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August 13, 2018 at 9:27 am #5169
Yep – having Malia pay for her stuff at the store has definitely made her more mindful of what she’s buying. And if she really wants something, she’s learned to save for it. Mike and I don’t typically make her pay for all of it. We definitely appreciate her efforts and that she is grasping the lesson it comes with.August 16, 2018 at 8:29 am #5174
First day of school was so chaotic. There was a new traffic flow diagram that simply caused more congestion IMO. The 1-5 classes had to meet on the blacktop but there was no organization. I’m so glad I walked Malia all the way because it was so overwhelming. I don’t know why they don’t do a meet and greet with the teachers prior to school starting. We knew her name but had no idea what she looked like. So when they asked up to “stand in line in front of your teacher” we had no idea who was who. No signs other than the classroom #. WTF? Made no sense.
With all that happening, I didn’t get to see max off to class, Mike did. But of course, he wanted mom so he was really upset about it.
Pick-up was a whole other mess. Ugh! Somehow we made it through. Pizza and ice cream definitely helped.
Today was much better. I got to walk both kids to where they wanted to be. Thankfully both kids really like their teachers. I haven’t seen Malia this enthused for school since before they started to teach her to read. lolAugust 19, 2018 at 3:55 pm #5187
Are Max and Malia both at the same location now, where Malia was already attending? Oy, yes! The first few days of school are always hectic with parking, traffic, and all that stuff. Our schools do a meet & greet every year. They should definitely do that for you guys. I like to meet the teachers, see the classroom, meet whatever parents I can. That is also when we take in our 3 bags full of supplies and drop them off, because there is no way a kid can carry all of those supplies in.August 22, 2018 at 3:39 pm #5191
yes – exactly! That makes so much more sense to me. Let us meet the teachers, show the kids the classroom and start to meet some of the other students/parents. 1st grade is still so new to these kids so it’s totally needed. But nope, none of that. The administration is so afraid of parents wanting to switch their kids out of classes.
But yes, both kids are at the same school. Different schedules, but one location.August 23, 2018 at 7:02 am #5192
Yay, that is nice that they are at the same location! Goodness, if that’s the reason for no meet & greet, that stinks. Especially for the younger kids. But, honestly, we hear something similar for middle school here. They do a preview night sort of meet & greet thing, but there is all this terror of parents wanting to switch kids out of classes, that they do all of these avoidant things too. It’s just so bizarre. And stupid honestly. If you have a bunch of parents & kids wanting to do classroom switches, you #1) should have a policy in place to deal with that, instead of just avoiding. And #2) ask yourself why that is. If it’s truly an epidemic, the school needs to take a look at itself and find out why. Yes, there’s always going to be those few parents who want to switch because they are pains in the arses, but the majority of parents probably have legitimate concerns.
Ahhhh, to be in public school in America… 🙂August 23, 2018 at 1:28 pm #5195
Yeah there was 1 1st grade teacher I absolutely did not want Malia to have. She has a reputation for being mean, using a lot of negativity and scare tactics. She’s been pushed out of her last 2 schools. But because of tenure, she gets to keep a job. Thankfully, she is not Malia’s teacher but I had to talk a lot to all of my teacher friends to have them put in a good word and look out for Malia. Ugh. Clearly she is an issue but they don’t treat the problem.August 28, 2018 at 6:17 am #5202
That is terrible. I always feel like if a teacher has a rep for being “mean,” then they probably are. Kids know!
Well, Rhett finally lost another tooth after a year-long break. He was so excited to get his tooth fairy money again, even though I don’t think he 100% believes in the tooth fairy anymore. He has another one about to come out, so Scott & I are ready with our cash haha! Rhett really stepped up this summer with learning how to do even more chores around the house. I push him hard to learn how to do things, because I don’t want him to be like Scott, who doesn’t know how to do anything. I want him to feel confident that he can do this stuff, and not have to rely on mommy for everything (especially once he’s a teenager & I really don’t want to touch his dirty clothes haha!). Summer flew by so fast, and we literally ran out of time to do some things. Rhett almost has shoe tying down pat. He’s come a long way, and he really wanted to master it this summer. He still struggles with the very last part, but if he gets it, he’s good. When he doesn’t get it, shoes come untied & I reinforce them.
He’s doing good with 2nd grade so far. As I feared, the homework is a lot more than I would like. I was kind of expecting it, but honestly, I hate it anyway. I really don’t feel like Rhett benefits from it at all. For me, it is a way for me to see how he’s doing with different concepts, and what he needs to be working more on (which honestly, I could do that without all of the homework, but I try to find a silver lining). I keep telling him that having a lot of homework is prepping him for future grades, when he will get a lot more. So, I guess there is that too.August 28, 2018 at 10:18 am #5210
Shoe tying! We’ve been working on that with Malia too. She finally got one shoe this morning but then got overwhelmed with the second shoe.
YES to chores. Malia is great at doing her chores. Max, not so much. And I feel bad because Malia feels like I work her so much and not her brother. As an older sibling, I know what it feels like to have things be unbalanced and having to always be the “Responsible” one — I don’t like putting that kind of pressure on her. I want her to be a kid too and not always the “big sister”. Thankfully she likes to keep her room clean. Now if I can get her to keep the rest of the house clean, we’d be winning. 🙂May 8, 2019 at 11:07 am #5946
So someone in my mommy group asked if any of us had left our kids home alone yet. I was a little taken aback. Am I at that stage already? I know that being home alone is not something the kids would be remotely interested in, but is 7 years old acceptable for that? I figured, if they’re still in a booster seat, they’re still not allowed to be home alone. lolMay 9, 2019 at 6:18 am #5955
Wow! Yeah, I think this age is way too young. In Georgia, there are actually laws I believe. I want to say it’s 11 years old, or something like that. Our parents left us home alone when they shouldn’t have, honestly. It was just the chaotic way I grew up. They would fight and sometimes both leave the house daytime, middle of the night, didn’t matter. Many times my older sister was home, but not always. And, anyway, she wasn’t that much older and shouldn’t have been burdened with my parents’ drama. But, it was not safe and there were issues that came of it. There’s no way in hell I’m leaving Rhett home alone until I abide by the law, and he’s mature enough.
It’s funny that you bring this up, cuz Scott and I were just talking about it. Rhett has a kid in his class that got moved into his class in January. The kid is a troubled kid and has been in all sorts of trouble. There’s a second boy in the class that’s kind of been pulled into the vortex of this bad behavior. Anyway, this kid brought a razor and vape pen to school. He and the other boy threw rocks at a window & broke it during recess. He stole more than one thing off the teacher’s desk. He plugged in a glue gun when he wasn’t supposed to and burned another student. He’s 8! Let that sink in.
So, this kid got suspended about a month ago for the razor incident. When he returned to school, he told Rhett’s teacher that he was home alone all day just watching TV. His alleged mother (I will not call her that cuz she’s no mom in my eyes), left that little troubled child home alone all day. What the hell?!? Terrible!
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