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[ - ] how much to pay a mothers helper (college student) to come to the hamptons friday night to sat night to help me with two kids? 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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$10 per hour...A College Student is considered a babysitter...My Mother's helper is 10 yo and plays with ds for an hour here or there. I do not leave him alone with her. I pay her just $5 per hour [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] We are not connected, famous, or diverse. We are doing okay financially (although one never feels like they're doing THAT well comparatively in NYC) and are just a nice, normal family with a nice, normal dc. Where will we get into K?? 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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General Topics 11.23.08, 08:37 AM Flag
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I know you didn't mean it this way, but "diverse" families are nice normal families with nice normal kids too. I'm guessing if you have the bucks, you'll get in somewhere that you're happy with. Dollars talk a lot louder than diversity and I think about even with connected.... [ Reply | More ]
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i think that's the problem with schools and diversity. two nice normal families. but the diverse nice normal family is suddenly a special family. [ Reply | More ]
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^^^and yes, i admit to being bitter about my non-diverse status. [ Reply | More ]
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lol, our family is "diverse," but it certainly didn't help us get into preschool. (DS goes to public elementary now.) I think for the most part the diversity thing is a myth. I think if you are diverse and rich, the first few kids might have a slightly better chance, but that's about it. [ Reply | More ]
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Have you been through the process, or are you going through it now? It may not be as bad as you think. GL [ Reply | More ]
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But shouldn't they be? [ Reply | More ]
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OP: Am anticipating the process for next year actually and am really just starting to familiarize myself with what schools are out there since I feel like I currently know zip. I'm also pregnant, so want to at least get a jump on this before I have a newborn. Have just started to get stressed out about the number of spots vs. the number of kid before I'm even in a position to get stressed out (but that's just my personality). [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] I've been a teacher at both public and private schools. The parent bodies are night and day. The public school parents are more entitled and most feel that I'm their servant and that they're not supposed to do anything. Private school parents are much more involved and way more willing to work with me. 37 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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I've been a parent at public and private. Both considered very very good schools. Private teachers were nicer, warmer, more tuned in to my child as an individual, easier to work with,and more flexible and reasonable. Public school teachers were rigid, defensive, illogical, punitive, intolerant and impatient. Among my child's friends, none of the moms felt that the teachers udnerstood or "got" their kids - and these were kids with wildly different personalities. Maybe it's all an act, but even if it is, it's a lot better than public school - for my child and for myself. And the bad behavior from teachers breeds bad behavior from parents - and vice versa. I wish I could send child to public but teachers are too screwed up. Whatever the reason, that was the reality at my child's school. [ Reply | More ]
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Np and my ds is at a 4th tier private where they have more than half the boys given "evaluations" for special help or have them with learning specialist before 3rd grade. The boys are incredibly unruly and my impression is the problem is they don't know how to teach the boys. The teachers obsess over minor details and then the real concerns don't get the proper attention. It's a disaster. We are on our way out, needless to say. [ Reply | More ]
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Your experience with your public school teachers is VASTLY different from mine. It's quite incredible, actually. Dcs have had one bad teacher between them, but we've been very happy with the rest. And I'm always amazed at how much they "get" dcs, even on the first parent teacher conference. [ Reply | More ]
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We are at a public (citywide). I have to say I cannot believe how incredible the teachers are...we came from Private. No one is more shocked than we are!!!!!!!!!! [ Reply | More ]
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OR: we are at a citywide also. Frankly I don't recognize anything about what OP and others say about the public school teachers. Obviously there are a lot of mediocre and bad public school teachers out there. But I also think that they are in privates as well, only they hide it better because they kiss up to the parents and give them what they want. [ Reply | More ]
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not at our private. there are some lousy teachers, and everyone knows! [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Hi does anyone know about Montessori schools in Queens, for a 3-yr old DD? I've looked at Les Enfants in Astoria and am planning to visit another one in Elmhurst (name escapes me at the moment, but it's a Queens branch of a school in Manhattan). Would love feedback from anyone who has their kids in these programs. Thanks! 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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I know their school in Bklyn and the one in Manhattan, and I think they are very good, but rather strict with the older children. The older kids have great manners though, and they are well prepared for HS. The nursery I am less familiar with but I have heard it is the strongest part of these schools. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] How much do schools in NYC look at/care where you and your husband went to college and/or grad school? Is that a factor or not? Like, will they consider a child more highly if their parents went to an Ivy? 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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i don't think so. almost everyone did go to an ivy that i know, it seems like it sometimes anyway. it wouldn't be a distinquishing factor at all. [ Reply | More ]
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Yes it matters to some extent, they do want a certain number of dc whose parents are IVY grads. That said, it is not the end all be all. [ Reply | More ]
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OP: Thanks! Just wondering. My husband and I both have graduate degrees and consider ourselves reasonably intelligent, but sometimes I feel like we're the only people I know who didn't go to an Ivy for undergrad/grad. It's never bothered me before, but knowing how cutthroat the kindergarten process is, I didn't know if it would be an automatic black mark against us or if it honestly doesn't matter! [ Reply | More ]
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My guess is that going to a top college might be a plus, but not going to one isn't a minus. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] If the Center school is so up in arms about the "diversity" issues, what are they going to do/say when they get to the PS 9 bldg and find out the 75% of the K G&T class is jewish this year. They better not try to mess with us! 22 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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no, one friend teaches at juilliard and the other 2 attended the same synagogue as PTA head and possibly parent coordinator (many years ago). [ Reply | More ]
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This sounds like exactly the kind of thing that the DOE has been working hard to eliminate, at least in the G&T programs, and K-5 schools. I have to think that the fierce opposition from Center was due in part because maybe they sense that the end to that is near. [ Reply | More ]
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don't see how that would make a difference. either they will be allowed to go forward with their admissions process or they won't. ps9 may get some preference now, if they are nice to center. [ Reply | More ]
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Is that really true about PS9 G&T K class? I would not think so. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Diaper help! 15 mo is squirming/flipping and crying her head off when i try to change her. i try singing and letting her hold a book but she just flips out and cries (no, no no!)any suggestions? 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Have her hold something. (A wipe, tube of diaper cream, extra diaper, sock, small toy.) I found that this holds their interest for enough time to change a diaper. [ Reply | More ]
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How about using pull up diapers and just have them on the lap and put them on like trousers. [ Reply | More ]
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I gently squeezed my boys hand so they look at me and very calmly say 'stay still' now my oldest tells my 1y old to 'stay still' when his brother gets aquirmy. it's kinda cute. [ Reply | More ]
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op: thanks ladies - will try these tricks tonight. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] what do we do on a cold day with a 4 y/o. Both I and DH have been under the weather and poor kid is bored to death. 8 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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[ - ] I got my hair colored on Friday and she did a good job except for this hideous streak of orange RIGHT at the front. Should I go back to her for a touch-up, or just straight away go to a new salon to fix it? 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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[ - ] celebrity sighting. i saw vince working in the food coop. he is just as handsome in person. 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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