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[ - ] I am a nanny in NYC and I'm wondering - did you give your nanny a bonus this holiday and if so, how much, what is her yearly salary, and what is the highest bonus you ever heard of a nanny getting? 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:27 AM Flag
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this is a joke, right? this has got to be, like the 100th posting about bonuses! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:32 AM Flag
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sorry! i just joined UB today! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:32 AM Flag
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We gave our nanny one week's salary. She makes 600 a week and is getting more of a bonus than I or Dh will this year but yes I wish it was more. I really don't discuss bonuses with other Mom's [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:32 AM Flag
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Typical is one to two week's pay. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:45 AM Flag
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was on the news the other night, one week's pay is the norm for nannies, sitters, cleaning people, etc. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:04 PM Flag
[ - ] sudafed when you are pregnant...yes or no? 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Expecting 12.19.08, 11:26 AM Flag
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ask ob, mine said in moderation. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:30 AM Flag
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ask your obgyn [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:31 AM Flag
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op: my ob said yes but one of my friends said not to. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:43 AM Flag
[ - ] 2yo is REFUSING to take antibiotics. Clenching mouth and teeth shut. HELP! (ear infection) 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:22 AM Flag
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squeeze cheeks together & squirt in the side of his mouth. or a bribe...chocolate always worked us. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:27 AM Flag
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Have it compounded with a yummy flavor - if in Manhattan they do it at Apthorp pharmacy on UWS [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:18 PM Flag
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Yup, it's called FlavoRX. It's not delicious, but palatable. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:25 PM Flag
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NP: That never works for us. She still knows it is medicine and if she is not feeling well, she is generally pissed that we try to give her anything at all. By the way, most CVS's also will compound with flavors. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:25 PM Flag
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we mixed it with a lot of ice cream [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:28 PM Flag
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np: any sort of bribe should work. Fruit gummies, ice cream, a cookie - whatever will get her to take it. GL! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:48 PM Flag
[ - ] Any IVF experts on? Have question about when 10,000 hcg trigger should be gone. Is 5dp3dt way too early for a + hpt? 11 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:18 AM Flag
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As an old pro at this (3 rounds, two kids, getting ready to try one more "bonus" round) I'd say you should know better ;) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:20 AM Flag
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Sorry, I meant to add that you should NOT be tempted to take hpt, just say no, just say no, just say no... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:21 AM Flag
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but i did and of course don't know if it is trigger or real. which is the moral of the story - you shouldn't go around p'ing on sticks. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:24 AM Flag
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lol. so true my friend, so true! Good luck to you! I hope you get a wonderful Christmas or New Year's gift! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:29 AM Flag
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yes way too early [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:24 AM Flag
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but would you think trigger is gone at this point? (i have a 2nd line).. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:33 AM Flag
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no i think it would def. still be in your system [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:40 AM Flag
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gotcha. thanks. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:40 AM Flag
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No, seriously, you have to stop it. It might be gone, it might not be, but you need to wait for blood confirmation period. You're going to make yourself crazy. And I'm the "old pro" and have been in your shoes. Please, go read a book! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:42 AM Flag
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i am well into "crazy" ... okay. no more until beta. thx. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:43 AM Flag
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btdt i went through so many pregnancy tests i was hiding them from dh..LOL [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:44 AM Flag
[ - ] ugg. 2 of my friends were let go today. I'm sitting here on UB avoiding doing the bills because I know that the money isn't there. I know we are all feeling such a strain this year. Were is God in all this. I know He has a plan, but I just don't see it. Are any of us supposed to see it? What does He need us to do, what is the right thing to do. Oh Lord Help us thru. 27 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:17 AM Flag
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God was invested with Madoff - he is right along with the rest of us on this. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:19 AM Flag
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THAT was hilarious. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:25 AM Flag
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Hear hear! Clap clap clap! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:46 AM Flag
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Do you really believe this mess was preordained? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:19 AM Flag
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Yes. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:20 AM Flag
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yikes [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:21 AM Flag
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I know that everything is "preordained". Can you tell me you "really" believe that it's not? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:23 AM Flag
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if everythignis preordained, it doesn't matter waht you do. so you don't need to ask what you need to do. you will do waht is ordained. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:24 AM Flag
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God gave us free will. He even let Jesus hve a choice. We can go down the path that God has set for us, or down the path of hell. Both roads are no suprise to God. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:27 AM Flag
