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[ - ] My 3 yr old just fell asleep on the couch. This has never happened. Bedtime is usually 730/8 and it's only 6! What am I supposed to do? 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 10:03 PM Flag
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If he ate dinner, put him in bed. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:55 PM Flag
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Thanks. He did so I guess I'll attempt. Just hard bc very pregnant. :( [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 10:07 PM Flag
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You don't have good options, so put him to bed and hope for the best. Waking him now won't go well and he'll be up until 11. And clearly he is tired. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:58 PM Flag
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Yes, don't wake him. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 10:08 PM Flag
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Some kids can be "walked" to bed while they're still asleep. Give it a shot: he can brush his teeth tomorrow. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:58 PM Flag
[ - ] S/o. Is it really true that fat people can't get jobs in investment banks. My DS is a college sophomore, not skinny, wants to go into finance. 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 10:01 PM Flag
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Nothing is absolute, but there is a bias. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:55 PM Flag
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If he's just a little big he's fine, if he's Disney fat he should probably work on that for his own health. My dh works on the street and there are plenty of bigger guys. He will be fine. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:59 PM Flag
[ - ] We're ( 2dds 10 ans 14) tagging along my husband's business trip to London. We visited London several times before but I thought maybe we could go to Scotland or other areas in England. Any suggestions ? We're also open to visit other parts in Europe that can be visited by train. We've around 5 days/6nights. TIA 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:44 PM Flag
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Go to Glasgow - it's the Commonwealth Games right now. Also, Edinburgh Fringe Festival starts in august. I'm a bonnie Scot, so I'm biased, but I live in London and would usually recommend there first. It's a great time to visit Scotland. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 10:07 PM Flag
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Oxford is a great place to visit, is not too far away, and is not as filled with students over the summer. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 10:09 PM Flag
[ - ] I'm looking for any information/experience you have with an organization called MITT (Mastery in Transformational Training). My sister is involved with them. She's not very grounded. The more I read about it on the internet, the more it seems cult-ish. They are based in LA, however, they used to be on the East Coast but they had a different name (Lifespring). I'm getting scared for her. (PS- Sorry I keep posting this. This will be the last time). 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:31 PM Flag
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Lifesaving is a cult. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:33 PM Flag
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THIS. 100x this. They've repackaged and changed their sheep clothing. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:23 PM Flag
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OP- OMG. What do I do? I'm at a loss. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:35 PM Flag
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Intervention. Call inpatient rehab places until you find one with a transportation package. She can technically need rehab for mental health or exhaustion or bipolar disorder, find something about her rehab worthy and get one of these places to help. I'm in Ca but I know df had to do this for her sister, these places exist. I wish I had better info for you [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:39 PM Flag
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Contact a therapist with training in dealing with cult members. They will offer some advice. GL [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:45 PM Flag
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Lifespring. And yes it is. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:27 PM Flag
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What is it. Never heard of it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:42 PM Flag
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Werner Erhard is reincarnated once again. There's always some place that takes advantage of people who want to believe that it will all be alright. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:36 PM Flag
[ - ] I had mine at 25, 27 and 30. DH is 12 years older though, which makes a huge difference. We are financially secure and were married by the time I was 23. I was a model, wasn't going to do anything else career-wise and was/am in love with my DH. 10 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:29 PM Flag
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ok [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:31 PM Flag
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Op-accidentally hit the new post button instead of reply. Meant for a different post. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:31 PM Flag
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np: Don't quit your day job. ;) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:46 PM Flag
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I don't have one, so no worries. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:49 PM Flag
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Goodness, that was my point. Irony much? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:57 PM Flag
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I don't have one, so no worries. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:49 PM Flag
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I don't have one, so no worries. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:49 PM Flag
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Yeah this is not your forte. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:51 PM Flag
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Lol [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:43 PM Flag
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I don't have one, so no worries. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:42 PM Flag
[ - ] A bus driver was mean to me! Like, screamed at me for really no reason, must be off her meds mean. I was really confused! I was about to miss the bus, she was pulling away, and then stopped and opened the door for me and my kids. We got on, I was about to thank her when she started yelling. Apparently she had to adjust a wheel chair strap and had to open her door, but how would I have known? Then she slammed her door shut and broke a nail. I made a comment along the lines of, "that's what happens when you have such a temper" and I thought she might hit me! I took down the bus number. Report? 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:24 PM Flag
