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bio website edarcs.blogspot.com
location Atlanta, GA
age 33
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High school biology teacher, mommy, wife, and black hole of fairly useless information.


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.
Jan
4
comment What can i do if my 4 month old baby didnt get enough milk while breasfeeding?
+1 for expressing first to get to the hind milk faster. Some kids just aren't interested in bottles and why stress yourself out about it if you don't have to?
Dec
12
comment How to Teach That Following Rules is Not Always Good?
+1 for discussing exceptions. My son is not very good at inferring such things even though he is much more a rule-bender than a strict rule-adherent.
Dec
9
comment How to help a precocsious child understand her opinion was not requested
For what it's worth, I was an only child and had a very similar experience (there were zero other kids my age in my family--my cousins were all several years older). My son, even though he's not an only, is a first and I can see a similar tendency in him. I did eventually figure it out and a lot of that "figuring out" came about because I started school and hanging around more and more kids in my own age group. But I remember my mom and I have "those" conversations, too.
Dec
9
comment How to help a precocsious child understand her opinion was not requested
+1 for discussing with her topics that might be private or sensitive.
Nov
22
comment How much of my prior drug use should I disclose to my tween daughter?
+1 for "I'll answer their questions, but not necessarily volunteer every bloody detail". If you start by being honest, then your kid(s) will know you're being honest later on as well. My high school students used to ask me personal questions about my teenage years, and I answered them honestly but appropriately. But it also meant that when they asked me if I'd ever smoked pot and I told them No, I have not, they knew I wasn't lying to just to make myself look good. It's all about building trust.
Nov
15
comment Should a teether be given to an infant? If, yes, then at what age?
For what it's worth, my daughter never tolerated a teether. She preferred her fingers the entire time she was teething (and she got her first tooth at 4 months old!). Certainly offer one that is appropriate, but be aware she might not be interested.