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[ - ] i can't believe no one here is ready to admit that they do pay attention to what other girls are wearing when they buy clothing/accessories for their dcs. 42 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
New York City 02.04.09, 07:44 AM Flag
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I have a son, so I guess this doesn't count, but I don't care, he doesn't care, his dad doesn't care --- clothes don't make the man. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:51 AM Flag
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ugh! hate these public school moms who seem to always celebrate being the dumpiest possible. well groomed/dressed people are nice to be around, whatever the style. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:31 AM Flag
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if you are happy with superficial things like that nobody's stopping you. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:43 AM Flag
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Are you an adult? You sound like you are still stuck in junior high school. Please grow up for the sake of your children. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:46 AM Flag
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I don't dictate style or follow trends. but saying that appearance doesn't matter or "make the man" makes my skin crawl. these are the people I just know I won't like. not because they are disheveled and I am prim, but because they are out of touch with reality and usually very very annoying. It is not a matter of being superficial or profound. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:37 AM Flag
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No. It's pretty superficial. I like to look nice and take a certain pride in my appearance, but my dh is a total slob when it comes to dressing. He doesn't notice holes in his socks. I have to gently remind him that he really should put that shirt in the laundry and wear a clean one. He's also brilliant, at the top of his field, and the kindest man I know. He's not out of touch with reality, he just doesn't care about clothes. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:53 AM Flag
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Does it bother you when people are dirty and sloppy or not wearing the latest fashion? These are two different topics. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 10:06 AM Flag
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I'm the same way and I'm a private school mom. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:56 AM Flag
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Have one girl/one boy and frankly do not pay attention to other kids, but get very excited to get well made clothes or shoes at a steep discount. Land up buying 12-18 months in advance of when they will be wearing them sometimes. Drives DH crazy until I pull out somethng really nice and mention how I got it for $15. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:54 AM Flag
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You are me! Have you looked at kidssurplus.com? I love that site, have gotten some great things there. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:56 AM Flag
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Not particularly easy to navigate. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:32 AM Flag
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you guys are totally me and my best friend, we looove the bargains. And I think we have good taste and dress dcs nicely, but to be honest, we don't really care what other kids are wearing. Especially not that hannah montana nonsensetry [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 10:36 AM Flag
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Sure I do, but it doesn't dictate what my dd wears. Plus, she's 4 1/2 and has very strong opinions herself about what she will put on her body. much of it involves wearing her brother's hand-me-downs - or his ties to special school events... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:57 AM Flag
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My dd is 6 years old and I have never taken notice of what other kids are wearing. Never. We shop together and pick things we both like and think look good on her. I shop for myself the same way. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:09 AM Flag
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Same and dd is 5 1/2. Why would I be interested what her other 5 yo friends are wearing???? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 11:03 AM Flag
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maybe not everyone thinks the way that you do. shocker, I know [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:15 AM Flag
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Um, I don't. Then again, my dd is 4. I hope I won't turn into what you're saying. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:16 AM Flag
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I don't. I love to shop for my dd who is 6 and I get what I like which is sometimes traditional and sometimes funky. she has an eclectic wardrobe. i buy everything on sale usually from the previous season so that is my focus. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:22 AM Flag
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I pay attention to whether or not DD (6) has brushed her hair before she leaves for school, and whether or not what she is wearing is weather-appropriate. If she picks out a really wacky combo, I might gently encourage her to wear something that matches better. That's pretty much the extent of it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:24 AM Flag
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glad you have your priorities straight. glad the bailout can sponsor such vapid comments. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:26 AM Flag
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I'm jealous of people like you that have so much time to devote to it. It's all I can do to get myself out the door looking appropriate for work, and get dc in CLOTHES. I'm certainly not taking in what every other girl that she plays with is wearing . . . [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:36 AM Flag
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op: i can't say i think about it every day. but i definitely gave it some consideration when i was buying clothing for the season (are kids using lunch boxes or knapsacks? do kids wear shoes or sneakers?) i know dd cares about it ("the kids in my class decided we like the color pink. can i wear something pink tomorrow?"). i don't think it's unhealthy if done in small doses. i don't spend more money on her clothing because of it. and i'm really surprised that more moms don't admit to this. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:57 AM Flag
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I'm glad my dd wears a uniform. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:14 AM Flag
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op: we're starting with a uniform next year. i can't wait. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:17 AM Flag
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I think most girls are pretty badly dressed (and I HATE the requisite pink/purple/glitter/Hannah Montana stuff), actually, so I don't care to dress my girls in the same way. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:40 AM Flag
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i have ds but of course I do. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:45 AM Flag
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i think others pay attention to the way my dd dresses - i don't put a whole lot of time into it but definitley they look pulled together when we leave the apartment. it does make me feel good - shop a lot at target btw. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:45 AM Flag
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np I just bought my girls the cutest long-sleeved black t-shirts with a single red heart on the front for $5 each at Target. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:12 AM Flag
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Yes but mostly to get good ideas, I am pretty bad at matching things though I am good at the cold weather dressing. If there are some boots or something that look like they might be a good idea, I might try to find some - you know, like the Hunter boots with the inserted socks, tall enough for the snow and puddles and warm enough for the latter though you can get thru spring in them too, plus the colors are super cute. I get wardrobe ideas by looking at others' clothes too,doesn't everyone? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:00 AM Flag
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I am inviting a lot of criticism: I am so busy at work that really can't spend much time shopping. (Money is not an issue). I only buy specific clothes I dd really needs. The rest of the wardrobe comes from Nanny's granddaughter. She is 2 years older than my dd, and her Mom is obsessive shopper. She buys good quality things, I approve of the taste. And compensate as part of Nanny's bonus. I think win-win, though admit that it is weird. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:06 AM Flag
