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Forum: The Childhood Years   04-03-2012, 06:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 765
Posted By hopefulfaith
My .02:  Having a four year old IS like doing...

My .02:  Having a four year old IS like doing Groundhog Day every single day, I think.  Four was really the age where, every single day, we had to discuss manners/behavior/boundaries, etc., over and...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   01-24-2012, 05:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 350
Posted By hopefulfaith
If they're that important to him to keep...

If they're that important to him to keep (physically) - and he won't go with the scanning/PDF file idea - then I'd make it as 'pretty' as possible.  I'd get nice-looking binders and a bookshelf to...
Forum: Parenting   01-24-2012, 05:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 527
Posted By hopefulfaith
Perhaps you could ask the high school guidance...

Perhaps you could ask the high school guidance counselor/English teacher/whatever if they knew any responsible students who might like to babysit.  One family I babysat for in high school did that -...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   11-28-2011, 06:21 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 717
Posted By hopefulfaith
I see where you're coming from.  Before I met...

I see where you're coming from.  Before I met dh, I had an application for Doctors Without Borders.  I was all set to put my stuff in storage and take off for a year or three to help.  But then, I...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-22-2011, 05:33 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 6,606
Posted By hopefulfaith
FYI:  My dd's grandma buys American Girl...

FYI:  My dd's grandma buys American Girl dolls/clothes on ebay for her for less than half than it would be new.  Usually good condition things, and my 5 yo dd doesn't know the difference.  :)
Forum: Parenting   11-11-2011, 04:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 351
Posted By hopefulfaith
We do one note a day, which is such a great way...

We do one note a day, which is such a great way to do it - so much more manageable! - as well as a lot more thought/discussion going into the notes.
 
I really do appreciate all of the thoughts...
Forum: Parenting   11-04-2011, 06:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 351
Posted By hopefulfaith
Thanks for the input!  I have sort of a "gentle...

Thanks for the input!  I have sort of a "gentle mandate" that these are done, but I don't want to be all draconian and make my kids hate their lives while they're forced to sit at the kitchen table...
Forum: Parenting   11-03-2011, 05:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 351
Posted By hopefulfaith
Thanks!

Thanks!
Forum: Parenting   11-02-2011, 12:50 PM
Replies: 1,071
Views: 107,651
Posted By hopefulfaith
I love Dr. Grumpy!  He is one of my daily, go-to...

I love Dr. Grumpy!  He is one of my daily, go-to blogs.
It was a hilarious post.  :)
Forum: Parenting   11-02-2011, 12:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 351
Posted By hopefulfaith
My kids are 6 and 5.  For the past few years,...

My kids are 6 and 5.  For the past few years, I've had them at least draw a picture for a thank you note for Christmas/birthday gifts.  It is important to me that they express some sort of gratitude...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   11-01-2011, 01:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 93
Posted By hopefulfaith
Thanks!  This is a lot to think about - I...

Thanks!  This is a lot to think about - I appreciate the responses!  :)
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   10-28-2011, 05:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 93
Posted By hopefulfaith
So, my kids are 6 and 5, and winters here range...

So, my kids are 6 and 5, and winters here range from 5-7 months of snow and awfulness.  They are just big enough where playing in the house all day is really, really hard without getting energy out...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   10-25-2011, 05:28 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,706
Posted By hopefulfaith
My son did that once, when he was five.  It...

My son did that once, when he was five.  It turns out that when I had the kids go into quiet time in their rooms (30 minutes, all by yourself-time), my son thought he simply wasn't allowed to come...
Forum: Parenting   10-04-2011, 01:13 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,158
Posted By hopefulfaith
It depends, for me.   I probably fit the...

It depends, for me.
 
I probably fit the demographic and I'm a longtime listener/member; it is my primary news source, I'd say.
 
In the morning, when we're eating breakfast, I turn it on and we...
Forum: Parenting   09-26-2011, 03:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 948
Posted By hopefulfaith
My husband's job only permits us to live up to...

My husband's job only permits us to live up to 7-8 hours away from my family.  Our next move will probably put us in the 15 hour range, it looks like.  I am really familiar with "schlepping...
Forum: Parenting   09-25-2011, 09:51 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,097
Posted By hopefulfaith
This is a really interesting discussion.   I...

This is a really interesting discussion.
 
I would be annoyed if my friend were constantly cancelling plans with me, for whatever reason.  However, I really don't think that I get to decide what a...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   09-24-2011, 01:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 406
Posted By hopefulfaith
I won't address the hitting - I think that's a...

I won't address the hitting - I think that's a different ballgame than using words - but I just wanted to share that my ds (now 6) went through an almost-yearlong period of putting together...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-20-2011, 01:35 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,718
Posted By hopefulfaith
I can't stand hearing chewing noises.  I...

I can't stand hearing chewing noises.  I generally play low, background music at dinner and encourage dinner conversation to drown out the lip & mouth sounds.
 
(An aside:  the best consequence of...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   09-20-2011, 05:44 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 505
Posted By hopefulfaith
Your list looks like my brain.  ;)   Also, a...

Your list looks like my brain.  ;)
 
Also, a cushion with C on it because the pattern was nicer than an S is going to make me giggle all day.  I can't decide what her motive was, but I'm all in...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-08-2011, 05:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,559
Posted By hopefulfaith
Nice work!!  I've been following along and...

Nice work!!  I've been following along and rooting for you.  :)
Forum: Organize & Declutter   09-08-2011, 05:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,264
Posted By hopefulfaith
I was thinking about this recently, as I have...

I was thinking about this recently, as I have read "Organized Simplicity" and "Miss Minimalist" again over the past month.
 
I think ollyoxenfree said it best with the example about one knife vs....
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   08-31-2011, 05:19 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 459
Posted By hopefulfaith
My dh's brother did not attend our wedding, and...

My dh's brother did not attend our wedding, and it hurt him deeply, though he would never say that to him.
 
Go.  If your brother grandfathered your kids into an otherwise kid-free wedding, he...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   08-30-2011, 06:31 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,135
Posted By hopefulfaith
I've been a nurse in several metropolitan/urban...

I've been a nurse in several metropolitan/urban ERs, and I have witnessed people coming off of their corners with their signs in hand ("Please Help Me", etc.) and getting in to their cars in the ED...
Forum: Parenting   08-27-2011, 04:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 779
Posted By hopefulfaith
Now that my above rant is out of the...

Now that my above rant is out of the way http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/redface.gif, thanks for posting the link to the Zinn Project.  I've been looking for even younger materials than...
Forum: Parenting   08-27-2011, 04:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 779
Posted By hopefulfaith
"This full-color illustrated book is a fun way...

"This full-color illustrated book is a fun way for parents to teach young children the valuable lessons of conservatism. Written in simple text, readers can follow along with Tommy and Lou as they...
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