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How Do I Do a Background Check?

I need to do a background check (on myself!) but am not sure how to go about it. Do I contact the police or is it an agency that does it? I've done it before, many years ago, so I know it is possible, I am just not sure how. Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks R.

1st Day of School

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Ideas for Something Special for First Day of Kindergarten?

Hi! Anyone do something special for their kindergartener on their first day of school? A special breakfast? Outfit? Keepsake? Craft? My son starts kindergarten soon and I would like to do something a little special. Thanks!!


First Day of School!

I have a daughter who will be starting kindergarten and a son who will be...

After School Care

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After School Care

I am looking into after school child care. What should I expect to pay?

Day Care Centers & Providers

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Naps at Day-care

Hi All, I have a 6 months old baby girl, who started day-care about 2 weeks ago. Since than she is taking (good case scenario) two 20 min. naps btw. 7am and 4pm. When daddy picks her up and takes her homes, she takes a nap from 4;30-5:30, and then she goes to bed around 8:30-9pm, and sleeps usually until around 6:45 (and then I need to wake her up). Any ideas how to help her take a nap at daycare?


1St Day of Day Care

My leave is coming to an end so back to work for me. My little one is going...


Need Good Day Care.

Does anyone know of a good day care around Middleburg Heights or Strongsville?

Gifted & Talented Child

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Gifted and Talented School

My daughter tested above the 9th stanine on the GATES test and was invited to attend a new school. Liberty Talented and Gifted Elementary school. It will be a full time gifted school for kids who tested only in the 9th stanine or higher. She will have to be bused to this school from her old one. Have any of you had children who have attended such a school? She will be in 3rd grade and has been in gifted classes since kindergarten. Do you think its worth it at this young of an age (she will be 8 in August) ? She does really enjoy her...


IS She Gifted?

Okay everyone keeps telling me my daughter is gifted and I need to find the ...

Home Schooling

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To Home-School or Not ??

Hi there. I need advice. My husband and I are pretty determined that we want to home-school. My son will be 5 in a week, so he technically could be in kindergarden in August. We also have a daughter that will be 3 in July, and a 5 mos old, too. So-here are my questions? How do we even begin to get started? Who do you contact to get info? What do we do to still keep him active with kids his own age? He has been going to pre-school 2 days a week -- but now all those kids are going off to "school". How do you balance...


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Nanny Share

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Nanny Share / FT Nanny

We have a FABULOUS NANNY and are hoping to share her with another Evanston family (preferably) � or find another full-time position for her. Aida has it all - warmth, dependability, sound judgment, energy, initiative, tons of experience (including all ages, twins, kids with special needs, seniors, and nannyshares), formal training in early childhood development, excellent English and driving, Spanish, a barber's license (really!), a Certified Nursing Assistant certificate, CPR, non-smoking, and more. She lives in Chicago and is...

Occasional & Drop-in Care

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Drop-in Play Place (Without Mom)

HI Mom's, I have a friend with a 4-year old who would lke a couple of hours alone to run errands, get her hair done, etc. Do you have any suggestions for drop-in locations where they will watch your child for a couple of hours in a fun, clean, well-supervised location? She doesn't care where it is in the Chicago area (she lives downtown) because she'll shop nearby or find a hair salon to have her hair cut near the children's center. Day care centers want a daily commitment, and she only wants an occassional drop-in. Thanks!

Preparing for First Day

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Preparing for Kindergarten

My oldest daughter will be starting kindergarten in a few weeks and I'm in a flurry trying to get everything ready. Gathering school supplies, clothes, making after school care/child care arrangements, making sure I have all her records with the school. I started to think about it that we are doing everything within our power to make this new transition as easy for her as possible but no one is preparing me. :) I was looking at the Welcome to the School Letter that I received in the mail and almost burst into tears. I remember bringing...

Preparing for Kindergarten

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Preschool- If They Don't Go, How Do You Prepare Them for Kindergarten?

My son is in preschool for the second year. So far I have been happy until recently. He is being bullied and I believe his class is under staffed. I spent the day with him and just watched. I really don't think the teacher has enough time to spend with each child. What they are doing I could probably do at home. Do any of you have your preschoolers at home and what type of things do you do with them? What should they know before kindergarten? Thanks

Preschool & Head Start

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Is There a Pre Pre K?

Hi I heard that there is a pre pre-k for children under 3 years old. Does anyone know of a school that offers something educational (not day care) for kids under 3. My daughter is 2 yrs old, I would like to put her in a class that would prepare her for pre k (and give me some free time, and it would get her to be less attached to 'mommy') thanks!


Pre-K Or No Pre-K?

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Pre K Vs. K

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K Or Pre-K

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Public vs. Private

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Private to Public and Public to Private

Have you ever had to take your child out of private school and place them into public school for a certain reason or vice versa, take them from public and place them in private. What were your reasons for doing so, the pros and cons of each, your experiences, advice and recommendations. Thank you.


Public or Private

Are your children in public school or private or home school? Why did you...

Readiness to Start

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Help with Kindergarten Readiness

After my daughter was in daycare from 3 months to almost 3 years, my husband and I decided to become a one working parent family. I am now a stay at home mom, have been for about a year. My daughter isn't going to go to Pre-K. She is very smart, recognizes all of her ABC's, can say them, can count to 15 and can count backwards from 10. She can also write all of her ABC's (in capitals) and we are working on her writing her numbers. She knows all her colors and shapes, she can cut with scissors (but she cna't really cut anything that makes...

School Lunch

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What's for Lunch!?

Any one have fresh simple ideas/recipes for lunch? My daughters are 6, 4, and 18m and I am haveing the hardest time finding kid friendly lunch ideas that don't take forever to put together. If I fix another PBJ with oranges or Mac and Cheese I think we all four will go crazy.


Cold Lunch for School

I pack a cold lunch for school for my son, but am running out of ideas. I do...


School Lunch Ideas

My son will be starting 1st grade soon and I would like some healthy lunch...


High School Lunch

I was reading responses about high school senior traditions and I saw a few...

Sick Child Care

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Sick Child Care

Hi, All, What do you do if you work or attend school full-time, spouse is not around and your young children are mildly ill (with a slight fever, runny nose, cough, etc.) and thus cannot attend school? Here's my situation: I will start a psychology PhD program this fall. For my fellowship/stipend, I must take at least 9 courses per year, T.A. 3 sessions (quarters) per year, and do research. As well as a student, I am a 40+ mother of two children, almost 3 and 4 years old. My husband, a touring musician, is out of town (country)...


Sick of Being Sick

Hi Moms, I know that having my 12 month old in daycare will give us plenty...


Too Sick or Not?

Hi Moms. I am a daycare provider and recently I have had some pretty sick...

Social Skills

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Social Phobia, Me Again.

As a child I was a social outcast, a nerd. I was overweight, had horrible acne, bad perm, oversized, thick glasses. I was a mess. I was a complete introvert but managed to have a few friends. One became my best friend and was very loyal to me. She moved away when we were in highschool but as adults we still talk every few months. I was depressed a lot during the teen years. Once I lost the weight, my skin cleared up, and I got contacts, I felt slightly more confident. My reputation for being a nerd followed me into high school as I...


What Is a Friend?

Mamas & Papas- What is a friend at age 3, at age 5, at age 7 in the...