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op: that's cute. i'm not saying that we all spend extra money making our kids look like everyone else. i know i certainly don't spend a lot of money on dd's clothing. but i think we are fooling ourselves if nearly everyone here is saying they don't consider fashion/trends at all. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:10 AM Flag
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I actually do consider trends. I am just lucky that so does my Nanny's daughter. (Slightly on euro trend side though because she is from Europe). Admittedly, I am slightly lagging timewise, obviously. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:16 AM Flag
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You are totally smart. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 10:37 AM Flag
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I don't. I get what I like that I know she will wear as she is super picky and so am I. Grandmothers buy her most of her clothing anyway. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:10 AM Flag
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i have to admit that i pa attention to what is in style and what we think looks good on ds, but not necessarily what other kids are wearing. occasionally i might see something on another kid that i really like - say certain sneakers or a jacket - and think, oh soemthing like that would be good for ds. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:18 AM Flag
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op: this is exactly what i'm talking about. except that i equate "what is in style" with "what other kids are wearing". i don't go out and buy certain brands, but i did think about this when i bought dd a bunch of jumpers and i was worried they were too "babyish". [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:29 AM Flag
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I certainly never did when dd was young enough to let me buy her clothes. Now she only wears what she likes so we go shopping together and she picks (with me having veto power still of course). I think she does pay some attention to what her friends wear, but has her own taste too. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:19 AM Flag
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lol. I buy my dc the same things I wear. Jeans and t-shirts. That's about it. She's not a girly-girl thankfully or I'd be in trouble. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:40 AM Flag
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here are my criteria when picking out clothes for dc: will she wear it? Is it machine washable? Does it make her look like a hooker? If the answers are yes, yes, no, then I buy it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:59 AM Flag
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good answer! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 10:28 AM Flag
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I don't. Sorry. Signed mom to a v. girly girl. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 10:26 AM Flag
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When dcs were young, I bought their clothes that suited my taste. Now that they are in school, I buy what is popular and in style as long as it is not sexually provocative (dd's) or gangster (ds's). They both know what those looks are and agree that sexually provocative or gangster clothes send the wrong message about who they are. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 11:00 AM Flag
[ - ] any thoughts on public pre-k vs. alternative pre-k programs like kidville, a-ha, etc? 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Preschool/Kids 02.04.09, 07:39 AM Flag
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kidville=awful, waste of money. signed mother of twins that spent a fortune and regrets every penny. i heard that nykids club is better. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:43 AM Flag
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^^^btw, public pre-k is for 4yo and kidville is for 2-3yo. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:43 AM Flag
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A program like Kidville's PSA is designed for young 2 year olds the year before they apply to preschool. Not many, if any, 3 year olds in Kidville's PSA. Public preK, if available to you, is for a child turning 4 before the school starts or turning 4 by December of the start year. Gymtime has a PSA designed for 3 year olds which DF really likes. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:44 AM Flag
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have done public PreK at 2 different schools. Was great. Will better prepare them for K then doing a la carte classes. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:48 AM Flag
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can anyone recommend good public preKs in hte UES? thx... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:59 AM Flag
[ - ] Would any of you moms who got (or whose DH got a huge Wall Street bonus) lend me some money? Single mom & lost my job because of the financial crisis & can't collect unemployment b/c was independent contractor & can't afford food & housing now form & DCs. Maybe you could just send me some food? Email: gingerbrownie@gmail.com for my mailing address. 12 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
New York City 02.04.09, 07:35 AM Flag
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Anyone? Not even a comment? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:36 AM Flag
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Can't you get food stamps or welfare? There has to be something (for the taxes we pay). But don't blame me, my DH earned his bonus. You should have planned ahead. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:14 AM Flag
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ita [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:27 AM Flag
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if you chose to have a kid as a single mom you should have been socking it away. no tears here. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 05:04 PM Flag
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Glad that octuplet single mom (who already had 6 kids) is trying to cash in on her situation--otherwise I can't imagine the burden on the taxpayer. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 05:06 PM Flag
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call 311 to find out about govt' assistance adn also look into soup kitchens and food pantries. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:17 AM Flag
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np do you have any clue how many people are there now? they are SO overburdened. I'd help OP if I could. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:24 AM Flag
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i am sure they are, but that doesn't mean OP shouldnt' look into gettinghelp if she can. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:26 AM Flag
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seriously? You'd help some random person you know nothing about? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:27 AM Flag
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there are public assistance programs that can help you. Sorry you're in this situation and good luck. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:19 AM Flag
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FAKE! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:25 AM Flag
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haven't you heard about what happened with wall street bonuses this year?? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:28 AM Flag
[ - ] What are the best jewish schools in westchester? 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:32 AM Flag
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i hate 'best' questions. why don't you list the top three things you want in a school and then find out what school "best" fits your qualifications? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:34 AM Flag
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My nieces and nephews attend Solomon Schecter in White Plains. My bro and SIL are very satisfied. Don't know if this helps. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:07 AM Flag
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Lololol. Just go to a Jewish town like Scarsdale. That's a Jewish school for ya. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 11:06 AM Flag
[ - ] Any suggestions on learning for a toddler learning 2nd, 3rd languages. DD is not a genius, she is rather average but the preschool teacher pointed out what we suspected, she has picked up about four languages. Two of the languages neither DH or I speak. I want to encourage this talent. I bought some preschool level books in the languages she is speaking in. What else can I do? Should I take her to get evaluated by a language teacher? Some friends have asked us if it is ok to speak in their own language with her and she talks right back with them. We were surprised considering she was a late speaker, close to two years old when she started. 10 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:28 AM Flag
