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[ - ] My 11 y.o. dd says that a girl in school is always following her around. DD does not want to be her friend but also does not want to be mean. It is really distressing her. What can I tell dd? 23 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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yeah, she doesn't have to be BFF with the girl, but i would stress there may be some facet of the girl that is worth knowing. including many people in her social circle is probably good advice. i suspect that showing any interest will encourage the girl to make more social attempts, which dd wants to avoid? its hard. but i would teach her to be more understanding of it (even if she doesn't spend more time with the girl) to know that some people in the world are very lonely. our suicide rates are higher than our murder rates. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Has anyone make the bagged Betty Crocker cookie mix for Christmas and passed them off as your own? Ds wants to do lots of baking and I did it from scratch for years but my old back is breaking. signed shameless 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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I do this all the time. It counts as home cooking imo!! How old is ds? I find the mixes, etc...are the best to do w / kids - less hunting around for stuff. [ Reply | More ]
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he's 7 and really into the holidays so this seems like a good plan - thanks for the support! (I'll hide the bag) [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] what should I expect / what questions should I ask at parent teacher conference for my 3 year old 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Questions about socialization are really the main event. [ Reply | More ]
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Ask the teachers what your dc enjoys doing, who his friends are, if he seems to be "on target" for milestones... If he eats at school, how he does eating alone... [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Need a gender neutral name and can't come up with one for the life of me! Any suggestions? Our older child has a waspy sounding name but we're not. Help! 30 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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[ - ] The nut allergy issue is interesting/weird. How did my four siblings and I (7 years apart) get through our K-12 school (120 per grade) without ever hearing of a peanut allergy? And yet in each of my 3 children's class there are 4 kids per grade that are "allergic". 63 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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NP: We are at Mt Sinai, too -- our allergist is Dr. Scott Sicherer and we like him a lot, but we've heard that everyone over there is just great and totally on top of the latest data, etc. I'd stick with whoever takes your insurance, frankly. [ Reply | More ]
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I posted above at Mt. Sinai - we see Dr. Sicherer - he is great [ Reply | More ]
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sorbet doesn't have dairy in it, does it? [ Reply | More ]
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she said contaminated sorbet... [ Reply | More ]
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no - sorbet shouldn't have sorbet in it - but the sorbet was labeled that it was vegan and lactose free - so i gave it to her - but she had a reaction - including where it touched her skin. come to findout when i called the company the next day the outsource it's manufacturing to an ice cream company - which means that even if the equipment is cleaned - people/kids with severe dairy allergy can react. the company balked - but they ended up testing the sorbet and it turned out to have dairy in it - so they improperly labeled their product - if it had said "made in a factory that also manufactures dairy" - i wouldn't have given it to her [ Reply | More ]
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They wanted to use M&Ms. The Mars Co. wouldn't let them. They teach this in Marketing 101 as the best way to fuck up and lose your marketing job. [ Reply | More ]
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I had a friend growing up who was allergic to peanut butter. (Maybe other stuff... it was a while ago.) I knew. Nobody at school did. Hell, we had lunch together often and I often had pb&j. He didn't touch my sandwich and everyone was fine. My point is, you don't know that none of your peers had it when you were a kid. [ Reply | More ]
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true. but probably 95% of the kids in the cafeteria had PBJ for lunch. No one was taken out on a stretcher. [ Reply | More ]
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I think that the reason we are seeing so many allergic reactions to foods is that we have been messing with our food supply for years. If you eat meat, as I do, whatever animal you eat is fed something that is not what it "normally" would eat...pigs in Virginia exist because they are feed so much peanut meal, salmon is farmed and fed corn, tomatoes are genetically engineered to last longer by introducing arctic char genes, milk comes from cows who are fed too much estrogen in order to produce more milk. We are what we eat. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] any reccs. for bunk beds? and what age did you let your dc sleep on top?? tia! 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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[ - ] Just found out DC's (pregnant) kindergarten teacher is going on bed rest and taking a leave of absence for the rest of the school year. Any BTDTs? DC is very shy and I worry about his having to readjust... 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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you have no choice really. [ Reply | More ]
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Happens all the time, fingers crossed the replacement teacher will be good. I am sure kids will adjust. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] I need advice. We're going to move out of the city due to financial issues, but hubby will stay here 2 weeks out of every month for at least a year, probably more, for work. We had already been thinking of moving south, perhaps to Charlotte or somewhere like that, but I am nervous about moving to a brand new city with 2 young girls when hubby will be here most of the time. Then we thought I might move with the kids to be near my mom, aunt, grandma and dad, who live in Florida. Now, I dislike Florida, but my kids love it, and they love their grandma. It might be easier to be in a new place with family around, even if hubby and I don't love it there. We would only stay there til my husband was able to transition his business away from NYC, and then we'd move somewhere permanently. My mom (and I) are concerned about the impact on a 7 year old and a 3 year old of moving them around too much. Should I be concerned about that? Or would the benefits of being near family outweight the negatives of moving again in 1-2 years? Please help! 13 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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[ - ] Help! Freaking out here - just cam back from 1st sonogram appt with ob and he couldn't find a heartbeat. He said I'm only 5 weeks, 6 days along so that could be why..I need to go back in a week to check. Any btdt experience? Thanks. 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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was the OB concerned? [ Reply | More ]
