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Forum: The Childhood Years   11-06-2011, 05:20 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,072
Posted By seriosa
Honestly why shouldn't a girl be "girly" if...

Honestly why shouldn't a girl be "girly" if thats what she leans to? I think there is no intrinsic value in "gender neutral". The real objective should be to let every individual child express...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-18-2011, 02:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 572
Posted By seriosa
They play together, they tidy up together. Every...

They play together, they tidy up together. Every time. Its fair and logical. DS actually got mad once with one friend who said it wasn't his house so he shouldn't do it. I intervened and explained...
Forum: Parenting   08-25-2011, 01:30 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 6,501
Posted By seriosa
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Quote:Originally Posted by Adaline'sMama http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Parenting   08-25-2011, 11:01 AM
Replies: 199
Views: 6,501
Posted By seriosa
Manners are always necessary, IMO, like decent...

Manners are always necessary, IMO, like decent clean clothing. Etiquette is not vital, but may be appropriate based on context, like say your church outfit (or red carpet gown lol). I think...
Forum: Parenting   08-24-2011, 11:13 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,574
Posted By seriosa
8 1/2  yr old boy Get food for themselves. Use...

8 1/2  yr old boy
Get food for themselves. Use stove or toaster?
 
He will get cold snacks for himself, can use knives (slice bread or fruit etc). We don't have a toaster or microwave. I don't...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   03-28-2011, 01:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,725
Posted By seriosa
ummm.... there's a funny word at the end of my...

ummm.... there's a funny word at the end of my previous post that doesn't show when I try to edit it....
Forum: Organize & Declutter   03-28-2011, 01:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,725
Posted By seriosa
I don't like the idea of a mattress on floor...

I don't like the idea of a mattress on floor because its too close to the dust. And no circulation underneath it. And what do you do with the bedding, tuck it under, directly onto the floor? Must...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   03-28-2011, 12:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 351
Posted By seriosa
How small is small? I had one in our previous...

How small is small? I had one in our previous 800 sq ft appartment. All ceramic tile floors. Sweeping is OK but I wouldn't happily do without a weekly throrough clean with a vacuum. The vacuum gets...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-27-2011, 10:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 789
Posted By seriosa
I find menu planning has helped hugely in...

I find menu planning has helped hugely in reducing wasted food for us. We also grocery shop just once a week, and I plan the weeks meals based on what we like to eat and how much preparation time I...
Forum: Pets   02-25-2011, 09:16 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,496
Posted By seriosa
 Quote:Originally Posted by...



Quote:Originally Posted by IxIa http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1299804/outdoor-kitties-your-opinion/20#post_16285176)...
Forum: Pets   02-25-2011, 08:59 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,496
Posted By seriosa
IMO the rationale about keeping cats indoors...

IMO the rationale about keeping cats indoors because they live longer is like saying we should keep lions in zoos for the same reason. I had an indoor only cat when I lived in a 3rd floor...
Forum: Family Safety   12-29-2010, 06:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,194
Posted By seriosa
Here in italy bicycle helmets are not obligatory...

Here in italy bicycle helmets are not obligatory for anyone (DS wears one, I don't), but ski helmets are mandatory for everyone throughout the country.
Forum: Parenting   12-23-2010, 09:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 744
Posted By seriosa
I think that as in almost everything, being...

I think that as in almost everything, being involved and having a say increases appreciation. Not that its necessary, its just nicer. I negotiate meals a lot with DS. My requirement is that meals...
Forum: Personal Growth   10-31-2010, 06:25 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,916
Posted By seriosa
There is no "other" option, so I didn't vote. On...

There is no "other" option, so I didn't vote. On the wednesday night you described I might have one. Or I might have a nice herbal tea. Say 2 or 3 times a month, more likely in the cold season than...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-20-2010, 02:37 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,870
Posted By seriosa
DS has a shower or a bath every day, practically...

DS has a shower or a bath every day, practically since he was born. He uses oil-based non foaming detergents for skin and hair. I do notice that my almost 8 yo no longer has that baby odour - he is...
Forum: Parenting   10-20-2010, 11:32 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 6,786
Posted By seriosa
Never smoked (never smoked anything actually). I...

Never smoked (never smoked anything actually). I do agree that MJ could just as well be legal, but it isn't. I want my child to grow up knowing that respect for the law is important. You can be a...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-17-2010, 02:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,731
Posted By seriosa
My almost 8yo starts his bedtime routine around...

My almost 8yo starts his bedtime routine around 9pm, and is usually asleep a little before 10. We wake him at 6.45 am on school days. When he can wake up on his own its usually around 8am. On the...
Forum: Family Safety   10-14-2010, 10:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 451
Posted By seriosa
Thanks for the replies - and the reassurance. My...

Thanks for the replies - and the reassurance. My fridge has an electronic thermostat and we keep it at 4°C. The meat was paper-wrapped - I guess my butcher knows his stuff (and me thinking it was...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   10-13-2010, 05:10 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,576
Posted By seriosa
Quote: Originally Posted by wombatclay...

Quote:
Originally Posted by wombatclay http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/15921142)
Mostly DH and I read cookbooks as...
Forum: Gardening   10-13-2010, 05:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 456
Posted By seriosa
Not sure where to put this - here? Arts &...

Not sure where to put this - here? Arts & Crafts? TAO? Mods please move if necessary.
Anyway...
in my garden I have a beautiful, lush hedge of lavendar. Every autumn I prune it and harvest...
Forum: Family Safety   10-13-2010, 02:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 451
Posted By seriosa
Last Friday I bought some steaks and a small...

Last Friday I bought some steaks and a small roast cut (beef), brought them home and placed them in the meat drawer in the fridge intending to dress them later and then freeze them. Fast forward to...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   10-06-2010, 05:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 656
Posted By seriosa
I had my son in daycare 9 hours a day from the...

I had my son in daycare 9 hours a day from the age of 6 mos to 5 years. We are super super close and have always been so. I think you are doing it just right, your child knows you are there for him....
Forum: Gentle Discipline   10-06-2010, 12:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 550
Posted By seriosa
Quote: Originally Posted by mom2happy...

Quote:
Originally Posted by mom2happy http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/15918457)
He's a little kid and doesnt want to miss...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   10-05-2010, 01:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 550
Posted By seriosa
Wow, thought-provoking responses: Janasmama...

Wow, thought-provoking responses:

Janasmama & LynnS6- I tend to hold back from supervising, because I don't like the idea of "policing" which is what it comes to in my mind. I tend to think that...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   10-03-2010, 06:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 550
Posted By seriosa
So this afternoon I was watching TV. DS comes...

So this afternoon I was watching TV. DS comes in, flops on the sofa beside me and kicks off his shoes. I ask him to take them to his room, put them away and put on his slippers. He goes to his room...
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