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[ - ] Which is your priority if you had to pick one: making sure you have enough saved for dcs to go to college, or providing your dcs with diverse, enriching experiences during childhood at the expense of the college fund. (International travel, wide range of enrichment activities, exposure to the arts, etc.) 27 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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It was a huge burden and in truth, I don't think the world in 15+ years will be so forgiving. Plus of course, I am paying for it now. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] are we the only family that never did any "sleep training" for our kids? I don't even understand the concept. we all survived. 12 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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No, we never did either. My mother just laughed when I asked about "sleep training". I asked her what she did: I picked you up when you cried cause I figured you cried for a reason. I did the same thing with our son and he's a great sleeper. My theory: American moms have been sold this bill of goods that we need "experts", "products" and "brands" instead of intution and empathy. I'm not a crunchy granola type, but I didn't worry about stages and timetables...I just got to know our son, and responded to him the way I would do anyone else I loved. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Sofia's sister, Ava, India or Georgia? 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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her sister will feel second class with those names. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.03.08, 05:49 AM Flag
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What? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.03.08, 05:50 AM Flag
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Those names are for children of movie stars whose kids feel second class and get into drugs and alcohol. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.03.08, 06:03 AM Flag
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I like these options, I think they go nicely with a sister named Sofia: Florence, Isabelle, Annette, Elisa, Hannah, Linnea [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.03.08, 06:16 AM Flag
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^^ to clarify, I don't think Ava, India or Georgia match that well with Sofia [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.03.08, 06:17 AM Flag
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ava and georgia. they're both beautiful. Sophia means "wisdom" be sure to bestow a name with meaning and beauty. "Alana" means "beautiful" [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Private school Moms, what do you give to your school's annual fund? 13 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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your kids' school is not a charity. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.03.08, 09:23 AM Flag
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this post is exactly why I posted last week that private tuition is "under market" value. They should charge more and drop this annual fund crap. They should keep raising the price until the number of applicants equals the number of slots. that is fair market. [ Reply | More ]
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um, i pay tuition. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Does 1-2-3 Magic work on a 3 year old? 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Preschool/Kids 12.03.08, 05:41 AM Flag
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General Topics 12.03.08, 05:45 AM Flag
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Yes if you do it properly. Read the book or watch the dvd. My wild ds responds really well to it. [ Reply | More ]
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your 3 yo ds responds to the first half of the book (the 1-2-3 part)? we can motivate ours to do start behaviors, but the 1-2-3 time out stuff goes right over his head. rather, his little body is still throwing things down the stairs (or whatever) way faster than his brain can process the counting part. [ Reply | More ]
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I watched the dvd - he still does all the bad stuff like throwing things down the stairs but I stay calm and deal with it. He only does it once and there are no big arguments. I don't expect him not to do things but 123 helps keep my frustration to a minimum and it's simple enough ds can begin to understand the consequences of his actions. Before I tried 123 NOTHING else worked and I felt ds was ruling the house. I don't feel this way anymore. [ Reply | More ]
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actually, i forgot about the keeping calm part -- as far as that goes yes it does help the 3 year old because it reminds mommy to stay calm calm calm. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Before Radio City: bringing kids to show on Sunday, with group of adults as well - where should we go eat before, approx noon - cheap/good/close.....recs? TIA 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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there is an awesome halal truck near there - 52 and 6th. [ Reply | More ]
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Burger Heaven on 49th between 5th and Madison. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Moms at Central Synagogue Preschool - are you happy there? What are the families like? The school seems great, but I'm really looking to find a nice community and I worry that it's too "fancy/rich". Thanks. 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Honestly, there are a lot of rich people, although it doesn't feel fancy to me, more long island jappy, actually. [ Reply | More ]
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ita with this assessment...the vast majority of the moms all appeared to have grown up on long island, seemed to have gone to the same colleges and all seemed to have known one another beforehand (not that there is anything wrong with this, it just left me feeling like a fish out of water)..also, not a lot of working moms...the school itself is wonderful and the moms were all really nice and friendly....i personally just felt a little uncomfortable because I was not from the same area and worked full time [ Reply | More ]
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Another Central mom - I work FT and didn't feel this way. We made a fair number of good friends there. There are a lot of mothers who are sahms from Long Island, but many others who are not. Much more importantly, the school is great - DC learned a ton and we found the PSD very very helpful with exmissions - knowledgeable and connected. Very good experience all around. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Don't expect to be impressed by tours of popular publics. I know for a fact our very popular zoned school is trying hard to turn people off at the tour, to avoid more overcrowding 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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That would be 41 [ Reply | More ]
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lol. so true! [ Reply | More ]
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Is that what happened at 199? The tour was seriously underwhelming. [ Reply | More ]
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The principal really feels that the fewer the DCs that come the better. The school struggles to accomodate all the newcomers. So yes, I think they try to sell the school short [ Reply | More ]
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No principal of a good public school will bother to sell it, really isn't in their best interest to do so. Last thing they need is more calls from people trying to find a back door in. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] any xmas gift ideas for teenage boys (15 yo and up)? tia. 12 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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gift certificate to gamespot, 15yo girl (sorry, couldn't resist) [ Reply | More ]
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tee hee [ Reply | More ]
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17 yo girl would be even better. ;) [ Reply | More ]
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as the mother of a 15yo dd, ita [ Reply | More ]
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my friend's ds got mugged there... [ Reply | More ]
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DVD of robot chicken [ Reply | More ]
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what is that? [ Reply | More ]
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something on Comedy Central that the boys in dd's class are into (my dh too. yes, he has the mentality of a 15yo boy) [ Reply | More ]
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Lil Hitler is about the funniest thing I have ever seen. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozDSmAm62Dk) [ Reply | More ]
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^^^ a dh (if that matters) [ Reply | More ]
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hon, I thought you had a meeting at 9... [ Reply | More ]
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Conference call. When I'm not "on" I hit mute and UB. Are you getting bread today or am I supposed to? [ Reply | More ]
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No school is "all that". Some may hold more appeal for you, but none are perfection. [ Reply | More ]
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I think so, but we're there. It's not perfect, but it's "all that" we hoped it would be, and more. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] dh just recently lost his job and we are applying to preschools. what should he write under employment in application? TIA 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Consultant, it is the general term most people use when unemployed. [ Reply | More ]
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right, my unemployed dh is my consultant for what to make for dinner [ Reply | More ]
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Exactly. [ Reply | More ]
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Waspy or at least wanna to be wasp. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] anyone on? It's 6:30am.... 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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me... but this site is quiet... [ Reply | More ]
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I just bought a gift at this cute little toy store on Lexington Ave. called Enchanted Toys. They had a beautiful selection of wooden doll houses that looked very sturdy and great quality. I promise I don't work there! I had to buy a gift to a 2 yr. old boy in a needy family and I found a wooden toy train for around $50. They also have really nice shopping bags and gift wrapping. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Which pvtes do you think are a 'waste of money' if you have a decent zoned public ("all of them" is not the answer i'm hoping to hear from you guys!) 36 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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I am currently touring schools for DD and was really very impressed with Hewitt. Facilities are ok but more importantly the upper school girls are very impressive. I really hate it when schools and kids are judged this way. [ Reply | More ]
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I agree, but I think it is far more rampant on UB than IRL. [ Reply | More ]
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Honestly, having worked in both public and private, I'd say none of them. That is not to say that there are not fine public schools, but if you can afford private & the DOE's approach to education - why wouldn't you? [ Reply | More ]
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