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Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   06-03-2009, 01:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 388
Posted By Rio Mama
When I was pregnant with our first, my husband...

When I was pregnant with our first, my husband ordered something from a bedwetting site. Basically, it was a big, washable mattress cover. He also got some of the smaller area-sized waterproof on...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   02-12-2009, 10:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 908
Posted By Rio Mama
I don't have twins, but my son is friends with a...

I don't have twins, but my son is friends with a twin and was recently invited to their 7th birthday party. I got them a joint present that was almost twice as much as I would typically spend on a...
Forum: Multicultural Families   01-24-2009, 10:04 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 52,876
Posted By Rio Mama
Hurray for hapas! My husband is hapa, so does...

Hurray for hapas! My husband is hapa, so does that make our boys hapa hapa?
Forum: Working and Student Parents   10-21-2008, 11:59 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,469
Posted By Rio Mama
Quote: Originally Posted by Two Spunky Monkeys...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Two Spunky Monkeys http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/12435042)
I am a home daycare provider.
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Forum: Parenting   08-14-2008, 02:45 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 3,647
Posted By Rio Mama
If you give a kid a root beer, he's going to ask...

If you give a kid a root beer, he's going to ask for a straw. When you give him the straw, he'll probably want to blow the paper off. When he blows the paper off, it'll probably fly into someone's...
Forum: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy   07-29-2008, 05:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 260
Posted By Rio Mama
My baby is 25 months old. I was really ready for...

My baby is 25 months old. I was really ready for this. It was a gradual process. He hasn't had any since last week, and has been satisfied with cuddles since then. I have no desire to return to the...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   07-18-2008, 12:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,221
Posted By Rio Mama
I dress my boys in dark colored, quick-dry...

I dress my boys in dark colored, quick-dry pants. Dark colors so the dirt doesn't show b/c the dirt comes fast & furious & I hate constantly changing them into new clothes. Quick-dry for the...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-16-2008, 05:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 730
Posted By Rio Mama
I had the same exact problem, so this year for...

I had the same exact problem, so this year for first grade I'm going to compare some Levi's and the Target brand jeans. I had bought him a bunch of elastic waist, light-weight stuff that got holes...
Forum: Dads   07-16-2008, 02:49 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,187
Posted By Rio Mama
If you're a hardcore whitewater rafter, I...

If you're a hardcore whitewater rafter, I strongly suggest finding a class I river with one or two class II rapids nearby & take your family with you. Cut back on the class V somewhat and teach that...
Forum: Learning at School   05-20-2008, 01:17 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,325
Posted By Rio Mama
We're encouraged to volunteer in my son's...

We're encouraged to volunteer in my son's classroom. In fact, we're required to put in a certain number of hours per year, though not necessarily in the classroom. The half hour per week I've spent...
Forum: Learning at School   05-20-2008, 01:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 880
Posted By Rio Mama
I second the critical thinking skills and love...

I second the critical thinking skills and love of learning. I am so dismayed by the emphasis on testing and test scores in my local public school system.

I also want them to be taught some...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   01-24-2008, 02:02 AM
Replies: 0
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Views: 151
Posted By Rio Mama
What's up with my 18 mo? Everything is "mine!"...

What's up with my 18 mo? Everything is "mine!" Especially if it's actually big brother's. He's not like this at daycare with his 8 toddler buddies. He even wakes up with nightmares saying "mine!"...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   01-24-2008, 01:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 495
Posted By Rio Mama
Mine didn't sleep well until he was 3. Or was it...

Mine didn't sleep well until he was 3. Or was it 4? He's 5 now, and he sleeps pretty well.
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-18-2008, 01:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,877
Posted By Rio Mama
Why do you ask? (Sorry, couldn't help...

Why do you ask?

(Sorry, couldn't help myself.)


Oftentimes we'll get to "I don't know" fairly quickly, especially if I'm driving.

I remember there was a period of time where it just seemed...
Forum: Parenting   01-18-2008, 12:47 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,664
Posted By Rio Mama
My 1yo has 1 pair of shoes in his size. My 5yo...

My 1yo has 1 pair of shoes in his size. My 5yo has 3 b/c he's a good negotiator.

I tend to think 2 pairs is a good number if a kid is running through the mud/ potty training/ whatever messy thing...
Forum: Parenting   01-18-2008, 12:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,088
Posted By Rio Mama
That's awesome! Gotta find where I put that...

That's awesome! Gotta find where I put that pedometer...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   01-17-2008, 11:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 472
Posted By Rio Mama
My boys are the same ages as yours are, and...

My boys are the same ages as yours are, and we've been going through a lot of this lately, too. My older one just grew an inch in about 3 weeks, so I think that's part of his problem. I've been...
Forum: The Childhood Years   11-15-2007, 01:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 723
Posted By Rio Mama
My 5yo is a dawdler, too. I've recently...

My 5yo is a dawdler, too. I've recently recognized this and started serving him dinner 15 min before my husband & I sit down. (It helps that he prefers his veggies frozen rather than cooked.)
Forum: The Childhood Years   11-09-2007, 08:13 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,045
Posted By Rio Mama
Good luck with the party and your future...

Good luck with the party and your future dealings with her.

The comment about looking at it from a guy's perspective is intriguing. I think oftentimes my MIL thinks I'm rude b/c when asked a...
Forum: The Childhood Years   11-02-2007, 02:27 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 257
Posted By Rio Mama
My son and his best friend are kindergarteners....

My son and his best friend are kindergarteners. They go to a smallish private school with onsite aftercare where they mingle with kids from K-8 for a couple of hours each day.

Apparently, last...
Forum: Meal Planning   10-13-2007, 02:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,075
Posted By Rio Mama
I always use my cast iron skillets. That's not...

I always use my cast iron skillets. That's not enough, so I use a cookie sheet, too. The cast iron pizzas always turn out better, imho.
Forum: Parenting   10-12-2007, 11:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 555
Posted By Rio Mama
Another vote for liking it. My sis gave it to me...

Another vote for liking it. My sis gave it to me - she was turned onto it when she was a grad student at UC Santa Cruz. I found it very helpful when my first child was a toddler and a preschooler...
Forum: Parenting   10-07-2007, 02:14 AM
Replies: 184
Views: 5,825
Posted By Rio Mama
This is an interesting thread, Siobhan. A...

This is an interesting thread, Siobhan.

A friend from college who typically makes $400K/yr (but made $1M the last two years) stopped by yesterday and casually wondered why I (or my dh) didn't...
Forum: Learning at School   09-30-2007, 12:59 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,705
Posted By Rio Mama
I was an honors student who ended up at a top 5...

I was an honors student who ended up at a top 5 college, and I distinctly recall some hellish nights of homework at the beginning of the school year, particularly when we had lab write-ups in...
Forum: Learning at School   08-21-2007, 04:12 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,855
Posted By Rio Mama
In the primary grades in the 70s, we had two ten...

In the primary grades in the 70s, we had two ten minute recesses in the morning (at 9 and at 10), then we had about half an hour to play after lunch, then another 10 minute recess after lunch.

In...
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