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  1. Pamela H in Texas

    Teaching Days of the Week, Months of the Year, Weather, etc

    I was looking at this just last week. My son turns 4 in July. I found calendar journal pages (mostly looking at ones with minimal writing). For example, I liked this one: http://glimmercat.blogspot.com/2017/09/ideas-for-your-morning-calendar-in-your.html (scroll down because she does the wall thing too). Anyway, I love the idea of a big wall, but I really am past having my whole decor be about homeschooling (right or wrong). ETA: I looked up the Confessions of a Homeschooler and like that one also (though it has much more writing).
  2. Pamela H in Texas

    Laurel or Yanny? Which do you hear?

    I heard Laurel and so did my 10yo. My hubby, 12, 11, and 3 year olds all hear "Yarry" which seems to be a common third thing to hear. Also, the Laurel just sounds like a low computer man's voice; but my hubby make it sound like Yarry sounds creepy.
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    Adopted parents - I have a question

    Well, some of mine have FASD. Generally, the rule with that is to subtract 4-5 years. Pretty sure one of mine needs more than that subtracted. But one doesn't need even half of that subtracted. Different degrees of the issue as well as just being different kids. Generally, ideally, I think, we need to treat our kids as individuals and meet them where they are. That is *much* easier said than done at times.
  4. Pamela H in Texas

    Three children still missing from Hart family crash

    Hopefully this is one of the missing two and the last child is found soon. Hopefully they can all be laid to rest. I didn't read y'all's thread on the incident (haven't been very active on the WTM boards in awhile); but I'm terribly saddened that these children were so failed by so many adults who could have made a difference in their lives.
  5. Pamela H in Texas

    Little girls and periods

    My daughter had some "old blood" at six. I took her to the doctor immediately. She did have some very early signs of puberty; but she was definitely not about to start her period. The doctor thought we'd have 1 & 1/2 years but possibly with some break-through sometimes. Thankfully, she waited until the month before she turned 10. So we were prepared for it a long time before it actually happened. And yes, just like you were sad inside that this could be it, we definitely were happy that it waited. I think it is perfectly fine to have an opinion about whether it is good or bad as long as you don't make a deal out of it to her. She will develop her own opinion.
  6. Pamela H in Texas

    Kids in the front seat of the car - what age?

    13 years AND 110 pounds (though I could see changing the weight requirement since some of my kids might not make that full grown). These are the same requirements I had for my oldest kids who turned 13 over a decade ago. I haven't seen any different standards to make me reconsider. Since 50% of 10yos should be in a carseat still, I have no problem with pushing back moving to the front seat. Drives me batty to see elementary kids in the front seat of the car when they should still be in boosters (at least! Many times the younger ones should still be in 5 points!). Parents would never forgive themselves for a severe injury or death they could have prevented. Sometimes, maybe it is necessary to bend guidelines, but not usually. Why chance it? As mentioned, we might change the weight requirement at some point. We also let them out of booster seats in middle school. I can be reasonable. But most 8yos belong in booster seats in the backseat (period, imo). I don't share my opinion unless asked though. ?
  7. Pamela H in Texas

    RNY: Surgery Update

    Congrats!!! I had the sleeve done in April 2014. Due to complications, I converted to the bypass Dec 20, 2017. I've had a number of issues with mine (wish I had stuck with the complications of the sleeve, sadly). Glad yours is going better. You'll definitely see differences in time; but you'll probably always see less difference than other people will.
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    PreK Planning Thread for 2018-2019

    Wyatt turns 4 in July. Mostly? He is interested in running around crazy, gymnastics, and music. He loves going to the park and library. We follow whatever his little heart desires. That sounds pretty good for preK to me. We are pretty laid back. He is only turning 4. So far he knows letter sounds and can sound out cvc words. We'll just keep moving along at his pace. I do want to get him writing some (he writes maybe 5 letters at this point) as well as doing other fine motor things (cutting, coloring, etc) a bit better. So that leaves something for math? I think he knows most of what he needs for Kindy/1st. So, I might just stick with some kind of calendar/circle time math. I might look at FIAR. I enjoyed it, kids enjoyed it, and its nice and laid back :)
  9. Pamela H in Texas

    If you are Vegan or Vegetarian, what do you eat?

    Lots of Potatoes :) drmcdougall.com
  10. Pamela H in Texas

    If there's a big age gap between your kids & oldest has left nest...

    I look forward to reading the responses. My oldest two have lived at home all this time. Well, my daughter bought a house and is taking her brother with her (next week!). I actually don't think it will be awful for my middle three for a number of reasons. In fact, it may be awesome. My adult children plan to have them over regularly and have already started making plans with them. And the break in other ways may be good for everyone. But my youngest son is going to be devastated! He absolutely adores his siblings and, though he'll have the three still, I think it will be an issue :( And I worry if they will still be able to be close with such a huge age difference. And then there is baby girl. Will she ever know her brother and sister AS brother and sister? Anyway, so I do worry about it. But I know that moving on will be good for my adult children also.
  11. Pamela H in Texas

    Weak bladder woes. Does anything help?

    40% of women push to urinate according to the lady that did my "pee test" at the urogyn.
  12. Pamela H in Texas

    Weak bladder woes. Does anything help?

    Do you have any prolapse? I have a sacracolpopexy and it solved most of my bladder issues (I still have to go potty before I can jump on the trampoline).
  13. Pamela H in Texas

    Are your young adults under 26 paying their own medical bills?

    Yes, but both of mine are working full time. One had to use credit briefly.
  14. Pamela H in Texas

    Honest opinions on large age gap between siblings

    My kids are 24, 22, 11, 10, 9, 2, and newborn (I need to change my signature!). I would have had more kids all along, but it didn't work out that way. When my oldest two were 15 and 18, we started fostering (about 50 kids now) then adopting. Until now, we've all lived under the same roof and I feel all my kids have a chance to be close despite age differences. The 22 yr old adores the 2 yr old and it doesn't seem to matter that there is a 20yr age difference. No doubt it looks different than if there were a 4year age difference, but it isn't a bad thing. Just for example. And my middle three LOVE playing with their 2yo brother, including him in almost everything. They are so sweet! HOWEVER, my oldest bought a house! And she is taking her brother with her. So...No doubt that will change things up a bit relationship wise. And I'm scared that the two youngest will never know their siblings WELL. But really? My daughter is right when she says that this is a choice. My big kids aren't moving to Timbuktu; they are just getting their own place. The relationships will be different; but again, they don't have to be inferior by any stretch. As I was scrolling through (haven't read whole thread yet), I noticed people saying that the experiences are different for older and younger kids also. I think that is true. However, again, I think it is a matter of different, not inferior. Hubby and I may be a little older and not have the energy we did at 30, but we also have more experience and are better responsible to give these kids different experiences than the oldest two got. Anyway, I wouldn't worry at all about a 5yr age difference. Anymore, I wouldn't worry too much about a 20year one :)
  15. Pamela H in Texas

    Back to homeschooling

    CES, If you homeschool from the get-go, you don't have to tell anyone anything. However, you DO have to pull your kids out of school formally. You can either do their forms or you can write a letter of intent (there is one on the state association website). Schools seem to almost always ask about curriculum, program, etc. It is highly advised not to answer such questions because we don't want the state thinking we're okay with such questions. So I didn't answer with what materials we're using, but with a statement that answered the three parts of the homeschool law we ARE to follow (bonafide, visual, covers certain subjects). Anyway, we tried public school and virtual school, now back to homeschooling :)
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