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[ - ] Have a friend who is on tons of prescription drugs and she is such a better mother than I am. More patient and calm. Should I go her way? or stay on my clean angry path? 15 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:01 PM Flag
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"Patient and calm" while on drugs generally means there's a whole lot of crap slipping through the cracks you're not seeing. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:02 PM Flag
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what kind of drugs, like antidepressants? That is different. If you need them take them. Go to a psychiatrist. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:03 PM Flag
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exactly. i'd rather be me, warts and all, than some stoned up, serene shell of myself. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:04 PM Flag
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np: you obvioously don't know much about anti-depressants. I am not suggesting op go on meds, doesn't sound like she needs them, but you are VERY misinformed. For those who suffer from it, depression is a real disease like any other. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:07 PM Flag
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wait wait...anti-depressants are one thing and can be a life-saver for many. OP said "tons of prescription drugs". that's very different. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:09 PM Flag
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--and btw you don't know me, but i am VERY well informed about depression and meds that help. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:09 PM Flag
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so why are your calling this person who is described "Stoned up". [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:11 PM Flag
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she mentioned "tons of drugs"...did you not read the original post? that's not JUST antidepressants...hence the odds of being a serene non-her. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:17 PM Flag
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--ok OP. since someone's being all prickly here, do you know how many/what types of drugs? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:18 PM Flag
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like Valium? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:10 PM Flag
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Go Lamictal! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:27 PM Flag
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^^mood stabilizer. My dh sends flowers to my psychiatrist. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:29 PM Flag
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what is a mood stabilizer? Sounds very interesting? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 02:15 PM Flag
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It does exactly this: stabilizes the mood and delays "flammable reaction". [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 03:53 PM Flag
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lol [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 02:20 PM Flag
[ - ] Oh, my god! Asked my Dd the definition of "borrow". Got a very good answer. But then... She didn't know what "lend" means!! 14 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:00 PM Flag
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She's a Republican! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:02 PM Flag
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Um ... seems to me the ONLY ones trying to put the brakes on Osama Obama's shopping spree are REPUBLICANS. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:03 PM Flag
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General Topics 06.18.09, 01:14 PM Flag
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So let me get this straight...8 years of tax cuts for the wealthy during WAR TIME did not bother you...a trillion-dolalr deficit didn't make you blink an eye...a war that costs $250 million plus PER DAY doesn't faze you at all...but Obama's bailing out GM makes your head spin with rage? WhatEVER... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 02:34 PM Flag
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So let me get this straight -- you honestly have no clue that tax cuts and war spending are decided by CONGRESS (Democratic majority), not the President (Republican)? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 08:49 PM Flag
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erm--let me get this straight--you think the Dems had a majority in the Congress during the Bush presidency? Where have you been? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.09, 08:30 AM Flag
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Osama Obama? You're normal. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 02:46 PM Flag
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has this board been taken over by illiterate Repugs from some inbred mountain town in the Ozarks? Osama Obama--for real? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 08:47 PM Flag
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You got it! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:04 PM Flag
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Regardless of your politics, this is funny. Well played OR. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 09:49 PM Flag
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lol. You're safe, because certain UB "experts" have deemed "borrow" a word every 5 year old should know and if he/she doesn't, the child clearly has seriously issues. However, "lend" is not such a word, nor are thousands of other everyday words, one of which I'm sure will stump any 5-year old. It's probably quite similar to how the DOE judges whether someone is "gifted" at age 4, and I'm sure the correlation is just as valid. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:07 PM Flag
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Yep, but still, the only reason I am not running to a ST is because she was 99 ERB on the verbal part. Phew! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:13 PM Flag
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lol. i did the same thing. dd knew borrow, not lend. i need to ask my 4yo as well and see what he knows. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 08:56 PM Flag
