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Oct. 29th, 2008



Baby Led Weaning

Now that I have a kid (I used to always start my posts with "if/when" I have a kid), I plan to let him control his weaning from breastmilk.

My hope it to avoid the mashes spoon feeding thing all together by following the tenets of baby led weaning.  Rumor has it that this method helps to reduce picky eating and to me it just seems to encourage mutual respect between parent and child.

I'll probably pick up this book. It's released right about the time Bobby should be ready to start trying this.

May. 24th, 2008


Teaching kids the value of money

Thought this was a great entry on ways to teach kids about saving, spending and the value o' cash.  It's from the Get Rich Slowly feed to subscribe to via LJ.  A good read and wanted to share before I totally forgot.


Apr. 25th, 2008



On not being a hypocrite...

Ok so I plan on raising my kid to believe that people can do or not do whatever they want with their own bodies.  This would be things like shaving/not shaving, haircuts, style of dress etc.

But then I was thinking, if he has one of those scraggly teenage mustaches and decides he doesn't want to shave it, will I mentally mock him as I do to other such young lads?  I mean, I couldn't possibly be a hypocrite and say "You look dumb, shave that" but I'm sure I would THINK it!

Feb. 12th, 2008




My husband doesn't really like the idea of daycare. To him it's just a waste of money for something we could do ourselves (We both know this is not always the case). If we want to keep our house, I'm sure I'll have to go back to work, plus I'm pretty sure I'll want to since he works from home and we'll probably be all sick of each other being home all the time.

He's suggested that he take care of the kid at home. He's sure it will work since a lot of his work can be done in off-hours and for the stuff that requires travel or scheduled conference calls, I can either take some time off or his mom could babysit for an hour or two.

What worries me about this is that he might find it too stressful and just freak the fuck out. He disagrees. He's actually done way more kid taking care of in his life than I have so I'll have to trust him on this.

Just to have a back up plan I looked into local day cares to see what's what.

  • The subsidized day cares have big waiting lists but the private ones do not.
  • They run from $130-$200 per week.
  • They take children starting from 6 months to a year up until school age (5).
  • The cost seems to include lunch and snacks.
  • All the ones I've seen seem to stipulate that the care giver gets x number of days off for which I would still be paying but would have to make alternate care arrangements.
  • Many of them have immediate availability which means that I won't have to worry about waiting lists.
  • Many of the care givers have training in early childhood education
My issues:

  • I plan on raising a vegetarian until they can decide for themselves if they want to eat meat.
    In addition to this I plan on feeding them only home made foods and I worry that include meals would be hot dogs and Kraft Dinner
  • I don't like the idea of paying for a week of vacation and possibly having to pay someone else for day care at the same time. I also don't like that the other alternative is that I take my vacation at the same time they do. I want to be free to choose my own vacation time I want to pay for the services I receive, no more, no less.
  • I plan on using cloth diapers but I have heard of some day cares not using them and the parents being forced to switch
So anyways, I figure we'll try out my husband's plan. I know some people have successfully done it (Dooce for example) so we can probably make it work. I don't work long hours to begin with and they are reduced for half the year. I might even be able to work out some kind of half day schedule for a little while until preschool kicks in. If it really doesn't work, then we can sign up for a local day care. Even half days of day care might just be the bit of help we'll need.

With all that said, we'll just have to wait and see and try stuff and hope for the best.

Dec. 19th, 2007

metal with a spoon-like dent


Pregnancy is a disease and hopefully can one day be cured.

So I guess it's big news that Britney Spears' younger sister is pregnant. She has her own TV show and the Nickelodeon channel issued this creepy statement:

"We respect Jamie Lynn's decision to take responsibility in this sensitive and personal situation. We know this is a very difficult time for her and her family, and our primary concern right now is for Jamie Lynn's well being."

WTF??? "sensitive," "difficult time," "well being"?? The issued statement makes the pregnancy seem like a cancer and it's very wrong to treat somebody like this...don't they realize that this "difficult time" is a permanent decision and that it's shitty to say that about somebody's child?

She has enough money, she's well off, except for the fact that her family is insane I do not think that it is so horrible that she is having a child.

Dec. 13th, 2007



Anti Coloring Book

What do colouring books teach kids?  To colour in the lines!  Well HERE is a line of ANTI-Colouring Books that challenge kids to be creative

If I hadn't already done my Christmas shopping I would totally get one for each kid I know. I'll definitely get some for my spawn when the time comes.

Dec. 4th, 2007



101 Ways to Praise a Child

Wow . Way to go . You're special . Outstanding . Excellent . Great . Good . Neat . Well done . Remarkable . I knew you could do it . I'm proud of you . Super star . Nice work . Looking good . You're on top of it . You're catching on . Now you've got it . How smart . Good job . That's incredible . Hot dog . Remarkable job . You're beautiful . You're a winner . You make me happy . Hip, hip hooray . You're important . Magnificent . Beautiful . Fantastic . You're on target . You're on your way . How nice . You're spectacular . You're darling . Super . Super job . Beautiful work . Good for you . Nothing can stop you now . Dynamite . You're fantastic . Awesome . You're precious . Fantastic job . You've discovered the secret . Bingo . Great discovery . You are responsible . You are exciting . You are fun . You're a real trooper . Marvelous . Terrific . You're growing up . Outstanding performance . You tried hard . You figured it out . What a good listener . You're a treasure . You mean a lot to me . You're a good friend . That's correct . A big hug . What an imagination . You learned it right . You're incredible . Now you're flying . Bravo . Wonderful . I like you . I respect you . You're sensational . Phenomenal . A+ job . Hooray for you . You're unique . You care . Creative job . You belong . You brighten my day . Super work . That's the best . You made my day . Say I love you! ♥ . Beautiful sharing . You mean the world to me . You're important . You've got a friend . You're a joy . You make me laugh . You're A-ok my buddy . I trust you . You're perfect . You're wonderful . A big kiss . Exceptional performance . p.s. Remember, a smile is worth 1000 words!

Aug. 22nd, 2007


Art Attack

I think I would do an art activity as daily as possible when I have children.

I just LOVE this show, always have:


Aug. 20th, 2007



On getting your kids involved in household tasks

At age 4 my son WANTS to help. At 14 he’ll roll his eyes and want to lock himself in his room if I don’t respect him NOW and teach him. If I don’t make him feel needed at 4, he’ll not have the desire to take care of his momma, daddy and sisters at 14, 21, 40. If I don’t let him know he’s a vital part of our routine NOW, he’ll feel useless and insignificant to the family later. I believe that - no hyperbole.

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Aug. 16th, 2007



Educational Videos for Babies

Disney is in an uproar demanding a retraction on a University of Washington study that their Baby Einstein videos don’t advance children’s learning development, and in fact “infants who watched DVD’s and videos designed for babies understood fewer words than did infants who didn’t watch the recorded programs.” No news yet on whether Disney will sue for that retraction in order to save the “educational patina” of this $200 million a year brand.


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