Activities

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Swimming Lessons--should I Do Them Myself?

I was a swim instructor for 5 years and (obviously) want my two kids (5-1/2 and 8) to learn how to swim. However, I've heard that you can't teach your own kids to swim and just want to put them into swimming lessons. My husband thinks that I'm being lazy and "not wanting" to teach my own kids, but I don't want one more thing to discipline/push them on. What do you think?

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Lesson Too Harsh??

My 10 y/o daughter made our local intermediate travel volleyball team. ...

Baby Sign Language

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Baby Sign Language

I'm interested in taking a class on baby sign language. Does anyone know where classes are offered?

Ballet & Dance

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All She Wants to Do Is Dance

Hi everyone,my 4yr. old daughter loves to dance and has mentioned she wants to be a ballerina. Does anyone know of an affordable place where I can take her for ballet or dance lessons of some sort. I'm a single parent so I can't afford too much on my own. I also thought about ballroom dancing for her but I don't know what's the right age to start that at. Any suggestions anyone? You all always give me good advice so I want to say thank you in advance.

Baseball

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Baseball for a Child

Ladies, we just signed my son up for baseball and he just turned 5 in December,and is in Pre K, so I believe most of the boys on the team are older than him. The problem is after the game the coach chooses a player to receive the game ball. This is the fourth game they've played and my son, for some reason, has to have this ball. Well, last night they lost the game again and the coach asked them who wanted the ball and most of the kids, along with my son, raised their hands for the ball. Well, my son once again did not get the ball. ...

Basketball

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Upwards Basketball Program

My son likes basketball and a neighborhood mom suggested he register for the Upwards basketball program which is associated with our local church. We don't attend the church or any other house of worship, it's just not part of our life right now. If you are familiar with the Upwards program, could you tell me if my son will feel out of place or uncomfortable in that kind of program? I don't think so and I will ask the mom next time I see her what she thinks. I just wanted your opinions too.

Bilingual Education

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Language Immersion Schools

We are considering enrolling our daughter in a French immersion school for kindergarten, but I am concerned that it will be too difficult for her to learn a new language and actually learn anything else. My daughter is very excited about kindergarten but I am worried that it may too frustrating for her and I want her to enjoy school not dread it. Has anyone had experience with this type of school and if so what did you think of it?

Day Camp

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Summer Day Camp

I am looking for an all day summer camp or something of that sort to send my 6 year old girl. She gets bored at daycare all day and I am looking for an alternative. Something reliable and possibly outdoors would be great! Help!

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Summer Day Camp Info

summer camp info for 4 1/2 year old boy.... day camp, arts, music, crafts,...

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Day Camp Snack Ideas

My 5 year old is starting a week long day camp where he needs to bring a...

Drivers Ed

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It's "Driving" Permit time---HELP!!!

My daughter is 15 and she is going to get her permit today. she wants to drive home form the DMV, I have had her out on dirt roads and she did just fine but that was 15-20 miles an hour. I dont think I am going to le ther drive home. But I will take her to get more miles under her belt on dirt roads. How do I lesson the ache on her for not getting to do what all the other teens do? Or what do other teens get to do, I only hear from her about her friends driving habits. She says all the parents let their kids drive home from the DMV? I think...

Electronics

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Ipod but No Cell Phone? Worth It?

My husband and I do not have a cell phone, we don't have cable, and we don't have any gaming system. We have wireless internet and a desktop computer. We do not want cell phones or cable. We've considered a gaming system in a couple of years. I have been looking at getting an Ipod Touch 4G lately. My husband doesn't think I will use it enough to warrant the cost. Does anyone else out there have one that doesn't have any other gadgets? That feels it was worth it? How do you use it?

Girl or Boy Scouts

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Cub Scouts/ Daisy Scouts

I am in my 6th year as a cub scout leader. Oour youngest boy is a "wolf" this year. I recently became a Daisy scout leader after signing our daughter up and waiting a few months to determine that the "leader" couldn't fit it into her schedule. My problem is that our meeting time is on the same night and that our times overlap. I want this to be a perfect experience for all the kids involved but don't know how to make everyone happy. My Thursday night meeting for the cubs works best for one parent and the Thursday night for the Daisys is the...

