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wendyroo last won the day on May 23 2013

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  1. My kids are NOT car sleepers, so we would never even attempt overnight driving. For long drives we try to be on the road between 3 and 4am. None of the kids go back to sleep, but they are typically content to listen to audiobooks for several hours. (Sidenote: At ages 2, 5, 7, and 9 they listened to Thornton Burgess animal stories the entire way from Michigan to Boston and back. They actually repeatedly chose those over watching DVDs!) We hand out cheese sticks and granola bars when they start to get restless around 7am, and then we stop at McDonalds for me and DH to eat and the kids to play in the Play Place around 8am. Lather, rinse, repeat. Drive a couple hours, hand back food for them to eat, stop for them to run around while the adults eat. Our road trips are typically 12-13 hours of actual driving time, so if we leave at 3am and stop for an hour each at 8am, noon, and 4pm, we can arrive by dinner time. During all those hours in the car, none of my kids, even when I had babies, will have slept at all, so right after dinner we pop everybody into bed. Typically, everyone sleeps well that night and wakes up well-rested and ready for adventures the next morning. Wendy
  2. In second grade is when I introduce simple written sentence narrations. Each child has a bin of literature books. I fill the bins with fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories, even an occasional speech or play, etc. In second grade my kids choose a book from the bin and read from it for at least 20 minutes per day until it is finished. They have a literature notebook, and they write one narration sentence about anything they learned or found interesting per chapter (or whatever makes sense). I provide whatever spelling help they need (though now they typically just ask Google how to spell things), and afterwards I help them edit grammar issues. At the beginning of second grade I am happy with something like “Mr. Popper likes penguins.” As time goes by I nudge them to flesh out their sentences with adjectives, stronger verbs, details and reasons, etc. But the end of second grade I’m looking for sentences like, “The rats of NIMH decided to move away from their comfortable home because they did not like stealing food and electricity.” I do sometimes informally discuss the books with the kids as they read (some I have read and others I haven’t), but at that age I avoid book reports/comprehension questions/paperwork or even too many questions that might put them on the spot. If they read a couple chapters, write a couple sentences about it, and maintain their love of reading, then I call it a win. Wendy
  3. I would not do that for the same reason I don't allow my kids to wear shirts/hats/backpacks with their names visible on them. Many special needs kids are especially susceptible to social manipulation, so having their names visible to strangers seems like a bad idea. All of my kids do wear "safety necklaces" when we go on outings to busy/unfamiliar places. I just went to a pet store, bought plain rectangular dog tags, and used the machine there to engrave each child's name along with mine and DH's cell numbers. I put the tags on cloth necklaces with break-away clips for safety. The kids wear the necklaces inside their shirts, so the names are not visible to strangers, but the tags are readily available in case they get lost. Wendy
  4. I just looked at their website: "he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1990" and "he received his Degree of Dental Surgery in 1997". So probably 50ish.
  5. I find Amazon's prices on most things are more expensive (sometimes significantly) than what I can get locally, especially for "reasonable" quantities. For example, a staple like brown rice - Amazon offers a 5 lb bag by the brand 365 Everyday Value for $5.99. I can get 5 single pound bags at Target for $4.25, or $4.04 if I use my Red Card. At Walmart I can get a 5 lb bag for $3.42. We do use Amazon's subscribe and save for some things...but mostly specialty items like gluten free cookies and Pediasure with is ridiculously expensive, but my kids need for medical reasons. One way that we simplify our shopping is by doing a lot of it at Sams Club. Like Aldi, it has limited choices so we don't have to spend a lot of time debating options. There are things that we cannot get at Sams, so most weeks we do 95% of the shopping at Sams (with a list that is 95% the same every week) and then pop into either Aldi or our local grocery store to pick up a dozen or so items that Sams doesn't carry. We pay the extra for a Plus/Business membership at Sams. That means 1) we get to shop during the early morning hours when the store is fairly empty, and 2) we get cash back on all of our purchases that more than pays for our membership each year. Wendy
  6. 5 appointments with 2 hygienists in a bit over an hour. My cleanings are easy - so say 7 to 7:30 Shortly thereafter the other hygienist starts with my oldest ~7:10 to 7:30 Both hygienists clean up and move on to the next two kids ~7:40 to 7:55 One hygienist cleans up and finishes up with my youngest who, being 3, is only in the chair for 10ish minutes ~8:05 to 8:15 Obviously I expect the block of appointments to take longer as the kids get older, but also as they get older they will be more capable of sitting quietly and reading. Even if it eventually takes 2 hours to get through us all, I would still rather have them in one block messing up one day rather than having them split between two days.
  7. I don't think it was this simple in my case; my tooth and root and gums were still growing. I had my first root canal on the tooth at the age of 9.
  8. DS was in a similar situation. He finished Math Mammoth 6, Beast 5 and the Hands on Equation word problem book when he was about 8.5. From the HOE work, I knew that his biggest stumbling blocks would not be math, but rather stamina, focus, attention to detail, transferring problems from the book, showing his work, etc. I decided to start him on AOPS prealgebra without the class so that he could move at his own pace and we could take the time to reinforce good math habits. It took him about 18 months to make it through prealgebra using the book, videos and alcumus. That system seemed to serve him well, so we are now continuing onto AOPS algebra the same way. One thing that was important to remember with DS was that he could really only deal with an age-appropriate amount of math each day even though he was significantly advanced in content. At age 8 he was only working on math for 20ish minutes a day. Now, at age 10, 30-40 minutes is typical. I certainly could push him to do more, and if he was enrolled in an AOPS class I would probably have to, but his accuracy and efficiency wane significantly and the going gets very tough.
