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Forum: Learning at School   11-04-2012, 12:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 553
Posted By cyclemama
I have a parent-teacher conference coming up for...

I have a parent-teacher conference coming up for my 5th grader. The teacher has encouraged the students to attend the conference with their parents. This is not a "share your work" kinda a...
Forum: Learning at School   02-19-2011, 01:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,589
Posted By cyclemama
I have three kids at an elementary school on our...

I have three kids at an elementary school on our district's "alternate" calendar. The summer break is shortened to about 5 or 6 weeks, with the remaining time off scattered throughout the year. The...
Forum: Missouri, Illinois, Iowa   02-19-2011, 01:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 498
Posted By cyclemama
Thank you for the replies. DH ended up taking...

Thank you for the replies. DH ended up taking the boys to the John Hancock building and then walking around Michigan Avenue. The boys said the top of the Hancock building was spectacular at night,...
Forum: Missouri, Illinois, Iowa   01-27-2011, 06:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 498
Posted By cyclemama
DH is taking our two boys (7yo and 9yo) abroad...

DH is taking our two boys (7yo and 9yo) abroad to visit relatives. Their evening flight into Chicago got canceled so they got moved to an afternoon flight. So they will now have a 10-hour layover in...
Forum: Indiana, Ohio, Michigan   09-25-2010, 05:33 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 266
Posted By cyclemama
Does anyone have any experience with the...

Does anyone have any experience with the Groundswell CSA that has a Grand Rapids drop off point? Are the weekly shares big enough to split with a friend? Is there a good variety of vegetables other...
Forum: Television   05-01-2009, 04:27 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 6,417
Posted By cyclemama
Quote: Originally Posted by eco_mama...

Quote:
Originally Posted by eco_mama http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/13687920)
Oh you know what? I don't buy this for one...
Forum: Television   04-22-2009, 03:02 PM
Replies: 346
Views: 9,169
Posted By cyclemama
Quote: Originally Posted by MichaelsSahm...

Quote:
Originally Posted by MichaelsSahm http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/13633764)
I completely disagree with everyone that...
Forum: Television   04-22-2009, 11:49 AM
Replies: 346
Views: 9,169
Posted By cyclemama
Adam's singing was great. But he looked so stiff...

Adam's singing was great. But he looked so stiff in that suit. He looked like he was purposefully restraining himself from any hand gestures or body movements. Even during the judges' comments, his...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-14-2009, 12:17 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 221
Posted By cyclemama
I'm feeling rather sad for my DS, who is in...

I'm feeling rather sad for my DS, who is in first grade. For most of his life he has been best buddies with a little boy down the street who attends the same school. The buddy ("B") has recently...
Forum: Learning at School   01-27-2009, 11:33 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 3,756
Posted By cyclemama
Could you suggest a "no-toy" rule? Maybe pitch...

Could you suggest a "no-toy" rule? Maybe pitch it as being more educational. My kids' school has a no-toy rule, and my kids just love sharing day. I remember one day my 4 yo was so excited about a...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   01-24-2009, 03:05 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,299
Posted By cyclemama
Most public school teachers around here get some...

Most public school teachers around here get some very stellar benefits, such as great health insurance coverage with no monthly premium contribution by the teacher, and a pension plan that requires...
Forum: Multicultural Families   12-21-2008, 01:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,100
Posted By cyclemama
Count me among the resentful. DH is from Korea,...

Count me among the resentful. DH is from Korea, and his parents are doing OK financially. His sister is not doing well financially, but that's because she refuses to work more than part-time even...
Forum: Learning at School   12-14-2008, 06:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 961
Posted By cyclemama
Bumping for UPDATE ... see bottom of first post....

Bumping for UPDATE ... see bottom of first post.

Cyclemama
Forum: Frugality & Finances   12-10-2008, 01:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 894
Posted By cyclemama
My kids have taken a liking to Amy's brand...

My kids have taken a liking to Amy's brand frozen burritos, which are a nice easy thing to have for a quick, microwavable, lunch. DS1 has a milk allergy, and the Amy's beans and rice burrito is...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-16-2008, 11:24 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,214
Posted By cyclemama
We paid off our 15-year mortgage in a little...

We paid off our 15-year mortgage in a little over five years. We decided to live on DH's salary only and put all my part-time income toward the mortgage. DH's salary is pretty average, and I work...
Forum: Learning at School   11-08-2008, 12:58 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,818
Posted By cyclemama
Obviously, the teacher is unwilling to work with...

Obviously, the teacher is unwilling to work with you to change her or the school's policy about worthless homework.

Is there some negative consequence the teacher imposes for not doing the...
Forum: Learning at School   10-26-2008, 03:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,433
Posted By cyclemama
How does your child's school handle indoor...

How does your child's school handle indoor recess?

We live in the upper midwest (US), where outdoor recess is sometimes cancelled due to weather. I think the policy is that the kids go outside...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   10-23-2008, 06:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 293
Posted By cyclemama
I'm looking to change careers and am looking...

I'm looking to change careers and am looking into speech therapy or something similar in the education or healthcare field. After 10 years as a lawyer, I'm looking for something more hands on,...
Forum: Learning at School   10-19-2008, 01:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 961
Posted By cyclemama
DS is in first grade and has a disruptive,...

DS is in first grade and has a disruptive, aggressive classmate. DS himself has had a couple encounters with this classmate -- she kicked DS on one occasion and intentionally tripped him on another....
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-16-2008, 09:25 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,449
Posted By cyclemama
Wow. I'm really surprised any school would...

Wow. I'm really surprised any school would release a kindergartner to walk home alone. That's insane. I don't know any kindergartners who walk home alone, even those who live two blocks from school....
Forum: Allergies   08-12-2008, 04:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,723
Posted By cyclemama
Thank you all for your replies. I never thought...

Thank you all for your replies. I never thought about the epi-pen posing any danger to others. DS is very responsible as far as his medical needs. He keeps very careful track of his inhaler and...
Forum: Allergies   08-12-2008, 01:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,723
Posted By cyclemama
DS is starting first grade tomorrow. He is...

DS is starting first grade tomorrow. He is allergic to tree nuts and milk. His teacher knows how to use an epi-pen and will keep one in the classroom. However, I'm pondering whether to also teach DS...
Forum: Parenting   03-24-2008, 12:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 286
Posted By cyclemama
We have three kids and are looking at buying a...

We have three kids and are looking at buying a used minivan. We have $14K to spend. We don't do debt, so financing a more expensive vehicle is not an option for us. It's just not. So, after some...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-10-2008, 04:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 622
Posted By cyclemama
We are planning a yardsale this spring to get...

We are planning a yardsale this spring to get rid of a lot of toddler clothes, outgrown toys, high chair .... You get the picture. Some of the items were passed down, or bought new, for us by...
Forum: Learning at School   12-09-2007, 05:31 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,933
Posted By cyclemama
This is probably a stupid question, but if a...

This is probably a stupid question, but if a chlid is being physically harmed at school, and the school does nothing about it, what would happen if the child's parent called the police to report the...
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