For some reason, I think I remember them telling us that filming was not allowed during the actually pushing/delivery. We didn't want it filmed anyway. Gross. I know it's supposed to be a beautiful thing, and it is in my heart and mind. But the whole physical part is still gross to me. Love all of the pictures right after and seeing all the joy on our faces. That's how I want to remember it!View Thread
For some reason, the link didn't work for me, but I'll chime in anyway.
I certainly don't think circumcision is mutilation. Both of our boys were circumcised at birth and it seemed like the right thing for us to do. Our religious beliefs also play a role in having the boys circumcised. It was a cool thing for my husband to watch (I wasn't with them when it was done) and our doctor has the same religious beliefs as us, so he talked DH through the scriptures as he circumcised them.
However, I could care less if someone chooses not to have it done. I really don't think it matters that much either way.
I do think it is going too far to make it illegal. Why should government be involved in this?View Thread
How was your weekend? Fine. We went to a Feast of Tabernacles celebration on Friday night. Saturday was soccer and Sunday was church. DH worked most of the weekend, so that was kind of a bummer.
Any plans for the week? The usual activities. The littlest one has physical therapy today. The boys have soccer. The two oldest start piano lessons and I'm anxious to see how that goes. Looking forward to next weekend when DH is FINALLY off work!
How are your child/children? We're dealing with some attitude issues. Ella's latest phrase is "So what? Who cares?". I don't like it. I honestly think the kids are tired and getting a little overwhelmed with all the stuff we've had going on. I'm hoping this weekend helps with all of our attitudes.
News you would like to share? Ella got selected to do an advance reading program at school called Junior Great Books. It's really a privilege and we are proud of her. The only downside is that it's on top of all her other work. Trying to fit in time to read the stories is a little challenging!View Thread
This is what I got. Not too surprising. I'm not a slave to my house, but I try to keep it tidy. I was surprised to read that having ultra-clean house can lead to more problems. Maybe that's why we're not sick very often....
You're at ease with the germy, messy world around you — and that can be both good and bad for your health. For example, some studies suggest ultra-clean conditions may lead to higher allergy and asthma rates in kids. Yet a well-placed scrub can do wonders: Wash your hands often and you can dramatically reduce your chances of getting colds or flu. Sanitize your cutting boards with a run through the dishwasher and you reduce your risk of food-borne illnesses. Scrub away mold that lurks in bathroom and kitchen corners and you can reduce indoor allergens for family members who already have allergies. So relish your carefree style, but protect your health with a well-timed scrub, too.View Thread
How was your weekend? Exhausting. We helped pack up some friends (a family of 5) and move them 5 1/2 hours southwest of here. The kids stayed with my parents as we caravan with the family and two other couples. Got our friends settled in their new house and headed back home. It was a beautiful drive through the mountains, though. The golden aspen trees were unbelievably beautiful!
Any plans for the week? Hmm...still catching up from the weekend. I guess this week is just the usual activities. Friday night we are going to celebrate Sukkot with some friends.
How are your child/children? They are doing amazingly well. The school-aged ones are loving school. The little ones and I are having fun with our "special" time together.
Hi 1andonly! I'm still around. It's kind of my "escape" during the afternoon. I don't think too many people are around anymore. The boards have kind of died out. It's sad. I really enjoyed all the info that got passed around this board View Thread
You should talk to your son's teacher about what kind of involvement he/she would like you to have. I don't see helping my daughter on her homework as just doing it for her. Right now she doesn't really get "grades". Her report card is more of a general evaluation. My thought is that I want her to learn a good work ethic and make sure she understands the concept that she's working on. Most of the time she is independent in her homework. I will look it over when she is done to make sure she understood what she was supposed to be doing. I'll ask her leading questions to help her come to the right answer herself. And yes, if there is a mistake I have her correct it by guiding her.
I also look over the work she brings home and if there are a ton of mistakes on a paper, I will sit down with her and go over it (but I think they do this in class too). I am a former teacher and feel that school should be about learning and a child can only learn a concept with help. They don't always just figure it out on their own. Homework is an important part of learning and parents should be involved as long as it's not motivated by getting "good" grades. Does that make sense?
Seems like you are doing a good job, but again, talk to the teacher and see what the purpose of the homework is.View Thread