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why is this horrible? many kids don't know 'lend' b/c instead of saying to them "do yo uwant to lend so and so this toy" we say "do you want to let so and so borrow it". lending is becoming an old-fashioned word. (lending libraries?) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 09:54 PM Flag
[ - ] Poll: of your spouse's parents and your own parents, who is/were the most helpful and engaged with your children (if alive and healthy, of course)? Are the more helpful parents richer or poorer? Are you a daughter or son? I ask because dh's parents are very well-off but rather disengaged, whereas my parents are much poorer but much more generous with their time and money. For instance, my parents offered to help us with a down payment on a home, though their loan would mean a significant part of their savings (we're not going to take their help) and have also started college funds for our kids. But dh's parents, who own five houses, just seem mildly puzzled at our tiny apartment and frugal ways. They send DS a twenty dollar bill on his birthday, etc. which I think is plenty generous for a 5yo, but I am struck by the differences between the levels of support coming from our two families. 17 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:59 PM Flag
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My parents, who are better off. I am their daughter. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:00 PM Flag
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My parents (I'm daughter), who are not as wealthy, are much more helpful. But dh's parents also help sometimes, and are generous with their monetary gifts (as are my parents). My parents, though, are just much more involved and helpful. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:02 PM Flag
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My parents were/are more helpful; they are also more well-to-do. I'm a dw. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:01 PM Flag
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both families do well, but my ILs are definitely on the wealthy end of the scale. they are completely hands-off and disinterested unless they're actually here. they live out of state but so do my parents and they ask about dd all the time. i don't think it's a money thing in my case though, def. a personality issue. MIL is very cold and FIL is always off doing his thing. it honestly hurts me (for my dd) that her grandmother is just not interested, but i can't make her be who she's not. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:02 PM Flag
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--i'll add that ILs are very generous with gifts etc. but i'd prefer a phone call, just ONCE, asking about dd. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:03 PM Flag
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do you expect DH's parents to do more for you since they have more money? fwiw, DH and I come from fairly similar backgrounds and his father gave us a bit of money towards a downpayment whereas no one in my family would think of such a thing. A lot of it is how they (the parents) were raised, too, imo. I have never held it against my parents, though I very much appreciate what DH's dad did for us. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:03 PM Flag
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in terms of involvement, about the same, too, even though mine live in the same city as us and DH's across the country. No one wants to babysit, but everyone remembers birthdays, etc. and asks frequently. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:05 PM Flag
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Oh, the poorer, by far. Dh's parents. Both my mom and his parents live far away, but my mom, who's independently wealthy, doesn't even bother with birthday and Christmas gifts most of the time. And when we got married, dh's parents forgave him a 10k loan they given him so that he could put a bigger downpayment on his first apt when he was 21. My mom gave us a kitchen aid mixer. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:06 PM Flag
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How old are you? It is very selfish to think just because one set of parents has more money they should to give it to you. I plan on paying for my dc's college and then it up to them I 'm certaining not going to subsidze them for the rest of their live......sheeez entitled much? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:10 PM Flag
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My mom is most helpful(parents divorced). BUT dh's parents live out of town. My family is also more generous financially but have more $$ (or my dad does). It's a shame your in laws are so frugal and unhelpful but i think it is one of those things you have to accept and be glad your parents help so much!! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:11 PM Flag
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This is an interesting question! I'm a DW. Both sets of parents are comfortable (UMC+) and have been generous with $ (downpayment, college $ for DC, etc.) - but DH's parents tend to give for "big" events and are careful to be "fair" with both of their grown DC (DH and his sister). They treat us all to a beach vacation each winter. I'm an only child and my parents are more casual about $ gifts - but if we were in a bind, we'd turn to them first (and they'd help). My mother and MIL are both helpful with DC (and often babysit together!). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:21 PM Flag
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Much to my surprise, it's fairly evenly split. DD is the only grandchild that lives locally (all of her cousins live 1000+ miles away) so all 4 grandparents get to spend time with her. They all call to talk to her, are willing to babysit in an emergency, and they all call to ask me before buying her a big gift. All are UMC, but DH's family is a bit higher up that scale than my parents. She is IL's only granddaughter, I am the only one of my parent's DDs to have any DCs (my brothers have the other DGCs). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:47 PM Flag
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My mom doesn't have a dime to her name, but helps us constantly and endlessly buys small presents for dcs. my IL's have plenty of $ and literally do nothing - have never even once offered to babysit. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:55 PM Flag
