My youngest hates, in his words, “puffy” socks. Bombas now makes lightweight socks for kids like him.
Have your kids wear these breathable socks as the weather warms up. Details like a ribbed texture, piping, and color blocking make something as mundane as socks special. And, if they’re like Bombas’ other high quality socks, they’ll last — often through more than one kid.
A four-pack of youth lightweight ribbed quarter socks is $34.20.
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Boston Legal Eagle, I’d love to hear how Legoland NY went! (Unless I missed the update this week?) Hope it was fun. I am planning on taking my three boys in June.
I’ve been really disappointed with the quality of my bombas. I bought a multipack of swill blend liners and 3/5 pairs developed holes in less than a year. Smartwool’s new sock liner design is terrible: won’t stay on my feet. If anyone has recommendation for wool sock liners I’m all ears.
Wool not swill.
Darn Tough makes wool-blend liner socks. I don’t have that particular style, but I love my Darn Tough synthetic hiking socks and they’ve held up well.
Bombas will send replacements under their warranty if they get holes. It’s a minor annoyance to send an email but their customer service is very good. I haven’t found any better socks, so I’ll keep replacing the ones that get holes for free.
I am also disappointed with Bombas. I got their “nice” wool socks as a gift once – 4 pairs. All of them had holes in less than year and I baby my clothes – I washed the socks on delicate and hung to dry. No excuse.
After recs on this site, I tried sending them back for replacements, and they were great and replaced all the pairs after just an email. But the replacements did the same thing and now I wont waste my time on these anymore….
I don’t baby my Bombas (regular wash + dry, walk without slippers) and wear them a lot, so even if they get holes after a year I figure my cost per wear is very low and they are still the most comfortable socks I’ve found. Basically, I’m okay with refreshing my socks + underwear on a regular basis.
Plus, this is a great standing gift idea for MIL or other people who are always asking what you need for Christmas
This is how long cheap socks last though, or longer
Oh yay, socks. There was a tantrum about socks in my house this morning: 6 year old wanted to wear long socks. His favorite socks are in the laundry. All socks in his drawer were unacceptably short ankle socks. He rejected his sister’s mid-height plain white socks because they are “ballet socks.” Brother’s socks are too big. Eventually I found last year’s soccer socks, which come up to the hem of his shorts without the shin guards in…
Happy Friday, everyone
He is not wrong about the ballet socks–the boys’ pre-ballet uniform at our ballet school includes white crew socks.
This morning my twins tantrummed because:
1) I wouldn’t load the nerf gun the 47th time they asked
2) one was in the cabinet and the other wouldn’t stop slamming the door shut on him so dad made them both get out
3) I wouldn’t let one of them eat the food out of their lunch box 10 minutes after they finished breakfast
Kids are the best.
Interesting article in the Washington Post today about how taking an extra ten minutes at dinner may help kids eat more healthy foods (if you google that phrase it should pop up). I’ve definitely seen that- sometimes my kids will eat dessert and then turn back to their dinner, but it was a good reminder that we need to do a better job of not just rushing through dinner and jumping into clean up. Also of putting out bite size veggies- my kids are inclined to eat them occasionally but it annoys me when they don’t, I should try to do it more often anyway and then just reuse the veggies in some other way later.
I put a tupperware with veg on the table, it’s not elegant but it means we aren’t moving stuff. If we linger at the table, my son will definitely keep eating.
One thing that I started doing is putting out veggies to snack on while I finish cooking/plating the good and my kids are much more likely to eat them without complaint while they wait than if I put down their plate or whatever and ask them to also eat their veggies.
+1. This works really well for my 2.5 year old. She wants to “help” finish making dinner, and having a bowl of carrot matchsticks and broccoli nearby 1) keeps her from wanting to squirt ranch dressing all over everyone’s plates, and 2) ensures she’ll eat a serving of veggies.
Oh yeh I totally leave my one kids dinner out for like an hour.
Love this. Now I can spin how long dinners take as a positive lol.
This is a constant issue in our house. My husband gobbles up his dinner in about five minutes and then starts loading the dishwasher and washing the pots and pans. If the kids aren’t done eating by the time he’s done with the pots and pans, he gets mad because he wants to put their plates in the dishwasher and be done. I even find myself rushing to eat when he is around because he eats so fast.
That makes me sad….. I hope you can slow your husband down. As kids get older and older, dinner is sometimes the only time you get together.
+1 this is really sad
My 6 year old (rising first grader) told me yesterday he wants to get better at math. Any suggestions? He asked if he could do Kumon (his buddy does it). I’m not opposed to that, but curious if I would be better served buying some flash cards or doing something else entirely. I’ll ask his teacher, but she seems overwhelmed by end of year stuff so I’m just trying to crowdsource ideas. DH and I are competent at math but not strong. I would love it if kiddo got really into math.
