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Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-17-2014, 07:30 PM
Replies: 81
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Posted By IdentityCrisisMama
Fun bump! We don't forage too much but I am...

Fun bump! We don't forage too much but I am always surprised that in early summer more people in our area don't forage for wineberries. I love them and we're always the only one at the urban patches....
Forum: Parenting   08-17-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 791
Posted By IdentityCrisisMama
I just saw this part. Did your parents provide...

I just saw this part. Did your parents provide for basic needs and provide an allowance for you to budget for all your wants? I think that's a pretty cool idea. It's not one that my DC is ready for...
Forum: Parenting   08-17-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 791
Posted By IdentityCrisisMama
What you describe from your childhood, I think,...

What you describe from your childhood, I think, is the ideal of how allowances would work. For us, it hasn't worked out that way.

DC is absolutely not a child who gets everything she wants. Just...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-17-2014, 02:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 368
Posted By IdentityCrisisMama
That certainly can be, SS. I do think that...

That certainly can be, SS. I do think that neighbor dynamics are different and have different expectations from friendships. We've had great success with neighbors by recognizing that neighbors are...
Forum: New Member? Introduce Yourself!   08-17-2014, 05:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 102
Posted By IdentityCrisisMama
Is Sembach a base school or a German school? I...

Is Sembach a base school or a German school? I have some experience of sending a an American child to German pre-K if that's relevant to you.
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-17-2014, 05:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 368
Posted By IdentityCrisisMama
I have no experience with this, sorry. I can...

I have no experience with this, sorry. I can speculate and say that if kids are over at my house to play with *stuff* and not my kids that I would probably say something like, "If you kids are...
Forum: Life With a Baby   08-16-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 355
Posted By IdentityCrisisMama
My first hated the car - short OR long trips. We...

My first hated the car - short OR long trips. We had several road-trips where she just suffered the entire way. When she turned 5 or so she was able to identify motion sickness (like the PP said).
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-16-2014, 02:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 368
Posted By IdentityCrisisMama
I think it's possible that you have the wrong...

I think it's possible that you have the wrong read on what's going on. In my neighborhood the neighbor kids play when there's nothing else going on. If they have outside friends they sometimes choose...
Forum: Learning at School   08-16-2014, 06:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 596
Posted By IdentityCrisisMama
That was the end decision for us as well. I would...

That was the end decision for us as well. I would do a lot of ground work and compare all information available and then we would visit. Gut feeling goes a long way and has served us well.
Forum: Parenting   08-16-2014, 06:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 791
Posted By IdentityCrisisMama
Oh, I didn't think you did! And, I agree with...

Oh, I didn't think you did! And, I agree with you. One thing that may come out of this at some point is that we will decided to switch over to a situation where DC has money to do with as she pleases...
Forum: Vaccinations   08-15-2014, 06:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 533
Posted By IdentityCrisisMama
It could be. I'm pretty far down in the lower...

It could be. I'm pretty far down in the lower left and I am certainly not all that radical.
Forum: Vaccinations   08-15-2014, 06:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 533
Posted By IdentityCrisisMama
I think quiz originated in the UK so the...

I think quiz originated in the UK so the political terms may not translate directly to US terms. I am certainly not libertarian in the US sense and answered a lot of questions far in favor of...
Forum: Parenting   08-14-2014, 12:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 791
Posted By IdentityCrisisMama
We're new to this too. I think I felt a lot of...

We're new to this too. I think I felt a lot of external pressure to allow for opportunity for my DC to have money for her to manage on her own. We experimented with that and it just didn't work at...
Forum: Learning at School   08-14-2014, 10:09 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,682
Posted By IdentityCrisisMama
** Totally OT ** Way upthread someone...

** Totally OT **

Way upthread someone mentioned that not all pencils are the same. Thanks for that! In my quality/price comparison I opted Ticonderoga pencils on promotion. I noticed my DC...
Forum: Learning at School   08-14-2014, 10:05 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,682
Posted By IdentityCrisisMama
I came out of denial about DC's list and went...

I came out of denial about DC's list and went shopping two days ago. Oy. $88 on the first round. It would have been more had I not had the privilege of going out early and alone so I could really...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-14-2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 719
Posted By IdentityCrisisMama
Like Linda said, it sounds to me that somewhere...

Like Linda said, it sounds to me that somewhere in the conversation things turned from this child retelling her memory to another child joining the conversation with what she knows about spiders and...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-13-2014, 07:13 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 719
Posted By IdentityCrisisMama
I was kind of thinking this, although not at all...

I was kind of thinking this, although not at all negatively towards the op, until I noticed that it sounds like Alice was pressuring her friend to accept her version rather than the other way around.
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-13-2014, 06:45 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 719
Posted By IdentityCrisisMama
Reading the responses, I realize that I missed...

Reading the responses, I realize that I missed the part about her sort insisting that you and your DC believe her. That's annoying. Is it possible that Alice's mom didn't really understand that this...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-13-2014, 06:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 719
Posted By IdentityCrisisMama
I definitely don't think this is about honesty so...

I definitely don't think this is about honesty so I, personally, would move away from that angle. If this were my child I would "let" her honor her memory but I would probably interject that she...
Forum: Learning at School   08-13-2014, 05:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 596
Posted By IdentityCrisisMama
While there is some controversy over whether some...

While there is some controversy over whether some charter schools have some de facto ways of getting around providing services (KIPP is recently under fire for expelling kids with behavioral...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-12-2014, 06:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 315
Posted By IdentityCrisisMama
Large city/mid-Atlantic, going rate in the city...

Large city/mid-Atlantic, going rate in the city is $5-6 for a young teen. In the county it's more like $8. In both the rate goes up as the babysitter gets older. DC charges $6 (we're in the city) but...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-12-2014, 06:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 381
Posted By IdentityCrisisMama
CTM, have you tried some of the common techniques...

CTM, have you tried some of the common techniques for getting a child use to your leaving them? One thing that worked well for my DC was to stay a while, then say I was running to the bathroom. After...
Forum: Learning at School   08-12-2014, 01:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 596
Posted By IdentityCrisisMama
Our district is interesting. We had/have...

Our district is interesting. We had/have neighborhood schools that vary quite a bit. Mostly, I hear, depending on strong leadership and steady principal employment. Some schools, even in very...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   08-12-2014, 11:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 200
Posted By IdentityCrisisMama
I checked that item again and urge you to...

I checked that item again and urge you to reconsider. I do not think they are in compliance with safe co-sleeping habits or awareness. One of the most fundamental pieces of advice for cosleeping is...
Forum: Learning at School   08-12-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,682
Posted By IdentityCrisisMama
Me too. And this is part of why I wonder if...

Me too. And this is part of why I wonder if teachers welcome this to the extent that we think the do. I said up thread that I know at least one classroom teacher who does not like the supply list way...
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