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  1. Elementary 7-year dc just diagnosed with ADHD. Will try medication but I'm searching for a good therapist/psychologist to help him get past negative experiences and learn to express feelings...(more) 11-19-2015 3:50pm (4 replies)
    more. I'm burnt out from searching (not that I've stopped) and it would be great to hear back from anyone who can rec one who takes insurance. TIA
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    • OP: sorry, I just posted to special needs instead. 11-19-2015 3:58pm
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    • - no subject -...(more) 12-1-2015 9:09pm
      My sister worked with a psyd named Erika for her son who was diagnosed last year. She was with http://manhattanpsychologygroup.com/ ----- not sure on the insurance though. But so far she has seen great results with her son, especially in the school environment. Wishing you luck.....I know how bad it sucks to find the right path....she struggled for a while too trying to find a good fit. She is still going for occasional sessions.....so we are hoping to continue seeing improvement! Good luck!
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      • thank you! 12-7-2015 8:51am
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        • - no subject -...(more) 12-14-2015 9:10am
          your welcome...wishing you the best.....I know my sister has had quite the struggle with her son --- but it has gotten a little bit easier in recent months. Hang in there!!!!
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  2. Elementary Our DC is applying out of our current NYC private for 3rd grade and we are really concerned, since it is an "off-year". To make matters worse, one of his classmates has applied...(more) 11-17-2015 4:29pm (2 replies)
    out for the past 2 years without sucess. Are the lower grades really that tight? Or, is our current school sabotaging the process?
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    • Could be both. I know our old private school actively discourages families from applying out. 11-17-2015 4:38pm
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      • were you able to leave? What grade and, how did it work out? 11-17-2015 8:29pm
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  3. Elementary Feeling a bit the loser........(more) 11-17-2015 1:24pm (3 replies)
    jeesus...first race out of the gate after 10 yrs of not working. and I feel like I blew even just juggling life and the class and study I need to even consider looking for freelance! ugh. anyone else have it tough?
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    • I'm sorry. I hope things get better for you. 11-17-2015 1:32pm
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      • thanks....it's just such a different me than pre child. my brain just doesn't juggle everything..... 11-17-2015 1:33pm
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        • You'll get the hang of it, just don't give up. You just have to find your footing and you'll be back to your old self. 11-17-2015 1:36pm
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  4. Elementary Keratosis Pilaris - treatment...(more) 11-13-2015 9:51am (2 replies)
    My 5YO DD has severe keratosis pilaris on her legs. Lots of blackheads and white heads. We have tried just about everything we can think of, including suggestions by the pedi and a dermatologist. Anyone have any tried and true suggestions?
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    • Have you tried Amlactin Ultra? 11-13-2015 10:01am
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      • Amlactin Ultra...(more) 11-13-2015 10:11am
        Is that the 12%? I just saw that on another post. I've tried OTC AmLactin, but the bottle I have doesn't say Ultra or 12%. Bless her heart, they bug me so much more than they do her, but her classmates have been asking her what's wrong with her legs.
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  5. Elementary Has anyone used Michael Rosenthal at CMI for a Neuropsych eval? 11-12-2015 2:19pm (0 replies)
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  6. Elementary Public School wants to DC to receive art therapy for outbursts. Sounds good to me if it will help but what can or can't an art therapist do? 11-7-2015 6:36pm (0 replies)
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  7. Elementary Underarm odor in 5 year old daug...(more) 11-7-2015 1:08pm (7 replies)
    I've noticed that my 5yo daughter has underarm odor. Seems entirely too young. Anyone experienced this or have any suggestions? And yes, she bathes regularly.
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    • does she eat soy products? 11-7-2015 1:10pm
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      • Soy...(more) 11-7-2015 1:20pm
        No
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    • I would take her to the pediatrician to discuss precocious puberty 11-7-2015 1:10pm
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    • Yes, my now 9yo started having underarm odor around that time. Tried various natural deodorants, etc. By 7yo it was so retched smelling that she began Secret. 11-7-2015 1:11pm
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    • is she overweight? does she bathe daily (not just regularly) and with soap? does she wear synthetic materials? is it a BO smell or a sour, didn't wash well smell? 11-7-2015 1:18pm
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      • - no subject -...(more) 11-7-2015 1:21pm
        Not overweight. Bathes daily. Mostly cotton clothes. BO smell.
