Tween/Teen

  1. Tween/Teen Nyc moms: at what age would you let your dc take the subway back & forth to school alone? 9-22-2021 9:57pm (6 replies)
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    • 7th or 8th 9-22-2021 9:58pm
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    • She did in 7th 9-22-2021 9:59pm
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    • Depends on the kid and what their commute is. One of mine was ready by the start of 7th, the other’s that age now and not even close. 9-22-2021 10:02pm
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    • just tell them to speak up for themselves...and don't be frozen in fear, move if there is a problem-I have seen too many weirdos and I try and jump in but only so much I can do! 9-22-2021 10:03pm
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    • Pre or post pandemic? It feels less safe down there than it used to - homeless and mentally ill 9-22-2021 10:04pm
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  3. Tween/Teen How did your DC feel about ACT today? Mine will have to retake I’m sure. 9-11-2021 4:26pm (3 replies)
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    • Junior? Is this when lids start taking them? 9-11-2021 4:28pm
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    • Isn’t it late for a senior to take It again?? 9-22-2021 10:06pm
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  4. Tween/Teen Help: 13 yo is so difficult right now. She is very bright, and wants to be completely independent. She constantly pushes her sister, dh and me away. I read her journal (I know...(more) 9-10-2021 5:35pm (20 replies)
    i shouldn’t have) and she talked about being tired of being perfect, feelings of anger towards us and wanting to be rebellious. I don’t know how to let her know we love her, will give her space, but she has to be respectful to us.
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    • I am continually amazed by how many of you seem to have NO MEMORY WHATSOEVER of having been an adolescent/teen and are SHOCKED AND DISMAYED when yours become...(more) 9-10-2021 5:36pm
      moody, pull away, etc
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      • ^ and you are a piece of work for reading her journal. 9-10-2021 5:36pm
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    • Be respectful of her and keep your hands off her journal. 9-10-2021 5:37pm
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      • This for starters. Leave her the hell alone. 9-10-2021 5:38pm
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        • Op: what else am I doing wrong? 9-10-2021 5:45pm
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          • You did nothing wrong. You are the mom and have good instincts. Get help. Talk to a child therapist. 9-10-2021 5:50pm
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      • She read it because she was concerned. Now it’s time to let her be and leave her stuff alone. This is totally normal 13-16 yo behavior. 9-10-2021 5:45pm
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    • Normal normal normal. Yoh are the lighthouse, she is the storm. Yoh stay strong and steady and let her come to you when she wants. You are always there for her ans you let her...(more) 9-10-2021 5:38pm
      know that. The rest of the time leave her alive one. Don’t allow rudeness but let a lot of other stuff slide.
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      • Forgive my many typos!^^ 9-10-2021 5:38pm
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    • Op: I get that responders are offended that I read the journal, but I am honestly worried about her. She had suicidal poems, dreams of killing people and range at my dh and me...(more) 9-10-2021 5:43pm
      that I didn’t know existed. She also referenced self hatred (I thought we were more annoying than anything.). I think I might ask her if she wants to speak with a therapist.
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      • I get it and would have done the same. Kids are dramatic especially in their journals. That said sit her down privately and tell her if she’s ever feeling really down or out of...(more) 9-10-2021 5:46pm
        control and wants help you are there and will always be there. She will roll her eyes and ask you to go but she will take it in.
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      • ^^ she has always been a writer, so I wasn’t sure if what I was reading was a “creative exercise” or if it was her true feelings. 9-10-2021 5:50pm
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        • It’s both. I wrote all about dying and misery in my journal. No happy stuff. Everything is so huge and dramatic at that age. She is scared and uncertain and feels school pressure....(more) 9-10-2021 5:53pm
          She sees perfect lives online. I’m pretty sure she is just fine. Stay strong mama and trust your gut. Find activities that blow off steam that she enjoys even if it’s shopping or TV
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          • And be prepared for this phase to last a while. My 15 yo is so mean to me. There are small moments of joy and closeness ans then back to the cold shoulder. Try not to take it...(more) 9-10-2021 5:54pm
            personally
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            • Also does she have buddies? Other people she can talk to and hang with? 9-10-2021 5:56pm
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              • Op: that’s another problem, she has grown apart from her friends in the past few years, partly bc of Covid (one family is very strict, even now) 9-10-2021 6:40pm
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    • This is my kid. She hates praise and hates us helping her. She pushes us away but I know she needs us to stand strong. I watch crappy TV with her when she lets me as a tiny...(more) 9-10-2021 5:44pm
      Bonding exercise. This will pass. Love her.