Groups & Teams

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Sports on TV

Do you count sports towards kids TV time? I'm leaning towards no. My husband loves sports so watching them with the my daughter, and eventually my sons, is bonding time. My daughter and my husband curl up on the couch together and watch all sports. My twins are only 4 months, but my husband is looking forward to watching sports with them when they are older. I'm curious if I'm trying to justify the TV watching, or if it isn't a big deal. She doesn't watch much other TV on sports days, but without sports, she is usually allowed 2 hours...

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The Sports Question

When my son was very young he was somewhat uncoordinated. He tried t-ball...

Gymnastics

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Gymnastics-TX Tumblers or ASI?

Our girls want to go for gymnastics. We had them in tumbling when they were toddlers and are showing an interest again esp. after watching the olympics. I've looked on line and am wondering which gym would be better-Texas Tumblers or ASI in Keller. Can anyone tell my what you think of these gyms? I will go by and look at both of them but would love opinions. Thanks so much

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Boys in Gymnastics

Hi Everyone, Ok, so I'm here to vent a little and to find out more...

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Dance and Gymnastics

Please send me any information regarding a good dance school that offers...

Indoor Fun

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Indoor Activities in Denver for Toddlers?

I have two boys, ages 2 and 3 1/2. As we head into cooler weather I'm wondering if anyone has some suggestions for indoor activities--preferrably low-cost or even no-cost. We go to the park and zoo a lot, but we need to add some indoor things to our list! Thanks!

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Best Indoor Mall

Where is the best indoor mall to take kids too - maybe with a play area?

Music & Dance

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Dance Class Drama

Sorry if this is too long, but my 2 and a half year old is having trouble at dance class. This is a dance school that offers a tiny tot class for 2 and 3 year olds (but only in the evening) and promotes it with an open house and two free sessions. When I took my daughter, my son had fun too, so I signed him up with the 4-5 year olds. It is a combined tuition that is a "deal" when you add a second child. I only added my son because I was taking my daughter. Their classes are at the same time. To the issue, my daughter has been ejected from...

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Music Lesson Advice

Hi Moms! I am wanting to sign my children up for music lessons, but I don...

Overnight Camp

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Camp for Grandaughter

I have sent my grandaughter to Christian camp every year. She has to stay in church, get good grades & stay out of trouble. My husband felt like this is to much. We go out & have fun all the time, I have taken his family out to eat, way to much & quit. I have brought his mother food & clothes. I have broughten his daughter, coats, shoes, clothes & Christmass & Birthday presents. He says I use the word I to much, but I am loving & have done these things. My grandaughter helps me to earn money & I don't feel that he is being fair about...

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Summer Camp Ideas

I'd like my oldest to enjoy going away to camp, especially since we...

Piano Lessons

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Piano Lesson Book Recomendations

i was taught piano, i hated the books that my teacher used. i want to teach my kids piano, what lesson book series would you recommend? or would you go the learn it online route and what site would you recommend for that?

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Piano Lesson Rates

Can you share with me what you pay for piano lessons? I've gotten a quote...

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Buying a Piano

My daughter just took her first piano lesson, and she LOVED it. We do not...

Preschool

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Preschool or Not?

I have a 2 year old little boy and people are starting to ask me if we are going to put him in preschool. I didn't go to preschool but all of his cousins are going. What do you think? I don't particularly want to send him but it might be better for him. What do you think? HELP!

Sight Reading

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Books for Just Starting to Read

Hi All My son is 4 (almost 5) and is just beginning to read short, predictable text. I am really excited because, I used to teach first grade / reading. Yay! Anyway, this may seem strange because I am a teacher, but I am appalled at the lack of readable books for this age/reading level in the library. (At school we had a book closet full of little books just right for this stage of reading) My son's preschool teacher seemed a bit taken aback when I wondered if I could choose a few titles from the school's book closet to read with him....

Skating

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When to Start Pre-school

Our son will be three at the end of January and we were considering enrolling him in a Pre-school program next August when he will be just over three and a half. I was wondering what other moms did whose children's birthday's fall in the middle of the school year. Did you wait until the following year when they were about four and a half or send them early? If we send him next year it appears he will be going to Pre-school twice before starting Kindergarten and I am not sure that's really necessary. We are very active in a playgroup, so...

Soccer

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I Am Confused - Children's Soccer Team...

