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Forty-something wife from SE Michigan. SAHM to 5 boys including twins. A love for photography, and a peer-to-peer breastfeeding counselor. When it comes to parenting, I like to take the attachment parenting approach. When it comes down to it, I'm really just trying to fit in & adjust to this domestic life.

  • Need advice on best way to approach neighbor?

    This weekend we are having a large outdoor birthday barbecue for our twins 5th birthday. Our immediate neighbor has two dogs, they are very friendly dogs, however, our neighbor is not very diligent with cleaning up the dogs waste all over their yard. The smell gets pretty bad. Is there a polite way to ask them to clean it up without being rude? I just can't imagine our party guests eating with the smell of dog waste in the air.

    2 AnswersEtiquette8 years ago
  • What is going on with Yahoo Answers mobile view?

    Anyone else experiencing glitches with the mobile view for Yahoo Answers? Font face has changed, there are annoying bullets everywhere and answering or posting often doesn't work. Not even sure this will post. I like using the mobile view instead of desktop view because it's easier to read. Anyone know what's going on?

    2 AnswersYahoo Answers9 years ago
  • What do you think is an appropriate age?

    To let your child walk to school alone? We live about a 10 minute walk (about 6 blocks) from our elementary school. My son is in the 3rd grade, he turns 9 tomorrow. He's been asking if he could walk to school by himself.

    I'm just so leary about letting him do it. I know I'd be worried the whole time and calling the school making sure he's there and safe. I've told him maybe next year. Am I being over protective or is he at the right age to trust him walking alone. There is no other kids nearby for him to walk with.

    10 AnswersGrade-Schooler9 years ago
  • Can I add tap water to fish tank?

    My son has a 2 gallon tabletop fish tank. He has two 1.5 inch comet goldfish in it. The water level has evaporated a little bit. I want to add some water to it. Do I have to condition any new water I add first? The dechlorine drops I have say to add just 2 drops per gallon of water. This is only a 2 gallon tank that only needs about an inch of water added. Will it be okay to just add straight tap water to it? Should I maybe leave the tap water sitting out for a day or so first before adding it?

    12 AnswersFish1 decade ago
  • Are you shopping for new baby gear?

    Just got this email today and wanted to share, that Babies R Us is having a Trade-In event. It looks like great way to save 20% on new baby gear.

    Here is the link:

    2 AnswersNewborn & Baby1 decade ago
  • Expert opinion needed. Is hardwood flooring okay?

    We moved in this house about 16 months ago. There is an addition off the back of the house that we are using as the dinning room. It's currently carpeted which is horrible in a dining room. The addition itself is on cinder-blocks with crawlspace underneath. There is no heat ducts in the room either. Currently there is a built-in space heater connected to our gas line. Our heating/cooling friend says he can put duct work in for us. We also plan to have the floor redone (I hate the carpet). My husband INSISTS that I can't get hardwood in that room because of the temperature fluctuation (we live in Michigan). Is this true? Is hardwood flooring not an option for this room?

    9 AnswersDecorating & Remodeling1 decade ago
  • What would you do in this situation?

    I have great neighbors, they are very good people. They've helped us out many times during the first year with our twins. They are 15 months now.

    Here's my dilema. The husband is retired, so he's home all day. Many times he's in his garage building some sort of contraption. Trouble is, some of his equipment makes A LOT of noise and his garage is right under the twins bedroom window. Often times he's doing all this right during the twins naptime. And often times, it does wake them.

    Do I just let it go, or do I ask him kindly to not work his machines between 12:30pm-2:30pm? And if I do ask him, how do I approach it? I certainly don't want to come across as being rude or asking too much.

    What would you do?

    24 AnswersToddler & Preschooler1 decade ago
  • Dishwasher dilema, does this happen to you?

    We moved into this house a year ago. We never had an automatic dishwasher before. A little info: There's myself, my husband, our 5 yr old and our 1yr old twins here.. surprisingly we don't have that many dishes. If I don't wash them by hand, the dishes we use take a good 4 days or so to fill the dishwasher up. I hate to waste all that hot water for a handful of dishes.

    So when the 3-4 days passes by, the bottom of the dishwasher is full of water. This happens ALL THE TIME. And it STINKS!!! So often if there's just a few dishes, I'll just do them by hand. Then say a week or more goes by and we haven't used the dishwasher, more water collects in there and it smells like rotting food, it's gross!! I don't even want to open the darn thing. So I turn it on for the first 30 seconds and the water drains out.. but why does the water go in there in the first place? Any on else's dishwasher do this? Please know that I try and not let water pool in my sink. I run the disposal several times. No matter what I do.. water keeps backing up into the dishwasher and I'm beginning to hate having one. I never want to use the thing because it always stinks. Ugh! I'm just so frustrated with it. Any insight would be very appreciated.

    Sorry so long.

    9 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs1 decade ago
  • When did your little one go down to one nap a day?

    My twin boys are 14 months. I can't remember when my 5 year old went down to one nap a day. My boys wake between 8:30am-9am then would usually take a late morning nap (11:30am ish) for a couple hours. Then take a late afternoon nap (4:30pm ish) for a couple hours. Then go to bed about 9pm.

    My struggle is, now that my son is in kindergarten. He goes for half day in the afternoon. He starts at 12:30pm, that's right in the middle of nap#1. So I'll delay their first nap, but then they are cranky and that ends up pushing back their afternoon nap and even bed time.

    I'm thinking of cutting them to one nap, while my 5 year old is in school. Is 14 months too young for one nap?

    Thanks, sorry so long.

    9 AnswersToddler & Preschooler1 decade ago