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Forum: Frugality & Finances   05-27-2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 483
Posted By chiefmir
I've been to some fun birthday parties at parks....

I've been to some fun birthday parties at parks.  Is there a playground there?  One party I'm thinking of had time as guests were arriving to play on the playground (which could be when you do the...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   04-10-2014, 12:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 139
Posted By chiefmir
The NEPSY-II isn't just for executive...

The NEPSY-II isn't just for executive functions... it has tests of attention/executive functions, language, visual spatial skills, motor skills, visual motor skills, memory (verba/visual/more...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   02-08-2014, 08:30 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 132
Posted By chiefmir
I can't speak to what your specific school means...

I can't speak to what your specific school means regarding a psych evaluation, but I can tell you about my own experiences doing them.  I worked in a school for 10 years (doctorate level...
Forum: Child & Teen Health   02-03-2014, 05:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 233
Posted By chiefmir
My 8.5 year old is in the same boat.  Some days...

My 8.5 year old is in the same boat.  Some days she tells me that her nipples hurt, some days she forgets about them, sometimes she only notices one.  She definitely has breast buds (felt by my DH...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-14-2014, 03:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 299
Posted By chiefmir
I just have to say that Vocal Minority gave an...

I just have to say that Vocal Minority gave an unbelievably amazing response!  I agree with 1000% of everything she said.
 
I absolutely wouldn't let a foot-in-mouth moment destroy what sounds...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   01-04-2014, 05:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 508
Posted By chiefmir
This is just a post in hopes that some moms who...

This is just a post in hopes that some moms who have BTDT will have some words of wisdom or commiseration!
 
My oldest DD, who is just shy of 8.5 years old, apparently is starting puberty. We know...
Forum: Parents as Partners   12-17-2013, 03:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 251
Posted By chiefmir
I voted that we divide half and half, but I...

I voted that we divide half and half, but I can't say that its really the case, because there is no real "keeping track" in any way.  We have 3 kids, and we both work...  DH works full time (which...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   11-28-2013, 07:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,137
Posted By chiefmir
Going into regular school age with an NLD...

Going into regular school age with an NLD diagnosis can be tricky because it is not considered a SPECIFIC learning disability and therefore may not fall into one of the classifications that the...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   11-14-2013, 06:50 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 1,515
Posted By chiefmir
I'm so glad you found a place that can do the...

I'm so glad you found a place that can do the testing (FWIW, that is a super price for a full neuropsych).  To clarify (this is my field, professionally), all the neuropsychologists I know who work...
Forum: Personal Growth   10-17-2013, 05:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 276
Posted By chiefmir
I would go a step farther, and thank your mom...

I would go a step farther, and thank your mom for always showing such thoughtfulness and always thinking of you (in HER MIND she is and I, personally, believe it would be hurtful not to at least...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   10-03-2013, 05:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 411
Posted By chiefmir
I generally don't like them because I think they...

I generally don't like them because I think they are overused and end up rewarding kids for behaviors (kindness, reading, respecting the teacher) that should be expected and which should have...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   09-17-2013, 12:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 335
Posted By chiefmir
In the districts I've worked in (all NJ and PA)...

In the districts I've worked in (all NJ and PA) they are required by law to "consider" outside evaluations in the schools but are not required to accept them when making determinations about whether...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-23-2013, 02:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 511
Posted By chiefmir
Have you asked him what he wants? My oldest DD...

Have you asked him what he wants? My oldest DD (almost 8)  has never been big at playing with toys, but sometimes there is something sort of "trendy" that she's seen at a friend's house that I...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-20-2013, 09:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 938
Posted By chiefmir
One of my best friends wrote a book called Doing...

One of my best friends wrote a book called Doing it Right; Making Smart, Safe and Satisfying Choices About Sex... and I know that she was HIGHLY inclusive of both heterosexual and homosexual sex.
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-08-2013, 05:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 414
Posted By chiefmir
My (now almost 8 year old oldest DD) wore pull...

My (now almost 8 year old oldest DD) wore pull ups/good nights until she was well over 7 years old and peed in them nightly. Even now, she has accidents every week or two, and needs to be woken up...
Forum: Women's Health   06-07-2013, 06:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 189
Posted By chiefmir
That all sound so scary!  I don't know if this...

That all sound so scary!  I don't know if this is totally a crazy thing to mention, but I just watched a TV show (like a medical/neurological detective thing) where a woman had "Alice in Wonderland"...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   04-18-2013, 10:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 575
Posted By chiefmir
I just wanted to say that I really feel for you...

I just wanted to say that I really feel for you in this situation.  I've been in it also... with both my best friend (of 26 years) and my sister.  In the case of my best friend, it was pretty clear...
Forum: Mental Health   04-10-2013, 10:15 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,444
Posted By chiefmir
I have 3 DDs (7, 4 and 2) and have definitely...

I have 3 DDs (7, 4 and 2) and have definitely had sleep problems since having the first.  For me, it seems to stem from not really EVER being able to turn off my mommy alarm system and it seems that...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   03-07-2013, 04:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 390
Posted By chiefmir
maybe a foaming soap?  if you want to use the...

maybe a foaming soap?  if you want to use the type of soap you already have, you can just buy a cheap foaming soap (its the container that does it), dump the soap, then add your own liquid soap with...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   11-20-2012, 07:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 554
Posted By chiefmir
I can hear the stress and frustration in your...

I can hear the stress and frustration in your post!
 
I don't have much in the way of practical advice to offer, I'm sorry, but couldn't read without posting to say that I hear you and totally get...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   10-29-2012, 10:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 631
Posted By chiefmir
That is SO frustrating!!   I am taking a...

That is SO frustrating!!
 
I am taking a TOTAL shot in the dark here... but I wonder if maybe the difference is that the first time YOU made the request and the second time your LAWYER made the...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   10-22-2012, 06:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 689
Posted By chiefmir
My DH is 5' 6" tall, so on the short side for an...

My DH is 5' 6" tall, so on the short side for an adult male, but definitely "normal", or whatever that is.  He's been on growth hormone since he was 4 years old, with a brief pause in there, when...
Forum: Parenting   10-22-2012, 08:49 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 35,090
Posted By chiefmir
I'm not saying that the parents were never...

I'm not saying that the parents were never interviewed, in fact, I'm fairly certain that they were interviewed extremely heavily if they were eventually incarcerated.  I'm actually fairly certain...
Forum: Parenting   10-18-2012, 06:30 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 35,090
Posted By chiefmir
I work in a school (school psychologist, but I...

I work in a school (school psychologist, but I do testing, not counseling).  Also a mom of 3.  I think it is completely understandable and fine that DHS can come to school and interview a child...
Forum: Healing Birth Trauma   09-28-2012, 06:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,364
Posted By chiefmir
I just wanted to say that I had 3 planned...

I just wanted to say that I had 3 planned c-sections and each one was perfectly fine!  To be honest, we are pretty non-MDC birthing type family, so a hospital birth of some sort was always our plan...
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