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[ - ] How does one know how to apply to Hunter for young child? Do people in preschool help with this? TIA. 22 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
New York City 06.02.08, 05:40 PM Flag
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They have a web site and their process is clearly articulated there. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:42 PM Flag
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Thanks very much. Do kids from the elementary school automatically get into the high school, or must they retest? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:59 PM Flag
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np. They all take the test, but it's for research purposes only, not as an admissions criteria. As long as the dc is in good academic standing in the elementary school they can continue on to the high school. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 06:10 PM Flag
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I heard from an insider that many don't do that well on it, and ould never have made it in at that level. too bad they don't publich the years of research [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 06:29 PM Flag
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I have heard many don't do well on the test, but you have to wonder if that's due to inability or lack of effort. The dc know it doesn't matter how they perform on it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 06:37 PM Flag
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Exactly. Plus they don't do any studying/cramming for it. FWIW many also do well on it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 06:54 PM Flag
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Right, but that won't stop the parents who want to make themselves feel better about dc not getting in for K. They want to convince themselves the dc who did get in aren't truly up to snuff. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 07:00 PM Flag
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many will prove not to be. facts are facts. we didn't apply btw. same holds true for all schools. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 07:06 PM Flag
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I can't agree with your statement that "many will prove not to be" up to snuff. If they weren't, they wouldn't get promoted to the high school, yet according to Hunter admin most of them do. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 07:10 PM Flag
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if your criterion for being up to snuff is avoiding failing, then yes, you are correct. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 07:14 PM Flag
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Don't be ridiculous. DC who are barely getting by are counseled out just like at other schools. But those dc are the exception; there are not "many" of them. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 07:27 PM Flag
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they are not promoted if they are failing out, but are otherwise allowed to continue on. you said as much yourself, and I happen to know a couple who struggle there but did not want to leave as they have spent their entire education there and all their friends are there. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 07:31 PM Flag
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NP: Struggling in elementary or in HS? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 07:31 PM Flag
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HS [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 07:38 PM Flag
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I said no such thing. I said they're allowed to continue if they're in good academic standing. Good academic standing doesn't mean anything better than failing. And yes, some dc struggle and stay. The same is true of the dc who come in at HS. That they struggle doesn't necessarily mean they're doing poorly, and it doesn't necessarily reflect on their intelligence. I know a current 8th grader who got in at the HS level who's having a tough time because he never learned good study habits or organizational skills. His grades are good, but the transition has been kicking his butt for the last two years. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 07:42 PM Flag
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wow. you know and report on way too much about other people's dcs. I bet you are insufferable IRL [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 07:45 PM Flag
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Too bad you have to resort to ad hominem attacks when you don't like how the argument is going. And I never said it was someone else's dc. You, otoh, are reporting on other people's dc. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 07:55 PM Flag
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I did not post that. But for the record, I never gave detailed info about a specific kid. good academic standing could be getting Cs, i suppose, but it still means the kid might be better served at a different school. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 08:00 PM Flag
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Generally, rely upon your preschool for help in getting into K at your own risk. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:51 PM Flag
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nothing for preschool to do except fill out a form if dc makes the cutoff [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:51 PM Flag
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do your research, talk to ps teachers. figure out what you want in a school [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:52 PM Flag
[ - ] If my db gets into a nice preschool, am I crazy to try to apply out after 1 year to an ongoing, say Ethical Culture, so he won't have to take ERBs and won't have as much competition at the pre-k level? What other schools could I apply to? TIA. 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:40 PM Flag
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Nor crazy, but don't do it unless you're 110% sure you want dc at that ongoing for the long haul. Once dc is in at the preschool/pre-K level it's tough to apply out to another ongoing if you realize you don't want dc to stay for K and beyond. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:44 PM Flag
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If that is the kind of school you really want, then no [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:45 PM Flag
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we did this-though dc still had to take erb (which was fine). it worked out for us, but I know people who didn't fare so well and had to apply out again for k. also, some schools frown upon 1 yr of preschool-plus it is hard to do, getting to know everyone knowing you are applying out. and many prek's are full of sibs (in dc's class, there were only 2 unconnected kids in the class-most sibs, legs or connected to school/families in some way). also, iyou should know you want the school-if there are schools that start at k and you focus on prek, are you going to reapply out again? having said all that, we are glad we did it. dc was really happy, ended up somewhere great. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:45 PM Flag