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then waht do you think pre-ordained means? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:30 AM Flag
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The only word in that post that should be in quotes is "know." I'd love to hear how you "know" this. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:28 AM Flag
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She "read" it in a book and "thought" about it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:42 AM Flag
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"what" is "with" the "quotations"? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:37 PM Flag
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Give me a break. Somehow I think if God were paying attention to this kind of minutia, he might think to hand a few mosquito nets to parents in Africa who must decide which of their children might die of malaria that night without one, or he might think to stop the pillaging of villages and raping of mothers while children watch, or perhaps he'd of thought to stop the attacks in India by Pakistani terrorists a couple of weeks ago, or..... get it? Please. Perspective? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:28 AM Flag
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ITA. How about little children in Zimbabwe dying of cholera because there is not fresh water......or 7 year old sex slaves in thailand? I am pretty pissed about my job, etc...situation but I never would have the gall the OP does to suggest that my troubles are even remotely similar to the horrible suffering that goes on in the world whether or not there's a recesson! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:36 AM Flag
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Indeed. Where is God with all the children who have cancer? Your problem is just MONEY. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:42 AM Flag
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This is why I have such problems with religion. How could a loving god let little children die of cancer or starve to death? It really makes me despair that there IS a god. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:44 AM Flag
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Me too. That's why I'm an atheist. Or extremely indifferent agnostic. If God cannot be bothered to explain to me why children suffer, then I can't be bothered to deal with him or her. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:46 AM Flag
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Holy sh*t! Me too! I'm the original "give me a break" poster. I think I believe in the "wind up theory" of God. Only thing that makes a lick of sense. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:51 AM Flag
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Can you explain Wind up theory? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:05 PM Flag
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yes, an old philosophy teacher described it as the idea that God created us as self-sufficient and self reliant creatures with our own minds and ideas - and with infinite possibilities and potential. He then wound it up and let it go, like a top (or a dreidel ;) to watch from a distance. He can be profoundly saddened by it, and profoundly joyful by his creation, but he doesn't meddle. He wound up our world and let it go. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:09 PM Flag
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first theory I have heard that makes any sense! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:34 PM Flag
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Thank you. I've clung to it for years. That philosophy professor just died last week and I sent a prayer and a thank you up with her. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:38 PM Flag
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it was good enough for Thomas Jefferson [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:41 PM Flag
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I am neither here nor there on this issue. To me, there is definitely a god, but I don't think he (or she!) would be real if he didn't let us experience real joy and real sorrow. Living in a Western world, all we know is to feel sorry for ourselves when things go wrong, but in some Eastern cultures, there is constant sorry, pain, hunger, etc. And most of those cultures are strongly religious. That being said, it breaks my heart to see, like you said, children starving and dying of cancer, etc. I don't understand it whatsoever. Pretty much every one of us was born into our good fortune, and yet 90% of the time everyone is bitching about tt this and erb that. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:45 PM Flag
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Ask God to pay your bills. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:38 PM Flag
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lolol [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:41 PM Flag
[ - ] Anyone think more attractive kids have get into their choice private school over less attractive ones? Touring the schools, it looks like all the kids are gorgeous! Especially in SS ones 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:09 AM Flag
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Unfortunately it might be true. Google attractiveness and success or attraction to beautiful people and you may get an "oof" in the stomach. We are animals in more ways than one. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:13 AM Flag
[ - ] Cuter kids will have it much easier in grammar and high school. 37 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Preschool/Kids 12.19.08, 11:03 AM Flag
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Cuter kids (cute according to people besides their moms) have an easier time getting into the best private schools. High erbs plus cute kid = one of your top choices. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:05 AM Flag
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i gree [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:12 AM Flag
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^agree [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:12 AM Flag
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Does 97 count as "good" in your book? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:04 PM Flag
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God how depressing. How about High erbs plus moneyed parents plus cute kid = everyone will kiss my ass from here to eternity? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:14 AM Flag
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Absolutely. Look at Gwyneth. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:17 AM Flag
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what makes you think she had high erb's? doubt it -- certainly wasn't a good student [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:28 PM Flag
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The moneyed parents can have homely kids. If you're poor or in the middle, kid better be brilliant AND cute. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:18 AM Flag
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LOL [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:22 AM Flag
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It's true, though. If you see a not so cute kid at a tt school, you can bet the parents are very, very wealthy and/or connected. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:31 AM Flag
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how about incredibly bright? possible? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:29 PM Flag
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also i am not so sure -- seems many admissions people are on the homely side, so would they really favor the cute? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:29 PM Flag
