1/23/11 at 5:40am
Posts by Oriole
12/20/10 at 11:38am
12/16/10 at 5:39pm
I agree with those who said it depends on the culture and relationship itself. A gift does not fix the problems, and the lack of a gift does not signify a lack of love or commitment by any means. But I have to admit, I love exchanging gifts with DP. It's a romantic thing for us, and I love it. I don't care if it's a home-made "I love you card" or earrings, or a book I wanted. I just love surprises, and the idea of trying to make each other happy with a little...
12/16/10 at 5:10pm
What about doing something really special as a family vs. big gifts thing? Maybe going to a nearby big city to the park to go ice-skating? or looking up a sleigh ride? So that the useless gifts are not piling up, but the holiday still feels unique and special to the child, just in a different way? It's hard for me to comment, because I am a biig fan of Christmas (although, I don't like the 15,000 presents under the tree thing). I can see both sides of issues here....
10/25/10 at 10:05pm
Quote: Originally Posted by doubledutch now, if everything goes to hell and we're back to the sundial, i will be screwed. you are funny hehehe By the way, I think being able to tell the time by the sun is a super cool skill, and I tried for a while, as a kid, to figure it out. I have made several sundials myself. I was a different kind of child growing up.
10/25/10 at 9:47pm
Baking can be fun, scrapbooking (their own pictures will add a personal interest), going to a big city for a day is always a hit over here, playing video games altogether can be fun. I would always start with something that the kids want to do. They must have something that appeals to them, so I'd use that as a starting point, and work from there. Being a stepmom myself, I know exactly where your friend is coming from. Discipline would be much easier if the kids'...
10/25/10 at 11:27am
Boston: she should visit the North End - Little Italy. I believe they have some big festival going on (would have to check the date). They have italian pastry shop - Mike's Pastries. People go there to get authentic italian cakes and pastries. I also LOVE the old opera house. It's been restored just a few years ago, and it's magnificent on the inside.
10/25/10 at 11:14am
Quote: Originally Posted by dawningmama I wouldn't be surprised if the memorization of math facts becomes less important over the next several generations. Technology simply makes a lot of that less necessary. To teach them, yes, so that people understand the underlying principles of math. I think it's teaching to memorize that may become less essential a skill. Here is how I see it... Memorization is not a bad thing. You have to memorize...
10/25/10 at 10:05am
Help me out! I'm looking to buy a white chest, to store blankets / sewing stuff in. I'd like for it to be at least 1.5 ft deep x 1.5 ft tall x 4 (?) ft long. Oh, and here is a pickle, I'd really love not to spend more than $50 on it. Is there something out there for me? Thanks!
10/24/10 at 8:59pm
Quote: Originally Posted by Liquesce I recently read someone (an ostensibly adult someone) saying something more or less to that effect ... that basic math isn't really that important a skill for children to learn in the modern age of calculators, credit cards, etc. I have to say that this kind of thinking seriously scares me. Yes, it is important to teach basic math skills! Yes, there are plenty of analog clocks and watches around, so...