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Forum: Learning at School   08-11-2014, 06:49 PM
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Posted By beanma
This is the first year we don't have a school...

This is the first year we don't have a school supply list. The PTA is asking for donations in the amount you usually spend on school supplies and is buying them in bulk. We never were one of those...
Forum: Parenting   08-10-2014, 01:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 864
Posted By beanma
But some families PAY someone outside the home to...

But some families PAY someone outside the home to do it, too. I don't know anyone who has a live-in maid or cook, but I do know folks who have a service come to their home and clean once a week. It...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-09-2014, 06:04 PM
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Posted By beanma
I have a 13 year old, too, and also an 11 year...

I have a 13 year old, too, and also an 11 year old. DD1 has always been more on the flaky side. Dd2 is more organized and responsible. Dd1 has good intentions, but poor follow through. I have seen...
Forum: Parenting   08-07-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 864
Posted By beanma
This. I think I am going to do it. My kids...

This. I think I am going to do it.

My kids do earn a little money pet-sitting. (I don't think either one is the baby-sitting type.) It'll be a few years before they can or will want to get a...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-01-2014, 12:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 500
Posted By beanma
Check out http://www.newmoon.com/ . It's a girl...

Check out http://www.newmoon.com/ . It's a girl positive commercial free site with forums/chat rooms that are fully moderated.
Forum: Parenting   07-27-2014, 09:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 864
Posted By beanma
That makes sense crazyms. I'm thinking I might...

That makes sense crazyms. I'm thinking I might look at it like what I could hire out. If I had a housekeeper come to the house once a week, what would I want him or her to do? A housekeeper/maid is...
Forum: Parenting   07-27-2014, 01:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 864
Posted By beanma
Thoughts on paying kids for jobs around the house?

What are your thoughts on paying kids for jobs around the house? I have never done it, but am considering it. My kids are 13 and 10.

I do ask them to pick up their rooms and pick up their things...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-06-2014, 09:33 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,893
Posted By beanma
Schools use GoogleDocs/Apps, but when you sign up...

Schools use GoogleDocs/Apps, but when you sign up for that you get EVERYTHING google has to offer which includes Google+ and YouTube. My kids use alter egos on Google+ and have blogs with google's...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-05-2014, 07:25 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,893
Posted By beanma
True, but you can post animated gifs on google+...

True, but you can post animated gifs on google+ and link to Vines and YouTube. Once you have a Google account, you have Google+, YouTube, Blogger, etc automatically. My kids were quite excited to...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-04-2014, 08:35 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,893
Posted By beanma
Every child in my 10 year old's public school...

Every child in my 10 year old's public school class is required to have a google account. I don't think it's too young at all to start dealing with this stuff.
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-03-2014, 07:22 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,893
Posted By beanma
My 10 yr old and 13 yr old have to have google...

My 10 yr old and 13 yr old have to have google accounts for school so they automatically have all the google stuff (google+, blogger, youtube, etc). They have set up blogs, but under pseudonyms, and...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-03-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 776
Posted By beanma
I iron for weddings and funerals and that's it. I...

I iron for weddings and funerals and that's it. I also am a rare person who does not like lavender. I don't do many scents, but prefer citrus ones.

As for sheets, usually when they get dirty?
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-02-2014, 09:49 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,572
Posted By beanma
My dd1 has anxiety issues and has since she was a...

My dd1 has anxiety issues and has since she was a baby. (Horrible separation anxiety.) What works for us (and every individual is different, so YMMV) is to take baby steps, but keep moving. She does...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-02-2014, 04:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 470
Posted By beanma
"Smart But Scattered" is a great book for this...

"Smart But Scattered" is a great book for this kind of issue.
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   06-14-2014, 07:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 960
Posted By beanma
I think she might really like them if she likes...

I think she might really like them if she likes fantasy. Very accessible for that age group. We listened on audio book and I enjoyed them too.

I spelled the first one wrong. It's Magyk (no C) or...
Forum: Learning at School   06-12-2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,829
Posted By beanma
If he'll be 10 in May, then I think 4th grade is...

If he'll be 10 in May, then I think 4th grade is the right grade age-wise. My dd2 started 4th as 9 and turned 10 in Nov.

We've never seen a developmental behavioral ped, but I would think they...
Forum: Learning at School   06-12-2014, 07:05 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,829
Posted By beanma
I think you've gotten great advice so far. ...

I think you've gotten great advice so far.

In my area it would be entirely appropriate to contact the principal and share your concerns. We had our kids in a small crunchy private school that...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   06-09-2014, 07:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 960
Posted By beanma
Has she read the Septimus Heap series by Angie...

Has she read the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage? Magyck is the first one. They're nice and thick and there are 7 of them and are great for a voracious 10 yr old fantasy fan.
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   06-01-2014, 08:43 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,387
Posted By beanma
No, we do not have these where I live (NC). I'm...

No, we do not have these where I live (NC). I'm pretty sure it would be a violation of OSHA regs here. I know I can't volunteer at my natural foods coop w/o closed toe shoes and a shirt that covers...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-01-2014, 06:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,223
Posted By beanma
I have two girls with a 3 yr age gap, too, but my...

I have two girls with a 3 yr age gap, too, but my older dd really doesn't have the sassy preteen/teen thing going on. I have heard my younger dd get into it occasionally.

Check your media! The...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   05-20-2014, 08:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 133
Posted By beanma
What part of the country do you live in?...

What part of the country do you live in? Wisteria is very invasive in the South and can smother a tree. It will send up babies all over the place, too. English ivy is also incredibly invasive around...
Forum: Books, Music, and Media   05-19-2014, 10:13 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,544
Posted By beanma
I've been reading, too, but just fell off the...

I've been reading, too, but just fell off the wagon on writing it down. Here's my latest update. I think this is where I left off late January:
 
Widdershins / Charles de Lint 
Here on Earth /...
Forum: Learning at School   05-12-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 866
Posted By beanma
Oh how heartbreaking. So sorry for your whole...

Oh how heartbreaking. So sorry for your whole community.
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   05-01-2014, 07:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 960
Posted By beanma
You said she didn't read past Harry Potter 4...

You said she didn't read past Harry Potter 4 until she was in 4th grade? Has she read them all now? I think LOTR is less scary than HP. I can't interest my kids in it. I'm actually not that...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   04-26-2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,162
Posted By beanma
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by grahamsmom98 http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
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