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Incredibly bright and cute is obviously better. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:29 PM Flag
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Lol. I see many not wealthy, not particularly cute, not out of ordinary kids with not connected parents at our tt. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:55 PM Flag
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And outgoing! Mine is smart and cute, but shy :-( [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:58 AM Flag
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DUH. cuter people have it easier period. for surface things, anyway. it's been proved that attractive people are more successful. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:23 AM Flag
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proven [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:31 PM Flag
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if a dd is attractive, she will be popular whether or not she is intelligent. she could even be a total mean girl and have no personality, yet other kids will still want to be around her. same goes for a good looking ds. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:30 AM Flag
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Cute, maybe, but really beautiful children have it hard, particularly girls who mature early. They are constantly hit on by older guys and envied by their peers. I used to teach jr. high and the two girls who looked older (16 when they were 13) ended up pregnant by 30-year-old men. Disgusting. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:51 AM Flag
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I hope those guys are in jail. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:57 PM Flag
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It's sad. Sweetness, smiles, and a cute face get you everywhere in life. If only I were 15 again! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:57 AM Flag
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as they should. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:15 PM Flag
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Yes and no. I [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:31 PM Flag
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Easier in what way? I mean, I am sure everyone will start freaking out but I was really pretty in grammar school and high school and was miserable, had an eating disorder, and thought everyone was talking about me all the time. Insecurities can almost be bigger in cute kids, IMO. I think parents of cute kids often make the mistake of letting them rest on their laurels because they know theyll get by on looks. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:33 PM Flag
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i think the point is that externally, things are easier for better looking people. what one does with that experience depends on the individual. the most beautiful girl in my junior high school ended up really messed up. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:45 PM Flag
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I think if you're beautiful and dumb, it's hard. However, if you're beautiful and brilliant, you will get lots of breaks that are out of reach by ordinary people. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:00 PM Flag
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Especially if you are aware and sensitive to the envy that your beauty generates rather than being a classic mean girl about it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:25 PM Flag
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Beautiful person doesn't have to be mean. It's opposite actually. Ugly and insecure people are more mean in general. Beautiful and brilliant person understand how to handle their assets. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:40 PM Flag
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Some of those perfect-on-the-outside women are incredibly hard on themselves and desperately unhappy. Not all of course! But I don't think it's a magic formula for happiness. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:23 PM Flag
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I was not talking about happiness. I was talking about breaks and opportunities they get. happiness is a totally different issue. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:32 PM Flag
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Aren't most kids applying to K cute? I look at my dc's preschool class, and with maybe one exception, they're all cute in the way 4 year olds are. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:29 PM Flag
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Are most adults really good-looking? No. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:34 PM Flag
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No, but kids are way cuter than adults. They may grow up ugly, but how would an admissions person predict that? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:45 PM Flag
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Kids aren't all equally cute. And the cute DO do better in the process--especially if they have high erbs. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:48 PM Flag
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Do you think this applies to really handsome but short and non-athletic boys? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:13 PM Flag
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Beautiful people have an advantage at every single age. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:16 PM Flag
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Not interviewing for jobs in law school--Revenge of the Nerds! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:28 PM Flag
[ - ] Toured CGPS and loved it. Why is it so trashed here? 56 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
NY Schools 12.19.08, 11:02 AM Flag
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Low erb scorers tend to end up there (among a few other schools) and its college placements aren't great. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:04 AM Flag
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what is CGPS? Are we all supposed to know this stuff? Sometimes I feel like you guys are speaking in a different language! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:05 AM Flag
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Columbia Grammar Preparatory School [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:09 AM Flag
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thanks. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:11 AM Flag
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What do you mean by low? Low 90's, 80's, lower? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:37 AM Flag
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So, if dc has 99x3, she cannot go there...? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:03 PM Flag
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Of course not, but in any event you will need to show significant interest. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:07 PM Flag
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np - ITA. My dc was rejected from there. CGPS needs to know that you are serious about attending if you have high ERB scores. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:44 PM Flag
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Yep. PSD was asked whether we had placed school in top 3. When we did not, 98-ERB DD was WL. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:48 PM Flag
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That is not true [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 03.18.09, 06:44 AM Flag