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yes, report. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:36 PM Flag
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^DS almost cried! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:25 PM Flag
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Snow? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:37 PM Flag
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General Topics 07.23.14, 09:29 PM Flag
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Report her sorry ass. If she was so pissed off she shouldn't have stopped the bus. Once she did she can't then yell at you for getting on. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:38 PM Flag
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Let me guess.... black female MTA driver? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:49 PM Flag
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Yes... But FWIW, there were some very nice black female passengers who made me feel better and said she was a nut [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:56 PM Flag
[ - ] Never ever thought I would post this question. Need dinner ideas. Bored and don't want to cook a major meal. Ideas please. 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:23 PM Flag
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salmon with steamed broccoli. 10 mins. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:32 PM Flag
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Stealing someone else's idea from earlier. Roasted sweet potato and black bean tacos. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:46 PM Flag
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We don't know what you have in your fridge! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:47 PM Flag
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Wedge salad with a great blue cheese. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:48 PM Flag
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I was planning on doing roasted chickpeas, spinach and sausage (easy and yummy) but plans changed so doing it tomorrow [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:43 PM Flag
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stir fry is always so quick and good. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 10:02 PM Flag
[ - ] AGGHHHHH I am getting so stressed out !!! There are 5000 things to do online with forms for college and dd is not on top of any of it. Instead she just forwards me emails from the U saying she is already 1 month past the registration deadline for orientation … has not registered for a student account to pay tuition … she just sends everything to me and I keep having to tell her she needs to do this herself. She just says she can't figure it out or it's not working and asks me to call the U but they say they can't help me do anything because of privacy policies. I would say JChrist just do it yourself but I need to get her out of this house. 25 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:20 PM Flag
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How'd she get into college if she can't figure this stuff out [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:21 PM Flag
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op. She's not stupid and it's one of the best universities in the country. she's just lazy and entitled when it comes to this stuff. Her dad (my ex) has $$$$ and I did way too much for her growing up. She thinks money grows on trees and that I am her servant. People look at the college and think we were successful but we failed in the respect department. She's independent in all the wrong ways and dependent also in all the wrong ways. She just doesn't want to be bothered. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:35 PM Flag
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Good luck with this. Will she do the work? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:38 PM Flag
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She got by with grades in HS (never less than a B in Honors and APs) and very good but not stellar test scores (high 600s low 700s) but she was also a recruited athlete. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:49 PM Flag
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Np. So interesting. Sounds exactly like my dd, who will have a chance to be recruited. I think she might have some executive function issues. Dd is also independent but has trouble getting certain things together [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:44 PM Flag
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Executive function issues? Does she have any problems with planning when it comes to things she cares about: friends, trips to the beach, shopping? Most recruited athletes are babies, used to having coaches and parents organize everything for them. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:59 PM Flag
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Omg. This is my biggest nightmare... dd is 2, I'm going to start making her scramble her own eggs next week... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:32 PM Flag
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Take a day off (or half a day) from work, sit down with her and bang it out together. It wont get done without your input, and its important. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:33 PM Flag
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Yes then she can quit her job to stay home and write papers for the kids. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:38 PM Flag
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lol, why not, my boss has me typing up his notes on philosophy so his daughter can have it as a study guide - she is taking a summer class [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:35 PM Flag
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This is a good idea. But don't do it for her. Have her sit down with you and go through everything together in a systematic way. Have her fill out forms etc. while you mostly oversee that things are getting done. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:48 PM Flag
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Yeah, think of it like a remedial lesson in dealing with bureaucracy. When you sit down with her, tell her that this will be it- next time she will be on her own. Honestly, she probably is a bit of a spoiled brat, but this kind of stuff can be confusing. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:57 PM Flag
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What school? Drop her off there and tell her to figure it out, there are always resources on campus and she's going to have to figure it out... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:35 PM Flag
