Has she recently had any eye exams? There are so many triggers for headaches and migraines. The best thing to do is keep a journal of her diet and activities on the days she gets headaches. You'll likely find the cause this way. Then you can also discuss it with her doctor to help find some solutions.View Thread
Wow. It's just terrifying to read things like this.
Just this last March a 12 year old girl disappeared while walking 8 blocks to a friend's birthday party. The news reports and the facebook page that was set up made it seem very unlikely that she ran away. The FBI was brought in and suddenly everyone in town (it's a smaller sized city) became paranoid. Honestly, it sounded like a stranger abduction and that thought was almost too much for me to imagine.
Then in May the spring rainstorms caused her body to wash out of a culvert and she was discovered by a ditch rider. It was half a mile from her house. Suddenly, the police were able to release more information to the public. Turns out she had and 18 year old boyfriend who was arrested the day she was found for having sexual relationship with a minor. He hasn't been charged with her murder yet, but it's pretty obvious that he had something to do with it. Now I've heard lots of other rumors about the family and other things that were going on.
My point (taking me a while to get there!) is that there is often information about these abductions that is kept secret from the public. So what seems to be a frightening stranger abduction may actually end up being a family member abduction or something along those lines.
I pray this little guy is found and the dark secrets surrounding his disappearance are brought to light!View Thread
Lots of dinners can be "tweaked" to make them a little healthier. Use a whole grain bun instead of a white one for hamburgers. Leave off the slice of cheese and mayo, etc. We bake sweet potato fries as a healthy side to burgers or steaks. Have you tried veggie burgers? I have made black bean burgers before and everyone seemed to like them okay. Whenever you are planning a meal, just try "googling" whatever you're making for some healthier options. My kids turn their noses up at a lot of veggies too. But they LOVE tomato soup, zucchini soup, etc. They don't think they are actually getting vegetables this way. So I just make it the main dish! Let him plan a meal each week to give him a little more control. Tell him it has to include a healthy side that he will eat. I completely understand how difficult it can be. Just be consistent, make sure he's getting lots of exercise and take the options of junk food out of the house.View Thread
I suppose it depends on the individual schools and school districts.
In our area, the charter schools seem to be the better option but are difficult to get admission to. The public elementary schools are good, but the grades after that seem to be lacking.
Both options are seriously lacking in funding which leaves administrators hands tied when it comes to any improvements.
However as a former teacher, I am a big believer that parental involvement in a child's academic growth can make all the difference in the world regardless of the school.
We have been lucky enough to get in to one of the charter schools here. It is a K-12 school and we LOVE the curriculum. My first grader (for two more days ) is thriving and really being stretched and challenged appropriately. They do some unique things that keep kids on their toes and working hard. There is not a lot of room for "slackers". So in our area, I would definitely say that charter schools are the better option.View Thread
Seems like there are all sorts of spring activities at the museums around here. Our local historical farm is currently having "Baby Animal Days". All the kids love that one.
We ride our bikes a lot (weather permitting). We will ride to the park, library, or just ride around the neighborhood. We also live i a cul-de-sac, so the kids can ride around the street with me watching.
We are starting our garden, so the kids like helping with that.
We pretty much play outside whenever the weather is warm. Inside we color, bake, read, play piano, etc.View Thread
I "voted" no, but we do allow Ella to eat school lunch once a week. She gets to pick the day, but the other days she takes her lunch. A couple of reasons for this:
1. I can make her lunch for less than we can buy it for every day. Both she and DH take their lunches every day. I am home with the younger siblings all day, so lunch type food is always in stock at our house.
2. I have seen the lunch menu at her school and it is awful. It's not healthy and they offer pizza every day. Of course, Ella eats pizza every time she gets school lunch, so I know that's what she would eat every day. I like being able to control what she eats. This way I KNOW she is getting a healthy lunch 6 out of 7 days a week!
However, I know that my tune may change as I get more kids in school and they get older. So I will never say never! View Thread
The weekend was super busy, but mostly fun- lol! Ella had soccer on Saturday and thankfully the rain held off until her game was over. Sunday was full of church, family birthday party, neighbor get together, then small group study last night. The best news was that I got a Blackberry! I'm still figuring it out, but so far, I LOVE it
Ella is off school today, but Owen still goes to preschool. This week is not terribly busy- just the usual activities. Randy is off next weekend, so Friday won't come soon enough!!View Thread
Yes, our schools are all facing massive budget cuts here too. I don't know what exactly the school our children attend will be cutting yet. It's a k-12 charter school. But it concerns me greatly. Unfortunately, people did not vote for a mill levy in November that would have helped out all the schools in our area. Sigh....it always feels so discouraging.
You are so smart to volunteer in the classroom. I'm sure the teachers appreciate all the help they can get!!View Thread
1. Ella will be in the same school, same room, same teacher They do combined grades, so it's a 1st/2nd grade class. Lucky we love her teacher!
Owen will finish preschool in May and then start kindergarten in the fall. We go to visit the class on Friday. I hope I can keep from getting teary like I did with Ella (sniff, sniff).
2. The school we have chosen for our kids is a k-12 charter school. It's very close to our house. I am pretty sure I'm going to love having all 4 of my kids in the same school together. So far, we are totally impressed with curriculum, teachers, etc.View Thread