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    • It’s HARD being a teen especially now. Mine developed an eating disorder during Covid because she felt so out of control. She is rude and pissy. She wants to get away. This is all...(more) 9-10-2021 5:49pm
      Stuff kids might go through. Love her even when she hates you. Get advice from a therapist for you and DH.
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    • I am dying tk be close tk my 14 yo but she is NOT having it. I give lotsssss of space these days and try not to pry 9-10-2021 5:57pm
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    • Op: thanks all- appreciate your insights! Will give space, show love, but set boundaries and ask if she wants to speak to a therapist. 9-10-2021 6:41pm
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  5. Tween/Teen Sending twins to different schools - experience on this? One twin wants to board ~3 hours away. The other wants to apply to a local day school. 9-7-2021 3:30pm (12 replies)
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    • We have several friends who have done this. Kids are individuals..you can't make twins do the same thing. If this is a financial decision fine, but can't be a twin thing. 9-7-2021 3:32pm
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      • You’re right. I never wanted to be the parent that saw her twins as a unit but... here I am. Ugh. 9-7-2021 3:47pm
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    • You sound well off. 9-7-2021 3:32pm
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    • They’re different people, and I applaud that they’re branching out. 9-7-2021 3:32pm
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      • I’m excited that they want to individualize - they’ve always been a “unit” and done everything together. But the mama bear in me is scared that the distance will change their...(more) 9-7-2021 3:34pm
        relationship.
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        • It will. Why do you assume that’s bad? 9-7-2021 3:35pm
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          • Not necessarily bad per say, I just worry about the distance. If anything I think it might be good - D1 that wants to board is more of a “go with the flow, do what her sister...(more) 9-7-2021 3:43pm
            wants to do” kid, so I think this will be a good experience and help her find herself and come into her own.
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        • Are they both OK with this? My college roommate was a twin. Her twin really wanted to separate and went to college across the country. My rm didn't want to and it was hard on...(more) 9-7-2021 3:37pm
          her.
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          • ^as you can imagine, it wasn't easy for me, either! 9-7-2021 3:38pm
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          • Ugh. That’s hard. Especially on you as a roommate too! As of right now they both seem okay with it, and D2 (who wants to stay local) is actually pretty encouraging of D1 going...(more) 9-7-2021 3:46pm
            I don’t know if things will change as we put in applications and start the process, because as of right now it’s just a thought. We have another year to really finalize stuff and apply so things could definitely change in that time.
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    • boy girl twin mom here, did that for high schools- both local private schools not boarding 9-7-2021 3:33pm
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      • How’d you manage the commute for both schools? Carpool? The school we are looking at is about 45 mins one way so commute is a factor too. 9-7-2021 3:39pm
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  6. Tween/Teen Where do tween girls shop these days? 9-4-2021 6:05pm (2 replies)
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    • Wet Seal still? 9-4-2021 6:05pm
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  7. Tween/Teen 19yo DS got rejected for the baseball team. He trained all his life for it and is devastated. What can I say to him? TIA 8-26-2021 11:00pm (34 replies)
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    • I’m sorry 8-26-2021 11:00pm
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    • college? 8-26-2021 11:00pm
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      • No Yankees 8-26-2021 11:01pm
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      • Can’t be. Not recruiting season and too early for walk-on 8-26-2021 11:01pm
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      • yes . he wants to play college baseball 8-26-2021 11:04pm
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        • Did he try out for the team and not make it? Was he cut? Why now? Timing seems odd. 8-26-2021 11:05pm
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          • he was given a trial date last year but didn't happen last year bec of covid. This year, Coach said no trial and he will not make the team 8-26-2021 11:09pm
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        • what position? 8-26-2021 11:05pm
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    • Just that you are sorry and that it sucks. And then help him get on with the rest of his life. 8-26-2021 11:00pm
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    • What do you mean trained all his life?? 8-26-2021 11:01pm
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    • As a walk on? 8-26-2021 11:01pm
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      • he was given a trial date last year but didn't happen last year bec of covid. Coach said no trial and he will not make the team 8-26-2021 11:05pm
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        • That’s too bad. 8-26-2021 11:07pm
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        • That’s tough but not unusual. Not many spots with all the redshirted Covid kids. 8-26-2021 11:07pm
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    • At least you aren’t Joe Biden? 8-26-2021 11:01pm
