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[ - ] Anyone have a wine fridge they can recommend? How do you store both reds and whites together (aren't they supposed to be stored at different temperatures )? And has anyone gotten a fridge with either freezer or fridge drawers at bottom? 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Perlick [ Reply | More ]
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I recommend not getting one with a glass door if it's in direct sunlight. This seems obvious, but our apartment came with one like that. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Anyone have to break a lease due to purchase of a home? Any advice as to what to say to management to minimize penalties if there are any? How much notice did you give them? 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Find them a qualifying tenant. [ Reply | More ]
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Yes and we ended up having to pay [ Reply | More ]
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It's no big deal. You just pay the buyout. [ Reply | More ]
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Nbd [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] OMG: http://nypost.com/2015/09/02/dc-in-shock-evidence-of-christie-michelle-affair/ 18 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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This link didn't work - what?? [ Reply | More ]
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It worked for me. Holy **** [ Reply | More ]
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Your link is broken. [ Reply | More ]
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^ I also don't see a story with these keywords anywhere on the front webpage of the NY Post. [ Reply | More ]
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Woah. 'Flirty texts'? Really? [ Reply | More ]
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Looks like they pulled the story, as the link doesn't work. Fill us in on the details, if the story was in fact retracted. [ Reply | More ]
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NP: if it was retracted, it was probably inaccurate and actionable. The Post isn't shy about running marginally supported gossip, so this must have been unusually BS even for them. [ Reply | More ]
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op: I can't get it now either! I swear it was there! About Obama staff trying to snuff rumors of a Chris Christie/Michelle Obama affair - apparently there are photos taken that are pretty hard to deny. This is insane stuff. [ Reply | More ]
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Please [ Reply | More ]
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That is the stupidest thing I've ever heard. The Post has little respect for truth or journalistic integrity so you know if they pulled it, it must have been completely unsupported. [ Reply | More ]
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It quoted Josh Earnest - I don't know, I don't think they'd go that far as to fabricate quotes. [ Reply | More ]
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Are you out of your fucking mind? How would this possibly happen, considering the Secret Service is within 7 feet of the First Lady at all times? [ Reply | More ]
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op: This was about O. I guess he likes Michelles [ Reply | More ]
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this is from 2009 [ Reply | More ]
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Who is Michele Brown? [ Reply | More ]
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This is different - the article I saw was about Obama. [ Reply | More ]
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Yeah right. Neither sides will be that stupid. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] i just made steak quesadillas for lunch with leftovers. it was delicious. 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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DH is making quesadillas tonight for dinner - looking very forward! [ Reply | More ]
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Bfd [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] K application process question. Is it crucial that both parents attend the parent interview? 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Yes. Otherwise a waste of time. [ Reply | More ]
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yes [ Reply | More ]
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Absolutely. [ Reply | More ]
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Completely. And FYI we applied to a school two years ago and DH got strep two days before interview -- I asked to reschedule and they refused. I said I did not want to attend without DH as it was a school we were serious about and very nicely asked if we could reschedule and they said no. Were harsh and completely rude about it. [ Reply | More ]
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Did you get in? [ Reply | More ]
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Yeaj [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] They are called comic books, OK? There is no such thing as graphics novels. 39 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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My librarian DH would disagree (and he's a fan of both). Comic books are serialized and graphic novels are not. [ Reply | More ]
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oh snap! [ Reply | More ]
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Puhleez. They are comic books. [ Reply | More ]
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Not necessarily true. But graphic novels are more thoroughly developed and have more learning opportunities. [ Reply | More ]
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Um, no. [ Reply | More ]
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Check out the vocabulary in some of them. I have a series of graphic novels that are biographies of famous people. They are very challenging for 6th grade ds with dyslexia. Vocabulary is a challenge in them as well. It's not fluff. [ Reply | More ]
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Puhleez [ Reply | More ]
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I'm done with you. You're judgmental and lack compassion for students with disabilities. [ Reply | More ]
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A novel is more than just "big words." [ Reply | More ]
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Which graphic novels have you read? [ Reply | More ]
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FFS [ Reply | More ]
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Who cares? No one can read an 18th Century novel anymore. [ Reply | More ]
