Toddler

  1. Toddler It's a girl!!!!! 38 min ago (1 reply)
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  2. Toddler Citymouse question: all of you mom's doing after school pickup -- aren't there schoolbuses anymore? 39 min ago (14 replies)
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    • ^^sorry, moms 38 min ago
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    • no buses unless you live > 1 mile away or so. 38 min ago
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      • so the moms who drive are driving less than a mile to pick up dc? 38 min ago
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        • I thought you said city moms. At my ds's elem, it's either the bus or walking. I picked up my ds everyday on foot! 36 min ago
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      • wasn't that always the rule? do kids walk anymore? 36 min ago
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      • Half mile through grade 2, mile for rest of elementary. Tons of kids don't get seats in their zoned schools, so they bus all over. 31 min ago
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    • snowflakes don't do bus. 38 min ago
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      • np-we don't have a bus, I'd be the first to sign dcs up for it!@ 35 min ago
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    • No schoolbuses for us. No car line, either. Most people walk or bike the kids to school (I bike). Parents are expected to pick the kids up on the playground, except for the few...(more) 36 min ago
      older grades.
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    • my kids take the bus. best thing. 36 min ago
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    • Not if you live too close to the school (I am a citymouse but not NYC). 35 min ago
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    • In the city you need to live a certain distance toget the bus and even them 35 min ago
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      • >>>the bus is more of a pia sometimes. You can either get a bus pass or a metro pass. Many people take the metro pass 33 min ago
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    • we live too close for bus. walk/bike everyday 32 min ago
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  3. Toddler My mood improves so much when the weather, I am really depressed auring the winter 39 min ago (0 replies)
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  4. Toddler Nanny is great. kids love her. my house is always clean. She goes above and beyond. BUt we have a dog and a cat, and she is adequate at best with them. They arent really her job...(more) 40 min ago (32 replies)
    but when hired we asked if she was ok with just simple things with the cat (we didn't have the dog when she started, thats recent) and we have found cat in garage more than once (she sneaks in there hoping to get outside when garage door opens, but if nanny doesn't see her, she gets stuck in garage ALL DAY. Is this something you would have issue with or discuss with her? Its not that she does anything bad with them, she just doesn't seem to be an animal person and tolerates them/ignores them. She is in the house 8 to 6.
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    • ^^we also pay her VERY well. if that matters. 40 min ago
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    • Stop looking for tits on an ant. This is not a real problem. 39 min ago
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      • i just don't want my cat or dog locked in the garage all day. 39 min ago
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        • so figure out a way to keep them out. put bells on them. 38 min ago
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        • np: install a cat door in the door leading to the house/garage. 38 min ago
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        • Then put a cat/dog door in 38 min ago
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        • hire someone to look after the pets, then. all these beings and you aren't even home. 38 min ago
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        • The cat does not care. 36 min ago
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      • This x1000. She takes good care of your kids and keeps your house clean? Figure out how to make the animal care easier on her 38 min ago
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    • I had a similar thing with our old sitter. It bothered me and never improved. If you love the nanny I think you have to tolerate but I feel your pain on this. 39 min ago
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    • I'd mention that if she hasn't seen the cat, to look in the garage. Getting a dog after the fact - I hope you asked her is she was willing to take care of it in addition to her...(more) 39 min ago
      other duties - that is a lot of work.
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      • op- no extra work besides opening the door to the back yard a couple times a day. 38 min ago
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        • never had to wipe up after muddy feet? Feed it? Go on a walk? Vaccum dog hair? (you said she cleans) 37 min ago
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          • its not a daily added amount of work, but sure if something occurs i am sure she cleans up after the dog. but its not an every day thing. 36 min ago
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            • when you are home you do NOTHING for your dog all day? 35 min ago
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              • play with the dog, honestly the kids play with the dog. she occasionally walks the dog with her and little one two pick the other two up at the bus. But thats her choice not a...(more) 34 min ago
                job.