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I totally get the feeling. my parents by far, and its a pisser sometimes, since DH's parents live much closer. both are well off, although I think my dads net worth is more than my father in laws, but serously, once you get to that point....100% I agree with you - helping us with a downpayment is a drop in the bucket for them, and its like why are my parents willing to GIVE us 100k no questions asked, DHs parents look the other way. same with the kids....DH's parents rarely help, etc, my parents will fly in if one of us is sick or a kid is sick and they think we need an extra hand (rare- we do have a nanny lol. but just the principle). when DS1 was born, in laws never even gave him a gift, my parents set up a trust fund for him, WTF. his first birthday, my parents got him a swingset, his parents gave him a card. I dont get it but whatever. we just do our own thingand are thankful - VERY thankful, for everything we have been given and eveyrthing we have worked hard for. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 02:24 PM Flag
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My In - laws by far- they are 10 blocks away, are both retired and somewhat wealthy. They live for babysitting opportunities and help out tons with my ds and my SIL's dcs. My mom is a widow and lives an hour away and works full time so it's much harder for her to help out- she'd do much more if she could but is great for the occasional overnight sitting situation. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 02:52 PM Flag
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i don't think you'll find any correlation...in my case, 1 set is much more well off than the other, but they are both very involved with their grandkids...i'm a son & it is my parents with more money, btw [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 02:56 PM Flag
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op: no time to count up right now but very interesting. Looks to me that if there's a trend, it's that grandparents are more helpful to their daughters but I could be fooled by the fact that of course more women are responding. This is just for fun anyway. BTW, it's not that we EXPECT more help from dh's parents, it's just an odd thing we noticed. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 07:03 PM Flag
[ - ] I have a 15mo, so obviously come September he'll be 18mo. I'm thinking should I go throught the whole preschool application process this year, or put it off for another year? What would you do? 29 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Preschool/Kids 06.18.09, 12:56 PM Flag
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Preschool is really unnecessary unless the child has some sort of develpmental problem. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:58 PM Flag
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Hmm. People would argue that preschool is a MUST if you are even thinking of going private... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:59 PM Flag
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People can be stupid that way. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:09 PM Flag
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at what age do you intend for him to start? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:00 PM Flag
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See, that's the big question. If we apply this year, he'll be 2.5 when he starts. If we wait till next year, he'll be 3.5. Which would ultimately be better? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:02 PM Flag
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i would do 3.5 but this is a very personal decision. for me (here come the flames) preschool is just that...preparation before they really start school, or K. so a year/a year-and-a-half before K starts is when i'll start my dd. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:05 PM Flag
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here's what I am doing- there are a couple of schools I really like that have 2's program- my may dd will just make the cutoff for Sept 2010 start. I am going to apply to those two schools only. If she doesn't get in, will reapply to those two and a handful of others the following year. Maybe when you look into schools if there are a couple you really like that take 2.5, it would make sense to apply to those just to give you the best odds of getting in. Good luck! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:18 PM Flag
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Thanks, this makes a lot of sense, actually. I really like IPS - they take even babies :) Maybe we'll just apply there and 1 or 2 others. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:32 PM Flag
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then you can kind of get yor feet wet with the whole process, but hopefully your dc gets into one of these and you never have to go through too much craziness! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:42 PM Flag
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npLOL. That's only true if you're sending your kid to zoned public for K. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:53 PM Flag
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that's the plan- [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 02:03 PM Flag
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God, that seems SO early to start the process! We have a 15 m/o too, and we're leaning towards sending him at 3.5 instead of 2.5. That said, he will just go to the school where older DC just finished, so we don't have to do the "process." [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:17 PM Flag
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Oh, you're lucky, if I had an option like that that guaranteed me a spot at 3.5, I'd wait the extra year too, guilt-free :) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:37 PM Flag
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How do they even look at an 18 month old? Most of them don't really talk or engage in a meaningful way for a real preschool-type of evaluation. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:20 PM Flag
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I think a lot of schools don't do the evaluation until january or later- at that point here dc would be a little older. But honestly, how do you do an evaluation of any child under 4? The fact that "evaluations" are done and the "best" are chosen is absurd. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:30 PM Flag
