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Forum: Unschooling   08-26-2014, 05:55 AM
Replies: 18
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Posted By winter singer
Thanks for the great thread and all the...

Thanks for the great thread and all the thoughtful comments. I love the way the paragraph above is expressed.

When I think about putting these things into practice I realise that so much depends...
Forum: Unschooling   07-22-2014, 07:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 698
Posted By winter singer
Thanks, Starling&Diesel! I absolutely love that...

Thanks, Starling&Diesel! I absolutely love that book by Gordon Neufeld - I have a copy - but it's amazing how I can forget all about some of the most interesting parts of it, such as the cognitive...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-22-2014, 06:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,103
Posted By winter singer
Thanks, that's very helpful. I'm sorry about your...

Thanks, that's very helpful. I'm sorry about your brother. It can be hard when the reality is so far from the ideal of having a close family.

I also am very careful in terms of what I expose my...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-19-2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,103
Posted By winter singer
Question Talking with children about difficult extended family issues and painful past events

Hi all,

My DD is almost 6 and at the moment is full of questions about my own childhood. I'm finding it very difficult to answer many of them as I have a lot of painful memories from my childhood....
Forum: Unschooling   07-19-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 698
Posted By winter singer
Thanks so much for your thoughtful responses. I...

Thanks so much for your thoughtful responses. I think you're right, AAK, in thinking that this is really mostly an issue of having an only child. It's reassuring to read that others have had similar...
Forum: Unschooling   07-19-2014, 05:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 446
Posted By winter singer
I can't directly answer your question about how...

I can't directly answer your question about how sibling children relate to each other, Miranda, as I only have one child. However I found your post very moving as I have very clear memories from my...
Forum: Unschooling   07-18-2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 698
Posted By winter singer
In need of a pep talk on unschooling

Hi all,

I'd really appreciate your comments. Our DD will be 6 in September and so far hasn't attended school (we live in France, where most kids start at age 3). Initially we kept her out of...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-12-2014, 08:15 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,021
Posted By winter singer
Wow, it's hard for me to imagine having to cope...

Wow, it's hard for me to imagine having to cope with the medical diagnosis the OP had for her DD. I realise she's functioning fine day-to-day, but still, what a thing to have to deal...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-10-2014, 02:00 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,021
Posted By winter singer
Very interesting thread. That preschool with the...

Very interesting thread. That preschool with the low teacher-child ratio sounds like a great solution - hope it works out well.
 
Just wanted to chip in to say that, while I totally agree that the...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-05-2014, 03:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 327
Posted By winter singer
Belated thanks for the thoughtful responses....

Belated thanks for the thoughtful responses. Your replies got me thinking about where DH is coming from and I think I see the problem a bit more clearly now. He had a very hard year in 2013 - major...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   12-31-2013, 08:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 327
Posted By winter singer
Hi all,   We haven't put our 5-year-old DD...

Hi all,
 
We haven't put our 5-year-old DD in school here in France so far. At first, when she was three (the usual age for starting school here), we hesitated to enroll her in school because she...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   09-18-2013, 04:32 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,603
Posted By winter singer
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by pattimomma http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Learning at School   09-12-2013, 04:15 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 15,609
Posted By winter singer
Quote:Originally Posted by Cornflower...

Quote:Originally Posted by Cornflower Blue http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-06-2013, 06:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,308
Posted By winter singer
This topic raises so many issues that resonate...

This topic raises so many issues that resonate enormously with me, though luckily for me I haven't been in the OP's exact situation. One of the hardest things I've found about being a parent - and...
Forum: Parenting   08-30-2013, 02:35 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 8,642
Posted By winter singer
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by MomOv2 http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   08-13-2013, 05:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 764
Posted By winter singer
My dd went through a phase of hitting us when...

My dd went through a phase of hitting us when she was frustrated. I did a lot of reading up about it. Here's one of the articles I found helpful - I could dig out more when I have time:
 ...
Forum: Breastfeeding   08-13-2013, 04:56 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,739
Posted By winter singer
I was born in 1971 and exclusively FF, with...

I was born in 1971 and exclusively FF, with solids introduced at 2 weeks (and yes I have digestive problems now). My mother tried BFing my oldest brother for 2 weeks and found it exhausting, and...
Forum: Multicultural Families   06-28-2013, 02:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 930
Posted By winter singer
It seems as though there are different ideas...

It seems as though there are different ideas going around about what 'self esteem' is. To me, if a person has healthy self-esteem that implies that they would actually have an easier time with...
Forum: Multicultural Families   06-25-2013, 03:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 930
Posted By winter singer
I'm more and more convinced that shaming is a...

I'm more and more convinced that shaming is a terrible way to achieve obedience in a child, which causes a great many problems. So no, I don't think you're being over-sensitive at all. Like a PP...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   08-04-2012, 05:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 679
Posted By winter singer
It sounds as though something is stressing your...

It sounds as though something is stressing your son. Do you think his father's behaviour while they're playing is distressing him? Or maybe something else could be acting as a trigger? Was he hurt...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   07-29-2012, 03:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 487
Posted By winter singer
Thanks so much for all your replies! You've...

Thanks so much for all your replies! You've brought up so many interesting points.
 
Things have actually shifted a little since I wrote that first post. I've added some comments below....
Forum: Gentle Discipline   07-26-2012, 07:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 487
Posted By winter singer
My almost four-year-old DD is going through a...

My almost four-year-old DD is going through a phase which I'm finding disconcerting. From reading on this forum and elsewhere it looks as though at least some of it is normal, but there are aspects...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   01-13-2012, 05:18 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,243
Posted By winter singer
Great discussion! As far as clothes go, I've...

Great discussion! As far as clothes go, I've often gone the route (suggested by a pp) of taking my 3-year-old as far as the front door, opening it so that she feels the cold wind and then offering...
Forum: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy   12-15-2011, 05:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,155
Posted By winter singer
Great idea for a topic!   DD is 3 and still...

Great idea for a topic!
 
DD is 3 and still a very avid nurser. I feel that at this point our nursing relationship is the best it's ever been because the previous difficulties we had (which were...
Forum: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy   12-15-2011, 04:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 18,711
Posted By winter singer
My period came back when DD was 29 months old...

My period came back when DD was 29 months old and took a few more months to get back to being regular. I always had very painful periods before getting pregnant. The ones I've had since have been so...
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