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Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-08-2014, 03:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,972
Posted By maptome
We pay 26% of DH's take-home income, after 10%...

We pay 26% of DH's take-home income, after 10% contribution to 401k. We're a single-income family. We live in a high-COL area. Our house is very humble, but close to DH's work.

ETA: We're renting....
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   02-11-2014, 11:29 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 3,327
Posted By maptome
I feel a little sick looking at everyone's...

I feel a little sick looking at everyone's numbers here. I would say the average home cost here is $600k. Where we live, an original 1960s 1,200 sqft house would be about $450k. They get much larger...
Forum: Parenting   07-30-2013, 02:52 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 8,679
Posted By maptome
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by stormborn http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1387503/childrens-books-i-hate#post_17419013)

"Love You...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-23-2013, 12:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 232
Posted By maptome
My 3YO DD1 just received a new large scale...

My 3YO DD1 just received a new large scale building set.  She set out to build a fort and hammock for her baby sister.  After getting a little frustrated, she ran to her room and pulled out a baby...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   05-08-2013, 12:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 393
Posted By maptome
There is an element of risk with a bond fund, so...

There is an element of risk with a bond fund, so if you're okay with losing money, then go for it.  I would replenish it back to your emergency fund goal number though if the value goes down.  We...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-04-2013, 12:17 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,576
Posted By maptome
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by michelleepotter http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Waldorf   05-01-2013, 04:04 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,765
Posted By maptome
My DD is almost 4 and she can't go down the...

My DD is almost 4 and she can't go down the slide.  When other kids tell her to, she says "No, that one is a little bit too fast for me." I am so so proud of her. =)
Forum: Organize & Declutter   04-30-2013, 12:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 628
Posted By maptome
Last year we lived in a place that had a very...

Last year we lived in a place that had a very high wild fire threat.
 
We had a box in the garage next to our car with our must-take items.
1) important papers (in a fire proof box)
2) old...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-24-2013, 01:18 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,576
Posted By maptome
I love this thread. I have a 3.5 year old and a...

I love this thread. I have a 3.5 year old and a 15 month old, and right now, I keep fantasizing about all the naps I'm going to take when they go to school.  I needed to read these responses. Thank...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   04-12-2013, 12:45 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 142
Posted By maptome
DD2 is 15 months and absolutely wants to...

DD2 is 15 months and absolutely wants to participate in whatever DD1 (3yo) is doing.  So far, everything has been really frustrating (for me).  She eats rice from the rice bin.  She eats playdough....
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   03-21-2013, 12:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 753
Posted By maptome
I didn't read through all the threads, but it...

I didn't read through all the threads, but it sounds like you are doing way way way too much.  Did I read that it takes and hour to drive to the library? I would never go to the library if it was an...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   03-19-2013, 12:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 146
Posted By maptome
We have a 3.5 yo and 14 mo.  We recently moved...

We have a 3.5 yo and 14 mo.  We recently moved across country.  We want to take a vacation or two this year because DH gets 3 weeks that just disappear if he doesn't take them, but I'm too lazy to...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   03-19-2013, 12:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,009
Posted By maptome
Wow.  Thank you for all of the responses.  I...

Wow.  Thank you for all of the responses.  I love hearing your experiences and advice.  It really helps me. I've read through everyone's responses a couple of times.
 
The school district we are...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   03-19-2013, 12:44 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,009
Posted By maptome
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by whatsnextmom http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   03-18-2013, 06:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,009
Posted By maptome
This may be a bit of a spinoff of the genetics...

This may be a bit of a spinoff of the genetics thread.
 
DH and I would were categorized as gifted as children.  I haven't been concerned about my kids, the oldest is 3.5.  After a conversation...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-04-2013, 01:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 160
Posted By maptome
Help. My 3.5 year old freaks out if she's not...

Help. My 3.5 year old freaks out if she's not right next to me.  I leave her briefly to nurse the baby, like 5 minutes, and she's in hysterics.  She wakes up 2-3 times a night searching for her...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   12-11-2012, 12:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 170
Posted By maptome
I can't decide Which is better: 1) short...

I can't decide Which is better:
1) short flight, stop, long flight
or
2) two equal duration flights?
Forum: The Childhood Years   11-22-2012, 10:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 775
Posted By maptome
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by crunchy_mommy http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: The Childhood Years   11-22-2012, 10:33 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,708
Posted By maptome
This brings up insecurities I had when I was a...

This brings up insecurities I had when I was a kid.  I never wanted leftovers because of the smell, and I thought the food was too ethnic and emphasized my difference.  I perhaps, got some...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   11-22-2012, 10:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,100
Posted By maptome
I don't "regret" cosleeping, but when DP has to...

I don't "regret" cosleeping, but when DP has to go out of town and I'm outnumbered, or our sleep routine gets changed up, I think to myself, "I wish my kids didn't need us so much at night."  When...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   11-22-2012, 10:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 417
Posted By maptome
3.5 year old in one bed w/DP.  DD1 still wakes...

3.5 year old in one bed w/DP.  DD1 still wakes infrequently, maybe once a week, but cries very loudly and for a longish duration.
 
10 month old in bed w/me in another room.  She mostly fusses to...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   11-22-2012, 10:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 738
Posted By maptome
I just talk about all of the reasons I choose to...

I just talk about all of the reasons I choose to be a SAHM.
 
This is the most challenging job I could possibly have with infinite growth potential.  I can think of no greater thing in life than...
Forum: Unschooling   11-22-2012, 09:53 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,213
Posted By maptome
I'm new the label "unschooling." but my reasons...

I'm new the label "unschooling." but my reasons for not putting DD1 (3.5 years) in preschool very much align with principles of unschooling.  I think the most annoying thing is to be constantly told...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   11-18-2012, 01:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 327
Posted By maptome
Yes, the half years are rough.  Sounds like your...

Yes, the half years are rough.  Sounds like your kid is holding it together at school, and then kind of releasing once your pick her up. 2.5 is a tantrumy age.
 
If the crying in the car is rough,...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   11-18-2012, 12:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 133
Posted By maptome
Cause of the constipation?  

Cause of the constipation?
 
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