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        • i would discuss w/ ped 11-7-2015 1:22pm
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  8. Elementary The biggest surprise with my dc being at a ss TT private has been the parents. It's not the affluence but the competence. Everyone shows for everything. They're prompt/early. They...(more) 11-2-2015 11:39am (33 replies)
    do extra stuff. On the whole, they seem to live in fancy apartments, but they have by and large excelled, themselves, in school and career. There are occasional celebrities, and loads of bankers/lawyers, but EVERYONE appears to be very effective. In my experience, the parents are perfectly nice, and I've seen minimal snootiness, but I can feel the expectation that I remain very competent for 13 years. Many of my friends chose public for their own kids and were very clear about their disappointment that I chose private, and, aside from the money and the possibility that the children become snobs or feel intimidated by the wealth, I think their biggest discomfort would be the notion that they'd need to play a somewhat uptight A game everyday for 13 years.
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    • striving for perfection is exhausting. We moved from a very wealthy area to a less wealthy one, I feel so much better, freer, like dcs will be fine if I do not do everything...(more) 11-2-2015 11:41am
      perfectly...I love it.
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    • we are a FA family at a TT private and the other parents act like they can't see me. I hate going to events, it's horrible. 11-2-2015 11:41am
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      • That may be true, but I wonder if Everyone isn't a little invisible. 11-2-2015 11:44am
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        • The others all see each other fine, I am not paranoid but these events are extremely uncomfortable and I dread them and generally need a drink right after. 11-2-2015 11:45am
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          • I'm not FA and wear the business suit uniform but feel similarly. 11-2-2015 11:49am
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      • Is that public information? 11-2-2015 11:44am
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        • I'm sure my clothes/hair aren't quite right. 11-2-2015 11:45am
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          • So no. This is your insecurity and not necessarily the truth. 11-2-2015 11:49am
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    • As obnoxious as your post is, you actually have the glimmer of a point. In private, every family showed up for almost everything. At my ds's public high school, no one shows up...(more) 11-2-2015 11:41am
      for anything.
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      • np, weird, where do you think they are? other things they have to do, or just lazing at home? 11-2-2015 11:44am
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        • They live all over the 5 boroughs, they typically both work, and it's not so easy. Plus the school gym isn't as pleasant as checking out a floor through on Park. 11-2-2015 11:46am
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          • ^^^And honestly, even I don't go to much. Once you realize that hardly anyone shows up, you feel less need to go. 11-2-2015 11:47am
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      • np-there's a middle ground, at our school parents show up a lot, but they realize that if they don't once the sky won't fall on their head. 11-2-2015 11:45am
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        • Sure, but that's not my experience. 11-2-2015 11:46am
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    • OMG. get over it. The parents in our NJ burb (public school) are "competent" too. 11-2-2015 11:41am
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    • So no drop offs in pj pants? 11-2-2015 11:41am
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      • Everyone appears dressed for work. It's a crisp crowd. 11-2-2015 11:46am
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    • ok 11-2-2015 11:42am
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    • I guess when you spend 50K/yr for something, you pay attention. I would not make the assumption that public school parents are less competent, though they may not feel that being...(more) 11-2-2015 11:43am
      the parent of a school aged dc requires maximum parental involvement on a day to day basis.
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      • That and parents of kids in private school have the means for childcare. Usually only one of us can go to school functions when kids are not allowed, while the other stays with...(more) 11-2-2015 11:46am
        dc.
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        • ^^Also, the upper classes have more autonomy at work than middle and lower classes. Some people don't work traditional m-f, 9-5 jobs and having to come in late or leave early, or...(more) 11-2-2015 11:49am
          missing a day for a school function can put your job in jeopardy.
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          • OP:good points. These events often occur 8-9:30 or 5:30-6:30, which means skipping out on work. Easier if you';re the employer rather than the employed. 11-2-2015 11:57am
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      • OP: I wasn't trying to say it's necessarily a good thing--many would hate it, but there is a clear expectation that we are on top of the daily stuff. MUCH more than when I went to...(more) 11-2-2015 11:47am
        public.
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        • Its another dimension of social pressure. People are probably afraid to appear less interested. Its another way to compete. 11-2-2015 11:52am
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          • OP: it may be fear, and it may be economic, but I'd guess they also choose parents who are highly involved types. 11-2-2015 12:01pm
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    • Well….yeah. And? 11-2-2015 11:43am
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    • This is my experience in our NYC public school. In general, if someone is living in NYC they are motivated individuals to put up with the city nonsense, often at the top of their...(more) 11-2-2015 11:45am
      game with their respective careers, etc. it's not surprising to see this.
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    • so you tink they chose public b/c they couldn't hack it? as you yourself said, you were surprised about it, so what makes you think they even knew about being competent? 11-2-2015 11:47am
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      • OP: Obviously, many public parents are competent, I just wasn't expecting a near 100% orgy of efficient attentiveness. 11-2-2015 11:48am
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        • yes but you said "I think their biggest discomfort would be the notion that they'd need to play a somewhat uptight A game everyday for 13 years."...(more) 11-2-2015 11:49am
          that this is why they went public. how would they even know about this. you said you were surprised yourself
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          • OP: good point. I think they'd sneer at the high % of bankers but would actually feel most uncomfortable by the expectation that they volunteer and show up so regularly. They'd...(more) 11-2-2015 11:54am
            want the experience to feel more mellow, and my experience thus far has not been "mellow."