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Speak for yourself, intellectual lightweight. [ Reply | More ]
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+1 [ Reply | More ]
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Haha.. name your favorite author and your favorite novel, Brainiac. Also, what have you read this past summer? [ Reply | More ]
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Thomas Hardy, I like a lot. And Steinbeck. This summer, I read Stoner by John Williams. Also couple non-fiction. [ Reply | More ]
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Oh, also, finished The Song of The Lark. But not my favorite. [ Reply | More ]
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Agreed. People who can only read pulp novels or "historical fiction" who call themselves avid readers. [ Reply | More ]
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ummhummm. Let's hear what you read. [ Reply | More ]
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How about you, avid reader? [ Reply | More ]
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Thomas Hardy. Nietzsche. Aristotle. Poe. Flaubert. [ Reply | More ]
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But what about OP's argument that graphic novels and comic books are the same? Wouldn't that be true of anyone who reads, no matter the content? [ Reply | More ]
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What? What are you talking about? I asked you what you read. [ Reply | More ]
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I'm not OR or any of the above PPs. I'm talking about your assertion that that people can't call themselves avid readers if they read pulp novels, etc. [ Reply | More ]
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They can be avoid readers. It doesn't mean they are smart. Look at all the shit romance novels. Perpetual bestsellers. [ Reply | More ]
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Still waiting, Bozo... what do you read? [ Reply | More ]
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Don't be an idiot, you philistine. [ Reply | More ]
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I hope this is sarcasm. How sad if you really believe this. [ Reply | More ]
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They actually do. [ Reply | More ]
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Who would want to? Novels were extremely limited in the 1700s, and there's little they can convey that modern novels don't do just as well. [ Reply | More ]
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Are you for real? [ Reply | More ]
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Not true. Stfu. [ Reply | More ]
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Stfu yourself, sweetie. [ Reply | More ]
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I'll be back.. will check back later [ Reply | More ]
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Graphic novels is a more appropriate term. They are not all comical, as traditional comics were. [ Reply | More ]
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This is true that they are not comical. But most comics nowadays are quite damn depressing, so no. [ Reply | More ]
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Top graphic novelists disagree. [ Reply | More ]
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Out course they do. Is that surprising? [ Reply | More ]
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Haha just pulling your leg. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Why do Americans tattoo themselves so much? (I am American, but I guess too old to find tattoos appealing). While on vacation this summer, I noticed that you could easily spot the Europeans in the crowd because they did not have any tattoos. Curious what Europeans think of this American thing. 11 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Living in Europe here. Tattoos EVERYWHERE. [ Reply | More ]
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+1 I'm in a smaller city in Ireland, and we have 5 tattoo shops. I was in Malta last week for work, and I saw far more people with tattoos than without. [ Reply | More ]
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Not European but weighing anyway.. tacky. I hate them. signed born and raised new yawka [ Reply | More ]
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They are currently fashionable for the young and hip, or those that like to believe they look young and hip [ Reply | More ]
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athletes, too [ Reply | More ]
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Australians do more. Let's have more tattoos and less guns. [ Reply | More ]
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I'd prefer it the other way. [ Reply | More ]
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I hate tattoos, especially the full sleeve and neck tattoos. Gangsta! [ Reply | More ]
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Um have you been to the beach in Europe this century? They seem just as ubiquitous there. [ Reply | More ]
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I like tattoos, or tats, very cool. [ Reply | More ]
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Got a tattooed title says #13 [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] s/o of age gap question. Did anyone get pregnant 12 months (or less than) after DB was born and how was pregnancy on your body? Any issues? 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Mine was just about exactly 12 mos. no issues at all. I was 39 [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] So many moms in tears over managing their over-scheduled kids! I let my kid pick one - just one - extra-curricular. And before you say you don't want to deny your kids doing what they love, let them play with friends instead - I bet they'd love that even more. BTW, playing with friends before or after practice doesn't count. 14 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Okay, thanks for the PSA. [ Reply | More ]
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Its hard to find people like you these days. Parents are busy pushing things to kids. We spend our childhood playing with friends. [ Reply | More ]
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op: Right? For hours, not just a two-hour "playdate." [ Reply | More ]
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I had multiple extra - curricular activities as a child. - np [ Reply | More ]
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No reason for tears, but I will say that managing child care with after school activities can get complicated, depending on your child care arrangements and if you have more than 1 kid. We have 2 kids in two different schools, so I have BTDT. And I think this responsibility for managing all this falls almost exclusively on the moms, not the dads. [ Reply | More ]