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What languages does she speak? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:29 AM Flag
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Don't laugh but Italian, Mandarin, Japanese (I speak this one too) and German which my DH speaks. Neither of us speak Italian or Mandarin. But We know Italian when we hear it. And my sister-in-law, who speaks Mandarin, confirmed the Mandarin. Though, we all speak English as our first language. She definitely seems to like Italian and Mandarin more then the others. Because this is what she mutters to herself in and to her dolls. She doesn't bland the words either. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:38 AM Flag
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if i were you, i wouldn't bother with any formal language learning or classes at this point. you can buy story books with audio tapes in that language and let her listen. or you can buy dvds with kids programming in that language. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:30 AM Flag
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dvds work or try to find little playgroups in your area. there are many informal groups that get together to have children speak in the same language. and there are also nice places to take classes, but they generally cost more... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:33 AM Flag
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The playgroup is a great idea. Thank you. I could try the community centers too. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:42 AM Flag
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I don't understand. Your dc is picking up languages no one is speaking to her regularly? Do you mean a word here and there? Makes no sense to me (and my ds speaks 3 languages, but we don't live in the US right now and his dad speaks another lang. with him, too). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:33 AM Flag
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It does seem odd, I know. We were thinking she might need help later because she started speaking at 2 rather then a much younger age. But hey, I'll take it. She hears Italian and Mandarin from some songs she likes off the internet. And there are a few people at the cafe we like to hang at that speak these languages also. I have heard her ask her doll in Italian if it would like more tea and "she should drink it all". I grew up with Italian-Americans so I can hear it. I see and hear her point to animals at the zoo and explain in Mandarin what they are and are eating - confirmed but my Mandarin speaking sister-in - law. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:48 AM Flag
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If this is true, your dd is extremely gifted. I don't know anything about truly gifted kids, but I'd try to learn more about it and encourage this gift. You don't have to be an overall "genius" to be gifted in some area (and frankly, at toddler age who knows whether a kid is a genius or not). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:37 AM Flag
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where does your child get exposed to all of these langauges? That's amazing. Are there any multilingual schools where you live? You might want to contact the administration. They might know of enrichment options for pre-schoolers showing the kind of aptitude that your dd has shown. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:45 AM Flag
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A mixed community at the local cafe. And Internet kid songs. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:52 AM Flag
[ - ] When did you take your baby's bottle away and make him only use sippy cups? 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:25 AM Flag
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The pediatrician recommends at 1 year. My dd is 2 and I still have her on the bottle, I am sorry to say. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:29 AM Flag
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yes! i called the doctor today and asked WHY he wanted me to take it away. He said "It is destroying his teeth." He didn't tell me this the first time - he just gave me an order "take it away - sippy cups only." [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:30 AM Flag
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I know I should take it away. I am just waiting for the right moment. Probably when the weather gets better. It seems easier to do it in the spring. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:32 AM Flag
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np: my orthodontist told me it ruins their teeth if they keep it in their mouth all day. dd in prek, still drinks 1 bottle of milk a day. we personally dont care bc her teeth are just fine. everything else from glasses. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:39 AM Flag
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that's ridiculous [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:45 AM Flag
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DB is 1 y.o. and we are really struggling with this. DB hates sippy cups. Will only drink out of a bottle or a regular cup, which is a total mess. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:43 AM Flag
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OP: mine too [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:07 AM Flag
[ - ] Ideas for a gift that could be sent to a 6 year old girl who has been in the hospital with a serious illness? TIA! 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
New York City 02.04.09, 07:23 AM Flag
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video games for whatever system she has, new crayons/markers and paper, books, beads and elastic for making jewelry, small whiteboard and dry erase markers (DD loves hers). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:24 AM Flag
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dress up/jewelry. let her have a princess day where she wears a tiara and earrings, etc. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:25 AM Flag
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How about a Leapster with some games or there are a lot of good reading toys by Leapfrog. Hope she is okay. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:30 AM Flag
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A Flip Video so she can make her own movies of her doctors and her guests and play them back. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:34 AM Flag
[ - ] Any long islanders on? We're thinking about a move to Cold Spring Harbor. What thoughts come to mind when you think of this town? 13 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:17 AM Flag
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oheka castle [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:21 AM Flag
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ok, anything a little more relevant to living there? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:24 AM Flag
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why attitude? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:24 AM Flag
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no attitude, just looking for helpful feedback. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:30 AM Flag
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love that place [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:24 AM Flag
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what do you love about it? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:30 AM Flag
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Very nice, expensive town. Good schools. I grew up on LI and am not a fan in general, but I would move to Cold Spring Harbor. It is a long commute however. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:33 AM Flag
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Thanks! Yes, the commute would be a downside I know. Other than that it seems like it has a lot to offer. I appreciate your thoughts! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:35 AM Flag
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I'm a die hard city girl but LOVE Cold Spring Harbor. So quaint. Just has a great feel to it. Not sure if I would actually live there but would love to have a weekend house there as long as it was big enough for my entire household staff ;-) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:34 AM Flag
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you better have a lot of money. its not a place i would want to live and be on the fringe. its very quite and rather boring if you dont know people and its hard to meet them [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:39 AM Flag
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why is it hard to meet people there do you think? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:40 AM Flag
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for the same reason that it is in any insular homogenous place.......... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:42 AM Flag
