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age 33
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seen Aug 29 at 22:25

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


Aug
26
comment How to handle a fussy baby?
+1 for the Moby wrap which also includes specific instructions on how to wear twins so Zeina could, conceivably, wear both boys simultaneously! Both my kids did well in our Moby. Some kids don't like it so much and you might find that to be the case with your other twin, but it would probably help this one feel more secure and you less restricted!
Aug
1
comment My 13 year old son has a friend whom he brushes off but yet my 11 year old son really likes
+1 for "He's not a toy that he can refuse to let his younger brother borrow." Kids--especially preteens--need to be reminded sometimes that their friends are people, too, and not possessions.
Aug
1
comment Helping a child independently make logical connections
+1 for this could be how his brain works. I used to teach beside a reading teacher at my high school who worked with kids who were well below grade level in their reading skills. She explained to me that one of the big reasons motivating the push towards teaching "sight words" in the younger grades is because there is a small proportion of the population who simply does not "get" something like phonics but excels at simply memorizing words. Also +1 for all your other fabulous suggestions :-D
Jul
30
comment Should I force activities on my child?
+1 for "Does your child object to learning it from you". I taught swim lessons for YEARS, but my son absolutely would NOT let me teach him the basics of swimming. He wanted me to protect him in the water, not make him learn how to kick and move his arms. Now that he has the basics down, he's much more inclined to let me help him with the nuances and more advanced skills, but I still let him lead and when he's clearly done with me I let it go.
Jul
30
comment Teens concerned about impregnation through clothes
+1 just for using the phrase "semen to accidentally quantum-teleport to their destination". I will laugh about that for the rest of the evening.
May
7
comment Why is our three year old fixated on… 'Dark' things?
Ok, the man in the room at night thing would weird me out, but I straight up believe in ghosts. If my kids tell me there's a creepy man in their room, I'm probably going to believe them (I'm not proud...).
Feb
18
comment When will my boy be able to tell me about his day?
+1 for the "highlights, lowlights" thing. One of my SILs and her family are not especially religious so instead of saying nighttime prayers they do highlights and lowlights (they also throw in something they're thankful for).
Feb
18
comment When will my boy be able to tell me about his day?
My daughter is 3 1/2 and has begun giving us reliable daily updates within the past 4 or 5 months. So, yeah, between 3 and 3 1/2.
Feb
13
comment How to teach my daughter to get the shampoo rinsed out of her hair throughly?
+1 for the Chewbacca comment. Seriously made my day.
Feb
13
comment How to teach my daughter to get the shampoo rinsed out of her hair throughly?
Poo free might be the way to go. She's still young enough that her hormones probably aren't making her hair super greasy. The transition would probably be easy--especially since she's only washing her hair every few days right now anyway. Put a bottle of baking soda water and a bottle of apple cider vinegar and water in there and squirt away! Be careful with the ACV, though, too much will make your hair look greasy
Jan
28
comment What's the process to select a School?
I assume all cafeteria food is crap and just pack my son's lunch. At least I know what's in it!
Jan
21
comment Socialization strategies for a new stay-at-home Mom
+1 for joining a playgroup. Sometimes as the "new" SAHM it can feel like it's very difficult to break in to all ready established groups that have been interacting for awhile. Joining a playgroup helps to take that pressure off a little bit as well. Especially if you're more introverted or asocial (raises hand). Sometimes you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone for your kid's sake.
Jan
21
comment Cursive Handwriting for Lefties
So I apologize if you find my assertion insulting, but I have found too many instances where my mom's assertions about being a lefty have been incorrect based on my son's experiences.
Jan
21
comment Cursive Handwriting for Lefties
Considering I have worked with my son for over a year on his handwriting and I know how he writes, then I DO know better. I'm sorry so many lefties have had such horrible experiences in education with handwriting--my mom has talked about it for years. Frankly, I don't discuss the topic with my mom for a reason. Education is changing and she simply doesn't grasp that. If lifting your pencil works for you, great. But I won't know what works for my 5-year-old until he tries it and I owe him the opportunity to find the best method that works for him.
Jan
20
comment Cursive Handwriting for Lefties
I realize my original question was vague, hence the edit. I do not understand why so many answers are assuming this is an issue with his school or his teacher when, in fact, it is neither, nor did I allude to it being so. He is not graded on handwriting--in fact, most schools no longer include handwriting in the kindergarten curriculum as a "grade". It is merely taught as a means to an end (written communication). I simply disagree with the assertion that the cost-benefit analysis for a lefty performing cursive is going to be greater than the same lefty performing manuscript.
Jan
20
comment Cursive Handwriting for Lefties
This is true, but he's not going to be able to do work in class on a computer--at least, not right now. As for homework, for most assignments, I don't think they care. Either way, an ability to write with a pen/pencil either in manuscript or cursive is still a necessity even in modern society. Perhaps in 20 years everything will be done electronically, but that is not the reality right now.
Jan
16
comment How do I make sure kids don't run on the stairs?
If you discover an answer to this, please share. My kids ONLY run up and down the stairs--rarely do they walk although sometimes they will hang on the railing and slide down. I think this is just a thing that kids do and they'll eventually grow out of it. Sorry.
Jan
16
comment Toddler and Reading
Sounds about normal to me!
Jan
15
comment How do I help my third-grader focus on homework?
+1 for breaks in between pages. Kids really do need it.
Jan
5
comment What do you say when your child says “You're mean!”
@JamesSnell: Actually, that is what I tell my kids when they tell me I'm mean. They very rarely tell me I'm mean.