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Ha! Thinking there is less competition at that stage should be wiped off your list of pros. everyone is applying to preKs these days, unless they want ss or some other specific school. Ok perhaps not everyone, but many, many...especially on uws and downtown [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 06:22 PM Flag
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Not crazy, but there is just as much competition. For example, Ethical has 36 per-K spots. For next year, there are at least 32 sibs applying, plus a large number of legacies. You have nothing to lose (but your time) in applying, but be realistic about your dc's chances of getting in. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.03.08, 07:35 AM Flag
[ - ] I love that UB is finished... 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:40 PM Flag
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in what way [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:40 PM Flag
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Just came back over to see. Board hardly moves. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:44 PM Flag
[ - ] Any foodie moms on? I need to come up with some good dinner ideas for friends that are visiting for a week. They love good food, love to eat. We are in burbs and can grill. Thanks! 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:37 PM Flag
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Steaks and panzenella. I also love doing just appetizers - shrimp wrapped with prosciutto, mushrooms sauteed with cognac on bruschetta, vegetables with bagna cauda. Pork tenderloins are great on the grill too, you can serve it with polenta and gravy. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:50 PM Flag
[ - ] So....does bug spray really work? My thought is that it doesn't really work. I still get bitten when I have it on so why bother putting the chemicals on my 18 mo dd....thoughts? 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Toddler 06.02.08, 05:36 PM Flag
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You can get the stuff that is all natural. I think I have a version by kiss my face that works very well. It's called Fly Swotter... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 06:29 PM Flag
[ - ] Need to buy anthelios mexoryl sunscreen. but want a cheap website and don't want to have to search 10,000 sites. anyone ordered it recently? 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
New York City 06.02.08, 05:35 PM Flag
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I just bought it at CVS. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:36 PM Flag
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we just got one of the blocks from a health food store-Jason brand, very happy with it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:46 PM Flag
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I've bought it on eBay. BTW - I just switched to Neutrogena with Helioplex. Derm said Anthelios is over-rated and not worth the $$ or hassle. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 06:28 PM Flag
[ - ] If you could choose between PS199 and CGPS, which would you choose and why? TIA. 32 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:35 PM Flag
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CGPS. It is a solid school and far better than a public gen ed. I worked for the DOE for ten years and there are some publics I would consider over privates, but that is not one. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:37 PM Flag
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which ones would you consider? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 06:23 PM Flag
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Hunter, Anderson, PS 6 over some privates. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 06:24 PM Flag
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how about ps9 G&T or LL? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 06:26 PM Flag
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we picked ps9 over cgps and a couple of other privates. very happy. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 06:35 PM Flag
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Also, it depends on the private. There are other publics I would consider depending on my private choices. Also, I would pick CGPS over PS 6, but there are several private that I would pick ps 6 over. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 06:27 PM Flag
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so can you say which? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 06:35 PM Flag
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Here are a few. I would pick ps 234 and ps 87 over Trevor or Hewitt. Give me choices and I'll tell you what I'd do if I am familiar with the schools. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 06:49 PM Flag
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ps9 over cgps, cathedral, trevor, bank street or dwight? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 06:54 PM Flag
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PS 9 over trevor. Dwight interests me because of the IB, but I don't know enough about how the school actually implements it. I am not too interested by UB ideas of what is good. (Since I know that Dwight is one of their favorite schools to talk ill of). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 07:07 PM Flag
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what about the others? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 07:09 PM Flag
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PS 9 gen ed or G&T? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 08:13 PM Flag
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I would assume she means G&T, no? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 08:18 PM Flag
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I have no idea! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 08:20 PM Flag
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np - How are you familiar with all these schools? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 06:55 PM Flag
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nnp: UB of course. OR is fakey mcfakster for sure [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 06:57 PM Flag
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I love you. We are starting at 234 this fall and I've been a little worried about it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 07:44 PM Flag
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why wouldn"t you consider 199 a worthy public school? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 06:53 PM Flag
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np: I think this poster is an imposter. she never worked for the doe and is trying to add her "expert" opinion to fool us [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 06:56 PM Flag
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I think it is a fine public, but not better than even a "3rd-tier" private. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 06:57 PM Flag
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oh, go away, 3rd tier private mom!!! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 06:59 PM Flag