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would you care to explain? I consider myself a friendly person who can reach out to others, as insular and homogenous as the surroundings might be... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:58 AM Flag
[ - ] Flying with 1yos. What would be good "new" things to throw in our bag for confined entertainment? 16 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:11 AM Flag
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stickers and paper, wikki sticks (can use on tray and windows and peel off). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:12 AM Flag
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Sorry, I'm a little clueless first timer. What are wikki sticks? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:15 AM Flag
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They are wax coated yarn sticks. You can bend them into shapes for them, make flowers, etc. DD used to love to stick them on the arm rests, trays and windows - they peel right off. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:16 AM Flag
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np: My dc LOVE wikki stix but I think 1 yo might be too young. Won't hurt them, just might be a waste of money/travel space. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:17 AM Flag
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Any other thoughts? I'm struggling bc everything goes in the mouth so crayons and markers are not really appropriate yet. Stickers might work. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:19 AM Flag
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OR - brown sandwich bags - make puppets. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:19 AM Flag
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I'd just pack some stuff dc likes... does he/she play with little people? cars? trains? bring some figures along. Also a mini aqua doodle- it uses just a water filled pen on a special cloth that folds up & dries quickly. I'll keep thinking. My dc are much older now. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:22 AM Flag
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^^ would dc eat play dough? I used to bring white play-dough or homemade w/o color (doesn't stain). Just keep an eye they don't eat. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:23 AM Flag
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^^oh, and don't forget lots of snacks. I used to cut everything up & bring bites sized bits. I didn't even worry about "meals" just kept them snacking the whole way on things that would make up all the food groups & take up time. Ideas: cubes of chicken or ham, cubes of cheese, wheat crackers, halved grapes, dried cranberries and raisins, etc. pack a little soft-sided lunchbox w/ cold pack. Also make sure to have a bottle/sippy always on hand esp. for take off and landing to relieve the pressure in the ears. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:29 AM Flag
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A smaller etch a sketch is endless cause and effect fun for a littler kid. Party pack of play-doh and a few larger(too big for mouth)molded plastic or rubber animals/dinosaurs/figures and maybe popsicle sticks to go with it. I'd recommend beginner magnetic books; these tend to have larger pieces that aren't easy choking hazards.i.e. farm, zoo,marine,etc. Purell to wipe down armrests and tray table. There is a great folding, slate tablet called a Buddha Board; it's a rudimentary aqua doodle. Water and the brush for painting are included and it's riveting to watch change and dry. Have fun! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:38 AM Flag
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Shot of Benadryl! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:26 AM Flag
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depends on how long flight is. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:32 AM Flag
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Oh please, you Americans are crazy [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:01 AM Flag
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A bagel. Sounds weird, but works. Can play peek-a-boo through the hole OR eat it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:59 AM Flag
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dvd player. pictures of family; new touch and feel books [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:22 AM Flag
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a one year old is probably not going to look at a dvd for long. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:29 AM Flag
[ - ] DD first words were, "O Dear". 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:10 AM Flag
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my dc's first sentence was "sometimes mommy gets angry". [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:13 AM Flag
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lol [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:21 AM Flag
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yeah. i didn't know if i should be impressed at the sentence and the vocabulary or if i should be embarrassed at what she was saying. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:45 AM Flag
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That is so cute~ Who was her primary caretaker? Her grandma? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:23 AM Flag
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DH says this all the time. He is from an old school neighborhood with a lot of older people. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:30 AM Flag
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a dh says this? reminds me of the bit in Notting Hill where Hugh Grant keeps saying "whoopsie daisies" and Julia Roberts keeps teasing him. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:34 AM Flag
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I teased my husband about it a lot at first. But he responded with better this then the alternative. I still smile though. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:39 AM Flag
[ - ] Does anyone here drink a supplemental "green drink". I am wanting to start doing this. My friend uses the Tony Robbins formula, but I was wondering if anyone on here uses another brand. TIA 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:10 AM Flag
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We use Green Vibrance and add it to pancake mix, smoothies, put it in pasta sauces at the last cooking minute and wherever it can go. I also drink it w/water and lemon juice. Green Vibrance is pretty strong tasting, compared to Gary Null's green Stuff, which I love, so definitely experiment with taste when adding it to other foods.The key word for us is 'supplemental'. We do have an Omega Juicer that we keep pretty busy. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:15 AM Flag
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Thanks for your help. I appreciate that. Can you order that one online? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:36 AM Flag
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I think we get ours at fairway but isn't everything available online? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:51 AM Flag
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http://www.amazon.com/Vibrant-Health-Green-Vibrance-powder/dp/B000NDME6C wow, I just found the supersize for the best$$! We usually pay near $40 for 12 oz. Keep it in the fridge. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:56 AM Flag
[ - ] Did my top three and got feedback. Strong on one school, nothing on another, and no go on the third. Did a fc to the one, a top three to the other and dropped the third off my list. Now I don't have a clear third. I love ECFS and Friends but don't think progressive is best for dc. Like Town but don't think we had the best parent interview. Like AS but second child is a girl and not sure how I feel about ss. And liked Trevor but not sure how dc did. What would you do? 8 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
NY Schools 02.04.09, 07:07 AM Flag
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have psd communicate to trevor that it is in my top 3 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:11 AM Flag
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Last year, Trevor really pressed our PSD only about kids who had Trevor in their Top 3. Deb Ashe has said she doesn't want FC letters, but they it seemed like they weren't considering some great kids if they family hadn't said, demonstrated, or communicated they would seriously consider the school. Last year, Trevor's priority WL definitely moved. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:30 AM Flag
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Good to know. I want to use the top 3 wisely. For instance I know Friends and AS care more about FC and that top 3 doesn't cut it so much. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:42 AM Flag
