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Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-04-2010, 11:51 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,813
Posted By Xpcting#3
- surprise hot chocolate dates with one of my...

- surprise hot chocolate dates with one of my boys at the local coffee shop
- a grill for my DH
- gardening supplies, both food and flower seeds/starts
Forum: The Childhood Years   04-16-2010, 10:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 449
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My 5yo DS is loud. Always has been. Loud, loud,...

My 5yo DS is loud. Always has been. Loud, loud, loud. I'm not talking about when he's upset, or seeking attention...his normal speaking voice is always about 4 times louder than any other child's....
Forum: Life with a Toddler   03-03-2010, 02:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 413
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My son did this until he was 3yo. Now (he's...

My son did this until he was 3yo. Now (he's almost 4) he still twists his own hair when he's tired, bored, or just wanting to self-soothe. He only plays with my hair once in a great while.
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   02-28-2010, 01:27 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,714
Posted By Xpcting#3
Our DS (an end of May baby, so on the young side...

Our DS (an end of May baby, so on the young side for Kindergarten) reads at the fourth grade level and is emotionally very much a 5 year old. He joined a group of 1st graders for reading time four...
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-28-2010, 11:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,550
Posted By Xpcting#3
My 5yo and 3yo often call us by our first names,...

My 5yo and 3yo often call us by our first names, alternating with 'Mom' or 'Dad'. (Often, they'll slip and call me 'Dad' or my spouse's name, or call him by my name. Interchangeable parents!) Now my...
Forum: The Childhood Years   12-12-2009, 01:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,076
Posted By Xpcting#3
My boys are 5, 3, and 18 months. The 5 yo is in...

My boys are 5, 3, and 18 months. The 5 yo is in full day Kgarten (only non-homeschool option here), and we attend church. Sometimes the kids want to stay for Sunday school, but often not.

Great...
Forum: The Childhood Years   12-11-2009, 11:38 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,384
Posted By Xpcting#3
I'm mixed race, my family is multiracial, my DH...

I'm mixed race, my family is multiracial, my DH is white. White families have to talk about race more. Here are some good links for you on how parents are working to raise anti-racist kids:...
Forum: The Childhood Years   12-11-2009, 11:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 904
Posted By Xpcting#3
Bribery. Whatever it takes.

Bribery. Whatever it takes.
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   11-08-2009, 12:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 322
Posted By Xpcting#3
My 3yo has enjoyed spelling 3 letter words on...

My 3yo has enjoyed spelling 3 letter words on his "Phonics Firefly", but yesterday asked for a game/computer toy into which he can enter 5 letter words. Any recommendations? He loves finding words...
Forum: Learning at School   09-23-2009, 10:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 902
Posted By Xpcting#3
Three weeks into the school year, DS (in K) was...

Three weeks into the school year, DS (in K) was assessed for reading. The principal called the next day to discuss the possibility of having DS travel for reading instruction with a group of 1st (or...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-23-2009, 09:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 717
Posted By Xpcting#3
Thanks for all the many helpful responses! We've...

Thanks for all the many helpful responses! We've been playing phone tag with the principal, but this thread has given me lots of material to discuss with her.
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-20-2009, 10:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 717
Posted By Xpcting#3
This is sort of the suggestion we've just...

This is sort of the suggestion we've just received for my DS, 5 years old, who just started Kindergarten (public school, small town in a rural area). He was tested last week, and fell at 4th grade,...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-16-2009, 10:01 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,956
Posted By Xpcting#3
Quote: Originally Posted by chaimom...

Quote:
Originally Posted by chaimom http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/14313266)
As for reading itself, the teacher briefly...
Forum: Learning at School   08-28-2009, 10:52 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,524
Posted By Xpcting#3
My first child started full day K (our only...

My first child started full day K (our only option) two weeks ago. I completely understand the OP impulse: DH and I had talked about making Fridays home school days. We, too, are worried about the...
Forum: Learning at School   08-27-2009, 10:05 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,662
Posted By Xpcting#3
Indiana is awful when it comes to public school...

Indiana is awful when it comes to public school fees. We just paid over $100 for a Kindergartener's books/materials fee. My neighbors paid $500 for two students in high school. Public school - we've...
Forum: Selective & Delayed Vaccination   08-17-2009, 01:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,392
Posted By Xpcting#3
DTap at 6 months. Not only because of pertussis...

DTap at 6 months. Not only because of pertussis - tetanus is serious, serious stuff. I got my kids the first three of the series of DTaP before anything else, at 6, 8, and 10 months.
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   08-10-2009, 08:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 564
Posted By Xpcting#3
I've got nothing for you. My 14 month old still...

I've got nothing for you. My 14 month old still wakes many, many times to nurse. He's slept for a 5 hour stretch once. in. his. life.

I blame one thing coming right after another - walking, then...
Forum: Learning at School   08-10-2009, 08:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 292
Posted By Xpcting#3
We have library dates every week - check out if...

We have library dates every week - check out if the public library has a preschooler program. A special art project day could be on the schedule, too.

If I still lived in the city, I'd take my...
Forum: Learning at School   08-10-2009, 07:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 959
Posted By Xpcting#3
I appreciate the responses and kind words. I...

I appreciate the responses and kind words. I especially appreciate the replies that remind me that even if things are bad, things will be okay. I know, know, know that public school is the right...
Forum: Learning at School   08-09-2009, 12:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 959
Posted By Xpcting#3
We live in a town of 6,000 people, one...

We live in a town of 6,000 people, one elementary school with five sections of Kindergarten. I grew up in this town, and have always been happy with my public education, even as I know (very well)...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-02-2009, 04:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 419
Posted By Xpcting#3
I like the idea of a book gift, accompanied by a...

I like the idea of a book gift, accompanied by a great experience...you're in Indiana, I see. The Ft. Wayne zoo, Indy kids' museum, one of the cave tours in S. Indiana, or a day trip to Chicago?...
Forum: Parenting   07-07-2009, 01:19 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 5,166
Posted By Xpcting#3
My three boys are split: two have DH's last...

My three boys are split: two have DH's last name, one has mine. We alternated with the first two, then for our third child, went with the last name that went best with the first name we'd chosen....
Forum: Life with a Toddler   05-01-2009, 12:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 277
Posted By Xpcting#3
My firstborn trained himself at 2.5. Now middle...

My firstborn trained himself at 2.5. Now middle son is 37 months and has. no. interest. At all. So it goes.
Forum: Fertility   09-05-2008, 10:37 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,762
Posted By Xpcting#3
With each child, my periods have come back...

With each child, my periods have come back sooner. After DC#1, it was 10 months, after DC#2, 6 months, and now after DC#3, 2 months.
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   08-20-2008, 10:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,117
Posted By Xpcting#3
We've started bringing a collapsible bedrail,...

We've started bringing a collapsible bedrail, but often we just slide chairs or a table up to the side of the bed & buffer w/ pillows...
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