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Forum: Working and Student Parents   11-03-2012, 09:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 404
Posted By PoetryMom
For my 4-year-old, we limit EC activities to...

For my 4-year-old, we limit EC activities to one  dance class one hour a week, which she started when she was (almost) 3. And that is definitely all she can handle. She also started full...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   11-03-2012, 01:25 PM
Replies: 1,058
Views: 58,541
Posted By PoetryMom
Can you PLEASE get out of this room?!!!! I told...

Can you PLEASE get out of this room?!!!! I told you I needed MY down time. Yes you can use the computer AFTER I have my down time so stop asking me if the 5 minutes are up yet!!! They're not up yet...
Forum: Parenting   10-17-2012, 07:54 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,490
Posted By PoetryMom
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by katelove http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Montessori   10-17-2012, 06:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 609
Posted By PoetryMom
I start allowance with my children when they...

I start allowance with my children when they have learned how to count money. For DD1 it was around age 6. I started out with $1.00 a week, but  also added a chore that she had to do throughout the...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   10-15-2012, 08:26 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 2,748
Posted By PoetryMom
We're Montessori too. Good job with the leaf...

We're Montessori too. Good job with the leaf lacing work. Love that!!
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-15-2012, 08:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 284
Posted By PoetryMom
I'm hardly the expert on "normal", but I do have...

I'm hardly the expert on "normal", but I do have two girls (4 and 8) who seem to spend more time arguing and screaming at each other than I really have the patience for! They often lash out at each...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   10-15-2012, 10:56 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 2,748
Posted By PoetryMom
I hope this challenge is still going on. I NEED ...

I hope this challenge is still going on. I NEED  to do this!!
 
I have started today. Decluttered kitchen island
 
Before:
 ...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   10-15-2012, 10:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 625
Posted By PoetryMom
 Key to my van Key to DH's car 3...



Key to my van
Key to DH's car
3 house keys (3 different doors with 3 different keys, who thought of that?)
PO box key
Key to car racks to a car I no longer drive (DH drives it now)
...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   10-15-2012, 10:18 AM
Replies: 1,664
Views: 25,650
Posted By PoetryMom
The island is completely clear and clean!!! ...

The island is completely clear and clean!!!
Now it is lunch time :)
Forum: Organize & Declutter   10-15-2012, 09:46 AM
Replies: 1,664
Views: 25,650
Posted By PoetryMom
Amost finished with island. Just a few more...

Amost finished with island. Just a few more straggelers. Need just one more session.
 

Went through old mail, threw out most of it
More filing
Adressed and sent outgoing mail
Forum: Organize & Declutter   10-15-2012, 09:24 AM
Replies: 1,664
Views: 25,650
Posted By PoetryMom
Making progress:   Filed all kids'...

Making progress:
 

Filed all kids' school papers
Hung on bulletin board forms to be filled out TONIGHT
Forum: Organize & Declutter   10-15-2012, 09:05 AM
Replies: 1,664
Views: 25,650
Posted By PoetryMom
First session - not too much progress. Got a...

First session - not too much progress. Got a little distracted.
 
Started with the island. Will continue.
Forum: Organize & Declutter   10-15-2012, 08:38 AM
Replies: 1,664
Views: 25,650
Posted By PoetryMom
DD2 started school this year!! Have day off with...

DD2 started school this year!! Have day off with no kids, no DH - VERY rare!! Theses are my goals for today:
 

Declutter all papers on island
Organize kitchen desk
Clean kitchen floor
...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-29-2012, 04:33 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,358
Posted By PoetryMom
I try to leave about 100 in there for impromptu...

I try to leave about 100 in there for impromptu spending, which could be anything from a last minute birthday present to a treat at Starbucks to a gallong of milk. This is as long as there is money...
Forum: Single Parenting   09-06-2011, 04:58 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,188
Posted By PoetryMom
DH and I use creative scheduling and still pay...

DH and I use creative scheduling and still pay 135 for 3 days a week.
Forum: Life with a Toddler   08-21-2011, 05:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 470
Posted By PoetryMom
DD2 is 3 & 1/2 and finally completely potty...

DD2 is 3 & 1/2 and finally completely potty trained (even through the night) for about the last 2 months. She was doing very well going potty before bedtime and staying dry through the night. We had...
Forum: Parenting   07-26-2011, 03:43 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,612
Posted By PoetryMom
I can't keep shoes on my children!  Especially...

I can't keep shoes on my children!  Especially DD2. She even takes them off at church. As in your case, for me it's a fight I choose not to have. I only require they go back on when it's time to...
Forum: Elimination Communication   01-08-2011, 07:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 817
Posted By PoetryMom
This might seem like a silly question to most...

This might seem like a silly question to most everyone in this forum, but I had not heard about EC until DD2 was almost completely potty trained at about 2 years old.  She is now 3 and has made an...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   01-08-2011, 03:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 325
Posted By PoetryMom
Mine is in the basement.  Putting a little towel...

Mine is in the basement.  Putting a little towel under it keeps it from rolling around.  I don't want to get rid of it because it works great for doing sit-up/crunches.  I figured if I'm ever...
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-05-2011, 07:44 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,136
Posted By PoetryMom
DD 1 is in college now, but he only did one...

DD 1 is in college now, but he only did one thing other than get really good grades at school - violin and every concert and competition that went with it (sigh...how I miss them).
 
The DDs are...
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-05-2011, 07:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 393
Posted By PoetryMom
My 6 year old DD also likes Dixie Chicks and...

My 6 year old DD also likes Dixie Chicks and loves Taylor Swift.  She asked that I put True Colors (the Cindy Lauper version) in the iPod she also just got for Christmas.
Forum: Life with a Toddler   01-05-2011, 03:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,675
Posted By PoetryMom
Thank you mamas for your responses.  I know...

Thank you mamas for your responses.  I know everyone means very well, and I wish it really were as easy as letting her fall asleep wherever she wants to.  I don't think the problem is that I'm...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   01-04-2011, 02:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 394
Posted By PoetryMom
I don't have an answer, just comiserating.  I...

I don't have an answer, just comiserating.  I posted about how to get your todder to stay in bed.  DD2 won't stay in bed if I or DH lay her down, but there is never a problem staying in bed when...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   01-04-2011, 02:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,675
Posted By PoetryMom
Thank you, Lifeguard, for your reply.  I forgot...

Thank you, Lifeguard, for your reply.  I forgot to mention that's how we started.  There is still a rocker in her room, so I sat there and silently put her back to bed each time.  I think the fact...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   01-03-2011, 07:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,675
Posted By PoetryMom
I'm at my wit's end.  DD2 is now 3 years old and...

I'm at my wit's end.  DD2 is now 3 years old and has had "access" to her big girl bed (a regular twin size bed alongside her sister's) since shortly after she turned 2.  The reason I say she has...
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