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  1. I like Beatrix Potter and A.A. Milne, but I can only read „[…] and their names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter“ so many times before I go batty. 😉 I‘ve tried introducing Wind in the Willows, Peter Pan, even Andrew Lang‘s fairy tales, but they just don’t have the attention span. I haven’t read Mullewapp stories yet, but I’ll check them out. My kids love Ravensburger Kindergeschichten and Gutenachtbücher für kleinen Träumer, so I guess chapter books may have to wait. 😞
  2. They play with blocks or cars (the older ones are boys), but they start getting loud and distracted by 20 minutes. 😞 I read posts of families with 8 or more children listening to chapter books for an hour and I’m wondering what I’m missing!
  3. My kids are 2, 5 and 7. They will not sit for read alouds longer than 30 minutes. The only stories they like are Beatrix Potter, Winnie the Pooh and a few German books (basically 5 minute stories, reread ten times a day). Is it my kids? How do your children sit for an hour and listen to read alouds?
  4. I never, ever correct spelling or grammar on forums because I think it’s tasteless, but…if I read “loose” one more time (“I keep loosing my keys”, “I can never loose weight”, etc.), I will loose my faith in humanity.
  5. „To dress with good taste, always wear fabrics that were alive once (wool, cotton, linen, etc.).“ „There are only two ways to get rid of fat: liposuction or use it up. Fat is stored food on your body and you „use it up“ when you aren’t eating.“ „Holiness is the soul agreeing with God, gentleness is the soul agreeing with itself.“ „Every breath, every pulse, every word, leaves one less of the number which God hath appointed me, and carries away some sands of the glass of time; and yet how little care is taken to employ it well.“ - John Shower
  6. Did you homeschool all of them? How did you keep track of 12 children running around the house? This is so interesting!
  7. You must have such an interesting life with 12 children. 🙂 You ought to write a book someday!
  8. I‘ve known a few big families (6+ kids), and generally they started out with the belief that they wanted as many as God gave them. But most stopped before (I would assume) the mother reached menopause. I‘ve always wondered: what makes big families decide to end with say 10 kids, not 11? Or 6, not 7?
  9. I don’t really feel a compelling need to wean, but I do feel slightly embarrassed when she asks to nurse in public (I sense people find it odd that a preschooler still breastfeeds). I do not nurse anywhere but home. But it makes me sad when she cries over something that makes us close, so I guess I’m ambivalent. I really don’t think I could make it to 4 or 5 years like other posters, but I also didn’t think I would nurse until 3 so…
  10. My daughter is almost three and still nurses about five times per day. I don’t know how this happened. My other children self-weaned and 1 and 2. I’m not an attachment parent or have any unusual parenting views, she just…never weaned. I’ve tried not offering, saying “later”, etc. and she just cries. It breaks my heart and so I cave. What would you do?
  11. +1 One of my children advanced quickly in math and generally has a strong mental acuity. But he is a very concrete thinker and could not write fictitious stories at all. I spoke with his writing teacher (he was a very slow writer, too) and she said this is not uncommon. Some kids - especially if they read a lot of non-fiction - have a really difficult time imagining scenarios, or get “stuck” on unimportant details for sense-making. In our case, the teacher encouraged him to write ‘fictions about non-fictions’ (“tell me a story about something that happened to an Emperor penguin in his natural habitat”). Was it a boring story? Yes. But we try to meet children where they are. By the way, my sibling (who is very gifted), absolutely hates writing, especially fictions. Even gifted children aren’t great at everything. 🙂
  12. I have observed this dynamic a lot in families: some family cultures are just “loud”. The spectrum of emotions are shouted (positive or negative), and it’s very startling to those of us raised in stoic families. 🙂 I think the benefit is that things get resolved quickly, regardless of the volume.
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