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Untrue. Plenty very high scorers go there, though it is not a we won't look at your kid if he/she doesn't have a 95+ kind of place [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.26.10, 10:17 AM Flag
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because it's one of those low tier schools that is not worth the $$ and there are just as good if not better public schools in certain zones. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:08 PM Flag
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In making my list of schools with PSD, we only chose those she thought were better than the best public schools. CGPS made the cut-off. Only barely, but it did. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:10 PM Flag
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CGPS is way weaker than selective public MS (like Delta) and HS (like BronxSci) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:00 PM Flag
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Yes of course. I'm talking about PS 6, 41, 234, 9, etc. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:19 PM Flag
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YEs, but half the DCs of UMC parents from PS199, for example, end-up at Delta....so [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:42 PM Flag
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This is totally not true if you look at statistics the number has been a little over a third and declining. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 05:54 PM Flag
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that's why I posted Upper-Middle-Class (UMC)...yes the overall figure is 25-35%, but that includes the underprivileged kids. I assume OP's DC, since she can afford private, is at least UMC [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 06:25 PM Flag
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interesting. which schools didn't she think were better than the best publics? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 06:32 PM Flag
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OMG you're crazy! We attend the 92nd Street Y, by most accounts a very desirable (and amazing) nursery school. And from there CGPS is also quite desirable, by parents of children with high ERB scores, no less. People like it because it's big, co-ed, and suites different types of kids. You can be a star if you play chess, football etc. I don't know why it's trashed here. It wasn't so hot in the '80s. Get over it already! They pay their teachers better than any other school in the city, which I find to be interesting. They're serious about attracting talent. p.s neither of my kids are ongoing age yet and I'm not a Columbia Grammer plant! It's just a really solid school through and through, as I understand it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:59 PM Flag
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CGPS is the BEST UWS private (after Trinity and Collegiate)!! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:02 PM Flag
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And if you want coed, Collegiate is off the table and Trinity is unlikely. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:39 PM Flag
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There's also Metropolitan Montessori, Bank Street, Cathedral, St Hilda's... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:41 PM Flag
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I don't think Cathedral is better than CGPS, Bank Street you're right [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:43 PM Flag
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I call BS. No way are parents at 92y peeing themselves over the prospect of getting their kids into Columbia GrammAr. No way. They're all about tt--that's why the preschool itself is considered tt. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:16 PM Flag
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I didn't say they were "peeing all over themselves". I just said that people respect the school and as a whole don't consider ending up there to be a bad result. The school has a Jewish lean so I guess there's that. And people at the Y aren't interested in SS all that much. A few of the biggest donor families have kids there fwiw. And it's not that the Y doesn't get kids into schools. Last year there were zero shut-outs. It's just that CGPS gets a bad rap here. Undeserved, whether the place works for you or not. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 04:03 PM Flag
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NP: I am also a Y parent and I can tell you that CGPS was very hot this year. They are not "all about the TT" because unlike you, they realize that there are many good schools out there for their children. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.26.10, 11:48 AM Flag
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Hi Simone; you're not taking the day off today?? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.26.10, 11:55 AM Flag
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Huh???? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.26.10, 11:56 AM Flag
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OP: I thought it was very nurturing, a close-knit community, and facilities were good. How do you know academics are not so good? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:15 PM Flag
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nobody knows anything. go with your gut [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:53 PM Flag
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I know a DC who's applying out, because "it's not academic enough". I also know a family who decided to send only the "weaker" DC in CGPS [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:58 PM Flag
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really sad that parents would label a 4-5 year old child in such a way. ridiculous. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 03.18.09, 06:40 AM Flag
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DD got 99x3 and if she had a younger sibling of the opposite sex I'd probably first choice the place. We all know these scores don't mean much. I promise you there are tons of 99 kids there, as well as at most privates in the city. People look for different things for their families. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:01 PM Flag
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OK Simone, quit the multiple postings [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:03 PM Flag
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np: i really hate when someone responds with this kind of inane reply. come up with something more creative, please! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.26.10, 10:34 AM Flag
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My dc got 99x3 and gets enrichment in tt lower school. From what I've heard of CGPS curriculum, dc would be bored to death. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:05 PM Flag
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My DC goes to zoned public (3rd grade) and her CGPS friend's Homework is a joke, what my DC was doing a year ago [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:11 PM Flag
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np: there is no evidence that alot of homework= good education. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:21 PM Flag
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ITA. It is usually inversely correlated in the lower grades [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:25 PM Flag
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nnp - I don't think that poster's comment was about the AMOUNT of homework but rather the level of work. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:33 PM Flag
