Hmm … right now, baked.
Netflix or Hulu?
Very exciting! Let us know how it goes!
Just a thought … maybe it’s also related to changes in parenting styles? If parents tend to be more protective and do more things for their kids than a generation ago, maybe that influences kids’ eagerness to be able to drive around independently vs having their parents give them rides?
@Magster, that surprises me, too! I know requirements are stricter now than when we were teens. The teens I know of mostly got their licenses pretty much as soon as they could, though I do know one 19 y/o who hasn’t started driver’s ed yet. She is a good sitter and told me recently she’d be willing to sit my boys for free but I would have to pick her up and drop her off and we no longer live close to her.
My boys are in 5-pt harnesses still. Here’s a great post from Car Seats for the Littles (an excellent, trustworthy resource) about how to tell when your kid is ready to move to a belt-positioning booster:
Further down on that page it explains when to use high back versus backless booster.
gaamy makes great points that you need to pay attention to when the seat is outgrown (by height, weight, etc.; each car seat has different guidelines) and that kids may need backless boosters in some vehicles and high-back in others, since sometimes you need a head rest in order to ride in a backless.
And how to tell when kids no longer need a booster:
I love Max! Not wild about Arthur.
I like Antonia, too.
I love Jack August on its own, too! I don’t think any of the others flow quite as well as Jack August on its own. I’m not wild about Jack August Dominic. Jack August Michael is the first thing that came to mind. Maybe Jack August Paul?
Have you checked out the “Considering this name?” section on this site? I find it really helpful. It looks like you’re on to something with “ruby boobie” (which I honestly never thought of) but overall most people named Ruby are happy with their name:
I love it. We have a niece named Ruby. There was also a Ruby in the boys’ preschool class this year. Everyone loves her. I don’t think she got teased but those names might come later?
Hmm … Pat(rick), Shannon, Melody, Eric, Ryan, Matt, Christina are the first ones that come to mind.
My favorites are Rebecca, Isabel and Katherine.
Oh, also, DH and I are going to take them together for their first day. That might be a nice little tradition to follow down the years. (The boys would love that.)
http://www.moneysavingmom.com has tons of great ideas.
Some easy meals:
chicken tortilla soup
crockpot chicken tacos (or chili)
baked tilapia with veggies (really quick, minimal prep; just throw frozen tilapia filets in a baking dish, surround with frozen veggies. Lemon, salt, pepper over it all, dab with butter or olive oil, bake at 400 for 15-20 mins).
@jenni_lynn91, I hear you. Daycare costs for two infants heavily influenced my initial decision to become a SAHM! It just wasn’t worth it for me to work.
Wow, @lilybell, you are a great deal; those families are lucky to have found you!
@embra, I believe it after hearing about housing and daycare costs in some cities. We can never move!
@jasonlovessara, we have no family within 600 miles so we haven’t had much of a choice. We do have *some* friends who baby-sit for free at times though. And if we didn’t have such reasonably priced sitters we would probably go on dates less often!
@gaamy, yeah, I do agree that it gives them unrealistic expectations if at 15 they are getting 2-3 times minimum wage for baby-sitting a neighbor’s kids (tax-free, etc.).
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Yeah, @Inga, I’ve been very lucky to find several good sitters that are affordable. We also have a few friends who occasionally watch the boys for free (i.e. the family of the 16y/o I mentioned watches our boys as a family one evening every few months.)
It seems crazy to me though when I hear friends in other cities talking about paying 14-year-olds $12-15/hr. Maybe that’s the going rate there but here, there are plenty of jobs for adults requiring several years of experience or even a college degree that pay in that range! I might feel differently if I actually lived in those cities and adult wages were higher as well.