Do you have an RSM nearby? My daughter does that (7) and loves it.
I think they have online programs too. But I will say the people I know who do RSM are….intense, shall we say…about academics. So if you’re looking to avoid the tiger parent thing it might not be the best choice.
11:54 anon here. Not intense about academics, I swear. Our kid sucks at reading. She just loves math.
Sorry, wasn’t meaning to imply you are. But that’s very much the culture around RSM in general (it was originally developed by Russian immigrants who didn’t think American schools taught math adequately) so it’s something I would be wary of putting my kid into because I’ve personally experienced how intense environments like that can thwart a love of learning and that’s the last thing I’d want for a kid who is excited about math. If it’s working for you, that’s awesome. Maybe your kid handles that environment better than I did, or maybe your local RSM is better than others.
Depending on how you feel about screen time, there are tons of fun math games. I have fond memories of number munchers, math blaster, etc, and the current generation is probably even better. Teacher supply stores also have lots of good stuff — my mom would take us to peruse the physical storefront near us and pick out things that looked fun. I liked logic problem & spatial reasoning workbooks, and for basic math facts- some little sticks with string with problems on the left side, answers on the right, and you wrapped the string to match them. The correct string path was on the back so you could check your work. Flashcards, too, but the sticks were more fun. Brainquest decks have lots of non-math, but worth checking out. And the 24 game – easy mode probably, for a 6 year old, but 24 is always a hit with math nerds.
Also, just build in math questions to your daily life when chatting with your kid. “If we cut each of the 10 strawberries in half, how many pieces should each of us get to all have the same number?” “How much more does this cereal cost than that cereal?” math is everywhere!
oh, and Racko and Rummikub are both good math-adjacent games that my 6 year old likes. But many, many board games have math — Monopoly, Ticket to Ride & Life are the biggest hits in my house (2 dice games are a good intro to probability, too). To me, “getting better at math” at that age is just being comfortable manipulating numbers and understandig=ng their relationships; I’d focus on the natural ways to do that before jumping into Kumon
All good thoughts, thank you! Gosh I loved Math Blaster as a kid. I’ll probably get some games: DH and I love dominos so we should reintroduce that as well.
Netflix Numberblocks is also great!
My 2nd grader’s entire class is obsessed with Prodigy. I think they started it in first grade. It’s screen time but we do allow it sometimes.
I’m sad Number Munchers doesn’t exist anymore. I think I learned arithmetic entirely from that game.
My kiddo loves MathTango. You earn monsters and they dance. It is super fun.
What does he mean by “get better at math”? Is he having trouble in school or does he really love math and want to do cool math stuff? If the latter, check out Art of Problem Solving. If the former, I would get a good private tutor or work with him yourself using manipulatives etc. If he just wants to memorize math facts there are lots of games and apps out there, and the Learning Wrap Ups toy is also very effective.
I used to teach at a center similar to Kumon and do not recommend the cookie-cutter programs, even if they claim to be individualized based on an assessment. I always had to work around the canned curriculum to really help my students. Not all of the instructors put in the same level of effort.
This is super helpful, thanks. He likes math, but is struggles a bit with reading so I think he mostly wants to be “good” at something.
Could he be saying this just because he wants to do an activity with his buddy?
That’s how I would interpret it too. This is peak age for “I want to do XYZ because my friend does it.”
Mary Moo Cow says
The Bedtime Math site problems are really low key and actually kinda fun. My 2nd grader likes them.
Beast Academy is perfect for this! It’s a comic strip that has math games and puzzles. There’s an online component too, if you want, but it’s not necessary. My kid really loves it and has flown through the first few. I think it goes to grade 5 approximately, and then transitions to Art of Problem Solving. Also lots of math-adjacent games, like Rummikub (a favorite in our house), Yahtzee, even poker.
+1 we love Beast Academy and Bedtime Math too! Also logic games (Mastermind, Logic Land), card games (Dumpster Fire, Chinese tens https://www.denexa.com/blog/chinese-ten-jian-hong-dian/ Sleeping Queens), and pencil-and-paper games like Dots & Boxes and Nim.
+1 for Beast Academy! I’d forgotten about that… my math-inclined son was bored with 1st grade covid math, so we picked it up on my mom (G&T teacher)’s recommendation. It has quite a bit of reading, though, so if your son isn’t a strong reader yet you’ll need to help him with the instructions & comic strips.
off topic: I listened to a podcast the other day with Annie Duke, the former professional poker player, discussing how success at poker is really just decision science and talking through how all those principles apply to personal finance, business, etc. It seems obvious now that I’m writing it like that, but it was interesting. Poker teaches math & life skills!