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                • I feel sorry for your dog, to be honest. 34 min ago
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            • np: My ass it isn't. 34 min ago
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        • don't kid yourself. the dog is a PITA I guarantee. also it just there and in her face/way. you should pay her more for the dog. 37 min ago
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        • And water and feed the dog. Plus just having the dog to deal with in addition to kids, pets are work and if she is there 10 hours a day, she is caring for them. 37 min ago
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          • the dog gets a full bowl of water and food in the morning before we leave And fed at night when we come home. the water lasts the whole day. she doesn't do this. 35 min ago
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            • so your family has zero interaction with your dog? Or just the nanny? 34 min ago
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              • my kids play with the dog all day. and dh and I are home from 6 until the morning. of course the dog is with us. 34 min ago
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                • how old are your kids? if they're old enough to play with the dog, why aren't they old enough to let the dog out, clean his feet, and bring the cat back into the house? 27 min ago
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            • The dog still needs attention and it's another being in your home that needs care. Stop downplaying it 33 min ago
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        • LOL 36 min ago
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    • get a cat door betwwen house and garage 38 min ago
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    • have you reminded her about not letting the cat out? honestly, i wouldn't care, but then i'm not a cat person. i would not fire a great nanny over this. 37 min ago
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      • op- the cat can go outside. Its an outdoor cat. i just don't want it locked in a room all day. 36 min ago
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        • so put in a cat door, as others suggested. or figure out a way for the cat to not get out to the garage--the cat's going to get run over one of these days. 34 min ago
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          • ^^from your other responses, particularly about the dog, it seems to me that you under-represent the PITA having a dog and a cat is to a full time nanny who is working for you 10...(more) 31 min ago
            hours per day. why do you have a dog and cat if you're gone 10 hours a day?
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            • ^^most animal shelters will not let you adopt a pet if they know you're out that much 28 min ago
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  5. Toddler I have growing agar and petrie dishes. what can I guide 2nd grader to do with this for science fair? collect swabs and grow bacteria? 42 min ago (26 replies)
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    • google 42 min ago
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    • That seems a little reckless 42 min ago
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      • Reckeless? Do you know what is all over your house an din your fridge? lol 40 min ago
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        • Yes but culturing it is a diff story. 38 min ago
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          • ??? 38 min ago
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          • lol, accidental growth and not knowing it's htere are ok, but doing it in a controlled environment is bad? 38 min ago
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    • of course - swab things in your house and see what grows - the sink, the toilet seat, a phone, the door handle. etc 41 min ago
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      • so if I have a qtip full of crud, do I just let it sit in the agar? I wouldn't want to wipe it there an hope enough comes off, kwim? 41 min ago
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        • oh no, it totally will. Get the q-tip good and swabbed, then rub it all around, nice squiggle pattern , like you were stratching out something you wrote. Not too hard, you dont...(more) 39 min ago
          want to go THROUGH the stuff, just on top. That will be plenty. Just google apropriate incubation time, I cant reall what it is
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        • No, just swipe the q tip over the agar - enough will come off to grow. 38 min ago
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      • swab the sink into one, swab your throat into another, swab yogurt onto the third. compare the difference. 40 min ago
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    • i think second grade might be a bit too young for that sort of experiment! 41 min ago
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      • ITD. 41 min ago
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      • how tough is it? 40 min ago
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        • not that it's tough. i just think that science experiments where the parent has to do the planning and execution aren't beneficial in any way 40 min ago
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          • don't be a jackass. what second grader is going to think up his own science fair project. you're a pill 39 min ago
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            • what second grader should be doing a science fair project? if the child is too young to think it up and do it, it's not an appropriate assignment! 38 min ago
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              • they learn from doing, you idiot 37 min ago
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              • This is how they learn. Do you think a 5th Grader wakes up one day and figures out what to do to pull a science fair project together? 37 min ago
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    • swab every family member. are you grosser than a second grader? 40 min ago
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      • cute.... but embarrassiing 40 min ago
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        • lol. you can always fake the data if you are the dirtiest one. 39 min ago
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      • This is mommy's vag! 38 min ago
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        • Mommy grew a sourdough starter! 36 min ago
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  6. Toddler If your DC couldn't sing but thought themselves excellent, talented, etc. - would you tell them the truth. She never gets singing parts and gets very upset. 42 min ago (23 replies)
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    • it is OK to be involved in theater in other capacities. how old is she? 41 min ago
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      • 9, not good at acting either (overacts) 40 min ago
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        • well, at 9...it is rare to be good. If she enjoys theater and participating...let her. I would go see productions and improv and pay a lot of attention with her to all the roles...(more) 38 min ago
          that aren't acting. Even if she continues to enjoy performing, good or not, it is great to appreciate all the people it takes to put on a show. And maybe if she doesn't develop from a performance standpoint, she will learn to like doing lighting or stage management or something.