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    • This seems like a chapter right now in your book. Soon it will be a paragraph, then a sentence, then a footnote. It hurts so much now, and I hate that for you. 8-26-2021 11:02pm
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    • Tell him he tied his best and you are proud of him and that kind of grit will serve him well. 8-26-2021 11:02pm
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    • This post has been disliked 3 times. showI got cut from my first little league team too and tried out the next year and made it! went on to be captain and mvp -dh here 8-26-2021 11:02pm
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      • How is this remotely the same? 8-26-2021 11:03pm
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        • baseball? getting cut? samsies 8-26-2021 11:04pm
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          • Yeah, no, asshole. 8-26-2021 11:05pm
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            • ? 8-26-2021 11:07pm
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            • sn? 8-26-2021 11:07pm
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            • you sound fat 8-26-2021 11:09pm
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    • This post has been deleted. 8-26-2021 11:04pm
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      • Is your ds going to try to walk on? He must know the odds are slim to none. 8-26-2021 11:06pm
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        • If he’s a preferred walkon he has a shot. But some kid who just shows up? No way. 8-26-2021 11:12pm
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      • Say you did your best but so much is luck especially as a walk-on 8-26-2021 11:09pm
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    • So sorry. He will get through this. 8-26-2021 11:13pm
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    • transfer? try again next year? 8-27-2021 12:07am
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  8. Tween/Teen Ds is going into 9th grade and plays club soccer (not academy). He’s not very excited about playing for the high school bc of the level of play. I think it would be a great...(more) 8-22-2021 4:35pm (1 reply)
    opportunity for him to rise up and be a positive leader but all he does is talk negatively about the HS team. I keep telling him he’s going to get kicked off the team or benched bc of his bad attitude. He’s so damn hard headed
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    • This isn’t that important. Tell him to do a hS activity that appeals to him 8-22-2021 4:36pm
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  9. Tween/Teen I have two sons...one 16 & the other 18. We recently took a long 2 week road trip abd both boys fought terribly to the point that we had to separate them. They are constant...(more) 8-16-2021 8:00pm (9 replies)
    fightingIt seems and belittle and curse at each other. Does anyone else have this issue with their teens who are very close in age? I feel awful and wonder if this is normal or a red flag. The older one is going to college next week so hoping the distance may improve their relationship. ..
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    • the lives of your sons will change once one leaves, it is called rivalry 8-16-2021 8:00pm
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    • This is my 14 and 17yo. It's bad. 8-16-2021 8:01pm
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    • i always thought they grew out of it by these ages 8-16-2021 8:01pm
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      • ^unless there are other bigger issues of course 8-16-2021 8:02pm
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    • Mine have moments of this- but then the next minute are back friends. It's psycho 8-16-2021 8:02pm
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    • Distance will improve everything 8-16-2021 8:28pm
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    • yes my boy girl twins are like this verbally. its like living with a couple on the brink of divorce 8-16-2021 8:30pm
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  11. Tween/Teen This post has been disliked 3 times. showShould I tell my dd friend's parent??...(more) 8-6-2021 11:23am (7 replies)
    I thought I saw my 10 yo daughter kissing her 11 yo girl friend as I walked in on them 'playing' in her room. I immediately shushed them out of the room. I talked with my daughter later and reassured her that I didn't care who she was kissing, but that she was just too young to kiss anyone. I am friends with the other girl's mom, and I know she isn't particularly open/thrilled about her daughter potentially being bisexual/gay. Do I have a responsibility to tell her?
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    • This post has been deleted. 8-6-2021 11:23am
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    • no 8-6-2021 11:24am
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    • i had a friend growing up who always wanted to "play doctor." it involved examining my private parts w/a flashlight. neither of us is gay or bi. 8-6-2021 11:25am
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      • same. and same... 8-6-2021 11:29am
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    • no 8-6-2021 11:37am
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    • Did DD admit to kissing her? 8-6-2021 11:38am
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    • lol films = movies. I love translation programs... 8-5-2021 2:11am
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  13. Tween/Teen This post has been deleted. 8-5-2021 2:06am (1 reply)
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    • Seriously? Toddler is the tween board now. 8-5-2021 2:07am
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  15. Tween/Teen My super nerdy, awkward 13 yo DD has suddenly started to care about her appearance and wants new clothes....(more) 7-29-2021 1:18pm (9 replies)
    What are some good places to shop? Most of her current wardrobe is Nike/Athleta/Gap, and she wants to move away from sporty clothes to more stylish ones.