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Worry about your own child. [ Reply | More ]
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You know your kids, I know mine. Mine love sports and want to do something organized (in addition to playing with friends which they do plenty of too). So they have more than one activity and seem happy with it, their choice not mine [ Reply | More ]
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+1000 mine is the same way. Just do whatever is suitable for your child [ Reply | More ]
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Can find very few children not in tons of extracurriculars, and therefore there is nobody available to play with my kid. Only option (he is an only) is to enroll him in stuff. [ Reply | More ]
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This. [ Reply | More ]
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+1. My 4yo will have 1 extracurricular this fall. [ Reply | More ]
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My child in 8 extra curriculars [ Reply | More ]
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Scheduling my kids playing with their friends is just as challenging sometimes. I miss preschool where my nanny just dealt with it. [ Reply | More ]
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I agree. Those moms suck. So strivery. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Please recommend a book series for ds who devoured the A to Z Mysteries series. 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Encyclopedia Brown [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Travel soccer seems to cause so much angst among people. It seems to be a high amount of stress and take over lives and weekends. Most kids playing it will not play it beyond high school, if that. So why do people let soccer take over their lives? I know that exercise and learning how to be part of a team are important, but there are other ways of achieving that that don't cause as much stress on a family. Is there something to this complete devotion to soccer that I am missing? 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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No. It's part of the competitive parenting rat race. Opt out. [ Reply | More ]
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This [ Reply | More ]
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you realize the soccer season is only like 3 months, right? [ Reply | More ]
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Even n Manhattan, travel soccer is 10 months! [ Reply | More ]
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Not if you are really into it. It goes year-round for some people, or at least 9 months of the year. [ Reply | More ]
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Travel soccer isn't, it is year round. [ Reply | More ]
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My kid plays travel soccer and it doesn't take over my life. We go to games, he goes to practice. How is that my whole life? He loves it so I am happy to do it. Maybe some people make it seem like it takes over their because they define themselves by what their kids are doing. I don't care what anyones kids are doing, I don't live in the burbs so people do all kind of things and no one gives a crap what other kids do. [ Reply | More ]
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One of my DD plays travel soccer. She wanted it and loves it. We were reluctant, but actually find ourselves enjoying going to the games. It is a lot of fun. It takes up a fair amount of time, but by no account does "take over" our lives, cause "stress", or require "complete devotion". It does require commitment though, as any team sports do. Once you are signed up, you can't let down your team mates, by not showing up for games, which would also be unfair to those who didn't make it unto the team. So generally we say no to children's birthday parties, if they coincide, as there seems to be a birthday party pretty much every weekend. I suppose if it causes people angst, they should just quit. [ Reply | More ]
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Soccer scholarship to m.i.t. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Someone on here earlier mentioned that her mother would aspirate mucous from the children's noses with her mouth. Which cultures do that? 18 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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None that I know. [ Reply | More ]
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I witnessed an African mom do it with her nasally congested baby in an emergency room. I guess they didn't grow up with Kleenex. [ Reply | More ]
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huh? Kleenex doesn't aspirate mucus. [ Reply | More ]
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One of my Jamaican friends told me that "back home" sometimes people did that in the old days. [ Reply | More ]
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It's probably socioeconomic more than it is cultural. if you didn't grow up around aspirators or don't believe in them for some reason, you use the next best thing. [ Reply | More ]
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I've known some pretty poor people here but I haven't seen them suck their kids noses. [ Reply | More ]
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yes, but that OP was saying her mother did it, so there is probably a generational element to it, too. [ Reply | More ]
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Grandma is how old? [ Reply | More ]
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Gross [ Reply | More ]
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IA, but you'd do it too if your baby was suffering and you didn't have anything to hand. [ Reply | More ]
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This [ Reply | More ]
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I've done it when the aspirator didn't work. [ Reply | More ]
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was it gross? [ Reply | More ]
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It's disgusting but db was really uncomfortable and I couldn't get the booger out with the aspirator. I washed my mouth out afterwards. [ Reply | More ]
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I'm sure db was greatly appreciative :) [ Reply | More ]
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what made you think of it, btw? i'm not sure that would have crossed my mind -- good thinking on your part in a pinch! [ Reply | More ]
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My Dad actually suggested it to me (his parents are from the South but I'm not sure if it's common down there). At first I was like, "no way" but it worked. [ Reply | More ]
