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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 7:49 pm 
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We had pinworms and it was 2 doses of the OTC medication, but it knocked everything out. Pinworms are everywhere and I find them gross and foul, but assume that you really can't avoid them. Kids and their fingers constantly in their mouths and private parts is just a recipe for the wigglies.

Also this discussion makes my butt itch.

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I'm glad to hear the 2 doses took care of it! I keep reading about people who couldn't get rid of the worms because they kept reinfecting themselves...my friend resorted to diatomaceous earth eaten regularly and said that was the only thing that kept them away. She has 4 little kids though.


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We had a play date with a few friends on Friday. While Leela and a little girl were playing, the little girl says to me in the saddest voice "I feel so sick!" So I told her mom and was told "Oh, yes she wasn't feeling well, but I told her not to touch the other kids." The mom is a teacher, and seriously what 4 year old would be able to remember not to hug her friends?

So then the play date is cut short because the little girl feels terrible and three days later L is sick. At least she isn't starting school and can stay home for a few days and heal. But seriously, if your kid is sick stay home!!

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OMG, yes, totally my pet peeve! No playdates for sick kids.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 2:29 pm 
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OMG, 2/3 of the time I make plans with the local-ish homeschooling groups, they fall through at the last minute (one time, everybody bailed after I was already at the venue; at best, I show up on time or a bit early and everyone else is late). I had all of tomorrow planned out and had even booked uncancellable mystery shops around the meet-up, and then right after dinner tonight, they cancelled the meet-up for tomorrow and it's going to be at an entirely different place that I don't want to go to at a time too early for me to make anyway. ARGH! It seemed so solid. They voted on a meeting place, all these people RSVP'd on FB, and then -- bam! Forget the beach BYO-picnic, it's meaty BBQ in the woods on the other side of town time.

So now I am still obliged (because of the mystery shops) to take my 3 kids out tomorrow, but it is SO not worth it to me now. I guess maybe I can take them somewhere else, too, but the PIA factor is high.

I think from now on, I need to forget about going out of my way to socialise my kids with other homeschooled kids and just socialise them with regular kids. XD

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:16 pm 
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i kinda hate when people with no kids make stupid comments about how you should be living your life or parenting.

i have a friend who is mostly an online friend but we have met a couple times IRL and she is a total smart asparagus. that's just how she is and i know that but sometimes she just says really inappropriate things and usually we all just ignore it. she has no filter.

i shouldnt be bothered by anything she says but sometimes when you struggle with things the last thing you need is some smart asparagus making comments.

a sample of things that have super annoyed me:

i was talking about how i was really stressed early in the summer about plans i had made to go away late in the summer and leave BP at home with my husband for a few days.
she basically said to not worry about it and BP would just scream and get over it and not remember it later in life

i posted on fb about being really frustrated that a 3rd local grocery store rearranged their dairy section and stopped carrying Stonyfield vanilla soy yogurt which BP basically lives on.
she told me this wouldnt have happened if i let my kid eat ice cream and chips like the rest of the world (the implication being that because im vegan shes not allowed to eat chips or ice cream despite me having several times posted pictures on fb of her eating ice cream)

then i complained on fb about BP getting sick at school and taking her home and that i was frustrated about it because she had been doing so good at school.
she commented something about how she was faking it and had tricked me which i found kinda funny so i replied something like she must have had the hair dryer out htat morning to make her forehead warm and then she said "well you have to realize now she knows if she's sick she can go home" the implication being that i had created a problem by taking my sick 3 year old home from school.

it's all really stupid but the comments just peas me off. it's like Shuttest The Forsooth Up! already

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:30 pm 
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Ugh LP that is super irritating. I'm angry on your behalf!

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Sorry LP. That is super rude and not friendlike

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 3:24 pm 
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She sounds annoying. She'll never change either. I think I a ms grumpy today! My job is too hard and I can't get a different one that is easier but pays enough money. We have tried to cut down our outgoings etc but it's hard and I'm fed up. I need to win the lottery. I realise this is pretty and silly and I am not the first person to feel this way but there you go. A vent from me!


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:45 am 
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Oh, LP, that is SO annoying. I honestly think 3 year olds aren't capable of nearly that level of manipulation. The best Vax can do is to tell me there are two of him when I give the kids chocolate in the hopes I will fall for it and give him two pieces instead of one.

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OMG, why is Beetroot suddenly crazy? He was a really crazy-goofy toddler, but then at 5 mellowed out completely and has been SO helpful and sweet for the last 3 years and suddenly this summer he has started having meltdowns and stuff! He slammed a door on my husband a few days ago and said Mr. Crabby was a child abuser and that Beet needed to go to A&E because my husband said he was tickling him the previous night, but was really STABBING HIM IN THE ARMPITS WITH HIS FINGERNAILS!

He kicked me this evening because I said it was bedtime and he was hungry and said I should have known he was hungry because he came into the kitchen a few minutes after we'd finished dinner and said no thanks when I offered him an ice cube and didn't I know that meant he was hungry?