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I just mentioned it bc I had a couple of GFs with great kids (ERBs unknown but I would think mids 90s or higher) and feedback from Trevor was that the families didn't seem that interested (when they were). PSD should have cleared that up, but maybe it was too late. Another friend said FC letter to Town made no difference at all (didn't help chances). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:47 AM Flag
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Thank you. I was also torn because I had some friends speaking up for me at ECFS and Friends and felt this obligation to put them higher up but I just don't think progressive is the best for dc. Maybe later, just not now. Bums me out because I love those schools. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:19 AM Flag
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Our PSD told us that Trevor was one of the schools that didn't pressure her. We got in. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.05.09, 09:27 AM Flag
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Friends isn't that progressive, especially after Lower School (I understand that is where you are). Isn't Trevor pretty progressive? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:54 AM Flag
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it's getting late in the game, but you can certainly write "i love you" letters to all of the above. dont need to say "you are in our top 3", just "we would love for dc to attend..." etc. according to our psd, now that your list is shifting, your preschool should not reveal "top 3" to any of the schools without checking with you first...giving you the opportunity to decide once you find out whether town or trevor, say, is most interested in you. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 11:00 AM Flag
[ - ] What lengths have you gone to in the effort to ensure popularity for your dc? 76 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
New York City 02.04.09, 07:06 AM Flag
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What a creepy question. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:07 AM Flag
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none beyond hosting b-day parties and playdates and normal stuff like that [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:07 AM Flag
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just a lot of worry. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:08 AM Flag
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Creepy indeed but kind of interesting. I bet there are some crazy social climbers on this site who have done so disturbing stuff [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:08 AM Flag
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I have seen some disturbing things...esp when it comes to mothers and their dds. I have seen a lot of dressing two little girls the same to cement a friendship.I have seen mothers in the playground give each other clothes they have bought for their dds, the same clothes ie if there was a sale somewhere the mom picked up the same thing for both little girls. I only found it odd when I saw it happen many times in the fall at the same playground where I happened to be after school pickup on my way home with DD. My DD is very good school pals with one of the girls, she kept asking why are those two girls dressing the same and mommy can you get me the same thing? I have seen playdates only between certain little girls in order to foster relationships - some other girls who clearly are friends in class are routinely excluded from playdates. There is one mother when back from vacations, which is 3 or 4 times a year, brings all the little girls she wants to her dd to be friends with something from the vacation (small gifts). She gives them out at school. My favorite is the mom who will walk part of the way to school with my dd and I as we take the same route but will dump us as soon as we get close to the building - encouraging her dd to run and go say hi to socially prominent parents' kid. Really, at my school the moves to ensure mommy and dd popularity are quite something, I find it more than creepy. I just take a lot of different kids home on playdates, can't do much in the class as I work, but my dd is well liked and has a lot of friends. I have no idea how popular she is, she seems happy with her pals. She gets invited on some playdates but I host most of them. I think in my school there is a lot of mommy popularity contests and this somehow determines a lot of the playdates etc. I don't really care - since I work I like having my kid with me when I can and am happy to bring home a little friend too. I just ask if so and so would like a playdate with my kid, when might be convenient. Every once in a while I worry that my lack of popularity with the mommy set might be bad for my DD but I am who I am, just not part of the in crowd. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:33 AM Flag
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np. I've seen some of these behaviors at my dc's school too. The thing where some dc are excluded from playdates while others are thrown together constantly, in a way that doesn't reflect the dc's own preferences, really stands out for me. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:44 AM Flag
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OR here...yep. Just another thing to work around. Are you private or public? Do you think it goes on more in one or the other type of schools? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:56 AM Flag
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np: I'm curious about this too! I hope it isn't public school . . [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:04 AM Flag
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We're at a public school. I think it happens all over, to some degree, but the blatant fawning over celeb or mega-wealthy families is bound to be more common in private since that's where those families go. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:46 AM Flag
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I think you are right. We are at private and the fawning over the very rich is something to behold, I am embarrassed for these people. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:54 AM Flag
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lol. I find that very amusing because I am the very rich and famous too and I can't get anyone to even look at me. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:45 AM Flag
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you must be too rich or too famous. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 10:55 AM Flag
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oh, that sounds so sad. My dd is too young still (I hope) since she's only 3 but I hope that doesn't happen to her although I'm sure it will [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:13 AM Flag
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is that really to insure popularity though? or just to insure that those two girls will be friends? is one already significantly more popular than the other? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 11:13 AM Flag
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zero. I guess I do things to help him from being ridiculed, but nothing to help him be popular. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:08 AM Flag
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Good question. I have taught ds to be kind to everyone. To share. To sometimes play games his friends want to play even if it isn't his favorite. To think about other kids and not intentionally exclude anyone. To be humble and not brag if he gets a good grade or is recognized for some accomplishment. Guess what? He's incredibly popular and I'm really proud of him. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:11 AM Flag
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in other words, you're teaching him to be a decent human being [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:18 AM Flag
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That was my point. It was, I admit, a rather snarky reply to the question. But I happen to think that if you raise a decent human being, your kid will be popular with the people who matter, and if some mean but popular kids don't like him/her, that's even better, since I'd prefer my kid not to be friends with them anyway. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:27 AM Flag
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I didn't think it was snarky at all [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:28 AM Flag
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Thanks :) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:29 AM Flag
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I think you sound like a good mom [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:51 AM Flag
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I am present at their school and invite their friends over to help my children develop healthy social relationships and manners. I don't look at it as trying to ensure their popularity. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:12 AM Flag
