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Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   12-01-2015, 09:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,950
Posted By squimp
I think my response is kind of late, since you're...

I think my response is kind of late, since you're well into the school year. But each year I talk with the teacher and ask what they will do to meet my daughter at her level. It was never a problem...
Forum: Learning at School   11-27-2015, 12:03 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,494
Posted By squimp
I just want to give you a perspective from a...

I just want to give you a perspective from a school that runs well and listens to parents. Our public elementary had 3 recess periods per day, morning, after lunch, and afternoon just before the end...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-27-2015, 10:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,720
Posted By squimp
I am glad you did the test for Lyme. I know it...

I am glad you did the test for Lyme. I know it can cause all sorts of symptoms. DD had a tick last year and we put her on antibiotics for three weeks. Hate those bugs. I hope you figure out what...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-26-2015, 01:40 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,720
Posted By squimp
$100 for glasses is inexpensive to me. My DD's...

$100 for glasses is inexpensive to me. My DD's glasses are +6 so very different. I'm not an eye doctor, but your DDs script has different powers for each eye and also I think a correction for...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-21-2015, 09:43 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,720
Posted By squimp
We knew my DD needed glasses at age 3 because her...

We knew my DD needed glasses at age 3 because her eyes were crossing. I am not sure why you didn't have her eyes properly checked via dilation. In my experience, pediatricians do not know much...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-28-2015, 09:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,113
Posted By squimp
We usually have a form that we fill out before...

We usually have a form that we fill out before school starts that has information about DD. This includes strengths, challenges, allergies, food issues and nicknames. If you have done that, IME,...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-08-2015, 02:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 594
Posted By squimp
We tend to pick a sport and run with it. My DD...

We tend to pick a sport and run with it. My DD is 11, and I think back to age 5, and I think that is very young to get too serious about any sports, especially if they don't love it. We tended to...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   01-25-2015, 10:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 973
Posted By squimp
I think the best thing you can do is support her,...

I think the best thing you can do is support her, and realize that her feelings are valid. She wants to explore something new. Many of my friends who were SAHMs for 10+ years have been seeking jobs...
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-02-2015, 01:20 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,428
Posted By squimp
My 5th grader tends to like lots of activities,...

My 5th grader tends to like lots of activities, but she can reach her limits. She works hard in school and takes schoolwork and associated school stuff like student council or academic activities...
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-02-2015, 12:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 634
Posted By squimp
You might know it, but I appreciated the...

You might know it, but I appreciated the clarification because I expected your post to be about the flu based on the title, which my DD may have right now, instead of stomach issues.
Forum: The Childhood Years   11-26-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 711
Posted By squimp
At that age DD started writing them herself. We...

At that age DD started writing them herself. We usually make a card that has a picture from the party and she will write something herself, or I would write something and she would sign. All of her...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-13-2014, 09:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 610
Posted By squimp
My DD never liked wearing a coat, she is warm...

My DD never liked wearing a coat, she is warm blooded. As much as it frustrated me, I would just let her experience the natural consequences but she usually didn't get sick or have any problems. At...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-13-2014, 09:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 660
Posted By squimp
I do think it is odd that a 7-year-old will not...

I do think it is odd that a 7-year-old will not brush her own teeth. Will she do these things when she is at friends' houses? I would probably find ways to encourage her to do this. Yelling...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-13-2014, 09:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 940
Posted By squimp
To me this sounds more like a problem with the...

To me this sounds more like a problem with the jacket than with the child. I would send her with one layer or get a new jacket. Kids at our school have to wear a jacket but they are not insistent...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   10-09-2014, 09:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 960
Posted By squimp
I tend to ask my DD who she sat next to at lunch...

I tend to ask my DD who she sat next to at lunch or what games she played on the playground. That was more likely to start a dialogue at our house when she was younger (K-3).

Now that she's a...
Forum: Learning at School   09-18-2014, 08:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,635
Posted By squimp
It varies for us as well, my DD is really...

It varies for us as well, my DD is really conscientious and she usually prefers to grab a quick snack then get her homework done and out of the way first thing when she gets home. Or right after...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   05-07-2014, 08:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,278
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: 1,904
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: 1,249
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: 589
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: 2,008
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: 2,008
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: 822
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: 20
Views: 970
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: 1,528
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...
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