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Kids who are very cute to people other than their moms have a HUGE advantage. Biters are at a big disadvantage. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:51 PM Flag
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And they are mostly evaluating the parents, not the kids, lets face it :) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 02:01 PM Flag
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Very few schools have cutoffs as young as 2.5 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:22 PM Flag
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Enough of them do. And those that take 2s fill up and have very few spots for 3s. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:33 PM Flag
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Our school has a 2.6 cutoff--and they're not flexible about it, either. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:47 PM Flag
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and this is informative for what reason? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:50 PM Flag
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MOST 2s programs don't take kids under 2.6. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:52 PM Flag
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UWS: brownstone (may 31), woodside, ips, westside Y (may 31), mandell (2.0), claremont(2.0), columbus preschool & gym- not too mention potentialyl others that are higher north. Yes, many have cutoffs of 2.6, 2.9, or even 3. but plenty take younger kids. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:56 PM Flag
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what about on UES? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 02:02 PM Flag
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I don't know, I don't live there. I think maybe there are fewer? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 02:07 PM Flag
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Can't think of one besides STMPG--2.4 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 02:24 PM Flag
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Park Avenue Synagogue and Park East Synagogue both have 2s programs, but they are small. It is harder to get into a 2s program, so don't sweat it if you don't. We didn't, then tried again for the 3s and got into our first choice. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 03:13 PM Flag
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I would wait until 3.5 and try to do a preschool with longer hours - (say 3-5x a week 3 hours a day minimum). When your dc is 2.5, do a separation program that's like 2 hours 2x a week at like Kidville or NY Kids Club which have similar type programs to preschools anyway. Problem solved. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 03:04 PM Flag
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There are plenty of playgroups, preschool alternatives, and other programs that you can do instead. Gymtime, 92Y, Kidville, etc. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 03:20 PM Flag
[ - ] I find myself hating dcs and dh because they all want too much from me. Anyone else? 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:56 PM Flag
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not me. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:57 PM Flag
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it's life. Get a grip. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:57 PM Flag
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np: ugghh, please leave this board... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 03:54 PM Flag
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I find myself exhausted and needing more time for myself, but not hating... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:12 PM Flag
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hate? didn't you choose to marry dh and choose to have dcs? how about you choose to suck it up and see the positive in your life and in your dcs? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:15 PM Flag
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How about you set some boundaries. There is no problem with being firm and establishing what is ok and not ok to expect from you. I also suggest that you make time for yourself to work out a few hours, a few times a week. Make it at a gym, or a run in the park - physically away from your family. Every child needs to learn that parents get tired and parents have limitations - and one day they will too! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:28 PM Flag
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and if you don't make time for yourself you will have nothing left to give them. I go through this each weekend with DH. I go to the gym in the morning. He is so mad at me for doing it. When I get back I am serene, rested, peace of mind, ready to assist with whatever they need. To me this is far better than being around the house, angry. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:29 PM Flag
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yes, me too. not exactly hate but i get furious when dcs and dh are all trying to talk to me at the same time. especially dh, who should know better. they're all terribly articulate, even the baby... bla bla bla all day long and i'm the only listener! i understand that it's the just the way they are, and most days i'm fine but sometimes it gets to be too much. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 06:58 PM Flag
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You must have gotten pregnant very easily [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 07:09 PM Flag
[ - ] how old should dc be to get an ipod touch? 38 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:23 PM Flag
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For a child to own a piece of electronic that costs hundred of dollars? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:31 PM Flag
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10. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:34 PM Flag
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ds got one for 13th b-day [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:35 PM Flag
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8 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:45 PM Flag
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Insane. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:46 PM Flag
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WHY? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:51 PM Flag
