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Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   01-26-2011, 11:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 954
Posted By karlin
Oh I am so mad about that budget cut proposal. ...

Oh I am so mad about that budget cut proposal.  Thanks for reminding me I can do something about it....and thanks for the links!  I recently befriended a woman with a gifted kindergartener, and...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   01-26-2011, 10:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 954
Posted By karlin
Thanks, I will join the listserve.  I was told...

Thanks, I will join the listserve.  I was told there was no gifted program in the school at all until junior high. 
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   01-26-2011, 09:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 954
Posted By karlin
Yes, I am in RC. I also grew up here and we had...

Yes, I am in RC. I also grew up here and we had a great gifted program.  In fact, I went to the same school as my DS.  It's considered one of the best elementary schools in the city.  The laws...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   01-26-2011, 08:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 954
Posted By karlin
A little background: My DS (7 years old) is...

A little background: My DS (7 years old) is bright.  I'm not really sure how bright because our state and district has no testing services and no gifted programs.  His birthday is right after the...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   01-11-2011, 05:48 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,296
Posted By karlin
I have an only child who started first grade...

I have an only child who started first grade last fall, and right now I SAH.  It's important for me to be able to take him to and from school, so full time work is out for me too.  I was signed up...
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-11-2011, 05:10 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,222
Posted By karlin
Scour your local thrift stores.  I find bags and...

Scour your local thrift stores.  I find bags and tubs of loose legos all the time.  We love both the kits and the loose legos.  I found the millenium falcon at a thrift store and had a blast putting...
Forum: Learning at School   01-10-2011, 08:50 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,730
Posted By karlin
My DS is in the first grade, and I can see how...

My DS is in the first grade, and I can see how much of a disaster it would be if the students were not ability grouped for certain subjects...especially reading.  Some students go to the reading...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   11-24-2010, 06:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 717
Posted By karlin
My DS started wondering around age 5 when he...

My DS started wondering around age 5 when he became a pretty good reader.  He noticed the box on his previous years gift said, "Only Available at Toys R Us" or something similar.  He started asking...
Forum: Learning at School   10-27-2010, 01:09 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,720
Posted By karlin
Yes, I agree with those that say volunteer in...

Yes, I agree with those that say volunteer in the classroom. I'm pretty sure parents are allowed to drop in anytime at my DS's school (elementary). I do drop in on days I volunteer in the library (I...
Forum: Learning at School   10-24-2010, 01:21 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,262
Posted By karlin
My DS is 7, and I miss him too. Not all the...

My DS is 7, and I miss him too. Not all the time, but quite a bit. When I'm busy, it's nice to not worry about him...but I do enjoy picking him up everyday.
Forum: Learning at School   09-21-2010, 05:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 750
Posted By karlin
I volunteer in my DS's first grade classroom one...

I volunteer in my DS's first grade classroom one or two days a week. My job is having the kids read their daily book to me. I help them if needed, and then I write some notes about how it went for...
Forum: Women's Health   09-21-2010, 12:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 873
Posted By karlin
Changing my diet has done wonders for me. I did...

Changing my diet has done wonders for me. I did it for other health reasons, and then realized my anxiety was basically gone! I eat paleo/primal, and have for 1.5 years. I think getting all whole...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   09-17-2010, 07:16 PM
Replies: 342
Views: 33,798
Posted By karlin
You could try giving her more protein/fat at...

You could try giving her more protein/fat at each meal...and by that I mean meat. Oatmeal will make many people hungry a couple hours later. Try some sausage or at least adding some whey protein...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   08-23-2010, 04:08 PM
Replies: 342
Views: 33,798
Posted By karlin
It sounds like she gets a lot of sweet things...

It sounds like she gets a lot of sweet things but not a whole lot of protein. Could you try giving her something more filling for breakfast, like sausage? What about cheese for snacks? I know you...
Forum: Women's Health   08-15-2010, 10:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 361
Posted By karlin
Since I've started taking lots of vitamin D and...

Since I've started taking lots of vitamin D and eating well, my SAD doesn't bother me as much. What I mean by eating well was a complete change of diet. I now eat paleo/primal, and while I did it...
Forum: Women's Health   07-24-2010, 10:09 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,512
Posted By karlin
I hope this doesn't offend you, but have you...

I hope this doesn't offend you, but have you considered that your diet is the cause of your symptoms? I was a vegetarian for many years (13), and it did horrible things to my health. I finally went...
Forum: Women's Health   07-06-2010, 09:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,537
Posted By karlin
My DS is very sensitive to sugar (in fact, my...

My DS is very sensitive to sugar (in fact, my whole family is). DH and I eat paleo/primal, and I have switched DS mostly over to this kind of eating over the past year (I've been primal for 1.5...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-23-2010, 08:06 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,842
Posted By karlin
Have you tried a chart? He can fill in a star...

Have you tried a chart? He can fill in a star for everyday he feeds himself, and on the 7th day (or 10th or 3rd or whatever works), have a special reward like a trip to the park or a small toy....
Forum: Learning at School   05-14-2010, 11:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,805
Posted By karlin
My son has strong reactions to sugar (and...

My son has strong reactions to sugar (and especially HFCS), and I certainly wouldn't want to be his teacher after he consumed 2 oreos. I think it's perfectly reasonable for a teacher to request only...
Forum: Personal Growth   04-22-2010, 09:47 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,090
Posted By karlin
Do you have a local food coop? I met so many...

Do you have a local food coop? I met so many people volunteering at our coop, a couple of which I consider good friends. When my son was 4, I made a decision to just get myself out there for both of...
Forum: Learning at School   03-26-2010, 01:36 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,273
Posted By karlin
A month ago I pulled my DS out of private...

A month ago I pulled my DS out of private Montessori and put him in PS. He is a very bright child,, but his school was so rigid it was killing his desire to learn. He is so much happier at PS. He...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-16-2010, 11:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 674
Posted By karlin
Do you have a Habitat for Humanity ReStore near...

Do you have a Habitat for Humanity ReStore near you? You could probably find a "new" vanity for less than buying a bunch of paint and primer...or possibly find "new" doors there too.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-14-2010, 11:50 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,956
Posted By karlin
We spend around $500 for 2 adults and one child....

We spend around $500 for 2 adults and one child. With pet food it's a bit more (4 cats and 2 dogs, some of which eat special diets). We are about as cheap as we can go, as we eat paleo/primal...so...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-12-2010, 02:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,893
Posted By karlin
I shop thrift stores and garage sales for the...

I shop thrift stores and garage sales for the bulk of my son's clothing. I can get much better quality and brand names then if I were to buy new. Plus, if they don't fit right or whatever, it's not...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   01-11-2010, 02:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,118
Posted By karlin
Do you have a Habitat for Humanity ReStore in...

Do you have a Habitat for Humanity ReStore in your town? They'd gladly take the appliance parts.

As for the porn video, just throw it out.
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