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Forum: Special Needs Parenting   01-04-2013, 12:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 235
Posted By loraxc
My DD is unusual in a number of ways (too long...

My DD is unusual in a number of ways (too long to get into, but for now I will say she has had ASDs ruled out and is socially popular). When she was 2-5 it was clear to me that she had symptoms of...
Forum: Learning at School   10-18-2012, 06:34 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,150
Posted By loraxc
I know I'm in the minority, but I think snack...

I know I'm in the minority, but I think snack time is silly for kids over K age. I never had it when I was a kid and I doubt most of us did at that age. Snacking has been suggested as a major...
Forum: Learning at School   10-16-2012, 10:46 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,003
Posted By loraxc
My DD is in third grade and has an average of an...

My DD is in third grade and has an average of an hour to an hour and a half of HW a night. If she isn't managing her time especially well, it may take her more than two hours. This does not include...
Forum: Family Safety   10-01-2012, 08:25 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,734
Posted By loraxc
No, I would never do this. But I highly...

No, I would never do this.

But I highly recommend my Weehoo!

http://www.weehoobicycletrailer.com/
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-01-2012, 06:11 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 11,109
Posted By loraxc
Huh--we always just dry off as best we can and...

Huh--we always just dry off as best we can and get in the car in our damp suits with towels under us! is that weird? I've just never wanted to mess with it. Our pool does not have family locker...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-01-2012, 06:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 301
Posted By loraxc
We vax. I think this has only come up once, and...

We vax. I think this has only come up once, and the older child went first and we asked her to be extra brave as an example (she doesn't mind shots much, so it was okay).
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-01-2012, 06:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 947
Posted By loraxc
My DS is 4y3m and does all self-care except...

My DS is 4y3m and does all self-care except toothbrushing. We check him after he wipes (he virtually always is clean, but I just want to be sure). I do think kids vary a bit on this and also that...
Forum: Laura Markham   05-01-2012, 09:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,490
Posted By loraxc
This is a very belated reply--somehow I never...

This is a very belated reply--somehow I never saw your response! But these issues are still very much with us, so I thank you so much for your sensitive and helpful reply. I am going to try those...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   04-24-2012, 07:37 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,134
Posted By loraxc
I do agree with whatsnextmom and actually went...

I do agree with whatsnextmom and actually went through a simialr kind of "experiment" myself with fairly similar results. That said, nothing you're doing sounds like a problem, but I would just be...
Forum: The Childhood Years   04-20-2012, 06:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 395
Posted By loraxc
Yes meemee, she is just like you describe your...

Yes meemee, she is just like you describe your daughter. Those are good ideas.

The homeless folks around here are sometimes visibly drunk or mentally ill. We did have a break-in at our house by a...
Forum: The Childhood Years   04-19-2012, 07:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 395
Posted By loraxc
Oh, planning meals is a GREAT one! I'm not sure...

Oh, planning meals is a GREAT one! I'm not sure she will be interested in the phone, but I'll ask.

Unfortunately, she has only one friend in walking distance. I have considered letting her go...
Forum: Learning at School   04-19-2012, 11:30 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,988
Posted By loraxc
Quote:Piling their papers boy/girl is likely an...

Quote:Piling their papers boy/girl is likely an easier and more efficient way for the kids to find their work... instead of looking through 20 papers, they just look through 10. Lining them up for...
Forum: The Childhood Years   04-19-2012, 09:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 395
Posted By loraxc
Yes, we do sometimes take her solo to movies DS...

Yes, we do sometimes take her solo to movies DS is too young for. I keep meaning to do a big-kid movie night at home with her and forgetting. I'm not sure what privileges she would want that would...
Forum: The Childhood Years   04-19-2012, 07:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 395
Posted By loraxc
DD frequently complains that we expect more of...

DD frequently complains that we expect more of her in various ways than we do of her 4yo brother. Naturally, we respond that this is appropriate given the age difference, etc., and that she has...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   04-19-2012, 06:31 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,005
Posted By loraxc
My 4yo will not read any fiction (or have it...

My 4yo will not read any fiction (or have it read to him) at present. Not only that, he won't read anything that isn't about the ocean, pretty much. And this is a kid who does NOT seem ASD in any...
Forum: The Childhood Years   04-19-2012, 06:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 358
Posted By loraxc
Thanks, everyone. It sounds like this probably...

Thanks, everyone. It sounds like this probably isn't an extremely high expectation but that it might be reasonable to cut back on it/make it easier in some way. I do want her to contribute more...
Forum: The Childhood Years   04-18-2012, 01:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 358
Posted By loraxc
If I help, she sings and dawdles and takes...

If I help, she sings and dawdles and takes forever to hang up one shirt and I end up doing most of it.

I think maybe she feels overwhelmed by the big messy pile that has to be sorted--that's sort...
Forum: The Childhood Years   04-18-2012, 01:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 358
Posted By loraxc
I gave my 8yo the job of putting away her...

I gave my 8yo the job of putting away her laundry a few months ago. This entails hanging up her shirts, sorting and pairing socks, folding pants and shorts, and putting it all away in the right...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   04-12-2012, 06:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,287
Posted By loraxc
We recently came across a copy of New Moon and...

We recently came across a copy of New Moon and DD8 LOVED it.
Forum: The Case Against Circumcision   04-12-2012, 05:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,637
Posted By loraxc
Update: DS did indeed have a UTI (caused by E....

Update: DS did indeed have a UTI (caused by E. coli). The ped (not my usual one) continued to lecture me about "hygiene." However, on further research, I learned that a recent course of abx can...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   04-05-2012, 05:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 217
Posted By loraxc
Feeling at my wits' end with my 8yo and 4 yo,...

Feeling at my wits' end with my 8yo and 4 yo, who are going through a super intense phase of rivalry/antagonism. They are not generally physical with each other (the 4yo will flail vaguely in the...
Forum: The Childhood Years   04-05-2012, 10:15 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,449
Posted By loraxc
Quote:In an era where 40% of my state's kids are...

Quote:In an era where 40% of my state's kids are overweight, and 25% of my state's 3rd graders are OBESE, I think it's time to let go of the idea of a childhood free of risk of ever having a broken...
Forum: The Case Against Circumcision   03-28-2012, 06:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,637
Posted By loraxc
Well, he is much better after a few doeses of...

Well, he is much better after a few doeses of abx (or maybe it was just a matter of time). It is not roseola, which I also thought of--no rash after the fever broke. I do notice that his penis (I...
Forum: The Case Against Circumcision   03-26-2012, 10:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,637
Posted By loraxc
DS is 4 and uncirced and has never had any...

DS is 4 and uncirced and has never had any issues with his penis before. Yesterday he started running a high fever (104) and seeming quite ill--did not want to eat, mostly slept. Motrin improved him...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   02-27-2012, 12:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,224
Posted By loraxc
Yes, our report cards are similarly...

Yes, our report cards are similarly noninofrmational. DD has been getting the same canned comments for three years now. I also have never been given a reading level. She was given some kind of test...
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