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Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-20-2013, 12:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 946
Posted By The Duchess
I have 3 kids, girls ages 12 & 9 and a 6 yr old...

I have 3 kids, girls ages 12 & 9 and a 6 yr old son. Our rule is no screen time of any kind on a school night (Sun-Thur) unless it's for homework. So no iPads, DS, TV etc etc. Friday night is...
Forum: Fitness and Weight Management   01-21-2013, 12:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 676
Posted By The Duchess
Guys I am so excited! I just weighed myself this...

Guys I am so excited! I just weighed myself this morning and I lost 5 pounds this week! I am now 146 and was 151. I am going to keep going and see where I end up. So now on week # 2. I am not...
Forum: Personal Growth   01-20-2013, 11:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,642
Posted By The Duchess
When I was studying for a MA we did a class...

When I was studying for a MA we did a class about "Difficult People" i.e. we all find some people difficult and how do we deal. One classification was the "Powerful Victim" this is when a person...
Forum: Mental Health   01-20-2013, 10:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 11,021
Posted By The Duchess
Hello Crazybean, I also had flat affect for a...

Hello Crazybean, I also had flat affect for a long time. But in the past four years I have become healthier in so many ways. I did suffer depression on and off for years - mostly I believe it was...
Forum: Spirituality   01-16-2013, 11:54 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,637
Posted By The Duchess
Marriage is taken very seriously by the Catholic...

Marriage is taken very seriously by the Catholic Church. As someone with a different faith background it is understandable that you would not be aware of church teaching in this area. If you know...
Forum: Fitness and Weight Management   01-16-2013, 05:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 676
Posted By The Duchess
I just began this week (Monday) to do the Eat to...

I just began this week (Monday) to do the Eat to Live six week plan. I decided I was going to start this week so last week I cut out dairy and meat and some desserts to prep. This week it's the real...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   10-23-2012, 12:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 885
Posted By The Duchess
We homeschooled when we lived in Kirkland a few...

We homeschooled when we lived in Kirkland a few years back, until 2008. LWSD (Lake Washington School District) has a homeschooling program where families who home educate can get access to resources...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-20-2012, 10:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 595
Posted By The Duchess
nyssaneala my dh started our marriage with 250k...

nyssaneala my dh started our marriage with 250k in medical school loans and this was 1996! We got a ton paid off by him working in certain jobs where he was doing federal research and lots of debt...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-19-2012, 11:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 502
Posted By The Duchess
Mine is Mr Money Mustache...

Mine is Mr Money Mustache http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/ he and his wife became financially independent at 32! I love the forum; the advice is great but also the humor is very tongue in cheek. I...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-19-2011, 05:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,474
Posted By The Duchess
Love your ideas hakeber! She did have a smaller...

Love your ideas hakeber! She did have a smaller party yesterday as she didn't have a party last year due the family illness. We went to the local reptile zoo and she and eight friends, boys and...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-18-2011, 11:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 816
Posted By The Duchess
Couldn't read without commenting Urban. Make...

Couldn't read without commenting Urban. Make sure she is getting plenty of positive one-on-one mommy time with you. As a veteran of three kids, two girls 10 & 8 and a 4 yr son I find "being bratty...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-18-2011, 10:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,474
Posted By The Duchess
My dd will be 8 at the weekend and is having a...

My dd will be 8 at the weekend and is having a Hello Kitty party (we live in Germany Hello Kitty is not passé for 8 yr olds here!)  I have all the decorations etc. I have lost count of the number of...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-23-2010, 06:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 10,587
Posted By The Duchess
A few ideas.. You could contact law schools...

A few ideas..

You could contact law schools in your area (or check their websites and see if they have any Free Law Clinics where you can go to get initial legal advice. I wouldn't advise this to...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   10-23-2010, 02:06 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,237
Posted By The Duchess
pbj mama I'm thinking along the same lines. This...

pbj mama I'm thinking along the same lines. This is all happening at school and it sounds like numerous girls are involved, I would make sure the counselor, Principal etc. are aware of this so they...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-07-2010, 07:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 534
Posted By The Duchess
I lost both my parents during my teenage years,...

I lost both my parents during my teenage years, mom from cancer at 13 and dad of a heart attack at 19. Whatever you do please do acknowledge the loss. With any grieving person we can all feel at a...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-07-2010, 07:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 584
Posted By The Duchess
My dd is 10 in September. I am very surprised...

My dd is 10 in September. I am very surprised that she is getting body odor where she needs to wash throughly and use deodorant. Is this common and is it a first sign of puberty with the rest...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-04-2010, 03:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 692
Posted By The Duchess
I would encourage you to contact the St. Vincent...

I would encourage you to contact the St. Vincent Depaul Society (SVDP) they are a Catholic worldwide organization who help people in their local neighborhoods that are struggling in any way. They...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-03-2010, 07:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 608
Posted By The Duchess
Also, despite you believing the apartments will...

Also, despite you believing the apartments will be gone quickly I would still try and negotiate with the owners of the apartments on rental terms. Many landlords are very grateful to get tenants...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-03-2010, 06:43 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,995
Posted By The Duchess
Here are a couple of teaching jobs with the...

Here are a couple of teaching jobs with the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco http://www.sfdcs.org/dcs/teacher_jobs they haven't been posted long so I would keep checking the site as it's a big...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-29-2010, 05:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 395
Posted By The Duchess
http://www.whizz.us/ We do the UK version...

http://www.whizz.us/

We do the UK version because we are in Europe. The kids love it and can go at their own pace. Also gives lots of feedback for parents which I like.
Forum: Parenting   07-14-2010, 08:02 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,997
Posted By The Duchess
lovingmommyhood I am so thankful that this all...

lovingmommyhood I am so thankful that this all turned out well and I think of your amazing reaction and how you just scooped him up and set off running. It was like you body took over as your mind...
Forum: Spirituality   07-14-2010, 07:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 827
Posted By The Duchess
Attila, going back to your original question,...

Attila, going back to your original question, Adoration is an optional devotion. Many people experience great grace and I'm sure your time in Adoration was not wasted and God will bless you for your...
Forum: Spirituality   07-14-2010, 07:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 827
Posted By The Duchess
My understanding regarding Catholic Theology is...

My understanding regarding Catholic Theology is that emotions are not good or bad they just are. They are a normal part of human experience. We can't control our emotions but we can control our...
Forum: Women's Health   07-14-2010, 06:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,673
Posted By The Duchess
Still looks like tick bites to me, I would see...

Still looks like tick bites to me, I would see your pediatrician to protect her from Lymes disease. My son had the same circles on Sunday and is now on antibiotics. We also thought they were just...
Forum: Spirituality   07-13-2010, 05:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 827
Posted By The Duchess
As a Catholic I don't know personally anyone who...

As a Catholic I don't know personally anyone who goes to Adoration for "an emotional high". My own understanding and experience is that you are going to kneel, sit, stand and sometimes if you feel...
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