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August 5th, 2009, 08:09 PM
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So seeing as though baby number 4 is only 4 months old I am pretty new to this whole large family thing. Looking for advice on how you make one on one time with each kid. Every once in awhile I feel these pangs of guilt that they are going to feel lost in the shuffle and I was just looking for what works for you ladies.


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August 5th, 2009, 10:44 PM
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what is that/ LOL...j/k....we really dont get a lot of one on one....I mean I do things special with them here or there....but not every day. But I do make sure to spend special time snuggling or whatever with the kids....even if the others are around. My mom and dad take one kiddo for one night every (most every) weekend...the older three alternate turns. Most times they want to...sometimes my three year old doesn't want to sleep there but just hang out there. Other times she's eager for me to leave! LOL.

Anyway....If I sense they need a dose of one on one....then I do my best to find at least 20 minutes to spend with just htem....baby sleeping...other kids watching a movie...take the "needy" one or the one whose turn it is to their room and read with them or color with them or whatever....
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We aren't to give a baby milk, berries, or peanut butter. We are to introduce new foods one at a time. But it's OK to inject several viruses, bacteria, aluminum, formaldehyde, phenoxyethanol, animal serum, mercury, squalene and more into an 8 week old? I don't think so.
In order to be healthy it is an unfortunate fact that people must be allowed the opportunity to be ill. I trust my body and those of my children to work correctly against the relatively benign diseases they vax for, and do not trust the ingredients in the vaccinations.
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August 6th, 2009, 03:44 PM
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We don't have designated one-on-one time here. They all like different things so we will spend time with each one doing "their" thing but it's not everyday and it's usually not an all day thing. Case in point, my oldest daughter will often go to the market with me. She also does cheerleading so I take her there. My younger daughters are in gymnastics so I take them there and that's our time together. Because it's two hours for the two different level classes we will usually stop for dinner and eat inside. My son does karate and likes to play video games. He enjoys sports and all that ilk, so my husband and he will bond over those things. The baby and I will go to the play museum once or week or so when the older kids are otherwise involved. When we have foster children it's different and more spread out but it all evens out. No worries, it will work out fine for you, too!
Gabby, bio-mom to 4 under 11, step-mom to 3 adult children, (step)grandmom to 8 under 8. Therapeutic foster parent with 2-3 open beds, but not for long!
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