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[ - ] want to create an emergency box with important documents and valuables. Thinking it should contain passports, birth certs, wedding certificate, wedding photo negatives and some cash. anything else I'm not thinking of? also, do you have an emergency plan? feel like in an emergency we would just panic and forget it. any suggestions? 10 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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[ - ] Stop. Saying. Tee. Hee. It's only funny if you don't do it very often! 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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[ - ] What school do the 99x3 boys go? 24 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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If you presume that slightly gifted is the generally accepted definition of 95plus, then I would say that's 3/4th of the class at DS' school. There are only a few boys I wouldn't classify as sensitive, but it could also be I just don't know them well, or they're better at keeping it together at school. [ Reply | More ]
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Not this year, they're really clamping down on those low end Apgars. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] WWYD - We just rented a 1 BR in a building that we love (move in September). Now we are seeing rents come down dramatically for similar size unit (10%) Is anyone else in this situation? Is a rent reduction even possible? 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Not until your lease is up. Just think about the opposite rents go dramtically up, would it be fair for Landlord to renegotiate. [ Reply | More ]
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I thought so, but never have I seen rent go down this fast in a matter of months. 10% is a huge move. Up or down. [ Reply | More ]
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The only thing I can think of is if you had a 1 year lease they might lower it if you resigned for 2 years. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Nanny question: our nanny 8-6 cares for our 2 dd my 4 year old who is in school untill 3 everyday and my 18 month old. We have not asked her to clean but to clean up aound the kids (crumbs toys etc) every week we find somthing that is not done and I am starting to resent paying someone 650 a week and then cleaning when I get home. I really thought I should not ask her to do any cleaning when I hired her but know I feel overwhelmed and I am thinking of getting soemone else who is more of a team player. So my question is am I expecting too much? 16 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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If she is a great nanny eal with the fact she is not so neat. The change for your dc's would be hard [ Reply | More ]
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no my older dd says that she does not like her (i think she just prefers me) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.15.08, 01:58 PM Flag
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Should have been more upfront about your needs to begin with, but understand where you are coming from. Remember that taking care of your children is her most important responsibility. I am looking for a nanny and while I would like someone who can perform "light cleaning" which includes cleaning after the baby, that wouldn't be by #1 priority. You also need to assess how this switching might affect your kids. GL [ Reply | More ]
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she can't know what you want/expect if you didn't and don't tell her. [ Reply | More ]
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I'd sit down with her and go over your expectations. I wouldn't fire someone who is otherwise good over this. [ Reply | More ]
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I think you have every right to expect that your home and children will be as clean when you get home as they were when you left (assuming you work out of house). But you do need to communicate your expectations. All people have strengths and limitations. But approach it calmly and rationally, not with anger or frustration. [ Reply | More ]
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imo, yes. it looks like you are looking for more of a cleaning lady. [ Reply | More ]
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It depends whether your 18 mo old naps (i.e. are there empty zones during the day when she could clean)? I actually told our nanny to clean less because she was doing this instead of taking dd to the park... but expectations can change as children get older and are in school more. [ Reply | More ]
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You are expecting too much. No question. A nanny is a nanny - not a cleaning person. There is a very fine line between asking a nanny to "clean" and asking a nanny to "clean". What does clean mean to you vs what it means to the nanny? I have seen "cleaning up after the kids" slowly evolve into cleaning up in general which is patently unfair. It gets real easy to start throwing a few things into your kid's hamper to be washed, or leaving your dishes in the sink from the night before etc. A good nanny is GOLD. Leave it at that. [ Reply | More ]
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that's nonsense. sahms do both and so can nannys. [ Reply | More ]
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Yes, you are. [ Reply | More ]
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don't have a nanny, but i guess i would over look the mess as long as she is playing and really caring for dc. if she is a caring person and puts the dc first, i say let it go. [ Reply | More ]
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what does it mean, you find things that are not done? is this something like toys are put away or breakfast dishes left out or beds aren't made? [ Reply | More ]
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Exactly, if she not wiping gobs of food off the highchair tray and floor, I do see that as a nanny's job. Other cleaning, not unless specified. But it really depends on what she is/isn't doing? [ Reply | More ]
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I would be very concerned that my four year old daughter did not like her. That is not good. I would definitely be reaching out to friends and people you know who might have seen them on the playground together and ask them what their impressions are. Sometimes friends and neighbors know what is going on but don't say anything because they think the moms will get upset. [ Reply | More ]
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don't listen to these people. You are paying plenty and deserve to get a neat house when you get home at a minimum. There are many nannys who also clean and I suggest you offer the job to your current nanny if she wants but otherwise hire someone new. This is not a union job at all. btw, my nanny cleans and has been with us for 9 years so I don't think she minds. If your nany refuses to clean you will replace her anyway when the second goes to school and you no longer have a full time job to give her. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Please tell me I'm not the only one with an 1.5-2 yo who screams bloody murder at the dentist... the hygenist was making me feel like my kid is some sort of freak. 12 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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[ - ] Broke here with a morbid question -- how much does it cost to have an (elderly) cat put to sleep? 38 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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I think it is closer to $200. I spoke to Symphony Vet about this very question about 2 weeks ago. 14 year old cat, having some health problems. We're not in exact situation as OP, but it's tricky to decide between buying groceries and taking a beloved cat in for another check up... [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] wwyd?? nanny bonus. for the life of me cannot remember if i gave 1 or 2 weeks last year - would you ask her? do not want to give less -- even though cash is so tight. no flames, really need feedback. thanks! 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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she will most certainly say 2 weeks. think hard what you did last year.... [ Reply | More ]
