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Forum: Holiday Helper 2012   02-27-2013, 07:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 176
Posted By Elcie
I love the chance to do this! My only suggestion...

I love the chance to do this! My only suggestion would be to move the thank you thread to a more visible spot. If you are an anonymous donor, it's the only way to confirm your package arrived.
And...
Forum: The Childhood Years   12-17-2012, 06:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 616
Posted By Elcie
Just chiming in ... While we never had a defined...

Just chiming in ... While we never had a defined talk, like the other posters our discussions evolved over time, starting with how two cells create a little ball of cells. My kids knew all about the...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-26-2012, 01:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,638
Posted By Elcie
My son broke his leg (at a younger than yours...

My son broke his leg (at a younger than yours but also at a growth spurt) and he lagged physically for about six months after his cast was off. We revised his day camp plans as he wasn't able to...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-26-2012, 12:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,182
Posted By Elcie
We do Santa in a minimal way -- it's fun! -- and...

We do Santa in a minimal way -- it's fun! -- and let the kids "unbelieve" on their own. We don't do lists and the believer is allowed to ask Santa only for one thing. I agree with the posters that...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   06-26-2012, 12:36 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 1,359
Posted By Elcie
I joined to contribute to the holiday Families...

I joined to contribute to the holiday Families In Need effort -- I was so impressed with how that was organized. (So I would have to check the "other" box on the poll :-)
I didn't realize Mothering...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-19-2012, 09:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 777
Posted By Elcie
We routinely have five+ hour car trips and here...

We routinely have five+ hour car trips and here is something that helped: VERY comfy pillows to encourage a nap. For the DVD player, we found that Tom and Jerry cartoons worked well for our mult-age...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-19-2012, 09:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,974
Posted By Elcie
I find that intensely focusing on my kid(s) for...

I find that intensely focusing on my kid(s) for short bursts also works well. Some ideas: My daughter (7) and I take 15 minutes to make cards and write notes to each other. I invested in several...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-01-2012, 07:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,689
Posted By Elcie
How lovely that your older boy wants to share!...

How lovely that your older boy wants to share! If you have access to a trundle bed or toddler bed that might take up less space at first. My boys had a bunk bed (the older one got the top) and it...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-03-2012, 08:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 887
Posted By Elcie
Regarding Brownies: troop time would be a good...

Regarding Brownies: troop time would be a good opportunity to have the girls focus on activities related to the part of the GS law "Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout."  I think at this age you can...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-03-2012, 08:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 378
Posted By Elcie
Are you in a place where you can grow some...

Are you in a place where you can grow some veggies?
 
While we haven't had a real garden since DS#2 was tiny, we had great success in the "eat your veggies" department with home grown green...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-10-2012, 10:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 493
Posted By Elcie
They're both so young, but I recommend lots of...

They're both so young, but I recommend lots of specific praise for DD1 when she does the right thing. Taking pictures of this can be a wonderful reinforcement. Let DD1 "overhear" you tell someone...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-08-2012, 07:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 782
Posted By Elcie
Years ago I knew a woman whose DD had Pica --...

Years ago I knew a woman whose DD had Pica -- she'd eat a box of corn starch for example. I would inquire if medical reasons might trigger the behavior.
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-08-2012, 07:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 215
Posted By Elcie
We have a "family" cell phone with my voice on...

We have a "family" cell phone with my voice on the VM. DS 1 or DS2 to use as needed. Their friends are welcome to call or text but they know it's a family phone and there have been no issues.
 
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-04-2012, 11:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 157
Posted By Elcie
We just did my daughter's birthday at an outside...

We just did my daughter's birthday at an outside facility and this was for dinner, not between meals.
The kids were almost all too excited to eat, and averaged (barely) one slice of pizza each....
Forum: Learning at School   02-04-2012, 10:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,134
Posted By Elcie
I skipped one primary grade. No problem at all...

I skipped one primary grade. No problem at all through middle school but when I got to a new high school being a year younger made a difference (I was a bit of a late bloomer anyway and it stood out...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   01-29-2012, 08:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 545
Posted By Elcie
Great advice from the PPs!   The daycare...

Great advice from the PPs!
 
The daycare provider should be your ally in this. If they greet the child with a big smile and by name -- and you give a really cheery hello to them -- drop off goes a...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   01-29-2012, 07:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 339
Posted By Elcie
My daughter was at the same day care, but it...

My daughter was at the same day care, but it completely switched its location to a new facility, and then she was switched into different classroom two months later. This was a lot of change in a...
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-29-2012, 07:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 393
Posted By Elcie
Perhaps your daughter's teacher could point you...

Perhaps your daughter's teacher could point you in the direction of a compatible child? At this age, parents can still have a big role in getting a friendship established, but that window eventually...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   01-29-2012, 05:46 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,432
Posted By Elcie
Our kids often call DH by his first name, almost...

Our kids often call DH by his first name, almost interchangeably, with "Dad" and "Daddy." We've never really noticed it and would never make a big deal of it as all those names are said with love...
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-28-2012, 07:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 752
Posted By Elcie
For a fun container we used an empty mini M&M...

For a fun container we used an empty mini M&M tube that DS received at Christmas one year. It actually was a great size, and treats like blueberries didn't get crushed. It also looked cool. We also...
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-19-2012, 08:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,146
Posted By Elcie
Oh my heart aches for you. I am so glad you are...

Oh my heart aches for you. I am so glad you are looking for some solutions.
 
See if you can find a copy of "The Unwritten Rules of Friendship: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Make Friends."...
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-19-2012, 08:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 484
Posted By Elcie
We've had good success with audio books after...

We've had good success with audio books after lights are out. My boys actually listen to old favorites so the action isn't keeping them awake.
 
For young kids www.StoryNory.com...
Forum: Montessori   01-16-2012, 07:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,799
Posted By Elcie
I would definitely see what the teacher/s have...

I would definitely see what the teacher/s have to say. When my son was in a Montessori school I was fascinated as to how structured it was and the teachers were excellent at assessing where he was...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   01-15-2012, 06:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 463
Posted By Elcie
I have had three natural childbirths. I managed...

I have had three natural childbirths. I managed the labor at home as long as possible and gave birth in a hospital. They were all fairly swift, but the second was the fastest and the third was the...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   01-15-2012, 12:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 191
Posted By Elcie
Yes to the car conversations!   With my new...

Yes to the car conversations!
 
With my new teen we also discuss news items as it is a good place to discuss topical issues without being intensely personal. For example, while his current group...
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