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Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-22-2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 442
Posted By Vaske
How long until the 5-year-old can go to a booster...

How long until the 5-year-old can go to a booster seat? Can you bribe the oldest kid to wait that long?

What price do old, wide, gently-driven old lady cars go for in your area?
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-16-2014, 10:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 241
Posted By Vaske
The little I know about NAET I learned here...

The little I know about NAET I learned here (http://www.afterthoughtsblog.net/p/overcoming-allergies.html).  It seems like the brain may be involved in creating/clearing allergies, at least some of...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   04-09-2014, 07:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 822
Posted By Vaske
Are there any food shelves/food pantries in your...

Are there any food shelves/food pantries in your area?
 
You could ask family and friends for odd jobs (spring cleaning jobs, etc.) that you could do for them for pay.
Forum: The Mindful Home   04-08-2014, 10:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 260
Posted By Vaske
For your money, you might as well just buy EMF...

For your money, you might as well just buy EMF and RF meters (some of the ones on Amazon look good) and take readings.  Most of your exposure probably comes from your home's wiring and appliances....
Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-21-2014, 03:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 266
Posted By Vaske
There are plenty of houses on the house tree, no...

There are plenty of houses on the house tree, no hurry--take a year or two or three to get rid of all that debt, and then you'll be in much better shape to buy (and keep up) a house.
 
Just...
Forum: Breastfeeding   02-11-2014, 01:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 556
Posted By Vaske
It fit in with the broad trend of modernization...

It fit in with the broad trend of modernization based on scientific progress, with the women's liberation movement, with medical advancements, with the advent of the professional Expert (there's no...
Forum: Homebirth   01-31-2014, 01:32 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 9,059
Posted By Vaske
She used to have a blog called Treat Me With...

She used to have a blog called Treat Me With Respect, about neglect of patient rights in hospitals.  Somehow she's never applied that to pregnant women.  According to her, any bad outcomes in...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-27-2014, 03:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 258
Posted By Vaske
A surviving spouse caring for minor children,...

A surviving spouse caring for minor children, and those minor children, will probably be eligible for Social Security survivor's benefits, so that may lower the amount of life insurance that you...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   01-27-2014, 10:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 486
Posted By Vaske
I think you're doing a great job--you're seeing...

I think you're doing a great job--you're seeing what is needed for your particular child, and you're providing that, even if it means hard work and growing as a parent.  While you and your husband...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-14-2014, 11:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 330
Posted By Vaske
A focused decluttering will be helpful no matter...

A focused decluttering will be helpful no matter what you do, so I'd start there.  It may help clarify whether your space is too small or not.  We have four children under 7 in a 900 square foot...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-20-2013, 11:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 669
Posted By Vaske
What if you share an account where you pay for...

What if you share an account where you pay for the basic household expenses jointly, but then move the leftover money into separate accounts (divided equally or proportionally to income or however)...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   11-20-2013, 11:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 131
Posted By Vaske
I agree with the previous poster--he is getting...

I agree with the previous poster--he is getting something that he wants (attention from the providers? relief from boredom? emotional outlet for overstimulation? more physical activity? a chance to...
Forum: Arts & Crafts   11-15-2013, 02:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 181
Posted By Vaske
Yarn to cut and practice tying Maybe some...

Yarn to cut and practice tying
Maybe some lacing cards to practice sewing motions with a shoestring
Slices of wood from a tree branch (2" or larger), or scrap wood, for painting or drawing on with...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-13-2013, 11:49 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,497
Posted By Vaske
My husband was telling me this morning, "Burnout...

My husband was telling me this morning, "Burnout is what you get when you put in huge amounts of effort, and get little or nothing back in results."  We've seen that the last few years--we live a...
Forum: Life With a Baby   11-06-2013, 03:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 387
Posted By Vaske
I also have a five-month old who is...

I also have a five-month old who is VERY interested in getting a chance to try out solid food, and he mouths every object that he can.  It is entirely normal for babies to use their mouths to...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-05-2013, 08:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 342
Posted By Vaske
We lived in an apartment for a while.  There was...

We lived in an apartment for a while.  There was a playground right outside, but I couldn't just send my oldest out to play by herself until she was about four.  So I'd have to take the baby out,...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   10-17-2013, 03:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 162
Posted By Vaske
I have three that are probably all ADD.   I...

I have three that are probably all ADD.
 
I try to avoid feeding them artificial colors, which intensifies their behavior.
 
I try to keep a routine during the day.  Bedtime is the hardest, they...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-14-2013, 02:39 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,696
Posted By Vaske
If you add up your retirement accounts, equity...

If you add up your retirement accounts, equity in your house, and expected partner's income in the next two years or so, you might be getting close to being able to have both of you take an early...
Forum: Women's Health   09-11-2013, 07:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 401
Posted By Vaske
Eating dill pickles seems to help, but I'm not...

Eating dill pickles seems to help, but I'm not sure why.
Forum: The Mindful Home   08-27-2013, 02:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 191
Posted By Vaske
It depends where the smoky air is coming in.  In...

It depends where the smoky air is coming in.  In some places I've lived, it has helped a lot to tape around the openings in the walls where pipes come through, and to put weatherstripping around the...
Forum: Doulas   08-26-2013, 03:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 344
Posted By Vaske
Can you also offer sibling doula...

Can you also offer sibling doula services--caring for older siblings during the birth?  One of the biggest obstacles to natural childbirth for us is finding someone who can be on call to care for...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-24-2013, 06:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 179
Posted By Vaske
You don't have the financial reserves to weather...

You don't have the financial reserves to weather landlord troubles like repairs on the house, vacancies, or bad tenants--I'd do whatever it takes to get it sold.  It'll hurt, but then it'll be done....
Forum: Spirituality   08-06-2013, 01:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 143
Posted By Vaske
My Baptist grandma took me to church with her...

My Baptist grandma took me to church with her when I was little, but I gradually fell out of the habit of going and out of feeling like I could expect much attention from God.  After high school I...
Forum: Women's Health   07-31-2013, 03:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 145
Posted By Vaske
The company should have a MSDS for the epoxy...

The company should have a MSDS for the epoxy resin available for their workers, I'd ask them for a copy.  It will list the health hazards and cleanup procedures.
 
Probably there would have been a...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   05-20-2013, 10:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 515
Posted By Vaske
I had a bad experience with being passed over by...

I had a bad experience with being passed over by the hospital dinner cart, and, after waiting for hours, getting nothing but a dry sandwich and an apple.  So I would bring some canned soup or...
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