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I don’t think it is important to be popular but to be comfortable socially is very important. This year dc only had one friend in his class and was being picked on by older dc’s I could tell he was unhappy so I made a lot of playdates with other dc’s (even the bully’s) and made sure to go to the school events. Now he seems to feel more accepted and comfortable and has branched out a bit. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:22 AM Flag
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General Topics 02.04.09, 07:46 AM Flag
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I suck up to the moms of all the pretty girls in her (8yo) class so that she will be play with them and become popular by association. Of course, I don't want her to be the "fat friend" so I keep her on a strict diet and won't let her eat dinner unless she completes her exercise regimen to my satisfaction. I let her listen in when I'm gossiping and making catty remarks on the phone so that she can learn from the master. And yet, so far she's still unpopular :-( [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:23 AM Flag
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keep trying though- you sound very committed [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:31 AM Flag
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thanks, do you think I should consider rhinoplasty? her nose is slightly too long [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:36 AM Flag
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Hey this works really, really well at my kid's school and seems to be the exact same training regimen used... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:34 AM Flag
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I like you [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:34 AM Flag
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LOL! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:16 AM Flag
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I just try to make sure that my dc has a group of friends- as many of you know, that is not easy for all kids. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:25 AM Flag
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the best thing to do - for girls at least - is get them the best clothes. i wont go that far (i don't have a girl and by db is only 1 yr old) but that was what did it. even today, as an adult, it seems to be all about looks, thinness and clothes... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:28 AM Flag
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You are not concerned about validating this type of superficiality? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:34 AM Flag
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ridiculous [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:34 AM Flag
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judging by where I grew up and where I now live, this isn't "ridiculous" at all. regrettable, but not ridiculous. it is a lot about looks and money. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:46 AM Flag
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See I don't know about that. The popular moms at my school are not that thin or that goodlooking, and only a few have real style clothing wise. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:35 AM Flag
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do you live in nyc? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:37 AM Flag
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no Boston...the best looking moms are not necessarily the most popular. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:58 AM Flag
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This helps explains all the 4 and 5 yo girls I see running around in Uggs boots. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:36 AM Flag
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Who wants to be BFF with Paris Hilton? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:38 AM Flag
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Eew, [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:02 AM Flag
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OP: I am not validating it - I am merely making an observation. I found that to be the case with me also - that it was about clothes and looks. When I am myself (not as concerned with clothes), I am boring to many women. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:06 AM Flag
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But why in the world would you care about being friends with any women who found you boring simply because you were yourself and "not as concerned with clothes"??? This is why the whole question is silly. Being "popular" with such people makes no sense, so why even consider it something to strive for? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:10 AM Flag
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I don't! But that is why I am not that popular! I don't have a million friends but I found that, in periods of life when I dressed really well, I had a lot more women interested in me. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:55 AM Flag
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Then you need to hang out in new circles. Seriously, some of my best friends are from college, when we waded around in sweats half the time. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 01:18 PM Flag
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Well, not in our case. We live in the suburbs. Moved from nyc. My son used to dress well and now dresses like a trailer park boy to fit in. His friends are very casual, athletic and dress like trailer park boys. Boys don't care. Btw, we live in an upscale Westchester town where girls are a totally different story! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 10:27 AM Flag
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I can't remember what book, but I was reading one on the social settings in schools and it stated that 15% of the student body fell into the "popular" crowd. That is a pretty small percentage. I don't think a parent can actually do anything to "make" their dc popular. I have seen parents try extrememly hard with playdates and encouraging a "best friend" relationship - but it usually is short lived. By Feb - the children have done what they would have done naturally without the parent manipulation in finding friends. Someone above said if you just bring up a decent person they will be popular - I have to disagree. I think there are thousands of truly wonderful, decent people who did not (and do not) manage to find themselves in the "popular" crowd. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:50 AM Flag
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I posted that. It was intended to address the whole notion of "popularity", which I think is a bogus construct. I want my ds to have friends and generally be well-liked and that's my definition of popular. I think a truly nice kid will find another nice kid to be friends with eventually. Of course, he may not be in a so-called "popular" crowd, but since to me that just means a crowd that excludes others, I don't care. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:06 AM Flag
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I understand what you mean, and didn't mean to say something that upset you. I basically wanted to share that the popular group was really quite small - great if you are in it, but not necessary in order to be a great person with great friends, kwim? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:23 AM Flag
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I do know what you mean. I'm just saying there is a difference between being in the "popular group" and being popular, which I define as being generally well-liked. In my opinion, a school where only 15% of the kids are in a so-called "popular" group means that 85% of the kids may not really like them, but DO want to be friends with them for the wrong reasons. I think if you are nice, you may actually be liked by those other 85% of the kids even if they aren't all your friends. To me, that's being popular. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:31 AM Flag
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are you kidding? to "ensure" dc's popularity? none! my efforts have gone into making dc self-possessed and confident enough of himself so he doesn't not need "popularity" and naturally makes friends -- no one is counting how many. you sound pathetic. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:58 AM Flag
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I see no reason to insult the OP and disagree that she sounds "pathetic" simply by asking this question. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:03 AM Flag
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obsessions with popularity is a very bad lesson for kids -- they should feel good about themselves and not be worried about winning popularity contests -- i agree that is a pathetic lesson to teach kids [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:12 AM Flag
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I was in the popular crowd all through school - was usually the best friend of the the most popular girl. And not because I was the prettiest or the best dressed, but because I was the best listener. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:02 AM Flag
