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On the off chance that this is a serious post and not someone posting such a ridiculous first post for kicks, contact the au pair agency, and release this poor girl. Your expectations are not reasonable (dress up for an hour long office meeting? the au pair only eats with you once a week?). Black skirts and white shirts don't make it easy for her to care for your child when there's company over. Saying "this restaurant has a dress code, so you'll need to wear something...
Why are you so against taking him to "any kind" of therapist? Our son has/had sensory issues and occupational therapy was super fun for him and extremely helpful. It didn't change who he was, it helped him flower. He had OT from about 5-7. He's in middle school now, and while he's a bit quirky (he's got a few mild tics), he does not stand out, he gets along with other kids and he has good self-esteem. The OT helped teach his brain new pathways for motor organization and...
My daughter read the whole series the summer after she turned 7. She started at the end of first grade and fell in love. I was a bit concerned about her ability to handle them because she's got a lively imagination and is prone to nightmares as well. I was surprised by her ability to handle them. No, she didn't get everything, but she got a lot of it. She's re-read them at least once since then.   Overall, I've been impressed by her ability to handle tough content....
#1 sounds fine, just make sure it's done in a "let's get you cleaned up" kind of voice.   #2 is fine, IF you present it as "oops, let's get that cleaned up." By age 5, my kids knew how to find the towels and wipe up a spill. They'd do so cheerfully. Why? Because I was very very careful not to overreact. Spills drove my dad crazy and I remember spills at the dinner table being a big.huge.deal with lots of huffing and sighing. Remember, your kids are still developing...
You can (and probably still should) call CPS in this kind of situation. You have direct evidence of what she told you, which is good. I'm glad you helped.
I find the debate threads completely useless. Many of the arguments people use aren't backed up by research. There's a lot of fear mongering. It's not a debate so much as a shouting match which often quickly descends into "You're wrong because Big Pharma makes millions of dollars off vaccines."
You have to talk to him. You moved the computer. If you don't talk to him, how can he learn? Putting it in your room is both shaming and passive aggressive.   "I noticed you seemed kind of uncomfortable when I came into your room this morning, so I looked at the computer. I saw that you had some porn sites up. Do you know what porn is? (Give your definition however you want.) I suspect that was an accident this time, but I want to tell you why porn is not something...
We always bring the kids. If I have something I need to discuss privately, I'll schedule a private meeting or do it via e-mail.   the conference is really more about "these are the expectations and this is where your child is". I think it's helpful for the kids to hear that.
  I know you want to get along with the teacher for your daughter's sake, but I would be at the principal's office ASAP if I got those kinds of reports from my child.   Actually, the first time something like that came home, I'd send a quick note to the teacher saying "Can I check with you what the expectations are and how the worksheet was explained? My daughter says she doesn't understand and that she wasn't able to get help. Do you know if she asked you for help?...
  He's left you home with 4 little kids and no phone? You don't feel safe when you talk to him about serious matters?   I know you're pregnant and vulnerable, but I'd just point out that his trying to control what you eat (to the point where it wouldn't be healthy for you or the baby), to dismiss your concerns, to control your access to medical care, and his isolating you are signs of an abusive relationship. I don't know if it's abusive. But I'd like you to tuck that...
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