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    Part of our homeschooling is trying to pass along our values. With the boys being little I try to keep it simple. Today the value was caring for others. In this case, the others were the birds of the back yard. I had the boys fill a small plastic cup with seeds and dried fruit. They pushed a...
  2. Secondhand Shopping
    Went to the children's consignment sale in our area. Cheapest thing is $2 and some people want way more for their items. $20 for a dress that is not really a name brand. Still people come early and really shop til the drop. Buying huge laundry baskets of things. They do have nice stuff...
  3. General Chat
    Do we really crave the foods we were feed as a child? Will our children really crave boxed pizza if that is what we fed them? First glance I would say yes. That is what all the parenting papers say. And I did make homemade baby food for my kids and whole wheat bread for a reason, right? But...
  4. General Chat
    *NOT* trying to start a political discourse, so please, no advocacy! Just trying to get a sense for what the conventional wisdom is, compared with some actual statistics I recently came across. Actual stats to be posted later.
  5. Find Your Kith
    DD 8 has been diagnosed as severe ADHD, moderate anxiety, LD, and is on medication for bipolar disorder. As a single mom this sometimes seems like a lonely up hill battle. I am also looking for others who also have mental illness while trying to raise a child with a mental illness. I had to...
  6. General Chat
    I feel like I have failed my children. Have finances limited their opportunities? It feels like a road opens up only to find out it is a toll road and the price is to high so the road is closed. It feels like this happens time and time again. Buddy comes home all excited about the extra credit...
  7. General Chat
    What are some ways and where can children volunteer? (My daughters are 5 and 7-1/2.) I've been looking into Soup Kitchens, but you have to be 18 years old or older to volunteer there. I'm having a hard time figuring this out. I've been googling and on the phone all afternoon and am getting...
  8. Stockpiling
    Ok I have a question for fellow stockpilers/preppers. I was wondering does anyone stockpile/prep for children who have left the nest but still stock up on things in case they fly back to the nest in the event of an emergency etc??? If so, you do you stock up a yrs worth of food/supplies for each...
  9. General Chat
    Buddy set a goal this summer to learn to ride a bike. I nodded politely thinking, sure you are. You see he is 14 and has never learned to ride a bike. We would try to get him learn every year but he seem to only give it half a try. Last year he said he didn't ever want to learn to ride a bike...
  10. Frugal Living
    Don't forget as summer time draws near that many school provide (and a few other places) serve free breakfast and lunch. Where I live they have done this for several years. The first time I heard of it was when my oldest was a baby, I was teaching at the time. Here the breakfast in continental...
  11. Kitchen Basics
    My DS12 and DS7 have been eating us out of house and home (literally!) in the last few weeks. DH has experienced an increase in his appetite since we've moved. He's lost a few pant sizes. Every time we eat dinner, he's always eating a bowl of cereal about 30 minutes later. I ask him if I'm...
  12. Crafts for kids
    I work as an aide in a elementary school. During the move from our old school to a new school, I was given a box of old greeting cards. I used some them for decoration for my classroom(these were the ones with writing on them), but I still had a box of cards that was just too pretty to throw...
  13. General Chat
    Wow! I did,I did. I would never even dream of yelling at someone elses children:bolt: Dd and I were getting in out last mile on our walk and we always walk by this one house with 2 dogs that are always alone in the back yard just laying there. They always seem so sad so I always say "hi...
  14. General Chat
    Generous people has great blessed my children this summer First, Little Miss is going to camp for the first time ( maybe the last time too) A lady we know, when her daughter died set up two scholarships in her daughter's name. She hand picks and send two children every summer to camp. This year...
  15. General Chat
    I was just complaining about him on here yesterday. I feel horrible. My daughters' dad died in his sleep this morning. It was his 40th birthday. They had gone to spend the night with his parents. Thank God they were not at his house alone with him when this happened. DD15 found him.
  16. Frugal Living
    We have talked about how not teaching your children about money or frugality can hurt them. See thread "Momma don't let your children grow up to be Greebo's" But on the flip side were you hurt by your parents frugality or have your children been hurt by yours? Share your story. Here is mine...
  17. General Chat
    Can older children get Croup? DD started off with just seemed like a cold runny nose etc. Now she has a barky cough, and it is way worse at night. I know she used to get croup alot when she was under 3 ( I used to have to walk outside with her around the block alot) but I don't think I have ever...
  18. General Chat
    My friend posted this it is so funny I had to share. Lessons to complete before having children Lesson 1 1. Go to the grocery store. 2. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office. 3. Go home. 4. Pick up the paper. 5. Read it for the last time. Lesson 2 Before you...
  19. General Chat
    I read the most touching gift idea from a blogger that I stumbled on who I found reads ANOTHER blog that I read that is based in Maine. Oddly enough, I found out that she lives just a few miles from me AND we have been in the same homesteading class together. Here blog is a day to day for her...
  20. Christmas
    All the children at church ( including my youngest) received Christmas presents from Church this year. For Advent they received a beautiful Advent "wreath" - a glass bowl purple "crystals" and advent candles with a verse to read every night and and thought question to discuss. Then this last...
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