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Forum: The Childhood Years   Yesterday, 07:48 AM
Replies: 5
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Posted By KSLaura
How young is too young to be left alone?

I was reading this article about a 9YO left in a park while the mother worked. It made me really think about the precarious sitution single mothers or people living in poverty are left in during the...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   07-28-2014, 02:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 164
Posted By KSLaura
Can they start the night out in mom's bed? :) ...

Can they start the night out in mom's bed? :) My 5YO has never slept anywhere else.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-27-2014, 01:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 505
Posted By KSLaura
My kids' have made their best friends at...

My kids' have made their best friends at gymnastics. They all go to different schools (a couple are HS'd). They are there many hours a week though, and travel out of town to meets. I'm not sure if...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   07-27-2014, 12:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 597
Posted By KSLaura
Hmmm....I have a 5 YO, and there is no way in the...

Hmmm....I have a 5 YO, and there is no way in the world I could put her in her room at night and expect her to stay there. It would break her little heart to be left alone like that. I remember...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-27-2014, 12:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 376
Posted By KSLaura
Any chance you could send your younger child to...

Any chance you could send your younger child to camp with her? Older DD has some anxiety around camps last year, so we found several camps this year that would take both kids. They do much better...
Forum: Learning at School   07-27-2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 402
Posted By KSLaura
Where would your children go after primary...

Where would your children go after primary school? Somewhere off the island? Would the island schools provide a good transition and background for this, or would their options be limited?

I...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   07-20-2014, 02:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 292
Posted By KSLaura
Could you have your older child help out more? ...

Could you have your older child help out more? He should be old enough to make dinner or do the dishes while you take care of other household stuff. DD's friend (9) made dinner for her family a few...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   05-27-2014, 09:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,013
Posted By KSLaura
The COOP sounds really cool!

The COOP sounds really cool!
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   05-27-2014, 09:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 602
Posted By KSLaura
K is really hard. There are so many different...

K is really hard. There are so many different ability levels coming into school. Can you focus him somewhere else for a while? School isn't the only place kids can get an education. Maybe he could...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-27-2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 598
Posted By KSLaura
Most of the school districts around here offer a...

Most of the school districts around here offer a 1 day (or half day) of school 'extras' for HS'd kids. They usually do things like art, music, PE, and field trips. The older (high-school age) kids...
Forum: Natural Parenting News   05-26-2014, 03:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,721
Posted By KSLaura
Hmmm... I don't think moms do any of those...

Hmmm... I don't think moms do any of those things the same way a paid counterpart would. I've been a 'computer operator', and it's quite a bit more demanding than surfing the internet at home. The...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   05-26-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 505
Posted By KSLaura
If you take the spot at the G &T school, and it...

If you take the spot at the G &T school, and it doesn't work out, he can always go back to the neighborhood school. Would the reverse be true? Can he switch to the G & T school from the neighborhood...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   05-26-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 346
Posted By KSLaura
I really let the kids play all sorts of games at...

I really let the kids play all sorts of games at that age. I did have some that were advertised as 'educational' for toddlers, but I don't think my kids learned that much from them. Ebooks that read...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   05-11-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 470
Posted By KSLaura
The play thing jumps out at me, too. Pretend...

The play thing jumps out at me, too. Pretend play is boring for adults. What about more active play in the eveninings? Dancing to music, hide and seek, push up contests, jump rope, or pretend to be...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   05-11-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 475
Posted By KSLaura
At that age, my kids went straight from car to...

At that age, my kids went straight from car to stroller or shopping cart....for their own safety. Once we get to a safe place, they could walk. I still require my 5YO to hold my hand in parking...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-11-2014, 10:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 458
Posted By KSLaura
Second grader does gymnastics 3 nights a week...

Second grader does gymnastics 3 nights a week (plus seasonal weekend meets), dance once a week, girl scouts 1-2 times a month after school, and violin lessons once a week after school (only during...
Forum: Learning at School   05-04-2014, 12:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 917
Posted By KSLaura
I did that many times from grade school through...

I did that many times from grade school through college. Skimming books and articles for research projects becomes more important at the university level....
Forum: Learning at School   05-04-2014, 10:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 838
Posted By KSLaura
Yikes....they give 3YO's sharpies?? Wow...I try...

Yikes....they give 3YO's sharpies?? Wow...I try to keep those away from my 8YO. Mostly because they stain everything. She has a cute stick figure on her bedroom door from several years ago because I...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-04-2014, 10:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 289
Posted By KSLaura
I think they sound very normal. I do think its...

I think they sound very normal. I do think its an age thing. My kids often seem ungrateful for what they have, and always seem to want more. It takes lots of redirection and gentle converstations to...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   04-24-2014, 11:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 289
Posted By KSLaura
Do you have a supportive spouse/family members? ...

Do you have a supportive spouse/family members?

I've worked weekends and odd (very early) hours for the last 10 years. It actually works out really well for our family. It does mean that DH gets...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   04-24-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 475
Posted By KSLaura
Maybe she has some underlying jealousy of your...

Maybe she has some underlying jealousy of your life outside the home? Clearly your children are well-adjusted, as they are older, and this isn't a new thing for them.
Forum: Working and Student Parents   04-24-2014, 11:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 276
Posted By KSLaura
I would take the promotion. You could use the...

I would take the promotion. You could use the pay raise to maybe take some burdens off around the house (maybe hire a gardner, once a month house cleaner, etc...). I think that within the next...
Forum: Parents as Partners   04-13-2014, 01:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 335
Posted By KSLaura
"I'm glad to be married to my husband...

"I'm glad to be married to my husband because..."
He is my best friend. We like spending time withe each other and enjoy our children together. We reminisce about the past and plan for our future....
Forum: Parents as Partners   04-13-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 441
Posted By KSLaura
If he's staying up till noon and sleeping...

If he's staying up till noon and sleeping through bedtime, maybe you can have him make breakfast and get the children dressed in the morning. If this isn't likely to happen with you in the house,...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   04-13-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 309
Posted By KSLaura
The giant chessboard sounds awesome! 'I' would...

The giant chessboard sounds awesome! 'I' would love it! lol IDK, maybe a human tic tac toe with kids and hula hoops for the non-chesss kids? The pizza and checkerboard cake sound pretty cool, too.
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