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    Mom easing back into the workplace

    Hi, everyone, Thank you so much for the leads, and especially the encouragement! I do love to write, and writing is my primary professional and academic focus. If I could pay some fraction of my bills through writing, that would certainly be ideal. Meanwhile, I've also signed up to be an...
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    Time Outs?

    Thanks, everyone, for the feedback! I agree, parenting is so personal and so tailored to the individual needs of the child. Yolanda, I appreciate the input about the time-out not being a punishment so much as an opportunity for the child to breathe and reevaluate. Do you have any suggestions for...
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    Do you go to the spa to relax and pamper yourself?

    Ah, I certainly agree that going to a spa isn't the most cost-effective thing you can do (not by a long shot), but I will admit to loving it. I go to a spa probably twice a year and relax with a friend. My husband gets the baby for a few hours, and I just let someone else take care of me! I do...
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    Mom easing back into the workplace

    Hi, folks, My two-year-old has just started preschool part time (9-12:30 Monday through Friday), and I've been home full time with him until now. I'm now looking into options for earning some income during those limited hours. There's a cafe just a couple doors down from the preschool with free...
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    Six Steps To Save Money

    Thanks for the tips, these are great! As far as impulse buying goes, I once heard someone advise the following. This sounds drastic, and I've never done it, but... put your credit card in a Zip-Loc baggie, and put that in a large jar of water. Put the jar in the freezer. That way, if you're out...
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    Time Outs?

    Hi, all, How do people feel about time-outs? I have a two-year-old boy (25 months), and we've never used time-outs with him. They haven't really seemed necessary until recently. Of course, as you probably could have guessed from his age, he's beginning to get a little defiant. He's still...
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    Can a website really make money?

    Hi, Thank you so much for your thoughtful response. This is a difficult decision to make. On the one hand, I'm a full-time mom who does a little part-time work, so my time and finances are stretched quite thin. So, it's difficult to justify cutting into that time unless it'll be worthwhile...
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    Can a website really make money?

    Hi, folks, For a year or so now, I've been toying with an idea in my mind for a website that I think would be useful to people. I wouldn't be selling a product, just providing an online space for people to connect with each other. Before I launch into the time and financial investment it would...
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    Music for relaxation

    For relaxation, I have a special place in my heart for three things, and these might seem a little random: 1. J.S. Bach's Cello Suites; if that doesn't sound familiar, I'd bet that if you heard just the first few bars of the first suite, you'd probably recognize it. For me, the beauty of these...
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    Culture vs. Positive Parenting

    Hey, fellow parents, I am a first generation Chinese American, and I was raised in a relatively strict home. A parent's authority was not to be questioned, and we were raised to respect our elders at all times. While I wasn't allowed much freedom, I was also overachieving and never stepped a...
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    How do you deal with your kid's tantrums?

    Oh, mama, I wish I had advice for you! I just wanted to offer a supportive message. I just have one child (so far), and he just turned two, so we have only just scratched the surface of what's possible with tantrums, I'm sure! All I can offer is that my son tends to settle down more quickly if I...
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    Loving Two Persons At The Same Time

    I think that a person can have amazing chemistry and an intense connection with more than one person at a time. On the other hand, "love," in my opinion, is a choice. Yes, it is based on powerful feelings, but at the end of the day, you have to choose to love the person you're with. Even if...