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He sounds like a teenager! I hope this is a short phase for him!


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Three year olds need to stay in school sick. It's a True Fact. Ask any teacher, or parents of the would-be healthy children for that matter.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:37 am 
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Im so aggravated with health care in this country. ARRRRGHHHHH
we decided to take BP to a pediatric counselor/therapist/whatever you want to call it.
we've been struggling with her lately with the start of school and other things and i have suspicions she may be on the high functioning end of the autism spectrum. she definitely has sensory issues and she definitely has anxiety problems.
i dont feel our current OT has been giving me the support i need so yay for me for being proactive about my kids health.

i go on psychology today's website and find a counselor. most of them are in Boston which is like an hour away so i find one that is nearby and her description and write up is PERFECT. she has 15 years of experience, her therapy is play based, she deals with kids on the spectrum and kids with depression, anxiety, etc. she has experience working with really young kids. i talk to her on the phone and she sounds great. the only downside is she cannot actually give a diagnosis of whether she is on the spectrum or not but she can tell us if she thinks she is and can tell us if she thinks a neuropsych eval to get a diagnosis would be appropriate.

PERFECT RIGHT?

guess what, she is considered out of network for my insurance because we have some wacky out of state plan because the company we work for was bought by a larger company.
so i call my insurance company. if i pick an in network provider since we met our deductible for the year they would pay 100% for the rest of the calendar year.

but for my perfect out of network provider?
we have not met our out of network family deductible of TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS (we have $0 going towards that one currently) so we would owe 100%.
WHAT forking SENSE DOES THAT MAKE?!?!?!?

so im waiting to hear back from her to see how much she charges and then make a decision.

Canadian PPKers can i come live with you? im sick of this place.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:36 am 
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Hugs LP, that sounds so frustrating.

You are welcome to come live with me but it will be very crowded in my 2 bedroom apartment and there is cat hair on everything which you are allergic to. But you are still welcome.

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yeah the cat thing would definitely be a problem but BabyPunk could teach Baby Lobster all about dinos and maybe Baby Lobster could teach BabyPunk that food isnt the worst thing ever!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 12:44 pm 
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I'm sorry LP. I just had the same issue. Found a feeding therapist who was PERFECT, but she is out of network and so my insurance would pay zilch. The evaluation would cost $350 and then she charges private pay individuals $65 per session and says she typically recommends 2 sessions per week. I cannot afford that for long haul. The insurance will pay for a feeding therapist at the giant hospital in town - where I will pay my $30 co-pay per session and have to pay for parking and deal with getting uncooperative kid in and out of the hospital. I can't actually afford the co-pay for that in addition to the speech therapy we already pay for so I think we are just going to skip it for now. My state does actually have a foundation we can apply for that pays co-pays or out of pocket expenses for therapy for children - I thought I would make too much to be eligible but the brochure said something like $100K income for a family of four so we will apply and see if there are any funds available. Maybe your state has something too (it isn't state government sponsored - just happens to be for people in my state)? My current speech therapist gave us the info.


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it's so frustrating!! she charges $100 per session which in theory isnt bad but if you think about weekly sessions that adds up to at least $5000 for the year assuming you miss a couple weeks for holidays/vacation. that's ALOT and it still doesnt come near to meeting our out of network family deductible

i did ask her in my email how often she sees patients and if it was possible to go once a month if appropriate. i kind of knew what the answer would be and i was right. she said usually at the beginning to establish a relationship and get to assess the situation usually you go once a week for awhile.

and the public school system doesnt really deal with her issues and i am happy with the preschool she is in anyways and was so put off by my brief experience with the public school people in my town.

we're going to meet the lady tomorrow (just me and my husband) and decide from there whether we want to go with her or try to find and in network provider.

the other good thing about her is she said her office is in a building that is a converted house and has less of a clinical feel to it which she says helps some kids who are anxious. so like you said annasrobbie it's next to impossible to drag them into a place like a hospital or drs office.

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Finding a therapist on a specific insurance plan can be so so hard. Crossing my fingers this works out somehow.

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This isn't a vent about my kids, but about their fitness group. I've raved about them before -- these fitness groups are the only playgroup I've found where everyone is nice and friendly and no one is snooty. I felt uncomfortable and HORRIBLY snubbed at the local group, which seems to focus on parents eating ridiculously huge slices of cake rather than focusing on the kids -- most of the playgroups seem to focus on desserts and junk food, which I don't like -- they are playgroups, why does there have to be food at all? I am really friendly and chatty, so for me to feel snubbed is no small thing. Especially in our area of Scotland where everybody is generally pretty friendly anyway.

And it only a £2/kid requested donation. We go to the 1-1/2 to 3 year old morning session because Vax is 3 and still seems too young for the 3-5 year old session (Beet & Raygold went to that when Vax was a baby). I've offered to have Beet & Raygold sit the sessions out because they are too old, but everyone said it's fine to have them play along (so I donate extra, which is good for them because they were dangerously low on funds last year).

