When DS was in preschool we took him out to go to Disney but since he started Elementary, I won't take him out. I don't feel he can miss a week of school - even kindergarten. Not to mention our state & school district both have very strict absence policies. There is no way to miss 5 days straight without a doctor's note or a family death certificate. That said, we are having him miss one day of school for our Disney trip. He will miss the last day of school. We are going to Disney World May 30-June 5 and then June 6-10 we will be at South Padre Island. (Yes, we are crazy taking back to back trips). I have heard that the crowds are not bad at the end of May/beginning of June as many children across the nation are still in school. I have a friend who is going over Spring Break (mid-March here) and they went last year and said the crowds weren't bad. You can always check out the crowd calendars at http://www.easywdw.com/ to help you decide when to go. The other negative with going in January is that sometimes rides are closed for refurbishment and also the park hours are shorter.View Thread
Do any of the kids from his class live in your neighborhood? Do you walk or drive him to school? DS went to preschool but none of the kids that he knew there are in his K class. We ended up meeting a few kids that walk to school in our neighborhood. Two of them are in his class and two of them are in another class but since we walk to school and I have been able to talk to the parents it has made playdate much easier. You might find out from him or his teacher who he likes to play with or who would be a good match and then contact that child's parents and set something up play date at a park where you and the other parent can also get to know each other. That happened with DS when he was 4 and in preschool. Once you get to know some parents it is much easier to set up play dates.View Thread
OK - late response...yesterday DS started back at Kindergarten. Today DD went back to preschool. I am so glad to be back to the normal routine. Today I went out to lunch with some fellow Moms - celebrating the end of the holidays.View Thread
Sorry that I have been MIA lately - just busy. My novel is called Summoned (by Susan Leigh Noble) and is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and smashwords.com. It is the first in a trilogy. If you like fantasy (magic, dragons, telepathic cats) then it might be something you like. It has received 5 5-star reviews (2 of them on Amazon, 1 on Goodreads and 2 on independent review sites). Sales have been slow but that is to be expected as a virtual unknown author and without having a publishing house backing me.View Thread
Let's see...for me personally, I think the best thing about this year was finally publishing my novel (under a pen name). I started it many years ago and though it was rejected by publishing houses I finally got around to publishing it this year as an ebook and it has received great reviews - though slow sales which is expected since I am doing it myself. For DH, he made partner (non-equity) at his law firm though his health issues have been a real downer and we are hoping to find answers for his problems in 2012. DS has done awesome in K this year. He is really excelling and excited about reading. DD has started preschool and in 2012 I am hoping she will decide she likes school more than she does.View Thread
DS's class (and now DD's) has always had a price range - $5 and under. This year for DS it was a book costing from $3 to $5 or a "gently used" book.
I would have never spent $15 for a class book exchange but the other parent should have done better than that. In this case, I am not sure there is much you can do now. I would make sure that next year there are more guidelines for the book exchange. DS has done one for 4 years so I expect it to continue for more years.View Thread
It is hard to truly offer an opinion when we have not been there. I think you should have a talk with your SIL or have DH do it. You need to set some boundaries. If you don't want her showing up at odd times, change the locks if she has a key and if she doesn't have a key, then don't let her in the house. ("Now isn't a good time. We are putting XXX to bed." - close door) If you don't trust her BF then I certainly wouldn't leave her with either of them. As other poster said YOU are the parent. It is up to you (and DH) to decide what happens.View Thread