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    • My 14 yo is same and we started with Abercrombie, mixology, American eagle, and a little 7-29-2021 1:19pm
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      • ^kohls and tj maxx for basics 7-29-2021 1:20pm
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    • at that age I would ask her what she wants and where she would like to shop. when my dd was that age we started at TJMaxx 7-29-2021 1:21pm
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    • nordstrom has wide teen selection, thrift stores, free people, urban outfitters 7-29-2021 1:21pm
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      • FP and UO too expensive for 13yo that will not like it the next day... 7-29-2021 1:27pm
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    • Zara, H&M 7-29-2021 1:22pm
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  16. Tween/Teen How do you force your teenagers to be kind and nice? I swear I am failing 7-25-2021 1:09pm (65 replies)
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    • Are they nice to people outside the home and assholes to you? 7-25-2021 1:10pm
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      • np: this is the important question 7-25-2021 1:11pm
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      • Np: if they are, then you're fine. 7-25-2021 1:11pm
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    • You can't force it. 7-25-2021 1:10pm
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      • Sure you can 7-25-2021 1:11pm
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        • Explain how 7-25-2021 1:12pm
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          • When they’re nasty - you ignore them. Turn off their phones and let 7-25-2021 1:13pm
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            • ^^them get their own rides/cars etc unless they’re polite. I would never speak to anyone who wasn’t nice to me let alone people i clothe, house and feed 7-25-2021 1:13pm
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              • This seems a little extreme 7-25-2021 1:14pm
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                • That’s right - I’m extreme and very serious about raising adults who have to survive in the world 7-25-2021 1:16pm
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                  • Extreme doesn’t mean serious and not being extreme doesn’t mean Unserious 7-25-2021 1:17pm
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              • My kids don't need me for rides. 7-25-2021 1:16pm
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                • They find their own phones/cars/clothes and food and housing ? 7-25-2021 1:17pm
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                  • You can't kick your minor child out of the house or stop feeding them. That's chukd abuse. I assume you meant do they "fund" their own phines,phones,. Yes they do. 7-25-2021 1:18pm
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                    • I didn’t say kick them out or not feed them. They’d have no additional money or access to do anything else and I wouldn’t do a single extra thing to make them happy or make their...(more) 7-25-2021 1:20pm
                      lives easier. I’m not buying their favorite junk food, taking them to friends houses/ mall, giving them computers and cell phones and cool expensive clothing if they’re assholes to me
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                      • My kids don't need me to take them anywhere. They don't wear cool, expensive clothes. I don't buy junk food. I know youbwant to be superior here but I'm not sure why OP or anyone...(more) 7-25-2021 1:22pm
                        would listen to you. You already give your kids too much. Taking some away doesn't make you a good parent.
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                        • I’m not trying to be superior. I’m trying to explain how these excess items and ungrateful kids can be curbed 7-25-2021 1:24pm
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                          • OP's kids aren't ungrateful. She thinks they could be nicer. 7-25-2021 1:25pm
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            • What if they’re rude at school? 7-25-2021 1:14pm
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              • Same concept - they would have no access to money or phones or computers or anything I provide 7-25-2021 1:18pm
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                • Do your teenagers not work? 7-25-2021 1:18pm
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                  • They work - but 100 a month for a cell phone, car insurance etc wouldn’t cover those expenses 7-25-2021 1:21pm
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                    • My kids don't need car insurance, they aren't old enough to drive. 7-25-2021 1:23pm
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                      • Ok then when they are old enough to drive and still assholes I wouldn’t teach them how to drive 7-25-2021 1:25pm
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                • Lol ok 7-25-2021 1:19pm
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    • You refuse to respond to anything other than polite requests 7-25-2021 1:11pm
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    • you sound like a bitch 7-25-2021 1:11pm
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    • Don’t let them get away with it, call them out on their behavior 7-25-2021 1:11pm
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    • How are they not kind and nice? 7-25-2021 1:11pm
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      • I posted a few days ago how my cousin sent her 15yo dd that is shy and going through a hard time back at home and doesn’t speak English. She barely speaks to me and I speak...(more) 7-25-2021 1:16pm
        Spanish. I’ve taken her out a lot but my 13/15 yo ds don’t want to do much with her. They have taken her out to bike, play tennis & soccer and I’m forcing 13yo to take her to the mall bc I work but they both hate it and fight me on it