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op. thank you. I wish. They won't take her until the last week of August and she needs to do A B and C before getting to campus. She needs to have her tuition paid for 1st semester before she lands on campus. She has registered for classes but gets booted out of them if she doesn't pay tuition before August 15 but I can't pay tuition because she is considered the "account holder" but hasn't opened "an account." The bonus is she gives me all of her passwords and stuff to figure it out but I can't find any registration emails to activate the account. In the meantime she's with friends at the beach. It is fucking stressing me out. Of course her dad does nothing [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:54 PM Flag
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why isn't he doing anything? If he's the one with the $ [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:46 PM Flag
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Because my name is on the 529. Only I can release the funds [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:47 PM Flag
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Part of the divorce [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:47 PM Flag
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Ha! I had my son in the first orientation session and had his account settled weeks ago. On August 21, he is going to college. Come hell or high water. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:43 PM Flag
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Your son should have got himself into orientation. Stop coddling. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:48 PM Flag
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He brought the dates to me and I picked one. I'm way more aware of the summer big picture than he is. He did the rest himself. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:49 PM Flag
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op God bless you. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:46 PM Flag
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Ugh. Sounds like my SIL who just got her first job post-law school. She treats my MIL like her servant: "You need to drop off my dry cleaning" and the like. MIL, however, enables this. My other SIL (married to DH's brother) is in her mid-30s and also bosses her mother around, and her mother obeys. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:38 PM Flag
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Don't back down and do this for her. She is going to have to navigate much more complicated stuff once college starts. You don't want her calling you every other day with a problem. I have a DD in college. It took some nagging but once she got started, she owned the process. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:53 PM Flag
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You created a lazy monster. Wash you hands of the matter. Your daughter needs to learn about life the hard way. Back off! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 10:05 PM Flag
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For both the colleges my DC attended, parents could not access any payment or scheduling portals. The students had to set up everything. Even the invoices are sent to the student, regardless of who makes the actual payments. You can sit down with her but she has to set everything up. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:56 PM Flag
[ - ] Where in manhattan can i buy the creativity for kids make your own lip balm kit (or similar from other brand). no time to order on line. michaels on 6th ave does not have it 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
New York City 07.23.14, 09:16 PM Flag
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Cozy Cuts, FAO Schwarz, Mary Arnold. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:18 PM Flag
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Barnes and Nobel has it. I think state new too! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:20 PM Flag
[ - ] If someone asks a 6 yo boy a question like, "How was your vacation?" and he responds by reciting the flight schedule (including times and numbers), and the seat numbers he and his family sat in on the plane--or if you say, "How was bowling?" and he tells you the lane number, how much everyone's ball weighed, and everyone's score--is the kid a genius or autistic? Or both? 31 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:14 PM Flag
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Possibly a savant on the spectrum. This behavior in and of itself does not a diagnosis make- BUT it is a red flag... I did behavior therapy with kids on the spectrum and one boy I knew could tell anyone what day of the week they were born or what day of week Christmas would be when they were X years old, amazing. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:16 PM Flag
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red flag implies it's a bad thing [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:19 PM Flag
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We don't know him. So far these are just facts so not necessarily genius. Sounds more like he has a good memory. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:06 PM Flag
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What about that makes you think genius? Maybe spectrum, but not genius. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:07 PM Flag
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Savant to remember all that [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:18 PM Flag
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Worthless memorization. Has zero use or value. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:19 PM Flag
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Exactly [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:21 PM Flag
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But could suggest an ability to memorize other, more important things, right? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:21 PM Flag
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Not true. A great memory is a tremendous asset in school and for test taking. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:11 PM Flag
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I think she meant how he is applying it, which is odd [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:22 PM Flag
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Who knows if he can even control it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:53 PM Flag
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You're an idiot. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:23 PM Flag
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General Topics 07.23.14, 09:14 PM Flag
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You can teach social and conversational custom; you can't teach advanced levels of memorization [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:21 PM Flag
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On the spectrum? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:39 PM Flag
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Ok Rainman. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:39 PM Flag
