Archive for December, 2012

Playground quandary: Do you let your 5-year-old jump from that height?

Would you let your 5-year-old jump from here to the ground? it's about my height -- 5 foot 6 inches. She would land in sand. Do you let her jump?

Would you let your 5-year-old jump from here to the ground? it's about my height — 5 foot 6 inches. She would land in sand. Do you let her jump?

This is one of my quandaries: Do I let my 5-year-old jump from this height like she wants or fight her about it? I don’t want to be overprotective but I am pretty sure she could twist or break an ankle landing, especially doing it in flip flops! It’s about 5 feet, 6 inches. I would have no problem at all with my 9-year-old making that jump. However, the 5-year-old seems too short to do it. What do you think?

Oh, she did it, and look at that smile. I still think she could crack an ankle.

Oh, she did it, and look at that smile. I still think she could crack an ankle.

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Does your school use social media for emergency alerts?

Officials at the Atlanta Public School system reportedly used Twitter to alert parents to an emergency situation at Finch Elementary School this morning.  Some students and staff were overcome by carbon monoxide in the school. (See the AJC front page for updates on this story.)

According to The AJC:

“Just after 9 a..m., the school system tweeted the following: “Parents of students @APSFinch – We will provide more information regarding next steps at Finch Elementary as soon as possible.” A later tweet advised parents that students were being relocated to Brown Middle School on Peeples Street “due to potential hazmat concern.”

More from the story:

“At least 31 people were taken to local hospitals Monday after apparently being overcome by carbon monoxide at a southwest Atlanta elementary school.

The incident began about 8:30 a.m. at Finch Elementary School in the 1100 block of Avon Avenue near Lee Street.

“We received reports of five or six people unconscious,” …

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Elf on the Shelf Battle: Is your Elf the most mischievous?

Some Elf entries from last year: Sandy wrote: "Tonight Happy Bing-A-Ling left 6 clues throughout the house with the final clue leading to the computers where they will find personal video messages from the "Boss" himself."

Some Elf entries from last year: Sandy wrote: "Tonight Happy Bing-A-Ling left 6 clues throughout the house with the final clue leading to the computers where they will find personal video messages from the "Boss" himself."

One of my favorite naughty elves from last year: Elfie had some fun at Nancy's house marking up their family photos! Don't panic: the markers are dry erase. Pretty smart I think!

One of my favorite naughty elves from last year: Elfie had some fun at Nancy's house marking up their family photos! Don't panic: the markers are dry erase. Pretty smart I think!

Another favorite from last year: Julie's Elf is sending a subtle message that he wants snow. It looks like he wrote it in lipstick!

Another favorite from last year: Julie's Elf is sending a subtle message that he wants snow. It looks like he wrote it in lipstick!

It is time once again for the AJCMomania Elf on the Shelf Battle. We want to know how creative and mischievous your elf is!

Across the nation, elves are arriving to watch the kids for Santa and to create mischief in your home. We want to see the photographic evidence of their antics and steal ideas for own elves.

So here’s how it will work: From Dec. 3 to Dec. 17, we invite families to post photos of their elf’s handiwork on our Momania Facebook …

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