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Forum: Parenting   07-27-2014, 09:46 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By beanma
That makes sense crazyms. I'm thinking I might...

That makes sense crazyms. I'm thinking I might look at it like what I could hire out. If I had a housekeeper come to the house once a week, what would I want him or her to do? A housekeeper/maid is...
Forum: Parenting   07-27-2014, 01:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 143
Posted By beanma
Thoughts on paying kids for jobs around the house?

What are your thoughts on paying kids for jobs around the house? I have never done it, but am considering it. My kids are 13 and 10.

I do ask them to pick up their rooms and pick up their things...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-06-2014, 09:33 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,454
Posted By beanma
Schools use GoogleDocs/Apps, but when you sign up...

Schools use GoogleDocs/Apps, but when you sign up for that you get EVERYTHING google has to offer which includes Google+ and YouTube. My kids use alter egos on Google+ and have blogs with google's...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-05-2014, 07:25 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,454
Posted By beanma
True, but you can post animated gifs on google+...

True, but you can post animated gifs on google+ and link to Vines and YouTube. Once you have a Google account, you have Google+, YouTube, Blogger, etc automatically. My kids were quite excited to...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-04-2014, 08:35 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,454
Posted By beanma
Every child in my 10 year old's public school...

Every child in my 10 year old's public school class is required to have a google account. I don't think it's too young at all to start dealing with this stuff.
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-03-2014, 07:22 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,454
Posted By beanma
My 10 yr old and 13 yr old have to have google...

My 10 yr old and 13 yr old have to have google accounts for school so they automatically have all the google stuff (google+, blogger, youtube, etc). They have set up blogs, but under pseudonyms, and...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-03-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 705
Posted By beanma
I iron for weddings and funerals and that's it. I...

I iron for weddings and funerals and that's it. I also am a rare person who does not like lavender. I don't do many scents, but prefer citrus ones.

As for sheets, usually when they get dirty?
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-02-2014, 09:49 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,042
Posted By beanma
My dd1 has anxiety issues and has since she was a...

My dd1 has anxiety issues and has since she was a baby. (Horrible separation anxiety.) What works for us (and every individual is different, so YMMV) is to take baby steps, but keep moving. She does...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-02-2014, 04:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 285
Posted By beanma
"Smart But Scattered" is a great book for this...

"Smart But Scattered" is a great book for this kind of issue.
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   06-14-2014, 07:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 856
Posted By beanma
I think she might really like them if she likes...

I think she might really like them if she likes fantasy. Very accessible for that age group. We listened on audio book and I enjoyed them too.

I spelled the first one wrong. It's Magyk (no C) or...
Forum: Learning at School   06-12-2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,615
Posted By beanma
If he'll be 10 in May, then I think 4th grade is...

If he'll be 10 in May, then I think 4th grade is the right grade age-wise. My dd2 started 4th as 9 and turned 10 in Nov.

We've never seen a developmental behavioral ped, but I would think they...
Forum: Learning at School   06-12-2014, 07:05 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,615
Posted By beanma
I think you've gotten great advice so far. ...

I think you've gotten great advice so far.

In my area it would be entirely appropriate to contact the principal and share your concerns. We had our kids in a small crunchy private school that...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   06-09-2014, 07:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 856
Posted By beanma
Has she read the Septimus Heap series by Angie...

Has she read the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage? Magyck is the first one. They're nice and thick and there are 7 of them and are great for a voracious 10 yr old fantasy fan.
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   06-01-2014, 08:43 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,210
Posted By beanma
No, we do not have these where I live (NC). I'm...

No, we do not have these where I live (NC). I'm pretty sure it would be a violation of OSHA regs here. I know I can't volunteer at my natural foods coop w/o closed toe shoes and a shirt that covers...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-01-2014, 06:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,140
Posted By beanma
I have two girls with a 3 yr age gap, too, but my...

I have two girls with a 3 yr age gap, too, but my older dd really doesn't have the sassy preteen/teen thing going on. I have heard my younger dd get into it occasionally.

Check your media! The...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   05-20-2014, 08:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 121
Posted By beanma
What part of the country do you live in?...

What part of the country do you live in? Wisteria is very invasive in the South and can smother a tree. It will send up babies all over the place, too. English ivy is also incredibly invasive around...
Forum: Books, Music, and Media   05-19-2014, 10:13 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,360
Posted By beanma
I've been reading, too, but just fell off the...

I've been reading, too, but just fell off the wagon on writing it down. Here's my latest update. I think this is where I left off late January:
 
Widdershins / Charles de Lint 
Here on Earth /...
Forum: Learning at School   05-12-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 803
Posted By beanma
Oh how heartbreaking. So sorry for your whole...

Oh how heartbreaking. So sorry for your whole community.
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   05-01-2014, 07:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 856
Posted By beanma
You said she didn't read past Harry Potter 4...

You said she didn't read past Harry Potter 4 until she was in 4th grade? Has she read them all now? I think LOTR is less scary than HP. I can't interest my kids in it. I'm actually not that...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   04-26-2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,061
Posted By beanma
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by grahamsmom98 http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Learning at School   04-19-2014, 10:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 803
Posted By beanma
I think it sounds great. I was going to suggest...

I think it sounds great. I was going to suggest that he might approach it from a "we all walked our own paths to arrive at this occasion" perspective, but it sounds like he's already got that. I...
Forum: Learning at School   04-09-2014, 03:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 820
Posted By beanma
Definitely it's all about what works for an...

Definitely it's all about what works for an individual child, but you made the comment about waiting to teach writing to kids, rather than one particular child. I think it gets a little confusing...
Forum: Learning at School   04-09-2014, 10:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 820
Posted By beanma
Well, I just think kids should learn the basics...

Well, I just think kids should learn the basics of good writing early on because if they learn to write poorly they may ingrain bad habits that are hard to break.  It's easier just to learn it the...
Forum: Learning at School   04-08-2014, 10:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 820
Posted By beanma
Nah, I don't think so at all Miranda. I think...

Nah, I don't think so at all Miranda. I think young kids can learn to write fluently, persuasively, informatively and in a non-formulaic way and they need to be doing it from early on. I think kids...
Forum: Learning at School   04-08-2014, 08:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 820
Posted By beanma
I really hate that rule. I think it reinforces...

I really hate that rule. I think it reinforces poor writing. A teacher should certainly give feedback on proper paragraph formation, but setting a sentence requirement for paragraphs is just a great...
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