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UB generally confuses autism for superior intelligence. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:44 PM Flag
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Indeed [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:16 PM Flag
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yes. he is also missing the whole point of the question. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:24 PM Flag
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What about that makes you think genius? Maybe spectrum, but not genius. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:17 PM Flag
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Wow, that is a perfect description of my brother (as a kid and now at 29). He has a "genius" IQ but has done nothing with his life. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:08 PM Flag
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OP. It's like he misses the point of the question. He doesn't say, "Vacation was great! We had a lot of fun doing XX." or "I loved bowling! Mom got a strike!" [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:19 PM Flag
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Spectrum. Gently or anonymously suggest an eval if possible [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:21 PM Flag
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Why do you care? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:16 PM Flag
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Myob [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:15 PM Flag
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Doctors dx - and not based on answers to silly questions. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:16 PM Flag
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My son is mildly on the spectrum and does this. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:20 PM Flag
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If you asked my 5.5yo what he did one day, he would tell you in great detail all of the public transportation elements of getting to and from and would gloss over the destination or say it was a birthday party, etc sht no further elaboration. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:20 PM Flag
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Autistic. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:47 PM Flag
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Kids that do this are so annoying. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:38 PM Flag
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Your willingness to diagnose and label kids, when you may or may not have the training or background to diagnose anybody, tells me that you would be an excellent private school teacher. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:49 PM Flag
[ - ] Anyone with experience at PS29? Some online reviews say it's great, some say it's overrated... 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:09 PM Flag
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Depends on who's reviewing. I'm in Cobble Hill area and have heard good things, especially for DCs with special needs. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:18 PM Flag
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It's fine. No great shakes, but it's only elementary school. Most kids go to MS 51 or Math/Science middle school. Boring. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:22 PM Flag
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I had heard great things until this year. Know three families who are not happy there. One switched to success academy for next year, one is considering homeschooling if the fall is as bad as this past year was, and one is kind of stuck. There is almost zero diversity, racial or otherwise. No projects in the zone. PTA raises a million dollars or so a year. But it's huge and overcrowded. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:51 PM Flag
[ - ] Did the UB search get even lamer than it was before? Cannot find a bunch of posts 8 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:08 PM Flag
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yes, it gets worse by the day [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:08 PM Flag
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Try typing site:urbanbaby.com into google. It's not perfect but it's better than the site search. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:09 PM Flag
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Google stopped indexing past the page numbers [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:18 PM Flag
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Huh, I didn't realize there was a past the page numbers. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:55 PM Flag
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Yes, every time I want to look up previous posts they are no longer on the site. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:10 PM Flag
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It's weird. The search function used to be really good, way back when. Then it got worse and now it's even worse. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:03 PM Flag
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Search sucks and you can't view any posts from 2008 or prior. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:19 PM Flag
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but it seems like when you do a search, they ONLY give you the older results (when I know it's something I read recently), and then all those links don't work. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:51 PM Flag
[ - ] For those of you in the "know" please forgive this really dumb question. I cant really find the answer and don't want to assume what *I* know (THINK I know) is correct. If a person who lives in Mexico wants to enter the US legally, what do they have to do? For example, If I want to go to Canada I just show my passport and I can cross the boarder with no issue. If I want to go into Mexico on vacation I show my passport and there is no issue. Maybe a better question is this: Why cant more people from Central America enter the country legally? Can they get a visa? Are NONE given out? One sees on the news all the time they pay "smugglers" thousands of dollars to get them here. If they have that kind of money cant they go to a local.....government agency....and just get a visa to enter? Once they enter legally they can just stay, eventually being Illegal. I know that the Mexican (south American) people don't have much and its a BIG stretch to say "they have 9K to pay a smuggler". I GET that. Im not trying to say everyone can just cough up 9k to pay someone. I know they are poor. It just seems that if they can come up with money to pay a smuggler why not (Pay for a visa? Get proper documents?) just come in legally, then just stay? Why not save up money to get in legally and stay then pay a smuggler to get you in illegally? I honestly have NO idea how a Mexican gets into the country legally. I have NO idea what the process is...or...is there NO process for the poor? Like I said, really dumb question and I know I missing something pretty damn obvious. 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:06 PM Flag
