I use to have a subscription to Disney's Family Fun magazine but I think it recently expired. Great craft and kid activities. My mom gets Real Simple and Ladies Home Journal and gives them to me when she is done with them.View Thread
DH and I got engaged when I was 21. About 10 months later, I moved in with him when I moved back to town. We got married 10 months after that. My mom was all for us living together as a test to see if we were compatible. His parents didn't like it. I can't imagine living with someone, having kids and not being married.
It is hard to say how I feel about my kids living with someone but I think I would be okay with it but I would want them to be in long-term committed relationship and not do it on any sort of "whim".View Thread
Haven't read the other responses but wanted to let you know that we did this with DS. He turned 5 in May but we sent him to a Gift of Time pre-K program that was for "young 5s". He too was academically ready but his social maturity was lacking. His preschool teacher is the one who suggested it and I had never considered it until she said something. Then we spoke to friends and teachers and found that many kids - especially boys - with summer birthdays are held back. Here in Texas they start doing statewide tests in 3rd grade and most of the people we spoke to said that this is where the kids would struggle.
I too started K at the age of 4. Missed the deadline of 9/1 but my mom had me tested and started early. I too graduated HS at 17 and started college at 17. I did fine academically but looking back, I think I would have done better socially if I had that extra year. That said school today is much harder than it was when I went to school. DS is 6 and in K right now and they do so much more in school then we ever did. I see a few other boys in his class who had summer birthdays who are struggling. While talking to one parent, she said she hadn't even thought to hold him back but now she is thinking about having him repeat Kindergarten. I figured it would be easier to hold DS back before he started elementary rather than have him repeat a grade later. (My father-in-law with a summer birthday ended up repeating the 3rd grade.)
Every child is different. DS is obviously a boy and he is the first born and I think those factors play a part in why it helped holding him back. I do not regret holding him back and he is excelling in school. I have spoke to many parents and none of them that held their child back have regretted it. I have spoken to several parents who do wish they had held their child back. Only you know your child and can decide what is best for him...View Thread
My first thought was that you hadn't registered her yet...we have a parent orientation in April and then you do the registration before or after that...so there is never anything in the mail about the orientation as they don't have a list of students who are eligible for kindergarten. Actually last year the only way I knew about the "round up" was by checking the school website. Now that I have a student at the school (in kindergarten) I have received flyers and emails about the parent orientation date for this year.
So if you haven't registered her, I wouldn't count this as an "oops".View Thread
If you need to hold him back - do it now. It is easier to do it when they are younger and don't realize anything than to wait until they are struggling in a higher grade. We actually held DS back because even though he was doing great academically, his teacher was concerned about his social maturity. He turned 6 last May and started kindergarten in August. Most of his classmates have been turning 6 since the beginning of the year. (Cut off here is Sept 1.) Now he is the oldest in his class but he is also the best student and has none of the behavior issues that the others have.
My FIL got held back in the 3rd grade (he has a Sept birthday) and he said it was harder. I spoke to many teachers and parents here in Texas before holding DS back and they all agreed that if they are going to struggle it is around the 3rd grade. We figured by that time he would definitely have friends and know that he was being held back as opposed to doing it before he even started school.View Thread
1. At what age did/will you start giving an allowance? DS started when he was 5 1/2. DD started at 3 1/2 because she started asking for money when DS received his. [br>[br>2. How often do you pay -- weekly, monthly, when DC does chores? They are paid every Saturday. [br>[br>3. Do you give DC cash, or keep track of how much DC is owed? We give them cash. [br>4. If you give DC cash, where do they keep it so it doesn't get lost? I bought each of them a wallet when they started getting allowance. Money has to stay in it unless they are spending it. After DD misplaced her wallet, I started keeping it on a shelf by the computer. [br>[br>5. Do you let DC buy whatever they want with it? They can buy age appropriate toys and treats with it. As long as they have the money, they can spend it. [br>[br>6. Since DC has an allowance, do you still buy as much for DC yourself? We pretty much never buy them toys since they have their own money to spend. Even the stuff in the dollar section they have to use their own money for. Sometimes we will still buy a candy treat at check out but that is rare. View Thread
This year at DS's school they had the party in the gym. The PTA decorated the gym. There were fruit, Chex Mix, cupcakes, cookies and ice cream floats in one gym and games in the other. All 5 kinder classes had their party at the same time and they could go where ever they wanted between the two gym. (The other grades had their parties together by grade level throughout the day.) It was a blast. Everyone loved it. This was the first time they did it this way. I worked the float station and once everyone had been through I got to hang out with DS for about 10 minutes before he returned to class. The party was only 40 minutes long and then they had 5 minutes of lining the kids up and another five minutes to prepare for the next grade.View Thread
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