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          • thank you, we'll def try other things 31 min ago
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    • how old? i wouldn't tell her but might ask her acting coach or whomever to do it. 41 min ago
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    • I know a "stage kid" like this. She's not particularly talented, but always going to arts camps, in little community plays, etc. and wants to go to performing arts middle school....(more) 41 min ago
      I hope she either improves or gets let down gently.
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    • If she really loves it, give her singing lessons. 41 min ago
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    • I'd get her voice lessons if singing is something she really enjoyed 40 min ago
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      • she can't hold the tune 40 min ago
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        • So what. 38 min ago
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        • np: i have same situation with dd -- have gotten her singing lessons, which have maybe helped slightly, but i've been somewhat honest with dd about it, without being brutally...(more) 37 min ago
          honest
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          • Mine sings non-stop, which is more like screaming to me. Sometimes I ask her to stop. She just loves to sing! I am going to try singing lessons. 34 min ago
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        • Sometimes people just need coaching and practice. Most of singing is learned - few people are born with perfect pitch. 34 min ago
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          • I disagree. Some people are natural singers and intuitively know how to hold a tune. Being tone-deaf is not easily corrected. 27 min ago
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            • Really? I feel like maybe that's true once people are older, but when they are kids they are still learning. I am an excellent singer now (trained and have worked professionally)...(more) 24 min ago
              but at 9yo, I didn't even make the school chorus. It wasn't until junior high that I started really getting good.
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              • OP: interesting! I always thought people are born with the sense of tune and love or hate for music. 19 min ago
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                • I think there must be a pretty large gray area of people in the middle. Love of music and the desire to work hard definitely seem to be a big part of it! 17 min ago
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              • I would guess that even at 9 you weren't tone-deaf, though. 19 min ago
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                • Probably not tone deaf but apparently bad enough not to make my chorus in a po-dunk tiny southern elementary school. Can you tell this still bothers me? :) 16 min ago
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    • My ds who couldn't carry a tune developed an ear after studying instrumental music. 35 min ago
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    • I would not say anything. I'd probably get her voice lessons because the passion is there. 14 min ago
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      • yes, this is next on my list 11 min ago
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  7. Toddler SIL (dh's brother's wife) specifically invited MIL and not FIL to come for a few days when db1 is born. MIL responded that she and FIL will come. Wdyt? 43 min ago (22 replies)
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    • where will they stay? 42 min ago
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    • Their db? 42 min ago
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      • Yes. Bil and sil are having db1. 41 min ago
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    • that it was weird of your SIL not to include both her parents in law, unless there's more to the story 42 min ago
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      • No more to the story. She just thought it would be more comfortable only to have mil. Sil's mom is coming first and not her dad. 40 min ago
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        • It's her prerogative 40 min ago
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    • I think sil is probably uncomfortable having a boo hanging g out around file and her wishes should be respected 41 min ago
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    • That's pretty rude of sil. 41 min ago
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      • Yeah but she is 8.5 mo pg with #1. She gets a pass. 40 min ago
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        • Whatever. Some couples don't operate that way. My mil would never come without my fil. I wouldn't think of asking her to come without him. Knowing this 39 min ago
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    • Are inlaws married? Is fil a creep? What's heurpos in doing this 40 min ago
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      • Married, not a creep. I think bc her dad is not coming she feels like it is a woman circle thing. 39 min ago
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        • Did she explain this to mil? 38 min ago
