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Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-17-2015, 06:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 149
Posted By elus0814
Maybe part of it is that I've never made a big...

Maybe part of it is that I've never made a big purchase in my name? No cars, houses, loans, etc. Just a few credit cards when I was younger.

It was sort of a weird moment to find that I just plain...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-13-2015, 03:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 149
Posted By elus0814
I haven't had a card in my name in the better...

I haven't had a card in my name in the better part of ten years (as a family we haven't had one in several years). I tried to check my credit score several months ago and found I'm no longer in the...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   12-28-2014, 07:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 295
Posted By elus0814
I would require some be put in savings, at least...

I would require some be put in savings, at least half. Our kids know that gift checks are not something they have free reign on even when their name is on it. If they want something specific we...
Forum: The Childhood Years   11-22-2014, 03:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 296
Posted By elus0814
Instead of making sick days fun days of tv...

Instead of making sick days fun days of tv watching make them sick days. I no longer allow my kids anything fun and they're magically sick less often. No tv, no electronics, no fun books, no fun...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   11-18-2014, 10:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 247
Posted By elus0814
I don't think there is an appropriate bike...

I don't think there is an appropriate bike available. There is one that is built for women, one that is too big, and one that is too small. I would make accommodations if the only coat available to...
Forum: Site Help   11-17-2014, 10:34 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 512
Posted By elus0814
That's disappointing. It was so nice to lists of...

That's disappointing. It was so nice to lists of reasonable gifts as well as needs when our local programs are asking for electronics and other luxury items. I liked knowing that gently used items...
Forum: Family Safety   10-29-2014, 02:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 471
Posted By elus0814
I've never used that particular seat so I can't...

I've never used that particular seat so I can't comment on how it would fit.

Yes, I have done three harness seats across the middle row. I've also done three harness seats across the third row. I...
Forum: Family Safety   10-27-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 471
Posted By elus0814
We have an 07 odyssey with the jump seat. I've...

We have an 07 odyssey with the jump seat. I've put car seats on the jump seat many times. It's not ideal but, IMO, it's perfectly safe. We've used britax roundabout, marathon, pavilion, and frontier...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-26-2014, 07:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 485
Posted By elus0814
I agree with everything said here. If you...

I agree with everything said here. If you yourself are not on solid financial footing (consumer debt and only a small emergency fund) then you are not in a position to give a large cash gift. I would...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   09-22-2014, 04:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,239
Posted By elus0814
Again, I get what you're saying but I have to...

Again, I get what you're saying but I have to disagree. How could someone figure out if another person is someone they want in their life if that person is not able to express their opinion on...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   09-21-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,239
Posted By elus0814
I think he is entitled to an opinion on this. I...

I think he is entitled to an opinion on this. I don't think he is entitled to make decisions regarding it or to get annoyed when things aren't done the way he thinks they should be but I do think she...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   09-19-2014, 07:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,239
Posted By elus0814
Sort of off topic but you will only listen to...

Sort of off topic but you will only listen to someone if they have first humbly approached you for permission to voice their opinion? Even then you will not take a moment to listen, listening is only...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   09-18-2014, 08:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,239
Posted By elus0814
To each their own but I, personally, think it is...

To each their own but I, personally, think it is unreasonable to push a stroller around all day so an older child can sleep in it late at night. As you said, parents sometimes have to do things for...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   09-18-2014, 07:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,239
Posted By elus0814
I can see both sides of this. Not knowing how...

I can see both sides of this. Not knowing how things were said makes a big difference. He should have waited until later to kindly bring up concerns but disney tends to wear people out and 'break...
Forum: Family Safety   09-10-2014, 01:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 705
Posted By elus0814
This contradicts itself. A backless booster might...

This contradicts itself. A backless booster might 'be fine' for an eight year old. It might not. They might also be safe without one. They might not. There are many factors in deciding. You say...
Forum: Finding your Tribe Archives 2008   09-10-2014, 01:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 450
Posted By elus0814
She might not reply, this thread is more than six...

She might not reply, this thread is more than six years old.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-06-2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,984
Posted By elus0814
We usually spend about $1000 but it has been...

We usually spend about $1000 but it has been creeping up the past several months. It's for 8 people, 2 adults and 6 kids. No formula (that sounds like a big expense for the op) but we do buy...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   03-17-2014, 07:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,098
Posted By elus0814
The whole situation sounds really frustrating....

The whole situation sounds really frustrating. To be completely honest with you, it's not your place to even try to 'reparent' teenage children you're keeping an eye on while their parents are out...
Forum: Meal Planning   03-01-2014, 07:18 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 6,801
Posted By elus0814
$1000 for a family of eight. That includes all...

$1000 for a family of eight. That includes all non food stuff too like toiletries, ziploc bags, diapers, etc. Yes, I know cloth is cheaper.

It's spent approximately like this:
$225 local organic...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-01-2014, 06:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 478
Posted By elus0814
Maybe add more healthy fat and protein to the...

Maybe add more healthy fat and protein to the food choices? In our family kids who aren't 'in the mood' to stay put (such as while paying for groceries) are strapped into a stroller. If a child...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   03-01-2014, 06:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,057
Posted By elus0814
It sounds like food is a big topic of...

It sounds like food is a big topic of conversation and arguments. What about just not bringing it up for awhile. He's an adult and knows it's not healthy to not eat all day, why argue over it? Could...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   02-24-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 400
Posted By elus0814
I have to agree that this is very normal...

I have to agree that this is very normal behavior for a six year old. The big red flag for me in your post is when you say you "flipped out". It's hard to do but it's important to try to stay level...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-11-2014, 09:14 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,981
Posted By elus0814
I have been thinking about this. I have to say...

I have been thinking about this. I have to say I'm in the 'no' camp. It's a purchase that's both big and self indulgent. I do think those on welfare should feel free to treat themselves at times but...
Forum: Parenting   02-11-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 806
Posted By elus0814
We move frequently and are never really familiar...

We move frequently and are never really familiar with any 'downtown' area so that's a difficult question to answer. It also depends on which child, a few of my children are more responsible and a...
Forum: Breastfeeding   02-11-2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 672
Posted By elus0814
I've always understood that many women viewed...

I've always understood that many women viewed breastfeeding as something poor or uneducated women did. Going way back wealthy women would hire wet nurses as breastfeeding was seen as below them and...
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