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OR: Correct, it was about the low quality (a year behind zoned public), not quantity of homework [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:41 PM Flag
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and in the early grades, that doesn't matter either. kids in other countries don't even go to school until 7 and do fine. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 04:55 PM Flag
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Yup, good comparison, sending DC to CGPS=No education in early grades [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 06:28 PM Flag
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lol [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 06:32 PM Flag
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Do you have nothing better to do that post your fake 99x3 ERB on every site you can! Get of the board and tend to your kids if you even have any. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.26.10, 10:14 AM Flag
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OP: I like the school a lot. There are other thing that are very important to our family apart from good academics. CGPS seems like a place we would feel comfortable. But then I get trapped into this whole TT nonsense and feel that since dd has very high 99x3, it is a waste to chose this school... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:41 PM Flag
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CGPS is a low tier wannabe, sorry, the facts are the facts [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:43 PM Flag
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Go with your own instinct. Go with your gut. You know you and your dc and your family the best. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:46 PM Flag
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^^^Plus, if your dc continues being a smart kid, a good student, it would be easy enough to change schools. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:47 PM Flag
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Everyone says that until it hits middle school and then they all regret their decisions. Happens every time for a parent of a very smart kid. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 05:36 PM Flag
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I think there are some weird attitudes here toward certain schools, probably just a few posters bearing out grudges. And would you rather have your kid graduate at the bottom of his/her Dalton, Brearley, Collegiate class and go to a very undistinguished college, or at the top of a "non-tt" school class and go to one of the best colleges in the country? This is the reality. I know Harvard grads from CGPS, and I-won't-say-what, but some stinky college grads from the other schools. The competition at a "tt" is fierce for college placement -- not EVERYONE can go to the top college, and you are actually discouraged from applying if you are not at top of your class so they can maintain their "everyone got first choice" status. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 04:43 PM Flag
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np--and I know MIT grad who came from CGPS [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 05:43 PM Flag
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It is overrated. Nothing changed from when the school could not get students except there are more kids looking for spots on the UWS. They also have an attitude. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 05:48 PM Flag
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At our nursery school, CGPS is very well regarded. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 06:24 PM Flag
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My daughter graduated from CGPS last year. She had a great childhood and overall school experience both academically and socially. She loved the school. My husband and I loved the school. Both student and parents made longlasting friends. She worked hard in high school, but did not kill herself with the type of competition and stress you hear about at some other schools that I won't mention. Oh, btw....she's at UPenn this year, her best friends from CGPS are at Brown, Columbia and UCLA. Overall....I'd say our experience there was just about as good as it can be. While all the kids don't get into top colleges, and probably fewer hit the ivy's than say a horace mann or trinity or dalton, if your child is a bright child and does well at CGPS, they will get into a top college. I've heard at many of the top tier schools the competition is so fierce that a super bright kid often gets dinged from the ivies. So go figure... happy well adjusted kids, great education, great social life, lots of school spirit and collaborative environment with great college placement for those that deserve it... Columbia Grammar and Prep is an all around fantastic school. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 03.17.09, 10:12 PM Flag
[ - ] DH is super constipated. he had prune juice. any other ideas before resorting to enema? TIA 21 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:01 AM Flag
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fiber con or miralax [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:02 AM Flag
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milk of magnesia [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:05 AM Flag
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love miralax. works like a charm. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:06 AM Flag
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The skin of a pear is by far the most helpful fruit source for constipation. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:44 AM Flag
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colace, water [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:07 AM Flag
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lol. no kidding - i spit out some of my diet pepsi when i read this. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:17 AM Flag
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why is this funny? he's feeling AWFUL. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:20 AM Flag
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sorry! i have never done an enema for constipation. thought you were kidding/being dramatic. coffee always helps me. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:22 AM Flag
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wish i was kidding, but he's feeling bad enough that he wants to go to dr. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:22 AM Flag
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fleet enema is not a big deal, have him do that before he goes to the dr [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:35 AM Flag
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Is there anything that usually gives him diarrhea? Try that. Like, for my dh it would be something with a cream sauce. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:04 PM Flag
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jog [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:26 AM Flag
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a couple of lines of coke & he'll be on the toilet in no time [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:33 AM Flag
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or an espresso and cigarrette. mmmm. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:38 AM Flag
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ew [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:02 PM Flag
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drink lots of water and relax--read, just kind of sit there and wait for the urge to come. GL [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:42 AM Flag
