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Noreen Claire

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  1. I had the Annie period video! 8th grade, Catholic school, 1987 or 88. In high school, we got a video on abortion showing aborted fetuses...my best friend at the time had just had an abortion and was a little green during that class... The memory still makes me angry.
  2. This is how we parent here. If you (or me, for that matter), need to release emotions for a few minutes before we can gather ourselves back up to rejoin dinner, we leave the table. If a child (or myself) is actively approaching hysterical, they don't go alone - we parent them in the other room until they are capable of returning to the table. This is a skill that we start with early, and continue to work on it whenever necessary. I see absolutely nothing wrong with the way you chose to handle it. Sorry you had an unhappy experience on mother's day, of all days.
  3. In our house, my oldest has a rectangular, shelf-sized basket in the fridge that holds 'his' food, i.e., food that is for his work lunches, food he asked for specifically that I don't wan't eaten by anyone else, food that he buys for himself, and his leftovers from his outings with friends. When the little boys get bigger, we will add baskets for them as well, and the top shelf is usually for leftovers that will be used for the next meal. (Treats are occasionally hidden at the back of the vegetable crisper. Don't tell!) Can you set up a 'Do Not Eat' shelf? A place specifically for things that you have planned for meals, that they know not to touch. Everything else in the fridge is fair game?
  4. I'm an ESFJ/ISFJ. No clue what this all means, but interested in looking it up and learning more.
  5. They started rolling out the cards a few months ago, and phasing out the paper checks. Depending on your state, though, it may not have been implemented yet. I remember using the checks, and *paper* food stamp books, 20 years ago. Mortified every.single.time I had to go to the store. Husband at the time (now long-divorced) made it easy on me - he found a local store that would sell him cigarettes for food stamps. That took care of me going to the grocery store as much. Damn, I was hungry a lot then...
  6. I gave my niece a large box stuffed to the brim with random art 'stuff'... lengths of ribbon, buttons, glitter, scraps of fabric, popsicle sticks, pieces of felt, thread, needles, stickers, fabric markers, paint, good paper, small balls of yarn, etc... She was thrilled!
  7. Sounds like you could be talking about my oldest, with the exception that he never did great (he could get Cs if he tried, he just didn't want to). He went to public school and I would get emails from his teachers, in real time, about how he was sleeping in class again, not participating, hadn't done the homework, etc... In middle school he was diagnosed with a non-verbal learning disorder, inattentive ADD, and was determined to have absolutely ZERO executive functioning skills. He squeaked out of high school by the skin of his teeth. I never cried so hard. That said, he's now 20 and working *nearly* full-time at the local supermarket. It isn't what I pictured for my oldest child, by far. However, it is his life, and all I can do is love and support him. I wish I could offer words of wisdom on how you could help or 'fix' your son's issues with school work. I guess all I can say is that, I feel your pain. Good luck, mama. :grouphug:
  8. How about an experience, instead of a 'thing'? A STEM class? Robotics class? Animation class? Once my oldest hit preteen, he really liked movie and sports tickets, or cash so he could buy himself *exactly* what he wanted. Good luck!
  9. TWENTY-TWO extraordinary ministers? Pardon my jealousy...the entire 10am Sunday morning service in our church doesn't always have 22 participants! :sad:
  10. Sounds awkward. However, as our church just went an entire year without any music/singing/organist *at all*, I am thankful any time the new organist shows up and sings. :-)
  11. Just like diapers, the stronger/more absorbent the pad claims to be, the more likely you are to have a reaction to them. Try going for something less absorbent, if you want to stay with disposables. You will just have to change them more often. As for cloth/cups - I love them! I had a hard time inserting the cup and getting a good fit until I realized that I could insert it while in the shower each morning. Makes it easier to get in and no mess! ;-) I wore it for 6-8 hours, and then I took it out and switched to my cloth pads for the rest of the day (when I was most likely at home, after running errands or getting home form work). Also, I had to snip the stem a little to get a better fit. Good luck with whatever you choose.
  12. He's a keeper! I used to give my classes that question (10th grade math). Would take them an entire period before someone figured it out. I'm impressed!
  13. Oh, god. I'm not looking forward to when my little noisemakers are 13, 15, and 18! This is our future! Stay strong, mama!
  14. I told my best friend as soon as the stick turned blue. Told my mother a few weeks later. We won't tell the kids until after the ultrasound (3 more weeks), as I had a prior loss at 18wks and it crushed my oldest. My coworkers were all really awkward around me for a while after that loss, too. Now, even though I'm definitely showing at 15 weeks, we wait as long as we can. Good luck!