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    • It's easier to get to school activities when you're the boss or a SAHM. Privates are packed with bosses. It's tough with a regular job. 11-2-2015 11:52am
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      • I'd add, however, that I haven't noticed judginess towards parents who can't get away as much. 11-6-2015 8:13am
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  9. Elementary NYT reporter should be ashamed of herself for her obsession with transgressions of SA & utter indifference to the many many transgressions of regular publics 10-30-2015 3:04pm (3 replies)
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    • eh. it's a story people are interested in 10-30-2015 3:05pm
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    • Air it all out. Make them accountable. 10-30-2015 3:06pm
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    • SA lies about how it gets its supposedly great results. It's also receiving public funding. The public has a right to know when its tax dollars are being used to prop up a scam. 10-30-2015 3:07pm
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  10. Elementary Hate feeling jealous!...(more) 10-26-2015 10:57am (4 replies)
    My ds is 9 and plays a sport that he absolutely loves! He does fairly well at it too. I have a friend with a child on the same team who really excels at the sport. He is a great kid and I really like the mom too. However, she is the type who will brag endlessly on social media. I am always very positive and upbeat and will always complement her child on his accomplishments but I feel like a bit of a fake since I'm really feeling very jealous. Ugh! Does anyone else ever go through this?!
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    • Sure. Social media sucks in so many ways. 10-26-2015 11:01am
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      • ITA, but I always assume the braggarts are protesting too much. I don't take it at face value. Normal, secure people don't need to do that. 10-26-2015 11:03am
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        • Totally agree. But i'm looking at it less and less because I'm just tired of it. 10-26-2015 11:06am
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    • Been there and also have a 9yo who loves soccer, tries really hard but hardly ever scores. Just ignore the posts, you will not change the cheap desire to boast. Be proud of your...(more) 12-17-2015 1:10pm
      son and live your life. There will always be people like that.
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  11. Elementary Offering a couple of free songs to get feedback from parents...(more) 10-25-2015 10:50am (1 reply)
    My name is Dr. Mac. I am passionate about high quality music for kids. Music that inspires as well as entertains. I was a songwriter and music director of the hit PBS show, “Jay Jay the Jet Plane.” Also a child psychologist and co-director of the Family Therapy Institute of Santa Barbara, I have learned the value of boosting kids’ character, social and emotional skills. On my new website, HappyKidsSongs.com, I'm offering a couple of free songs from our eight award-winning children's albums. I am hoping to get feedback from parents, as well as suggestions for future song themes.

    Thanks so much for your help!
    Don MacMannis, Ph.D. (Dr. Mac)
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    • not here, please 10-25-2015 10:51am
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  12. Elementary Does anyone have feedback on UNIS? 10-16-2015 9:15pm (0 replies)
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  13. Elementary Does anyone have feedback on the French American School in Larchmontr? 10-16-2015 7:46pm (0 replies)
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  14. Elementary Any current or former Avenues school families out there? Would greatly appreciate feedback, positive or negative. Am applying for son PreK and daughter 4th grade, spanish track. 10-16-2015 4:33pm (0 replies)
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  15. Elementary Does anyone have feedback on the International School of Brooklyn? 10-15-2015 8:54am (5 replies)
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    • Someone frequently spams about the IB degree 10-15-2015 8:55am
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      • different school. that's the international school of bk, public school 10-15-2015 8:57am
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        • ^school of int'l studies 10-15-2015 8:58am
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      • clearly that spam has taught you nothing. 10-15-2015 4:02pm
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    • I know a few families there, and a teacher. They love it. 10-15-2015 8:57am
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  16. Elementary S/o is Chapin traditional or progressive? here's a chart:http://www.wingraschool.org/who/progressive.htm. from this, chapin is both. 10-12-2015 6:15am (6 replies)
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    • I cannot access your link, but most schools are not one or the other. Dalton is progressive, Horace Mann is traditional, but most fall somewhere on the spectrum. 10-12-2015 7:15am
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      • Feildston and St. Ann's are reduiculously progressive, It's hard to find a extremely traditional school...(more) 10-12-2015 7:20am
        In the nyc privates these days.