My children are on a soccer team for the winter season...the entire season is 8 weeks long. There are only 7 kids on the team. It was NOT inexpensive to pay the fees and buy the necessary equipment needed. We are on week 7 of the season. There is one child on the team that has missed 3 games out of 7. The other ones that he did show up for, he ended up leaving in the middle of the game without a word to the coaches. The only time that he actually stayed the entire game was the week that his Mom had signed up to bring snacks. I cannot...

Sports

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Soccer, Baseball, Karate "Lessons"

Can anyone give me tips on getting my very energetic 4 year old son involved in soccer, baseball, or karate lessons in the Wylie area?

Summer Camp

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Daycare or Summer Camp??

I am looking for a summer camp thats not going to make me broke. I have been looking in the Cherry hill.

Summer Camp & Activities

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What Are You Doing This Summer?

What is your family doing during summer vacation, and what are your kids ages? We camp, a LOT. It's cheap, the kids like it, we can bring the dog. It's win-win for us. We didn't camp at all last summer because the baby was so young. This year, I'M CAMPING! I have to get out of the house... and I don't want to waste another summer. We camp on (meaning, either on an island or on land right next to) the James River. Free place to camp? Oh HECK yes. My fiance's a little nervous about bringing the baby, now 17 months... my feel is, he's...

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Summer Day Camp Info

summer camp info for 4 1/2 year old boy.... day camp, arts, music, crafts,...

Summer Childcare

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Summer Child Care for 11-Year-old

My DD's usual summer child care facility has informed us that she will not be able to attend this summer as she will have completed 6th grade (even though she won't be 12 until 8/18) She is still not quite mature enough to stay at home alone yet...I'm looking for suggestions for the Euless-Grapevine-Colleyville area or anything y'all can think of...thanks!

Summer Vacation

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What Are You Doing This Summer?

What is your family doing during summer vacation, and what are your kids ages? We camp, a LOT. It's cheap, the kids like it, we can bring the dog. It's win-win for us. We didn't camp at all last summer because the baby was so young. This year, I'M CAMPING! I have to get out of the house... and I don't want to waste another summer. We camp on (meaning, either on an island or on land right next to) the James River. Free place to camp? Oh HECK yes. My fiance's a little nervous about bringing the baby, now 17 months... my feel is, he's...

Swim Lessons

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Swimming Lessons--should I Do Them Myself?

I was a swim instructor for 5 years and (obviously) want my two kids (5-1/2 and 8) to learn how to swim. However, I've heard that you can't teach your own kids to swim and just want to put them into swimming lessons. My husband thinks that I'm being lazy and "not wanting" to teach my own kids, but I don't want one more thing to discipline/push them on. What do you think?

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Emler Swim Lessons?

Does anyone have an opinion about Emler swimming lessons? Is it worth the...

Tee Ball

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A Mom T Ball Coach?

I recently attended a Tiny T Ball game and saw that most of the Dads were "coaching" the kids on the field (complete with COACH t-shirts), while the Moms were watching from the sidelines. Has anyone ever seen Moms coaching? I would love to do it when my daughter starts T ball, but not sure if it's kinda the Dads territory, as in it gives the Dads a way to bond with the kids and get to know the other Dads. Would YOU do it? Just wanted to know what people thought of the idea.

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T Ball and Safety

Tonight my Grandson had his first practice for T-Ball. He is four and the...

TV & Videos

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TV And Video

There was a post up earlier this week which got me thinking about our TV viewing, and I have a follow up questions for all you great Mama's :) My son is nearly 3. We watch little TV, Sesame Street, Clifford, or George on PBS (rarely - like once very 2 weeks he'll watch one of these 3 on PBS) and he loves Bob the Builder. We have 4 Bob DVD's and when he is allowed TV time, that is usually what he chooses. He gets a little TV time about 3 days a week, and MOST of these days he chooses Bob. My question is, should I be encouraging...

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It's NO TV!

Hi Mamas, We have been boycotting television for years now. We do have a...

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TV For 19-Month-old?

My 19-month-old son had a really bad stomach flu and basically didn't want...

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Playdates and Tv

This may be considered either a poll or a question, I'm not quite sure, but...

Watching TV

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The Cartoons on Gymboree TV

Hi Moms! When we shop at Gymboree my son is excited about the cartoons on "Gym TV" I have no idea what the names of these shows are because we haven't been watching TV at home. There is one cartoon that is adorable, it has a mouse and a rabbit who always have problems to solve. Can anyone tell me the name of this cartoon? The Gymboree website has no information about "Gym TV" TIA!