  15. All four of my boys would go anywhere from 5-10 days between bowel movements. Breast milk is a laxative - exclusively breast-fed babies are rarely constipated, unless there is another medical issue. Please be aware that putting *anything* into a baby's rectum can cause serious injury - this is why most doctors no longer use this type of thermometer on babies. My first had colic due to multiple, life-threatening food allergies (food that I ate, as he was exclusively breast fed), and boy #2 and boy #4 were/are needier than I was prepared for. Warm baths with mom (and dad nearby, in case either of us fell asleep) helped immensely. Also, I gave in and just nursed, nurse, nursed my boys. They never cried with a boob in their mouths. ;-) Good luck, mama. Hang in there!
  16. My mother rolled her eyes when I told her. :glare:
  17. That's the thing...He passed the reading and word identification portions for all 8 books with a 90%. I don't expect the remaining ETC books to improve his reading much more, but he would like to work on spelling. (He was DISTRAUGHT that his spelling wasn't correct.) If the OPG will help his spelling, I'll add it in. If not, should we just move to Spelling Workout A and start there? I don't expect him to become proficient over the summer, I just don't want to bore him to death doing more phonics if it won't improve his reading much and won't help his spelling.
  18. This sounds like my oldest, who was diagnosed with 'nonverbal learning disorder' (that was 6-8yrs ago, so may be a different term now). Basically, he could do whatever he wanted *out loud*, but, if you stuck a pencil in his hand and told him to write it out, POOF...it was gone. Just not possible. His teachers tested him orally whenever possible.
  19. I just gave my (public school) 1st grader the Explode the Code placement tests. He scored fabulously on the reading and word identification portions (tests 4 & 6), but placed at about book 3 or 4 for spelling (which, I guess, is about grade level). Should we work through the rest of the ETC books (books 4-8), or should we strictly focus on spelling instead? I bought Spelling Workout A for him to do during the summer, but he hasn't started it yet. We also own The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading - would there be some benefit to working through that, as well? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. :-)
  20. I had my first at 21. Then, three more boys at 34, 37, and 40. (Full disclosure, I had 3 miscarriages when I was 36.) I'm now 15wks pregnant and will be 42 when this bub is born. The oldest has had the most health issues, probably due my crappy diet and lack of caring for myself. We refused all genetic testing, with the exception of the level 2 ultrasound. What happens, happens. My midwives say eat well, exercise, sleep, and take your vitamins; they are very supportive of older moms. Finding supportive people to surround yourself with is a great first step! Good luck!
  21. Here is the best place to find out about wheelchair accessible transportation for the MBTA in Boston: http://www.mbta.com/riding_the_t/accessible_services/default.asp?id=16901 July in Boston can be hot & humid, but can also randomly be cold & windy. Bring layers! Have fun!
  22. Avatar: The Last Airbender is a perennial favorite in my house. The 7 & 4 yr olds are watching it again - we have watched it through with my kids *at least* 3 other times over the last few years. You can get the DVDs through Netflix (it isn't available streaming) or through the library. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/tv-reviews/avatar-the-last-airbender However, We have NOT watched the follow-up show, The Legend of Korra. As much as I would like to see it, and the reviews are excellent, it does have some darker themes and, I've been told, a same-sex relationship that my husband was uncomfortable with for our kids until they are a bit older.
  23. We have a 7, 4, and 2 (next week!) and another on the way in Oct. Also a 20yr old, but he's not home much. ;-) We have a loose summer schedule that we worked out last year, mostly to keep me & my husband on the same page. It worked out great *most* of the time. It gives everyone a general idea of what kind of activities will be happening when, and allows the kids some structured and some unstructured times during the day. In the afternoon, the toddler naps (thank goodness), the 4yr old plays quietly by himself happily during 'quiet time' (this took a few months to teach - started at 5min and now he goes about 90min most days), and the 7yr old will do school work, mostly things that he can/wants to do independently while I either nap or do housework. We try to get to the playground or local swimming hole in the afternoons but, if the weather is wet/too hot, we run errands or go to the library. The kids get 30-60 minutes of screen time while I prep dinner. Just another idea to throw out there! {Summer Schedule} Morning__________(7:00am-11:00am) breakfast & clean up brush teeth, wash face, get dressed morning chores outside/active play Afternoon_________(11:00am-5:00pm) lunch & clean up afternoon chores Nap time/quiet time/school time swimming/free play/library/errands tv time/dinner prep Evening___________(5:00pm-8:00pm) dinner & clean up evening chores family time (walk/reading/quiet time) snack, brush teeth, pajamas story, prayers, bedtime
  24. I've been using Mint.com for a few years and, while I'm glad that I can tell when the grocery spending is getting out of control, it really isn't doing me much good otherwise. Does anyone here use YNAB, and why do you like/dislike about it? Thanks!
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