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          • I think she tried as part of the invitation. 37 min ago
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            • Why isn't her dad coming? 37 min ago
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              • Bc he isn't much help w newborns i guess? 35 min ago
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                • But it's his grandchild 34 min ago
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    • I think your MIL and FIL were rightfully offended. Your SIL sounds weird and needs to buck up and deal. 20 min ago
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    • Though I can kind of understand her feelings here, she really was rude to exclude fil. 13 min ago
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    • I dont see the big deal honestly. Your inlaws have had new grandchildren presuming you have kids. Fil can stay home if that's her request 7 min ago
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    • she is hosting with a new baby. if it means that much to them, they can stay at a hotel. 1 min ago
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  8. Toddler What is bloodline about? thanks 44 min ago (6 replies)
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    • old family in the Keys, all the same, boring. 43 min ago
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    • white people problems 43 min ago
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    • Just watch it and let it surprise you 42 min ago
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    • DH and I are watching it, we hated the first episode but we are kinda sucked in now 38 min ago
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    • old fashioned soap opera - more so at the end. interesting setting. 37 min ago
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    • For the Keys, the characters are not colorful enough imo. 36 min ago
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  9. Toddler Smoke points of cooking oils - so you can choose the approproate oil for the cooking you are doing...(more) 44 min ago (1 reply)
    • strange that avocado oil is so high 41 min ago
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  10. Toddler My dcs are not in school yet. what do pta moms do anyway? 44 min ago (17 replies)
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    • raise money for the school. 44 min ago
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    • There are a lot of jobs on the PTA. 44 min ago
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    • depends on the school. 44 min ago
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      • ^^at ours, the PA is a big, well oiled machine that runs like a business, and they do a ton. 43 min ago
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        • np: ours too. we have more than $500k in reserves and are being audited this year. so needless to say some PTA moms are dealing with that 40 min ago
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    • first, i HATE the term pta mom. It's so silly. The PTA does different things at different schools 44 min ago
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    • Raise $ to pay for stuff that is no longer provided by schools like when we were kids. 44 min ago
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    • This post has been disliked 3 times. showraise money to buy each other gifts to thank each other for their hard work. and to take each other out to celebrate their hard work. 43 min ago
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      • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz 43 min ago
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      • lol this 43 min ago
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        • clearly you are not in an nyc school 42 min ago
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          • np: People who believe this type of stuff are just making excuses for not participating. 41 min ago
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            • ft WOHM here and itta. 41 min ago
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              • and honestly, it is FINE to not participate. For whatever reason. But there's no reason to insult people who are volunteering and working hard. 38 min ago
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    • at our school the PTA pays for everything from smartboards and computers to teaching assistants and better food in the cafeteria. the moms (and 3 dads) on the executive board do a...(more) 42 min ago
      ton of fundraising and other things for the school
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    • they do a lot. the school would be a worse place without them. often they are driven type A types who left a career and will now treat the pta like a high powered career. it...(more) 40 min ago
      can Be annoying
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      • Meh, I for one am grateful for them. They get a lot done at our school and it means I don't have to do it. Signed lazy SAHM. 38 min ago
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  11. Toddler At a public place and there is a db going crazy hysterically crying (very newborn - maybe 1-2 weeks old) and mom is having hard time calming db down. i swear it's giving me...(more) 45 min ago (18 replies)
    anxiety. i haven't had a nb in 4 years but it's raising my blood pressure and i'm having flashbacks.
