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  • embra
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    Great! She loved it. Little Man missed his big sis something fierce though. I’m glad they are so close.


    embra
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    Yeah, I think it is more ambiguous for boys. If they aren’t going to be boiling hot, there aren’t a lot of options other than shorts. With girls, shorts are clearly a more casual option compared with an equally cool dress or skirt and top. I’m not shocked and horrified by any means, just surprised. It didn’t occur to me not to put my daughter in a dress for the first day.


    embra
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    My kids are expected to help clean up their toys. I help too since we are usually on a tight schedule and otherwise, I’d be waiting all night. My 5 year old clears her plates after meals and puts leftover milk in the fridge. My son does sometimes, but this has resulted in a number of broken dishes or spilled remaining food, so I kind of limit that. I occasionally ask my daughter to bring silverware and napkins to the table, but we usually plate up the food in the kitchen unless we have company, so there is no real table setting going on. My son uses the dustbuster to help clean around the table after meals, and both kids like to sweep the porch, but typically their sweeping does more harm than good, so I don’t know that I’d call that a chore. Well, maybe a chore for me. My son in particular is fond of sweeping through whatever pile of dirt I am in the process of making. He actually does a shockingly good job of vacuuming though considering that the vacuum cleaner is about twice as tall as he is. Again, that is not so much a chore as something he gets a kick out of, but it is actually pretty helpful. Sometimes I give them moist paper towels and they help to dust furniture or clean the floor too.

    They don’t get allowance yet, but I agree with TS – it won’t be linked to whatever they are doing to help out.


    embra
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    How can that be 30 years ago? I suspect fuzzy math ;-)


    embra
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    Not my style. It sounds made up to me.


    embra
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    Pretty & classic but not boring. Clean and simple but elegant. It’s more unusual than Julia, which I like. I really like the sound of Julia (or even better, Juliet), but it shortens so easily to Julie or Jewels, which I don’t care for as much, so I’d have to vote for Elise as well.


    embra
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    First day of kindergarten is today!! My 2 year old son insists that it is his first day of school as well. When he saw his big sister getting her first day of school picture taken in her new dress, he ran to put on a pink and purple tutu from the dress-up clothes box over his pjs and insisted on having a first day of school picture taken in the same spot. He looked so proud of himself. Looking forward to digging that picture out when he is about 15.


    embra
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    For things I will need for long periods of time, like phone numbers, the academic schedule, and the month’s lunch or snack schedule, etc, I use a magnetic clip on the fridge. For artwork, I put a few recent ones on the fridge with magnets, and I use dynamic artwork frames to store favorites and keep the current favorite displayed in a frame (like this although I don’t know if this is the exact one I have: http://www.improvementscatalog.com/dynamic-artwork-frame-26-238482-3b/13021?redirect=y). The rest I throw out when the kids aren’t looking. I keep a separate fridge clip for things I will need temporarily (like things related to an upcoming event). I throw that stuff out regularly. The rest of the random flyers (Tips for good study habits! How to get your child safely to school! Why you shouldn’t do the thing we don’t want you to do…ever!) go straight into the trash. Do not pass go. Do not collect dust.


    embra
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    I’ve never not held a job outside the home since I left school, but I agree with what the others have said. Particularly when you have kids at home, you are contributing financially to the family by taking care of them, even if you aren’t bringing in your own salary. If (God forbid) something were to happen to you, how much more would your husband have to pay other people to do the things you do every day? A lot. Unless you could make more money (even after your tax bracket increases and you pay for your commute and work clothes) than it would cost to pay for full time childcare, it doesn’t make sense to work outside the home. The fact that you are also working toward another degree in a career that would add a great deal of stability and income to your family makes your time away from the work force more valuable. Nurses are in great need now! Think of it as an investment, both in your children and in your family’s lifestyle.


    embra
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    The parents get to choose whatever makes sense for them. My one friend who has a hyphenated last name does so because she took her ex-husband’s last name in full when they got married, and his name was hyphenated. They gave their kids only the first part of that last name, although both parents were hyphenated, because they decided the hyphenated name was klunky. I think hyphenating maybe isn’t super common anymore though (although some cultures continue to add last names as people marry, but not hyphenated). It seems like it was pretty popular in the 80′s when just keeping your birth name made people look at you as though you might suddenly rip off your bra and burn it in the middle of Walmart. Now about half of my friends and family in my generation have kept their birth name (or had their wife keep hers) and the other half had the woman take the man’s last name. In most cases I know, the kids just took the guy’s last name, but in one case, guy and kids took the woman’s last name, and in one case, the woman kept her name and the baby has her name as well. I think you can give whatever last name you want to your kids, including calling them by a random made up name if that tickles your fancy.


    embra
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    Jodi, Tiffany, Amy, Jenn, Nicki
    Michael, Matthew, Ryan, Jim


    embra
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    Of those I like Elijah Daniel, Samuel, or Hudson best. I think shorter consonant-heavy names go best with Elijah. Other names I think could go well as middles are Nathan, Graham, Samson, Byron, Caleb, or Paul.


    embra
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    It makes me think of alcoholic beverages for some reason. Are large bottles called Magnus or something like that maybe?


    embra
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    It’s pretty, but I did think of the onions right away.


    embra
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    Good luck!


    embra
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    Yay! You must be so relieved :-)


    embra
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    Couldn’t hurt to get a second opinion too. ADHD is wildly misdiagnosed in the US, especially for normally developing children who are young for their school year.


    embra
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    Yeah, it makes a difference if it is an ongoing problem rather than an isolated incident. I’m glad the meeting went well. Hopefully the teacher will take it to heart. Good luck!


    embra
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    I’d probably just talk with my child about how different people have different ideas about the best way to express frustration/get their point across. Maybe talk about how the teacher might have been having a bad day unrelated to the students and it came out in a way that might be a little frightening. Hopefully if your daughter follows the rules, that kind of negative attention won’t be focused on her. It’s unfortunate, but unless it bothers you enough to try to get Morgan out of her class and unless you think you would succeed at that, bringing something like that up with the teacher or administration so soon in the school year could easily backfire against your daughter. Also, some teachers try to set the scene for discipline early on, but then relax a little as the year progresses and might end up being fantastic.


    embra
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    Double like!

    Unless that will mess my kids up.

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