gaamyParticipant10 hours, 58 minutes ago
@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.
gaamyParticipant16 hours, 5 minutes ago
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.
gaamyParticipant1 day, 15 hours ago
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.
gaamyParticipant1 day, 19 hours ago
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.
gaamyParticipant3 days, 23 hours ago
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.
gaamyParticipant4 days, 13 hours ago
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!!!
gaamyParticipant5 days, 9 hours ago
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”
gaamyParticipant6 days, 13 hours ago
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!”
gaamyParticipant6 days, 18 hours ago
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!
gaamyParticipant6 days, 19 hours ago
i often send gigi beef and/or bean nachos/burritos or baked chicken. i’ve even been known to toss turkey bacon in her lunch box! according to health department regulations fully cooked meats are safe at room temp for four hours, and those regulations tend to be very conservative. if the meat was refridgerated you have longer b/c it takes 1 -2 hrs to reache room temp. if you’re using an insulated lunch box and ice pack you can safely buy yourself another 2-3 hrs so your kid could be home before you even had to start thinking about being concerned if the meat was safe to eat.
gaamyParticipant6 days, 23 hours ago
i’ve been poor most of my life, so has my husband. since we moved out of the ghetto in VA to a nicer place in NC 6 yrs ago we havent stopped being surprised by how ungrateful people can be.
@ inga, you’d be surpirsed how happy you can be in small place. i recently just ditched a 1600 sq ft townhouse (Nand moved 700 miles) for a 1,000 square ft apartment just to be in a place we were happier.
gaamyParticipant1 week ago
i find regular exercise to be quite invigorating. i have the most energy right after a morning jog. also i know this is going to sound stupid but SLEEP. sleep a lot every night.
due to health problems i cant have stimulants of any kind. i haven’t had anything stronger than the caffeine found in chocolate in nearly nine years. people don’t realize how much caffeine messes with their ability to sleep until they cant have the caffeine anymore. i had insomnia my whole life. it was a miracle if i could get more than 4 hrs i often made due with 2. with in a month of coming off of caffeine i was falling asleep faster staying asleep longer, having more restful sleep, waking more easily and had a ton more energy. i get a full 8-10 hrs a night every night.
gaamyParticipant1 week, 1 day ago
i actually have some experience with this. when i was younger years of anxiety lead to constant upset stomach and diarrhea. kaopectate was my friend. i carried it to school with me.
gaamyParticipant1 week, 1 day ago
@ two sapphires, Gigi’s school asks for a fee of $25 or so at the beginning of every school year to cover the cost of feild trips and class shirts. they wear the shirts for feild trips.
gaamyParticipant1 week, 4 days ago
i agree with the PPs. there are regulatory bodies like that in the states too but you still have a day to day function that is pretty much just you two, w/out immediate oversight, watching kids most of whom would be of an age that they can not clearly articulate. that would make me extremely uncomfortable, but then again my daughter (now 8) was not left when anyone unrelated to her until she went to kindergarten and i can still count on one hand the # of times she spent more than an hour or two in the care of someone other than our close relatives.
also, maybe it’s different in England, but here in the US it can be very difficult to make a living with in home child care. i have a friend who is a licensed child care provider and pre-school teacher. some years she has to find work in a local pre-school b/c she simply can’t fill all her spots. if she cant fill her spots she doesnt make enough money.
gaamyParticipant1 week, 5 days ago
Gigi has 3 pairs of jeans, a couple of pairs of jeggings, 3 pairs of jogging pants and 3 pair of boot cut sweat pants. she has about 8 pairs of leggings for her disgustingly massive dress collection.
@momkey, alot of places chose white b/c it is actually much easier to keep clean. bleach is your friend.
popcorn. Gigi eats popcorn like it’s going out of style.
i’m the opposite! any time i’m around a kid under 3 i think to myself “nope, no more kids!” especially babies.
i’ve seen both seasons and i love it, it’s smart and raunchy all at the same time and i love that it’s about women!
i will say if you dont like foul language or explict sexual material it’s probably not for you.
were it me i would be wary. if my child had no serious symptoms i would not continue to give her medicine until they know what the problem is or they could some how demonstrate that the meds were at least helping. for all they the lethargy could be from the prolonged course of antibiotics. antibiotics are not the completely harmless medication people think they are and can have very serious side effects, esp with prolonged use.
if she is still ill after this long on antibiotics then what she has either 1. doesnt respond to antibiotics so it’s pointless or 2. requires a stronger/different antibiotic.