Development: Myself

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Child Development Books

I'm looking for a good general child development book. Physical, emotional, social, mental. I'm worried I'm expecting too much from my kids and I want kind of a reference to see if I'm in the ballpark. Thanks!

Coping with Death

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Skipping a Funeral?

My grandmother recently passed away and I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to make it to the funeral. My question is: have you ever skipped the funeral of a loved one and, if so, how did you feel about it afterwards? Were you ok with the decision? Or, did you ever go only because you felt like you should, but ultimately feel you would have been ok not going? Here are the circumstances: We live on the west coast (including my grandmother), but she is going to be buried on the east coast. Per her wishes, there will not be a full funeral,...


I Have a Funeral

I have a funeral to attend this week at 10 am and don't have a babysitter....


Crushes & Dating

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Boyfriend Is Having a Baby with His Ex Girlfriend

Hi ladies, I am really torn and don't know how to proceed. I have been divorced for 4 years and have a 7 year old son. I met a man 4 months ago and we have been in a serious relationship. He also has been divorced (twice) and has two kids (1 from each marriage)--yes, I know.... Things have been going really well and we love each other. Yesterday, he told me that he just found that his ex-girlfriend is expecting a baby from him. They broke up in August last year.. Not sure why she would tell him that just now when she is almost due....


Do You Have a Crush?

I have been seeing the same chiropractor for five years. My son has been...

Increased Independence

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Helping My Children Become Self-reliant.

I want to raise my children to be good decision makers and be a bit more structured than I was as a child, but I don’t want to be a micro mom manager. I want them to gain the skills they need to begin to take more responsibility for their activities. Dressing themselves, making sure they have all of their homework etc. Does anyone have any techniques or tools I can use with young children?


Do I Force Him

My DD who just turned 6 loves her older brother. I guess the times he playes...


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How Do I Teach Independence?

Hi ladies! I need to know how to teach my almost 4 year old to be independent when doing class work. For example, when we try to get him to write his name he says "I need your help" or "I don't know how". Basically, the only way to get him to write his name is to sit with him and praise every single stroke. UGH! Now he is in preschool and he wants the teachers to "help" him with EVERYTHING. I do not understand how we got here. **I suppose I need to give a little more information. My son started potty training at 27 months (very...

Learning Issues

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Help with a Child with a Possible Learning Disability

Since my six year old son has been able to talk, he has always had difficulty in pronouncing certain letters and words. At the age of 3 my husband and I decided to take him to a speech therapist. The results were that his speech was normal for his age. Now he is 6, at times, his speech is still difficult to understand. He stutters when he gets excited and he is stil having difficulty grasping phonics and reading. My husband has dyslexia and I asked my pediatrican about that and his speech. The doctor sought the advice of his teacher who...

Makeup & Clothing

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What Was Your Major or Career?

I am 3 classes from getting my associates degree in general studies. Then, I will have to declare a major when I apply to a university. I know what I don't want to do (I am horrible at anything math related), but have no clue what I do want to do. I will get career counseling and take a personality test (myers briggs) to help me narrow it down. But I wanted to know *real world* experiences in the job field and if it relates to your major at all to give me some ideas, because I am stumped. So, if you feel like sharing. What did you major...


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Career - What Would You Do?

Current situation: After 15 years into your gig you have a job that pays six figures, is a fairly easy job. You're tenured and there is very little chance of getting whacked since there are at least a dozen hires below you. You get breaks and summers off. Your work environment is supportive and nurturing and your boss rocks. However, you're exceptionally bored at your job and the passion you used to have has been snuffed out. You feel like your talents and skills could be more beneficial in another field and you simply cannot imagine...

Religious Milestones

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Gifts for Bar and Bat Mitzvah

Hi Mamas, My family is Christian, and we have been invited to a friend's Bar and Bat Mitzvah (13 year old twins.). We have never attended either, and are looking forward to going. What goes on at these events? Are gifts expected, and if so, what kind of gift would be appropriate? Thanks!!


Bar Mitzvah Gift

We are going to our first Bar Mitzvah and not sure what an appropriate gift...


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When to Start Shaving?

My daughter will be 12 in October. She has blond hair on her legs and because of her tan the hair seems to really show. When should she start shaving? Does she have to shave the top and bottom of the leg? What about under the arm?


Shaving Your Legs

How often do you ladies shave your legs? I just shaved mine last night for...


Shaving Bikini Area

My 13-year-old daughter wants to start shaving her "bikini area". What do...

Social Skills

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Social Phobia, Me Again.

As a child I was a social outcast, a nerd. I was overweight, had horrible acne, bad perm, oversized, thick glasses. I was a mess. I was a complete introvert but managed to have a few friends. One became my best friend and was very loyal to me. She moved away when we were in highschool but as adults we still talk every few months. I was depressed a lot during the teen years. Once I lost the weight, my skin cleared up, and I got contacts, I felt slightly more confident. My reputation for being a nerd followed me into high school as I...


What Is a Friend?

Mamas & Papas- What is a friend at age 3, at age 5, at age 7 in the...



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How Do You Volunteer Your Time?

I'd like to start doing some volunteer work with my kids and was wondering if any of you have any advice on which organization I should participate with. Do any of you do any volunteer work? And if yes, which type of volunteer work do you find most fulfilling? Since my daughter (5yrs old) is amazing with the elderly and my son (7 yrs old) prays for the poor and needy every night, I wonder if there's an organization that has a combination of the two that needs help. Thanks ladies!


Looking to Volunteer

My company has a wonderful benefit called Charity Leave. We are given an...