I have run into this question too many times to count since relocating 6 years ago. I used to be very uncomfortable with it, as my religion isn't norm for the area I am in now. I just reply with a "No, but thank you for your concern." with a big smile.
I figure that is my business but, I'm also not going to lie or be rude, there is really no need for that.
learninmama replied to NickiLaughs's topic in Lifestyle
Pretty much in the same boat...the area I live in now isn't bad persay but, how do I put this nicely.....you either have to put your kids in public schools that are horrid education wise or pay for your children to go to a private school which offers zero & I mean ZERO diversity...so far we are stuck with option number 2...I don't want my kids to grow up like that,....there is so much more to life!!
We are looking to move in a few years when I am done with school & have some experience under my belt so I will be watching this thread :)
I've heard really good things about the program itself as far as results. However, I have heard some pretty bad things about people who return them still being charged & they never get a refund. So if you order it, I'd make sure you use a card that will help you get your refund if you decide it isn't for you.
learninmama replied to SharonH, RN's topic in Lifestyle
For the last 5 years we put in 10%. I sold my business to go back to school in July & then my husband was laid off in August. So at the moment there is not much extra to put away. We currently put away $50 a month (4% of unemployment income). We will get back up there though just a rough patch :)
learninmama replied to Spirit of Humor's topic in Relations
Hey I'd be digging that date....just throw in a babysitter lol.
The best gift I got was my hubby taking care of our boys when they were 1 & 2 for the entire day. I got to read books, nap, watch movies...it was heaven to skip diaper duty for an entire day!
The worst was our first Vday together...he got me a 5 foot bear. Ummm what exactly is a grown woman supposed to do with that....oh yeah I still have it...in the back of our closet lol. Silly but sentiMENTAL.
learninmama replied to NurseyBaby'05's topic in Lifestyle
We did it for a year. I had heard so many wonderful stories of success in homeschooling I had such high hopes. In the end though I truly was going nuts. It just didn't work for us. I think our biggest pitfall was the lack of other homeschoolers in the area. So there were very little outside activities with other children. I took them on many really fun trips but, in the end the constant bickering (both boys 14 months apart) along with not getting any me time due to my husbands schedule at the time I started feeling the walls closing in around me.
Our public school here has some of the lowest scores in the state so it wasn't even an option. We ended up finding an awesome private school (total of 120 students preschool-12th grade) about 15 minutes away. We ended up going that route after the year. I was incredibly surprised at the cost as we had spent nearly $2,500 on home schooling materials & in the end it only cost $1,000 more a year for them to go to that school. I quickly cancelled our cable tv & enrolled them for the next year lol.
So my best advice is to give it a try. It may or may not work for you. Every family is different. So until you try you won't know. It's better than wondering or letting the what if's haunt you.
learninmama replied to Blanca R's topic in Lifestyle
Unless we are going to a place that is centered around or for children we don't eat out. Even then it is a very rare occasion. First of all because I don't feel like putting myself through that lol. My boys are very active and sit a total of 10 minutes per meal &pretty much inhale their food then, they are off & running. No need to share the insanity with others.
Instead we do different things. In the summer we will have picnics at various parks so as soon as they are done they can go burn off some energy. In the winter we will have a few picnics in the living room..they think it's a blast.
On that note it does annoy me to no end when my husband & I are able to get out for dinner alone (once or twice a year) and spend our evening listening to whining & crying children. Shoots that fantasy of a nice quiet meal where you can actually think & conversate right out the window!
As a side note I am not dogging ALL children lol. There are many children that are well behaved & able to sit through a meal. So I guess my take is this...KNOW your children & stick within their boundaries of attention span etc.
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learninmama replied to flightnurse2b's topic in Lifestyle
I am sorry you are having to go through this. So far all the advice here has been great! I have this exact scenario except she lives with us! She never comes out of her room or participates in anything we do.
She has lived with us for 5 years & hasn't once watched my children. I would never ask her to. It bothered me at first but, I am over it. Some people don't know how to be an active part of a family. I wrote letters to her & was very open about how I felt. She appeared receptive but, nothing ever changed. I just stopped trying. She knows where to find us if she ever decides she wants to. My children aren't out anything. They have a very special bond with my parents who watched them for us when I was working or for our rare date night out. My children are in no way confused or upset by the lack of her participation as it is always how it has been. Additionally, I make sure I have never said anything about her in a negative manner in front of them. So my advice is this- Live your lives & enjoy your time together as a couple & with your baby!! She's the one that's missing out.
learninmama replied to CaptainPC's topic in Lounge
I have a laptop for convience that I can move around the house or let my kids play games on. I recently got a new HP touch desktop & I love it! HUGE screen & it hardly takes up any room. I have my own study area/office so it was nice to have a computer just for me. (No sticky fingers touching this one lol)