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Posted in: Mother accepts kindergarten graduation certificates on behalf of missing daughters See in context

God bless this mother and the souls of her children. No parent should ever have to experience this. This is sad beyond words.

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Posted in: 3-year-old girl injured in fall from 5th-floor balcony in Kobe See in context

I totally agree its about talking to them about safety and a three year old should know, as my two year old already does. My kids always have to ask if they can open the front door and the garden door. However, I do think that when they are small, it makes sense to keep things as safe as possible. My kids know not to touch the cooker but I never leave food cooking and leave my kids unattended in the kitchen. Also, it doesn't say that the mother let her daughter out on the balcony to play. The one year old might have opened the door. Either way, since the 3 year old had already gone out there and dropped a doll, I don't see why the mother left them alone to retrieve it. Kids like to repeat actions that have specific results.

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Posted in: 3-year-old girl injured in fall from 5th-floor balcony in Kobe See in context

I don't know why in this country of high rise apartments, there are virtually no safety catches etc on balcony doors. If there are secondary locks, they tend to be easy to undo and be at the bottom (!!!!) of the door or window. Go to Akachan honpo and you will find a tone of locks for the refrigerator door and tv cabinet but nothing for balcony doors. This is one of the reasons we chose to live in a house with our four and two year old. Thank God this little one is going to be okay. A five storey fall could have easily killed her.

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Posted in: What is one habit that your significant other does or has that you can't stand but put up with anyway? See in context

My hubby takes off his dirty socks and just leaves them lying around. Not big but very annoying. When I was at my in-laws recently, I noticed his mother did the exact same thing. Also, he opens new things even though there is already an open thing of it. Toothpaste, milk, nappy cream ... Drives me nuts. But small things compared to what is good about him.

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Posted in: Meet Aki, queen of the 'gyaru-mama' See in context

There are two gyaru mamas whose kids go to my daughters yochien. And yes, matching hair style does mean dyed and permed. I wasn't making assumptions.

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Posted in: Meet Aki, queen of the 'gyaru-mama' See in context

IronBeard - Raising children and looking after the house full time, if done properly and conscientiously, is work. All mothers are working mothers whether they are in paid employment or not.

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Posted in: Meet Aki, queen of the 'gyaru-mama' See in context

Kokorocloud, I agree. I have two kids and one on the way and I take my "occupation" very seriously. Its one you cannot afford to mess up.

However, I was actually more concerned about this bit

I get a kick out of coordinating things, so I’ll give us the same hair, go out in matching colors or styles, or sometimes with exactly the same outfits. I’ve got a daughter, so I do “osoro-koode” [outfit matching] a lot.

So her six year old little girl has the same hair and clothes as her? Little children should not have their hair dyed and permed. I've seen some of these little girls out and about. Ladies - children are not accessories! Have respect for their age please.

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Posted in: Are you going to buy an e-reader or do you already have one? See in context

I have a Kindle that hubby got me for my birthday and I love it. I admit, it doesn't replace a real book. I love the feel of paper and ink, I love the way they look on my bookshelves. However, I no longer have panic attacks when I come near my last unread book in the house and my Amazon shipment is still a week away from arriving. I have two small kids so its not so easy to get to an English bookstore- not that they have a great selection in Tokyo anyway. I love the fact that I can download a book in 90 seconds. I think the minus side of my Kindle is that I don't savour books as much as I do when they are real. Now I know that if I finish a book in two days, a new one is just a push of a button away. Also, if I lived in an English speaking country with huge bookshops and libraries, I don't think I would feel the need for an e-reader.

I don't read bedtime stories to my kids off the Kindle. I want them to grow up appreciated the printed word. They can decide to get themselves an e-reader when they grow up.

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