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tickle his anus with a q-tip. Worked with my ds..would probably work for your dh. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:45 AM Flag
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what?? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:02 PM Flag
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did he go yet already? i have, twice since you posted. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:55 AM Flag
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Non-smoker - try chewing a piece of 4MG Nicorette and a cup of coffee. Will do the trick. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 12:40 PM Flag
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ex-lax [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:09 PM Flag
[ - ] craving fruit and pickles. what am I having? 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Expecting 12.19.08, 10:50 AM Flag
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a baby [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 10:52 AM Flag
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op: ha ha! That part I know. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 10:53 AM Flag
[ - ] poll- how much do you spend on birthday gifts for other kids? 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 10:49 AM Flag
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15ish [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 10:50 AM Flag
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ditto [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:20 AM Flag
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25 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 10:51 AM Flag
[ - ] whats a good two year old original gift? Starting to go to two's parties and would like to have a great idea so i can get it for all the kids..... 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 10:48 AM Flag
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dress up clothes for girls [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 10:51 AM Flag
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Anything Thomas the Train for boys (age 2 stuff) and also love Playmobil anything. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:19 AM Flag
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Too young for regular playmobil (choking hazard) but playmobil 123 is good [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:20 PM Flag
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books [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:21 AM Flag
[ - ] what is the good car service to take to JFK? we always do super shuttle, which is a huge mistake. i remember reading recommendations on here before, but can't remember, TIA! 8 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
New York City 12.19.08, 10:45 AM Flag
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dh swears by the train to the plane, but that might be difficult if you're traveling with a lot of luggage [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 10:46 AM Flag
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we'll do that on the way home, but on the way there have an 8AM flight w/a toddler and newborn plus luggage. not going to work! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 10:53 AM Flag
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why? are you leaving kids behind on the way home? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:04 AM Flag
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just do 777 7777 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 10:48 AM Flag
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they suck [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 10:51 AM Flag
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ita. suck, bite, blow. I'd take a cab before I call them again [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 10:57 AM Flag
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we only do them to the airport- never had a problem [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:06 AM Flag
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Minuteman. Always on time, nice cars and helpful drivers for the most part. No WAY would I do the train at that time in the morning with two itty bitties. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:08 AM Flag
[ - ] what's with all tehse monogrammed clogs? Where is everyone getting them? When did this become a trend? 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 10:41 AM Flag
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I want some! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 10:42 AM Flag
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wher edo u get them [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 10:48 AM Flag
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no idea [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 10:50 AM Flag
[ - ] Trying to find a nanny to start in Feb. Can anyone recommend a good nanny agency in NYC? 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Newborn 12.19.08, 10:41 AM Flag
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use craig's list! It may sound crazy but i found my fantastic nanny that way as did many friends. I only responded to employers posting to help their nanny get a job (most were relocating). also bqabybitesnyc.com has good listings by the current emplyers. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 10:42 AM Flag
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save the fee...i have applied to all of them & am very qualified. e-mail for more info: nyc1sitter@hotmail.com [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:44 PM Flag
[ - ] Developmental clinician here following up on prepping myth debate. I believe you can totally prep for the performance subtests but not the verbal. In my practice where we follow kids sometimes right through high school, the majority of younger kids score lower in the performance subtests and the gaps are wider for ds's. When retested a year later, most improve their performance scores but their verbal scores remain. You can close that "maturity" gap with prepping. I should also add that later testing in 4th Grade shows that the tests at age 3, 4 and 5 are only reliably predictive of cognitive delay and not superior intellect. 38 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
NY Schools 12.19.08, 10:36 AM Flag
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I'm just a regular person with no credentials who has never been IQ tested (to my knowledge) nor has tested my dcs. I went to a very selective college (from a no-name midwest h.s.) and so did my siblings. The students from the top tier privates (who must have been selected for their high scores) weren't smarter than the average public school kid. They were educated to within an inch of their lives, so did well at first, but ultimately not the students who shined. At Hunter, too, the kids entering in 7th grade better academic achievers, as a group, than those in K. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 10:53 AM Flag
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NP: Is there a study re the Hunter kids? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:17 AM Flag
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The only one out there is about how normal/average the grads are after they graduate from college. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 07:06 PM Flag
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First, that was a poll on Hunter HS grads and it showed that they were for the most part really happy adults. Second, it had nothing to do with elementary school kids vs 7th grade entry kids. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.20.08, 02:53 PM Flag
