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Forum: Australia and New Zealand   02-10-2010, 12:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,222
Posted By nznavo
Hi, I'm from Christchurch but haven't lived...

Hi, I'm from Christchurch but haven't lived there since before I had kids. That said, most of the (not many!) people I know there parent the way you do. Which part of town are you in? I know...
Forum: Parenting   05-28-2009, 09:16 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,085
Posted By nznavo
Yes, the sitter issue definitely needs to be...

Yes, the sitter issue definitely needs to be addressed before the rsvp.
Forum: Parenting   05-28-2009, 08:17 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,085
Posted By nznavo
Honestly, I have no problem with no kid weddings...

Honestly, I have no problem with no kid weddings but #2 seems less offensive and pretty considerate. Would babes in arms have to be left though?

Can she do kid tables for the older ones? I loved...
Forum: Life With a Baby   05-27-2009, 10:24 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 937
Posted By nznavo
I'm in the 'they'll do it when they're ready'...

I'm in the 'they'll do it when they're ready' camp. Honestly, I don't get the rush. What's the benefit of having a 7mo crawling at speed? One of mine started crawling at 5mo and, frankly, it's a...
Forum: Parenting   05-27-2009, 10:16 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,063
Posted By nznavo
What Tinymama said. My 4.5 year old knows...

What Tinymama said.

My 4.5 year old knows pink is a "girl colour" but he loves it. He has chosen a pink wetsuit, a couple of pink t-shirts. I was concerned it might be money wasted as I worried...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   05-27-2009, 09:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 678
Posted By nznavo
We went the pack n play route. I have a 6mo who...

We went the pack n play route. I have a 6mo who does not stop moving ever, pretty much. If we'd put the mattress onto the floor she'd for sure be constantly rolling off it - not dangerous but not...
Forum: Parenting   05-25-2009, 08:43 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,162
Posted By nznavo
It has happened to us a lot and I've always...

It has happened to us a lot and I've always struggled with it. We're (white) expats living in Asia. I used to say yes, now my son is older and uncomfortable with it so we say no. I don't really take...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   05-18-2009, 09:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,523
Posted By nznavo
I've often wondered the opposite - aside from...

I've often wondered the opposite - aside from the obviously high military and defense spending, what does the US govt spend money on so that it can't provide parental leave and health care for its...
Forum: Parenting   05-17-2009, 07:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 912
Posted By nznavo
A yeah from me too. My firstborn was a bad...

A yeah from me too.

My firstborn was a bad sleeper and it would have been lovely to be able to complain about sleep deprivation from time to time without getting advice to leave him to cry or...
Forum: Parenting   05-15-2009, 09:40 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,444
Posted By nznavo
Nothing. I'm surprised you've gotten to 3...

Nothing.

I'm surprised you've gotten to 3 without a hundred similar incidents!
Forum: Parenting   05-12-2009, 09:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 240
Posted By nznavo
I've heard this is very common for boys. Mine...

I've heard this is very common for boys. Mine went through it. He was out of diapers when he turned 2 and it took another year for him to be comfortable pooping on the toilet. He had never sat to...
Forum: Parenting   05-12-2009, 09:03 AM
Replies: 184
Views: 5,934
Posted By nznavo
I'm pretty sure I read things that debunk that...

I'm pretty sure I read things that debunk that 'carbonated drinks deplete your calcium' line. Not that that's a green light for coke, but drinking sparkling water isn't going to hurt you.
Forum: Parenting   05-12-2009, 02:05 AM
Replies: 184
Views: 5,934
Posted By nznavo
My 4yo has a very occasional Sprite at a party...

My 4yo has a very occasional Sprite at a party or whatever. I'm ok with it. Soda here is made with sugar rather than HFCS.
Forum: Life With a Baby   05-12-2009, 02:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 205
Posted By nznavo
I also had a very grunty, noisy newborn. I think...

I also had a very grunty, noisy newborn. I think it had stopped by about 6 or 8 weeks? Can't remember.
Forum: Life With a Baby   05-11-2009, 09:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 481
Posted By nznavo
Yes, mine are the same. It is so wierd for me...

Yes, mine are the same. It is so wierd for me not to have a comfort nurser. I parent them differently because they're different people but I'm totally comfortable with that. It's all about instinct...
Forum: Vaccinations   05-11-2009, 09:10 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 5,159
Posted By nznavo
We delay and vax selectively. DTP and measles....

We delay and vax selectively. DTP and measles. My first also got TB. We live in SE Asia and travel a lot and my risk perception differs accordingly.
Forum: Parenting   05-08-2009, 10:21 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 829
Posted By nznavo
I'd only do it if there's a way you can leave...

I'd only do it if there's a way you can leave quickly and unobtrusively if your babe makes noise. I've got a 5mo and it could go either way - really unpredictable at the moment. I'd probably just go...
Forum: Parenting   05-08-2009, 08:37 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,350
Posted By nznavo
I'm also a never. I'm fine with seeing my...

I'm also a never. I'm fine with seeing my parents naked. I'm trying to remember if there was a point when I wasn't comfortable with it (as, a teen, say) but can't. I'll ask my mum. Nudity isn't a...
Forum: Life With a Baby   04-27-2009, 09:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 267
Posted By nznavo
I'm pleased my 5mo is a thumb sucker - she is...

I'm pleased my 5mo is a thumb sucker - she is great at self-soothing and a really contented babe.

I sucked my thumb until I was 10. I never had braces and my teeth are fine.
Forum: France   04-22-2009, 09:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,009
Posted By nznavo
I just booked accom in Paris, 2 places in...

I just booked accom in Paris, 2 places in Normandy, and the Dordogne and with all I ended up renting an apartment/cottage/cabin (depending on the spot). We're 4 so we can do a big bed and a single,...
Forum: Australia and New Zealand   04-22-2009, 08:55 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 440
Posted By nznavo
I used to live there, if that helps? But I...

I used to live there, if that helps? But I wasn't a mama then. Nor am I Fijian. So it depends what you need.
Forum: Gentle Discipline   04-15-2009, 06:41 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,573
Posted By nznavo
My son had the same freak outs for the same...

My son had the same freak outs for the same reasons when he was 3. He generally never freaks out in public though, saves it up for me at home. I just wanted to reassure you that for him, the intense...
Forum: Australia and New Zealand   04-08-2009, 04:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 726
Posted By nznavo
I agree, take your stuff. Stuff in NZ is mad...

I agree, take your stuff. Stuff in NZ is mad expensive compared to the US. Obviously don't bother taking any electronics though.

I just got a quote Singapore - Sydney for our stuff (3br apt, 2...
Forum: Parenting   04-02-2009, 08:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 442
Posted By nznavo
We're spending June/July in France and Italy...

We're spending June/July in France and Italy with a 4yo and a 6mo, so I don't think you're mad! We're taking an umbrella stroller for the 4yo for those days in cities where we want to walk all day....
Forum: Parenting   04-01-2009, 09:05 AM
Replies: 1,043
Views: 28,626
Posted By nznavo
I thought it was 100ish days. Anyway, not 2...

I thought it was 100ish days. Anyway, not 2 years.

I have difficulty with people holding up other cultures' child rearing practices as paragons because of an apparent advantage due to an...
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