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Sorry you had to go through that. Ugh.
Toggle Commented Mar 13, 2012 on To Whom It May Concern at amalah . com
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We spent the first two years of our children's lives overwhelmed with plastic, and then we found a Waldorf school, and I just LOVE the difference in environment now. My younger daughter was born the same time my older son started parent-child class at that Waldorf school, and I often think about the different environments the two of them started out in.
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2010 on beauty in wood... at waldorf mama
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If I'd had the conversation about circumcision on a medical reasons level, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have bit my tongue, and would have felt comfortable talking. But when the level of discourse was so facile in my group, it really hurt.
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There's not a parent amongst who doesn't regret some choice we made or allowed someone else to make. Or, at least I've never met one!
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I haven't been, but now I'm feeling a little inspired. I'll try and get in the loop on this and join you some time.
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Great point about the peer groups! They're a lot different in the DC area than in my Midwest hometown!
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Wow! Those are some powerful posts. A friend and I went down this same debate road right after the policy came out. It is all about protecting young people, in the end. And wouldn't life be easier if we knew exactly how we could do this best? Thanks for writing! You've given me more to think about.
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That's true often, right? We ought to base our decisions on who we are, not what others think. Now that's a lesson I'd like to figure out how to pass on successfully. Could apply in a lot of contexts.
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You read the most interesting books, Vickie! I can tell you more details about the conversation. I remember a lot. But I do not remember you being there, so possibly you weren't. It really bummed me out at the time, and I didn't have the confidence to engage anyone in a debate about it, so I just sat there quiet and stunned. Now, I wish I had challenged the person in question a bit. That's interesting that the procedure used to be rite of passage that took place at a time when a boy could understand what was happening. I wonder what motivated the change to it being an infant procedure.
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I know about the study that made a big splash in Africa about AIDS prevention. Two subsequent studies had the opposite findings, and of course, you point out that there are more direct ways in the US we can think about AIDS prevention. I'm definitely curious about what the AAP is going to say.
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How girls may or may not perceive my son is not - and hopefully never will be - grounds for a decision like this.
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Me too. In all the conversations I had about this, how a woman would perceive my son never came up.
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Because I'm not Jewish, I never had to think about it, so it's hard for me to truly be in your shoes. I do, however, appreciate that thoughtful parenting will go a long way. And yes, biting tongues. Always biting tongues in new crowds.
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This is the reason that kills me most as well. Seriously? I like to think I would not have cared about this, even as a 20-something. GAH!
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I run in a pretty “crunchy” crowd. Or rather, I used to run in an ultra-crunchy crowd. You know - the kind that grows vegetables in the backyard, argues about the conservative media bias, and generally considers Birkenstocks to be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2010 at DC Metro Moms
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Congrats on the great interview! I'm so a fish out of water in many groups. I think that's one of the reason I've been drawn to writing here. It's a way to dip my toes in, without having too much hanging on the line. Well done!
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So sorry I didn't usher you all the way to your car and try and help - though I probably would've been inept as well. Can't wait to visit in August and see your baby (and E!) - in or out of that fabulous stroller!
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I look forward to it!
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I don't believe the studies, but I'd have to look back at them to remember why. Which is really not a response, I realize. I understand why we talk on the phone with our kids at the park. I think it's just another thing that makes part-time work really hard. I was in Key West recently, preparing to board a tourist train with my kids while I was on a very important conference call that could not happen at any other time. It was ridiculous. The middle ground is doing our jobs when we have to, but not turning to the phone just to swap stories with a friend, I suppose. But like I said in the post, I'll lose this debate every time.
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Sue, I have had to implement a no cell phone policy for my caregiver, unless it's me or my husband calling, or one of a very short list of playdates. I pay for the cell phone, so it's easy for me to do. I see the same thing, and it's even more unacceptable in my eyes for a paid caregiver to be rattling on. Few jobs would consider talking on the phone all day professional behavior.
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The choice to become a parent brings necessary trade-offs. Time does not expand, after all. For me, it meant essentially giving up pottery as a hobby and working part-time, rather than full-time. I don’t regret the choices for a minute.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2010 at DC Metro Moms
I'm so sorry for you loss, but I also wanted to say Congrats on the home birth(s)! My children were both born at home.
Toggle Commented Jun 7, 2010 on Losing four-legged family members at DC Metro Moms
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Wow. Sometimes you have to let your kids fail.
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First came the baby in the baby carriage, and the warmer house. That’s the day we declared war on the Earth. Next came another baby in a baby carriage that could haul two kids around, and a bigger house—The Big... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2010 at DC Metro Moms