So far...nope, DS has never been in trouble at school. They have a system there where everyone starts with a green card. If they misbehave, it is turned to yellow, then red. If you exceed red, you get a trip to the principal's office. DS has never had anything but a green card which means he earns a small prize each day. But I do get to hear about the kids who didn't stay "on green" and even the few times a kid has had to go to the principal's office.View Thread
Until this school year, DS had never been to anyone's house without me. But we started walking to school with another couple and their twins. They invited him over and of course he won't go anywhere without his sister so they invited her over too. I have known these people for 4 months even though they have lived in our neighborhood for 8 years. Did I hesitate to let my kids go? Nope. Not worried about it. They take both kids home with them to play with their kids on a regular basis. I have returned the favor about 3 times. Actually this week we took turns watching each others kids during parent teacher conferences. And really there isn't that much "watching" of them. They play in their rooms. They play in the backyard. These kids are 6 (and DD is 3, 4 next month). They don't need me scheduling their activities or watching them play. And yes, DS and one of the twins share a class but they don't get to play at school. So having some unstructured play that doesn't just involve each other is great. And yes, I trust those parents. If there is a problem, I am a phone call away and a two minute walk to their house (under a minute if I ran.)View Thread
Right now the kids only go to website we approve that don't have ads that could take them to other sites and they don't know how to really type in a new address though DS is showing an interest in that. They get to the websites by clicking on the appropriate icons. They have their own computer that they share. DH did put it so that to change any setting or add any program you have to have the administrator password.View Thread
I keep track of all expenditures in Quicken. I take the receipts from the week and enter them for both our main credit card and our checking account. I pay bills online through my bank. And then once a month when I get my bank statement, I reconcile it to what is in Quicken. Overall I don't spend a lot of time doing it. My dad doesn't understand how I can just do it once a week as he does his daily but I find that I only spend about 15 minutes on a normal week doing it.View Thread
Our 100 days is next Tuesday. DS had to do a project at home involving 100 items. We used 100 skittles to make the outline of a Star Wars Tie Fighter and put the number 100 in the middle. We had a few extra skittles which we used as stars. He is taking it to school on Monday.View Thread
I think I have only seen them at our local Babies R Us but our local grocery store has special parking if you have children. Most people are very good about not parking in them unless they actually have a baby, toddler or preschooler. But I did note that a few months ago they moved them down a few spots so they are no longer exactly the "closest" spots. I usually am not that much in a hurry that I would use one unless I had the kids with me.View Thread
I agree activity is important. I am shocked at the number of parents in our neighborhood who drive their kids to school. It is only about a 7 minute walk. We do it every morning and every afternoon. But at least 3 of my neighbors drive their kids. I have only done it once and that was because it was pouring rain and I would have had to drag my 3 year old with me since DH was out of town. I really wish recess was more than once a day. But here they do have PE 3-4 times a week.
As for the school lunches, I pack DS's about 85% of the time but it is hard to find things he will eat. I don't pack junk though - he gets a sandwich, pretzels, yogurt and chocolate milk. I sometime replace the pretzels or yogurt with something else - yes, every once in awhile a cookie but sometimes with grapes or banana bread. Both my kids do eat a tad more junk food than I would prefer sometimes. They eat ice cream pretty much daily but also eat a lot of apples, bananas and grapes. I figure it balances out.View Thread
But who is going to decide which tattoo is "okay" and which is not allowed. The mom broke the law. It shouldn't be okay just because it is a memorial tattoo. I see nothing wrong with the school reporting it. Now I don't think jail time or removing her child is necessarily in order as she isn't abusing him. I think she should have used better judgement in the situation and certainly the tattoo artist should have known the law and informed the mom.View Thread
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