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    • I get anxiety when I hear a baby or toddler throwing a fit. And my youngest is 6 44 min ago
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    • this seems a little excessive to me 44 min ago
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      • op: maybe but we are on 17 minutes now. i feel bad for her but it's stressing me out too! 44 min ago
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        • Baby is tired or hungry. Is she tryiing to soothe it? 42 min ago
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          • she is trying without success. i feel bad for her 41 min ago
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          • or the burp, always a burp 40 min ago
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            • or they need to get home to their own little bed. . . not always possible to stop them from crying 39 min ago
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          • Is sh e feeding db? 39 min ago
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            • no. she just stepped outside and is just pacing back and forth in the stroller. 37 min ago
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        • honestly, i might go over and ask her if she wants an experienced set of hands to give it a try. if she says no thanks, go get her a coffee or something 39 min ago
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          • op: can you believe that despite having my own two, holding other people's newborns freaks me out? they all seem so small to me adn i can't believe mine were ever that little. 36 min ago
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    • Lol that makes my milk let down even now. 44 min ago
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      • op: omg its funny you say that bc i swore i felt a tingle even though my brain knows its not possible! 43 min ago
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    • ptsd 43 min ago
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    • that's when i would take all of my baby's clothes off 43 min ago
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      • op; good idea. am i annoying if i suggest this? i feel bad for her. she looks so deseprate. 40 min ago
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    • so stressful for that mom. i loved my babies but HATEd the baby stage esp in retrospect. 40 min ago
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  12. Toddler Anyone go for their PMI (Project Managment)? Hard? Worth it? 45 min ago (2 replies)
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    • Isn't the new thing Lean Six Sigma? 41 min ago
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    • Is this a masters degree or a certificate? LEAN cert training is awesome, very popular in academics. Six sigma is another style some companies like. Depends on your desired field. 29 min ago
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  13. Toddler So tired of the dc birthday parties, scrambling to get a gift in time, driving them to and fro, I'm going to blow off the next couple of weekend ones. 47 min ago (4 replies)
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    • keep a gift drawer and say no a lot 47 min ago
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    • I agree with pre-buying gifts, I hit a sale at a good toy store 1-3x a year and just keep them stored. 46 min ago
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      • I pick a couple of books for the year 42 min ago
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  14. Toddler Do you dread school pickup? People are so weird 47 min ago (12 replies)
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    • only if its cold out. Parkings a bitch so I walk. 46 min ago
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    • I hate actually going, the driving, parking...There is no parent interaction at our pick up so that part is fine. Longing for a bus though. 45 min ago
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    • I do! but mostly b.c. 6yo gets bad reports 45 min ago
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    • Why do you think they're weird? 45 min ago
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      • can't put my finger on it 43 min ago
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    • sometimes. yeah. there are certain moms i just loathe. 44 min ago
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      • Same. I despise pickup. Happiest day ever when dd was old enough to walk on her own 43 min ago
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        • well, there are also people who I like to run into. So it balances out. 43 min ago
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      • I only loathe the one that corners me and tells me how horrible her DC teacher is because he's always in trouble and doesn't pull good grades. It's all the teacher's fault! So cra...(more) 39 min ago
        zzzzzzzy!
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    • Nah, I miss it now that I'm working. Was so great to see my kids tearing out of school, looking for me on the playground, and running over with breathless "lookwhatImadetodaycanI...(more) 42 min ago
      playwithSofieheywhatarewehavingfordinner?!"
