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Forum: Working and Student Parents   07-20-2014, 02:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 229
Posted By KSLaura
Could you have your older child help out more? ...

Could you have your older child help out more? He should be old enough to make dinner or do the dishes while you take care of other household stuff. DD's friend (9) made dinner for her family a few...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   05-27-2014, 09:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,004
Posted By KSLaura
The COOP sounds really cool!

The COOP sounds really cool!
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   05-27-2014, 09:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 586
Posted By KSLaura
K is really hard. There are so many different...

K is really hard. There are so many different ability levels coming into school. Can you focus him somewhere else for a while? School isn't the only place kids can get an education. Maybe he could...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-27-2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 575
Posted By KSLaura
Most of the school districts around here offer a...

Most of the school districts around here offer a 1 day (or half day) of school 'extras' for HS'd kids. They usually do things like art, music, PE, and field trips. The older (high-school age) kids...
Forum: Natural Parenting News   05-26-2014, 03:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,708
Posted By KSLaura
Hmmm... I don't think moms do any of those...

Hmmm... I don't think moms do any of those things the same way a paid counterpart would. I've been a 'computer operator', and it's quite a bit more demanding than surfing the internet at home. The...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   05-26-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 490
Posted By KSLaura
If you take the spot at the G &T school, and it...

If you take the spot at the G &T school, and it doesn't work out, he can always go back to the neighborhood school. Would the reverse be true? Can he switch to the G & T school from the neighborhood...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   05-26-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 336
Posted By KSLaura
I really let the kids play all sorts of games at...

I really let the kids play all sorts of games at that age. I did have some that were advertised as 'educational' for toddlers, but I don't think my kids learned that much from them. Ebooks that read...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   05-11-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 458
Posted By KSLaura
The play thing jumps out at me, too. Pretend...

The play thing jumps out at me, too. Pretend play is boring for adults. What about more active play in the eveninings? Dancing to music, hide and seek, push up contests, jump rope, or pretend to be...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   05-11-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 460
Posted By KSLaura
At that age, my kids went straight from car to...

At that age, my kids went straight from car to stroller or shopping cart....for their own safety. Once we get to a safe place, they could walk. I still require my 5YO to hold my hand in parking...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-11-2014, 10:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 446
Posted By KSLaura
Second grader does gymnastics 3 nights a week...

Second grader does gymnastics 3 nights a week (plus seasonal weekend meets), dance once a week, girl scouts 1-2 times a month after school, and violin lessons once a week after school (only during...
Forum: Learning at School   05-04-2014, 12:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 884
Posted By KSLaura
I did that many times from grade school through...

I did that many times from grade school through college. Skimming books and articles for research projects becomes more important at the university level....
Forum: Learning at School   05-04-2014, 10:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 812
Posted By KSLaura
Yikes....they give 3YO's sharpies?? Wow...I try...

Yikes....they give 3YO's sharpies?? Wow...I try to keep those away from my 8YO. Mostly because they stain everything. She has a cute stick figure on her bedroom door from several years ago because I...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-04-2014, 10:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 275
Posted By KSLaura
I think they sound very normal. I do think its...

I think they sound very normal. I do think its an age thing. My kids often seem ungrateful for what they have, and always seem to want more. It takes lots of redirection and gentle converstations to...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   04-24-2014, 11:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 276
Posted By KSLaura
Do you have a supportive spouse/family members? ...

Do you have a supportive spouse/family members?

I've worked weekends and odd (very early) hours for the last 10 years. It actually works out really well for our family. It does mean that DH gets...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   04-24-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 454
Posted By KSLaura
Maybe she has some underlying jealousy of your...

Maybe she has some underlying jealousy of your life outside the home? Clearly your children are well-adjusted, as they are older, and this isn't a new thing for them.
Forum: Working and Student Parents   04-24-2014, 11:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 249
Posted By KSLaura
I would take the promotion. You could use the...

I would take the promotion. You could use the pay raise to maybe take some burdens off around the house (maybe hire a gardner, once a month house cleaner, etc...). I think that within the next...
Forum: Parents as Partners   04-13-2014, 01:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 328
Posted By KSLaura
"I'm glad to be married to my husband...

"I'm glad to be married to my husband because..."
He is my best friend. We like spending time withe each other and enjoy our children together. We reminisce about the past and plan for our future....
Forum: Parents as Partners   04-13-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 427
Posted By KSLaura
If he's staying up till noon and sleeping...

If he's staying up till noon and sleeping through bedtime, maybe you can have him make breakfast and get the children dressed in the morning. If this isn't likely to happen with you in the house,...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   04-13-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 295
Posted By KSLaura
The giant chessboard sounds awesome! 'I' would...

The giant chessboard sounds awesome! 'I' would love it! lol IDK, maybe a human tic tac toe with kids and hula hoops for the non-chesss kids? The pizza and checkerboard cake sound pretty cool, too.
Forum: The Childhood Years   04-13-2014, 12:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 104
Posted By KSLaura
bike, trike, or scooter. My oldest had a...

bike, trike, or scooter.

My oldest had a water table that she like for about 6 months. She lost interest in it around 3.5. My youngest never played with it.

Oh...would a swingset of some kind...
Forum: The Childhood Years   04-13-2014, 12:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 609
Posted By KSLaura
We're doing Bible school the first week of...

We're doing Bible school the first week of summer. The rest of the time it will be gymnastics/day-camp 2-3 days a week and stay home with mom and/or dad the rest of the time. I forsee lots of...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   04-13-2014, 11:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 597
Posted By KSLaura
1. Punishments create unnecessary conflict. We...

1. Punishments create unnecessary conflict. We don't do them. There are sometimes consequences to actions (i.e., not enough sleep at night, tired the next day).

2. Controlling children is not...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   04-13-2014, 11:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 390
Posted By KSLaura
I had a similar experience with a couple of...

I had a similar experience with a couple of little boys when I was backstage with a group of kids for a dance performance. They kept hitting, pushing, and spitting at other kids. One of them pushed...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   04-13-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 307
Posted By KSLaura
I turn on loud music. If the kids get louder,...

I turn on loud music. If the kids get louder, the music gets louder. :-)
Forum: Learning at School   04-13-2014, 11:03 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,122
Posted By KSLaura
Our school begs for volunteers to help with...

Our school begs for volunteers to help with screenings, so we usually know they are coming up. I've never seen any results, so I assume my kids can see and hear ok....
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