My husband's been taking the kids because I have a midwife appointment at that time every week. He said one of the moms recognised my kids and chatted with him before the session started (my husband is shy and also bald and kind of looks like he used to be homeless, so a random mom being friendly to him is very unusual).

But this week, one of the leaders (obviously not the one I am friends with -- but I have no way of contacting her because I am locked out of my usual facebook account) told Mark not to come to the morning session anymore and to start going to the 3-5 session because there are some new babies in the morning session and it's too crowded now (which is crazy because who shows up varies week-to-week and they rent a big hall for the sessions and there is loads of room). I am both pissed off and hurt by this. I know we are an unusual case because I homeschool, so I can't just take Vax, but they never minded before (I am good at picking up on this stuff) and Beet and Raygold usually help out with the other kids.

Also the 3-5 session is at an awkward time which doesn't match up with the buses, so we'd be out for 4 hours for a 45 minute session and because the session is right in the middle of the day, we wouldn't be able to combine it with a trip anywhere else -- we usually go to the Science Centre after the morning session on Wednesday and before the afternoon older kids' session on Thursday (and bless them, they have invited Vax to stay before, but he is WAY too young for that one). Plus, it costs us £18 for the playgroup and the bus (which is an all-day ticket (costs the same as the single tickets for me & the kids anyway), so we can go anywhere before/afterward).

So basically, Vax gets the shaft on his fun playgroup with no notice at all. :(

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I'm sorry TCC that sounds incredibly frustrating :(

What is with other parents snubbing other parents at playgroups? I went to a few when I was on maternity leave and they were mostly full of snobby well-to-do moms that drive giant SUVs and want to make everyone else feel shitty for not being as perfect as they are.

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What is with other parents snubbing other parents at playgroups? I went to a few when I was on maternity leave and they were mostly full of snobby well-to-do moms that drive giant SUVs and want to make everyone else feel shitty for not being as perfect as they are.

For real! The last time I tried going to the local group, I sat and breastfed next to another breastfeeding lady and I tried to chat with her and she turned away* and started singing along with the little kid singalong on the other side of the hall. She didn't have a kid in that group, either; it was a really obvious and deliberate snub.

This is the playgroup that was advertised as "providing home baked goods, support, and a much needed social network" for those living in our isolated countryside area.

* This is especially bizarre because generally in the greater Glasgow area, you can literally start talking to anyone and they will happily chat with you. And random people will sit and start talking to you, too.

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Oh my gosh that reminds me of the very first time I went out with my baby...she was 8 weeks old and I was going crazy and so isolated and just really needed company. So I found this local group on FB and went to meet them at a park. I went and sat on the bench to breastfeed and they all walked away and sat on the grass on the opposite side of the park. I was a new mom and breastfeeding was still kind of hard and it made me want to cry. I just wanted someone to talk to me and be nice to me and not shun me.

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That's terrible! I *always* chat up breastfeeders because I was terrified of breastfeeding in public for the first few months and was always worried someone would give me the stink eye or yell at me (which never happened, although once one lady at the cool fitness playgroup looked shocked when she asked if Vax was sleeping and I said he was "boobing") and I just want them to feel normal or maybe even supported. I remember a lady working at a grocery store cafe came over and offered to get me a glass of water and feeling so touched. She was all, "my daughter always got so thirsty, are you sure I can't bring you a glass of water?"

I went to the aforementioned snooty playgroup with my husband (I wasn't brave enough to go alone). He is shy, so not as surprising that no one talked to him, but he still felt snubbed, although he was happy to eat an oversized slice of cake.

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i feel like playgroups are made up of a small number of cool people and a large number of jerks who want to feel like they are the best mom ever and make everyone else feel terrible.

at least that's my limited experience.

we went a few times to a free local playgroup that was pretty good and we met our friends there that we made through Early Intervention and her neighbors and her kids went too and one of the neighbor's girls was apparently a bit of a klepto and would take toys and stuff and put it in her pockets or her moms purse but the mom knew about it and was dealing with it and if it was brought to her attention discreetly she would deal with it. but apparently one week one of the other moms who was just generally shitty very loudly said as everyone was leaving WELL YOU BETTER CHECK HER POCKETS BEFORE YOU GO or something like that.
i mean really? all our kids do shitty stupid things at some point that we as parents have to deal with there's no need to do that when someone is handling it.

my personal pet peeve is when parents dump their kids at playgroup then are done with dealing with them. im all for the idea of letting kids figure out there own stuff within reason but i have a kid who doesnt do well with that and some parents just dont pic up on obvious social clues that their well meaning child is terrorizing my child. i feel like at the little ages 1-3 (and possibly more but my kid is 3 so im not sure) parents need to at least monitor whats going on. that's still really the age when they are trying to figure out how to interact with each other.

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