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This is a second grader. They barely know how to wipe their own asses yet, let alone entrust with an expensive piece of equipment. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:53 PM Flag
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anyone else agree with this response? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:57 PM Flag
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I might phrase it differently but, yes, I do agree 8 is way too young. Most dc do not even have a cell phone at all that age and to start at the top seems warped to me. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:00 PM Flag
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I do! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:00 PM Flag
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100% [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:04 PM Flag
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I agree it's insane. In my opinion, there are only cons to giving a young child overly expensive gifts. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:09 PM Flag
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pretty harsh choice of words, but i otherwise agree [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:10 PM Flag
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Completely. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:52 PM Flag
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gave it to my 5yo. she uses it all the time. very protective of it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:58 PM Flag
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Insane. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:01 PM Flag
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Why? She also had her own pc since she was 3. She syncs them, loads music she likes from my itunes, uses it as a camera, etc. And she knows that it is fragile! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:09 PM Flag
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Even worse. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:10 PM Flag
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yep. wait til she's 10, then it won't seem like such a great idea. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:10 PM Flag
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You are a total idiot. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:10 PM Flag
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ITA. Bet she also lets the kid play with Bratz dolls and wear junior ho clothes. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:13 PM Flag
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No, she doesn't play with dolls, Bratz or no Bratz. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:15 PM Flag
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Now THAT is truly sad. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:17 PM Flag
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Why? She prefers to build robots and play with cars. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:19 PM Flag
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You're missing the point entirely. ! three yo does not need to her own piece of electronics that is worth hundreds of dollars. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:32 PM Flag
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She doesn't know how much it is. And by now she knows several subjects very well because I buy her educational games. For example, History Explorer. It is not a gun, people! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:39 PM Flag
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No, but it's not a matchbox car, either. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:48 PM Flag
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Not yet, but an ammunitions app can't be too far in the future! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:50 PM Flag
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I think they do exist, but I don't buy them... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:52 PM Flag
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^^Told my dd about this post. She asked me to type: "You should be sorry about that, because I like it very much, and you are mean to your daughters." [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:56 PM Flag
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why didn't she upload it herself? j/k - I don't give a crap if you let your daughter use a computer or itouch [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 02:06 PM Flag
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Don't shoot the messenger! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 02:20 PM Flag
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Dd here again: "You are mean. I will not talk to you anymore. Bye- bye!" [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 02:49 PM Flag
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"You sound like you run the show; I wish your mommy luck"! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 02:55 PM Flag
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np: i let my 6 yr dd use my ipod touch all the time. she's careful with it. she loves the sesame street podcasts and other story podcasts. i see nothing wrong with this. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 02:09 PM Flag
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I just got one for 9yo dd for her birthday. She is perfectly capable of using it and enjoys it a lot. I had some reservations, but recalled having a walkman around this age and enjoying it without problems. Also, it fosters a love for music and IMO anything that encourages exploration of music is okay by me. But we are also a very techy family and dc have also had access to PCs from a young age with extensive parental controls installed. Perhaps it depends on how comfortable your particular child is in handling an ipod. Clearly someone above feels their 8yo would be incapable, so it would not be a good choice for that particular child. But for those of us with more electronics savvy dc, I see no problem. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 03:01 PM Flag
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get dc a nano instead. got my preschooler one; great for podcasts, audio books and kids music. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 08:24 PM Flag
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Total insanity. Why not take them to a burlesque show for their Kindergarten "graduation" parties? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 08:28 PM Flag
