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Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   11-15-2011, 06:30 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,812
Posted By mntnmom
I love the idea of a *loose* community. I miss...

I love the idea of a *loose* community. I miss having the support of family/friends, and would love my kids to have more exposure to elderly friends, single moms etc. in a "village" context. We're...
Forum: Life With a Baby   11-15-2011, 06:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,970
Posted By mntnmom
Because if you let them nurse to sleep, they'll...

Because if you let them nurse to sleep, they'll be doing it forever- and they'll *never* learn to go to sleep on their own. http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/eyesroll.gif
In all fairness,...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-15-2011, 12:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 616
Posted By mntnmom
I'm by no means a veteran, but my kids are about...

I'm by no means a veteran, but my kids are about the same ages, so I understand! What if you let your oldest do something independent (workbooks? reading for fun?) while you do the most crucial work...
Forum: Women's Health   07-14-2011, 09:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 303
Posted By mntnmom
If it helps, she might get the same result with...

If it helps, she might get the same result with just Siberian ginseng, as it's a very mild sedative. But it's usually not recommended for children. I don't know much about the rest of it,though....
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-13-2011, 12:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 511
Posted By mntnmom
We had great luck with time4learning.com for 1st...

We had great luck with time4learning.com for 1st grade. It might be worth checking out. It probably has a similar set up to what you're using know though re: grades and such. A really easy was to go...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-10-2011, 06:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 867
Posted By mntnmom
I really suppose it matters what the comment...

I really suppose it matters what the comment was, and what the intent was. Did it come from uninformed concern? Or something unflattering that your friend has noticed? Or was it simply meant to be...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-04-2011, 02:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 359
Posted By mntnmom
We don't have a "school room", but we have had...

We don't have a "school room", but we have had basement playrooms in other houses. We're about to convert our storage into a play room here too, because we need more space for the kids. We'll...
Forum: Grief and Loss   07-02-2011, 07:02 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,534
Posted By mntnmom
I couldn't read this and not respond. I'm so sad...

I couldn't read this and not respond. I'm so sad for you and wish you healing, but I'd like to relate a story. My uncle was 38 when he passed away under similar circumstances. It was hard on...
Forum: Spirituality   06-29-2011, 09:16 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,890
Posted By mntnmom
   Quote:Originally Posted by...


 
Quote:Originally Posted by Koalamom http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Spirituality   06-28-2011, 01:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,611
Posted By mntnmom
I don't know that I'm what you're looking for....

I don't know that I'm what you're looking for. "Quakerish", and have never had the chance to join a meeting. We're facing a big life transition and are getting back in line with our values, which...
Forum: Spirituality   06-28-2011, 01:53 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,890
Posted By mntnmom
I grew up in the south. In my community we had...

I grew up in the south. In my community we had "church goers" and drug addicts, with seemingly no one in between. A heavy handed fundamentalism was the default, and I'm not sure how I escaped being...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-22-2011, 12:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 320
Posted By mntnmom
A lot of the older correspondence style schools...

A lot of the older correspondence style schools are intended for missionary kids and expats. They offer differing levels of structure, and diplomas. I can't recommend one, as my oldest is only...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-21-2011, 02:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 704
Posted By mntnmom
I agree that Bible stories have literature...

I agree that Bible stories have literature value, and we're "waldorfy" not devotees. But I don't see why you couldn't replace some of the bible aspects. If you don't want to teach "lives of the...
Forum: Unschooling   06-14-2011, 10:02 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,462
Posted By mntnmom
Have to jump in. My 6 yr old was public schooled...

Have to jump in. My 6 yr old was public schooled this year. Can only read a few years and has social anxieties. It sounds like you are doing great. I really doubt it has *anything* to do with...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   05-29-2011, 03:22 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 6,217
Posted By mntnmom
   I'm sorry, but in my understanding, what...


  I'm sorry, but in my understanding, what your friend was doing was not GD. There *is* discipline, it's just gentle. I am no expert, and still struggle with it myself. GD would be explaining to...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-19-2011, 03:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 541
Posted By mntnmom
It is written from a Christo-centric bias. But...

It is written from a Christo-centric bias. But nothing that's difficult to work with. For instance, they cover ancient Egypt, and Mesopotamia, but make sure you realize that the included stories are...
Forum: The Case Against Circumcision   05-18-2011, 03:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 796
Posted By mntnmom
Nothing special. Just be patient, like with ANY...

Nothing special. Just be patient, like with ANY child. :) I do second the recommendation that little guys should learn sitting first! Now that my boys (6 and 4) are mostly retractable, DH is trying...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-07-2011, 08:15 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 223
Posted By mntnmom
I homeschooled my dd for K and 1st, but she...

I homeschooled my dd for K and 1st, but she decided to try out PS this year, and will probably go next year. But my 6 yr old son, who loved public K, has asked to homeschool next year. If he stays...
Forum: The Case Against Circumcision   05-05-2011, 04:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 658
Posted By mntnmom
For a while, there was a theory that babies...

For a while, there was a theory that babies nerves weren't developed enough to feel pain the way adults do. We now know that isn't true (somebody knows the studies), but even a lot of doctors have...
Forum: Parenting   05-04-2011, 05:07 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,792
Posted By mntnmom
In my experience it peaks at around 3 or 4 ...

In my experience it peaks at around 3 or 4
 After that people feel a little more awkward about commenting, I think. I agree that cultivating not appearance related interests, and teaching her to...
Forum: Personal Growth   05-02-2011, 08:11 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,692
Posted By mntnmom
I wouldn't go back to her house. Invite your...

I wouldn't go back to her house. Invite your father over to yours, and find ways to nurture that relationship on neutral ground. But clearly, she does not respect you or your daughter. She sounds...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   05-02-2011, 04:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,104
Posted By mntnmom
Hi, birthmom here. :)  I've had an open...

Hi, birthmom here. :)  I've had an open relationship with my daughter's parents all along. It's definitely changed over time. They've always been very positive and accomodating. But, for the...
Forum: Vegetarian and Vegan   03-31-2011, 11:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,330
Posted By mntnmom
I would recommend goat milk. I seems to be a...

I would recommend goat milk. I seems to be a little more digestable, and compared to organic cows milk, it's not that much more expensive. I hated the smell of formula too, but didn't realize I had...
Forum: Multicultural Families   03-29-2011, 10:46 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,166
Posted By mntnmom
It's "dances with wolves" syndrome. Most people...

It's "dances with wolves" syndrome. Most people genuinely want to embrace minorities IMO, or think they do anyway. But it's so much easier to reduce the "other" to a set of stereotypes. At least...
Forum: May 2011   03-29-2011, 08:35 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,584
Posted By mntnmom
<due date crashing> DH and I have 4 kids. 2...

<due date crashing> DH and I have 4 kids. 2 hospital and 2 at home. Our family was far enough away that they weren't going to "drop in". We still didn't call anyone not directly involved until after...
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