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Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-08-2014, 11:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 988
Posted By nd_deadhead
I like the "How to Talk..." book a lot. And...

I like the "How to Talk..." book a lot.

And specific questions help a lot: Who did you sit by at lunch? (or What did you have for lunch - even less personal). What did you do in science or gym? I...
Forum: Learning at School   09-04-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,226
Posted By nd_deadhead
Nice job, radiowave! When my son was in 2nd...

Nice job, radiowave!

When my son was in 2nd grade, there was a boy in his class who could barely read. I volunteered in the classroom once in a while, and the teacher had me work with him one on...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-04-2014, 09:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 542
Posted By nd_deadhead
Oh, I'm not worried about them at all. They are...

Oh, I'm not worried about them at all. They are our only children, and every age has been my favorite so far.

They are thoughtful, responsible young men, in their third year of college. They will...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-26-2014, 12:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 542
Posted By nd_deadhead
Not teens anymore!

My twin sons turn 20 on Friday. I guess I've aged out of this board.

A few days ago I asked one of the boys if he was excited about not being a teenager any more. He said "Noooo! I've been a...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-26-2014, 12:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,114
Posted By nd_deadhead
Blank newspaper is also wonderful for washing...

Blank newspaper is also wonderful for washing windows.
Forum: Organize & Declutter   08-06-2014, 02:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 514
Posted By nd_deadhead
I got rid of my wedding gown

I went through a whole house purge last winter, starting with my son's closet. I had stuff stored up on the shelves that I hadn't seen for years.

One shelf contained large boxes. Two of them...
Forum: Pets   08-06-2014, 01:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 459
Posted By nd_deadhead
Here's a link to a video, after some of the early...

Here's a link to a video, after some of the early field tests:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aYdkc1jSwo

Here's a link to the AP story:
...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-31-2014, 10:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 420
Posted By nd_deadhead
According to the Credit Card Accountability,...

According to the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act of 2009, any payment above the minimum must be applied to the balance with the highest rate (it's on page 8 of the...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-31-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 728
Posted By nd_deadhead
I agree with meowmix - there's no point in asking...

I agree with meowmix - there's no point in asking why, because he likely doesn't know. And Why isn't the issue - it's how, when, and where!

Talk to him about how his behavior affects others....
Forum: Parenting Multiples   07-28-2014, 12:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 446
Posted By nd_deadhead
My babies weighed 8 pounds each, born at 39...

My babies weighed 8 pounds each, born at 39 weeks. I've never had a singleton, so I can't compare.

I ate a LOT, throughout the day. At one point I kept track, and discovered I'd had 11 feedings in...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   07-24-2014, 10:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,334
Posted By nd_deadhead
When I was 12 and my little brother was 5, his...

When I was 12 and my little brother was 5, his favorite thing to do in the whole world was push my buttons. If it bugged me to have him burst in on me in the shower, you can bet that would be on his...
Forum: Reuse & Recycle   07-24-2014, 10:23 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,379
Posted By nd_deadhead
We remodeled our kitchen last summer, and almost...

We remodeled our kitchen last summer, and almost all the old cabinets found new homes. Some went into our laundry room (replacing a metal shelf that went to our church storage room); one went to our...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   07-17-2014, 07:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,448
Posted By nd_deadhead
I just helped my Mom move from a large 4-bedroom...

I just helped my Mom move from a large 4-bedroom house to a 2-bedroom apartment. Naturally she got rid of a lot of stuff, and some of it came to me. But she also donated a ton.

That effort...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-16-2014, 12:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 544
Posted By nd_deadhead
Do you have an emergency fund? I might split...

Do you have an emergency fund?

I might split the difference - put 2/3 to the family loan, and 1/3 to the student loan.

How much was the car payment? Are you making regular payments on the...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   06-16-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,357
Posted By nd_deadhead
I think there are a lot of ways to give positive...

I think there are a lot of ways to give positive feedback, both immediately and later. When my sons were little, I used positive feedback to reinforce appropriate behavior - for example, "I noticed...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   06-13-2014, 12:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,038
Posted By nd_deadhead
Ours slept in the same crib at the foot of our...

Ours slept in the same crib at the foot of our bed for about 6 months. At that point they barely fit in one (they were, and still are, big boys). Interestingly, I remember thinking "I can't imagine...
Forum: Pets   06-09-2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 459
Posted By nd_deadhead
New treatment for canine parvovirus

My husband works for a company that has developed a treatment for parvo. So far it is almost 100% effective - the pups that have died were too far gone for any treatment to work. Instead of a week or...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   03-13-2014, 06:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 379
Posted By nd_deadhead
I agree completely with Mariamadly. Our...

I agree completely with Mariamadly. Our parenting philosophy is based on respect., and it has worked out extremely well for us. Our twin sons are 19 years old, and they still like to hang out with...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   03-11-2014, 07:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 281
Posted By nd_deadhead
Spring Fever has struck in my house. I have been...

Spring Fever has struck in my house. I have been on a mission to purge and organize in the house, and I am on a roll! I've gone through stuff that I haven't touched in years.
 
Closets first. I do...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-11-2014, 07:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 369
Posted By nd_deadhead
I e-filed my federal taxes with Turbotax (as...

I e-filed my federal taxes with Turbotax (as I've been doing for at least 10 years). I ended up with a refund of about $750. This year I was given three choices: receive a check in the mail, have...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   01-24-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 547
Posted By nd_deadhead
Hugs to you, Mama!   My son didn't as far as...

Hugs to you, Mama!
 
My son didn't as far as attempting suicide, but did have suicidal thoughts, and was seeing a psychiatrist. When he told me he had a suicide plan, I admitted him to the...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   09-03-2013, 09:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 292
Posted By nd_deadhead
Paint ceilings first (where needed). Knowing...

Paint ceilings first (where needed). Knowing that you'll be painting the walls soon, you don't have to be terribly careful of the edges. Lay down drop cloths to protect the flooring, and cover...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-27-2013, 12:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 344
Posted By nd_deadhead
So she hasn't had regular chores or helped out...

So she hasn't had regular chores or helped out around the house prior to this? I would think starting now would be a challenge.
 
I hate the "Other parents don't make their kids..." or "Other kids...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-31-2013, 10:29 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 782
Posted By nd_deadhead
Our sons don't have assigned chores, but they...

Our sons don't have assigned chores, but they are expected to help out around the house as asked, or as necessary. When they were old enough to stay home alone during the day while DH and I were at...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-31-2013, 10:21 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 3,816
Posted By nd_deadhead
My sons got cell phones when they were 18, and...

My sons got cell phones when they were 18, and headed off to college. Their dorm does not have land lines, and a cell phone was the only way I could reach them, or they could reach me. They are 75...
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