[ - ] Can you tell me a list of good preschool in UWS. TIA 13 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
NY Schools 06.18.09, 12:18 PM Flag
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Can you do your own homework. TIA. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:18 PM Flag
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LOL. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.15.09, 02:14 PM Flag
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what kind of preschool are you interested in? if you just type this, you will get a stock list of "hot" preschools--not necessarily the schools that would work best for your child and family. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:19 PM Flag
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Claremont, Mandell, Brownstown, JCC, IPS, Morningside Montesourri [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:44 PM Flag
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We loved IPSWest [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:01 PM Flag
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Hollingworth, Habonim, Brownstone, First Friends, Columbus Preschool & Gym, Rocking Horse, Rodeph Shalom, Purple Circle, Yaldanu, Riverside Weekday, Columiba Greenhouse, JCC, Westend Collegiate, Woodside, Poppyseed, Westside YMCA, IPS [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:03 PM Flag
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True, except that Hollingworth is a school for the super-smart ("developmentally precocious") and involves a psychologist screening as well. It's sort of different from the other basic neighborhood preschools. They're ALL fine. Really. They all do the same thing, and your kid will enjoy any of them. Just pick the ones that are convenient to your home, esp if you have (or are planning to have) younger sibling. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:19 PM Flag
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all of the columbia ones are nice... and have many spots for non-columbia folks. we could not be happier with ours! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:20 PM Flag
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Bank Street School. Wonderful school, very progressive. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.20.09, 11:39 PM Flag
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Try La Escuelita and Stephen Wise as well [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.28.09, 10:39 AM Flag
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We loved Purple Circle for our DS. Child-centered approach, very supportive and warm environment. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.15.09, 11:41 AM Flag
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We've been thrilled with Columbus Park West Nursery [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.15.09, 12:07 PM Flag
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DC went to Riverside Montessori and loved it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.15.09, 05:51 PM Flag
[ - ] at what age can dc start using scissors (saftey scissors, of course)? 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:17 PM Flag
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It depends on the child. Mine started at 20 mos-big collager. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:28 PM Flag
[ - ] MIL here. Ask me anything. 18 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:14 PM Flag
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how did you let that cheap whore get her hooks into your wonderful son? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:15 PM Flag
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There's not much I could have done about it, unfortunately. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:15 PM Flag
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why unfortunately? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:31 PM Flag
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Because it's not a good thing that he married a cheap whore. Duh. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:33 PM Flag
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so you wrote the 1st response to your own post...how bizarre! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:36 PM Flag
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Huh?? What are you smoking honey? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:38 PM Flag
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If your daughter-in-law got veneers and a fake rack - and this pleased her DH to no end - would you think less of her? Would the aforementioned alterations make you more inclined to Photoshop her out of photographs (assuming you knew how to use a computer for things other than surfing the web) or less inclined to digitally erase her? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:21 PM Flag
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Why do you insist on calling DS by a different name just because you don't 'like the name we picked'? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:26 PM Flag
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Because the name you picked is stupid. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:28 PM Flag
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When you come over to "help" with the baby, why do you proceed to sit on the couch and have me wait on you hand and foot for two hours while you criticize my housekeeping and parenting? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:35 PM Flag
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Well, someone has to do it, dear. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:37 PM Flag
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Linda? This has to be you! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:40 PM Flag
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LOL!!!!!! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:19 PM Flag
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How much do you like your DIL? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:38 PM Flag
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I'm getting used to her. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:39 PM Flag
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Why did you get tipsy then sit on (my) dh's lap and proceed to run your fingers through his hair? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:40 PM Flag
