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When my father died, he left cash to pay for his funeral. My mother has a life insurance policy to cover hers. Both of my in-laws have pre-paid funerals as do DH's two surviving grandparents (one in her 80s and one in his 90s). I am not sure about my grandparents although I'm sure that they have insurance. If not, we will come up with the total cost and split it between whoever can pay. That's the expectation in our family. We have a pretty wide range of incomes and...
  I have worried quite a bit about deficiencies. I really thought they would start to think that I'm a little neurotic about it (I think our family doctor and general ped were), but our GI doc does test his vitamin levels every 6 months just to make sure. We're also under strict orders to call if his weight gets any lower. When he had a virus a few months ago, our pediatrician's office consulted our specialist about a hospital admission because DS lost 1.5 pounds. He's...
Don't go the psych route! We're dealing with this situation, too. It turns out that it's actually far more common than I'd ever realized, and I'm glad we ignored initial advice to go with a psychological issue. There are some physical issues with our son, but it turns out that we (collectively) actually know very little about the digestive tract. It's all trial and error. We got an evaluation by an amazing pediatric GI specialist, and despite my hand-wringing, he assured...
Our kids are 5 and 7. They're free to come sleep in our room for whatever reason. I know we're on the lax side of things when it comes to sleeping. I will say, though, that even my in-laws, who are generally against co-sleeping past babyhood let my husband and his siblings sleep in their room if they had nightmares or were sick. I think it's pretty acceptable to let a child that age get into your bed after a bad dream regardless of your general sleep philosophy. I'll...
My mother and step-father got rid of every picture of me when I left home because they didn't agree with some of the things I did, and it pretty much cemented for me that they didn't want me in their lives. I think my mom regrets it now, but it's just too late. Don't do this. You may not be able to repair the damage. It sounds like your husband is the one who has problems with it, so I would tell him that his choices are everyone in the photo or non-photo card. Who cares...
Our area does. With a doctor's note, you can get a lunch that meets your child's specific allergen needs. In fact, for my son who has Crohn's, we could ask for a special lunch for him. Of course, we also have a vegetarian option every day, so maybe we're more progressive on this issue...
This is very much how I feel as well. A couple of people I know posted on Facebook these really pointed, judgmental posts like "we're spending Thanksgiving weekend with family, NOT on material goods." Honestly my thought is "grow up. Accept that life is more nuanced." We did all of the family stuff. The kids decorated. We're doing several crafts this weekend, going to the park, etc. But yes, we went to Toys R Us. We got DS a physics kit to make his own robot, and we got...
Your longer explanation really just makes it seem like you maybe don't want your son in the after-school program at all, which I think is reasonable. My family's experience with homework is nothing like yours. My husband and I both took math well beyond calculus, and neither of us needed "comfortable, structured time" for homework. Neither of my children need our help in any way with homework. To me, if they can pop it out in 5 minutes while at after-care, that's just...
Well, to be fair, it's not. They could opt out. The OP could tell her child that she disagrees and doesn't want him doing his homework there. Obviously he misses out on the Rainbow Bucks or has to do extra work each day if they go that route. It could be a valuable lesson for making decisions, though, and if I felt that strongly about it, that's the way I would approach it with my children. We choose not to do some things at school or modify our participation, and we use...
I completely left my field and pursued another degree in an entirely different field. It's not the exact same situation but a similar dilemma. I stick to the rule never to mention my children when applying or interviewing. I had the most luck with wording along the lines of "After realizing that I wanted to change directions to choose the career path that would reflect my goals the most..." People seem to get that. It makes sense to all kinds of people, whether they have...
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