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Forum: Special Needs Parenting   05-17-2013, 12:04 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By bonamarq
Thank you everyone for your replies - more...

Thank you everyone for your replies - more stories still welcome? Seems no matter what the topic most of  the mamas here can be counted on to give spot on advice!
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   04-05-2013, 08:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 257
Posted By bonamarq
Thanks for all that great feed back! I will...

Thanks for all that great feed back! I will certainly include my disccusion about the challenges from within the family itself! And the compassion around that judgement you get from others -
I find...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   04-03-2013, 09:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 257
Posted By bonamarq
Hello Everyone - full disclosure - I my self do...

Hello Everyone - full disclosure - I my self do not have a special needs child per se (anxiety/sensory issues etc) I am a special ed teacher by training, work with families and teachers of those...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-14-2013, 11:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 450
Posted By bonamarq
My 9yo still needs this - I have let her know...

My 9yo still needs this - I have let her know that I enjoy it but want her to be able to sleep "on her own " at certain times - if she needs to sleep over grandma's (she's done that twice) and she...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-14-2013, 10:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,153
Posted By bonamarq
My dd has said many profound things, mostly to...

My dd has said many profound things, mostly to her dad and most of which I forgot to write down and although not so profound one of my favorite quotes
 
age 2 1/2 while hiking with her dad "I...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-15-2012, 08:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,280
Posted By bonamarq
Gotta chime in!   I too still sleep with my...

Gotta chime in!
 
I too still sleep with my 8 yo (9 in dec) Our bed time routines have not changed much since she was weaned! We read, then I lay down with her USUALLY until she is asleep -...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-15-2012, 08:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,280
Posted By bonamarq
Gotta chime in!   I too still sleep with my...

Gotta chime in!
 
I too still sleep with my 8 yo (9 in dec) Our bed time routines have not changed much since she was weaned! We read, then I lay down with her USUALLY until she is asleep -...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-11-2012, 07:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 274
Posted By bonamarq
I think you should pat yourself on the back for...

I think you should pat yourself on the back for being SANE - your child is FIVE - not 16 - She has a rich, FULL life that sounds wonderful and very balanced - kindergarten is about learning social...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   05-21-2012, 09:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 553
Posted By bonamarq
This can be a very difficult time - but remember...

This can be a very difficult time - but remember (as a pp said) you can just go with 'developmental delay' and not get a specific diagnosis - with help she may catch up and exit EI services before...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-15-2012, 01:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 562
Posted By bonamarq
Library mama - you are very tolerant, but you...

Library mama - you are very tolerant, but you too might want to take a more direct approach - 7 is awfully old for this type of behavior and his mom should focus on teaching him more appropriate...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-15-2012, 01:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 562
Posted By bonamarq
Sound like you have some decisions to make - the...

Sound like you have some decisions to make - the suggestion to keep the playdates at the park is a good one, but is that a permanenet solution? What happens when winter comes?
As I have gotten...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-15-2012, 12:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 393
Posted By bonamarq
My dd is also in second grade - she has just two...

My dd is also in second grade - she has just two friends that she really can have playdates with - and one is homeschooled so their weekends are pretty family oriented -
the other is our regular...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-15-2012, 12:50 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,978
Posted By bonamarq
Well my second grader still acts like a cat...

Well my second grader still acts like a cat quite a bit - but like the pp pointed out - she knows when it's ok and when not - she loves to put on her cat outfit (leopard top/pants with matching tail...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   04-26-2012, 10:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 631
Posted By bonamarq
I was just going to post something similar - my...

I was just going to post something similar - my daughter doesn't show frustration or upset - she just gives up! 'Doesn't want to do it"  and she's of a temperament that makes it VERY difficult to...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   11-17-2011, 11:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 405
Posted By bonamarq
My dd is 8 YO but just had to respond b/c I so...

My dd is 8 YO but just had to respond b/c I so relate - I once calculated how much extra time Mama's of longer nappers got to get stuff done than I did - DD never napped longer than 45 min  - to my...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   08-02-2011, 06:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 748
Posted By bonamarq
I second the idea that this sound like some...

I second the idea that this sound like some sensory issues - and if it turns out to be such, be proud of yourself for recognizing this early - OT can work wonders and it's just so helpful to have an...
Forum: Life With a Baby   07-27-2011, 07:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 867
Posted By bonamarq
My dd was the same way - but she's now 7YEARS :...

My dd was the same way - but she's now 7YEARS : ) so it was a long time ago - I do remember trying everything under the sun to get her to take one - but in the end I used my flexible job/schedule...
Forum: Personal Growth   07-26-2011, 11:09 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,163
Posted By bonamarq
I do think "American Life" is hard - this is...

I do think "American Life" is hard - this is more philosophical than spiritual, but that spiritual practice can help make it less so... ANd this is not to say life other places is NOT hard - it's...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   07-22-2011, 06:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 766
Posted By bonamarq
Okay - just had to post this - I tried one of...

Okay - just had to post this - I tried one of the games in the book and my dd LOVED it - and then proceeded to want to wrestle again - so I did (it's not my favorite thing but I try to 'fake it 'til...
Forum: Parents as Partners   07-21-2011, 10:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 280
Posted By bonamarq
My dh and I struggled for a few years when we...

My dh and I struggled for a few years when we were first living together and again after dd came along but two things really helped
1) I had to acknowledge ALL the chores outside of 'cleaning' (car...
Forum: Parents as Partners   07-21-2011, 09:56 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,244
Posted By bonamarq
What IS it with us women and closing drawers and...

What IS it with us women and closing drawers and cabinets? I have always done this and it even drives me crazy!
WE (not me, or him) both leave the laundry unfolded until we need the basket for the...
Forum: Parents as Partners   07-21-2011, 09:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 504
Posted By bonamarq
Some men will just not make a decision until...

Some men will just not make a decision until forced to do so - in my case I was with dh for 6 years and had known him for 9 when we finally married at 29 and THEN it was because
we got some...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   07-21-2011, 08:28 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,658
Posted By bonamarq
On the flip side I have a great story from when...

On the flip side I have a great story from when I was staying with my friends three teen age girls - Mom was (is) a midwife and vegetarian and always feeds her kids well -
I was in the guest room...
Forum: March 2012   07-20-2011, 12:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 330
Posted By bonamarq
Hugs - it's a nervous time for sure - and in the...

Hugs - it's a nervous time for sure - and in the end life is just uncertain - now once you detect a heartbeat you can rest easier b/c your chance of a miscarriage is much less - but even when...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   07-20-2011, 10:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 922
Posted By bonamarq
Let me preface my statement by saying that the...

Let me preface my statement by saying that the major part of my professional job is to teach and train parents and teachers about positive behavior support and rewards (but not punishments) are a...
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