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[ - ] I hired a housekeeper in an attempt to make my life easier but she requires daily management. She is supposed to do cooking, cleaning, laundry and dinner prep. She does laundry and cleaning without being asked but doesn't do it well however with cooking she expects daily instructions and will not attempt to come up with anything on her own. Is this normal? I am not sure she is worth the $$. I managed ok without her 8 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 12:58 PM Flag
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Of course she is waiting for direction from you as to what meal to prepare. Make a weekly menu and correct the problems with the laundry. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 12:59 PM Flag
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I do but I ask her yo cook in bulk but she insists on daily and makes small portions instead. I am not there when she is and she argues with me about the portion size. My dh complained that there was no dinner for him when he got home. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 01:03 PM Flag
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What is her weekly salary? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 01:01 PM Flag
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If she is not a very good/experienced cook, yes. I, for example, would have no idea what to make you for dinner! In any event, what does she say when you say "what do you suggest?" Worked well for me but took some repeating, maybe she could tell thst I really didn't have any good ideas and she is also an excellent cook. I think the instinct is to be deferential and ask [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 01:02 PM Flag
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how would she know what to cook for you? You are crazy [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 01:02 PM Flag
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You want a chef. Come on. Did you truly expect her to do ALL of this? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 01:02 PM Flag
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Whether it is worth it to you is your decision, but I agree that you need to provide menus (at least at first), quantites, etc. Same with laundry, you have to sort hand laundry and how you want stuff separated and folded. One great thing I learned from having aupairs is organizing their day -- while giving them some latitude. I disagree with comment that she should not be able to do all this. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 01:03 PM Flag
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have you guys gone over your likes and dislikes in regards to food? is she just worried and in need of a little direction? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 01:03 PM Flag
[ - ] I hate hate hate going to work. It has become toxic and my self esteem is suffering. I am so burned out. I have 3 kids. Dh doesn't make enough for me yo SAHM. I am trapped in this crazy fish tank. 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 12:54 PM Flag
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So quit and start your own business. or stay home for awhile and see how you like it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 12:56 PM Flag
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I can not afford to SAHM or have a hobby business. I make 60% of HHI [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 12:59 PM Flag
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So find a different job? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 12:56 PM Flag
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This is really the only answer. Do so right now before your self esteem gets worse. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 12:58 PM Flag
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You are right. TY [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 12:59 PM Flag
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OR: it's hard to do a search when you are stressed out at work and home, but you just have to carve out some time evenings and weekends and do it. I stayed at my last job about 3 years too long. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 01:02 PM Flag
[ - ] Need help desperately, I need to make reservations for 14 people a week from Saturday, adults and children, cannot afford to pay more than $40 per person and want a relaxed, not stuffy place in Manhattan, thank you 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 12:49 PM Flag
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Landmarc at TWC? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 12:50 PM Flag
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Wow, is it that affordable? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 12:51 PM Flag
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Wow, OP, you got lucky. that is an excellent suggestion. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 12:51 PM Flag
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Go on zagats website and put in your search criteria. Chinese banquet, pizza or Italian would work [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 12:52 PM Flag
[ - ] Good morning. Question - newly eight year old DD has a negative temperament that only seems to have been getting worse. She wakes up grumpy and mean, is grumpy and defiant in the evening, etc. But she's totally fine at school. When she wants to, she can be a sweetheart to us at home, but there is a part of me that feels like it's an act for her. She knows how, but it's not natural. I really do want to help her. Anyone been through this and made it out the other side? tia. 10 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 12:44 PM Flag
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Call her on it and tell her her attitude is unacceptable. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 12:46 PM Flag
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I do, and she sneers at me or starts yelling that she doesn't care. She has more "quiet time" and "time outs" than I ever would have thought possible. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 12:51 PM Flag
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how much sleep is she getting? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 12:47 PM Flag
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Between 10-11 hours. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 12:51 PM Flag
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She might need an extra hour. Trick her by 1/2 hour when we set clicks back.... Does she wake up on her own on weekends? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 12:54 PM Flag
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Maybe that would help. I have to figure out a way to get her to bed earlier, but still getting homework done, etc. She does wake up on her own on the weekends a little later (but not a lot later). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 12:55 PM Flag
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Then she needs a bit more sleep. It's always better for them to wake up on their own. Then you know they get enough [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 01:04 PM Flag
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My theory is home is the safe place. So I tread lightly. I say stuff like, I know it's hard being 8 and school is tough and I'm proud of the way you xxxxx, but you have to be careful not to be disrespectful to me and your dad just because you are stresses/grumpy. I love you. I will help you. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 12:51 PM Flag
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Thank you. I say things like this, and I just hope that it gets through to her, but it doesn't seem to impact her behavior or attitude. What happens when you say that to your DD? Does it obviously help behavior? tia. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 12:52 PM Flag
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It's my son, he's older now and it's ongoing. We have now entered the teen years. The thing I always told him was hold it together outside, and let it go when he got home (with you g boys it's so hard because if they misbehave schools want them "evaluated". So, as long as that was working I continued to remind. I punished on occasion, but my focus was outside. It's hard to tolerate. You think you are raising an asshole - but if they prove they CAN control - then don't worry too much about long term. And some people are just grumpy, negative. You can't change that. Best advice: it takes two to argue. You are the grown up. Stop it before it starts even if it is counterintuitive to sometimes ignore. If you must say something, say that hurt my feelings. And leave it at that- see how she reacts. You will find your way. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 01:00 PM Flag
[ - ] If I go to the gym this am, I won't have time to blow out my hair. Curly haired moms, do I have to do anything special? I havent worn my hair curly in about 10 years. 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 12:39 PM Flag
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Have you been blowing out your hair to go to the gym this whole time? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 12:42 PM Flag
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No no it's already blown out, I mean when I leave the gym to get to work I won't have time to blow it out. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 12:47 PM Flag
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I get japanese straightening. never need a blow out again. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 12:48 PM Flag
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General Topics 02.27.15, 12:26 PM Flag
[ - ] Park Childrens still has exmissions posted for last year. Does anyone have reliable information on how the did this year. My thinking is that if it was as good or better they would have posted it so prospective parents have current information on exmissions. 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
NY Schools 02.27.15, 11:56 AM Flag
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or they just haven't gotten to it yet. honestly, it's a preschool. it's not like they wake up every day thinking about updating their website... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 12:00 PM Flag
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Montclare hasn't updated theirs, either. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 12:47 PM Flag
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Maybe they are waiting for waitlists to clear? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.27.15, 01:05 PM Flag
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