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Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   02-12-2014, 04:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 204
Posted By natashaccat
I don't think I was required to provide medical...

I don't think I was required to provide medical info about my bio kids. My FC did end up needing a great deal of medical care but we were allowed much latitude in choosing the provider and...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-28-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 153
Posted By natashaccat
Gosh, we used teaching text book grade 4 but I...

Gosh, we used teaching text book grade 4 but I don't remember how much reading it required. My dd wasn't a strong reader at the time so it must have been ok. That being said, she pretty much bombed...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   12-31-2013, 09:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 445
Posted By natashaccat
My dh and worked opposit shifts while...

My dh and worked opposit shifts while homeschooling for about 5 yrs. we managed until our 3rd child was 3yo. At that point we finally conceded that our dd1 and dd2 were academically falling too far...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   12-31-2013, 04:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 876
Posted By natashaccat
Hugs; it's hard when you feel like your baby is...

Hugs; it's hard when you feel like your baby is needing something and you don't know what or why. Adoptive parenting adds a whole other level of uncertainty to the already complicated buisness of...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   12-16-2013, 07:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,153
Posted By natashaccat
Nope, my 8 yo isn't reading either! Sorry, no...

Nope, my 8 yo isn't reading either! Sorry, no suggestions! She's absolutely capable, no learning issues, her spelling and writing skills seem to be at grade level. She just isn't motivated to put...
Forum: Fitness and Weight Management   10-11-2013, 06:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 152
Posted By natashaccat
I gave up junk food, gave up white flour, I'm...

I gave up junk food, gave up white flour, I'm exercisizing in a class 3 times a week, no results! I can't exercise more w/o giving up sleep. Cutting more calories gives me headaches.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-22-2013, 12:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 315
Posted By natashaccat
I'm going through this now too with my 3 yo DS3....

I'm going through this now too with my 3 yo DS3. My DDS are 11 and 8. What is working for us is for older dds to do most work independantly and to schedule instructional lessons when my dh is home....
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-17-2013, 12:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 490
Posted By natashaccat
I second the dream box math recommendation....

I second the dream box math recommendation. Another math program to look at is math u see. The lessons are DVD based and if you watch them with your child the program requires very little parent...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   07-09-2013, 09:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,035
Posted By natashaccat
I imagine that there are lots of cases where...

I imagine that there are lots of cases where it's not in a child's best interest to keep siblings together. Certainly it should be considered important but not the only deciding factor in a child's...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   07-09-2013, 09:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 945
Posted By natashaccat
My love for my foster son (we eventaully were...

My love for my foster son (we eventaully were able to adopt him) hit me like a train about an hour after he was placed in our home. It was a crazy intense moment of recognition of him as MINE to...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   03-18-2013, 05:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,314
Posted By natashaccat
Many organic formulas contain corn-syrup. I...

Many organic formulas contain corn-syrup. I ended up deciding to use WIC brand because it agreed with my son and it used lactose sweetener vs corn syrup or sucrose. I think it was similac.

I...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   03-18-2013, 11:35 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,314
Posted By natashaccat
Many organic formulas contain corn-syrup. I...

Many organic formulas contain corn-syrup. I ended up deciding to use WIC brand because it agreed with my son and it used lactose sweetener vs corn syrup or sucrose. I think it was similac.

I...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   03-17-2013, 01:45 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,314
Posted By natashaccat
I struggled with ff guilt myself, but it ended...

I struggled with ff guilt myself, but it ended being a valuable leson in learning that you don't have to be a perfect parent to meet a child's needs. Children who drink formula, regardless of brand,...
Forum: Allergies   12-15-2012, 12:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 147
Posted By natashaccat
My ds has almost perfect skin now that we...

My ds has almost perfect skin now that we finally have identifed his eczema triggers but yikes it's hard to avoid airborne chemicals!
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   12-23-2010, 11:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,445
Posted By natashaccat
I've been using the aha science unit at...

I've been using the aha science unit at learning.com. It's got pretty good content but YIKES! the teacher interface is really hard to figure out. It's set up for use in the classroom and has all...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-24-2010, 11:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,446
Posted By natashaccat
the starfall readers might be a good one to try....

the starfall readers might be a good one to try. That being said my experience was that dd actually needed way more practice with blending and basic letter sounds that I realized before she got to...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-23-2010, 03:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 580
Posted By natashaccat
I didn't feel that the "experiments" taught kids...

I didn't feel that the "experiments" taught kids about how to use the scientific method. I can't recall which volume we used but we didn't make it past the weather chapter. I'm picky though and...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-22-2010, 10:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,445
Posted By natashaccat
dreambox is totally awesome and worth every...

dreambox is totally awesome and worth every $$$...Just resist the urge to help, tell your kiddo to guess if he/she is totally stuck or the lessons will get to hard to quickly. Also don't let him/her...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-22-2010, 10:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 580
Posted By natashaccat
i didn't like it myself, couldn't get past the...

i didn't like it myself, couldn't get past the big font they used.
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   11-07-2010, 01:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,244
Posted By natashaccat
Hey thanks to all of you who replied, I've had...

Hey thanks to all of you who replied, I've had to take soo many convenience short cuts since DS has arrived, I feel really bad. Purchases which were clear-cut with my DDs aren't so clear with DS.
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Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   10-30-2010, 04:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,037
Posted By natashaccat
I'm only nine months into this but mine is: not...

I'm only nine months into this but mine is: not seeking childcare ASAP (my state pays for it).

Foster DS is is our third kiddo and we are HSing my bio-kids and working opposite shifts. I've never...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   10-30-2010, 03:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,244
Posted By natashaccat
Anyone want to help me with a not-so-serious...

Anyone want to help me with a not-so-serious problem?

Since my FC has arrived I seem to be constantly compromising my eco-choices for "free" services, cheaper stuff, and general convenience...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-13-2010, 01:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 314
Posted By natashaccat
DD is 8 (3rd grade) and reads about one grade...

DD is 8 (3rd grade) and reads about one grade level behind her peers.
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   06-19-2010, 04:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,157
Posted By natashaccat
fwiw, lots of foster kids out there don't have...

fwiw, lots of foster kids out there don't have scary-crazy attachment issues. not to sat that they aren't hurting but not all FC will need intensive therapies and parenting. Kids are put in FC for...
Forum: Diapering   06-04-2010, 02:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 536
Posted By natashaccat
tried it w/powder seems to be fine.

tried it w/powder seems to be fine.
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