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        • Tough one. Acknowledge to them that you are asking something big of them, and that you appreciate it. 7-25-2021 1:19pm
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          • That is a really hard ask for teenagers who are still figuring out that self socially 7-25-2021 1:20pm
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            • ^ esp boys. This is not about being nice and kind 7-25-2021 1:20pm
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              • Sure it is. Being kind to their cousin who is struggling & needs support 7-25-2021 1:22pm
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                • Again. I think you’re assuming a maturity they don’t have. I think you’re expecting a lot of them. Hosting is hard 7-25-2021 1:24pm
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                  • I'm not OP. But if a family member was struggling and my boys saw it every day I would be horribly disappointed if they didn't feel compassion 7-25-2021 1:27pm
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                    • I don’t see that they don’t feel compassion here I think you’re being dramatic 7-25-2021 1:28pm
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                    • Feeling compassion is not the same as being asked to be the solution for a month. That is a lot. 7-25-2021 1:29pm
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                      • Hang out with your cousin once a week for a month -- the hardship. 7-25-2021 1:32pm
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                        • Unless I've misunderstood, the girl is staying with then and doesn't know anyone and doesn't speak English. 7-25-2021 1:33pm
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                          • So? They can still hang out once a week. 7-25-2021 1:34pm
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        • Do your biys speak Spanish? 7-25-2021 1:19pm
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          • One more than the other but not much and yes I am at fault 7-25-2021 1:23pm
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            • I'm not faulting you. But I get how walking around the mall with someone you can't really talk to would be tough. 7-25-2021 1:24pm
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        • So it's more about building compassion / putting themselves in others shoes. That's tough bc it's so big and important 7-25-2021 1:20pm
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          • And it doesn’t come naturally at all to teenage boys 7-25-2021 1:21pm
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            • It's not a gender thing. There are naturally kind, compassionate born leaders who are boys 7-25-2021 1:23pm
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              • OK but generally boys are a little less advanced in this way 7-25-2021 1:24pm
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                • I'll agree with that 7-25-2021 1:25pm
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              • This goes beyond being kind and compassionate. This is about spending time and socializing under duress. 7-25-2021 1:25pm
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                • Under DURRESS? Holy over reaction 7-25-2021 1:48pm
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            • Correct -- OP, I think you are being a little too hard on your kids and yourself. 7-25-2021 1:23pm
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              • I got slammed on the toddler board for raising assholes and being mean to her bc I was so frustrated that not her or my boys are making an effort and it’s all on me for a month 7-25-2021 1:26pm
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        • I kind of don't expect boys to be too interested in a female cousin they can't even talk too. The activities they've done are good. Do they have any Latino friends that could join...(more) 7-25-2021 1:22pm
          them? Go to a Spanish language movie with subtitles? Do you have friends with dd's? She'd probably like to be with girls for a change.
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        • I have three very kind boys and they would find this tough. 7-25-2021 1:27pm
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          • Most boys this age would. 7-25-2021 1:28pm
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    • some kids are just assholes. but mine know they're in big trouble if they act like assholes 7-25-2021 1:14pm
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      • I don't think these kids are being assholes. It's kind of award for them. I'd get female friends involved in a group outing to ease things a bit. 7-25-2021 1:26pm
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    • You can’t force them to do anything. 7-25-2021 1:15pm
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    • Model it. Volunteer as a family. Let them see how good they have it. Grateful and gracious go hand-in-hand 7-25-2021 1:16pm
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    • If they are ok at school and with their friends' parents, you are not failing, even if they are obnoxious at home. 7-25-2021 1:17pm
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      • Op these are my boys but see above how I am failing 7-25-2021 1:18pm
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        • What are you “failing “ at 7-25-2021 1:22pm
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    • Lead by example 7-25-2021 1:30pm
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  17. Tween/Teen My DS is 16 and going into his senior year in Sept. He attends a private school and headmaster is ordering all students to be vaccinated with proof by sept or they cannot attend...(more) 7-23-2021 12:41am (11 replies)
    school (no more remote option). We are a bit nervous since heart issues are prevalent on husbands side of family and I read that the Pfizer vax had caused heart inflammation in some kids under 18. My DS is also very nervous to get. How many of you have had their kid under 18 vaccinated and were there any issues?
