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Forum: Traditional Foods   08-04-2010, 11:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 591
Posted By KKmama
I'm using that strong a brine because that is...

I'm using that strong a brine because that is what my 70s era Ball Blue book recommended. After I started, I became aware that some go with a 10% salt solution, some go with a 5% salt solution. I'll...
Forum: Traditional Foods   08-04-2010, 01:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 591
Posted By KKmama
I'm doing this for the first time in my life...

I'm doing this for the first time in my life (all my previous pickles were the vinegar/salt water/boiling water bath method), and I'm curious about others' experiences and would welcome any tips. I...
Forum: Learning at School   11-13-2008, 08:05 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,785
Posted By KKmama
My dh and I met with the principal today (and it...

My dh and I met with the principal today (and it went well, IMO). I think we were able to give him more details about the whole situation and impress upon him that it is just not working. He seems...
Forum: Learning at School   11-06-2008, 08:45 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,785
Posted By KKmama
I don't think I ever implied that I was asking...

I don't think I ever implied that I was asking for an exception for my child only.

I think the idea of letting it be an issue between my son and his teacher is an interesting one, and I will...
Forum: Learning at School   11-06-2008, 05:45 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,785
Posted By KKmama
I forgot to say that I've done some thinking...

I forgot to say that I've done some thinking about how I might like to change how we're addressing homework. One thing I've thought about doing is putting my old desk (from childhood) in his room......
Forum: Learning at School   11-06-2008, 04:57 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,785
Posted By KKmama
Welllll..... The teacher is disinclined to...

Welllll.....

The teacher is disinclined to meet with me now. http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif I think she thinks that she has sufficiently explained the...
Forum: Learning at School   11-04-2008, 03:06 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,785
Posted By KKmama
Quote: Originally Posted by Heavenly...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Heavenly http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/12515516)
YOU chose to send him to school so you do...
Forum: Learning at School   11-01-2008, 01:26 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,785
Posted By KKmama
Ditto--EFMom, you're my hero, too. I *am*...

Ditto--EFMom, you're my hero, too.

I *am* willing to do the legwork in coming up with alternate/more appropriate homework, and if it comes to that, I think I can propose it in a way that doesn't...
Forum: Learning at School   10-31-2008, 11:54 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,785
Posted By KKmama
EFmom, great suggestions. I've requested them...

EFmom, great suggestions. I've requested them from the library (dh is a major Alfie Kohn fan). I know that research has shown no correlation between homework and achievement, but it would be helpful...
Forum: Learning at School   10-30-2008, 10:39 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,785
Posted By KKmama
I used the word drama in my email: I said "still...

I used the word drama in my email: I said "still too many outbursts and too much drama for my liking." She repeated it back to me and said she hasn't experienced that. (And yeah, it *is* drama:...
Forum: Learning at School   10-30-2008, 04:36 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,785
Posted By KKmama
Looking for input, suggestions on this... I...

Looking for input, suggestions on this...

I have a very bright second-grader who does well in school and likes it. However... it has been a real struggle to get him to do his homework this year....
Forum: Working and Student Parents   08-02-2008, 01:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,765
Posted By KKmama
Quote: Originally Posted by mamasaurus...

Quote:
Originally Posted by mamasaurus http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/11842720)
You know...

I would never consider...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   08-02-2008, 01:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,765
Posted By KKmama
Quote: Originally Posted by siobhang...

Quote:
Originally Posted by siobhang http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/11841825)
Paying someone "under the table" is illegal....
Forum: Working and Student Parents   08-01-2008, 11:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,765
Posted By KKmama
Quote: Originally Posted by bluebunny...

Quote:
Originally Posted by bluebunny http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/11840971)
How many hours would this person be working...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   08-01-2008, 10:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,765
Posted By KKmama
Howdy y'all-- I took a week off completely...

Howdy y'all--

I took a week off completely looking for a PT childcare person after my bad experience (other thread), and now I'm starting to screen people. A question came up with one prospect,...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   07-25-2008, 12:26 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,211
Posted By KKmama
I have posted an ad at the university, and I'm...

I have posted an ad at the university, and I'm starting to review applicants. We've gotten great babysitters that way in the past, but we've always used them as babysitters, never during the day. We...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   07-24-2008, 04:33 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,211
Posted By KKmama
Well, we can agree to disagree re breakfast. I...

Well, we can agree to disagree re breakfast. I think my thinking is along these lines... if you are working a shift over 6 hrs, your employer must give you a lunch break (and you get other breaks...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   07-24-2008, 04:07 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,211
Posted By KKmama
I realize that I could have held the things...

I realize that I could have held the things which were on her card captive, but that seemed like overkill. I returned them yesterday. I think withholding pay (in case I need to cover replacements)...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   07-24-2008, 11:12 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,211
Posted By KKmama
We've had good luck hiring college students as...

We've had good luck hiring college students as babysitters in the past. We live in a town that has the state university and a Buddhist university (mostly grad students), and I'' place an ad with...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   07-23-2008, 04:13 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,211
Posted By KKmama
Well, it was pretty unpleasant (fortunately, the...

Well, it was pretty unpleasant (fortunately, the kids were in the car; we were about to leave to go to swim lessons). She was very argumentative, wanted explanations, and then argued with the...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   07-23-2008, 11:36 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,211
Posted By KKmama
But Courtenay, if you were *arriving* at 9:30...

But Courtenay, if you were *arriving* at 9:30 (and often 20 minutes late), would you expect that it would be okay to *very first thing, before attending to the needs of the kids* make yourself a...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   07-23-2008, 10:51 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,211
Posted By KKmama
PS I know that I've been the major poster to my...

PS I know that I've been the major poster to my own thread, but it has been really, really useful for me to have a place to "think out loud" with other mothers who have more experience in all of...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   07-23-2008, 10:49 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,211
Posted By KKmama
EL, I'm glad you bring that up the fine thing,...

EL, I'm glad you bring that up the fine thing, because I had kind of spaced that out (though that was the original reason I challenged her on it--I don't want my card suspended because of what...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   07-22-2008, 11:37 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,211
Posted By KKmama
Well... I think I'm just going to let her go...

Well... I think I'm just going to let her go tomorrow. I went online and checked my library record in preparation for their trip to the library tomorrow. There were nine items checked out which are...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   07-22-2008, 08:43 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,211
Posted By KKmama
I've written up a detailed set of guidelines (I...

I've written up a detailed set of guidelines (I told her I would do this), and it include stuff like house rules, info about food, emergency numbers, some safety guidelines, etc. I wrote it with the...
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