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[ - ] S/O: if you taught yourself to knit (to actually make something that is not a scarf) how did you do it? 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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I used a book called "I can't believe I'm knitting!" - super cheesy, but it teaches you step by step. [ Reply | More ]
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Youtube [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Do you write a thank you note after the kid's preschool interview/playdate? 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Already sent a thank you note for the tour. Wondering if I need to send something for the playdate she had. [ Reply | More ]
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I did only with some. [ Reply | More ]
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Hell no. They should be thanking ME! [ Reply | More ]
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sent a bottle of dom...thank you notes are so passe [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Ok UB- I just too a pregnancy test- one line is solid one line is non-exsistant. The solid like is the positive one and the non-exsistant is the control. WFT. 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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^ sorry for all the typos my hands are shaking. [ Reply | More ]
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Go get a digital test, I had the same thing happen. FWIW, I was pregnant. [ Reply | More ]
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Take another. Or take a vitamin supplement, get some exercise and sleep, and wait three weeks to see if you skip your next period. [ Reply | More ]
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You are prob pregnant [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Best homeowners insurance out there? Currently we have Chubb but it is so expensive so I want to switch. Thank you! 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Budget ones are State Farm and Allstate. Chubb is for the service, not the price. [ Reply | More ]
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Thank you! [ Reply | More ]
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I have Mercury, but I also have three cars so I get a significant discount on all the policies. They've always been great - we've had some issues that could have been bad if we went with a crap agency. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.30.14, 02:56 PM Flag
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Chubb is insanely expensive. Travelers is better priced [ Reply | More ]
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We have state farm [ Reply | More ]
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Thank you for your responses! [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Reading question - dd is in 1st grade and has finished the magic tree house series. I got her charlotte's web, which was one of my favorites, although I don't remember when I read those. Realizing that this book is a little harder than Magic Tree House, I saw it as the next progression step. She does not like reading it. Does that mean the book is too hard for her and I should try again later. Should push her to keep reading it? She has been reading it for 3 days and every day she starts reading from the beginning although she knows what happened (retold me the story). 10 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.30.14, 02:52 PM Flag
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A sure way of getting your child to not like to read is to force your favorite books on her. Lay off. Let her read what she wants. She doesn't like the book - I can't believe you can't get the hint. [ Reply | More ]
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OP: I guess I am thinking that she does not like it because it is a harder read than Magics Tree House and she does not like to challenge herself. But I think I will ask her to put it away and we can come back to it in the Spring or maybe I will read it to her instead. [ Reply | More ]
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Way too hard for her [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.30.14, 02:53 PM Flag
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continue by reading with her further into the story then leave to see what hapens, repeat as often as she wants. [ Reply | More ]
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Thanks for a good suggestion! [ Reply | More ]
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You're a good mom, GL :) [ Reply | More ]
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OP: also looking for suggestions for good books in between. [ Reply | More ]
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Charlotte's Web is a high level book! Much harder than Magic Tree House. Read it to dd. And find some other books for her to read to herself. Some suggestions: A-Z Mysteries. Percy Jackson. Clementine. [ Reply | More ]
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Thank you! We have Clementine and I read the first one to her last year. Will ask her if she wants to read the 2nd book by herself. [ Reply | More ]
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It is too long. She would do better with books that she can read in one sitting. Try Boxcar Children or those awful Rainbow Fairies books. She would probably like them even though they won't be hard for her. It's ok for her to read things for pure enjoyment and not to get to the next level. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.30.14, 03:09 PM Flag
[ - ] Any preschool teachers on? Do you love your job? Able to get by in the city financially? Possible second career? 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Love my job. Able to get by in the city financially? Are you joking?? I don't mean to sound sexist, but this is a "wife job" if ever there was one. You can only get by in this city as a teacher if you're married to someone paying the bills and supporting your "hobby". [ Reply | More ]
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+1,000 [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Period is one week late. Am 42 and not TTC. Perimenopause or should I take a pregnancy test? 11 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Could be either how would we know? Plenty ppl get pregnant in 40s these days [ Reply | More ]
