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Old 04-23-2012, 09:35 AM   #5476
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Nope. Sheltering is next to enabling in my book.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:35 AM   #5477
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$5500?? Jeez....it's $20k/yr here
Even that isn't too bad. Some of the schools I work with are in the mid-high 30s. Then again we pretty much just service schools for 1%ers.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:36 AM   #5478
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not really, if you feel like her exposure to more is limited, then it just could be. Around here there are some smaller christian schools, and a couple larger, so i guess it just depends on how big it is i suppose.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:36 AM   #5479
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If you take the very small sample size of my wife and I, one of us is way more adjusted to real world life (me) and one of us is a little more sheltered (her).

However, she was way more prepared for college and is better student than I am.

We don't have kids yet but have talked about public v private. If we live in a district with good public schools then I will very strongly push for public school.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:41 AM   #5480
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We're still deciding whether to leave Kate in private Christian school or public school. We like the school she's in now but apart of me thinks she needs to be in more of a public environment. As bad as that sounds I want my kids prepared for life and the real world and I'm afraid the Christian school will shelter her from a lot of that. Am I a horrible father for thinking that?
Yeah, I struggled with the "I turned out fine and went to public school". But it was different back then (80s/early 90s).

Around here at least, the public schools are decent enough, but they also come with a high student/teacher ratio, a mix of parents that care and parents that could care less, and a mix of teachers that care and don't.

So for us, we are willing to pay to ensure our kids have a high quality experience over the years.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:53 AM   #5481
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Yeah, I struggled with the "I turned out fine and went to public school". But it was different back then (80s/early 90s).

Around here at least, the public schools are decent enough, but they also come with a high student/teacher ratio, a mix of parents that care and parents that could care less, and a mix of teachers that care and don't.

So for us, we are willing to pay to ensure our kids have a high quality experience over the years.
Same here. Around here the elementary schools are decent with one exception...parent drama. I can handle my kids, but Lord have mercy if I have to put up with the ignorant parents of this world.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:54 AM   #5482
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If you take the very small sample size of my wife and I, one of us is way more adjusted to real world life (me) and one of us is a little more sheltered (her).

However, she was way more prepared for college and is better student than I am.

We don't have kids yet but have talked about public v private. If we live in a district with good public schools then I will very strongly push for public school.
I have little concern over Kate's scholarship potential. She's gonna be fine. Now my boy on the other hand, goes head first into everything like this father (literally).
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:58 AM   #5483
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We're still deciding whether to leave Kate in private Christian school or public school. We like the school she's in now but apart of me thinks she needs to be in more of a public environment. As bad as that sounds I want my kids prepared for life and the real world and I'm afraid the Christian school will shelter her from a lot of that. Am I a horrible father for thinking that?
You're being a practical father. Getting kids out of their comfort zone early will be good for their character and adaptability.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:03 AM   #5484
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I have little concern over Kate's scholarship potential. She's gonna be fine. Now my boy on the other hand, goes head first into everything like this father (literally).
LOL, we looked at college scholarships like this:

daughter - she's pretty and smart, she'll be fine in life.

son - we'll start him on sports early, lol.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:08 AM   #5485
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The past week has been crazy to say the least. This will be a bit of a long post /word castle, so be warned. ....
All I can say is congrats and best wishes! I hope everything goes well! I can only imaging how stressed you must be right now.

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We are officially sending our daughter (and in 3 years son) to private school. Definitely will be a sacrifice to do so, not to our detriment, but we'll definitely not be dropping them off in a Lexus. Looking at about $5,500 annually per kid.

We are excited though. The school systems around here aren't horrible, but they aren't getting better either.
I am lucky to have a great public school where I live so Private schooling isn't really a concern at all. I will have to decide whether to enroll in the
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:09 AM   #5486
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I have little concern over Kate's scholarship potential. She's gonna be fine. Now my boy on the other hand, goes head first into everything like this father (literally).
I still had a 3.4 in HS, got a 27 on the ACT and a 3.0 from OU. She on the other hand got a 4.0 in HS and a 3.85 at OU with two degrees. I only look stupid when compared to her .

Sports kept me in line more than anything in high school. I was afraid to get in trouble because I didn't want to have to answer to the football coach. My parents were when I told them why I never got into drugs when my friends did. It wasn't because it was "wrong", but because I didn't want to have to run everyday after practice .
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:29 AM   #5487
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The past week has been crazy to say the least. This will be a bit of a long post /word castle, so be warned.
Our 2 were in the NICU for a couple of weeks when they were born 5 weeks early. I know its not as early as your little girl, but I know how stressful it can be with the C-pap's , feeding tubes, IV's and such.

