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Forum: Multicultural Families   05-25-2013, 10:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 647
Posted By Erin77
Perhaps you feel like Mandarin and Japanese...

Perhaps you feel like Mandarin and Japanese might be more economically useful? There are a LOT of monolingual speakers of those languages, and they are big markets, whereas French and German...
Forum: Multicultural Families   05-10-2013, 01:07 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,391
Posted By Erin77
Unlike many of the previous posters, I'm not...

Unlike many of the previous posters, I'm not going to comment on the existential angst of losing a language or connection with a child... I'm thinking, maybe try a compromise? Tell her that you'll...
Forum: Multicultural Families   02-24-2013, 10:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 268
Posted By Erin77
Get committed to it, and don't get discouraged!...

Get committed to it, and don't get discouraged! Even if your German sucks, you can help out- get German-language books, music, etc. It makes it easier when the baby is little and doesn't say...
Forum: Alaska and Hawaii   02-23-2013, 11:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 414
Posted By Erin77
mummm- he didn't think anything was wrong with...

mummm- he didn't think anything was wrong with the bathrooms and I didn't see any trash- the only thing was that it was really windy, but that's North Shore in the winter for you.
 
I haven't had...
Forum: Alaska and Hawaii   02-19-2013, 11:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 414
Posted By Erin77
Yes, camping takes some planning here. You can...

Yes, camping takes some planning here. You can get permits online (here: https://camping.ehawaii.gov/camping/welcome.html;jsessionid=F83A3B99E0BCB6FC2584142830C5512F.olomea)  and there are some...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   01-09-2013, 11:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 135
Posted By Erin77
I cut my son's nails (he's 27 months) when he's...

I cut my son's nails (he's 27 months) when he's eating. I act like the scissors are hungry too, and that they need a snack. Usually they swoop in and trim a few nails on one hand and then he yells...
Forum: Multicultural Families   01-04-2013, 11:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 266
Posted By Erin77
Seriously, don't sweat it. Haven't you seen the...

Seriously, don't sweat it. Haven't you seen the children of people who don't speak English well and their (perfectly) English-seaking kids? You'll be giving him the amazing gift of a second language!
Forum: Multicultural Families   01-01-2013, 09:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 266
Posted By Erin77
Well, we're not done with our language...

Well, we're not done with our language experiment for sure, but I have some experience. I speak Russian well as a second language and my husband doesn't speak Russian at all. We live in Hawaii, so...
Forum: Alaska and Hawaii   12-18-2012, 09:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 114
Posted By Erin77
Tell her you heard about her from Erin! Have fun!

Tell her you heard about her from Erin! Have fun!
Forum: Alaska and Hawaii   12-16-2012, 11:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 114
Posted By Erin77
We used Kristen Hook for family photos last year...

We used Kristen Hook for family photos last year (http://hookphotography.com/) and she was great. Resa Mejia is a friend of a friend whose pictures I saw at a birthday party, which were also really...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   12-11-2012, 10:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 191
Posted By Erin77
I think you need to spell out how your...

I think you need to spell out how your flexibility will benefit the company. You work in an industry where part time is far from the norm, so you'll have to think outside the box: could you job...
Forum: Multicultural Families   12-09-2012, 09:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,690
Posted By Erin77
I guess I feel like it's more invasive and...

I guess I feel like it's more invasive and personal to ask how you built your family than where you're from; I don't think that's contradictory. I ascribe neutral motives to the desire to know where...
Forum: Parenting   11-28-2012, 10:35 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,141
Posted By Erin77
Love it! I grew up in rural Alaska, and I...

Love it! I grew up in rural Alaska, and I remember being allowed to bring your rifle to school up through jr high, as long as you told the principal you had it. Also, I rode around zipped into my...
Forum: Multicultural Families   11-27-2012, 08:40 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,690
Posted By Erin77
I feel like people think something negative is...

I feel like people think something negative is being implied when people wonder if they're from somewhere else, especially internationally. In reality, though, I think most people are just curious...
Forum: Family Safety   11-27-2012, 08:33 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 917
Posted By Erin77
I started putting my son in the rear bike seat...

I started putting my son in the rear bike seat (not trailer) when he was a year old, that was the youngest the toddler helmet was approved for. So if he's 8 months old, that's not long! I'd use a...
Forum: Multicultural Families   11-08-2012, 10:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 558
Posted By Erin77
I agree, it pays to be vigilant in communicating...

I agree, it pays to be vigilant in communicating your need for them to *always* speak the native language to your kids. I just interviewed a bunch of nannies to replace my beloved one who's moving...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   10-31-2012, 12:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 128
Posted By Erin77
I think it sounds fine, but if you feel...

I think it sounds fine, but if you feel uncomfortable about asking your child's current teacher, what about last year's? The relationship seems relevant (s/he has seen you in an educational setting...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   10-31-2012, 12:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,269
Posted By Erin77
I was planning to leave my job at the end of my...

I was planning to leave my job at the end of my maternity leave, so starting it a bit early was not a big deal (it was a combo of STD/FMLA)- I talked to my midwife and explained the situation....
Forum: Alaska and Hawaii   10-18-2012, 09:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 414
Posted By Erin77
The only advantage to Oahu (where I live) is...

The only advantage to Oahu (where I live) is that if you stay in Waikiki, you don't have to rent a car. If you go to Maui or Big Island, you will definitely need a rental car (and gas is...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   10-08-2012, 07:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 396
Posted By Erin77
First, I think you shouldn't worry: it's just a...

First, I think you shouldn't worry: it's just a stage, you haven't permanently ruined his creative spirit, heh. Even if you do keep drawing for him, he'll eventually get sick of it and try doing...
Forum: Parents as Partners   10-08-2012, 12:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 273
Posted By Erin77
We got married in 1998 and had our one-and-only...

We got married in 1998 and had our one-and-only in 2010, so we know what you're talking about! It can be a rough transition, for sure. For me, it's getting easier as the baby gets older, but I think...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   10-04-2012, 10:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 382
Posted By Erin77
I also think the shorter you keep the talking,...

I also think the shorter you keep the talking, the better. I like Karp's Happiest Toddler on the Block "cave man" talk: instead of "No balls on the floor, please," go with "Balls on the table! ALL...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   10-04-2012, 10:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,925
Posted By Erin77
We have a Skuut but it's just a touch big for my...

We have a Skuut but it's just a touch big for my son- he can only touch on tiptoe. He loves it though and asks us to push him around on it!
Forum: Multicultural Families   09-20-2012, 11:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 185
Posted By Erin77
Movies and cartoons from the other culture would...

Movies and cartoons from the other culture would be fun, and if your daughter is old enough, what about a penpal?
Forum: Multicultural Families   09-20-2012, 11:04 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,352
Posted By Erin77
I wanted to post a link to a US site called...

I wanted to post a link to a US site called Mantra Lingua that has books and materials in some really rare minority languages: https://www.mantralingua.com/usa/home.php
I have a few of their books...
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