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and did this serve you in some way? are you proud of this? i don't mean to be sound snarky, but is this somehow a positive that you were "best friend of the most popular girl"? it's great to be a good listener, but it sounds like you were the sidekick to the alpha girl and validated your worth by getting in with the popular crowd. i want my DC to not need that and not get caught up in that. i never found Most Populars to be very interesting, deep, unique, or iconoclastic -- just the most conventional and superficial in many ways. So not interested in that. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:15 AM Flag
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Sounds like you did not know very many people from the popular crowd! You probably shouldn't judge them then. They are human, just like you, just better looking and probably came from families with more money. I have to agree with the lady that said that looks and money play a part of it. And I speak from experience. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:19 AM Flag
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Wrong on all counts. You don;t have to believe me, but you are incorrect. The truth is, I WAS always so-called "popular," but I went to a small and cool school where such things were not valued and being "popular" was certainly not my proudest accomplishment. In an intellectual environment, that stuff is looked down upon. And at Harvard, being Popular is a silly notion no one would dream of caring about. Looking back on high school, many of the most interesting kids had fewer friend and more to offer than the Populars. "Popular" is a shallow value and there is NOTHING about it that should make one proud, and you will not convince me otherwise. I just cannot even believe grown-ups are thinking this way -- this is a junior high conversation, and all I am saying is that even in junior high, people I liked were above that. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:29 AM Flag
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How would being a good listener define her as the sidekick? The sidekick is generally the one that wants to usurp the Queen Bee's position. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:21 AM Flag
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I guess I watched different iconic movies. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:24 AM Flag
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Yes, it sounds like she was more of a doormat, the one people let hang around because she has nothing to offer on her own but just listens and nods and helps them feel good about themselves. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:31 AM Flag
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Come on, if you had to choose between being popular and unpopular, you would choose popular, wouldn't you? It's human nature. Don't pull this holier-than-thou attitude. I am not into 'popularity' thing but I also don't take up "I am above popularity' attitude. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 10:36 AM Flag
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I guess you can't imagine there are people who think differently. I truly would not choose to be popular and would not want to be --- I just don't like that kind of person/social scene; the same way I generally seem to prefer movies that aren't number one, music that is not top of the chart, books that aren't best sellers, plays that would never be on Broadway, etc., I generally prefer people who are not "Popular." If that is holier-than-thou, so be it. We probably would not like each other. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 12:52 PM Flag
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What a stupid thing to say. I would be myself and hope it made people like me, not try to be something I wasn't because some "popular" kids liked it. That's what we should all be teaching our dcs. Be yourself. Be kind to others. Don't be influenced by someone else's opinions, especially when it's contrary to what you know is right. You may not be the most popular kid by some ridiculous standards, but I guarantee you that your dc will have friends and be well-liked. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 05:23 PM Flag
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America is going to hell because women like you are raising the next generation. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:28 AM Flag
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itttttta!!!! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 09:30 AM Flag
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Please, women have been raising their kids like that for generations. If that weren't the case, we wouldn't be here talking about our experiences in high school and jr high. Also, I personally don't believe that kids can be groomed for popularity. Some kids have the ability to draw people to them, and some don't. Same in the workplace and in adult circles. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 12:10 PM Flag
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I am teaching my daughter to be polite and share with friends. She went through a brief hitting phase which was stressful but we pulled through. I think I need to invite more kids for playdates. I am not so keyed into popularity but I do want my daughter to have friends that she can enjoy herself with. I am not so concerned with connected families although we do end up spending time with other couples and it helps if they are intelligent and interesting which most everyone is in our school. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 10:01 AM Flag
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I take my son to sports classes since he has no natyural ability. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 10:09 AM Flag
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Buying pony. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 10:10 AM Flag
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remember the pony thread?! ah, the good old UB days. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 10:21 AM Flag
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I miss the pony chats. All the Spence posters must be gone. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 10:27 AM Flag
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I am actually trying to teach her that not everyone is going to like her, and that she should be polite and kind and be especially kind to the people who do like her. I know it is not PC, but I don't want her to be all that worried about the folks that don't like her for reasons she cannot help. I don't want her life to be a constant chase for popularity. That having been said, I understand OP's sentiment and the all the people who worry about this. Who doesn't want their dc to be well liked.. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 10:31 AM Flag
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OP HERE: I came, I conquered. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 02:18 PM Flag
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We don't need to know about your sex life. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 02:20 PM Flag
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Our ds is nerdy with a lisp and not naturally athletic. Trying to correct his lisp was unsuccessful, but helping him become more skilled at team sports has been the best thing we ever did for him. He went from being a outsider in 1st grade, to a quirky but socially adept 7th grader who is invited to many parties and teams. He wears clothes that are in sync with, but not copying, those worn by the alpha males school. Flame away, but our nerdy ds with a lisp is much happier now that's he's in the mix socially at school. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 02:50 PM Flag
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I think sports are very important to boys and help them to feel accepted. You did well mom!!! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 02:53 PM Flag
[ - ] Anyone ever take cooking lessons? Worth it? Recommend? 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
New York City 02.04.09, 07:05 AM Flag
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I took non-professional classes at a professional school and it was totally worth it because I come from a long line of very poor cooks and it taught me that there are some basic techniques that I was missing. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:07 AM Flag
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I was thinking about private lessons - in my home. Thanks for the tip! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:11 AM Flag
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I want to do this also. If you find someone great, please share info. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:30 AM Flag
[ - ] btdt pvt K applicants: did you ever get positive feedback only to end up w/ a no? also is "not looking good" always a NO too? basically there are no surprises once letters come out? 8 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
New York City 02.04.09, 07:04 AM Flag