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No way! it's amazing that your dad knew this - it's usually the moms with this kind of info! :) Where in the south were his parents from? [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Are the markets still really bad? Are guys in finance working harder this week or is everyone on vacation? 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Working hard. [ Reply | More ]
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Working hard. Also the weird calendar layout this yr means most took time off the prev two wks. Our trading desk looks like a normal rowdy day today. [ Reply | More ]
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Ok. Good to know. [ Reply | More ]
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finance mom. on "vacation" been on calls since 8 [ Reply | More ]
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Sorry. Kind of curious. What is it about. What can you do when markets tank? Are you moving money from bad investments to hopefully better ones? [ Reply | More ]
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Reassuring grandmas, likely. [ Reply | More ]
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They act like they know what they're talking about. Talking points, reassure, get paid a fee. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Kids want a pet but we can't have a cat or dog. Looking for a cuddly, small pet that would be okay being left alone most of the day since DH and I both work ft and kids are in school. We could even get 2 so they could keep each other company. Suggestions? 24 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs [ Reply | More ]
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Of this mix, I'd go with hamsters. [ Reply | More ]
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np: Barging in--any differences among them? I hate pets but DD desperately wants one. [ Reply | More ]
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Op here. Same question thanks! [ Reply | More ]
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We briefly had a guinea pig and it was like a big rat that made noises. The hamsters are small and cute and run on a wheel which is adorable. [ Reply | More ]
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np: But hamsters are nocturnal. They run on that freaking wheel at night. [ Reply | More ]
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Sugar Gliders. They mostly sleep during the day in their pouch (they are marsupials) but they come out in the evening and are very social. They will run on their wheel all night but I sleep through it like white noise. In fact I sleep better because I know they're healthy if they're running around. They're like little flying squirrels with chipmunk stripes. They do best in pairs. [ Reply | More ]
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They look so cute. How social are they with their humans? What can they be trained to do? [ Reply | More ]
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I inherited mine from my dc who went to college. They bond really well with their owners and get to know your scent. Supposedly you can train them to do tricks, though I haven't done that. They are extremely low maintenance, they will stay in their pouch from sunrise to sundown, then they'll come out to play. They like grapes, apples, yogurt, bits of ham and chicken, granola, nearly any kind of fruit. Mine also love bits of kids cereal like Cinnamon Life and honey nut cheerios. I put newspaper at the bottom of their cage and roll it up 1-2 times a week and put down new. Change their water. I keep mine in the master bathroom so very easy to clean up. I like them a lot. There are some good videos on youtube :) [ Reply | More ]
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Thanks for sharing! [ Reply | More ]
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How big are they when fully grown? [ Reply | More ]
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Pretty much this. [ Reply | More ]
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Guinea pigs, rabbits, and ferrets. [ Reply | More ]
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ferrets are illegal in NYC. [ Reply | More ]
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how about rabbits? [ Reply | More ]
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Cats are easier and more fun than rabbits. [ Reply | More ]
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100%!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rodents are so smelly and dirty. [ Reply | More ]
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They are so, so cute but dirty! [ Reply | More ]
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Rabbit. You can let them wander and litter box train them like a cat. [ Reply | More ]
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Fancy rats, but get at least two. They are very social animals and like to keep each other company. They are fun, smart, and cuddly pets. Unlike hamsters, who are often aggressive and bite. Guinea pigs may be ok too. [ Reply | More ]
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We had everything growing up: guinea pig; rabbit; hamster; mice; bird; fish; dogs and cats. Our favorite small pet (that wasn't a cat or dog) was our guinea pig Snowball. She lived a long time and I have great memories. I'd say she was similar to our rabbit, but once our rabbit grew up, he wasn't the best pet anymore (part of it, IMO, was that he was never neutered so he acted crazy half the time). Miss that Snowball, though. [ Reply | More ]
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don't bother - these pocket pets are smelly, and you will be the one cleaning the cage. ugh. [ Reply | More ]
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Don't underestimate the cleaning and smells. [ Reply | More ]
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Peterbilt white mouse [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] 3yo is going to school two hours 2x a week. I can't leave the site. What should I do in my time to be productive? 16 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Take up knitting? Read? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 03:56 PM Flag
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Go to gym. Two hours goes by quickly! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 03:58 PM Flag
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I can't leave the site. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 04:02 PM Flag
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talk to other parents. pay bills, read, write thank you notes/letters, do online grocery shopping, run online errands. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 03:59 PM Flag
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Curious--you mean logistically it's not worth your time to leave, or you aren't allowed to (that's crazy!). Anyway, either read a really good book, or bring laptop and pay bills. [ Reply | More ]