Hang in there. NICU babies grow fast and grow strong.

Ava pooped in the toilet twice this weekend . I figured she would start out peeing in the potty first, but she went straight for the big time. They weren't little poops either...

Jonah is not interested in that whole potty thing. He seems quite satisfied with poopin and wee'in in his britches. He's like"why would I want to trouble myself with all that work when I can just do it here?"
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:32 AM   #5488
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good luck - pullin for u
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:55 PM   #5489
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Avery is doing good still. They were able to take her off of one of her ventilators tonight, so hopefully it stays that way. Mom and I went to see her when they changed her wraps/bed last night, and were able to touch her for the first time (aside from my 2 seconds of contact when she got to the NICU.) It was nothing short of amazing. Unfortunately her skin is like rice paper right now, so it will be quite some time until we can hold her. But it's better than nothing!

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Old 04-26-2012, 06:50 PM   #5490
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ashtnn - any updates?

Got this in the mail from my mom. Did a test fit with a stuffed animal from around the house, lol. I also added my sub-zero mask from halloween because Amanda said the carrier looked like a ninja outfit.



Babality!
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:35 PM   #5491
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Got this in the mail from my mom. Did a test fit with a stuffed animal from around the house, lol. I also added my sub-zero mask from halloween because Amanda said the carrier looked like a ninja outfit.



Babality!
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is that a moby wrap (or similar) we have one, but i don't like it, too clingy,
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:59 PM   #5492
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It is a Moby wrap. It seems pretty easy to get into, but it does take a little time and it doesn't seem like something you take on and off regularly. I'm having a hard time imagining when I'd use it. At the mall or something when the wife is shopping, I guess.
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:02 PM   #5493
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Anyone else get puked on today?

Looks like Matthew caught the flu or some stomach bug, at least I got to leave work early.
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:30 PM   #5494
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It is a Moby wrap. It seems pretty easy to get into, but it does take a little time and it doesn't seem like something you take on and off regularly. I'm having a hard time imagining when I'd use it. At the mall or something when the wife is shopping, I guess.
I can never seem to get mine either tied correctly or just tight enough. It always seems really loose and my little dude can fall out at any minute. They are useful though, and take quite a load off of your arms and shoulders.
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:56 PM   #5495
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My wife will wear the moby, but if i have to front carry i use one of those manlier looking front carriers that almost looks like a mini baby back-pack thinger, but it's comfy and less clingy and has a handy little pocket in the front that's too small for just about anything! But it keeps baby close and cozy, and i can hold her arms out and pretend her little arms are motorcycle handlebars.
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:25 PM   #5496
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My wife wore a moby for awhile..and it was worked great.
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:37 PM   #5497
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My wife wore a moby for awhile..and it was worked great.
Did the ninja mask help, though?
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:45 PM   #5498
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My daughter's first birthday is coming up in about 10 days and we're throwing a big BBQ birthday party. I need some ideas for activities we can do that will include kids from 1 year to about 8 years old.
My wife wants to make a pinata for the bigger kids and I was thinking about a treasure hunt.
Anyone?
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Avery is doing good still. *snipped*
good to hear, and i'm sending good thoughts her way.

first and foremost, sorry for the wall o' text/multi-quote. and my son is only four so i don't have any personal experience from a parental aspect, other than what i went through while growing up.
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Yeah, I struggled with the "I turned out fine and went to public school". But it was different back then (80s/early 90s).
Around here at least, the public schools are decent enough, but they also come with a high student/teacher ratio, a mix of parents that care and parents that could care less, and a mix of teachers that care and don't.
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We're still deciding whether to leave Kate in private Christian school or public school. We like the school she's in now but apart of me thinks she needs to be in more of a public environment. As bad as that sounds I want my kids prepared for life and the real world and I'm afraid the Christian school will shelter her from a lot of that. Am I a horrible father for thinking that?
i've got four siblings, one older, two fifteen+ years my junior. my older and i went to prep schools in IL and NJ, two younger went to public HS.
my older sister has a comm degree that she doesn't use, i never graduated college. the two younger went to a very good ps system in PA(pine richland). the youngest just passed her lsat's, the other got a fellowship in lasers and optics at univ of rochester w/ a paid stipend thats damn decent.
who got the better deal? who knows? but a lot of it depends on the school district and the kid in question. my current plan for my son is to follow what i went through, just due to the schooling available to the ex and i. public till hs, private after that.

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