year...
Forum: Far East   01-20-2011, 07:23 PM
Replies: 73
  Japan
Views: 4,190
Posted By wagamama
Just to clarify, I definitely don't think that...

Just to clarify, I definitely don't think that homeschooling has anything to do with someone becoming a hikkikomori! Mmmmochimama, I admire you for homeschooling. I think it must be great -- but...
Forum: Reuse & Recycle   01-20-2011, 06:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,012
Posted By wagamama
I use white cloths for wiping countertops and...

I use white cloths for wiping countertops and drying dishes, but they get stained so quickly. I throw them in the wash, but they don't come out clean. I guess I need to soak them in something ......
Forum: Far East   01-18-2011, 08:07 PM
Replies: 73
  Japan
Views: 4,190
Posted By wagamama
I live in Yokohama (Aoba-ku) -- would love to...

I live in Yokohama (Aoba-ku) -- would love to see this thread get going!  I know a few foreign women in my area (we have a book club), but no one with toddlers. 
I have a 5-year-old and a...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-18-2011, 06:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,922
Posted By wagamama
 Quote:Originally Posted by...



Quote:Originally Posted by Lakeeffectsnow http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Traditional Foods   01-17-2011, 07:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,524
Posted By wagamama
I think they are OK -- see this link:...

I think they are OK -- see this link: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=48 
Forum: Books, Music, and Media   01-17-2011, 07:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,592
Posted By wagamama
My book club is having trouble finding...

My book club is having trouble finding interesting books for our 2011 year. Would love to get some suggestions. We are looking for a balance of fiction and non-fiction. Otherwise, anything goes!
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-10-2011, 06:51 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,385
Posted By wagamama
I'm with you. I think as parents we need to set...

I'm with you. I think as parents we need to set limits for our kids, especially with addictive stuff like video games, TV and junk food. DS is 5 and hasn't started video games yet, but I'm already...
Forum: The Childhood Years   12-26-2010, 03:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 417
Posted By wagamama
DD was born on Xmas day, and we just celebrated...

DD was born on Xmas day, and we just celebrated her 3rd birthday yesterday. It was kind of a disaster, and I was really upset. Basically, the idea was to open Xmas presents in the morning, and do...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   09-30-2010, 06:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,243
Posted By wagamama
They can't explain the reason they don't like...

They can't explain the reason they don't like it. They just say "Yuck". The sandwich idea is good. My kids aren't big dippers either, actually. I like the idea of using a small amount of hummus, as...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   09-29-2010, 12:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,243
Posted By wagamama
I love hummus and eat it at least twice a week,...

I love hummus and eat it at least twice a week, but my kids (5 & 2) refuse to eat it. I've heard that so many kids love dipping raw veggies and pita bread into hummus -- so why don't mine?!! I make...
Forum: Meal Planning   09-27-2010, 12:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,404
Posted By wagamama
I'll post mine as it's a bit different b/c we...

I'll post mine as it's a bit different b/c we live in Japan. I've been struggling to get the right balance (for the past five years!), so the plan is constantly evolving. At the moment it looks like...
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