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I'm not allowed to. Other parents are but my child is SN and a condition of his acceptance is that I stay on site. Is it fair to ask for wifi? Or can I get a travel wifi stick? [ Reply | More ]
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Not being rude, but if those are the conditions of his acceptance; are you sure it's the right school for him? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 04:17 PM Flag
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He has a medical issue. No one staff capable of responding. He needs some social interactions. Can't keep him in a bubble. Not sure what we will do going forward but meeting with cpse this month. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 04:20 PM Flag
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np-hint: if you have to start a sentence with the phrase "not being rude", you're being rude. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 04:33 PM Flag
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Amen. In middle school it was "no offense." "No offense, but those jeans make you look really fat." [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 04:44 PM Flag
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what school? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 04:05 PM Flag
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This is bizarre. Though you wouldn't really be able to get anything done if you left. Bring projects. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 04:06 PM Flag
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Just save up your mail reading planning etc. great it like your job. You have two hours to get all checkbook balancing, menu planning done. DO NOT get into the habit of goofing off. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 04:10 PM Flag
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I'm going to waste all of the time on UB. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 04:21 PM Flag
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Come here and troll. [ Reply | More ]
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What are the best topics? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 04:41 PM Flag
[ - ] I'd like to suggest that the suburbs, on the whole, have better restaurant options than does the City. Yes, there are 10 or 15 world class restaurants in Manhattan. The Per Ses and Bernardins and Daniels. But beyond that, the problem with New York restaurants is that actual people can't afford to open them. Last night in the suburbs I went to a Peruvian restaurant run by a Peruvian family cooking traditional Peruvian food. There's no chance these people would be able to open a restaurant in the City, because they'd have to pay $15,000 a month in rent instead of $3,000. Within walking distance of this place there are similar Mexican, Thai, Vietnamese, and Lebanese places, run by families from those actual countries. The cost of running a restaurant in Manhattan means that all you get is restaurants opened by rich investors based on a formula to make as much money as possible. 14 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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It's great that you have such good ethnic food options where you live. As you know, Manhattan is not exclusively world class restaurants or formula-based money making joints. There is a lot in between those two models. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 03:57 PM Flag
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Plenty of these options in Brooklyn, especially in the uncool parts. [ Reply | More ]
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New Rochelle? [ Reply | More ]
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aren't you adorable. [ Reply | More ]
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I think that's true of the outer boroughs, not so much the suburbs. And family-run doesn't always mean good! [ Reply | More ]
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I haven't spent much time in New York since the 90s, but what I miss the most was the range of mid priced restaurants with really excellent food. Has this changed? [ Reply | More ]
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No. [ Reply | More ]
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no. op's just clueless. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 04:33 PM Flag
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Some burbs have great options like that, but others suck completely. But the city still always has managed to support places like this, all over -- just not, say, in Tribeca. [ Reply | More ]
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Aw. Have you ever been to a place called QUEENS? They sure do have a lot of restaurants run by people "from those actual countries". [ Reply | More ]
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Calm down. I've been working jobs in Queens since you were watching Sex and the City in your bedroom back in Ohio. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 04:27 PM Flag
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Really? I'm 50 and was raised in Forest Hills. [ Reply | More ]
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I'd like to suggest that you are completely bananas. [ Reply | More ]
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I am really glad you enjoy the suburbs. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Procrastinating going to the acquarium....I don't wanna goooooo. 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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why not? [ Reply | More ]
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It's a shitty little acquarium that I go to once or twice a summer w my kids. I have put it off all summer. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 03:56 PM Flag
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**Aquarium [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 04:19 PM Flag
[ - ] Can a 7-year-old reluctant reader EVER turn into someone who loves to read and takes pleasure in it? We read to DS all the time--I'm a novelist and DH a journalist so obviously we value reading--but it is as if I am torturing DS when I ask him to read even one page of a simple book. Teacher says not dyslexic FWIW. 69 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Only about 10% of people like to read for fun so the odds are against it. Let him be and foster his real interests. [ Reply | More ]
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OK but shouldn't DS be in that 10% coming as he does from bookish parents who have read to him nightly since birth? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 03:53 PM Flag