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Are you on birth control? Not a big deal for periods to be a little late or to skip one from time to time, but certainly not impossible to get pregnant at 42. [ Reply | More ]
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Yes, we use birth control. [ Reply | More ]
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^^ That's why I feel it is unlikely, but it's just a nagging thought in the back of my head. [ Reply | More ]
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Would you have an abortion if the test was positive? [ Reply | More ]
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Oh FFS, what are you trying to start here? [ Reply | More ]
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It's a legitimate question. If OP would abort, it's better to find out as early as possible. If OP would carry, then she may as well just relax and give it a few weeks. [ Reply | More ]
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+1 We can't advise without the whole story. [ Reply | More ]
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^^I am not the OP, but YES- I am 44 YO, married, "one & done" and I would have an abortion in a New York minute if I had an unplanned, unwanted pregnancy. MYOB. [ Reply | More ]
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If OP wanted people to mind their own business, she probably would not post questions here and ask for advice.... [ Reply | More ]
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OP - No. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Does this sound like fun to you? Received an email from the alumni group of my business school about upcoming local social events, one of which is a lecture which "will discuss the mathematical models which explain how varying marketplaces such as online shopping, auctions, and dating are designed. It is not to be missed!" Sounds like a blast. Let me book that event right away! 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.30.14, 02:42 PM Flag
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Maybe I'm just a supernerd, but that does sound interesting to me. [ Reply | More ]
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fellow mba here. me too. [ Reply | More ]
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Excel specialist and trainer. I'd sign up. [ Reply | More ]
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Fellow supernerd here. I bet they are going to do a very high level overview of a simplistic model. These things tend to be aimed to the lowest common denominator. If you've taken e.g. game theory or even just diff eq, probably should pass. [ Reply | More ]
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successful retailers use math models to decide what,where and prices to sell vs some BS marketing team guessing [ Reply | More ]
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I can tell you were a math person and not a verbal person. You obviously didn't do great on the "What is the main point of the above passage" section of your SATs. [ Reply | More ]
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I attended a girls boarding school and it always seems like these alumnae breakfasts and teas they schedule all revolve around women's issues. I guess I understand it, but it somewhat annoys me sometimes that they feel it's like THE defining factor for us all. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] When do you start enjoying time with your kids? As in having fun? I have a 6 yo and a 3 yo and while i love them, I can't say time with them is 'fun'. 11 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Oh no :( my 2 yo can be really fun. Swear [ Reply | More ]
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OP: They can be funny and cute, especially the younger one, but fun? no [ Reply | More ]
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What's your idea of fun? [ Reply | More ]
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Really? I have enjoyed ever minute with my now 7 year old! The first word that comes to mind when I think of my time with her is "fun". Challenging and tiring at times, but never boring, just lots of fun. [ Reply | More ]
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It's all fun with kids. We must have a different definition of fun. [ Reply | More ]
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Starting to really enjoy hanging with my almost 3 year old DS. He's just funny! [ Reply | More ]
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OP: are all the responders WOHM or SAHM? [ Reply | More ]
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I have an almost-3 year old and a 7 month old. I'm with you- they are not fun! Occasional moments of cuteness, and I love them, but in a dream world I would have them stay at grandma's house one week a month. [ Reply | More ]
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^ To answer other posters- crying is not fun. Whining is not fun. Changing diapers is not fun. Not sleeping is not fun. Feeding db is not fun. Playing pretend for more than 10 minutes is not fun. I love 'em, but this is the obligation part of parenting to me, not the rewarding part [ Reply | More ]
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Everyone is different. I loved being snowed in with 2 toddlers and an infant last winter. My sister drops her toddler off with me so she can have fun with her 8yo. I also have 2 friends who regret having children because it has never been fun, even in the tween & teen years. [ Reply | More ]
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I am finding that my almost 3 year old DS is fun. This is recent though. I love the way his mind works! [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] rut, roh. My ps teacher told me my ds is "not up to standards" for his grade. Time to tutor. 11 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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ahhh, I miss the old Scooby-doo cartoons. [ Reply | More ]
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K? [ Reply | More ]
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PS...preschool [ Reply | More ]
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OP: I meant Public School teacher. 2nd grade. Ouch. [ Reply | More ]
