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Forum: Special Needs Parenting   12-29-2016, 08:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,337
Posted By Ruthla
She's been doing OK lately,and is planning to...

She's been doing OK lately,and is planning to move out next month. She's just finished her Associate's Degree and is taking a break from school. She did manage to pass all her classes in the Spring...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   12-16-2016, 07:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,368
Posted By Ruthla
It's a horrible lesson for a 10 year old to have...

It's a horrible lesson for a 10 year old to have to learn, but it does sound like she's moving towards a healthier place. Just make sure she understands that when her mom flakes out on her, it's...
Forum: The Case Against Circumcision   12-14-2016, 08:36 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,997
Posted By Ruthla
It sounds to me like this is the tip of the...

It sounds to me like this is the tip of the iceberg, and could be an indication that you're really not compatible and shouldn't be having children together. As far as I'm concerned, the only...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   12-14-2016, 08:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,071
Posted By Ruthla
Is there a male adult in the household who could...

Is there a male adult in the household who could talk to him about this? It might be less embarrassing for him if it's phrased as "when I was a teenaged boy this is how I handled it...." (and there's...
Forum: The Mindful Home   12-14-2016, 08:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 309
Posted By Ruthla
Hmm. This is starting to sound complicated! I'm...

Hmm. This is starting to sound complicated! I'm not sure I have a mason jar big enough for my stick blender to fit into properly. Is the microwave a definite no-no for this?
Forum: Preteens and Teens   12-13-2016, 07:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,368
Posted By Ruthla
The child needs to be in counseling. This is NOT...

The child needs to be in counseling. This is NOT healthy behavior!

How did things go with the long sleeved leotard and seeing her mom on Thanksgiving?
Forum: Preteens and Teens   12-13-2016, 07:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 828
Posted By Ruthla
I agree with the others. I never "interfered"...

I agree with the others. I never "interfered" with my kids' social lives. I never set up playdates for them unless they asked, or if I wanted to be social with the other mom and we kind of dragged...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   12-13-2016, 07:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,074
Posted By Ruthla
Even if nothing more sinister is going on, it is...

Even if nothing more sinister is going on, it is NEVER OK for an adult to "demand" hugs and kisses from a child who isn't comfortable doing so. If nothing else, step grandpa is treating your daughter...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   12-13-2016, 07:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 667
Posted By Ruthla
It sounds like you need an advocate to help you...

It sounds like you need an advocate to help you deal with the school. It sounds clear to me that they are NOT doing all that they should be doing for him. I'm not sure where you're located, but in...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   12-13-2016, 07:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 781
Posted By Ruthla
My daughter is similar to yours. She was...

My daughter is similar to yours. She was diagnosed with ADD and ODD at age 8, and she self-diagnosed herself with ASD (what used to be known as Asperger's) at age 19. She has yet to actually see a...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   12-13-2016, 06:42 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 295
Posted By Ruthla
$250 isn't such a huge amount of money, in the...

$250 isn't such a huge amount of money, in the grand scheme of things. I think I'd let him fail now, so he'll hopefully learn his lesson before it's something even more expensive.

I'm not sure...
Forum: The Mindful Home   12-13-2016, 06:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 309
Posted By Ruthla
Question Let's talk lotion making

I've been using magnesium oil (magnesium chloride brine) on my skin, all over my body, about 3 times a week, as a magnesium source. I also take Epsom salt baths about three times a week.

But...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   09-15-2016, 10:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,337
Posted By Ruthla
I never, EVER did any of that- with the possible...

I never, EVER did any of that- with the possible exception of using m &ms for potty training when she was 3 (which worked for her NT sister but not for her.)

The insane amount of dental work is...
Forum: The Mindful Home   09-07-2016, 11:56 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 455
Posted By Ruthla
Make my own Earthing Shoes?

I've been Earthing every day by sitting outside with my bare feet on the lawn, usually with a book but occasionally with a friend to talk to. I've been doing this since the beginning of the summer....
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   05-04-2016, 10:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,337
Posted By Ruthla
Parents of special needs adults?

My middle child, now 20, has always been "quirky" and sensitive. She was diagnosed with ADD in elementary school, then I pulled her out and homeschooled her for several years rather than go through...
Forum: Women's Health   03-13-2016, 01:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 386
Posted By Ruthla
Heart Trouble

I've recently been diagnosed with having high blood pressure, thickening of the heart, and some fluid around the heart. This follows months of extreme fatigue for no known reason. I had an umbilical...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   03-07-2016, 12:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,472
Posted By Ruthla
I think 4 is too young for a formal curriculum,...

I think 4 is too young for a formal curriculum, and IMO, most schools push formal academics way too young. The occasional child is ready that young, and there's no need to hold back a child who's...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   03-07-2016, 12:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,294
Posted By Ruthla
I've been pretty happy with...

I've been pretty happy with time4learning.com,although it's been months since you first posted this and you've probably already figured out what you're using for this school year.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   03-07-2016, 12:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 845
Posted By Ruthla
Help with a reluctant writer

I have a 14 year old son who's officially in 8th grade this year. For a variety of reasons, I plan to enroll him in public school next year for 9th grade, so he needs to be "on grade level" by the...
Forum: Learning at School   09-08-2015, 12:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,146
Posted By Ruthla
I remember my daughter came home with a...

I remember my daughter came home with a permission slip before they showed Schindler's List in 10th grade. My guess is they needed parental consent because it's an R movie and none of the kids were...
Forum: Learning at School   09-08-2015, 11:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,057
Posted By Ruthla
It sounds to me like he's being damaged by being...

It sounds to me like he's being damaged by being in school right now. He's not keeping up with the work, he's stressed by trying to do it anyway, and it's hurting his self-esteem. If it were my kid,...
Forum: Women's Health   09-08-2015, 11:51 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 479
Posted By Ruthla
Diastasis Recti and Umbilical Hernia

Anybody have information on healing these without having surgery or spending a ton of money?

I've had the diastasis since my 2nd daughter was born 19 years ago (big baby, closely spaced...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-03-2015, 10:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 661
Posted By Ruthla
I also just found out that I could sign Jack up...

I also just found out that I could sign Jack up for the high school level at time4learning ($30 instead of $20 a month) and select some high school courses and some 8th grade courses- meaning I could...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-02-2015, 11:46 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,031
Posted By Ruthla
2 of my 3 kids hate "busy work" and could never...

2 of my 3 kids hate "busy work" and could never settle down and do something consistently if they didn't understand why it needed to be done. We had our fights over chores, but overall they...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-02-2015, 11:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 661
Posted By Ruthla
I'm poking around the icivics website, but I...

I'm poking around the icivics website, but I can't quite figure out how the website works. Is it interactive? It does seem to offer enough information to be used as a primary curriculum resource,...
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