We just do math problems in the car. We are not together parents, and I laughed out loud the first time my oldest asked for it. Now it’s essentially our family entertainment on car rides a la I Spy.
Our school district keeps posting photos on social media of elementary school classes doing “math operating rooms.” They dress all the kids in disposable surgical gowns, gloves, and masks and have them work together to do math problems. After all the PPE shortages at the beginning of the pandemic, and for environmental reasons, this really rubs me the wrong way. Does anyone else’s school district do this kind of thing, and has anyone spoken out against it?
This is so strange. I guess I don’t have quite the same reaction as you (though I understand it!), but it does seem like misdirected energy. Why does everything have to be so elaborate.
And who wants to do math in a mask and gloves (voluntarily – I found it so hard to think while wearing a mask and grocery shopping always took twice as long, lol)?
It seems gimmicky and kind of silly to me, but I think you’re overreacting. Younger elementary age kids love to play pretend so I think they’re just trying to do something that makes math more engaging and fun for the kids.
+1. I’d save complaining for bigger issues unless you’re already on some committee for the school’s environmental impact or something. I see your point on the environment, but if I was the teacher organizing and someone complained about that, I would probably feel like there’s just no way to make people happy. Trying to make things fun for the kids and still getting slammed. If there was still a PPE shortage, or they did this daily, then that would be way different.
+2. It just sounds like the school is trying to make math more interesting and fun for the kids, which is a good think I think. I would let this go.
What would make math interesting and fun would be teaching it the right way, which the district’s curriculum does not permit.
Unless you have a PhD in math ed, it’s kind of an interesting flex to claim they’re not teaching math the “right” way.
They are in elementary school, I think it’s fine to do some silly math operating rooms every once in a while. I assume this is not every day. Plus how do you know that they aren’t teaching math the “right” way?
FWIW, I was a math minor in college, and math was always my favorite subject, so I am a big proponent for math education for kids.
I agree: the environmental impact of that is pretty terrible. I would happily supply the school with 20 reusable play lab coats and goggles in the name of making math fun, but that’s also probably not realistic. My problem with the school’s social media account is that it is run by the PTO, so only kids of PTO parents are ever featured there. Kids whose moms work FT and kids in the ESL program are almost never on the school’s social media. It really irks me. I wish public schools would opt out of social media entirely. I already get three emails a week asking for snacks and supplies, or reminding me about events, volunteer opportunities and fundraisers. Social media just feels like yet another popularity contest. Is it like this everywhere?
Presumably because the PTO moms have allowed their kids to be featured? I would hope they’re not just posting pictures of any and all kids on social media.
Do you want more or less social media cause you just sound bitter your kids aren’t on it more.
Our schools don’t have public social media accounts. The school district as a whole has social media, but it’s used to communicate announcements about school closures and events, not photos of kids.
I also hate our disposable culture. I’m not sure what the right answer is to change minds, and I feel like people think I’m a killjoy when I’m vocal about this stuff (no, we don’t need a “wear this very specific theme” spirit day that means a bunch of people will go out and buy an on-theme clothing item they might wear twice). We would never, ever do these activities if goods weren’t artificially cheap! No more event t-shirts, no more themed party trinkets, no more vinyl lawn banners for birthdays. Just… stop. It’s all garbage, and I think a better gift for children than stuff that ends up in a landfill is a healthier planet and being mindful about how consumerism hurts us and our planet.
I’m also sick of everything being a social media event. I get that part of it is the “game” of school leadership wanting to check off boxes that they feel are expected of them, but I’m a school administrator and have opted out of any professional accounts for myself and don’t sign off on my kid’s picture release forms to no discernible ill effects, so…
Meant to post this as a reply to the OP of this thread, oops!
event tshirts drive me nuts too
I dunno, I sleep almost exclusively in event t shirts, so their production cost-per-wear ends up pretty low.
Yeah, but you’d find something else to sleep in if you didn’t have them! I just downcycle my everyday tshirts to sleep or lounge in.
Oh no, a school trying to do something fun and creative to engage kids in math, the horror. Get over it, say nothing, save your advocacy for things that matter not micromanaging educators because you like being holier than thou.
Given that public schools don’t normally have big budgets, I’m guessing there’s a pretty good chance these were donated by a parent who works at a hospital and otherwise would have gone to waste. Medical grade PPE expires, right? It’s certainly possible this is something the hospital can’t use anymore but can be put to good use by kids playing pretend. But either way, I could not bring myself to get worked up about the comparatively tiny environmental impact of this.
I appreciate this take. I was thinking the opposite — schools seem to always be fighting for funding and the optics of this might not play well the next budget cycle!
Literally no one else cares