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That wasn't me, dear. *sigh* -- I knew my DS was marrying a nutcase! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:44 PM Flag
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Do you have bys, girls, both? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:17 PM Flag
[ - ] awful weather today. my sinuses are killing me. anyone else? 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
New York City 06.18.09, 12:10 PM Flag
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yes, I feel terrible and dd refuses to nap and it's driving me crazy. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:29 PM Flag
[ - ] What do you think of the macroeconomy now? A. We're recovering well, and recession is ending. B. It's going to be a long road back to growth, but the worst is over. C. Any apparent recovery is a mirage and we'll be back in the toilet soon. D. Hello Dark Ages! 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:05 PM Flag
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Roubini was talking about a W shaped recovery (so yes, we are recovering now, but it will be short lived, then we will see another deep slump because of national debt etc and then recover again and more slowly/surely). I know Roubini is a perpetual bear, but I agree with him this time. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:09 PM Flag
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prior to this recent improvement of course he afforded zero probability to even a temporary recovery, so even the W shape is a major backtrack for his consulting career based on always being the most bearish person in any room. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:14 PM Flag
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OR- I agree. But I like the idea just because this recent improvement seems like it is artificially supported by the stimulus package and general euphoria. Banking regulation changes, debt pressure etc will have to play out to eventually have a sustainable recovery. I never agree with Roubini except that the easy W shape just fits with my thinking right now. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:29 PM Flag
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B. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:10 PM Flag
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Why are you asking a bunch of women this? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:16 PM Flag
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are you "sweaty handjobs in the steamroom with my friends but I'm not gay" dad? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:37 PM Flag
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I think it's "I had a f*ckfest with my jailbait girlfriend who dry heaves when I climb my wrinkled self on top of her." [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 07:14 PM Flag
[ - ] I'm a reporter for the New York Observer, and I'm working on a story about the "Live Like Eloise" slumber party packages that the Plaza has started offering. For $3,595, six guests get a suite at the hotel, and full "Eloise" treatment--sundaes, books, movies, etc. I'm curious to hear what parents think of it. Does it sound like something you'd consider doing for your child? Does this kind of indulgence make sense in today's economy? Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Email me at mfischer@observer.com. Thanks! 33 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Preschool/Kids 06.18.09, 12:01 PM Flag
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I would love it! is a parent present? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:15 PM Flag
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Post a link to what's included and I'll think about it. There'd have to be chalkboard paint(or washable) walls, unlimited elevator access, a complete Eloise outfit and Skipperdees all around. + a bunch of other details.Nana? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:37 PM Flag
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Here are links to the descriptions: [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:51 PM Flag
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Okay, No; it sounds lame. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:54 PM Flag
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Our kids and selves are real Hilary Knight sticklers.It's overpriced and underexciting. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:55 PM Flag
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ITTTTTTTA. I wouldn't pay $600 for that one. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:05 PM Flag
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is it drop off? can siblings come? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:38 PM Flag
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LOL! Can you imagine being stuck at a cutesy themed sleepover with your DD's friends parents - sure the ones you like are there, but also the ones you don't... and no sarcasm about cutesy theme allowed! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:40 PM Flag
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Completely over the top. Probably memorable (although I'd want to know that our little guests had read the book so they'd catch the references), but in real life... are you fucking kidding me? $3595 for a kids party for SIX bleeding brats? No way. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:41 PM Flag
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sounds completely awesome. they should just charge a flat $5K. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:56 PM Flag
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Hello PR rep. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:01 PM Flag
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Of course I would not do it. Ridiculous. I find the Eloise story very depressing for what its worth. Isn't it the story of Liza Minelli? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:03 PM Flag
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oh what a weird thought!! I know the author played the bossy-yet-fabulous editrix in "Funny Face" w. Audrey Hepburn. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 08:44 PM Flag
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DH said it is Liza Minelli - basically left to her own devices when Judy Garland is out traveling. The part where her mom's lawyer comes to see her (Eloise) when she is sick - that just kills me. The poor girl needs to see her mom! And where's her dad? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.09, 09:19 AM Flag
