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Forum: Unschooling   07-18-2015, 09:37 PM
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Posted By cottonwood
That was a turning point for me too. <3 As...

That was a turning point for me too. <3

As to non-computer things that might be engaging to a 9-year-old, my kids (all techie/gamers) loved having a trampoline and pool in the back yard. If I...
Forum: Unschooling   07-18-2015, 09:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 560
Posted By cottonwood
It's a great question and I wonder about it too....

It's a great question and I wonder about it too. If you google "how is dyslexia diagnosed", you get a bunch of stuff that essentially amounts to "does not read at grade level" or that can be...
Forum: The Case Against Circumcision   06-10-2015, 10:18 AM
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Views: 403
Posted By cottonwood
Hironimus vs. Nebus forced circumcision case in Florida

This article has relevant details about the case:

One boy slumbers while another suffers: A mother reflects on Hironimus vs. Nebus...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   05-09-2015, 08:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,443
Posted By cottonwood
I had a 32-hour labor after a 13-hour one, and...

I had a 32-hour labor after a 13-hour one, and the 32-hour labor was my first UC. There may be a tendency statistically for subsequent labors to be shorter, but it's not a given.

As you...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   05-09-2015, 07:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 937
Posted By cottonwood
There is some discussion here about alternatives...

There is some discussion here about alternatives to suturing:

http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/suturing.html
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   05-09-2015, 07:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,191
Posted By cottonwood
I think it's completely individual, that there is...

I think it's completely individual, that there is no "should". Personally, I like to be mostly alone in labor, but at the end when it got really hard I wanted him with me, not as a birth attendant...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   05-09-2015, 07:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,469
Posted By cottonwood
My first was 56 hours from first contraction,...

My first was 56 hours from first contraction, midwife-attended homebirth and managed. Second was 13 hours, midwife-attended homebirth but pretty autonomous. Third was 32 hours, UC. Fourth was 14...
Forum: Unschooling   05-17-2014, 06:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 632
Posted By cottonwood
I hear you on the bad habits. I was classically...

I hear you on the bad habits. I was classically trained, and it was drilled into me that there is one correct way to do things. I'm not so sure anymore. I see, for instance, that my son who has...
Forum: Unschooling   05-17-2014, 06:19 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 708
Posted By cottonwood
I can't imagine forcing people to do things they...

I can't imagine forcing people to do things they don't want to do. (Unless, obviously, it's my children and it is a serious safety issue and there is literally no other way.) I don't see how that...
Forum: Unschooling   05-17-2014, 05:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 994
Posted By cottonwood
With my first we started trying to teach him...

With my first we started trying to teach him when he was between 6 and 7. I was freaking out a bit because his cousin who is the same age and in school was already reading. It was terribly...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   05-17-2014, 04:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,004
Posted By cottonwood
I used a rubbermaid trough twice. First time I...

I used a rubbermaid trough twice. First time I rubbed my knees raw :( so I intended to line the second one but never got around to it, so I was just careful not to labor on my knees. I liked the...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   05-17-2014, 04:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 906
Posted By cottonwood
I never did have my children present. I am...

I never did have my children present. I am really easily distracted. In early labor they were wonderful but still with the energy and needs of little kids, and I was distracted, so. :) 
 
Although...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   05-17-2014, 04:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 470
Posted By cottonwood
The baby's positioning can affect where you feel...

The baby's positioning can affect where you feel pressure, sure. The mother's positioning? I'd guess not so much, but I don't really know. With my four I was reclining, squatting in a pool, and the...
Forum: Parenting   05-17-2014, 03:31 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,604
Posted By cottonwood
I didn't vote because I don't put my kids to...

I didn't vote because I don't put my kids to bed, but it's also not complicated. :) The younger ones generally go to bed when I do.  If they're more tired than I am, they might put themselves to...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   06-13-2013, 08:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 267
Posted By cottonwood
Megletrocks, I'm so sorry for your homebirth...

Megletrocks, I'm so sorry for your homebirth experience. Homebirth midwifery can be just as controlling and traumatic as any other kind of birth management. It's a shame.
 
Keep in mind that...
Forum: Unschooling   01-28-2013, 06:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 738
Posted By cottonwood
This is so much like my daughter. She's 11,...

This is so much like my daughter. She's 11, she's always had a contrary nature. And like me. Though outwardly I'm "the nice girl", I also balk at even the hint of anyone implying that I need to be...
Forum: Unschooling   01-28-2013, 04:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 368
Posted By cottonwood
Please don't judge by what the school system...

Please don't judge by what the school system expects and what "the typical school kid is doing." There isn't a typical school kid, and lots of kids in school are struggling because (well, this is...
Forum: Unschooling   01-28-2013, 02:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,166
Posted By cottonwood
We have testing here, four times between ages 8...

We have testing here, four times between ages 8 and 18. Frankly, a lot of people just don't register. We were underground ourselves until we got caught. :/ Not that we were trying to hide anything,...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   01-28-2013, 10:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 30,165
Posted By cottonwood
Hi, I kept up the list for a long time. Wasn't...

Hi, I kept up the list for a long time. Wasn't happy about the wiki as it could be messed with by unfriendly folk, and it's hard to find and most people don't even know about it. Also doesn't appear...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   01-28-2013, 10:38 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,364
Posted By cottonwood
I think that not offering to share information...

I think that not offering to share information is a bad thing for all of us, as a society. How does information get transmitted if no one opens their mouth about anything for fear of offending...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   01-28-2013, 10:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,137
Posted By cottonwood
One of my favorites is Gentle Birth, Gentle...

One of my favorites is Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering by Sarah Buckley.
 
Forum: Birth and Beyond   01-28-2013, 10:21 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 16,339
Posted By cottonwood
I gained 30# with all four. Started out...

I gained 30# with all four. Started out "overweight" to "obese", so that's more than I was supposed to gain according to the doctors. But, I fed myself with nourishing food and paid attention to how...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   01-28-2013, 10:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 628
Posted By cottonwood
First 56 hours, second 13 hours, third 30 hours,...

First 56 hours, second 13 hours, third 30 hours, fourth 14 hours. In all of them the labor really didn't get difficult until a few hours before the birth, and the main difference between my two long...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   01-28-2013, 10:02 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 11,968
Posted By cottonwood
Yes, better, but I don't think that had anything...

Yes, better, but I don't think that had anything to do with the births, except maybe in a bonding experience sort of way. I think it's more age (experience, maybe hormones too, increasing comfort...
Forum: Homebirth   01-28-2013, 09:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 584
Posted By cottonwood
My second was with a birth tub, the two after I...

My second was with a birth tub, the two after I didn't bother. I realized that the primary purpose of the tub for me was to shield me from others' eyes and touch, it didn't help with the pain, and...
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