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Forum: The Childhood Years   11-08-2014, 09:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 212
Posted By marsupial-mom
We did it and it worked fine. Our son loves candy...

We did it and it worked fine. Our son loves candy but he's not obsessed with food so it's fairly easy for him to let go. We just explained that the Halloween Witch was like the Tooth Fairy and she...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-23-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,836
Posted By marsupial-mom
Article related to this topic: ...

Article related to this topic:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/Amelia/anti-gay-bullying-at-school-but-not-like-we-expected_b_5838928.html
Forum: Learning at School   09-21-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 525
Posted By marsupial-mom
We have our son in a language immersion program....

We have our son in a language immersion program. Studies show that learning a second language is good for kids' brains. Plus, if one becomes proficient then it's a marketable skill later in life.
I...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   09-21-2014, 12:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 591
Posted By marsupial-mom
How would you handle it if they were blood...

How would you handle it if they were blood relatives? What if your child had a cousin she really liked and wanted to see but your sister didn't respond to requests for a visit?
Handle it the same...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-10-2014, 09:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 655
Posted By marsupial-mom
I can't imagine how scary that must have been!

I can't imagine how scary that must have been!
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-10-2014, 09:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 446
Posted By marsupial-mom
My kid is CRAZY when tired

My son is opposite most children in a few key ways (not most ways, just a few ways). For example, most people eat more when watching TV or movies. But not my son. Any distractions and he doesn't eat....
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-08-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 475
Posted By marsupial-mom
This is great! I was going to suggest that...

This is great!
I was going to suggest that getting a balance bike might make sense since it's designed not to have wheels and so it's special and doesn't look like it's weird or missing anything,...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-07-2014, 08:18 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,208
Posted By marsupial-mom
My pre-k little one does three activities after...

My pre-k little one does three activities after school right now. He goes to school all day (not half day) but still has energy to do more. He does some art and music at school already as well as a...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-07-2014, 08:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 352
Posted By marsupial-mom
My son doesn't have it but was often constipated...

My son doesn't have it but was often constipated as a baby. He's outgrown it now though. More water help him a LOT.
Have you increased your child's water intake? Worth a try. Also try increasing the...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-06-2014, 10:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,498
Posted By marsupial-mom
I wet the bed till I was about 8 or 9. My mom...

I wet the bed till I was about 8 or 9. My mom tried this nightgown once that had a sensor and an alarm would go off if the nightgown got wet. It hated it. And it made me very angry.
What worked was...
Forum: Montessori   08-30-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 37,107
Posted By marsupial-mom
I attended a Montessori school grade 1-3 and...

I attended a Montessori school grade 1-3 and charter public school grade 4-6 then "good" regular public middle and high schools. Transitioning from Montessori to public school was difficult, even...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   08-30-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,291
Posted By marsupial-mom
We use our garage as a playroom. We put down...

We use our garage as a playroom. We put down recycled rubber flooring and set up a table and chairs, reading nook, play kitchen and tool shop, and have a gym mat and basketball hoop. So it's more...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   08-23-2014, 10:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 845
Posted By marsupial-mom
My take... there are some kids that punishment...

My take...
there are some kids that punishment is absolutely the wrong method, plain and simple. Yours is probably one of those kids given how he reacted to Grandma. Just avoid all punishment from...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   08-23-2014, 10:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,188
Posted By marsupial-mom
I found this article useful: ...

I found this article useful:
http://www.ahaparenting.com/_blog/Parenting_Blog/post/Discipline_in_Public_Tips/
Forum: Babywearing   08-23-2014, 09:49 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,393
Posted By marsupial-mom
The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute says: ...

The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute says:
"Nobody we have met in the injury prevention field recommends taking an infant of less than 12 months in a bicycle child seat, trailer, sidecar or any other...
Forum: Life With a Baby   08-12-2014, 08:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,049
Posted By marsupial-mom
Agree with all the others - most of the time, for...

Agree with all the others - most of the time, for most babies holding them will be soothing. But some of the time, for some babies it won't work.

Some babies that don't like being held are easily...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-12-2014, 10:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,067
Posted By marsupial-mom
Well, there are also discounts and subsidies and...

Well, there are also discounts and subsidies and scholarships for low income families.

I know families struggle to make ends meet. But the answer is not to break the law and leave your child...
Forum: Child & Teen Health   08-11-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 324
Posted By marsupial-mom
My suggestion is to follow your doctor's advice...

My suggestion is to follow your doctor's advice and give your child the oral medication.
If it worsens revisit the doctor and/or get another opinion from another doctor.
...
Forum: Toddler Nutrition   08-11-2014, 10:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 933
Posted By marsupial-mom
My son (age 4) refuses to eat many veggies. He...

My son (age 4) refuses to eat many veggies. He loved them as a baby and as a toddler but when he started going to daycare and he was the only one eating veggies he quickly stopped eating them. And...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-10-2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 957
Posted By marsupial-mom
OK so I got that book too. Wow. I had some aha...

OK so I got that book too. Wow. I had some aha moments there. My kiddo can be like this. What a great book!

So, let's see. Here's how I interpret it...

1. Kids want to behave well. They really...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-09-2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,836
Posted By marsupial-mom
That is NOT what I said. You have completely...

That is NOT what I said. You have completely mischaracterized my posts. I NEVER suggested that the right way to respond would be to forbid him from using nail polish. In fact, I said

We are very...
Forum: Montessori   08-07-2014, 10:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,690
Posted By marsupial-mom
My son is not on the spectrum but I know a bit...

My son is not on the spectrum but I know a bit about Montessori. The method was designed for different learners, not the average child, so it's particularly well suited for children who have learning...
Forum: Learning at School   08-07-2014, 10:00 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,884
Posted By marsupial-mom
We're doing a Spanish Immersion Montessori...

We're doing a Spanish Immersion Montessori program with our son. We're lucky we have both options and didn't have to choose between language or Montessori. But if we had to choose I would have opted...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   08-07-2014, 09:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,005
Posted By marsupial-mom
"Where is he from?" is the most common question I...

"Where is he from?" is the most common question I get. It's so annoying to me because he was born here, in the city we live. Most of the people asking the question were not.

I've heard most of...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-07-2014, 09:39 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 290
Posted By marsupial-mom
Masks, hats, wigs, jewelry, hair accessories are...

Masks, hats, wigs, jewelry, hair accessories are often sized in ways that they can fit a wide age range.

Plain white tshirts can be drawn on, dyed, cut up and styled to become any sort of...
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