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Forum: Life with a Toddler   02-12-2014, 01:59 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,397
Posted By amandak
We painted coffee filters last week and then I...

We painted coffee filters last week and then I cut hearts out of them to put on the windows. You could also finger paint in the tub (easier to clean) or make some homemade play dough.
Forum: Birth and Beyond   01-30-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,337
Posted By amandak
Mine broke while I was sitting on the couch...

Mine broke while I was sitting on the couch watching my husband hook up the DVD player so we could watch a natural childbirth video!
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-03-2014, 01:18 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,259
Posted By amandak
We have very similar problems with my toddler....

We have very similar problems with my toddler. It's chaos. Finally we decided that she has to sit at the table while we are eating. If she won't eat, then we try to just go on with our meal and not...
Forum: The Childhood Years   12-30-2013, 10:02 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,226
Posted By amandak
We started chapter books about 6 months ago, and...

We started chapter books about 6 months ago, and it's so fun!!

We like Junie B Jones and Junie B First Grader (the character is kind of a snot, but we discuss that.). I find them hysterical.
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Forum: Stay at Home Parents   12-30-2013, 12:06 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,729
Posted By amandak
I just realized about a month ago that I am...

I just realized about a month ago that I am technically financially dependent upon my husband. I had been teaching part time on and off online since my oldest was born, but that had basically...
Forum: Learning at School   10-16-2013, 09:58 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,569
Posted By amandak
I'm all for writing workshops. I've been a...

I'm all for writing workshops. I've been a college English instructor for 12 years, and they spend a lot of time writing in class while I walk around and help, answer questions, etc. But if you are...
Forum: Learning at School   10-16-2013, 02:42 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,569
Posted By amandak
One big benefit to homework is that you can...

One big benefit to homework is that you can really see how much a child has learned when they have to complete exercises hours after the lesson, on their own. I also think it can help uninvolved...
Forum: Learning at School   09-30-2013, 12:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 986
Posted By amandak
My dd is in half day parochial kindergarten and...

My dd is in half day parochial kindergarten and it works wonderfully. The only downfall is that half her class is full day so she gets jealous a bit. Nice considered switching her but she still...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   09-30-2013, 12:40 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,545
Posted By amandak
I would absolutely love option a, but that works...

I would absolutely love option a, but that works about once every millennium for me. So then I aim for option two and that gets a little better results working about once every ten days. Our...
Forum: Diapering   08-19-2013, 12:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 161
Posted By amandak
You might want to check out Etsy for wool...

You might want to check out Etsy for wool covers. They usually have a lot that are up cycled from old wool covers. I've never looked at the prices (I knit my own,) but sure they must be cheaper than...
Forum: Family Planning   08-18-2013, 08:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 899
Posted By amandak
Thank you all SO much for the resources . I'm...

Thank you all SO much for the resources . I'm gonna check out that book and the websites. I'm really intrigued by the online class. I nursed dd2 on demand and my period came back at 9 months. At the...
Forum: Family Planning   08-12-2013, 05:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 899
Posted By amandak
Those of you using NFP, how did you get started?...

Those of you using NFP, how did you get started?  I'm 6 month pp, and I haven't started ovulating yet, but we do not want to get pregnant again until my little one is at least a year but probably a...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-10-2013, 04:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,541
Posted By amandak
I would think about the motives.  My guess is...

I would think about the motives.  My guess is that the mom's motive isn't to make her kid look "better" but just to be as healthy as possible.  In that case, I wouldn't worry about weight (the...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-10-2013, 04:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,989
Posted By amandak
I'm like Lazyhead.  The market where I lived...

I'm like Lazyhead.  The market where I lived crashed way harder than the rest of the country.  We've been in our house for six years and are about to lose so much when we sell soon.  But we just...
Forum: The Mindful Home   08-10-2013, 04:23 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,793
Posted By amandak
Oh and I would make sure that our new neighbors...

Oh and I would make sure that our new neighbors are awesome because they would probably be the only people we could afford to see!
 
Along those lines, it would be nice though.  Communities would...
Forum: The Mindful Home   08-10-2013, 04:19 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,793
Posted By amandak
We would be in big trouble :-(     My...

We would be in big trouble :-(  
 
My husband commutes 55 miles to work one way, and my daughter's school is 25 minutes from our house.  We hate HATE going through this much fuel, and so we are...
Forum: Diapering   08-10-2013, 12:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 179
Posted By amandak
I remember mine was huge but so were my...

I remember mine was huge but so were my prefolds. Perhaps you could use the same pattern in a premie size? Mine worked - they just came up to her chest. Sadly I don't think I have the pattern...
Forum: Postpartum Depression   08-02-2013, 05:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 459
Posted By amandak
Hang in there.   This sounds a lot like when...

Hang in there.
 
This sounds a lot like when I had my ppd.  It's tough to deal with, but through the medication and therapy I hope you will be able to find some help.  A month is a long time to...
Forum: Parenting   08-02-2013, 05:26 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 8,714
Posted By amandak
I am with you on the newer Golden Books.  They...

I am with you on the newer Golden Books.  They are ridiculous.  I bought an Alice in Wonderland one, and the plot was ridiculous.  Alice got big.  Then she got small.  Then she got big.  I must say...
Forum: Parenting   08-02-2013, 05:20 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 8,714
Posted By amandak
I hate most of the Little Critter books as well....

I hate most of the Little Critter books as well.  The first one I read was about a child getting angry who decides to run away.  Ummm... not the ideas I want to put into my toddler's brain!
 
I...
Forum: Postpartum Depression   07-28-2013, 07:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 177
Posted By amandak
I just sent you an email about this :-)  It's an...

I just sent you an email about this :-)  It's an exciting project!
Forum: Babywearing   07-12-2013, 08:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,372
Posted By amandak
I actually like my Moby over the summer.  I have...

I actually like my Moby over the summer.  I have a Moby and an Ergo, and I think I actually feel cooler in the Moby.  Perhaps because the fabric is more breathable than the Ergo.
Forum: Unschooling   06-27-2013, 02:44 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,424
Posted By amandak
Do remember that television affects how kids'...

Do remember that television affects how kids' brains work. There was a study a couple years ago about how attention span, etc were significantly affected after watching a Spongebob episode. When...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   06-01-2013, 04:58 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 900
Posted By amandak
With my five year old, we play the ABC game...

With my five year old, we play the ABC game (find letters in order on lisence plates, signs, etc.). The license plate game is fun too - keep track over the course of a whole trip how many different...
Forum: Parenting   05-24-2013, 08:58 PM
Replies: 195
Views: 6,515
Posted By amandak
Isn't neglect purposefully not giving children...

Isn't neglect purposefully not giving children what they need?  Isn't it an all encompassing problem?  A way of life and of parenting?  Could you call extremely loving and attentive parents...
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