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    • My 12 year old was vaccinated and it was fine. I have allergies and so does he v 7-23-2021 12:47am
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    • It’s a few hundred people out of millions vaccinated. So you have any evidence it is related to other heart issues at all? I haven’t seen any 7-23-2021 12:48am
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    • I had my 16 year ole vaccinated and she had Pfizer. She had a su onside effects. 7-23-2021 12:51am
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      • ^she had no side effects. (Sorry I’m on my phone) 7-23-2021 12:51am
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    • No issues 7-23-2021 1:00am
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    • My 14yo with heart issues got it (and was told to by the cardiologist) and my 16yo got it. Zero issues. Your 16yo is much likelier to have heart issues if he gets COVID than from...(more) 7-23-2021 1:13am
      the vaccine.
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    • Then go with modern if you are worried about Pfizer. My kids have all been vaccinated and there are heart issues in our family but not in children. 7-23-2021 1:14am
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    • There were no issues and I got all my kids vaccinated. If you didn't have any issue with any other vaccine don't stress about this one. The safety and efficacy profile is the...(more) 7-23-2021 1:18am
      same, you are just hearing about the edge cases now b/c of the news.
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    • you're a dumbass 7-23-2021 1:40am
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      • Go eat a plate of shit!!! 7-25-2021 11:58am
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    • I hear you. I was nervous about it but got it after holding off until June and then got it for my 12 year old. No side affects other than a minor sore arm. 7-23-2021 1:53am
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  18. Tween/Teen Do private high schools look at assets or only income when determining FA?...(more) 7-20-2021 10:50am (6 replies)
    I have relatives who just bought an expensive boat but are receiving FA. Likewise, I also know someone with a beach house who gets FA. Just seems wrong to me.
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    • This post has been deleted. 7-20-2021 10:53am
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      • Oh, sorry, I missed the part about private HS. Thought you were talking college. 7-20-2021 10:53am
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    • Second house they would look at. Boat, no. 7-20-2021 10:53am
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      • why only second house and not boat. Boats are not cheap and is def a luxury 7-20-2021 10:58am
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    • Maybe they lied. How would a school know you have a boat or a house unless you list them on the FA application? 7-20-2021 10:54am
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    • Hi Judge Judy;-) Lots of people play the FA game and figure out how to get more money. It's up to the schools to decide who they really want. 7-20-2021 10:54am
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  19. Tween/Teen This post has been disliked 5 times. showDd had her first kiss last night. why does this make me so sad? she's 17 7-15-2021 10:53am (6 replies)
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    • Aw. I was in 7th grade!!!! 7-15-2021 10:53am
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    • Mormon? 7-15-2021 10:53am
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    • Someone dislike this creepy perv to hell 7-15-2021 10:54am
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    • Omg Every day with this shit. Stop with the teenage sex posts you fucking incel creep 7-15-2021 10:55am
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    • You need help. Stop it. No one wants to go along with your fantasy with your hand in your pants as you read about teenage sex stories 7-15-2021 10:55am
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  20. Tween/Teen My 13 yo DD has had a rough go of it lately. She has very few friends and has been getting picked on or excluded more often than ever....(more) 7-9-2021 4:42pm (18 replies)
    Girls at her school and sports teams have been cliquey and mean, and today some girls at camp (who she doesn’t even know) played a prank on her. Fortunately, we are moving so she gets a fresh start this fall. Is there anything I can do to help and hopefully prevent this from happening at the new school?
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    • Can you look at her objectively and see if there is something about her that attracts kids who would play pranks? 7-9-2021 4:43pm
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      • She’s very serious and introverted. Separates herself from the group and doesn’t go out of her way to make friends. Comes across as a loner....(more) 7-9-2021 4:45pm
        As much as I try to explain that this makes her a target, she can’t seem to join in.
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        • any sports or group activities? NP 7-9-2021 4:46pm
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          • Lots. She plays on 2 travel sports teams and does a lot of camps. She hasn’t managed to make meaningful friendships there. 7-9-2021 4:47pm
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        • you can help her find ways to comfortably reach out to befriend others 7-9-2021 4:47pm
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        • See if you can find a social skills group for her. Telling her this makes her a target doesn't give her the skills to change it. 7-9-2021 4:47pm
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          • We did a social skills group for a year. It didn’t help. 7-9-2021 4:47pm
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    • Can you be objective? What are her issues? 7-9-2021 4:44pm
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      • I just posted above. She’s very introverted and uncomfortable in groups....(more) 7-9-2021 4:46pm
        We’ve done social skills training and tried to arrange small get togethers with various kids on her teams and in her class, but nothing sticks. Those other kids lose interest in DD and follow the crowd, while she’s alone.
