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


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revised My child is constantly hungry. How do I keep her feeling fuller?
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Dec
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revised My child is constantly hungry. How do I keep her feeling fuller?
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Dec
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answered My child is constantly hungry. How do I keep her feeling fuller?
Nov
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comment What should I do when my daughter's health is affected by the cats at my parents home when we visit?
You all are right. I am being a little too nice to my mom's sensitivities. It's amazing how when family drama pops up we sometimes revert to our "little kid" selves. They have about a month to hopefully clean up the situation and they are coming to visit us the week before we stop at their house on the way to visit my husband's family for Christmas, so maybe I can gently remind my mom to bug bomb the place a few days before we get there. We can't find the fleas anywhere else...only in that one bed.
Nov
30
comment My six year old is afraid of the shower. How do I help her transition?
@balanced: I was terrified of the water until I was 7. Then one day I just sort of figured it out and was jumping off the diving board into the deep end of the pool by the end of the day. Just keep working with her and she'll get it. I have friends whose kids could swim by the time they were 2 and neither of my kids are competent swimmers, either yet. +1 for the goggle idea, btw, Christine!
Nov
30
comment What should I do when my daughter's health is affected by the cats at my parents home when we visit?
My dad is amazing, but "pushy" is not a word I would ever use to describe him. We're not scheduled to visit them again until right before Christmas and we're only staying for one night. Certainly for that night a clean set of sheets and a good vacuuming will get us through. As for long-term solutions, we'll just have to keep working on that.
Nov
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comment What should I do when my daughter's health is affected by the cats at my parents home when we visit?
Lots of great suggestions, guys. Thanks! The cat is all ready on a flea-drop treatment, but new research is showing that fleas are all ready evolving to be immune to the chemical in the topical treatments. My parents are pretty religious about using it which is why this is a bit of a shock. Also, my parents recently had to put their other cat to sleep and I suspect that my mom's reluctance to deal with the flea problem perhaps stems from that. It's the only thing that makes sense. Any suggestion that we stay anywhere else when we visit will be taken as a personal sleight by my mother.
Nov
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asked What should I do when my daughter's health is affected by the cats at my parents home when we visit?
Nov
28
comment My 8 year old son won't fall asleep
@TorbenGundtofte-Bruun: Absolutely. I used to attend a daycamp in the summer and ghost stories ran rampant in the middle of the summer. And, even though they shouldn't be watching them, I can vividly recall hearing pretty much every detail of the plots of Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street from other kids in my 3rd grade class! FYI: I have never seen either movie to this day.
Nov
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answered My 8 year old son won't fall asleep
Nov
27
comment Kids and Cell Phones? What limits should be set along with giving the first phone?
Yeah, this woman makes my sisters-in-law look pretty tame.
Nov
27
comment How do you handle a toddler that refuses to say 'sorry'?
I agree with @ChristineGordon and balancedmama on this one. Before he was saying "I'm sorry" because it was a habit and he wanted to please you. Not because he was truly sorry. Now he realizes that he has control over certain things and you can't MAKE him necessarily do things he doesn't want to do. Which is true--you CAN'T make him apologize for things. But you can control what you choose to do. I think you need to decide if it's more important to you that your child learn to apologize out of politeness or because he REALLY means it.
Nov
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comment Kids and Cell Phones? What limits should be set along with giving the first phone?
Geez! This family is one hot mess! You have my sympathies!
Nov
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answered What are some great techniques for encouraging a reluctant reader?
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?
recommend changes. Perhaps, though, it would be worth your while to sort of feel out how other family members feel about it (I suspect you all ready know). It might be you're the only family member who feels this way, but it might be that everyone else feels the same way or similarly. The thing we have learned is that holidays have to evolve as families change. Their "tradition" was probably fine when they only had one kid, but now that they have more it's not working. You can maintain your familial holiday traditions while still adjusting to accommodate new holiday traditions.
Nov
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.