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a little..but it's more of a wait and see [ Reply | More ]
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seems really early to see the hb at that point; I wouldn't worry [ Reply | More ]
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hb before 6+ weeks would be extraordinary. did he see the sac/pole? why so early for u/s? [ Reply | More ]
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REs never do it before 7 weeks. almost 6 is early. My 15 yo niece was a "no h/b" at 6 weeks. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] what do you do with old toys? feeling so glutenous because my 4yo had a bday in nov. now the holidays and then my younger son will have a birthday in feb. i am giving unused toys to toys for tots, but what do you do with toys you don't need anymore??? 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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check out room to grow. org [ Reply | More ]
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THANK YOUthis is exactly what i am looking for. may even get some friends together and make a big delivery into the city. [ Reply | More ]
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i am organizing a drive for them at work. seems like such a good charity. also baby buggy but i think that is more infant oriented. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] We live in Manhattan but our DC go to school in Brooklyn Heights. We want to move to Brooklyn, but don't have much in terms of a downpayment. Any suggestions for up-and-coming family friendly nabes? 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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its pretty much all up and come already, and now sinking back down. Should be some rental bargains though, as people who leave town are unable to sell [ Reply | More ]
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I read something about rent-to-own opportunities. Not sure where though. [ Reply | More ]
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np--Williamsburg, but what I have read is that part of the rent can reduce the overall price of the unit--not the downpayment. [ Reply | More ]
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Why don't you try the Middle Class projects: Concord Village which is on the outskirts of Brooklyn Heights. You can get a huge 2 bedroom for under 500,000! Here's the link to street easy: http://www.streeteasy.com/nyc/sale/327810-coop-235-adams-street-downtown-brooklyn-brooklyn [ Reply | More ]
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/\ /\ These are not mitchell Lama---They are their own Co-op with no income limits. Good value for the money. [ Reply | More ]
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Wow - really tall carets. I usually use ^^^. Let me try: /\ /\ /\. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Is it true that Angelina is really pregnant with twins again? Seems unethical. 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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how would that be unethical? [ Reply | More ]
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unethical? [ Reply | More ]
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I wish Brad was my Daddy. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] I'm beginning to think that my mother is narcissistic, or at least has some of those qualities. Can someone who has btdt chime in on what a narcissistic mom is like? 12 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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my grandmother was. my poor mother. she always had to be the center of attention. played the "woah is me" card all the time. serious conspiracy theories about everyone's activities. minimized anything good that any of us did. always asked why we/she weren't smarter, prettier, more rich etc. sound familiar at all? [ Reply | More ]
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hmm. not really. she likes to be the center of attn and always wants to control things. but she treats her family nice, but in an intrusive sort of way. but I always get the feeling that she is treating us nicely so she can show off to her friends how nice she is to her family and brag how close her family is. [ Reply | More ]
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that sounds like insecurity to me. [ Reply | More ]
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Not sure it's that. I just don't know what it is. When the family is together she always on top of what each person is doing at every moment and pointing things out. [ Reply | More ]
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like momma knows best/better? [ Reply | More ]
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^^ here is a link for narcissistic traits http://www.halcyon.com/jmashmun/npd/traits.html they key is that they make you feel bad. they are cruel... [ Reply | More ]
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she thinks it's her job to make sure everyone is happy all the time. [ Reply | More ]
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Sounds more like a martyr than a narcissist. [ Reply | More ]
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np That's MY mom. And she'd always say "all I do is give, give, give", "walk a mile in my shoes" and would bow and sarcastically say "yes, my queen" if you asked for even a glass of water. Inherited wealth and never worked a day in her life, by the way. Oh, and she called me "it" instead of my name quite often when I was a kid. I remember being at a fair near the beach in Hawaii when I was about 8. I was trying to play one of those target games where you shoot a stream of water. I couldn't get it to work and my mother hissed in my ear "everyone's thinking it's my kid--I'm SO embarrassed". That was about 32 years ago and I'll never forget it. I speak to my mother occasionally now (have been estranged for up to 6 years), but I'm very guarded with her, to say the least. [ Reply | More ]
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so sorry. that sounds horrible. [ Reply | More ]
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i posted about my grandmother above. my mom was estranged from her too. took her a long time but at 45 yo, she "gave up" and finally got healthier. [ Reply | More ]
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My mom complains to my sister that I don't call enough, but I can't be drawn into any nonsense. Relationship is cordial, like you might have with a distant cousin or something. If I wanted to be close to my mom, I'd be risking exposing myself (and my dcs!) to a lot of unhealthy emotional games. I'm 40 now and have accepted that this is the way my mother is. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Do most 18 mo old's take naps in the afternoon? 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.15.08, 02:46 PM Flag
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mine did. don't know about most. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.15.08, 02:47 PM Flag
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ime - yes. mine does. a whopper - from 12:30 to 3. sometimes 4! she is a snoozer. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.15.08, 02:52 PM Flag
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