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You could simply compare the science programs in 5th grade. What does each school offer? Try the same with foreign languages. What is the 5th grade class size? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 07:41 PM Flag
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hardly the way to compare. of course private will have more bells and whistles. but in HS, the kids from good selective publics are way more likely than the kids from 3rd tier privates to excel. perhaps its all about smarts and not the curriculum and extras? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 07:43 PM Flag
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What's the source for your opinions? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 07:47 PM Flag
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NP: You're questioning whether 1) innately smart kid that has proven they're able to keep up with an accelerated pace is likely to excel over 2) less innately smart kid that has gone to school in a plush library with a lot of the newest computers? Because they're smart? Have you ever met anyone who isn't really smart? There are a lot of them. Some of them are wealthy. Where do you think kids that fall into that category go? Anderson? Hunter? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 07:52 PM Flag
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Why would you assume in this environment that less inately smart kids are at non-tt schools. And certainly the organization, research and writing skills private school kids are taught make and keep them competitive [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 08:47 PM Flag
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PS 199 is not a selective public school. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.03.08, 03:32 AM Flag
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well then, by your criteria, trevor would be way superior to anderso or hunter, and we know that is not true [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 07:46 PM Flag
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Science and foreign languages are bells and whistles? I think they're part of a quality education. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 07:49 PM Flag
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if the kids aren't smart, it won't matter. you will give them everything you can think of curriculum wise, and they will do nothing with it. have seen it over and over again. smart kids will learn everything they have to. dumb kids will be handed a golden curriculum, and barely have an individual thought [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 07:52 PM Flag
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DUMB kids? You sound lovely. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 08:09 PM Flag
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alright then. average intelligence level kids. you know, the ones with IQs around 100. those kids will get the good education, but do very little with it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 08:11 PM Flag
[ - ] Can anyone recommend an interior designer in NYC to help us combine 2 apartments? We have an architect but he does not have any creative ideas. TIA. 11 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:30 PM Flag
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Get a new architect!! You are moving walls and breaking down walls. An interior designer may have "ideas" but they may not be safe!! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:31 PM Flag
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op: if we gave our architect ideas, he could tell us if it's safe. He just doesn't have good ideas. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:32 PM Flag
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np: Daughter of an architect here - That's ridiculous! Get a new architect. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:33 PM Flag
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ITA. He's either lazy or dumb. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:33 PM Flag
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That would work but why would you pay two people for one job? And, why this architect? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:33 PM Flag
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op: we got 2 estimates. This one is literally 1/3 the price of the other. We thought at the time to go with the cheaper one because it should be a relatively simple combination. but now we wish he could do some interesting things for us. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:36 PM Flag
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np: You get what you pay for with architect. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:37 PM Flag
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yeha and you'll payt he difference by using an interior designer on top of that! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 06:07 PM Flag
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Yes. Hilary Unger at Perianth Interior Design has helped me. www.perianth.com [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:38 PM Flag
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op: thank you. is she very expensive? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:44 PM Flag
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I loved using John Willey. He has his own small firm in NYC and I found him to be less expensive than other designers since he's pretty new. I recommend him highly. www.willeydesign.com [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.23.08, 05:22 AM Flag
[ - ] Adoptive moms: how did you deal with the waiting? I'm so excited and I just started the process. I don't know how I'm going to wait for another year. 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:25 PM Flag
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We are thinking about adopting and can't imagine the wait either. I barely made it through 9 months with the baby there for me to see in my lap all day. Try to think of the lovely future, even 10 years from now, when your child is just family. Good luck! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:31 PM Flag
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op: Thank you! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:39 PM Flag
[ - ] I planned dd's b-day on the worst weekend...it seems that there are tons of people going on vacation. I feel so bad, it is the weekend before 4th of july...next year I will plan it earlier. 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:25 PM Flag
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My 2 DCs have summer bdays. I'm always nervous that no one will be around. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:27 PM Flag
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ds has a fall b-day and I worry that dd will feel she doesn't get as many friends. Friend told me that is a city thing since most families escape to beach houses on the weekends. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:34 PM Flag
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"most families" don't include those in my neighborhood! I only know 1 local mom with a country house. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:52 PM Flag