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I believe that it was originally presented as a book for adults, not for kids. It is pretty dark, though it has that same Grimm's Fairytale element--absent/dead parents mean fun, excitement and mischief. I always did love the part about pouring the water down the mail chute, etc. and the imaginary adventures and characters and Skipperdee and Weenie. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.09, 10:18 AM Flag
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i'm sorry i'm not very familiar with the target audience for "eloise", but what age group would this be for? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:06 PM Flag
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I may be the wrong market, but I find Eloise, as a character, to be an entitled brat, and I would try to avoid celebrating that type of behavior with my dds. And yes, I think this is tacky in today's economy. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:14 PM Flag
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i recall learning the word "precocious" from that book when i was a kid, so it seems Eloise should be going to Speyer School for the Precocious -- which, yes, is kinda bratty for a kid to be [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 03:53 PM Flag
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You sound like a moron and a mean one at that. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.09, 08:18 AM Flag
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$3,600? If this takes off, I'm doing Harold and the Purple Crayon sleep overs at my apartment. Here's your crayon, here's your paper. That'll be $3,000. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:23 PM Flag
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^^btw, you're responsible for drawing your own bed, food and birthday cake. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:28 PM Flag
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You, I LOVE! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 03:55 PM Flag
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itta! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.09, 09:18 AM Flag
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What about Outward Bound for Kids in Central Park? LOLOL. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.09, 10:58 AM Flag
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Now we're talking!! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 04:14 PM Flag
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Completely insane. LOVE IT! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 04:52 PM Flag
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DD would like the idea but the prce won't work in this economy. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 01:59 PM Flag
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the Plaza used to have an Eloise room that was directed just like her room in the book, and Nanny or whatever she's called sat in a rocker and would read from the books. If you stayed at the hotel, you got to go there to visit. You maybe have even been allowed up without being a guest of the hotel, don't remember exactly, I was 6, but they should go back to that. the real question is, do over-the-top indulges "make sense in today's economy" even if you can afford them? is this party fun or obscene? are 20,000 dollar handbags fun or obscene if you can afford them? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 04:48 PM Flag
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definitely obscene. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 04:53 PM Flag
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Seriously and sadly, any wacky crap like "Live Like Eloise" someone can dream up and slap some insane crazy dollar amount on it that they've pulled out of their ass, SOMEONE will go for it (target audience: those that live on the UES). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 04:55 PM Flag
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"Up to six ice cream sundaes, books, post cards, and movie snacks (enough for six) are included in this package. (oooooh!) Eloise Post Cards with complimentary postage (cuz yanno the cost to send a POST card is crazy-expensive). Two rollaway beds are included complimentary (didja hear that? no cost for rollaway beds!) LOL. Rates *FROM* $3,595 USD per night. I've never seen such a ripoff. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 05:02 PM Flag
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What kid would really get that excited just b/c it is at the Plaza? I think they would would be just as happy to have a b'day party w/ sundaes, books, movies, etc. and a sleepover at their own house. Stupid idea, but if you have $ to throw away I guess it there will be some parents who do it just so they can talk about it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.19.09, 11:05 AM Flag
[ - ] I am nearly 20 weeks pregnant and since last night, my left underarm has been sore. Any thoughts. There doesn't appear to be a viable infection there. Has anyone else experienced this? 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Expecting 06.18.09, 11:57 AM Flag
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I had that but because I had to sleep on my left side and I wasn't used to it. It got better after a few weeks. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:11 PM Flag
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It could be that your breasts are growing. Believe it or not, breast tissue extends into your armpit. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 02:47 PM Flag
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They are growing, indeed. But then why wouldn't both sides be sore? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 04:36 PM Flag
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Your body is not symmetrical. Maybe you have milk ducts in one armpit and not the other. I did. I found out when one got clogged. Not fun. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 06:30 PM Flag
[ - ] Hi- 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Preschool/Kids 06.18.09, 11:53 AM Flag
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shy much? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 12:03 PM Flag
[ - ] absolutely 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 06.18.09, 11:53 AM Flag
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vodkaish [ Reply | More ]
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