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Forum: Montessori   07-09-2014, 05:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 315
Posted By marsupial-mom
My son is an active kid. Let's see, when my son...

My son is an active kid. Let's see, when my son was 2 we did these things:
- swimming was great because it requires so much energy both physical and mental, it always put him in a good mood so long...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   07-09-2014, 04:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 348
Posted By marsupial-mom
Statistically I think the odds for an infant...

Statistically I think the odds for an infant foster-adoption are about 25% and the odds for an infant private adoption are more like 50-75%. Of course, that's just an average. You could get lucky or...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   07-09-2014, 04:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 505
Posted By marsupial-mom
OK well that all sounds good. That's basically...

OK well that all sounds good. That's basically what I did. I pulled him to me and held his hands so he couldn't hit again. I knelt down and said something like "No, we don't hit. Would you like to...
Forum: Toddler Nutrition   07-06-2014, 06:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 550
Posted By marsupial-mom
I would - and did - wean to fortified soy milk....

I would - and did - wean to fortified soy milk. You can get fortified soy milk with flax seed oil added to help with brain growth.
Soy is less likely to cause an allergy than most animal-based milks.
Forum: Babywearing   07-06-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 425
Posted By marsupial-mom
I've tried both and prefer the k'tan. For me it...

I've tried both and prefer the k'tan. For me it was much quicker and smaller and thus easier. It fit great for me.
Forum: Gentle Discipline   07-06-2014, 06:34 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,603
Posted By marsupial-mom
I read through the thread and went back to this...

I read through the thread and went back to this first post because I feel a few things have not been addressed the way I see them.

I disagree. I happen to believe (and it may just be my belief or...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   07-06-2014, 05:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 505
Posted By marsupial-mom
how would you handle this?

My son and I are in an elevator with his best friend and his best friend's mom after a long day. My son is very tired and has already acted out a few times today. He is four years old.

My son...
Forum: Montessori   06-20-2014, 08:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 9,354
Posted By marsupial-mom
"Do those of you who have or have had kids in M...

"Do those of you who have or have had kids in M schools have the sense that M methods work for a particular type of child and not for others?"

I went to Montessori and my son is going to...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   06-17-2014, 08:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 434
Posted By marsupial-mom
I don't care how my son's birthmom answers that...

I don't care how my son's birthmom answers that question. It's up to her and I don't feel like her claiming him as her son takes anything away from me and my relationship with him. My son has two...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   06-17-2014, 08:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 257
Posted By marsupial-mom
The amount of time it takes to adopt depends on...

The amount of time it takes to adopt depends on the situation. Some adoptions are quick and easy while others are difficult and drawn out. Most are somewhere in between. Here's a survey that shows...
Forum: Family Safety   06-17-2014, 08:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 375
Posted By marsupial-mom
It obviously depends on the kind of lessons. Some...

It obviously depends on the kind of lessons. Some swim lessons are 15 minutes everyday for two weeks. Others are half hour once a week for a month or two. And there's all kinds of things in between. ...
Forum: Family Safety   03-03-2014, 07:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 298
Posted By marsupial-mom
Thank you for this thread!  I am traveling...

Thank you for this thread! 
I am traveling with my 42 pound 4-year-old and was considering buying a booster since he can legally ride in one now. But I had doubts and wanted to research it. 
He's...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-01-2014, 08:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 356
Posted By marsupial-mom
Doing sports or music or other...

Doing sports or music or other extracurricular is not just about the specific activity. It's about learning to practice, learning time management, keeping them out of trouble, giving them...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   02-19-2014, 07:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 460
Posted By marsupial-mom
As I recall, in my state bio children are...

As I recall, in my state bio children are required to be vaccinated. Pets are definitely required to be vaccinated - and they demand medical records - so I'm assuming they'd require bio kids to be...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-18-2014, 08:11 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,317
Posted By marsupial-mom
My 4-year-old loves dresses and skirts. He also...

My 4-year-old loves dresses and skirts. He also likes bows and nail polish. And motorcycles and blocks and Legos and cars and pants and shorts. He likes skateboards and bikes and balls and snakes....
Forum: Montessori   02-17-2014, 08:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 330
Posted By marsupial-mom
Homework is not Montessori. It's just not. So...

Homework is not Montessori. It's just not.
So it's really the same issue as any other homework and can be done at the kitchen table, at a desk in the childs room, or elsewhere like a tutors house...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   02-17-2014, 08:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 428
Posted By marsupial-mom
My son is similar, only he throws things,...

My son is similar, only he throws things, screams, tears up paper, and pees when he's out of control. I would LOVE it if it were just crying. But it's not.

I'd say he is a highly sensitive...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   02-17-2014, 08:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 379
Posted By marsupial-mom
My four-year-old is the same. The weird thing is...

My four-year-old is the same. The weird thing is that at age two he was fantastic with animals, literally fantastic! He was sooo gentle and never pulled ears or hit or any of that. But now he just...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   02-17-2014, 07:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 219
Posted By marsupial-mom
At your very first appointment with an agency...

At your very first appointment with an agency they should be able to break down the costs and timeline for you.
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   02-17-2014, 04:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 424
Posted By marsupial-mom
Just never felt a calling to adopt...

Just never felt a calling to adopt internationally. Did a fostercare adoption first and will probably do domestic private the second time around.

We chose fostercare for these reasons:
-...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   02-17-2014, 04:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 301
Posted By marsupial-mom
Sorry, I don't have a similar experience or know...

Sorry, I don't have a similar experience or know anyone who has gone through that but I can tell you that a letter from a therapist NOW can go a long ways towards helping you be able to adopt in the...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   01-30-2014, 07:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 588
Posted By marsupial-mom
In my area breastfeeding a foster baby or...

In my area breastfeeding a foster baby or feeding donated/bought breastmilk would not be allowed.
However, there's no one checking to see what you feed the child and so if the baby is growing well...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   01-30-2014, 07:36 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 148
Posted By marsupial-mom
From Adoptive Families Magazine comes an article...

From Adoptive Families Magazine comes an article that discusses some of the negative emotional after-effects of adoption, from a bit of the blues to outright depression. Here is the...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   12-17-2013, 05:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,375
Posted By marsupial-mom
I'm having similar issues with my son, who is 4....

I'm having similar issues with my son, who is 4. I feel like he has moments where he's totally out of control almost every day. He throws things, hits or kicks. And he runs away from me in dangerous...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   11-30-2013, 08:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,475
Posted By marsupial-mom
I agree with what fosteringlove has posted.   ...

I agree with what fosteringlove has posted. 
 
However, keep in mind that the foster system invariably means dealing with a whole huge slew of various personalities of child welfare workers each...
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