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Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   11-12-2008, 06:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 637
Posted By bczmama
If she's left the state, doesn't he need to file...

If she's left the state, doesn't he need to file ASAP so that PA retains jurisdiction BEFORE she files in her new state of residence?
Forum: Parenting   11-11-2008, 04:27 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 6,957
Posted By bczmama
"What else would we do? Buy more stuff? Read...

"What else would we do? Buy more stuff? Read another book? spend more time on the computer? I can't see how this stuff seems more desirable then having a lovely infinite human to love... "

But...
Forum: Parenting   11-11-2008, 01:09 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,207
Posted By bczmama
I agree with a PP that the solution seems pretty...

I agree with a PP that the solution seems pretty simple. Only suggest to her gifts you would be happy to have her get for your daughter. Those gifts that you want to give your daughter yourself...
Forum: Parenting   11-10-2008, 10:54 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 6,957
Posted By bczmama
"I'm not sure its selfish." Yup. In fact, I...

"I'm not sure its selfish."

Yup. In fact, I think not wanting a kid and having one anyway to satisfy your parents, your friends, your spouse or your culture is far more selfish.
Forum: Parenting   11-02-2008, 01:53 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 6,957
Posted By bczmama
"Is there really an earnest attempt being made...

"Is there really an earnest attempt being made to achieve zero population growth?"

I think some segments of the environmental movement are certainly pushing zpg. Our government most certainly is...
Forum: Parenting   11-01-2008, 07:06 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 6,957
Posted By bczmama
"But I *do* think that if attached, loving...

"But I *do* think that if attached, loving parents, with the means of supporting many children, produce 5 or more children who are all also loving, attached, good people who are all working to make...
Forum: Parenting   11-01-2008, 04:40 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 6,957
Posted By bczmama
"I like Martha Sears' response: "The world needs...

"I like Martha Sears' response: "The world needs my children." They have manychildren, and I know that at least the 3 eldest are doing a world of good. Without Robert Sears' vaccine books I don't...
Forum: Parenting   10-29-2008, 04:30 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 6,957
Posted By bczmama
"I think a lot of it has to do with our society...

"I think a lot of it has to do with our society becoming more self focused and self centered."

Or it could be the opposite -- that the standard expectation level of what people should do for...
Forum: Unschooling   10-29-2008, 03:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 505
Posted By bczmama
"How do you help keep, maintain or ressurect a...

"How do you help keep, maintain or ressurect a love of learning?"

Maybe that really isn't important.

How about starting to talk about what he's interested in doing in the future --being a vet,...
Forum: Parenting   10-28-2008, 07:08 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 6,957
Posted By bczmama
"I think a few significant factors have...

"I think a few significant factors have influenced the change in the family size norm. Mainly, increase in the rate of divorce, later age of child-bearing, significant increase in the cost of...
Forum: Parenting   10-27-2008, 01:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 605
Posted By bczmama
"would you agree with this statement: "if you...

"would you agree with this statement: "if you can handle 3 kids you can handle 30"? We frequently comment that once you are outnumbered it really doesn't matter how outnumbered you are."

Of...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-24-2008, 02:33 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 7,205
Posted By bczmama
Does anyone feel pressure against being frugal...

Does anyone feel pressure against being frugal due to the time involved in many frugal endeavors?

For our family, its frequently a toss-up as to what is more valuable -- time (especially time...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   10-21-2008, 02:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 430
Posted By bczmama
A friend is looking for suggestions of...

A friend is looking for suggestions of consequences for her 10 yo son. He fired his BB gun in his father's direction, while his father was in the process of setting up the target. The feeling is...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   10-17-2008, 11:20 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,876
Posted By bczmama
I'm a little confused on the 401(k) bankruptcy...

I'm a little confused on the 401(k) bankruptcy issue. My understanding is that 401(k)'s and all other ERISA based retirement plans (typical pensions) are protected from creditors in bankruptcy. I...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   10-16-2008, 02:31 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 23,885
Posted By bczmama
"I don't really think you owe your employer...

"I don't really think you owe your employer anything but 2 weeks notice."

See, I don't think that was Slylives' point. Rather, it is thinking about the repercussions of these sorts of choices on...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-06-2008, 11:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 336
Posted By bczmama
When we were down there, we went to the...

When we were down there, we went to the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park -- beautiful landscape and lots of Civil War info.

http://http://www.chattanoogafun.com.../chch&visit=99...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-03-2008, 02:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 389
Posted By bczmama
I'm a bit of a movie fanatic, sorry if this list...

I'm a bit of a movie fanatic, sorry if this list is a little long!

I. Ancient History.

Spartacus -- with Kirk Douglas, directed by Stanley Kubrick, about trying to throw off the yoke of...
Forum: Parenting   10-03-2008, 10:56 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,194
Posted By bczmama
MSUmama -- you are doing exactly the right...

MSUmama -- you are doing exactly the right thing. You should not have to feel both responsible and terrified for this child's safety all the time.

I think its clear your community is close-knit...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-18-2008, 11:58 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,046
Posted By bczmama
"When you take advice from her, remember that...

"When you take advice from her, remember that she is considered overly conservative for most people. She gives excellent advice based on her situation--- maintaining wealth, not growing it."

8...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-17-2008, 10:55 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,046
Posted By bczmama
We're still doing the regular tax-defered 401(k)...

We're still doing the regular tax-defered 401(k) and pension contributions, but are not doing other kinds of investments with saved cash (from DH bonus) which we are just holding now in a money...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   09-08-2008, 11:40 PM
Replies: 528
Views: 25,997
Posted By bczmama
I-AM-MOTHER -- Can we get away from the...

I-AM-MOTHER -- Can we get away from the generalizations of the behaviors of the so-called "natural" peoples and comparisons to our behaviors in America today? The behaviors and beliefs of peoples...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-08-2008, 09:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 932
Posted By bczmama
I'm so sorry for your situation! I can...

I'm so sorry for your situation! I can understand that this all must be very stressful.

If I *knew* that I wasn't going to need a retirement, I think I would handle things in the following way....
Forum: Multicultural Families   09-08-2008, 04:39 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,632
Posted By bczmama
"It also doesn't often occur to me that culture...

"It also doesn't often occur to me that culture and ethnicity is important to others because I have none myself."

White folks from America have culture too. You may not have specific ethnic food...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-05-2008, 11:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 459
Posted By bczmama
"Quite likely, actually." And your basis...

"Quite likely, actually."

And your basis for this is?

"If you can't agree, tell him you will put half the money in what you want, and he can put half the money into bonds or something super...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-05-2008, 05:50 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,512
Posted By bczmama
When someone expresses how much a problem...

When someone expresses how much a problem disturbs them, it is natural that people will attempt to offer solutions.

You clearly don't want solutions.

Since the problem can't be "solved", you...
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