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Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   12-29-2013, 06:40 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,288
Posted By green betty
We went from: complete co-sleeping at 7,...

We went from:

complete co-sleeping at 7, to
me lying down with my son until he fell asleep in his own bed (then slipping out to spend time with dh and then go to sleep in my own bed), to
...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-30-2013, 07:52 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,433
Posted By green betty
I decided to homeschool before I ever even...

I decided to homeschool before I ever even became a mother, after working with a large group of teenagers in my church that included a smaller sub-set who were homeschooled. Before I knew that they...
Forum: Parenting   12-01-2012, 02:32 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,141
Posted By green betty
My mom also fed us formula (scientific = good,...

My mom also fed us formula (scientific = good, right?) and put rice cereal in my bottle at 4-6 weeks. She thought it was great because I'd sleep right through the night. And I remember lying down to...
Forum: Parenting   11-16-2011, 03:03 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 6,565
Posted By green betty
There are lots of good reasons why someone might...

There are lots of good reasons why someone might not garden--especially in an urban setting--and you've hit on a bunch of them, Storm Bride. And I certainly don't mean to imply that everyone should...
Forum: Parenting   11-16-2011, 03:55 AM
Replies: 182
Views: 6,565
Posted By green betty
Wow, I can't believe I made it through this...

Wow, I can't believe I made it through this entire thread and, although there's lots about shopping for and cooking food, there's nothing about producing it! 
 
My perspective is that producing...
Forum: Unschooling   10-30-2011, 07:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 825
Posted By green betty
Long before I even had children I studied...

Long before I even had children I studied pedagogy (theories of education) in graduate school, so I was familiar with unschooling. I liked a lot about it but considered it to be sort of pie in the...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-03-2011, 09:03 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,820
Posted By green betty
I also think this is a hill to die on. Our...

I also think this is a hill to die on. Our values become real through our living them.
 
I struggled recently with my nearly-7 year old's desire to rejoin gymnastics. We left because his...
Forum: Parenting   06-06-2011, 08:16 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 3,102
Posted By green betty
I think it's a false choice. Everyone's needs...

I think it's a false choice. Everyone's needs matter and deserve to be taken into account. It simply isn't necessary to deprioritize one of your family members and, frankly, I think it's...
Forum: Parenting   05-26-2011, 08:54 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 35,757
Posted By green betty
Three good reasons I would not let CAS into the...

Three good reasons I would not let CAS into the house if they showed up on my front doorstep:
 
1. When I worked in law, the senior partners at my firm advised us to never, ever, voluntarily give...
Forum: Understanding Circumcision   05-17-2011, 04:15 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,986
Posted By green betty
Wow, what an American issue! (As in, the entire...

Wow, what an American issue! (As in, the entire rest of the world wouldn't perceive that as a problem.) My 6 year old isn't retractable at all and nobody's worried--not us, not him, not our doctor....
Forum: Parenting   03-22-2011, 08:02 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,877
Posted By green betty
Where do you live?  It *is* illegal in Canada. ...

Where do you live?  It *is* illegal in Canada.  You can't strike a child with an object, and you can't hit a kid under 2 or over 12 here.
Forum: Unschooling   03-16-2011, 10:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,463
Posted By green betty
My dh and I both work full time from home.  We...

My dh and I both work full time from home.  We have a nanny come in ~30 hours a week and basically play, do art projects, bake, and read books with our 6 year old while I do most of my work (we both...
Forum: Parenting   03-04-2011, 09:50 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,124
Posted By green betty
Do you know what the #1 heath and safety hazard...

Do you know what the #1 heath and safety hazard that most child face today is?  It isn't disease.  It isn't unhealthy ingredients in our food.  It isn't dangerous sports. It isn't crazy people...
Forum: Parenting   12-21-2010, 01:13 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,949
Posted By green betty
Just the other day we were at the grocery store...

Just the other day we were at the grocery store and an employee told my son he'd better be good if he wants Santa to bring him a present.  He looked at me and said, "Is that true?  Does Santa only...
Forum: Parenting   12-19-2010, 11:00 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,464
Posted By green betty
"What's more important, my idea about how things...

"What's more important, my idea about how things "ought" to be or our relationship?"  Some form of that question guides my parenting every day (I hope!) 
Forum: Site Help   12-09-2010, 09:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 256
Posted By green betty
Thank you for your assistance.  Why is the...

Thank you for your assistance.  Why is the default set to auto-subscribe?  It's not as if it's difficult to subscribe to a thread if you want to... why make that assumption?
Forum: Site Help   12-08-2010, 09:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 256
Posted By green betty
Since the recent round of changes, it seems that...

Since the recent round of changes, it seems that every time I post on a thread, I get a barrage of emails from MDC to let me know that other people have posted on the thread.  They are unwanted and...
Forum: Parenting   12-07-2010, 05:49 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,407
Posted By green betty
I wish I had really understood that...

I wish I had really understood that (most) newborns want to be held All. The. Time.  and been a little more prepared to do that.  I feel like I spent half of dc's infancy trying to put him down for...
Forum: Parenting   11-12-2010, 03:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 680
Posted By green betty
Glad I'm not the only one!  Zena for a girl;...

Glad I'm not the only one!  Zena for a girl; Oscar for a boy.
Forum: Life With a Baby   10-28-2010, 10:44 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,455
Posted By green betty
I guess I'm lucky in that this has only happened...

I guess I'm lucky in that this has only happened to me once, at a playgroup. I don't think it's very common here in Nova Scotia (at least, I hope not!) I was too shocked to come up with a thoughtful...
Forum: Family Safety   10-11-2010, 09:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 725
Posted By green betty
As a baby-wearin' Canadian mama, I skipped the...

As a baby-wearin' Canadian mama, I skipped the bucket--and deeply regretted it. Just because you have a bucket doesn't mean you have to leave your baby in it to nap or carry it around inside, but it...
Forum: Homebirth   10-07-2010, 09:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 685
Posted By green betty
I had a fairly invasive LEEP and I was worried...

I had a fairly invasive LEEP and I was worried about scarring (helped along by a horror-story telling "friend") and my cervix popped right open! My big-headed kid had some trouble coming out so it...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-03-2010, 04:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 708
Posted By green betty
It sounds like you've tried it the nice way, now...

It sounds like you've tried it the nice way, now it's time for Mama Bear. Personally, I would snatch the clippers right out of her hands, throw them as far away as I could, and get up in her face...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-01-2010, 01:08 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,845
Posted By green betty
Quote: Originally Posted by MangoMommy...

Quote:
Originally Posted by MangoMommy http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/15902674)
We recently let our son join and he loves...
Forum: Understanding Circumcision   09-27-2010, 10:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,173
Posted By green betty
I live in an area with a less than 1% circ rate...

I live in an area with a less than 1% circ rate and all the doctors know to leave little penises alone. (One of the things I really love about Nova Scotia!)My nearly-6 year old is nowhere near...
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