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When my ds was tested at 5, his verbal score was about 10 points lower than non-verbal score. A little more than a year later, he was tested again, and this time the verbal score caught up to the non-verbal score. How do you explain this? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:10 AM Flag
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^^^It was SB5 IQ test. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:11 AM Flag
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OP Of course this happens, but less frequently than the other way around. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.20.08, 09:17 AM Flag
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Do you understand what happened? Can you explain to me what it means? I'm trying to understand. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.20.08, 09:21 AM Flag
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What if a kid is bilingual, with english as a second language? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 11:17 AM Flag
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OP At my work, as much as possible, we test in the mother tongue. If we cannot test in a particular language, we will do the test in English but only if one of the parents is a native English speaker...if both parents use English as a second language, then we use a different battery of tests because the VIQ is not going to be valid. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.20.08, 09:13 AM Flag
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so basically there is no use for these tests in admissions. i hope all the admissions people are on right now. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 01:21 PM Flag
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They are smarter than relying on one clinician's observation. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:02 PM Flag
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i can't imagine any clinician thinking otherwise. it's all documented fact. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 02:55 PM Flag
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Can I see the document? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 03:00 PM Flag
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someone posted an excellent one below [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 07:04 PM Flag
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OP I think it's important to remember that the ERB is a school readiness test and not a predictor of academic achievement. As long as the admissions people use it that way, then it's ok. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.20.08, 09:21 AM Flag
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Clinical observation is no match for a decent piece of controlled research. IQ tests are not perfect. Some variation in composite scores is perfectly normal. Start here: http://www.srmhp.org/0202/iq.html [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 06:08 PM Flag
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i don't see anything here about the validity of testing 4 y/os. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 06:51 PM Flag
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it pretty much obliterates the validity of extrapolating anything from any iq test. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 07:03 PM Flag
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Isn't there some kind of correlation between IQ score and SAT result? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 07:40 PM Flag
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How do you explain that all the geniuses supposedly had very high IQ? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 07:51 PM Flag
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NP Correct because this paper only refers to the WISC (for ages 6-16) and not the WPPSI (from which ERB is derived) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.20.08, 09:04 AM Flag
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excellent link. every psd and every doa should read this. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 07:04 PM Flag
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OP Here - Of course you are right this is not scientific, however these observations are made from the results of hundreds of kids over many years. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.20.08, 09:06 AM Flag
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What about kids who get 99x3 erb, 99sb5 at 4yo? Do they become average Joe later on? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 06:44 PM Flag
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Have you not yet heard that intelligence is only one factor predictive of future success? One. Of many. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 07:02 PM Flag
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i know that. Success has to do with who you know (thinking GWB) and ambition. There are geniuses driving trucks for a living. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 07:05 PM Flag
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Actually, there probably are. Having a genius IQ does not guarantee success, fulfillment and riches. You also need a stong work ethic, a sense of entitlement and extraordinary opportunities (ie, luck). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 07:07 PM Flag
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All the genius had very high IQ though. You shouldn't be confused with success in mundane sense like being rich etc. with geniuses who make breakthrough discoveries. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 07:50 PM Flag
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Huh? All the geniuses had high IQs? That's like saying all the tigers were feline. Secondly, success can be defined in a number of ways...so your aforementioned "average Joe" could be way more successful than someone who made a breakthrough discovery. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 08:00 PM Flag
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Since when IQ is related to success? IQ is an indicator of cognitive ability which has to do with intellectual activity. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 08:54 PM Flag
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yes, and they become drug addicts and scientists and every other thing humans become [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 07:05 PM Flag
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well, my IQ is 161 and DS got 99 ERB/98 SB, so I think it is genetic [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 06:50 PM Flag
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Is self-importance genetic, too? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 06:56 PM Flag
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but what iq test did you take? unless you took it recently, it's highly inflated [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 07:03 PM Flag
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And how successful are you? PS Define the term however you want, but most usefully by how you would define it for your child. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 07:04 PM Flag
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it's also fairly meaningless. but enjoy. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.19.08, 07:05 PM Flag
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NP: 97 ERB child but I'd be totally interested in taking an IQ test myself. For no reason other than pure curiousity. I assume that my grades and SAT scores have nothing to do with anything, right? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.20.08, 06:02 PM Flag
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