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[#] Thu Nov 21 2013 15:15:17 EST from zooer

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I saw Breakfast Club and in the end everyone becomes friends and the bully gets the vaguely attractive girl.

[#] Thu Nov 21 2013 15:18:15 EST from vince-q

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How to become a billionaire:

Invent a pill which can be given, once and once only, to a six year old kid right before bed-time.

The pill works overnight.

The next morning, then the kid awakes, he/she will be 23 years old, a college graduate, full-time employed, living OUT OF THE HOUSE and financially independent.


[#] Thu Nov 21 2013 15:22:26 EST from zooer

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Steve Martin on how to make a million dollars in the stock market.

"First, get a million dollars..."

[#] Thu Nov 21 2013 22:45:10 EST from Shazam

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I am enjoying raising the kids. Actually the secret is they grow bigger and older even if you don't raise them. If you sit back and do nothing, they still grow.
But I'm enjoying watching them grow, and helping them out here and there learning life stuff.
But I don't think I'll mind it when they grow all up. I'm fairly selfish on a basic level and think I could enjoy more me-time.
Anyway, even after they grow up, it's not like they disappear. I'll see them on Facebook.

[#] Sat Nov 23 2013 16:02:23 EST from triLcat

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lol Shazam - about Facebook.


[#] Mon Nov 25 2013 07:55:29 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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The next morning, then the kid awakes, he/she will be 23 years old, a

college graduate, full-time employed, living OUT OF THE HOUSE and
financially independent.

Sorry, not buying it. Come back when you have one to help out a guy who's crazy about his kids and a little upset that they're growing up too fast.

[#] Mon Nov 25 2013 07:56:21 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Anyway, even after they grow up, it's not like they disappear. I'll
see them on Facebook.

Wow, you must really hate your kids if the only way you plan to interact with them as adults is on Farmville.

[#] Mon Nov 25 2013 17:12:26 EST from triLcat

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I spent half the day with my mom yesterday, but today, we mostly cross-commented on Facebook. If she's not travelling, I see my mom at least twice a week. I don't get along with my dad as well, but I still see him at least once a week... and when I saw him yesterday morning, he made me a cup of tea, which I desperately needed.

Last week, there was one day I didn't call my mom all day. Felt weird. Usually I call her every day when she's not away.

My sister lives less than a block from me, and she only sees my parents when they drop by her garden on Saturday mornings. 

All depends on the relationship.

My mom also spends way more time with my kids than with her other grandchildren. She's not much of an initiator, and my husband and I are.  (other siblings aren't)


My mother-in-law doesn't have a job and lives within 30 minutes drive of both of her daughters, yet she talks to my husband more than she talks to her daughters... again with us initiating... 

[#] Mon Nov 25 2013 23:28:55 EST from Shazam

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I like my kids and I therefore hope and expect them to grow up and leave. I think it's the most natural and healthy thing they can do. As far as how close our relationships will be in the future, like triL said, each kid is different. (Except for Shlomo and Yaakov, they are like an older and a younger version of the same person)

[#] Wed Mar 12 2014 11:48:21 EDT from Shazam

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I've held for a long time now that the only difference between Shlomo and Yaakov was 10 years of age. But I've started seeing something with Yaakov that I never saw with Shlomo, or even any of the other kids. Yaakov cares about his appearance. He loves to brush his hair and use the hair dryer and he gives me this big grin and says "I'm so pretty". He chooses his own clothes. It's really interesting, my big kids only recently started caring about their appearances, now that they are teenagers. I know this happens from stories from other parents, but I've never seen it myself before.
What next, he might start demanding I purchase specific clothing for him, or hair gel or who knows what. And he's 3.

[#] Wed Mar 12 2014 12:02:02 EDT from wizard of aahz

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He'll also model himself after the older kids. If he sees them doing it, he'll want to do it too.

[#] Wed Mar 12 2014 12:31:15 EDT from fleeb

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o/~ I feel pretty... oh so pretty... o/~

[#] Wed Mar 12 2014 15:31:20 EDT from vince-q

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"...everyone there will have moved here!"

Oooops - wrong act....

[#] Thu Mar 13 2014 00:41:05 EDT from ax25

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Talk to me an a few years.  The boy here is in the 11 & 3/4 stage and has to be coerced to shower. 

[#] Thu Mar 13 2014 08:38:36 EDT from fleeb

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He's almost at the age where if you put a waterproof picture of a naked lady in the shower, he might find more encouragement.

[#] Thu Mar 13 2014 10:28:57 EDT from Shazam

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ha! My big boys need to be told to go shower, they don't seem to realize otherwise that they need it. It's true, at age 11.75 at least one of them resisted every time we told them to go shower. This is where the nervousness of fitting it comes in handy. Once you tell them that they smell and the other boys will make fun of them for smelling bad, that's motivation enough.

[#] Thu Mar 13 2014 23:25:14 EDT from ax25

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Ha, I don't think I will take the pin-up approach, but funny none the less.  Also Shazam, he is a little bit socially awkward (apple not far from the tree I am afraid), so that is not as effective.  I will weather the storm (and the smells).  Just need to get to the point that he wants to be cleaner for the aforementioned reason, and nag in the interim.

[#] Fri Mar 14 2014 08:34:00 EDT from fleeb

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Well, you have to make sure that the pin-up isn't his mother.

[#] Mon Mar 17 2014 13:09:50 EDT from Shazam

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ax25, even us socially awkward generally don't want to give others more reasons for taunting us. Is he in a school with girls and boys? Cause I understand that boys who go to school with girls are a lot easier to convince to groom themselves.
It's funny, is this JUST a social thing that boys are raised to care less abour dirt or is it really mentally hardwared in their heads? I see it at every age, grandpas don't care about the state of the house as much as the grandmas, all the way down to preschoolers. Back when they were itty bitty, if Adina had an accident and peed on herself, she cried. The boys shrugged and were like "Eh, it'll dry eventually"

[#] Mon Mar 17 2014 19:44:36 EDT from fleeb

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Melvin cares very much about the state of the condominium. He's quite concerned about keeping it clean.

I'm not as concerned as he is, although I appreciate the results.

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