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2nd grade? You can't ask for specifics and go over them at home? [ Reply | More ]
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+1, something isn't connecting. [ Reply | More ]
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Teacher conference coming up. Will get the full details then. Delayed reader. Not the best writer. [ Reply | More ]
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Dd is same. I think the standards are too high and the kids are too stressed out [ Reply | More ]
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Tell teacher she's clearly not doing her job. Then go out to lunch with the girls. [ Reply | More ]
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Don't worry about her opinion. I was told in K that my ds would need a "special learning environment" by teacher. Um..... Yea - super advanced! Ha! Teachers miss the mark with you g boys more often than not. If you are the type - read some books/studies -- it might make you feel better. Now, if YOU think your child is behind developmentally then become his advocate [ Reply | More ]
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wouldn't worry too much about it. my PS teacher told my parents i was borderline special ed in 1st grade. ended up with a couple ivy degrees [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Alright, this is pretty mundane but DD rolled over in her swaddler so I can't swaddle her with her arms in anymore. Any tips for making the transition to just pjs easier? I'm going to miss sleep. She's four months old if that matters, usually sleeps through the night. 10 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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My kids loved sleep sacks http://www.halosleep.com/sleepsack/ [ Reply | More ]
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Thank you - I did get one of these as a shower gift, I'll be trying it tonight. [ Reply | More ]
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my DC wore theirs until about 2 1/2, and would always ask for their "slee stack" [ Reply | More ]
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THIS! [ Reply | More ]
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Sleep sack [ Reply | More ]
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I got something similiar from Summer Infant - the kind where you can swaddle arms in or out. Thank you! [ Reply | More ]
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Congratulations! Ditch the swaddling, sleep sacks & go straight to pjs. She'll probably continue to sleep through the night- mine did! [ Reply | More ]
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I tried before and she woke up after a couple of hours - she's teething, when she wakes up she is always chewing on her fingers. I know it's time to change though. I hate to admit it, but she's still in her bassinet in my room. [ Reply | More ]
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We ditched it after that. I think there was one night of restlessness but he kept on sleeping. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] One ds is brilliant but the other is just a hard worker who keeps trying to prove himself . He put in many times more effort than his brother but sometimes cannot accomplish what his brother could. It breaks my heart to see him keep trying without giving up, but I don't know how to help. Any advices from parents with one than 1 dc in similar situation? 13 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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the hard worker will be more successful in life [ Reply | More ]
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+1 I'm book-smart and aced formal education. My brothers are not, and had to work for it. They are much better prepared for the world. [ Reply | More ]
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the hard worker will be more successful in life [ Reply | More ]
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THIS. I was the younger child who had the standout older brother. Scholarships, Ivies, etc... I had the "I'll show you" attitude and ended up being much more successful. [ Reply | More ]
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My brother was always the brilliant one (and my parents never let me forget it) and I was the average intelligence hard worker. Not bragging or anything, but I've definitely accomplished much more in life. My brother skated by on his raw smarts, but you can't do that forever. My only advice (as the non-brilliant kid) would be to reinforce to the non-brilliant kid that hard work is what gets you ahead in life. You can succeed by working hard, even if you are not naturally brilliant. [ Reply | More ]
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research shows that grit is more important than IQ [ Reply | More ]
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Yes, keep encouraging 2nd ds and praise the work ethic. Try not to compare them, even in your own mind (I know its hard) because they pick up on that. Many times the stick with it attitude surpasses the brilliance. [ Reply | More ]
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Don't compare them. Give both of them plenty of encouragement. It sounds like they've both been blessed with gifts but of a different nature. [ Reply | More ]
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That's a good way to look at it. [ Reply | More ]
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Smart people are a dime a dozen. Hard work takes you places [ Reply | More ]
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IDA. Hard work can take you so far, but brilliance takes you places. [ Reply | More ]
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you've been very helpful, now move along. [ Reply | More ]
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i am helpful because i don't sugarcoat the bitterness. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] It’s sad when men never grow up and want to live single lives when they are married and it is even sadder when the women married to them feel they have no choice but to go along with it. 12 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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It's just selfish. There is nothing wrong with being a lifelong bachelor, but if you're going to get married and have kids, that would be the ideal time to stop having threesomes and doing coke with your friends at your beach house. [ Reply | More ]
