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Not domesticating is bad, but raising a boy like a prince is even worse. I'll never forget before Marlin and I were married, we were spending a weekend at his mom's in L.A. In the morning she says to me"Since you probably know better what he likes now, I'll let YOU make his breakfast" I think you probably know me well enough to guess my response :-)
Toggle Commented Oct 12, 2010 on The Peter Principle at Who's The Boss?
For my family, it's all about the Frosted Mocha.
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I second that! But I do think there are winners and "losers" in the casting process. But I like the lessons learned when a kid goes from the star of one show, to the ensemble in the next, and participates with the same level of enthusiasm. It also teaches humility. My son, who's applying to drama schools and auditioning, is surrounded by kids that have the same level of dedication and even bigger resumes then his.
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2010 on My Kid? Talented? at LA Moms Blog
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Thoughtful post. I'm working on one about my reaction to the hawkers on the Venice Beach boardwalk who invite you to come in and see the "kush" doctor to get a medical marijuana prescription.
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This is the little kid version of what I'm going through now, with twin seniors waiting to hear from colleges. I get heart palpitations when I hear the mailman.
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2010 on Waiting for the Mail at NYC Moms
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I was the exact same way, unless it could be done outside, then I was a little easier to persuade. The teenage version of this is when my kids want to cook or bake, since to some of them, cleanup means throwing everything in the sink.
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Steph, this is a lovely post. But I can't seem to drink enough water to avoid the horrible headache I get every time I've tried Bikram or any other hot yoga. Think I'll stick to Vinyasa with an occasional restorative session and save the heavy sweating for the treadmill and Zumba class.
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And when she gets a little older, you can expand this to include her performance in classic musicals. There are quite a few wonderful children's theatre programs in the area. Several accept all who audition, even if it's just an ensemble role. Most need parent volunteers to help backstage, which makes it a great, shared experience. I can't tell you how much fun I've had ushering 2 of my kids through the many musicals we've worked on together.
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They weren't ignored, but it was a much less crazy scene than it would have been if everyone had to get to school. http://www.insidebayarea.com/sanmateocountytimes/localnews/ci_14294879?source=rss
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It was a very similar scene at Gunn this morning. http://www.insidebayarea.com/sanmateocountytimes/localnews/ci_14294879?source=rss
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I should probably insert an update, but today Gunn and the school district decided to delay the opening of school on Friday until 8:30, after these wackos are scheduled to leave. They're asking the kids (and parents) not to come early. So their histrionics will only be seen by the people driving down the albeit busy street, but not the audience they wanted. Everyone I know is applauding this move.
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Here's a great quote, and the right idea from Stanford Jewish Student Association president Joe Gettinger: 'When hate comes to your door, you do not respond by turning a blind eye, and you do not respond in hate... you counter their messages of hate with positive messages of tolerance...on the Hillel lawn, ...a proactive rally of tolerance, with our backs to those who would blast us with hate.'
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"It was like I'm living in a nightmare" What 5 year old says that? Too funny! I thought you were going to write that you left your daughter in the yard. I have 4 kids, now teens and older, but when they were little, my biggest fear was literally leaving one behind - at a store, park, gas station, etc. It never happened but once I panicked because I thought I left my daughter behind, but she was never on that car trip in the first place. Older kids still laugh about it. Your scenario? Yeh, that happened and not just once :- {
Toggle Commented Dec 20, 2009 on One Child Left Behind at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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This is really interesting. Both of my twins (now 17) are lefties and I never had any of these discussions through the school years. The only times we dealt with the difference was in sports. I wonder if you only hear it if the teacher is left-handed. I never bought them any left-handed products except for maybe some scissors when they were younger,
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I agree with you in principle and I don't know about the economic makeup of your school district, but don't forget the minimum wage working moms with no sick days. It might be a matter of losing their job, or not being able to afford another day without pay. Some places offer alternatives for them, but not many.
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What IS it about 4th/5th grade? That's when my daughter also started dealing with the mean girls. It was even worse because her private school class was TINY, and there were few, if any, happy choices. In 7th grade she switched to a public middle school and is little Ms. Social. And if someone's being mean, there's always someone else, plus she also has different sets of friends (school, youth theatre, summer camp), that helps a lot too.
Toggle Commented Nov 28, 2009 on Mean Girls at NYC Moms
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I usually have my Kindle (a gift) in my purse. I haven't whipped it out in a grocery store line yet, but at many other "waiting" occasions. I lost it for a few days a little while ago, and I was SO....lost.
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I couldn't agree more - actually I did here http://www.svmoms.com/2007/05/draft_backstage.html a couple of years ago. My son did PYT shows non-stop from 6th- 10th grade, and my younger daughter has done about 8 shows, and is continuing. Wonderful experience, also the older kids are so nice to the younger kids, which you often don't see.
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I know a young man with Aspergers who really blossomed with theatre, both performing and working backstage. He was a teenager when he started, and his mother credits the experience for so many "openings" in his life, including his comfort level w/ small children (who jump all over him) He usually played "larger than life" characters (Thernardier, The Pirate King, Cowardly Lion, etc) with great panache, and he's now acting, singing and doing voice-over work professionally.
Toggle Commented Nov 24, 2009 on The Reluctant Pilgrim at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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Umm- I don't mean to be sexist, but there's usually a HUGE difference between a 12 y/o boy and a 12 y/o girl. As a mom of now teenage/adult 2 boys and 2 girls, I never would compare myself at that age with my sons at the same age.
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As the mother of boy-girl twins who are now 17, my favorite all-time question (which I got a lot when they were young, and even sometimes now) is "Are they identical?" Sometimes asked by intelligent people.
Toggle Commented Sep 30, 2009 on Which One is Older? at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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I do remember 4th grade as when all this started. Maybe a tad sooner for my younger daughter because of her 4 years older sister. I feel like it's at its peak now that she's in 8th grade. My big shock came the other day from the 17 y/o sister. I needed to use the car she usually drives to school. When I offered to pick her up that day she says "Ugh, no, I'm not a baby - I can't have my mom picking me up from school"
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Wow, Alix I had no idea. You certainly do an amazing job hiding it. I just finished another wonderful, funny book by Rebecca Wells and read about her struggles in the bio materials.
Toggle Commented Sep 17, 2009 on Ginger Rogers Moms at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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Ah, Dina. I can't even count the many times over the years I've broken the "I would never" rules I started with. Especially over the years you learn to be more flexible and carefully choose your battles. Even teenagers fidget when they travel. I think our last long car drive included entertainment by DVD player, iPhone, iPods and of course texting. There's also living through the unexpected - like when a 3.5 hour drive to Lake Tahoe took 9 hours! (I blogged about that). As in everything, you do what you have to do :-)
Toggle Commented Sep 16, 2009 on Bringing out the big guns at NYC Moms
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