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i even emailed friends who i normally discuss this w/- both are saying different amounts. i have thought and thought... :( [ Reply | More ]
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For heavens sake just ask her. But phrase it: "How much was your bonus last year?" Period. [ Reply | More ]
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Is she was on the books you would be able to look it up. Oh, well. [ Reply | More ]
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sanctimony alert [ Reply | More ]
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thats a little snarky. i guess i would. you are right as am sure you are most of the time. [ Reply | More ]
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um. thanks? was this advice? missed the helpful part. [ Reply | More ]
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this yr, make sure you write it down some where. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] First time mom - due in 6 weeks... I bought my crib bedding today and it came with a bumper... do I use it? Some people say yes, others no... please help? I am so confused and the baby isn't even here yet! 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Don't use at first. Once db is rolling and in control of it's own movements, then decide. We put it in at about 4 mos. DD loves to cuddle against it now. [ Reply | More ]
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not an issue until the baby can roll/scoot around - - use it for 3 months or so and then decide to keep or pull out. you will gain a lot of insight between now and then! we took our dd's out at 4 months. [ Reply | More ]
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i had a safety person look at our bumpers. They aren't super thick and she said they are fine. Now that db is 9mos and rolling all over the crib, we are glad we have them. Generally i think they are fine if not too thick but hardcore safety people would asy NOTHING in crib. I think my db would be all bruised without them now! as a newborn they were irrelevant so maybe keep them off initially. GL! [ Reply | More ]
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When I was pg with # 1 nearly 7 years ago, we took a child safety class at Mass General in Boston. The instructors said NOT to use a bumper at all--so I didn't buy one and never used one with either of my kids. Suffocation hazard for nb and could be used as a booster allowing older kid to climb (or fall!) out of crib. [ Reply | More ]
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not trying to start a fight, but how could a newborn suffocate if they can't move or scoot around? [ Reply | More ]
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np: ita. my was swaddled with duct tape - she wasn't going anywhere! (not really duct tape but you know what i mean). [ Reply | More ]
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Do not use bumpers. Read this: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/legislation/pol/bumper-bordure-eng.php "etween 1987 and 2001, 23 incidents involving bumper pads were reported to Health Canada, including one strangulation death, one suffocation death, and three near-suffocation occurrences. The presence of bumper pads in a crib may also be a contributing factor for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). These products may reduce the flow of oxygen rich air to the infant in the crib. Furthermore, proposed theories indicate that the rebreathing of carbon dioxide plays a role in the occurrence of SIDS" [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Protein options for vegetarian??? (no soy, as I heard it not good when trying to conceive) My Weight Watchers obsessed sister swear i need to eat more protein to lose weight. I am stalled. 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Seitan, which is wheat gluten. Sounds yucky, but my favorite "meat substitute." Whole Foods has lots of tasty seitan products. [ Reply | More ]
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greens, beans, nuts [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Do you give a holiday present to your child's therapist (pt, ot, etc)? 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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sorry gift sure like those below...my mind read bonus! [ Reply | More ]
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I was planning on giving dd's therapists cookies, spice cake, and an X mas card of her. [ Reply | More ]
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Yes, but just a token. (I know she likes Starbucks so I buy her a $25 gift card.) [ Reply | More ]
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yes, have done a variety of things over the years. Always include a thoughtful card as well. I thinkthese people literally saved my child. [ Reply | More ]
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where do you go, if you don't mind my asking? I have been less thn impressed by [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] What I don't get about the Madoff fraud is what happened to the money? Was he losing it in bad trading, and falsifying the statements? How does that much money disappear without being embezzled and turning up somewhere? 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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he lost it trading (yes, false statements to investors), spent it and/or gave it to the original investors as profit every year. [ Reply | More ]
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So, its basically the Barings story, only instead of a low level guy it was the president of the co. doing the fraud and therefore he was able to keep it going indefinitely [ Reply | More ]
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He was using new investors' money to pay existing investors. Classic Ponzi scheme. [ Reply | More ]
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I believe he paid old investors returns as he got money in from new investors. Now there were too many people looking to get money back all at one time. Seems like money was used to fund lifestyle, charity, etc. etc. All gone now. [ Reply | More ]
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Exactly. Several investor wanting cash at once led to the collapse of the house of cards. [ Reply | More ]
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I presume his personal assets get snagged in the bankruptcy, but what about the other investors? Is it a fraudulent conveyance if they were getting dividends or withdrawing funds that didn't exist? (even though they did not know about the fraud) [ Reply | More ]
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they will claim fraudulent conveyance but if outsiders took out some funds well in advance of the bankruptcy filing, it would certainly be hard to prove, and will likely drag thru the courts for years and years... [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] 11 weeks and still exhausted...ughh...when will i get my energy back? 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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in about 19 years.... hang in there. I felt great from 12-37 weeks... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.15.08, 12:59 PM Flag
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guessing another month. I did not immediately bounce back full of energy once the 2nd trimester started. I was pretty tired the whole time but not the way i was in first tri. [ Reply | More ]
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