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Forum: Unschooling   02-02-2015, 12:59 PM
Replies: 23
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Posted By mammal_mama
How wonderful that you have such close ties with...

How wonderful that you have such close ties with about a dozen of your former students! I hope my dd develops ties like that with at least one or two of her teachers -- but I'm also really glad that...
Forum: Unschooling   02-02-2015, 09:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 271
Posted By mammal_mama
rightkindofme, I totally agree with everything...

rightkindofme, I totally agree with everything you've just said, and this just reinforces my decision to keep listening to and observing my younger daughter, and treating her as a unique person and...
Forum: Unschooling   01-26-2015, 12:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 271
Posted By mammal_mama
I think my own daughter's experiencing something...

I think my own daughter's experiencing something very similar, and with regard to the kids, I don't think she understands yet how very different the school environment can feel if that's always been...
Forum: Unschooling   01-26-2015, 11:00 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 271
Posted By mammal_mama
Yes, littleblackdress, the more I ponder this...

Yes, littleblackdress, the more I ponder this topic, the better I feel, overall, about my choice to unschool and listen to my children NOW rather than worry about what they might berate me for not...
Forum: Unschooling   01-26-2015, 08:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 271
Posted By mammal_mama
The main things I would have done differently...

The main things I would have done differently with dd1 are that I wouldn't have seen her strong desire to compete with other kids as a negative thing, and would have sought out more opportunities for...
Forum: Unschooling   01-26-2015, 05:52 AM
Replies: 23
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Posted By mammal_mama
Mckittre, I was awful to my parents, too, and...

Mckittre, I was awful to my parents, too, and just as my daughter feels that her homeschooling/unschooling background is what is causing her to feel socially-awkward in a lot of situations, I felt...
Forum: Spirituality   01-24-2015, 06:58 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,555
Posted By mammal_mama
Love your username, muddyfootedmama! :)

Love your username, muddyfootedmama! :)
Forum: Unschooling   01-21-2015, 03:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 271
Posted By mammal_mama
I've actually been guilty of the same sort of...

I've actually been guilty of the same sort of indoctrination. I've also realized how much I'd come to make various parenting practices like attachment parenting and unschooling an integral part of my...
Forum: Unschooling   01-21-2015, 12:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 271
Posted By mammal_mama
I've been receiving similar feedback from my...

I've been receiving similar feedback from my 14-year-old daughter, and I am starting to feel like it's more about her differentiating herself from her parents and realizing that we make mistakes and...
Forum: Spirituality   01-20-2015, 06:00 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,555
Posted By mammal_mama
You're so sweet! If I knew how to send flowers...

You're so sweet! If I knew how to send flowers I'd send a bunch right back atcha!
Forum: Spirituality   01-19-2015, 03:49 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,555
Posted By mammal_mama
Oh it's great to hear from you tri31, and...

Oh it's great to hear from you tri31, and wonderful to hear you're feeling better after your surgery and resuming your yoga and hooping practice!


I, on the other hand, have not done yoga or...
Forum: Education   12-12-2014, 08:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 675
Posted By mammal_mama
Hi hollyeasterbybb, I thought a little more about...

Hi hollyeasterbybb, I thought a little more about my previous post, which I deleted because it was longwinded and the ideas weren't presented in a helpful way. I wanted to rephrase my ideas in a way...
Forum: Education   12-10-2014, 12:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 675
Posted By mammal_mama
I decided my post probably wasn't that helpful...

I decided my post probably wasn't that helpful here. Good luck to you!
Forum: Education   12-10-2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 4
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Views: 636
Posted By mammal_mama
I think it's actually a good thing for all of us,...

I think it's actually a good thing for all of us, adults and children, to think critically about EVERYTHING we hear, regardless of the source.


My older daughter started public school a year ago...
Forum: Parenting   12-08-2014, 12:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 677
Posted By mammal_mama
Hugs to you! I'm sure everything will be fine,...

Hugs to you! I'm sure everything will be fine, too. Just hang in there!
Forum: Parenting   10-13-2014, 03:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,165
Posted By mammal_mama
P.S. I remember helping in my younger daughter's...

P.S. I remember helping in my younger daughter's Sunday School class once when one of the boys said something like, "I like inappropriate movies and computer games," and the teacher and I just...
Forum: Parenting   10-13-2014, 03:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,165
Posted By mammal_mama
I'm so sorry that you are dealing with this! You...

I'm so sorry that you are dealing with this! You might just ask your son to describe the inappropriate scene to you that he was telling his friend about. It sounds like the principal called CPS...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   10-12-2014, 12:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,071
Posted By mammal_mama
ladybug123, I hope you're having a great day!

ladybug123, I hope you're having a great day!
Forum: Preteens and Teens   10-12-2014, 12:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,071
Posted By mammal_mama
Miranda, I think you're right and she probably...

Miranda, I think you're right and she probably does feel like I'm trivializing her unique experiences. I'll be careful not to do that in the future. Sometimes I feel so helpless because in the middle...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   10-12-2014, 10:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,071
Posted By mammal_mama
My oldest is now 14 and I can definitely relate...

My oldest is now 14 and I can definitely relate to what you're saying, especially the part about her being embarrassed by her family. I also second everything the others have said, and agree that...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   10-10-2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,477
Posted By mammal_mama
Well, a few kids have started labeling dd a...

Well, a few kids have started labeling dd a "snitch," and she seems to have simply decided to embrace the label. Of course, there's a huge difference between being a snitch -- someone who lives to...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   10-08-2014, 01:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,477
Posted By mammal_mama
When dd let us know in the fall of 2012 that...

When dd let us know in the fall of 2012 that there was no way that we were going to be able to meet her needs anymore through homeschooling (and this was after about a year of her periodically...
Forum: Parenting   10-07-2014, 10:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 946
Posted By mammal_mama
I think that's great advice, Linda. I was really...

I think that's great advice, Linda. I was really happy with her the other day for not jumping into any of the discussions about herself that she kept overhearing; she also said that she didn't talk...
Forum: Parenting   10-07-2014, 09:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 946
Posted By mammal_mama
Thanks so much, EnviroBecca! At this point, I...

Thanks so much, EnviroBecca! At this point, I think she wants to keep her distance from this girl. Since there was an update that I posted on the other thread this morning, I'll cross-post it here in...
Forum: Child & Teen Health   10-07-2014, 08:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 524
Posted By mammal_mama
MamaofARTand2, it doesn't seem deep, and she...

MamaofARTand2, it doesn't seem deep, and she hasn't noticed any bumps near her armpits or bikini area. But she does have some even tinier bumps on her upper arms.


stormborn, keratosis pilaris...
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