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  • Posted 05/20/2011 03:38:16 EDT

    I think I'm more like misslily here.  I have a positive, adult relationship with my mother, but we are not what I would consider friends.  I hope to have the same type of relationship with my child.  more »

  • Posted 05/20/2011 01:14:19 EDT

    My friends were devotees of Britax, but I just didn't like it that much - to me, it was bigger, harder to clean, and cumbersome to use (plus expensive!) For about 4 years, we used the Evenflo Tribute. more »

  • Posted 05/20/2011 01:00:37 EDT

    In Response to Re: Do you believe that parents can be their child's friend and still be an effective parent?: At what age do you think that it might be O.K. to be their friend ? Posted by Heisinberg M more »

  • Posted 05/19/2011 03:52:47 EDT

    No, but you can be polite and respectful of their personhood. more »

  • Posted 05/18/2011 03:47:10 EDT

    My child was moved to a twin bed at about the same age.  We set up the bed, introduced it as a new thing to do, and that was it. We did not use a rail on the bed or a gate on the room because of negat more »

  • Posted 05/18/2011 11:43:51 EDT

    Thank you for your comments and information.  They have been very helpful. I was under the impression that US law required strict monitoring of children under the age of 9-12, depending upon jurisdict more »

  • Posted 05/12/2011 01:00:25 EDT

    I understand the suggestions made for older children, depending on the maturity of the child, perhaps age 9+, having standing invitations established along with reasonable boundaries (not farther than more »

  • Posted 05/11/2011 04:24:06 EDT

    I don't know what to do with one child in the neighborhood.  When their daughter (kindergarten age) is playing outside and she sees my child, she will invite my child over to play.  I say no, as the i more »

  • Posted 03/29/2011 05:39:56 EDT

    When outside the home, we don't have much trouble finding a sink before eating. (I don't tend to handle meat or insert contact lenses while away.) I will use water and a soap leaf to scrub up if there more »

  • Posted 02/04/2011 12:41:57 EST

    We did not have a gift registry when we were married over ten years ago.  I was rasied in a family that believed such things were tacky and, because I had been living outside the family home for a yea more »

  • Forum Post: Manual Pumps

    Posted 02/03/2011 04:59:11 EST

    I pumped exclusively for my child and, while I used my electric pump (Medela) at home, I preferred my manual pump (Avent) when away from home.  I did not document any change in output between the two more »

  • Posted 02/03/2011 04:41:46 EST

    I was uncomfortable if I did not pump three times a day. My ideal schedule was 9:30, 12:30, and 3:30. To save time, I kept my cooler and supplies (pump, cleaning solution, rinse water, wastewater cont more »

  • Posted 12/15/2010 01:05:35 EST

    As much as I would like to "do as the Romans", I just can't bring myself to change more drastically than has already occurred. I'm ok with that but I worry about my child and the mean things that chil more »

  • Posted 12/15/2010 09:46:12 EST

    Thank you for your responses.  I will simply try again with my child to reinforce our family's beliefs as opposed to what may be seen outside the home.  I did speak with the school early in the month, more »

  • Posted 12/13/2010 05:20:27 EST

    In our house, there has never been any discussion of Santa Claus except as how some people choose to personify the Christmas Spirit. We have been careful to instruct our children that some other child more »

  • Posted 09/27/2010 03:23:42 EDT

    1- Year married: 1997 2- Total estimated cost($): $2500* 3- Satisfaction of the day for the pricetag (1=poor, 10=fantastic): 9 4- Any incurred debts due to the big day (yes/no): no *Since it has been more »

  • Forum Post: drug testing kids

    Posted 10/29/2009 12:27:44 EDT

    In Response to Re: drug testing kids: Nowadays, many employers do some form of drug testing.  If my child wants to work retail at PetSmart, Home Depot, McDonald's, or many other local employers (never more »

  • Forum Post: Breast pump plans?

    Posted 10/28/2009 12:24:57 EDT

    My Medela was also covered by insurance.  If you get an electric pump, I recommend that you also get a hand pump for those times when electricity is not accessible (airplanes, offices, conferences, ag more »

  • Forum Post: drug testing kids

    Posted 10/28/2009 12:13:39 EDT

    As an alternate, home testing may simply allow the child to learn how to prepare for working in certain environments. My spouse and I are both routinely and randomly tested for drugs as part of our jo more »

  • Posted 10/28/2009 11:58:47 EDT

    In Response to Ethics: parent-child and social networking websites: What is your opinion regarding "parent-child facebook ethics"?  Which info is OK to post and which is too private? Posted by redflat more »

  • Posted 10/27/2009 02:11:49 EDT

    I'm sorry to be the odd one here, but the last thing I want in my spouse is purse-holding and if he ever starts that type of behavior, I'll be filing for divorce. The idea that just sitting in a waiti more »

  • Forum Post: classes

    Posted 10/21/2009 01:16:28 EDT

    I took infant-child CPR.  I also toured the hospital to learn about how they do things, their procedures, their policies.  Very useful and I definitely used that information. The other classes, I revi more »

  • Posted 10/21/2009 10:56:08 EDT

    My husband is unreachable at work due to a similar problem. My plan was this: 1. I had a friend on call who could drive me to the hospital if I was home. 2. I would leave a message for DH informing hi more »

  • Posted 10/21/2009 09:57:50 EDT

    In Response to First OB appt...should DH go?: He would absolutely come if he didn't have a conflict that day but turns out he does, he has a grad school test to make up from last week since he was out more »

  • Posted 01/08/2008 11:28:00 EST

    Listen, I live here in jacksonville and the Jags come out with some amazing plays every week. This team is much better than the 05 team. This last weeks passing game was an aberation, I don't expect y more »