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Not necessarily. Are your parents, grandparents and siblings all bookish or is it just you and DH? He might favor math/science or the arts or something different. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 03:57 PM Flag
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Some of our relatives are bookish, others not so much, and you're right, I probably am placing too much importance on it. [ Reply | More ]
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NP. No - my parents are very bookish and so am I. My sister however, has never read a book for pleasure and keeps about 5 books in her house. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 03:57 PM Flag
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Athletic parents experience the same disappointment when they have an uncoordinated child. Better not to hope for anything in particular and to love what you have. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 03:58 PM Flag
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OK, I can see the logic in this. TY for the reality check. [ Reply | More ]
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this [ Reply | More ]
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Maybe maybe not. Who cares. Try, make it available and he gets to decide if he is going to be a bookish adult. It's not a big deal in the scheme of things [ Reply | More ]
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This cannot possibly be true, unless my family, DH's family, and at least 75% of our friends fall into this 10%. [ Reply | More ]
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You could. It would make sense they'd all be from the same family. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 04:13 PM Flag
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yes, they can. have you tried things like graphic novels and comic books? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 03:51 PM Flag
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I have. He will not read them solo. Will walk away from a stack of low-level comic books he loves if I do not read them to him. [ Reply | More ]
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Does he have down time? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 03:55 PM Flag
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we do our best with downtime. I don't think he's over scheduled, does afterschool activities only twice a week and had several weeks of no camp this summer. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 04:06 PM Flag
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What if you make him take on a character? And you you do the others? [ Reply | More ]
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That's a great idea. [ Reply | More ]
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This...Amulet graphic novel series, graphic novel versions of the Percy Jackson series...a trip to Forbidden Planet might be just what you need. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 03:53 PM Flag
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That's a great idea. Haven't taken him there. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 04:00 PM Flag
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My DS was speechless. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 04:23 PM Flag
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What's the difference? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 04:53 PM Flag
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Graphic novels are bound differently. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 04:53 PM Flag
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No disability at all? More to reading disorders than dyslexia. Does he know phonics? That can help. [ Reply | More ]
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He doesn't seem to be able to sound words out -- just memorizes words instead, so when there is one he doesn't know he flips out and says "I can't do this!" I try to sound stuff out with him but he has a very short fuse with reading. [ Reply | More ]
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Parents and teachers pushing too hard. [ Reply | More ]
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I would talk to the reading specialist at his school, it sounds like reading is frustrating for him still [ Reply | More ]
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This means he needs phonics instruction. The frustration may be the cause of him not liking to read. Your school might have a reading specialist. Talk to her. [ Reply | More ]
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There are phonics videos on YouTube and also some commercial games and apps. There's a vowel game with owls you can buy for like $20. [ Reply | More ]
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Yes, you just need to figure out what interests him. My 10 yo DS likes non-fiction more than fiction, and with fiction certain things engage him and others don't. [ Reply | More ]
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Loves animals and art. Obsessed with the magic treehouse series and we read all 52 of them -- TO him. Made him read the first sentence on each page. More than that and he would cry or freak out. I just thought by now he would pick up a book once in a while and want to read it! [ Reply | More ]
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It is probably too hard for him [ Reply | More ]
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What are his interests? My son doesn't like to read but he gets very interested trying to read the scandalous NY Post headlines :) He likes to read the ticker on sports center and fact type books about sport (Top 10 Quarterbacks of all Time!) [ Reply | More ]
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Yes! They can! Happened to my nephew. SIL finally found a book series that he was really into (and all his friends were), and that did the trick. [ Reply | More ]
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What was it? [ Reply | More ]
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Not sure of the name, sorry. My nephew is obsessed with it after not wanting to even read street signs. Can you ask some of DC's friends parents what they into are reading? [ Reply | More ]
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I'm a journalist and my 11 year-old would rather clean toilets than read for pleasure. We do 30 minutes of independent reading each night - she hates every minute of it. [ Reply | More ]
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Good lord. This will be us. I spent my whole childhood with my nose in a book so this is very hard for me to accept, but I guess I'm being unreasonable. TY. [ Reply | More ]
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Yep, few NFL quarterbacks have sons who become professional athletes. It's actually the exception. [ Reply | More ]