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Yup. Dumb question. And missing the obvious:- They want to come and STAY - live and work. That means residence not tourist visa. The US makes that VERY hard for anyone from any country. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:08 PM Flag
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The US has visa waiver programs with a lot of countries, so citizens of those countries don't have to apply in advance for tourist visas to come here. This is the case for most (if not all) Western European countrie for instance. For any country that does not receive such treatment from the U.S., their citizens have to apply for tourist visas at the U.S. embassy in their home country. If they can't provide sufficient documentation for how they will return to their home country, how they can support themselves financially while in the US, and so forth, they will not be granted a tourist visa. Many do get tourist visas, and overstay. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:13 PM Flag
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So its hard to get a tourist visa, and practically impossible to get a work permit or residence visa. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:16 PM Flag
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does the US discriminate on granting visas based on country of origin though? Ex: they get a tourist visa application from some 35 yr old in Norway. They say "oh ok. papers complete. approved". then they get a tourist visa application from someone in Guatemala, do they go "oh no, we dont need more of them Guatamalans.. Denied." ??? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:28 PM Flag
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Totally different processes for different countries. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:49 PM Flag
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This! Norwegians can travel on visa waivers, and don't need to apply for visas in advance, but if they apply in advance, they pretty much have to show up in the Hells Angels gear, with a a print out of their criminal records, and comunist party membership to be turned down. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 10:09 PM Flag
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It is very difficult to get a visitor's visa (B2) from a poor country. You have to convince an consular official that you have every intention of returning to your country, and they are very jaded and skeptical in those places. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:57 PM Flag
[ - ] FTW!!! Read a piece that totally reminded me of UB parents. DD wants to be a princess. Dad researches and buys a piece of unclaimed land (in Africa!). He is trying to get it named in dd's name of course. Dad said "I want my dd to know that I will go to the ends of the earth to give her what she wants". DD is Princess X of this land. 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:05 PM Flag
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OMG. Link? So want to do this for dds birthday. Tia!!! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:19 PM Flag
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np. This was on Buzzfeed last week. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:10 PM Flag
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Are you serious? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:13 PM Flag
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this is over the top even by UB standards. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:11 PM Flag
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There is no land you can just make your own country. It doesn't work like that. That said, there are plenty of titles up for sale. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:50 PM Flag
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He's from Abingdon, a little south of me. Such a weird story. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:53 PM Flag
[ - ] We are moving to NYC from Europe and looking for private schools - K and 2nd grade. Mandell School seems pretty eager to accept both kids, which seems a bit off to me. Why do they have spots when no one else does? We were willing to do public next year and consider applying to pvt for Sept '15. Any thoughts? Thanks. 22 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:03 PM Flag
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Because they suck [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:04 PM Flag
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They're not that bad. Maybe a number 3 tier school if that gives you an idea. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:08 PM Flag
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You may prefer to stay in public if Mandell is your alternative. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:01 PM Flag
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Since dh's company is paying tuition, he feels we should try it for a year and then move if we don't like it. Why is it so bad? What sort of school community is it? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:04 PM Flag
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If DH company is paying tuition and they are eager to accept both kids, I'd do it. Easier than trying to finagle a good public school situation on short notice. They'll be fine there. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:08 PM Flag
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Otherwise, we'll just get an apt in a good public school zone. I'm wondering what the issues are that make people think negatively. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:13 PM Flag
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You still might not get a spot at a good public this late though, they are full [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:25 PM Flag
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So this is a fake situation but you are trying to get dirt on Mandell for some reason [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:26 PM Flag
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Not fake...wondering if I can get some info on why this school doesn't have a great reputation. We are considering public too and have a few days to decide. Would love to hear some positives about Mandell too. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:40 PM Flag
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It's a pity that the search feature is so bad. Mandell used to be run by a megalomaniac and people left it in large numbers. It has since been taken over by a new operator. In any event, the good public schools are often more academic than private in the early years. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:17 PM Flag
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is private a drop in the bucket for you? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:12 PM Flag
