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Forum: The Childhood Years   10-13-2014, 09:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 271
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: 382
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: 530
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: 590
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: 16
Views: 1,105
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: 1,755
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: 1,437
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: 611
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: 282
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: 1,401
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: 1,401
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: 599
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: 21
Views: 682
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: 1,029
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...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   01-24-2014, 10:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 293
Posted By squimp
Around here there are lots of opportunities, but...

Around here there are lots of opportunities, but many of them require parents to step up.  There are all sorts of 4H experiences and you can start your own.  There's a science fair through 4H....
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-20-2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 914
Posted By squimp
This is a really tough situation.  I bet that...

This is a really tough situation.  I bet that quietly other moms also have their doubts about the mean mom.  I mean someone who bullies their own kids and slaps them in front of other people?  That...
Forum: Learning at School   12-21-2013, 07:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 513
Posted By squimp
I agree about asking the teacher for assessment...

I agree about asking the teacher for assessment results if they have them. The questions you asked him would be beginning 3rd grade level around here.
Forum: The Childhood Years   12-08-2013, 10:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 850
Posted By squimp
I realized this about my DD at about age 18...

I realized this about my DD at about age 18 months. I work part time and she was with a nanny and between the two of us, we could not keep her in kids! We went to this local indoor play park, pretty...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   11-27-2013, 10:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 395
Posted By squimp
I also recommend meeting with the principal and...

I also recommend meeting with the principal and teacher of the new school to see what you think. When my DD started K, her assigned teacher met with all the kids and at that meeting she told us that...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   11-13-2013, 07:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 249
Posted By squimp
You can also check out the Scripps site, there...

You can also check out the Scripps site, there is paid section that we love, but there are also lots of lists there too. We don't have a Scripps bee within 100 miles but DD came in second in our...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   11-11-2013, 09:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 249
Posted By squimp
My DD does her own spelling words too, and we...

My DD does her own spelling words too, and we used to use the houghton mifflin lists. She also looks through an adult dictionary.

Here are H-M lists up to 6th grade....
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   11-04-2013, 09:15 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,319
Posted By squimp
My DD has gifted/talented peers. She is in a...

My DD has gifted/talented peers. She is in a public school in 4th grade but reads at a high school level. But she's not the only one, and it makes a huge difference. Our school has 6 math levels...
Forum: Learning at School   11-03-2013, 05:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,795
Posted By squimp
I struggle with this because we don't really...

I struggle with this because we don't really have grades!  We have these symbols - check mark, plus, zero and minus or equal signs.  What the heck?!  I think this is done purposely to throw off the...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   10-08-2013, 09:21 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,881
Posted By squimp
Go for a half hour walk after or before dinner...

Go for a half hour walk after or before dinner or maybe do a yoga video together?
Forum: Learning at School   10-06-2013, 10:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 826
Posted By squimp
Go to the PTO meetings and ask that they swap...

Go to the PTO meetings and ask that they swap out a readathon or a jogathon instead. We stopped doing those stupid cookie dough and wrapping paper sales once we realized most people hated that stuff...
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