  9. Yes, clearly I will need to make other arrangements when I get the implant done. For something like that my parents could come help for an appointment and/or my husband could take an hour off work. For routine cleanings and the like, though, I really need to manage on my own with the kids as often as humanly possible.
  10. I snapped my front tooth off diagonally when I was 6 years old. The whole top of the tooth was still attached; the whole bottom of the tooth was gone. The trauma to the tooth caused damage to the roots which has manifested itself over the last 30+ years. The further trauma of having to drill down the remaining tooth and fit it with a string of caps and crowns exacerbated the root death. The first root canal was done on it several years after the injury. A couple years after that, another had to be done to clear out more dead root. My last was done while in college, so about 20 years ago. Since then, we joke that it is simply being held in by the force of will. I will need an implant. Either I will decide it is time and schedule it, or the tooth will decide for me.
  11. Actually, the hygienists have always been very focused during the cleanings. I have always felt they did a very thorough job with me and the kids. The only person who was not focused was the dentist. He was not there when we were in for cleanings (just like he had not been there for most of our previous cleanings), so we had to come back a different day. They asked us to schedule all those appointments at the same time so that he could just quickly check each of our teeth.
  12. I have never had child care for any of my kids when I go to the dentist (or pretty much any other appointment). And I have never left young children unsupervised in the lobby. When Audrey was a newborn, all four kids came back with me. Now the 10 year old can safely be left reading in the lobby (again, the current office has a pretty open layout and I am still in ear shot) and the three younger children come back with me. There is almost always one "visitor" chair. My 8 year old sits there and reads. My 5 year old sits on the floor next to the chair and reads. My 3 year old either sits on the other side of the chair or sits on my lap while I have my teeth cleaned. We do what we have to do. It is very hard to justify the cost of a babysitter (either at home or in the lobby) when we are spending SO MUCH MONEY every month on therapies, evaluations, psych appts, a plethora of meds, etc. My kids currently take 11 prescriptions meds and 4 different supplements strongly recommended by various medical professionals - they gets very expensive, very quickly! Plus, they aren't the type of kids that do well with babysitters...especially in stressful situations like the dentist. This is why our current office is so valuable to me and why I am so reluctant to leave. Not one of the hygienists there has ever said anything or even given me a sideways look when I bring the kids back with me. In fact they all gush about how well behaved the kids are and how easy we all are as patients. Wendy
  13. It is not a pediatric dentist. I have NO childcare, so I have always prioritized having one dentist that we can all go to since we all have to be there anyway. At our current office, they work with me and schedule me first (while all the kids are fresh) and then two kids simultaneously and then the other two. Typically, getting all of us through takes just over an hour...which I greatly prefer over having to come back for multiple trips. They do have the kids in different "rooms" to get their teeth cleaned, but there are no doors, and I can stand in the hallway and practically see both the kids getting their teeth cleaned and the kids in the waiting room all at the same time. In terms of routine cleanings, this office is MUCH easier than our old one (though I'm sure some of the current ease is due to not having a baby or young toddler anymore). I definitely agree that it would be better to have the dentist check every visit, but even that I'm willing to bend on quite a bit in exchange for fast, efficient, pleasant cleanings. So, I think I am going to start looking for a new dentist, but I doubt it will be a pediatric dentist. Maybe I will ask for recommendations on my local homeschool board. I do like the suggestion of switching just myself first until I find a dentist (and office) that I like. It will be telling how the staff reacts when I show up for my appointment with four kids in tow. If they take that in stride then they probably have a lot of experience with families coming in for cleanings together. Thanks, Wendy
  14. I try to ask guiding questions. For example, yesterday my 10 year old came to me perplexed holding a sock. He had found it in his drawer, but it was Elliot's sock. He seemed entirely stuck on the wrongness of situation - why was it there? how did it get there? who put it there? - and incapable of accepting it as a fluke and coming up with any sort of solution. Several times I said something along the lines of, "I don't think it matters how it got there. What can you do about it now?" He had no clue. Even once we established through leading questions that he knew of two places where Elliot had clean socks (his drawer and his clean laundry bin), Peter still could not make the leap to putting the sock in one of those places. Finally I asked, "Could you put it away?" He said yes and did so. But still, even though I mostly asked questions, it took a huge chunk of my time to sit and problem solve with him and ultimately I still ended up doing almost all of the thinking.
  15. I actually had fine experiences with all of my root canals. My oral surgery with the specialist was my worst experience...and not just because of the surgery aspect, but because of the lack of bedside manner and disrespectful tone of the appointment. I had had a lot of dental experience by that point, but I was still young and in pain and freaking out and my mom wasn't allowed in the room and there was no one to reassure me or ask me how I was coping. That is one of the main reasons that it was a deal breaker when the old dentist said it was office policy to not let parents in the examine rooms with the kids. I would have a problem with that even with neuroypical kids, but with my passel of special needs kids, it was completely unacceptable to me.
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