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Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-26-2011, 02:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 986
Posted By bender
We had bad tenants who were destructive until we...

We had bad tenants who were destructive until we started running credit checks with applications.  When people had to give a check for a credit report when submitting the application, it really...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   06-26-2011, 02:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 470
Posted By bender
When I can't travel to a wedding, I send a...

When I can't travel to a wedding, I send a really nice gift from the registry.  Not having to shell out lots of cash for plane tickets makes it easier to get an extra nice gift.
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   05-08-2011, 10:47 AM
Replies: 342
Views: 33,026
Posted By bender
Can you share what food your child eats in a...

Can you share what food your child eats in a typical day?  I've been focusing on my diet, and I realized it was too carb heavy, which was causing me to obsessively eat carby things. Since I'm bad at...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-18-2011, 10:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 639
Posted By bender
I'd be wary of Miracle Ear; my audiology teacher...

I'd be wary of Miracle Ear; my audiology teacher didn't hold the company in high regard, but that could have just been our area.  But hearing aids are expensive.  Insurance doesn't cover much of the...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   12-08-2010, 08:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 379
Posted By bender
As a school ST, I was thrilled when parents...

As a school ST, I was thrilled when parents remembered me at all.   I personally don't trust baked goods from my students, but I might feel differently if I knew the parents well and was in their...
Forum: Life With a Baby   12-08-2010, 01:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 667
Posted By bender
I tried similar things with my son's cough,...

I tried similar things with my son's cough, because our HMO doesn't like to give prescriptions unless it's really necessary.  After going to multiple visits and doctors, they eventually did a chest...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   11-18-2010, 12:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 352
Posted By bender
As much as you want to help, the parents have to...

As much as you want to help, the parents have to get involved first and acknowledge that something is not quite right.  Once they do that, they can probably talk to their local school district and...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   11-16-2010, 12:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 365
Posted By bender
I would talk with your school district as well. ...

I would talk with your school district as well.  Having a medical diagnosis or plan will be helpful, but the school district will have to perform their own evaluation to qualify her for any...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   11-13-2010, 10:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,144
Posted By bender
Since he breastfeeds, maybe use an SNS with...

Since he breastfeeds, maybe use an SNS with formula, if he doesn't drink it otherwise?
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   11-10-2010, 12:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 361
Posted By bender
If the oral aversion were severe, I would...

If the oral aversion were severe, I would probably ask the minister for a blessing instead.  I think the heart is in the right place, and God would understand the situation.
Forum: Life with a Toddler   11-06-2010, 05:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 493
Posted By bender
The Target out here (CA) had toddler ski bibs...

The Target out here (CA) had toddler ski bibs for $12 or so. I picked up one, but am unsure if I should return it and just stick with a fleece snow suit I got last season? We'll probably only be in...
Forum: The Mindful Home   10-30-2010, 06:38 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,665
Posted By bender
Yeah, rats will bite you while you sleep. My mom...

Yeah, rats will bite you while you sleep. My mom was in a work camp during WWII, and the rats would run over their beds and bite her and her sisters at night.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-28-2010, 08:09 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,819
Posted By bender
It's tricky, because you never know what your...

It's tricky, because you never know what your plans will actually end up being until you are in the situation. It would suck to spend all that money, then find out you have hypoplastic breasts, and...
Forum: Women's Health   10-19-2010, 02:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 482
Posted By bender
Sometimes pregnancy/childbirth can throw your...

Sometimes pregnancy/childbirth can throw your thyroid out of whack, which can cause hair loss. If it keeps up, it might be worth getting your TSH levels checked.
Forum: Life with a Toddler   10-19-2010, 02:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 599
Posted By bender
My son doesn't nap, but at daycare they enforce...

My son doesn't nap, but at daycare they enforce a quiet hour, and he's pretty much stuck doing that. He's not thrilled with it, but sometimes he does end up napping. All my IRL parent friends do a...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   10-19-2010, 02:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 297
Posted By bender
I tell my child 'we do not hit/push/throw...

I tell my child 'we do not hit/push/throw things/pinch/etc'. Then I have him sign sorry and give the person a hug. If he is especially agressive, like when he grabbed the dog hard, I put him in the...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-09-2010, 02:40 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,451
Posted By bender
A handy gift is a toiletry basket for the...

A handy gift is a toiletry basket for the baby...include snot sucker, sunblock, tylenol/motrin, baby gas drops, lotion, poison control information, some wipes, nipple cream, breast pads, nursing...
Forum: The Mindful Home   10-07-2010, 06:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,197
Posted By bender
When we were getting estimates to replace our...

When we were getting estimates to replace our roof, the energy efficient kind was a much higher price than the govt rebates we'd get back. The energy savings weren't significant either, though it...
Forum: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy   10-05-2010, 10:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 608
Posted By bender
After I had my son, I had hair loss too, and I...

After I had my son, I had hair loss too, and I ended up having a hypothyroid condition. Check with your doctor about getting some bloodwork done to rule it out. Also, it's possible your levels might...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-30-2010, 07:03 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,076
Posted By bender
You could always do a small party in the winter,...

You could always do a small party in the winter, and then a 1/2 year party in the spring/summer when you can rent a bouncy for $100 or so and do a bbq outside.
Forum: Life with a Toddler   09-27-2010, 02:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,402
Posted By bender
Membership to a local zoo or kid place? Swim...

Membership to a local zoo or kid place? Swim lessons? Art classes? Gymboree classes?
Forum: Life with a Toddler   09-17-2010, 02:30 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,661
Posted By bender
Mine started with a straw around 9 months or so,...

Mine started with a straw around 9 months or so, but then my parents used a sippy with him, so he got used to tipping a cup. Now, he tries to tilt the straw cup, but gets no liquid, and gets pissed...
Forum: Life With a Baby   09-12-2010, 03:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 568
Posted By bender
Is she gaining weight well? My ds was a screamer...

Is she gaining weight well? My ds was a screamer as well, but a lot of it was related to my low milk supply. It turned out he was constantly hungry. Once I started an SNS, he'd sleep a bit better...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-08-2010, 06:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,425
Posted By bender
How about zip ties? They aren't reusable, but...

How about zip ties? They aren't reusable, but you can get them pretty cheap. Especially if you get the christmas colored ones in January. :-)
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-07-2010, 03:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,425
Posted By bender
Maybe try luggage laminating tags? My sister's...

Maybe try luggage laminating tags? My sister's friend used something like these, and they were really sturdy. Way sturdier than the laminating plastic at my school....
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