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Forum: The Childhood Years   03-01-2011, 01:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 331
Posted By YasaiMuraLife
I know your child - I have one too!  I'm reading...

I know your child - I have one too!  I'm reading "Living with the Active Alert Child" by Linda Budd right now to figure out how to deal with this child.  Get that book and do a search here on MDC...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-01-2011, 12:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 342
Posted By YasaiMuraLife
After quite a bit of trial and error, what works...

After quite a bit of trial and error, what works for us is to have the 4yo in the bedroom while his sister is taking her nap.  I keep some relatively quiet toys in the bedroom for him to play with -...
Forum: Vegetarian and Vegan   02-18-2011, 01:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 395
Posted By YasaiMuraLife
My kids aren't so wild about "plain" water, but...

My kids aren't so wild about "plain" water, but they beg for "lemon water."  This is just water with a good squirt of lemon juice and a tiny, tiny bit of maple syrup.  It also works well with...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   02-13-2011, 09:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,971
Posted By YasaiMuraLife
There is a 2.75 year age gap between my two...

There is a 2.75 year age gap between my two children.  When my DD was born, my DS cried just about every time he saw me - crying like his heart was broken.  It was a very difficult period.  He did...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   01-26-2011, 05:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,771
Posted By YasaiMuraLife
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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-14-2011, 11:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,574
Posted By YasaiMuraLife
Hi, I've been gearing up to start homeschooling...

Hi, I've been gearing up to start homeschooling my son in the next few months or so, and I chose Enki.  I never got to see the actual curriculum for OM or Enki.  After reading the Foundation Guides,...
Forum: Multicultural Families   01-13-2011, 10:53 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,167
Posted By YasaiMuraLife
Sadly, I was quite amused by OP's MIL...

Sadly, I was quite amused by OP's MIL descriptions - I could just SEE her so clearly! 
 
Since its the Bay Area, surely there are discussions/lectures/films happening that might help you address...
Forum: California, Nevada   01-05-2011, 12:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,089
Posted By YasaiMuraLife
I think that I'll second much of what...

I think that I'll second much of what 47chromosomes said.  I live in Eureka, but go to the North Country Clinic in Arcata.  I used them with my daughter's natural birth at Mad River Hospital.  I...
Forum: Allergies   01-04-2011, 11:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 578
Posted By YasaiMuraLife
It is hard to cut foods out of your diet,...

It is hard to cut foods out of your diet, especially well loved foods.  Until you develop new ways of eating, you just keep missing the old.  So, I would spend some time trying to develop a few new...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   01-01-2011, 05:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 870
Posted By YasaiMuraLife
Ooops - somehow I missed a bunch of posts before...

Ooops - somehow I missed a bunch of posts before posting my response!  So after reading the additional posts you (OP) wrote, I'd add in that it sounds like you really are doing a heck of a lot of...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   01-01-2011, 05:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 870
Posted By YasaiMuraLife
To me "fussing" is not CIO, but "freaking out"...

To me "fussing" is not CIO, but "freaking out" is.   I do think that the older the child, the more easily they can handle life's upsets, but only you know what your own child's limit is.  And if you...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   12-31-2010, 09:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 508
Posted By YasaiMuraLife
From wild sources (either we pick or someone at...

From wild sources (either we pick or someone at the farmer's market has picked) we eat purslane, nasturtium, mustard greens, borage leaves, nettles, dandelion greens, and field amaranth. 
 ...
Forum: Parenting   12-28-2010, 04:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,736
Posted By YasaiMuraLife
Here is what we do....   I minimized the...

Here is what we do....
 
I minimized the amount of toys to a manageable level (manageable being the amount that I wouldn't feel completely annoyed at having to pick up myself if I had to) and the...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   12-18-2010, 04:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,590
Posted By YasaiMuraLife
I may not be the best person to respond, as I've...

I may not be the best person to respond, as I've been very allergic to dairy since birth.  But I became vegetarian for ethical reasons 20 years ago and so had to learn to stop eating meat, which I...
Forum: Vegetarian and Vegan   12-18-2010, 02:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 547
Posted By YasaiMuraLife
I had a rather similar situation with my DD. ...

I had a rather similar situation with my DD.  She couldn't latch and I pumped everything, but had to start supplementing at 8 months as my supply kept dropping.  I used both soy formula and human...
Forum: Vegetarian and Vegan   12-06-2010, 09:30 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,601
Posted By YasaiMuraLife
Are you vegetarian primarily for health...

Are you vegetarian primarily for health reasons?  If so, then I think a little bit of meat now and then is not unhealthy.  But, if being vegetarian is for ethical reasons, then I think its...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-25-2010, 01:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,557
Posted By YasaiMuraLife
I'd say to put his tummy ache into context with...

I'd say to put his tummy ache into context with other behavior. Meaning - does he play around with aches and pains regularly? Or is this a pretty consistent place he says he hurts?

As a baby my...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   12-18-2009, 03:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,820
Posted By YasaiMuraLife
I just took a quick look at the ingredients in...

I just took a quick look at the ingredients in the KidGreenz. It has "natural tropical fruit flavors." That could easily include dairy, even though they are supposed to be milk free. I am allergic...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   12-17-2009, 04:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,739
Posted By YasaiMuraLife
"And I have five dogs to feed, so they all get...

"And I have five dogs to feed, so they all get fed at the same time twice daily (i do not free feed - as a retired dog trainer, i cannot say how bad free feeding is for a dog). I might try delaying...
Forum: Vegetarian and Vegan   10-27-2009, 07:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 320
Posted By YasaiMuraLife
I second the kale in soup method. Especially...

I second the kale in soup method. Especially lentil soup at my house.

For a side, I do this sometimes ... boil until soft, then squeeze out all the liquid (some nutritional value lost, but my 3YO...
Forum: Multicultural Families   10-26-2009, 12:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,807
Posted By YasaiMuraLife
I think I would be very, very far from zen if...

I think I would be very, very far from zen if someone tried to hold my newborn baby for more than a few minutes!

Maybe focusing on the (obvious, overwhelming) love that MIL has for your child can...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-20-2009, 03:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 264
Posted By YasaiMuraLife
If you want to add in music, try this out ......

If you want to add in music, try this out ... http://www.amazon.com/Alex-Water-Xyl.../dp/B000M1EHZQ...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   10-08-2009, 10:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 370
Posted By YasaiMuraLife
Yes, yes, yes to all the PP's points. Hang in...

Yes, yes, yes to all the PP's points. Hang in there, it really does get easier. This is a transition period that your son, really your whole family, is going through. Everyone is creating and...
Forum: Life With a Baby   10-07-2009, 03:11 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 222
Posted By YasaiMuraLife
Hello, I wouldn't worry too much. I remember my...

Hello, I wouldn't worry too much. I remember my son doing the same thing for quite a while. It gradually stopped. My daughter didn't do this after the first couple of weeks, though. They are all a...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   10-04-2009, 09:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 198
Posted By YasaiMuraLife
Oh - this is so familiar! You are definitely not...

Oh - this is so familiar! You are definitely not alone on this one. I had so much trouble putting my son to sleep; it took hours for me while my husband could do it in about 30 minutes.

I'm sorry...
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