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this just made me laugh. thanks. [ Reply | More ]
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It's sad when everyone is expected to conform to a cookie-cutter definition of marriage. [ Reply | More ]
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what are the non cookie-cutter definitions? where the man basically does whatever he wants and the wife is grateful? [ Reply | More ]
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Where a husband and wife decide how they want to live, as a couple and as individuals, and agree on that before they tie the knot. [ Reply | More ]
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Women who choose to "go along with it" make that choice. [ Reply | More ]
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np: sometimes there's no other alternative. Don't be quite so judgmental about other women. [ Reply | More ]
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There are always alternatives. That they are less attractive does not negate them. [ Reply | More ]
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I completely agree with you OP. I am in this boat. [ Reply | More ]
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I agree. DH's friends go out until 3 AM and tell their wives "it's required for work" which is total BS. DH tried to pull that on me once when he came home totally drunk at 1 AM, set the security system off and woke up everyone. I was livid that he was so drunk he couldn't hit 4 buttons. He was with partners at work and tried telling me he was discussing work. I calmly told him the next morning that if his company really discusses important work matters at 1 AM with people who are that drunk, I have no respect for his job and he needs to quit. He was partying with guys at work, and I knew it, and he needed to stop pretending it was different. [ Reply | More ]
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Do you have respect for the paycheck he brings home? I'm not a fan of husbands who go out drinking with their work pals all the time, but you playing Mommy to him will not deal with the problem. [ Reply | More ]
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It did. It hasn't happened again and he apologized. I work also, so I do respect the paycheck but not the behavior. You have to call people - including your husband - out on bullshit. He calls me out on bullshit, also, and I appreciate it. I am not better than he is, but he was out of line in this case. We have been together for 15 years, with 3 kids and are happy. He can not come home so drunk that late and tell me was discussing important work things. Maybe until 10 at not, but not after that. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Paper in DD's cubby this morning at preschool - 1 PM dismissal and no aftercare available tomorrow (tomorrow!) because of Halloween - thanks for the head's up there! 21 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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awww..poor baby...do you have to pay for a babysitter? [ Reply | More ]
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No, too late to find someone. I have to take a 1/2 day from work. Not a huge deal, but some notice would have been nice. [ Reply | More ]
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Aww do you lose your empathy when you peed today? [ Reply | More ]
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You've been given notice: what's the problem? [ Reply | More ]
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One day notice? Ridiculous. People work, that's why they have aftercare. [ Reply | More ]
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At some point you have to take responsibility for your own children ... [ Reply | More ]
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You're joking right? [ Reply | More ]
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op here: please don't start this shit with me. One day notice on something like this is not acceptable. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.30.14, 02:53 PM Flag
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With children, you need to be flexible. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.30.14, 02:54 PM Flag
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I am flexible. Constantly flexible. I just think it's crazy to give people one day notice for a half day for Halloween of all things. I assume you either don't work or don't have kids, correct me if I'm wrong. [ Reply | More ]
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I work AND have children, thank you. [ Reply | More ]
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And you can't imagine how one day notice for a half day could be problematic for someone? You're a strange one. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.30.14, 03:05 PM Flag
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Shit happens. What would you be doing if your kid got sick? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.30.14, 03:06 PM Flag
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crazy they gave 0 notice! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.30.14, 02:30 PM Flag
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I know - they've been doing stuff like this all year already, so irritating. Childcare Jenga at its finest. [ Reply | More ]
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No preschool at all tomorrow for us- Teacher workshop day. [ Reply | More ]
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That's annoying. [ Reply | More ]
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When did Halloween become a national holiday? I have heard about so many early dismissals/closings, etc. this year. [ Reply | More ]
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I guess when kids started having to trick or treat at 4 pm instead of at night like everyone else. [ Reply | More ]
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Ridiculous. [ Reply | More ]
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OP-Ignore above poster. That is ridiculous. They should give several weeks notice if the schedule is going to change. [ Reply | More ]
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