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    I get a new accordion folder every year, a big one with multiple slots. When it starts bulging, I start purging!

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    I know it! It’s up over $30 million now! I was challenged by my husband’s aunt, who lost her mother to ALS 14 years ago. There’s not a day that goes by that they don’t still hurt deeply.

    A bunch of us are doing it tomorrow at my house while we have Morgan’s bday party. :)

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    We do both, but regardless of what we do, my kid can’t ride a bike to a friend’s house from where we live. It’s the biggest downfall to country living and having no kids around. The youngest kid in our little 1/2 mile stretch of houses just went off to college.

    And I think a big part of the playdate culture comes from everyone being so darn busy these days! We’re scheduled up to our ears and if we don’t pencil in play time it may not happen! lol

    I do agree it would be nice to ditch the schedules and have a lot more spontaneity.

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    I’ve heard nursing school is definitely no walk in the park! But you’re going to be great! :)

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    Oh, and we have talked and talked and talked with Morgan. We’ve been talking since day 1, and I was really trying to get her to give it time and see how things work out.

    I flat out told her yesterday that it’s never going to be what she wants it to be. This teacher is not going to be as sweet and Mary Poppins-like like her previous teachers have been. But I promised her that she is not going to be scared at school. Every kid should feel safe at school.

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    Yeah, I’m not opposed to making a noise to get their attention. It was the specific act of striking something in that way that made me sick. It shows temper and lack of control. Most people would get fired, or at the very least written up, for doing something like that to other adults at their job. She had mentioned that she has a bell somewhere that she’ll try to find and that’s totally fine.

    I’m hoping it doesn’t come to changing classes. There aren’t really any great choices in this particular grade. It’s the year I’ve worried about the most because I don’t care for any of their styles. Third grade is like a little prison compared to all the rest of the grades.

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    I guess you probably need more of the story, though I was just trying to see if people would have reacted the same way I did. Morgan has hated every day of school so far, and has bawled and begged me to homeschool her because she’s scared to death of her teacher. She is terrified of making the slightest mistake and getting called out in front of everyone. She can’t eat breakfast because her stomach is in knots every morning. This table slamming incident was the straw the broke the camel’s back (though I had already emailed with her about a different incident).

    We had a conference earlier today with the teacher, and I feel it went well. My only issue was that she didn’t think the table slamming incident was that big of a deal, where in my world that is violent, threatening behavior, esp when directed at people half your size. I had to bring it up twice and finally tell her (after she just could guarantee it wouldn’t happen again) that the principal will be involved if it does and that we do not find that acceptable behavior for a teacher. I am 100% certain the principal will agree with us.

    So I have no idea if she’s done this in the past (I’m guessing so) and no one thought it was a big enough deal to address.

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    LOVE this! So spot on! And people wonder why we’re all so stressed out all time!

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    Hmm. Since she’s only 13 I would probably wait for her parents to step in and say something first. Like, her mom should tell her she’s wearing way too much, and maybe Aunt Gaamy can show her how to be a little more subtle.

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    I honestly can’t remember if I got new backpacks every year, but I know I always got a new lunchbox.

    Morgan had a cheap Hello Kitty bag for Kindergarten that was trashed by the end of that year. When she started 1st grade I surprised her with a really nice bag, and this is her 3rd year using it. She still likes it and it still looks great! She’ll get a new one next year.

    Now lunchboxes on the other hand… She has like 8. I have a serious problem (read: addiction) with little coolers of any kind, and it has extended to child’s lunchboxes. I am compelled to buy them when I don’t need them, especially when they are on clearance. And I still let her get a new one this year!

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    I’ve been challenged! But I begged for an extension. The husband and I will do it later this week.

    And if you need a laugh, check out the IBC fails! Too funny: http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/just-donate-the-money

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    OMG, Sara, no! What kind of demented monster would do such a thing? That’s just too horrible for words.

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    I think it might be 16 and 6 months? It might still be 1 month, I’m not sure. But I think the first 6 months you have your license you’re not allowed to have anyone under 18 as passengers without an adult in the car. Or something. lol I think it’s changed a few times over the years and I still have a good 7 years til I have a driver to worry about, thank goodness!!

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    Yeah, that is a really good point too. But I’d still think plenty of teens would want their license anyway! I didn’t get my own car until I was 17, but I was at the license branch 30 days after my 16th bday (that was the IN law when I was a teen).

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    I can’t even fathom his pain. I still feel like I’ve been punched in the gut when I think about it.

    I’m also really annoyed at the media. We simply did not need to know the details and how he did it. I don’t want to live with imagining that image in my head whenever I see one of his movies. Knowing he was desperate enough to take his own life was plenty.

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    TS, I think that has a lot to do with it, sadly. Our kids are growing up to be much less independent, it seems. I’ve noticed that a lot with teens who hang around the house all weekend long instead of being out somewhere. I was never home once I had my license, a car, and a job. If I wasn’t working, I was out with friends/boyfriends. Being at home on a Friday or Saturday night was like punishment. lol

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    How exciting!! Good luck!!!

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    Kind of OT but this article touches on something that has had me wondering a lot: how few teens have their driver’s license, and the ones who don’t don’t even seem motivated to get it! I’m so shocked to hear a parent say “he’s just not that interested in getting it yet.” Whaaaat?!? In my neck of the woods there is no public transportation and walking isn’t an option. Everyone wanted their license ASAP when I was growing up.

    I’ve never paid a babysitter so I can’t say much on that topic. I watched my cousin’s daughter off and on from the time she was 8 weeks old to 2 years old. I did it for free for a long time, 3 days a week, because they were tight on money, and then later they paid me $20/day for a good 9-10 hour day. But they’re family and we’re close and I love that kid like she’s my own.

    Now that my oldest niece is 13 and watching her little sister some, I may see if she wants to babysit on a few Saturday nights this winter. No clue what I’ll pay her!

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    Morgan went into the BPB (belt positioning booster) at age 4. She used the back for a year or so and then went backless. She used the booster until she was 8, unless she was in a smaller car. She’s 54″ and doesn’t need one in any vehicles she rides in now.

    Height has always been the most important factor to me. It’s all about having the seatbelt fit in the correct place across their shoulder.

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    She’s on for about 25 mins in the morning (except Mon and Fri when my mom takes her. She teaches at the school and picks up her grandkids on those days for a treat), and about 30-35 mins in the afternoon. Once we get in the swing of things better (this week was the first full week) I’ll probably pick her up a couple times a week if she wants. She really likes the bus though, and has a super wonderful driver.

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