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    @ magster, she showers in TEN minutes?! thats amazing. Gigi takes FOREVER. once i clocked her at 45 minutes.

    this was Gigi’s 1st week and they didnt really have home work. i’m a little worried actually b/c here 3rd grade is when they start letter grades and standardized tests. it’s like “real” school. i’m not sure about the home work load. it’s never taken more than 30 minutes before. i am dreading hours of homework.

    gaamy
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    Gigi is in 3rd grade and home work has never taken more than 30 minutes. I usually do it right after we get home.

    One thing you might consider to buy you some more time if its an option for your guys is baths every other day. Gigi has eczema so we have long been in the habit of showers every other day.

    gaamy
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    thanks guys. hubby seems concerned that other kids will pick on her about it, but she’s in highschool. even if she does get a fews jabs here and there i think it’s the sort of thing she should be able to deal with. if we’re going to worry about kids picking on her we should address her wardrobe choices, yikes! :P

    gaamy
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    Gigi just picked a dress. that’s not unusual b/c she wears dresses often, which is funny b/c aside from church i can count on one hand the number of times i wore a dress as a kid.

    gaamy
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    we had one of these when we were little. Gigi is TOTALLY gettin one for xmas. i’m with yellow watts we might not make it until christmas.

    gaamy
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    as the 1st week of school draws near an end i am so thankful to be back in NC. this school district might not be one of the top 12 in the country and it might not be as fancy as the one in ohio but the fact that not once all week has Gigi come home upset b/c some kid was awful to her and that she has already made so many friends is so much more important to me!

    i am also thankful for the small possiblility that we might not have to leave our adopted home town again. right now my husband is working an hour away and we were thinking of moving closer after school ends this year, but his company might open some returaunts here in town. that would be awesome, fingers crossed.

    gaamy
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    about six months after gigi was born the two people who had been watching the baby for free so i could work both moved. we couldnt afford childcare for an infant so i stopped working. i havent had a job since.

    it was really odd at first, but i got used to it. hubby likes to remind me that i contribute plenty. he could never afford to pay someone to do what i do around the house. besides this house would fall apart if i went to work. they’re all spoiled with a SAHM!

    when money gets tight you just have to remind yourself that alot of those things we “need” we dont really need at all.

    gaamy
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    i’m scared of heights. not like normal, “oh no roller coasters, please” scared but like driving through the mountains makes me want to vomit, have to close my eyes to cross tall bridges anything more than a step ladder freaks me out. when we’re at the mall on the 2nd floor i wont let Gigi walk bear those glass barriers around the walk ways. it scares me, walk at least 4 feet from them.

    gaamy
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    Gigi starts tomorrow. she’s very excited about it. despite making friends she didnt like her school in OH at all and now she’s returning to her old school where she knows all the teachers and has friends.

    gaamy
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    we dont do play dates. we live in an apt complex with lots of kids in a small town so gigi just walks over to her friends houses and knocks on the door. since all the buildings here face the street though i do i have a rule that i have to be able to watch her walk there, otherwise she has to wait until either myself or one of her sisters is able to walk her. where we lived in ohio most of the front doors faced courtyards and the street ran around the perimiter so she was allowed to go any where in the courtyards.

    side note- where i lived in middle and highschool all the kids were teens and we were all pretty friendly with each other. this was back when the cool kids had pagers- mind you none of us were that cool, so in order to locate each other in the neighborhood my brothers and their friends developed this loud bird call, one would call out and if someone heard them they’d yell back and you’d move toward the sound of the call and eventually meet up with whoever was outside.

    gaamy
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    while i dont think of making a loud noise to get a class’s attention as threatening, if it’s part of an over all aggressive teaching style that bothers your kid then i’d talk to the principal.

    in 1st grade Gigi had a teacher that was just… awful! for my kid at least. like you we spoke to her about several problems and when she let us know she really didnt think they were problems we went to the pricnipal. the princiapal was very understanding and offered to change Gigi’s class, saying that she understands not every teacher and student are the right fit and she wanted Gigi to look forward to coming to school. it helped that Gigi is super out going and the principal knew her personally. hopefully your school will do the same.

    gaamy
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    @magster, i have a simillar issue with travel cups. i have at least 20. i justify it b/c i cant have caffine and gigi only drinks milk and water. we bring our own drinks EVERYwhere. i hate getting stuck drinking someones nasty tap water.

    gaamy
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    when i was a kid we had those hard plastic lunch boxes and i can totally see those lasting FOREVER. i carried one my 1st few years of school but i cant for the life of me remember if i got a new one every year. in middle and highschool my parents sprung for the jansport bags. b/c there were five of us we each got one diffferent years but you carried it for at least 4 yrs.

