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Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   05-07-2014, 08:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,428
Posted By squimp
Did the eye doctor suggest vision therapy?  I...

Did the eye doctor suggest vision therapy?  I don't know about that particular condition but I do think that ophthalmologists can be hesitant about vision therapy.  I know a number of folks who have...
Forum: The Childhood Years   04-18-2014, 08:14 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,254
Posted By squimp
If you really don't want them to play at your...

If you really don't want them to play at your house, then send them home.  Set rules, send them home when they're hungry or when they are disagreeable.  You have to decide what you want and what you...
Forum: The Childhood Years   04-09-2014, 08:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 482
Posted By squimp
Have you tried Target for jeans? My DD is a big...

Have you tried Target for jeans? My DD is a big kid (98th for height but more like 80th for weight) and those are her fave.
Forum: The Childhood Years   04-05-2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 202
Posted By squimp
I would encourage making things.  Pipe cleaners...

I would encourage making things.  Pipe cleaners and googly eyes and tacky glue and a few old shoeboxes.  He could make some pet rocks and then build houses for them out of cardboard.  DD has been...
Forum: Learning at School   03-27-2014, 01:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,174
Posted By squimp
I believe our public school system does it as a...

I believe our public school system does it as a community service. It is not an invasive procedure, but does give parents a heads up if there is a problem. Our ped does not do routine eye exams or...
Forum: Learning at School   03-26-2014, 09:51 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,174
Posted By squimp
Our school does health screening which includes...

Our school does health screening which includes vision and then a separate hearing screening. I know it is helpful to some parents, they may not have known about some of their kids' issues...
Forum: Learning at School   03-17-2014, 10:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 519
Posted By squimp
I think it really depends what the problem is,...

I think it really depends what the problem is, and whether it is easily resolved. My DD has strabismus, and has been wearing bifocals since she was 3. So pretty severe vision issues and she really...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   02-10-2014, 12:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 595
Posted By squimp
I am a PhD scientist, and now a research...

I am a PhD scientist, and now a research scientist with the federal government.  It's a good situation, but certainly took a while to get here, and unfortunately the federal jobs are not plentiful...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   01-27-2014, 10:45 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 925
Posted By squimp
My DD was very much like that. She loved Pippi...

My DD was very much like that. She loved Pippi and most Roald Dahl and loved Shel Silverstein. She read all of Beverly Cleary's books, starting with Ralph Mouse. She really liked the Dick King-Smith...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   01-24-2014, 10:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 260
Posted By squimp
Around here there are lots of opportunities, but...

Around here there are lots of opportunities, but many of them require parents to step up.  There are all sorts of 4H experiences and you can start your own.  There's a science fair through 4H....
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-20-2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 861
Posted By squimp
This is a really tough situation.  I bet that...

This is a really tough situation.  I bet that quietly other moms also have their doubts about the mean mom.  I mean someone who bullies their own kids and slaps them in front of other people?  That...
Forum: Learning at School   12-21-2013, 07:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 397
Posted By squimp
I agree about asking the teacher for assessment...

I agree about asking the teacher for assessment results if they have them. The questions you asked him would be beginning 3rd grade level around here.
Forum: The Childhood Years   12-08-2013, 10:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 799
Posted By squimp
I realized this about my DD at about age 18...

I realized this about my DD at about age 18 months. I work part time and she was with a nanny and between the two of us, we could not keep her in kids! We went to this local indoor play park, pretty...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   11-27-2013, 10:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 367
Posted By squimp
I also recommend meeting with the principal and...

I also recommend meeting with the principal and teacher of the new school to see what you think. When my DD started K, her assigned teacher met with all the kids and at that meeting she told us that...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   11-13-2013, 07:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 212
Posted By squimp
You can also check out the Scripps site, there...

You can also check out the Scripps site, there is paid section that we love, but there are also lots of lists there too. We don't have a Scripps bee within 100 miles but DD came in second in our...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   11-11-2013, 09:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 212
Posted By squimp
My DD does her own spelling words too, and we...

My DD does her own spelling words too, and we used to use the houghton mifflin lists. She also looks through an adult dictionary.

Here are H-M lists up to 6th grade....
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   11-04-2013, 09:15 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,214
Posted By squimp
My DD has gifted/talented peers. She is in a...

My DD has gifted/talented peers. She is in a public school in 4th grade but reads at a high school level. But she's not the only one, and it makes a huge difference. Our school has 6 math levels...
Forum: Learning at School   11-03-2013, 05:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,630
Posted By squimp
I struggle with this because we don't really...

I struggle with this because we don't really have grades!  We have these symbols - check mark, plus, zero and minus or equal signs.  What the heck?!  I think this is done purposely to throw off the...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   10-08-2013, 09:21 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,610
Posted By squimp
Go for a half hour walk after or before dinner...

Go for a half hour walk after or before dinner or maybe do a yoga video together?
Forum: Learning at School   10-06-2013, 10:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 740
Posted By squimp
Go to the PTO meetings and ask that they swap...

Go to the PTO meetings and ask that they swap out a readathon or a jogathon instead. We stopped doing those stupid cookie dough and wrapping paper sales once we realized most people hated that stuff...
Forum: Learning at School   09-15-2013, 12:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 605
Posted By squimp
I also do a lot, and am cutting back this year....

I also do a lot, and am cutting back this year. I would rather help out in the classroom but in the past I have initiated a fundraiser that raised 15k for our school. I am just burnt out after last...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   09-07-2013, 11:55 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,383
Posted By squimp
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by EnviroBecca http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   09-05-2013, 11:25 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,383
Posted By squimp
Personally I would completely drop TV from the...

Personally I would completely drop TV from the weekdays. It sounds to me like it is causing a fair amount of stress. We don't do TV at all during the week, started doing that when DD was in kindy,...
Forum: Learning at School   09-05-2013, 08:41 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,423
Posted By squimp
Hmmmm.  I am nearly 50 but in high school, I...

Hmmmm.  I am nearly 50 but in high school, I wore shorts that were so short my butt hung out of them.  I did.  I wore teeny bikinis and tube tops and skin tight jeans.  Fashion has not changed, I...
Forum: Learning at School   09-05-2013, 08:33 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,423
Posted By squimp
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by nholofencer http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
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