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But most of them will have sons who are pretty athletic. They won't usually be klutzy. [ Reply | More ]
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Were you and DH reluctant readers at age 7 that blossomed soon after? Or were both reading by Kindergarten? [ Reply | More ]
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For me it clicked in first grade so I'm freaked out that it hasn't clicked for him yet going into 2nd. Will ask DH, but I know he wasn't as big a reader as I was as a kid. [ Reply | More ]
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My brother was a late reader, never read anything on his own except comic books. Got a perfect (didn't miss a single q) score on the verbal SAT. Now a top exec at a well-known technology company. My point is that there are tons and tons of intelligent, successful people who don't love to read. It's just not a big deal. [ Reply | More ]
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+1 [ Reply | More ]
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OK, this is a good thing for me to remember. I guess I value reading books over everything else and it's blinding me to the fact that they are not, in fact, crucial to having a full life or a positive experience with school. [ Reply | More ]
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But how did he do vocab without reading? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 04:14 PM Flag
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Kids learn most of their vocab from their parents talking to them. Also, vocab lists. [ Reply | More ]
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Oh, so he studied then or did you get a perfect score, too? Something sounds off. [ Reply | More ]
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Yes. Back off. Cheat a little on all that required BS reading log crap that is supposed to instill a "love of reading" (it doesn't) and continue to read to child and suggest good stuff for dc to read. And good doesnt mean great lit. Good means something of I terested to child: graphic no ELA captain underpants blood and gore whatever floats his boat. No pushing, no timing. It will happen. [ Reply | More ]
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np - don't get me started on reading logs! they seem to be designed to make kids hate reading. [ Reply | More ]
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np - I HATE reading logs. I've been filling in my dd's for her after she goes to bed because I don't want her to think that reading is anything but fun. [ Reply | More ]
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Do it. Really. I faked those logs as long as I could. DC got 4's on ELA test. [ Reply | More ]
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And again, same! [ Reply | More ]
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I did the same!!! [ Reply | More ]
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He adores captain underpants and yet refuses to read even a page on his own of it. Will stop pressuring, keep providing good options. Thanks. [ Reply | More ]
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ITA - they send home this stupid books about going to the post office and that is supposed to make my K child like reading? They will take Elephant and Piggy over that snooze fest any day. [ Reply | More ]
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Both our DCs didn't start really reading until 2nd grade, so see how this year goes. [ Reply | More ]
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Great to hear. This is what I'm hoping -- that this year it will click and not be so painful for him. [ Reply | More ]
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Remember, his school is probably very literacy based. My 3rd grader loves to point out to me that "He has to read all of the time at school! He likes to relax at home :) " [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 04:02 PM Flag
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It is indeed. [ Reply | More ]
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I don't think that it's possible. However, just love him as he is. As long as he is able to comprehend what he is reading then he will be fine. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 04:03 PM Flag
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I'm not an expert, but I think reading enjoyment can wax and wane throughout one's life. I was the kid hiding under the covers with a flashlight after my mom and dad put me to bed because I could NOT sleep until I knew how the story ended. Then I got into high school and college and reading became a chore. I don't think I picked up another book again until I was 25, at which point I read so many boring, dry, non-fiction books in an effort to be more intellectual. In my 30s I finally accepted that I like crappy, lowbrow chick lit. The moral of the story: 1) reading isn't fun when it's a chore, and 2) even readers don't like reading unless they like the subject matter. [ Reply | More ]
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I'm like you and your DH, and my DD isn't the bookworm I may have (unwittingly) unexpected. I think they react really strongly to being pushed--even when we think we are being really good at not being pushy. And my 7 yo gets frustrated when the books are too advanced for her. She is liking graphic novels a lot. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 04:06 PM Flag
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TY. Any in particular? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 04:12 PM Flag
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It's time for you to step back and accept ds for who he is. Can he still change? Sure. But your constant disappointment in ds won't help your relationship. Love him the way he is. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 04:09 PM Flag
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Not this. The kid needs direct phonics instruction. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 04:21 PM Flag
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What do you mean by this? Something I do at home with him? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 04:31 PM Flag
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Better if the school has a reading specialist to do it. If you woh and have the money I would hire a tutor. If you have time to learn phonics all about reading and all about spelling are good programs that parents can do step by step at home. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.02.15, 04:38 PM Flag
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I agree with this. Based on her description of his reactions I think there is a reading issue, not a will issue [ Reply | More ]
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Yes. [ Reply | More ]
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