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Dar, I'm sorry you took it that way. I really was just surprised at the height of the ten-year-olds I saw. I never meant to imply that it was bad to be tall for your age - I was just remarking that the average height of kids seems to have increased tremendously. I know that tall kids and their parents have some troubles related to their height - my nephew at age 3 looked about five, and people often thought there was something wrong with him. As far as meat and...
DD pretty much helps with whatever I ask her to help with. Other than being responsible for making her bed and keeping her room neat, we don't really have a regular list of chores. She helps set and/or clear the dinner table, puts her breakfast/lunch dishes in the sink, helps put away groceries, etc. She rarely grumbles about any of it, and if she does, a simple, "hey, you're a part of the family, and everyone helps," nips that in the bud. I'm realizing, though, that...
Here are two ideas, one is "positive" and one, I guess, is "negative." Positive: Try a toy trade - DD used to play with a little boy at age four and they both had those end-of-playdate meltdown issues, so the other mom and I agreed that her son could take one of DD's toys home until the next playdate at his house, where he would return the toy and then she could take one of his. Of course, this only works if the kids are willing to part with a toy for a few days! It...
Oh my goodness, what is up with kids these days? They all look so big for their age. Is it just me, or are kids getting bigger and bigger? I used to teach public school, and when I taught sixth grade (seven years ago) a handful of the kids were taller than me - I'm only about 5'2" or maybe a little under that. Well, I've been substitute teaching in my local district and the other day I went to pick up a fifth grade class in the cafeteria and I thought I accidentally...
My daughter will be attending day camp this summer. I work at the camp in the summer so she gets to go for free, plus I get paid - a pretty good deal, considering I wouldn't be able to afford most of the good day camps in my area. I see her a few times a day - in the lunchroom, passing by on campus. Plus it's two miles from our house! It's nothing super fancy, just the usual activites - sports, arts and crafts, music, swimming twice a day, cookouts, a camp show, etc....
Sunday: Glazed salmon, soba noodles, steamed asparagus Monday: Stir-fried chicken and veggies over brown jasmine rice Tuesday: Broiled tilapia with breadcrumb/parmesan topping, salad, sweet potatoes Wednesday: Chicken with Provencal sauce, roasted red potatoes, peas with leeks Thursday: Minestrone soup and veggie burgers Friday: Spinach lasagna, salad, steamed green beans Saturday: Reservations!
Well, she gets plenty of sleep and good food and fresh air and exercise. And I think I allow her enough control over things, but I may pay attention to that a bit more and see if I can back off a little. Hormones? God, I hope not. She's skinny as a rail, and I do know that body fat is correlated with puberty, so I can't believe that her body could be gearing up already! Really??? She came home and talked to me about it today, and said she just feels herself...
I've heard such a range - from P.E. every day to only once a week, from great outdoor spaces for kids to play after lunch to schools that put the kids in the auditorium to watch movies in inclement weather. What is it like at your child's school when it comes to P.E. and recess? Is the school public, private? How old is your child? What do they do when the weather is bad and how exactly do they define bad weather? Do they cancel recess just because it looks like it...
Just a pointer: I know that in the school where I taught, a science fair project had to be an experiment of some kind using the scientific method, with a hypothesis, materials, observations, a conclusion, etc. Students weren't allowed to just build a robot or make a model of the solar system. You should check and see what the requirements are. There are a ton of books and websites with great ideas. Sorry I don't have any specific suggestions for you!
My DD is 7, and I would trust my husband's judgement about the safety of asking another mom to just escort her into the restroom, based on his gut feeling about the person and the location of the restroom. DD is pretty comfortable in public restrooms anyway, and has been going into the stall next to me rather than with me for a couple of years, and knows to check the seat to see if it's wet or yucky, etc. And I also believe that the likelihood of the person you choose...
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