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Forum: Preteens and Teens   03-17-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 880
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, 06:18 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 6,156
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, 05:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 418
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, 05:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 931
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, 10:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 299
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, 08:14 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,667
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, 07:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 584
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, 04:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 566
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...
Forum: Florida, Georgia, Alabama   02-07-2014, 09:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,090
Posted By elus0814
Gentle Birth Options is wonderful. They do...

Gentle Birth Options is wonderful. They do homebirths and have a birth center. They have all kinds of support groups as well. Just can't say enough good things about Cindi, the midwife there.
Forum: Family Safety   01-27-2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 224
Posted By elus0814
I wanted to add that the vests are only for kids...

I wanted to add that the vests are only for kids already old and mature enough for booster seats, they don't replace regular harnessed car seats.
Forum: Family Safety   01-27-2014, 02:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 224
Posted By elus0814
We have our six kids in a Honda odyssey with the...

We have our six kids in a Honda odyssey with the small seat between the captains chairs. They're pretty much the same ages as your kids with a three year old added in. Using travel vests (we have...
Forum: Learning at School   12-26-2013, 05:22 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,908
Posted By elus0814
Every food has potential problems, even fresh...

Every food has potential problems, even fresh produce. Food choices are the result of balancing pros and cons. I'm ok with my kids eating lots of peanut butter. It's ok of others have not made that...
Forum: Learning at School   12-24-2013, 03:30 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,908
Posted By elus0814
While peanut butter is not as healthy as...

While peanut butter is not as healthy as vegetables it's a major protein source for picky kids. What are the other protein options? I know for my pickiest eater protein is limited to peanut butter...
Forum: Learning at School   12-23-2013, 10:12 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,908
Posted By elus0814
That's a great point you made about picky eaters...

That's a great point you made about picky eaters being stuck without anything to eat. How is it fair for kids without allergies, who are not asking for anyone to do anything for them, be made to go...
Forum: Learning at School   12-20-2013, 08:27 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,908
Posted By elus0814
The cost is a big issue here. Peanut butter is a...

The cost is a big issue here. Peanut butter is a cheap source of shelf stable protein. If a child who would otherwise have brought a peanut butter sandwich each day is required to switch to...
Forum: Meal Planning   10-23-2013, 05:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 536
Posted By elus0814
We budget $1000 per month for food and non food...

We budget $1000 per month for food and non food grocery items. It's for our family of eight, two adults and six kids (all the kids are under ten). DH is athletic and needs extra calories. I'm...
Forum: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy   09-15-2013, 06:35 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,810
Posted By elus0814
I've been in your shoes.... Living far away from...

I've been in your shoes.... Living far away from family without many friends. I wouldn't let go of a friendship over this. I would try to time nursing around visits and/or offer to leave the room....
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-30-2013, 03:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 371
Posted By elus0814
I've used both and found rightstart to be...

I've used both and found rightstart to be significantly more time consuming but that might depend on the child. My experience has been that if you child can work independently then math u see can be...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   04-22-2013, 06:43 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 4,492
Posted By elus0814
I don't want to sound like I'm arguing every...

I don't want to sound like I'm arguing every point, I'm trying to understand how things like this can work.
Quote:
Originally Posted by...
Forum: Parenting   04-22-2013, 06:07 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,247
Posted By elus0814
Not sure if it's illegal or not but to be...

Not sure if it's illegal or not but to be completely honest it would be enough that I wouldn't be willing to let my kids play outside if it was going on. That said, it happened once and it sounds...
Forum: The Mindful Home   04-09-2013, 02:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 843
Posted By elus0814
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by ollyoxenfree http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1374589/help-me-build-an-awesome-playground/20#post_17320206)...
Forum: The Mindful Home   04-03-2013, 05:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 843
Posted By elus0814
Honestly I'm not sure why bathrooms would be...

Honestly I'm not sure why bathrooms would be needed in a neighborhood playground. Lack of bathrooms would probably discourage people from outside the neighborhood from driving in to use it. 
 
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Forum: Life with a Toddler   03-05-2013, 11:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,331
Posted By elus0814
Couldn't read but not respond. One of my kids is...

Couldn't read but not respond. One of my kids is very close in age to yours. I agree with others that your child sounds academically advanced. One of our older kids learned to count to 20 in...
Forum: I'm Not Vaccinating   03-01-2013, 10:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 177
Posted By elus0814
We signed our older kids up for summer camp....

We signed our older kids up for summer camp. It's a two week sleep away camp that we're familiar with. They sent a form to be filled out by a doctor, it's pretty basic and we don't mind. The other...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   02-17-2013, 10:52 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 4,492
Posted By elus0814
Quote:Originally Posted by Linda on the...

Quote:Originally Posted by Linda on the move http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
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