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        • that didn't work, sorry. here's another:http://www.nais.org/Magazines-Newsletters/ITMagazine/Pages/Progressive-and-Traditional-in-Independent-Schools.aspx 10-12-2015 7:28am
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          • http://www.nais.org/Magazines-Newsletters/ITMagazine/Pages/Progressive-and-Traditional-in-Independent-Schools.aspx 10-12-2015 7:29am
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    • http://www.wingraschool.org/who/progressive.htm 10-12-2015 7:24am
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    • It's traditional but with a progressive lower school - which the majority of the top traditional school are moving toward. 10-12-2015 7:54am
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  17. Elementary Looking for any opinions on Camps - South Laurel, Cobossee, Manitou and Weekela and Micah 10-8-2015 6:42pm (0 replies)
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  18. Elementary This post has been disliked 3 times. showDear Moms: Can you spare 5 minutes to help some university students?...(more) 10-4-2015 8:03am (1 reply)
    Hi All,

    I a business school student in Washington, DC. For our class, we are looking into an idea for an app that tracks when your kids are being productive or wasting time.

    If you can spare five minutes to answer our short, multiple choice survey, that would be really helpful!

    http://mcdonough.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1RGzXDQ6rK5X1EV
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    • done. 10-4-2015 8:09am
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  19. Elementary Any OTs on? Thinking of going back for my Masters. Wonder if I'm too old at 42 9-28-2015 8:07pm (5 replies)
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    • You need the doctorate nowadays. 9-28-2015 8:08pm
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      • That's what I thought but the school near me is still offering the Masters. Is that a bad idea? 9-28-2015 8:09pm
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        • I would look into any current jobs and ask it'll they'll accept the masters only 9-28-2015 8:10pm
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          • Good idea, thanks 9-28-2015 8:12pm
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    • What are you doing with that time? Time passes whether you do something or not 9-28-2015 8:09pm
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  20. Elementary 12 yo DS has Strabismus and cannot see in 3D at all. I am wondering if anyone can reccommend a top surgeon as i was told 2 years ago that he would likely need surgical correction...(more) 9-22-2015 7:46am (5 replies)
    for it. I am in Riverdale but will travel anywhere just to bring him to best surgeon, thanks
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  21. Elementary Does anyone have feedback on either Ecole internationale de New York or International School of Brooklyn? 9-16-2015 1:34pm (1 reply)
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    • Good schools 9-16-2015 1:37pm
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  22. Elementary Four months post partum and hair is shedding a ton. Lots of breakage around the front. Any products I can use to g 9-13-2015 1:31pm (6 replies)
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    • no -- that's when it happened to me -- try not to use too much heat on your hair... wash it as little as possible 9-13-2015 1:32pm
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    • This is me as I'm approaching peri. Starting to take biotin 9-13-2015 1:33pm
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      • Me too. I also started using Wen shampoo 9-13-2015 1:36pm
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        • What is special about it? 9-13-2015 1:36pm
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    • No, it's normal. All the hair that you would have lost over thos 9 months. 9-13-2015 1:35pm
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    • nothing. it just happens. you didn't lose hair while you were pg is all, and now it's letting go 9-13-2015 1:35pm
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  23. Elementary Why won't this kid fall asleep before 9pm ever? 9-9-2015 9:08pm (4 replies)
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    • How old? 9-9-2015 9:09pm
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      • 5 9-9-2015 9:11pm
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        • Awww. Overtired? 9-9-2015 9:12pm
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          • That would be my first guess but he's in bed at 7:30. Just when he seems to be winding down, he winds himself back up 9-9-2015 9:17pm
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  24. Elementary Best company for in-home massage? Have dear friend w/dh in hospital, she needs a break and can't get out much. 9-8-2015 11:21am (1 reply)
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    • sorry, don't have a suggestion, but just wanted to say you sound like a great friend. 9-8-2015 9:25pm
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  25. Elementary TMI but need help: Struggling to get ds to wipe his butt until he's clean. Its so gross but he can't be bothered to do a complete job. Have tried explaining about a rash, have...(more) 9-8-2015 11:20am (12 replies)
    had dr talk to him, etc. he just doesn't care. Any suggestions?
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    • how old is he? 9-8-2015 11:20am
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      • 7. 9-8-2015 11:21am
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        • still a little young but keep reminding him and check on him every day. 9-8-2015 11:22am
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    • this is normal, unless he is 15yo. 9-8-2015 11:20am
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      • Yes, and smelly! I walk around w/extra underwear for him as if he were 3! 9-8-2015 11:22am
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    • How old is this child? 9-8-2015 11:20am
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    • Can't think of anything, sorry. Doesn't it get itchy? 9-8-2015 11:20am
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    • sticker chart 9-8-2015 11:21am
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      • not effective for 15yo's 9-8-2015 11:21am
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        • he's not 15 9-8-2015 11:23am
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        • or, well they work for my preschool age kids 9-8-2015 11:23am
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    • let him get a rash, its a good natural consequence. Also, keep you can keep flushable wipes for the last wipe to be really clean. But dont actually flush them, they do clog 9-8-2015 11:21am
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