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  1. With reference to my stating that the women I know who practiced EBF looking "worn"...it wasn't a slam; the three women I know looked a lot more exhausted than the lady on the cover of the magazine. They were also older than her. And all three of them have readily admitted that it was hard to maintain and that they "felt" it. I certainly didn't mean to insult anyone - heck, I looked a little "worn" nursing twins when they were infants, too. The body works a little overtime to keep up the milk supply, posture is altered for many of us, etc. My point was that the magazine purposely made her
  2. :iagree: I also agree with the poster who suggested it was a good day for the ped##hiles. I know a few moms who practiced EBF. Their bodies did not look like that mom - these women were worn. They also did not look as...smirky...as that mom did. I feel like this mom did this to prove something, but something on her own behalf rather than the behalf of EBF moms or children. What that something is is beyond me because I guess I feel nursing is an intimate thing for the health of the child. I'm okay with nursing an infant discreetly in public because the littles need to eat often,
  3. Agreed. Not in good conscience. I'd look elsewhere to cut $200 first. OP, your budget is pretty much on par with mine (per person, that is; I cook for 7). I struggle every week trying to stay on budget lately. However, summer is coming up and my plan is to actually spend more during those fresh produce months so I can save more during the winter months by canning, freezing, etc, by taking advantage of the less expensive produce during the growing seasons. If you eat a lot of meat, you could certainly save money in that capacity by purchasing a plant-based protein source or extend
  4. As far as I know, she was assigned to read only 2 books - one by the school counselor and one by the teacher. She wasn't seeing the counselor as a therapist - the counselor was just trying to "be there" for her as the divorce went down (which, I think would be typical). Everyone was upset about the divorce and the circumstances, but as far as I can tell, the girl was hardly suicidal (everyone was kind of glad to have dad finally out of the picture). Mom did have the girl seeing a counselor outside of school just to help her through things, though. She is no longer seeing a counselor b
  5. Fair point. Dd and this girl have been best buds for about 10 years. Dd is the one who told me these things as they unfolded. She was the one who was so annoyed about the whole thing because this girl is a lot less "in the know" than the average kid (she goes to a private parochial school in a smallish town), yet still so impressionable. Possibly she was aware of those things, but I don't think so intimately - those books tend to bring "possibilities" around with full instructions, especially for those who wouldn't have otherwise considered them completely. I guess I just feel that sin
  6. Agreed. And Mom doesn't really have too much choice; she's stretched financially, the school knows the situation and has now inserted themselves in it. I think she feels confined.
  7. Dd13 has a friend who has been enrolled in private school all her scholastic years. She has recently gone through a fairly public and traumatic divorce of her parents. The kid has had a difficult time, but has handled it well. Here's the scenario about which I'm asking: Based on the publicity surrounding her parents' divorce, the school therapist required her to read the book Cut. There was no indication of her being depressed or otherwise self-abusive, yet she was "required" to read this book. I feel quite certain that this activity might not have ever been an option for her becau
  8. Hoping that child is found soon. :grouphug::grouphug::grouphug:
  9. What kind of sugar are you trying to avoid? White, refined, HFCS? Or that as well as naturally occurring (like honey) and mildly processed stuff (like maple syrup)? It's all tough if eating out a lot (especially since most restaurants don't do the latter anyway), but avoiding burgers/sandwiches (or anything that comes with a bun/bread), Chinese fast food sauces, and desserts will eliminate the majority right off the bat. Beyond that, I would eat pretty freely, I think. And congrats to you for giving up that soda!
  10. If you have flour, you can always make pasta - it's pretty easy and filling. I agree about checking into a food pantry; they are there for this reason. If I had $8 for the month, I'd have to consider going. Wish I lived closer to you.
  11. All right, Jean. You've just made me feel better (and I would love to experience a holiday with your family!!); we went to my parents' house to enjoy (or not) Chester's Chicken ordered fresh from the gas station, gravy from a packet, Suddenly Salad, cold canned baked beans, WalMart Coleslaw, and a blueberry pie made from pie filling and canned crescent rolls. But I still adored the company and wouldn't trade it for anything (except maybe some good food) :). I can always eat when I get home.
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