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I have a summer birthday--and friends being away never bothered me, cause i knew it wasn't personal. In fact, I liked it because I often got more birthday celebrations--like at camp the week of my birthday, then home with parents, the next week visiting granparents, etc. DD will be ok, i promise. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:52 PM Flag
[ - ] When do children typically start ryming words? 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:22 PM Flag
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seems like mine were around 3 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:24 PM Flag
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It was part of DS's classwork in Kindergarten. They would make rhyming lists, poems, etc. I think he did some rhyming on his own starting at age 4. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:25 PM Flag
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OP: my 2.5 yr old does it alot- but with made up words [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:27 PM Flag
[ - ] Need suggestions for new car, it has to fit 2 carseats. We don't want to get SUV (maybe hybrid suv?). Any ideas? 33 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:22 PM Flag
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just got a highlander hybrid and love it. if you just need 2 carseats you could do an accord or a camry hybrid (although that has poor trunk space) or a volvo [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:23 PM Flag
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np: good suggestion on both. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:23 PM Flag
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op:thanks, who makes the highlander? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:24 PM Flag
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toyota [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:24 PM Flag
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Karen? If this is you, then call me. LV [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:28 PM Flag
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lol, sorry, not her [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:29 PM Flag
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gas is 4.25 a gallon, you don't want any kind of suv! go for a honda accord or something similar. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:24 PM Flag
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she said hybrid [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:24 PM Flag
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hybrid suv still doesn't get great mileage, better than a regular one, but not better than a car. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:25 PM Flag
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Go to fueleconomy.gov and compare the hh to the accord. Go head, do it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:25 PM Flag
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I believe you, that site is horrible to navigate though.. surely a hybrid accord does better than the highlander hybrid. no need for so much space with only 2 kids. just my 2 cents for the OP. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:30 PM Flag
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Except there is no hybrid accord. That would be really great! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:31 PM Flag
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There is something equivalent - the camry? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:32 PM Flag
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I looked, there is a hybrid accord. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:32 PM Flag
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They're not making them now. They make a civic. Go to their website. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:34 PM Flag
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^^^ plus hybrids aren't great for everyone, if she does a lot of city driving it may be a good choice, a lot of highway driving, maybe not. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:31 PM Flag
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Why is a hybrid not so good for highway? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:35 PM Flag
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The hybrid part only kicks in at relatively low speed [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:35 PM Flag
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Hybrid cars get better mileage during city driving - ie stop and go, slow speeds, at highway speed they use gas the way any other car does. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:36 PM Flag
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highlander hybrid mom here. it gets better mileage than the accord. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:24 PM Flag
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ita- my accord gets better mileage than a hybrid suv [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:27 PM Flag
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Yeah, multiple impartial assesments of the mileage says otherwise. But keep on thinking that. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:29 PM Flag
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depends really- it you do highway driving-accord fares better . . in any event if she is on a budget accord is the way to go. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:33 PM Flag
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Agreed :-) And it's a really great car. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:35 PM Flag
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The toyota site says the highlander hybrid gets 27/25 mpg and starts at 34K, the honda site says the accord gets 25/31 and starts at 20K. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:39 PM Flag
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budget? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:24 PM Flag
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Toyota Highlander Hybrid. Not SUV, b/c it's built on car chassis. Not "cool" per se, but a great car that will last you for 150k miles or more. Gas mileage great for that type of car. Volvo wagon is also a good choice, but the gas mileage isn't great. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:24 PM Flag
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I only have one dc but I don't see why 2 carseats can't fit into any sedan. I have friends with them (& 2 carseats) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:29 PM Flag
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I actually want to put in a third carseat so I can carpool w/my neighbor. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:31 PM Flag
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Where are you carpooling to? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:32 PM Flag
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pre-school/camp [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:32 PM Flag
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How old are the kids? Is anyone close to booster age? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:33 PM Flag
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unfortunately not, two 3yo, and one 1yo [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 06.02.08, 05:34 PM Flag
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