    Gigi is going into 3rd grade and to this point we have gotten her a new book bag and lunch box every year, but mostly b/c she always picks out those character bags and they arent any good by the end of the school year. she does have three lunch boxes that are still in good condition (to me good condition means not just usable but that it LOOKS decent too) so she didnt get a new lunch box this year.

    i recently threw out Gigi’s kindergarten and 2nd grade book bags. they were trashed. we kept the 1st grade one b/c it’s still intact and we use it for sleepovers and road trips.

    gaamy
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    i’m sure there are many factors that go into fewer teens having thier DL but i think a large part is economic.

    i’m 31 when i was a teenager i worked in resturaunts. the majority of my co-workers, with the exception of delivery drivers and management, were teens or young adults. in fact most low level jobs were filled by teenagers. adults had “real” jobs, better paying jobs.

    since the financial crisis more and more you see adults taking those menial jobs. it’s harder for teens to find jobs. employers looking to fill those postions are more likely to give them to an adult who can work longer and more felxible hours. adults are also seen as more responsible and since they need the job to pay thier bills they will be more reliable.

    at the same time parents have less disposable income and the price of owning a car is going up. when i was a teen many parents were able to at least contribute funds toward the purchase of their kids cars or get them a lower insurance rate by putting them on thier policy. these days insuring your teen will costaround 2,000 extra a year for some folks.

    purchasing and maintaining a vehicle for a teenager is simply out of reach for a lot more families these days.

    gaamy
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    Also, FYI

    if you’re thinking about whether or not to move your child to a booster weight is extremely important. seatbelts help prevent injury by locking when they are jerked. children have to be of a certain weight to create the force needed to lock the seatbelt.

    gaamy
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    it depends on your state laws but if they are less stringent than those listed on the seat always go with what the seat says. also, i know alot of parents think that when it comes to backed booster seats longer = safer but not always so. it is very important to make sure your child doesnt exceed the HEIGHT limits for the back of a booster. being too tall for the seat increases your child’s risk of devistating neck injury.

    Gigi got her booster w/ a back when she was in kindergarten. she weighed 65 lbs. she’s been using a backless one for a couple of years. i’m not sure of the brand we use. we go with what ever is cheapest that we like b/c price doesnt matter as far as functionality or comfort. i’ve seen them go up to eighty and be essentially the same thing just with cup holders or a prettier pattern. if we’re going to be in the car for more than an hour i’ll slide a seat cushion on there so it’s more comfortable b/c unless you want to pay more than $200 the seat itself is covered in a material that is no thicker than a padded bra. even the “cushy” ones lack in tush padding.

    also, be aware that as your child grows into a booster seat their needs may change from car to car. in some vechiles they might need the back, in others they might not. in some cars Gigi (now 80 lbs & nearly 4 ft tall) needs no booster at all and in others she has to have it.

    gaamy
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    i have never- that’s right not even one single time in EIGHT years- left Gigi with a babysitter. i have rarely even left her with anyone that isnt family. i would never leave her with someone under 18 for any length of time.

    but i certainly can’t fathom paying a teenager more that minimum wage for babysitting. and i do see the author’s point aobut giving kid’s unrealistic expectations. Deven (SD,17) recently got a rude awakening when her aunt offered to give Deven her cousin’s old car. Hubby told her she’d be responsible for her own insurance and gas to which she whined that she couldnt get a job w/out the car. when we told her there were plenty of places w/in walking distacne she looked at us like we had two heads. she then started whining that no one would hire 17 yos. apparently she put in one job application once and was denied b/c of her age. she really expected that we should pay for her to have a car! HA!!!

    gaamy
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    in Ohio gigi was only on the bus 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the afternoon.

    i’m not sure what it would be like here in nc b/c she didnt ride the bus before. we’re definately looking into carpooling though b/c the bus situation here is awful. the buses were never on time. they used to call the entire school to let people them know if a bus was running late by more than 20 minutes and every other day we got a call. “such ans such bus is 45 minutes behind schedule”

    gaamy
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    i watched lewis black’s new special the other day and he was talking about how his parents did things. he said “i’d come home from school and my mom would look at me ‘you’re here!’ and then she would tell me to go away and come back at dinner time!”

    gaamy
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    they do communal supplies in k and 1st here, but only with things that they go through a lot of like crayons, pencils & glue. things like notebooks and scissors got the child’s name put on them and were for personal use only. they each had a little pencil case that went in their cubby. we never sent the super cool stuff to school. the erasers shaped like cupcakes and donuts, the lipstick pencil sharpener and the bedazzled pencils are for homework. i do however think people should be told this is what’s happening, so they can do what we do, keep the cool stuff at home!

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