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        • is she an only? if not just do things as a family for a little while w/o telling siblings it's b/c of this. Let her get some confidence back before you move. 7-9-2021 4:47pm
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          • She has 2 siblings. This is interesting, I always feel like she uses her siblings as a crutch and wonder if having them there is holding her back from making friends. 7-9-2021 4:49pm
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            • we have 2 super outgoing always busy kids, and one more serious child who social interactions exhaust- for that one getting a job was life changing 7-9-2021 4:50pm
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              • It just makes me so sad. Will she ever have friends or a normal high school experience? Or will this continue until she gets a job?...(more) 7-9-2021 4:52pm
                I also feel like I spend so much time worrying about her that it takes attention away from my other DCs and isn’t fair to them. They fend for themselves while I bend over backwards dealing with DD’s social issues.
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            • ^^^she always tries to hang out with her siblings and resists making her own friends. 7-9-2021 4:50pm
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              • are they ok with it? 7-9-2021 4:51pm
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                • They’re younger, so they don’t mind that much. But next year they will be at different schools and can’t be her crutch. 7-9-2021 4:53pm
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          • Weird that you think you'd need an excuse to do family activities 7-9-2021 4:49pm
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            • my kids are so busy with their own plans they would be asking why we were forcing whatever we were doing as a family and it would be tempting to tell them 7-9-2021 4:51pm
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  21. Tween/Teen ACT prep...(more) 6-8-2021 5:39pm (2 replies)
    Anyone familiar with online prep company Applerouth? They are advising private tutoring for DC for ACT prep, but seemed a bit too expensive for online company. DC is bright and can probably do things on their own, but is not disciplined/organized. Scored 26 without prep though.
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    • Never heard of it. 6-8-2021 5:41pm
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    • just do more practice tests 6-8-2021 5:43pm
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  22. Tween/Teen Thoughts on American university? What is the typical student profile there? 6-8-2021 2:25pm (17 replies)
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    • Is't is the same as GW? 6-8-2021 2:25pm
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    • Quite similar to GW used to be easier to get in but it's similar now 6-8-2021 2:26pm
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      • not at all similar to GW. GW has no campus. 6-8-2021 2:27pm
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        • I meant student profile. Yes I know they look very different. 6-8-2021 2:28pm
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    • dd looked at it, but chose not to apply. weirdly antiseptic artificial-looking campus. seems to attract decent students though. 6-8-2021 2:26pm
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    • it is the most progressive college in america according to some lists i've seen. so i'd assume very left and political. dd considered it. 6-8-2021 2:27pm
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      • My friends son is quite conservative and he attends. He really likes it. Sometimes he finds it frustrating but his parents (also moderately conservative) say it is good for him...(more) 6-8-2021 2:28pm
        To make him think
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      • more so than Reed or Bard or something? i would HIGHLY doubt that. 6-8-2021 2:28pm
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    • This post has been disliked 3 times. showRich, not smart, white 6-8-2021 2:30pm
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      • Wrong. 6-8-2021 2:30pm
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        • This post has been disliked 4 times. showSorry, but yes. 6-8-2021 2:33pm
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          • The people I know at American are smart. 30 percent accept rate is smart. I realize only under 10 percent us acceptable for the likes of you but kids who go to American are...(more) 6-8-2021 2:34pm
            smart.
