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Do you remember 8KidsDad?

W. W. asks from Reston

He hasn't been here in a few years. Got tired of being reported for speaking his mind. He and I are friends on facebook. He recently fell ill and is dying. I know he ruffled a lot of feathers here - but he did give some good advice. His wife is really sweet and bein...

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Has anyone used Desitin for 7yr old girl?

C. L. asks from Fontana

Our 7yr old daughter has recently had vaginal irritation & according to the doctors it’s not a UTI or anything wrong inside. She probably scratches herself to hard or cleanse herself to hard and irritates the area. Is she to old for Desitin?

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What can i do about an overly possessive Grandmother?

A. h. asks from Racine

When my daughter was born I allowed my daughter grandmother to be apart of her life. During that time she began to become very overly possessive and controlling like overriding my parental decisions, speaking ill of me to my daughter, interfering with her health diet etc...

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Ideas for deployed daughter's special box?

M. 6. asks from Woodbridge

My daughter is deployed to a very, very unlovely location. Oddly, they didn't not take her wisdom teeth prior to deployment like they did my son's, and as luck would have it, she can't wait any longer and is having them out in this sad place. I send her care boxes ever...

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A question about breast feeding.

J. Y. asks from Marysville

My 5 wk old baby sleeps 6-8 hrs at night. My milk supply has been low since the beginning. It's this adding to the problem of low milk? Should I be waking baby through the night to nurse? I am often very full in the morning, but I soon get emptied out when baby wakes in ...

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9/11 Memorial

by Karen E. Rosenberg

My heart ached. I sucked in my breath. My eyes filled with tears.

I did not expect to have this reaction to the 9/11 Memorial.

I expected to see a nice monument with the names of those that lost their lives in the towers and on the planes. What I got was so much more. No picture, no articles, no first-hand accounts had prepared me…. More

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Friend sleepover sleeping arrangements in home ideas?

M. S. asks from Warren

Hi Moms, Could you kindly share ideas on how you do sleeping arrangements for sleepovers. My teen son ( new 14) will have a friend ( 13) from out of town sleepover so they can attend an all day function for a friend in the morning and I didn't know best sleep situat...

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Ideas on getting this stopped?

M. 6. asks from Woodbridge

So earlier this month, the neighbors on one side of me moved away. We had a sneaking suspicion that they were going to lose the house. They had an elderly relative staying with them who we believe they were using his social security to make the house payment and when h...

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Letter to My Daughter

by Corby J. Caffrey-Dobosh

When I was only a daughter, a sister to brothers, a sister to one sister, a wife to a husband, and a mother to sons, I prayed to a father-God. I did not doubt, sway, or psychologically challenge the camouflaged examples of sexism. I hardly questioned the existence of veiled capitalist-North American social-structure yolks that were to be borne only on the shoulders of women. I rallied against abortion. I submitted to touch and affection against my gut’s will. Blind, unwilling to see the pieces of woman-hate that pushed their way into my life’s puzzle, I was a soft feminist who focused on fitting in with patriarchy, earning validation from my family, and being under-welcomed by a church unworthy of my fealty. I bestowed more value on men’s accomplishments. I felt guilt and shame. I hated my body, my curves, and the shiny swirls etched in my skin that marked my babies’ becomings. I ignored the sanctity of my femaleness. I blamed my mom. I trash-talked other women, while comparing my shortcomings to theirs. I buried my needs, and blamed myself for the sexual violence I experienced. I was insecure and incapable of seeing and wielding my power. I cared for people and things that would never understand me, appreciate me, or return my care. I laughed at girly-ness. I thought my qualities and traits unimportant when they weren’t applauded by others. I disguised my voice with pixie pleasantries when I needed to rage. I dieted…. More

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So what would you do, do you think? ETA* One Final ETA**

M. 6. asks from Woodbridge

My husband and I are kind of having "nightmares" over a possible scenario and what we would do about it if it happened. Our oldest son (but middle child) is in the military and will be coming home for holiday leave for probably a month in December/early Jan/late Thanksg...

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Empty Nest Syndrome (sort of) - who am I and what now?

E. G. asks from Rahway

My one and only daughter is nearly 19 and attending community college. Although she still lives at home, she's rarely here except to sleep. She works, goes to school and has a boyfriend. She's everything I hoped she'd be - responsible, hard working and sweet. Her life i...

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Mortgage approval question **ETA

M. 6. asks from Woodbridge

As you may recall, we are considering moving to the opposite side of the state we currently live in. I got some great advice from everyone about what we should be looking for insofar as determining whether the area will be a good fit for us. (just a reminder that where...

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Potential job update and another question**updated

T. D. asks from New York

**update**I wore the sundress with shawl. I felt that the interview went well. There was only one other person being interviewed. And they chose them for the position. So I am still a stay at home momma. I am disappointed. But I will try again another time. The o...

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The Ultimate List of Things to Do While You're on Bedrest

I’m currently on pregnancy bedrest (for the second time) due to preterm labor and a handful of other issues. Bedrest is one of those things that has been around virtually forever but hasn’t been proven to be particularly effective, not to mention it comes with its own set of risks. For those reasons, it’s prescribed only when all other options have been exhausted, and there just isn’t anything else to do. While the idea of lounging around for weeks or even months at a time might sound like a luxurious vacation to some, believe me, it gets old fast. I’ve always thrived the most when I keep busy, and I love to be out exploring the city versus being cooped up indoors, so if I don’t have some sort of a plan my mental state starts to suffer pretty quickly. That’s where this list comes in, I began to compile it during my first pregnancy and wrote everything out in earnest as soon as I found out I would be prescribed bed rest again. Hopefully, if you find yourself in a similar situation it can be of some help to you, I’ve tried to include as many resources as possible along with the suggestions, so you’ve been warned, I’m not joking when I call it the “ultimate” list, it’s long. I’ve tried to break it up into sections to make it easy to jump around and find what appeals to you, and you can always bookmark it and come back to it later…. More

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Home Educating While Abroad: A Beginner’s Guide

Homeschooling your children can be a daunting task, but doing it while traveling abroad? That can be downright scary at first thought. There is, of course, a lot to consider. You may want your children to have an immersive educational experience. Or, you may want to focus on art and music in Spain. Two months later, when you’re in Greece, you may want to them to learn about science. You might favor a schedule that balances out the curriculum in a more traditional way such as focusing a little on each subject per day. Whichever way you choose to create your homeschooling environment, here is a starter guide to help you navigate the waters…. More