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^ I just read that private is covered by your dh's company. I would do Mandell. It isn't worse than public and it still offers smaller classes and extras. Its just not worth it if you have to pay for it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:13 PM Flag
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OP..Thanks but I'm just wondering what concerns people have about Mandell. Someone in London told me it seemed a bit "cultish". Ring a bell with anyone? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:26 PM Flag
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Not cultish at all. I actually turned it down in favor of other private schools, but Cultish was not a concern at all for me. My concern was how well they would on middle and highschool placements, but their recent first (and second?) middle school graduates actually did just fine. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:22 PM Flag
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Sounds to me as though you're trying too hard. Do you have 2 kids or do you just want dirt on Mandell. Do a search. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:23 PM Flag
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Trying too hard? We'd like to make an informed choice. It's nice to see some positives here too. Why would I want dirt on Mandell? I know this site is wacky but this is wacky. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:43 PM Flag
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I have friends whose kids go there. Its just not as strong academically as they had hoped. It isn't cutlish. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:26 PM Flag
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DC has a classmate that transferred from Mandel to our public, his mom said he was bored and not academically challenged. He is happy at current public. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:15 PM Flag
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Because they are are new school, still trying to make it in the private market. For what it is worth, one kid in my building just did middle school there, and it was a good experience for them, much better than their lower school experience with PS87, which is considered a good public school. Another kid in my building started in K, will be in 4th or 5th grade next year, and the parents are happy with the school. A third kid we know is in sixth, and she and the parents are happy. You should ask exactly how big the class currently is, if it matters to you. Definitely better than (most) public schools, but charging the same as more established schools seems a bit over the edge for me. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:18 PM Flag
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It's 75 years old. Not a new school at all. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:47 PM Flag
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The nursery school is 75 years old. The lower school only started about 6 years ago, and the middle school only started about 3 or 4 years ago. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 10:10 PM Flag
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It's no Avenues. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:23 PM Flag
[ - ] Reading the Hampton's cover story with Ali Wentworth and two other women. One is from Law & Order and I don't know who third woman is. Anyway I used to be an AW fan. All they did was self promote their latest projects. It was so nauseating. Does everyone shamelessly plug themselves these days? Vent over. 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:01 PM Flag
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hamptons magazine is a self promotional vehicle. if you're not into it, don't pick it up. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:02 PM Flag
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I didn't know that. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:07 PM Flag
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The other woman is Katie Lee, who is a nobody other than the fact that she married Billy Joel (one of the ugliest men on the planet, even before he got really old and fat) for fame and money. Guess it helped her get on the cover of Hamptons Magazine, at least. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:22 PM Flag
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Op: I had no idea. She was the most annoying one. I happen to love Billy Joel. I agree they would be an odd pairing and she could be his daughter. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:17 PM Flag
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Yep, it's quite disgusting. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:30 PM Flag
[ - ] Fake. 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:00 PM Flag
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so fake. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:03 PM Flag
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Fakety fake fake [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:15 PM Flag
[ - ] Speaking of mean or toxic parents and ILs. DH just told me he gets anxious before we see my parents. He's such a great guy and I feel bad subjecting him to their form of crazy and opinionated/judgmental ways. Any advice? 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 08:57 PM Flag
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This is me with my ils. Dh is sorry I even have to know his mother. I feel bad for him because that's the only mother he will ever have and am so grateful that I have a good one and that she is present in our family life. With his crazy mom he told me to expect nothing so we'll never be disappointed. We anticipate nonsense from her and it's just a nice surprise if she ever does or says anything decent... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:02 PM Flag
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Define her type of crazy... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 08:57 PM Flag
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She smokes cigarettes inside a windowless room inside our house while I was pregnant and when we had a newborn, she claims she doesn't smoke. She wanted us to name db a certain name, we didn't, so she called db her name choice for several months until dh had a blowout over it, she imagines scenarios that we might be mad at her for and then won't take or return my calls because she "knows" I'm mad at her. I could write a novel... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:12 PM Flag
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Oh and she's really mean. She just came to see our newly remodeled house and had only snarky comments, not a single nice thing about anything except "oh your appliances were probably expensive" I know that's a real stretch but it was the only not blatantly offensive thing she said... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:18 PM Flag
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Yuck. Sorry to hear that. IS she sensitive as well? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.23.14, 09:39 PM Flag
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