A quick hello, on a rainy day where we're trying to catch up on housework/renos/decluttering and I seem to be procrastinating by checking mothering!!!!!! But I wanted to post a few responses to all the discussion going around!!!!
Ksenia - thanks so much for the intro, I wonder if we wanted to add something like "We are brought together by our passion for 'good','attachment','respectful','insert better phrase!' parenting, not always agreeing on the path but agreeing to respectfully discuss, share and learn together"! Also, now that we're getting into spring and summer, hopefully we can start up meeting at parks again!
Mastisis - I don't remember exactly what the brand of clay was, I think it was grey clay and Jamie bought it at Finlandia but I've also seen it at Gaia. I've had my share of mastisis, and have tried soaking in hot marshmallow root, covering with raw potato overnight, etc - all fine for minor inflamations, but not so much once it got worse. With the clay I could feel it actually drawing the infection out - just amazing! I've gotten mastisis from overdoing things, from wearing too tight bras and from getting my breast banged. I immediately go to bed, take ecchinaccea and drink lots of water, and take lots of hot hot shower, with massage to try to clear it out!!!!
Alternative remedies - pure lavender is great for bruises with broken skin, arnica is great for bruising/bumps without broken skin. We use tea tree oil for tonnes of stuff, and I second oregano oil. You actually don't need to get your kids to drink it, mix it in oil and rub on their feet and their bodies will absorb it. With colds we up our doses of garlic big time, we use a Children's winter health compound from Herb Pharm, cod liver oil, and then have hot baths with eucalyptus, thyme and lavendar essential oils.
Well doctor visits - unless you're following the suggested schedule for vaxing, I'm not sure it makes sense to do the 2, 4, 6 month well-baby visits. However, I do believe that if you're going to use a doctor or a naturopath consistantly for your family, that it is beneficial for them to see your kids when they're healthy and not just when you're concerned about something.
Battles with cat! - I think that it's two-fold, 1)teaching your child to respect cats and 2)keeping your cat and child safe. From my experience of toddlers, I think you may just need to focus on 2, and trust that as he grows, he'll learn! I think you could remove yourselves from the room that he is tormenting the cat, telling him why, without the time-out aspect. And I guess also make sure that the cat can always get away and hide if it wants!
Okay, I'm sure there were a billion other things that I wanted to comment on, but that's enough procrastination for now!!!!!!!!
Have a great weekend everyone!