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Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-29-2011, 10:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 969
Posted By HipGal
We are planning a trip to visit family over...

We are planning a trip to visit family over Christmas. Pet sitting around here is about $75/day for two dogs. For a seven day trip, that is $525!  That would be the biggest cost of the trip by far...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-14-2011, 10:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,741
Posted By HipGal
I don't find phonics boring....

I don't find phonics boring. http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/shy.gif   Think of it like cracking a code - knowing that certain symbols match certain sounds and you can put them together to...
Forum: Learning at School   03-04-2011, 11:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 879
Posted By HipGal
My kids go to a private school that is not...

My kids go to a private school that is not officially Christian, but does teach "Christian values". I am glad that they teach positive values to the kids and I haven't felt that the school has...
Forum: Learning at School   02-08-2011, 07:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 562
Posted By HipGal
Thanks so much for your replies. It is a really...

Thanks so much for your replies. It is a really frustrating situation! But maybe I can convince myself that the apartment renting would work. It does say they want it to be "the residence where the...
Forum: Learning at School   02-08-2011, 12:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 562
Posted By HipGal
We are thinking about moving to another state to...

We are thinking about moving to another state to be closer to family. However, it is really important to us that our kids continue in a language immersion environment. There is an immersion public...
Forum: Learning at School   01-07-2011, 01:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,692
Posted By HipGal
Thank you all for your advice so far. I thought...

Thank you all for your advice so far. I thought I would give a bit of an update. I have had a few adventures with the mom (who "accidently" sent an email to the entire parent list of my daughter's...
Forum: Learning at School   12-07-2010, 09:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 534
Posted By HipGal
Our school has limited parking and the parents...

Our school has limited parking and the parents often park at the red curb and a couple parents park in the two handicap spots. Though I've been aware of this for a couple years, I don't usually see...
Forum: Learning at School   12-03-2010, 10:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,032
Posted By HipGal
I would be upset, too. I don't know how someone...

I would be upset, too. I don't know how someone can teach Kindergarten and not understand what is perfectly normal behavior for a Kindergartener! It isn't like he was hurting anyone or yelling out...
Forum: Learning at School   12-01-2010, 09:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,692
Posted By HipGal
One_Girl,   I'm sorry if I gave you the...

One_Girl,
 
I'm sorry if I gave you the wrong impression. The teachers were not saying that my daughter should not be friends with this girl. I was asking them to help her expand her friendships...
Forum: Learning at School   12-01-2010, 11:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,692
Posted By HipGal
Thank you for your replies. It does help to hear...

Thank you for your replies. It does help to hear that we should stay at the school. I really love the school and haven't been able to find a plan B school in the area.
 
Unfortunately I don't...
Forum: Learning at School   11-30-2010, 11:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,692
Posted By HipGal
I really hate to even think about making this...

I really hate to even think about making this decision, but I have been considering it. There is one family at my kids' small school that is completely toxic. Unfortunately the youngest daughter of...
Forum: Learning at School   10-30-2010, 11:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,519
Posted By HipGal
I was a teacher before having kids and I have...

I was a teacher before having kids and I have never seen any research supporting the use of word searches. I also have not seen them used in any standard curriculum. Word searches are sometimes used...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-30-2010, 03:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 933
Posted By HipGal
Target usually has flannel sheets sets on sale...

Target usually has flannel sheets sets on sale for Black Friday at a really good price. I want to say $12 or so? Definitely under $20. Last year I didn't see the style I like in the size I wanted,...
Forum: Books, Music, and Media   10-12-2010, 01:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 699
Posted By HipGal
Hi all, I've been reading "Hold on to Your...

Hi all,

I've been reading "Hold on to Your Kids" and was just thinking about the lack of family focus in the kids' media. A lot of books, movies, etc. seem to be a kid with his friends (very peer...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-29-2010, 08:18 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,079
Posted By HipGal
Thanks everyone for your help so far! I agree it...

Thanks everyone for your help so far! I agree it is way too much, which is why I am trying to figure out a good solution. What's funny is the bouncy house place is one of the less expensive options...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-29-2010, 03:31 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,079
Posted By HipGal
So our two kids share the same birthday month....

So our two kids share the same birthday month. They both want to have parties at a jumpy house place. Assuming we do that and get the package that has pizza for the guests, it would cost about $1000...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   09-03-2010, 02:36 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,517
Posted By HipGal
I think you need to be very consistent if you...

I think you need to be very consistent if you want to stick with age cut-offs (which I think are appropriate for the very young ones like 2 year olds). I wouldn't even say that you might move a...
Forum: Learning at School   09-01-2010, 04:40 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 5,686
Posted By HipGal
I don't know what she is doing with the...

I don't know what she is doing with the smartboards besides having them check-in in the morning (moving their names from one side of the board to the other). I just mentioned videos because that is...
Forum: Learning at School   09-01-2010, 03:31 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 5,686
Posted By HipGal
My son's class just got a smartboard yesterday....

My son's class just got a smartboard yesterday. Everyone is very excited about how "neat" and "cool" it is. I'm not really that excited about it. Even after one day my son had that "grumpy after too...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-15-2010, 07:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 791
Posted By HipGal
I would go with etsy for sure. You can charge...

I would go with etsy for sure. You can charge more there. There is a big market for vintage AND a big market for craft supplies. Sounds perfect for you! Setting up a store is pretty quick and easy....
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-09-2010, 03:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 689
Posted By HipGal
My 4 1/2 year old dd does this all the time. I...

My 4 1/2 year old dd does this all the time. I think it might be because she goes to a bilingual preschool and her second language (Chinese) doesn't have different pronouns for female/male. Though...
Forum: Work from Home Parents   07-28-2010, 04:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 696
Posted By HipGal
Thank you all for your input! I decided to go...

Thank you all for your input! I decided to go ahead and refund the customer for the returned item. It was a sling, which is somewhat common as a return (due to sizing issues) but usually they come...
Forum: Work from Home Parents   07-27-2010, 12:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 696
Posted By HipGal
Our return policy states that we accept returns...

Our return policy states that we accept returns within 30 days. I just received an item back that was sent the first week of May. No note or anything. The package looks thrown together, the...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-22-2010, 02:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,321
Posted By HipGal
I completely understand your situation. I became...

I completely understand your situation. I became a teacher quite a few years ago to "follow my bliss" and do something meaningful with my life, but also struggled because I am a complete introvert....
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-06-2010, 05:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,748
Posted By HipGal
Thanks all for your input! My older son is...

Thanks all for your input!

My older son is the one taking violin, but it is part of his school's curriculum so we can't switch instruments. We don't have to do private lessons, however. We kind...
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