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    • I love it. I miss my kids all day 40 min ago
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    • lol yes! it often puts me in a bad mood. 32 min ago
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  15. Toddler Do you actually wear or see moms in board shorts as part of their bathing suits? 47 min ago (12 replies)
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    • never 47 min ago
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    • I see far more skirted bathing suit bottoms than board shorts. 46 min ago
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      • ditto. board shorts don't hide anything - they accentuate if anything. 39 min ago
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    • i have a couple of swimsuit bottoms that are shorts, but i dont' think any of them are board shorts. they're shorter than that. 45 min ago
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    • i like the shorter board shorts as a bathing suit bottom. 45 min ago
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    • I wear board shorts w/thong if I'm doing something active 44 min ago
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      • ^^ shorts ones not dude length 43 min ago
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    • sometimes, but honestly, most people are just - fuck it, heres my body, loud and proud. Which is cool. 42 min ago
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    • yes, looked a little silly 41 min ago
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    • i do it. myself. 40 min ago
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    • i do, and so does dw. 39 min ago
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    • I wear them, shorter ones 35 min ago
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  16. Toddler We were out of dental floss for about 4 days, just found some and OMG I cannot believe people actually don't floss for weeks or months or ever. so gross when you skip. 47 min ago (1 reply)
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    • I never do, but use a sulca brush which keeps my gums healthy and gets the stuff out 47 min ago
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  17. Toddler NBA player Will Barton is organizing basketball games at the park for all Baltimore children. Free food too. 48 min ago (23 replies)
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    • When Medgar Evers was assassinated and Missippi was burning, Bill Russell did integrated playground clinics for the children of Jackson, MS 47 min ago
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      • I met Bill Russell once. I was living in Boston and sat near him at a Celtics game. that dude is TALL 43 min ago
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    • this doesn't sound l ike the best day for that. 47 min ago
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      • yes it does, the kids are out of school and need to be safe 46 min ago
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      • Of course it does. Schools are closed. The children need a safe place to play and be taken care of. 46 min ago
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        • I guess I'd worry that the parks aren't the safest place for kids today. 45 min ago
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          • You think he is going to be the only adult there? He is an NBA player. He will bring a posse and security. 45 min ago
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            • 100 adults don't do shit against a mob and/or guns. 44 min ago
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              • You don't seem to really understand the situation for these children. You think they all have safe suburban homes to hide out in? 43 min ago
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                • no, I don't think that. 43 min ago
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                  • The point is that they will be safer here than out on the streets. 42 min ago
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                    • I understand, but there are other options than "on the streets" for young kids. Like in their abodes. 42 min ago
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                      • Their abodes are in the thick of it all. 41 min ago
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                        • they aren't on the streets, though. They are inside. 41 min ago
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                          • You maybe need to go look at where they live. 39 min ago
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                            • I have, I was in Baltimore this past weekend. Not everyone has to agree. 38 min ago
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                              • What he is doing is great. You are just trying to argue. And I doubt you were in the hood. 37 min ago
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                                • I was at Camden Yards, I was not walking in the projects, but I am aware of what they consist of. 33 min ago
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                                  • Then you should know that a child hanging out in a project apartment in the middle of burning riots is NOT safer than hanging out with a pro basketball player. 32 min ago
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                                    • in a park where there may be rioters and stray bullets - not sure I agree. 31 min ago
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    • much better than tomorrow's Orioles game to be played tomorrow with no fans in this stands 45 min ago
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      • Riots seem to be dying down, actually. 42 min ago
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  18. Toddler What is Canola oil made from? 49 min ago (2 replies)
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  19. Toddler Every PTA thing in my school is geared toward SAHMs. I hate it. All PTA meetings at 1pm on weekdays. PTA tells class parents (of which I am one), meet me Friday at pick up for...(more) 49 min ago (49 replies)
    xyz, etc. I am always scrambling or trying to make other arrangements and they are ticked off. I was asked to be treasurer and told I didn't need to be at the meetings, found out later it's mandatory to attend, but was lied to becuase they couldn't get anyone to do the job. So glad I declined.
