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Forum: The Childhood Years   03-21-2013, 08:53 AM
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Posted By emmaegbert
Agree with everyone! My 8yo loves to look at...

Agree with everyone! My 8yo loves to look at board books with his 1yo sister (for reference, he reads independently to himself long chapter books-- Harry Potter, etc). My almost 4yo still likes...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-20-2013, 05:37 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,353
Posted By emmaegbert
Another mom told me the code word idea. She said...

Another mom told me the code word idea. She said her boys love it and make her give them the code before letting her back in when she leaves them alone at home.
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-20-2013, 02:29 PM
Replies: 32
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Posted By emmaegbert
Thanks again, this all makes me feel like I am...

Thanks again, this all makes me feel like I am correct to consider this and think about how to help him have the skills to be independent and safe.
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-20-2013, 08:59 AM
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Posted By emmaegbert
and thanks for letting me "think" this through...

and thanks for letting me "think" this through here, its really helpful. The thing is- if not next fall, when? He is going to be independent pretty soon, so I do feel like this could potentially be...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-20-2013, 08:54 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,353
Posted By emmaegbert
and its true that the free range kids founder...

and its true that the free range kids founder was the mom of a 9yo in NYC when it all got started.
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-20-2013, 08:52 AM
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Posted By emmaegbert
thanks for all the thoughts and responses. these...

thanks for all the thoughts and responses. these are good ideas. He is an aware and socially astute kid, who looks old for his age. He is an outgoing child but I don't think he'd get stuck talking...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-20-2013, 02:42 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,353
Posted By emmaegbert
Good point, I'd like to start giving him some...

Good point, I'd like to start giving him some practice independence first in the city. This was his first time specifically asking to have this kind of independence! My impulse was to say no but I...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-19-2013, 05:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 287
Posted By emmaegbert
Land stewardship (park, beach, other preserve)....

Land stewardship (park, beach, other preserve). There are likely earth day events but also spring cleanups, planting, etc. my kids enjoy those and it's very tangible to them.
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-19-2013, 04:40 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By emmaegbert
Thanks for this info, how cool. I'm going to...

Thanks for this info, how cool. I'm going to look for these for my 3 kids!
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-19-2013, 04:37 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,353
Posted By emmaegbert
Well he would only do it once a week I imagine...

Well he would only do it once a week I imagine (ballet is 2 or 3x per week but at least to start we wouldn't have him do it often).

I was thinking we would look at the guard booths along the way...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-19-2013, 03:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 346
Posted By emmaegbert
Moomintroll books are fun and unusual (for read...

Moomintroll books are fun and unusual (for read aloud)
Beautiful picture books are still popular at that age (or should be!) also more complicated picture books- William Steig comes to mind, Kate...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-19-2013, 03:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,439
Posted By emmaegbert
We live in a ~630sf 1 bedroom apartment and all...

We live in a ~630sf 1 bedroom apartment and all the family has one br- 2 parents, 2 girls (3 and 1) and one boy (8). So far it's fine. Son wants his own room so that his sisters will stop messing...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   03-19-2013, 03:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 799
Posted By emmaegbert
Well in my late 30s I became unintentionally...

Well in my late 30s I became unintentionally pregnant using FAM so I would be hesitant to advise my daughters to use it before they are at an age where they would welcome and celebrate pregnancy.
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Forum: The Childhood Years   03-19-2013, 03:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,353
Posted By emmaegbert
Non free range opinions welcome too, of course....

Non free range opinions welcome too, of course. But I'm not looking for remote worst case scenario things. More like-- what age is this appropriate? What sorts of safety skills should we practice?
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Forum: The Childhood Years   03-19-2013, 03:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,353
Posted By emmaegbert
My son, currently almost 8 1/2 has asked me if...

My son, currently almost 8 1/2 has asked me if next year, when he is in 3rd grade (will turn 9 in November) he could be dismissed from school on his own an could walk to his ballet school alone. It...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   04-18-2012, 08:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,379
Posted By emmaegbert
Lynn, what great suggestions. I am really...

Lynn, what great suggestions. I am really struggling right now to be a gentle parent to my intense 7yo, and failing at it frequently. I am going to share your post with my husband.
Forum: Gentle Discipline   04-18-2012, 08:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 854
Posted By emmaegbert
when you are in a moment of not being angry, can...

when you are in a moment of not being angry, can he tell you why he doesn't want to go? If he could articulate what is bothering him (and you might have to ask some leading questions... does he...
Forum: Elimination Communication   03-04-2012, 05:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 479
Posted By emmaegbert
I like Gross-Loh's book a lot, as I recall, its...

I like Gross-Loh's book a lot, as I recall, its written in a way that is very open to you practicing EC in the way that works for you (I didn't feel like it pressured me to be "diaperfree" or 100%...
Forum: Elimination Communication   02-22-2012, 07:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 600
Posted By emmaegbert
Oh, but if your LO won't use the Ikea or BBLP...

Oh, but if your LO won't use the Ikea or BBLP b/c they are small, you may not like pottette. its also small. My kids have been fine with the little potties (even though they are largish kids) so...
Forum: Elimination Communication   02-22-2012, 07:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 600
Posted By emmaegbert
love the potette plus and it packs up very...

love the potette plus and it packs up very small. our friend borrowed it for her large 3yo. It uses either disposible inserts, or you can hang a plastic bag and something absorbant... or I guess...
Forum: Elimination Communication   02-19-2012, 05:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 256
Posted By emmaegbert
my 2y9mo who was ECed (part time but really most...

my 2y9mo who was ECed (part time but really most of the time) from 3.5m still needs reminders to use the potty, though she will also be independent a lot of the time. heck, my 7yo still needs to be...
Forum: Elimination Communication   02-18-2012, 06:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 324
Posted By emmaegbert
Personally I prioritize sleep over pottying when...

Personally I prioritize sleep over pottying when possible. I don't do a lot of nighttime EC with my current baby (3.5m) b/c I am tired and we both seem to sleep through it. With my second (previous)...
Forum: Elimination Communication   02-17-2012, 04:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 204
Posted By emmaegbert
hmm, right now all I have are 12 flats (they...

hmm, right now all I have are 12 flats (they aren't even hemmed!) and 12 itty bitty baby prefolds. These are all loaners. I have a couple of random DSQ prefolds but they seem so HUGE now that I EC,...
Forum: Elimination Communication   02-16-2012, 07:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 204
Posted By emmaegbert
I see a zulily sale on bumkins "diaper boosters"...

I see a zulily sale on bumkins "diaper boosters" (cotton inserts, I guess). I was thinking these might be good with wool longies- kind of a "one pee" option, easy to change and wash? The dimensions...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   02-15-2012, 07:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,000
Posted By emmaegbert
I know my kids have been very different with...

I know my kids have been very different with this. I wonder if some of it also has to do with birth order, as well as temperament and maybe learning style, etc. My first was very demanding of...
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