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Forum: Preteens and Teens   11-25-2013, 08:10 PM
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Views: 694
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The socks sound really lovely.     One thing...

The socks sound really lovely.  
 
One thing that helps is to frame the way Christmas will play out.  If there isn't a lot of money (and at our house, that is a year-by-year thing) it is good to...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-09-2012, 10:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,312
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When my brother was 11, he went from being Jamie...

When my brother was 11, he went from being Jamie to being Jim (his given name is James) and when I was 11 I went from Elizabeth to Liz.  When I was 18 I went back to Elizabeth, and now I find it...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-29-2012, 12:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 411
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Most of these posts give the same ideas as I...

Most of these posts give the same ideas as I would have in terms of what you can provide for him.  One thing I think of in terms of giving him fruits and veg is using frozen items - but they can be...
Forum: Learning at School   04-22-2012, 12:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 959
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I used to be the Chair of the parents'...

I used to be the Chair of the parents' organization at my older son's school. We had a $35K+ fundraising ability and 200+r of volunteers who worked in a number of different areas. 
 
My second son...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-15-2011, 10:45 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,453
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Providing children with life-long immunity for...

Providing children with life-long immunity for particular diseases is how innoculation works, both in theory and practice.
 
Givng children innoculations for HPV at age 12 doesn't mean they are...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-23-2010, 12:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,672
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DS (9 yo) plays rep hockey. His biggest fan is...

DS (9 yo) plays rep hockey. His biggest fan is DS (12 yo) who analyses every play. Younger brother is very interested in older brother's karate and cross country activities.

They battle and bug....
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-23-2010, 12:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,189
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You are being very kind with food. He can...

You are being very kind with food. He can wash/drink/flush at school or at the arena, so he is okay.

But still....

Can you extend your kindness to a bed (even on the couch) at times?

It...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-22-2010, 10:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,236
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Dd met a best friend on the first day of Gr 1,...

Dd met a best friend on the first day of Gr 1, and in their Gr 10 yearbooks, they are still wonderful friends, but I can tell they are not BFF. It wasn't dramatic... just ages and stages.

After...
Forum: Parenting   09-22-2010, 10:44 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,304
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You did the right thing. If you were my child,...

You did the right thing. If you were my child, I'd ask if you stood up for repectful behaviour.

The mum who offered the meat is now asking you to respect her actions. She's asking you to back her...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-09-2010, 12:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,227
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When whe was 3 yo, dd asked me if I knew why we...

When whe was 3 yo, dd asked me if I knew why we have nostrils. She told me it was so to keep the squirrels away from our boogers.

Profound? Rude? Illinformed? Who knows?
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-09-2010, 12:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,757
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High end disposable razors. 4 or 5 blades with...

High end disposable razors. 4 or 5 blades with the waxy lubricant strip and the fat foamy handle.

They are what my 15 yo dd uses when we get home from camping for the summer.

The difference is...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-05-2010, 12:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 900
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DS (12) and I hit the mall yesterday. He wanted...

DS (12) and I hit the mall yesterday. He wanted Aeropostale t-shirts and then we went to Old Navy for jeans. I saw three families (all with pre-teen boys) at the same stores.

DS (9) was with us...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-05-2010, 12:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,462
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At our house we love TC&KOY and we also...

At our house we love TC&KOY and we also encourage discussion with peers about experiences.

I'm going through menopause at the same time as my daughter is enjoying puberty. My solution of choice...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-05-2010, 12:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 18,453
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I've posted this before but I'll do it again......

I've posted this before but I'll do it again... "cold hard cash".

Start by freezing lots of ice cubes. Then attach a coin to each of them and freeze them all together in a plastic container. Keep...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-04-2010, 11:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 675
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Wonderful post. Boys are fantastic. DS (12...

Wonderful post.

Boys are fantastic. DS (12 yo) and I went shopping on Friday because he had no long pants. We're leaving much of the rest of BTS shopping until he knows what he wants. We have a...
Forum: Parenting   08-25-2010, 01:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,548
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I have a friend whose sons and husband don't get...

I have a friend whose sons and husband don't get along with my kids and husband.

We meet up for dinner at a restaurant that is halfway between our houses. My work schedule is more flexible than...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-24-2010, 10:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 722
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Myself, I am all about focus and concentration...

Myself, I am all about focus and concentration for homework. When it is homework time, the social networks go off at our house. Well, see below.

If a kid is just drifting in and out of the...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-23-2010, 02:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,337
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DS is 9 and has gradually moved to his own bed. ...

DS is 9 and has gradually moved to his own bed.

Dd is 15 and when she was 5 years old asked me to give her a whole bed and stop hanging around. Pretty much since then she's wanted me to blow...
Forum: Learning at School   08-12-2010, 04:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 897
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Our older kids attend a school for French...

Our older kids attend a school for French Immersion... for 750 kids from Gr 1 to Gr 8.

I mostly like the size of the school. I have been chair of the school supporters' assoc for four years. We...
Forum: Learning at School   08-12-2010, 03:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,255
Posted By bestjob
My sensitive kids have enjoyed PS. They all...

My sensitive kids have enjoyed PS.

They all thrive in a structured, but caring, classroom. My ds had a wonderful Gr 3 teacher who didn't exactly get around to the curriculum but engaged the...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   08-12-2010, 12:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,593
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Ds is 12 and when he was 5-7 years old he went...

Ds is 12 and when he was 5-7 years old he went through a huge phase of feeling that he would gag if he ate food with a lot of texture. Fresh fruits and veg were a big challenge. Cooked vegetables...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   08-12-2010, 12:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,475
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One of the added benefits of having fewer toys...

One of the added benefits of having fewer toys is that your kids play outside more... and they enjoy the variety of toys they encounter at other friends' houses much more as well.

They don't need...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-12-2010, 12:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 625
Posted By bestjob
Ds is 12 yo and he had some symptoms last year...

Ds is 12 yo and he had some symptoms last year that he totally couldn't handle. It appeared that his ear infections were, to him and his friends, a sure sign that he had a brain tumour and that his...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-11-2010, 11:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,078
Posted By bestjob
This is a bit off the topic, but may have some...

This is a bit off the topic, but may have some resonance. A friend said once that her daughter sometimes spoke as if the mum was "the village idiot".

That made me laugh, but it also gave me a bit...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-11-2010, 11:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,261
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Strangely, the thing I seem to have taught my...

Strangely, the thing I seem to have taught my kids the most about is the thing I most despise... shopping! They are experts, and the only thing I can think is that I made them learn it fast and...
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