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    • why would you? those thankless unpaid jobs are perfect for sahms. 48 min ago
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      • I do it for my kids. I like doing classroom stuff, not the behind the scenes with the other women - but directly working iwth the kids is great. 48 min ago
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      • ITA. signed sahm 45 min ago
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    • 1 pm on weekdays is inconvenient for everyone. we almost always did everything at dropoff, which was 8 am 48 min ago
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      • oh no, that would fuck up exercise classes. 47 min ago
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      • That's rude too. 47 min ago
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        • so when is not "rude?" 46 min ago
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          • 8pm when ours are. 46 min ago
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            • LOfuckigL. at 8 pm I am with my kids doing homework, cleaniung up dinner, having time with my family 45 min ago
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              • Your kids are still doing homework that late? Things should be winding down. Can't the FATHER deal with them? 39 min ago
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      • (And wondered why kids who take the school bus' parents weren't big on participating...) 45 min ago
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        • school in NYC, everyone brought to school by parents. it worked for our community, wokring and non working moms. have a nice day 44 min ago
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          • I leave for work at 7:30am. 43 min ago
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          • That's so funny. Nearly all the kids in my NYC nabe go to elementary by school bus, and the middle schoolers take themselves. 42 min ago
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            • as I said, it worked for our community. 41 min ago
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              • np - What community in NYC is this? 40 min ago
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            • ITA 40 min ago
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          • Yeah? I bet NYC is more evolved than that and actually wants working parents to be a part of the school. 31 min ago
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    • if the Pe 48 min ago
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      • ^^ oops. if the PTA events were in the evening, i wouldn't go. hell, i don't go anyway 47 min ago
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    • All ours are at night. 47 min ago
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    • here is the thing, get on the board and CHANGE THE TIME. YOu can bitch about it or you can facillitate change. 47 min ago
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      • I cannot get on the board because I work and cannot attend the meetings. 46 min ago
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        • then make that change happen, tell them, get others to get a vote together. If you do nothing to change this, nothign will change 46 min ago
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          • This is my 9th year at this school, I can't attend the meetings, I have asked about changing time, and nothing. My last year, so not much I can do now. 44 min ago
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        • Then contact the president or board and say that you - and other working parents - want to be more involved, and ask for the meeting to be moved. This just happened at our school. 45 min ago
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          • I have asked about changing meetings, but am always given a big song and dance about how evening are too hard with kids activiites and babysitters, and I am welcome to any of the...(more) 43 min ago
            minutes of the meetings.
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            • This post has been disliked 3 times. showSAHMs are so fucking inflexible. No wonder they cannot handle parenthood and a job. 38 min ago
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              • Cannot handle parenthood? They're the only ones actually raising their own dc 33 min ago
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                • Not if they are in school all day, lady. You are just home on YBM. 31 min ago
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                  • Unless you work until 2:30, you don't have a leg to stand on. And why are you ybming at work? 30 min ago
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                    • Our school is out at 3:30 and I pick them up at 5 after SPORTS. You are not "raising them" in 90 minutes during sports. Get a clue. 28 min ago
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                      • Mine get out at 1pm and 2:30. It all adds up. And again, why are you ybming on company time? 26 min ago
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              • Honestly, I have never heard of PTA meetings during the day 28 min ago
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                • ditto! That would be offensive where I live. 27 min ago
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      • how is she supposed to get on the board and CHANGE THE TIME if she can't even attend the meetings? 40 min ago
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        • email them? talk to them. Suggest having a high schooler who needs volunteer horus come to the school for the meetings and provide childcare. 37 min ago
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          • all great ideas! none of which have anything to do w getting on any board. since she can't (and it sounds like op has done those thing ;-) ) 32 min ago
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    • i work and avoid PTA. when i volunteer, i work directly with dc's teachers and am in the classroom. more bang for the buck. leave the PTA behind the scenes work for the SAHMs who...(more) 47 min ago
      have time.
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      • our PTO is almost all WOH moms 46 min ago
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      • op: same here, I do art presenatation and projects, volunteer at parties, do yearbook photography - what I can. But as class parent, they still get you with mandatory meetins and...(more) 46 min ago
        such, it stinks.
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        • or: i'm not the homeroom mom, i just do other things in the class when it suits my schedule and dcs get so excited about me being in the classroom too 44 min ago
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          • np: Teachers allow you to come in to do stuff whenever it suits your schedule? I have never heard of that. 42 min ago
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            • or: my ds is only in K but yes, his teacher is great. she knows fridays are good for me and i come in and help her out. 39 min ago
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              • Parents get their ass all chapped over this - don't want parents observing classroom, seeing classwork, scores, etc. This is a big deal with K teacher in my school who is always...(more) 36 min ago
                asking parents for help.
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    • I usually respond back that I can do early (after drop-off, so I can just be a little late) or they can go on without me. Usually it gets rescheduled. Our parents club recently...(more) 46 min ago
      changed meetings to 7:00pm and turnout is much, much better.
