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High school biology teacher, mommy, wife, and black hole of fairly useless information.


Nov
26
comment What do you do when a relative heaps presents on her children at Christmas and Your kid's pile always looks paltry in comparison?
I feel your pain. My husband has two sisters who are more well-off than we are or my younger SIL is. It's taken many, many years of really working together to get Christmas to where it is today. It helped when one sister moved to New York and discovered you simply can't physically fit a bunch of crap into a 700 square foot apartment with 4 people living in it. However, as the lone SIL in the bunch (ie. the only female not born directly into the family) I have NEVER been the one to instigate change. I will throw my support behind one SIL or another, but I don't feel like it's my place to
Nov
26
comment How long should we try to conceive before consulting a doctor?
I second this! We have this strange idea that all women ovulate on the 14th day of their cycle, but the reality is wildly different! Once I started charting my cycle, I discovered that I ovulated on the 10th day of my cycle--day 14 would have been too late! And charting doesn't have to involve an expensive monitor. Simple Basal Body Temperature monitoring can be just as effective. It takes some time to get the hang of it, but it can work too and BB Thermometers can be bought for about $5.00.
Nov
21
revised What do you do when a relative heaps presents on her children at Christmas and Your kid's pile always looks paltry in comparison?
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Nov
21
answered What do you do when a relative heaps presents on her children at Christmas and Your kid's pile always looks paltry in comparison?
Nov
21
comment Is buying school supplies online worth it?
Just wanted to add, that if you know who your child's teacher is, you might try contacting them in advance to double-check the list. Or ask other parents who might have had the teacher before. Granted, the list might change, but big items (calculators for example) and specialty items probably won't.
Nov
20
revised Resistant child and potty training regression
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Nov
20
answered Resistant child and potty training regression
Nov
19
revised When should a child begin to learn knife skills for use in the Kitchen?
Corrected spelling
Nov
19
comment What are the merits of teaching a child to type correctly at the expense of time practiced with handwriting?
Some of the comments in the blog post below discussed the printing vs cursive debate with many people legitimately pointing out that cursive handwriting is typically faster and more akin to the speed of thought once you master it. I certainly find this to be the case with me. But it complements typing nicely from this perspective as typing can also be done at the speed of thought once it is mastered. Plus, your daughter still needs to know how to sign her signature. I feel bad for my high schoolers whose "signature" is really just their printed name.
Nov
19
answered When should a child begin to learn knife skills for use in the Kitchen?
Nov
19
answered What are the merits of teaching a child to type correctly at the expense of time practiced with handwriting?
Nov
12
comment What can be done to help bright children stuck in a boring school?
I like this answer. If leaving the school is not an option, then encouraging his kids to find ways of entertaining themselves in a non-disruptive manner when they have finished their work is an important skill. I constantly kept books with me at school because I always finished my work early, but I knew better than to be sent home with a note saying I'd been disruptive in class. If reading isn't his deal, then a Suddoku book might be or a small logic puzzle book that he could work on in class.
Nov
12
comment Should schools instruct parents how to behave on the school run?
Oh my! Amazing what grown people wear out in public! While I would like to believe that when the school says "pajamas", they mean that all the parents showing up are dressed in pj pants and t-shirt or perhaps a tank top, I'm not naive enough to believe that everyone sleeps in such attire. If moms are showing up in nightgowns and dads are showing up in boxer shorts, however, that would make me uncomfortable too!!
Nov
9
answered Can putting a one year old baby in a playschool for around 7 hours, daily, cause any psychological issues to the baby?
Nov
7
answered What are good things to look for in formulas for newborns who need to supplement?
Nov
5
answered Sleeping routines and mother-father differences
Nov
5
revised How Much Hallowe'en Candy?
Included improved information from dentist link.
Nov
5
comment How Much Hallowe'en Candy?
My husband got a tip from a co-worker: Each of their kids gets a small Tupperware or Rubbermaid container and can fill that container with whatever Halloween candy they want to keep. Everything else goes away. How you choose to distribute the candy in the containers is up to you, but they get to control what they want to keep. I thought this was pretty brilliant, too.
Nov
1
answered How Much Hallowe'en Candy?
Oct
30
comment What should parent do when their child is dropping more hair?
How frequently is the eating protein? Is it high quality protein? And, when she eats it, how much is she eating at a sitting?