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  23. Tween/Teen Would you take your vaxxed 13 year old on a free 1-week Caribbean cruise in December 2021? 6-6-2021 11:43pm (21 replies)
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    • No. No cruises. Why is it free? 6-6-2021 11:44pm
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      • relative is hired on as ship entertainment and some cruises let her bring stowaways:) 6-6-2021 11:46pm
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    • yes 6-6-2021 11:44pm
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    • Sure, but I would want to make sure the cancellation policy allowed me to pull out in case covid cases go up again or something crazy like that 6-6-2021 11:44pm
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      • And I only say this because I had plans to go to Iceland with dh in may 2020 and we didn't buy the insurance because we figured "What could possibly happen that would prevent us...(more) 6-6-2021 11:45pm
        from going" and now we've wasted $800 because we couldn't reschedule
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        • Good call! I can't believe the airline will not let you use the ticket later, how awful. 6-6-2021 11:47pm
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          • We didn't buy from the airline. We bought from a shitty discount website. This was the first and last time we did that! 6-6-2021 11:50pm
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    • IMCP: "free" sounds suspicious. why is it free? 6-6-2021 11:46pm
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      • See above. I've done a few already. Free because we are with the ship's entertainer. 6-6-2021 11:47pm
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        • IMCP: is your child getting the vaccine? 6-6-2021 11:51pm
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          • She said the kid is vaxxed. Wow you're dumb. 6-6-2021 11:51pm
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            • IMCP: ok calm down. 6-6-2021 11:51pm
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              • Fatback (IMCP): Sorry about that. I am poor as shit so I take a ton of free shit off the side of the road. I felt triggered lol 6-6-2021 11:52pm
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                • Fatback (IMCP): Bangalore Escorts Service: we provide call girls in Bangalore, the most beautiful female Escorts In Bangalore sexy housewife for fun and sex, real stunning bhaji for satisfaction, sexy 6-6-2021 11:52pm
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    • No cruises ever again. 6-6-2021 11:47pm
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    • You couldn't pay me to go on a cruise after this 6-6-2021 11:48pm
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    • Yes - can I go too? 6-6-2021 11:50pm
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    • Yes 6-15-2021 11:57am
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    • No. Cruises are petri dishes for the next wave/variant/breakthrough strain, and we don't know how long our current vax immunity lasts anyway. 6-15-2021 12:03pm
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    • My 15yo is vaccinated for safety, not a trip 6-15-2021 12:05pm
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    • No hate cruises 6-15-2021 12:08pm
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  24. Tween/Teen DH is experiencing significant balding, and he's not even 50 yet 5-31-2021 6:35pm (15 replies)
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    • See a dermatologist 5-31-2021 6:36pm
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    • 50 is not young to start balding. LOL 5-31-2021 6:38pm
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      • This! There are guys balding in college. 5-31-2021 6:44pm
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    • Talk to me when it’s your 18 yr old DS. Like here 5-31-2021 6:39pm
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      • Same. Rogaine has helped him. 5-31-2021 6:39pm
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        • An internist told him that. But then a dermatologist told him to stop and let him do a biopsy first 5-31-2021 6:40pm
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          • Dermatologists love biopsies because of $$$$ 5-31-2021 6:41pm
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            • and what was result of biopsy? 5-31-2021 6:46pm
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              • He hasn’t had it yet. It’s next month 5-31-2021 6:47pm
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                • what did derm say the biopsy might show? 5-31-2021 6:49pm
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                  • It might be stress 5-31-2021 6:50pm
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                    • ^^^but there is a fancy name for it 5-31-2021 6:51pm
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                      • Alopecia areata? 5-31-2021 7:16pm
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    • Propecia and Rogaine 5-31-2021 6:40pm
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    • Or a Trump haircut! 5-31-2021 6:40pm
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  25. Tween/Teen Beacon or LaGuardia Fine arts?...(more) 5-24-2021 1:04am (6 replies)
    My DD got accepted to both. Feel too lucky to be true.. which would you pick?
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    • LaGuardia 5-24-2021 6:11am
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    • LaG mom...(more) 5-25-2021 6:01pm
      My dd did visual arts at LaG, went to a great college and is a gallery represented fine artist today in her late 20s. The visual arts program at LaG is very traditional - at least 10 years ago it was - they spend the first year just drawing - but her technical skill set in painting is amazing. So, really depends on what your dd wants to do with her life. But with those choices you can’t really go wrong.
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      • Thank you so much for your response!...(more) 6-1-2021 3:32pm
        My DD loves to draw and can’t be happier to know that! She is also into taking AP classes but I heard they’ll be no AP classes next year. Do you know if they confirmed about this?
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    • Does she love, love, love art? 6-1-2021 3:34pm
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      • Yes!!!...(more) 6-4-2021 2:01pm
        Yes she does!!
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        • Is LaGuardia giving open house for new students...(more) 6-4-2021 2:04pm
          My little concern is Beacon has given me welcome emails and in-person tour/ open house for accepted students but nothing from LaGuardia..
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