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    • I work part time and am also the PTA president this year. the truth is, most of the grunt work is done my the sahms. We have our PTA meetings at drop off because we can grab...(more) 46 min ago
      people to come in. It sucks, but it's the reality
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      • most o the grunt work at ANY school is done by the same small handful of people 41 min ago
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      • At our school it is all working parents. 37 min ago
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  20. Toddler If your child is invited to a school friend's bar mitzvah, when do you send back the response? Don't answer if your answer is "right away." of 50 kids, no one has done that. 50 min ago (25 replies)
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    • as soon as I ask my kid. 50 min ago
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      • invitation sent 2 weeks ago. not a single school kid has responded. 49 min ago
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        • when is the bm? 47 min ago
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          • mid june 47 min ago
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            • when is the rsvp date? i'd say i probably average halfway between recieving invitation and rsvp date 45 min ago
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            • it's still April! I would answer in May. Bet you will get answers starting next week. 41 min ago
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              • i'm sure. but you know...everyone here says they alwats send immediately...I was hoping that of 50 families at least a few would be like that, kwim? 39 min ago
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    • I guess I'd need to check game schedules etx 48 min ago
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      • np: yes. as soon as I cleared that i would commit 48 min ago
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      • does that take 2 weeks? also the party is at night, not really impacted by games. I'm not arguing with you, sorry if it seems that way. I am just worried 45 min ago
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        • np: my dd is in a sport that travels and sometimes we don't even know the schedule until the week of 42 min ago
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    • but seriously, we do answer right away 48 min ago
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      • OP, I do...I am certain not everyone does. I am getting a complex, though, on behalf of my child, who seems to not care or even notice 47 min ago
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    • if Evite right away, if hard copy usually takes a week of two. 48 min ago
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    • asap, and before the rsvp date. i am working on my dcs b'nai mitzvah invites and making the rsvp date 3 weeks before the event so i can call/email whoever doesn't send back the...(more) 48 min ago
      reply card
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      • ours is 4 weeks ahead. (op) but not the point. NO ONE Has responded at all and the invs have been out for 2 weeks 47 min ago
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        • I bet some will start coming in now. 45 min ago
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          • that was my purpose in posting. to prove myself crazy for worrying. :) 44 min ago
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    • I am sorry but I do answer right away. If I don't I end up forgetting all together 46 min ago
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      • i guess all 50 of those moms who do answer right away all didn't and then forgot 45 min ago
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        • It's only been 2 weeks since mailing. I wouldn't assume all do anything 44 min ago
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    • Are you sure your postage is right 44 min ago
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      • postive. my friends and his out of school friends have begun responding 43 min ago
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        • Ok. Don't worry then. They are just not on the ball 42 min ago
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  21. Toddler I really want a client to call me and I've resorted to using a Jedi mind trick and creating a little shrine to him, willing him to call me. How lame am I? 50 min ago (2 replies)
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    • if your Jedi mind tricks work you're the opposite of lame 49 min ago
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      • I'm hoping!! LOL...I need feedback on an important document and I'm just waiting...and waiting...and waiting... 38 min ago
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  22. Toddler Thinking about a party on the last day of school for parents and kids, and kids then sleep over. Good idea, or would you be bummed to miss a night without kids. 10 y/o boys. 50 min ago (3 replies)
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    • can mine stay the whole weekend? 41 min ago
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  23. Toddler What is your go to gift for men that is NOT: grilling stuff, cologne, jewelry/watches, food, clothes, golf, spa? 50 min ago (3 replies)
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    • a night in a sexy hotel room. 50 min ago
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    • personalized bobble head 49 min ago
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    • a play/show, a baseball/football game tix 48 min ago
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  24. Toddler Have a cold (day one) and 5yo ds was up coughing a lot last night so I let him stay home today, he is SUCH a good kid one on one, I must remember this 51 min ago (0 replies)
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  25. Toddler What is the best body shaping tummy, hip, thigh control legging for a fatty like me to do yoga & running in? 51 min ago (2 replies)
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    • pilates reformer 3x/week. 50 min ago
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    • i like athleta bc they cover the belly 49 min ago
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