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not looking good is pretty much guaranteed a NO. A looking good or yes can turn to WL. It is possible to have zero feedback and still get in. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:07 AM Flag
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"Looking good" can turn into a no. "Not looking good" is an unequivocal no. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:08 AM Flag
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that's what I was afraid of [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:10 AM Flag
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You actually get letters that say "it's not looking good"? What BS. Thank goodness I don't live in NYC [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:13 AM Flag
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no. the preschool director communicates with the schools to get a sense if the dc is being considered then passes info on to parents so they can strategize about where the dc has the best shot of getting a spot. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:16 AM Flag
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Not looking good means no. Positive feedback usually leads to at least a wait list.. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:03 AM Flag
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very few surprises and the surprises that there are are to the downside. sorry. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:34 AM Flag
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Not looking good is ALWAYS no. Always. We got positive feedback from one school that turned into a wl (perhaps because we fc another school). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 08:37 AM Flag
[ - ] please help. i have ground beef defrosting in my fridge. what should i do with it to make a tasty dinner? (I have a lousy history with ground beef. i'm made some real doozies :-) ) tia. 22 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:02 AM Flag
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chili or tacos [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:03 AM Flag
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defrosted ground beef does much better in a sauce than as something like hamburger patties or meatloaf. How about bolognese sauce or lasagna or use it in tacos. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:04 AM Flag
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Chili, meatloaf, burritos, meatballs, burgers, lasagne. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:04 AM Flag
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op: i wanted to make some sort of chili or maybe a homemade tomato sauce with meatballs. but i really need a recipe. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:07 AM Flag
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About how much meat is it? One lb? Chop one large onion and two cloves of garlic. Set aside. Brown meat in a large pot. Remove meat from pot and saute garlic and onions in the same pot. Season with salt and pepper. Add meat back in. Add in 1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes and juice, two cans of beans (any kind - kidney, white, black - just not chickpeas), 2 TBS cumin, 1- 2 TBS chili powder. Bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer on low for one hour - taste periodically and adjust seasoning. Serve over rice. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:09 AM Flag
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^when reducing to simmer - cover it too. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:11 AM Flag
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thank you. that was tremendously helpful. it's 1.5 pounds of meat. but i might make one or two plain hamburgers in case dc doesn't want the chili. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:12 AM Flag
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You might want to add more onion or garlic for extra meat. You can also add in some extra tomatoes or some tomato paste and a little water. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:14 AM Flag
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np: Above is a great basic chili recipe. I might go heavier on the chili powder but I like lots of flavor.... If you like it spicy, you can also add some tabasco or chipoltes and also some brown sugar gives it a little something else. If you don't want to do rice, make it heartier by adding a handful of shredded cheddar and a dollop of sour cream & serve with bread or oyster/crackers. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:14 AM Flag
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np sound good and easy [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:16 AM Flag
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OR - very easy. I usually make it a bit more comlex (soak my own beans, more flavorings, etc.). But this is a great basic version that is child friendly b/c it isn't too highly seasoned. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:17 AM Flag
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wick fowler's 4-alarm chili [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:16 AM Flag
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season with ginger, thyme/rosemary, chillies, soy or teriyaki sauce, knorr cube (the one without msg) add to tomato paste and simmer for very thick sauce. Serve with pasta, rice, or even steamed potatoe. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:06 AM Flag
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thank you. this sounds very tasty. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:07 AM Flag
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Your welcome. A staple in my household and onions, garlic and salt per poster above should be added. I also add a stick of cinammon. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:13 AM Flag
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Cook with onion and garlic and layer with polenta, sauce and cheese then bake. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:12 AM Flag
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hamburger helper. kids love it [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:13 AM Flag
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ooh, sloppy joes. Google a recipe. That was my favorite thing growing up when my mom had freezer clean out day:-) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:19 AM Flag
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op: i refuse to google recipes anymore. i'd say that 4/5 of the food i've made from recipes i've taken off the internet have gone straight into the garbage. i think part of it is that i'm not terribly good at evaluating recipes and partly that there are some very odd recipes out there. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:24 AM Flag
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or: that's true. Use epicurious then. I always sort by rating and read the reviewer comments. I usually suggest this site but I wasn't sure you'd find sloppy joes;) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:32 AM Flag
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hey! jinx [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:33 AM Flag
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I've gotten a lot of really good recipes from epicurious.com. Their reader-rated. I sort by rating and only try ones with the top rating. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:32 AM Flag
[ - ] per month: do you spend more on childcare or more on housing? 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
New York City 02.04.09, 07:01 AM Flag
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Childcare: $3,500; Housing: $3,000 (including mortgage, LOC, HOA dues, insurance, and taxes) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:02 AM Flag
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Housing but I SAH. Although, even when I worked and had a nanny it was still housing. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:03 AM Flag
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out of the the childcare days--but definitely more on tuition than on housing [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:05 AM Flag
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when we rented, it was childcare. now that we bought (yahooooooo!), we spend more on housing. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:05 AM Flag
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Childcare = $2,700; Housing = $2,400 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:16 AM Flag
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Childcare -- even if we end up with two kids. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:17 AM Flag
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childcare $3,700(includes annualized pre-k) housing 5K [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:25 AM Flag
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Housing [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:27 AM Flag
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Housing: $3500, childcare $0 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.04.09, 07:28 AM Flag
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