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my daughter just got prescribed/recommended braces. she starts the process 2 weeks after her birthday in June. she already reads on the family kindle.  I think she'll need some other distractions. I have to find a perfect B-Day gift. any suggestions?

 

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You mean other than her very own Kindle?  ;D

Seriously, if you can tell us a little more about her, what kinds of things she likes...  what kinds of books, other hobbies...  more tomboy or more princess....  any sports...  then I'm sure we can all come up with lots of suggestions!
 

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Nintendo DS! I love my DS, and there are games for every personality type....
 

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a Wii and Wii Fit so she can laugh at her family doing the hula hoop or playing soccer on it (darn I can't get the hang of that one - I get beaned by more shoes....)
 

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more tom boy. I want the DSi but she might like that I wish I could afford two to play together and discuss. She likes to play on the Wii but not by herself too much she loves the fact that two can run around the island in WiFit.  She does not clean her room very much so i have not let kindle in there. she has glasses (not needed for reading) but has not seen them in months, they may show up when the snow melts. she likes "spore" a computer game that I have not figured out. I saw her on a fairy game she got to create them she had fun creating them she said.  we had fun both reading Savvy on the two kindles we own. She is the only girl in 5th grade here and is a bit worried that she is in Junior High next year.
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a Wii and Wii Fit so she can laugh at her family doing the hula hoop or playing soccer on it (darn I can't get the hang of that one - I get beaned by more shoes....)
your right on here. we do have a wii fit and it is a great spectator sport. she loves to do the commentary
 

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DSI, it's a lot of fun.  Has lots of great applications.  My six year old is getting one for his bday next month.  I've already played with it.  My 10 year old nephew asked for one for his Christmas gift. 
 

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I sympathize with your poor daughter.  I have had braces twice & it was painful getting them put on the first time, for sure.  I'm 34 & I'm sure techniques are much better now as I had mine put on when I was in fifth grade, so I guess that was 24 years ago.  I still remember very well how miserable I was. 

I second the DS/DSi suggestion.  GameStop might be a viable alternative source for buying a DSLite.  They were offering a trade-in for people who wanted to upgrade to the DSi, so they are likely to have several used systems on hand for considerably cheaper than new.  Or if you have a DS or DSLite, you could exercise the trade-in option too.  I do know that they have a DS version of the game Spore that you said your daughter enjoys. 

I wouldn't hesitate to buy a used DS either, they're really very durable machines.  If you go that route, Gamestop does offer a warranty period.  And you can ask to inspect the individual machines to ensure that you get one that is cosmetically acceptable. 

Best wishes to your daughter. 
 

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They have the spore game for ipod touch. Hope you find something for your daughter.  ;D
 

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Or, just as a low-tech alternative....  several large jigsaw puzzles?
 

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Standard procedure:  the night before she's getting 'tweaked', have her favorite needs-a-lot-of-chewing meal.  Following each tweaking, stop at McD's or wherever and get her a milkshake -- my son always preferred chocolate -- don't worry about it ruining her dinner, she won't be in a mood to eat much anyway.  But have her favorite doesn't-need-a-lot-of-chewing meal anyway.

Beyond that, I wouldn't make a big deal about it.  Lots of kids have braces nowadays, and the new ones are not even very visible on the teeth.  I doubt she'll get teased much and if she does, well, just teach her to perfect the "I'm sorry, are you really saying that?" stare and kids will leave her alone if they see that it doesn't bother her.

Good Luck.

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Get a small purse style back pack, or other bag, fill it with her favorite music, an MP3 player (if she doesn't already have one), a new book, a DVD (if they have a dvd player she can watch a favorite movie), and a DS or other handheld game system with games. I gave this set up to my 10 year old just before a cross country trip and she was thrilled the whole way there and back! She had enough to do so even if one thing got boring, there was something else. I also gave her drawing materials, but that would be hard to do while getting braces! She might enjoy quiet drwaing afterwards though...with that milkshake!
 

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you have great thoughts. no teasing worries there are only 46 kids (k-12) in the school. the teachers are great. the eating I do worry about she just got over 60 lbs and is picky we have a favorite place for milkshakes in the city we'll be flying to.. she can't get enough togeather time. Her goal this summer is to sew a quilt. last year she made a nine squrare rail fence quilted pillow top others made a baby blanket in school. I don't know if that will happen but puzzels, books, fishing, maybe we'll try for salmon. she has caught a halibut and a dolly varden (trout). lots of non tech well happen. just the fact that we have to fly to city for every doc visit stay in a hotel with a pool (ooh maybe I can find some swimm lessons) when not able to fly both directions she'll enjoy.  Its me that would like to find something nice for the birthday it just seems a blow to selfesteem.
thank you everyone for your suggestions
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My 10yo has an appt next month to get hers on as well. She had a full blown meltdown when she found out. Only because her 16yo brother had told her they hurt like the worst pain imaginable!  :mad:
Thank goodness our orthodontist was able to convince her they didn't hurt that bad. He also showed her some great before/after pics and asked her which one she liked. Of course, she picked the after pics.
I think she's finally ok with it.
Now, my only problem is fighting with her dad (my ex) to pay half.  ::)
 

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Oh I am incredibly lucky to have a strong hold of the dad. I am  a part time librarian meaning no insurance but my husband full time and with insurance. it won't pay much for braces but a little is better then nothing. good luck with your ex. googlegirl. I would truely have a hard time if I was a single parent.
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I like this thread, I get my braces off this year sometime, Yippee!!!

I had them put on two years ago. I was miserable. It took two months to finally start to get accustomed to them. I also chose the tooth colored brackets, not the regular steel ones. BUT, they break easily when chomping on corn nuts! ::) Okay, a no-no. After each adjustment, it is painful for about 3 days afterward. Don't forget she will be crabby. (or is that just me) ;D

How about roller blades, a new bike, a trip to Disneyland/World? Try to make it a fun thing on remembering those after pictures of straight, perfect teeth when she is at her worst.

I like the milkshake idea, I think I will do that for me. I like to treat myself with Slurpees or Icees too.

I hope this helps,

-Sailor
 

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Oh I am incredibly lucky to have a strong hold of the dad. I am a part time librarian meaning no insurance but my husband full time and with insurance. it won't pay much for braces but a little is better then nothing. good luck with your ex. googlegirl. I would truely have a hard time if I was a single parent.
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I know! What is up with insurance for ortho work? At least we DO have my DH's insurance but it only covers $1500.
Now, tell me, WHO can get a full mouth's treatment of orthodontics for that?? My ex is supposed to pay half of what the insurance doesn't pay and he still has a problem with that.

My DD's first round is over $2500! Then she will need another round later after all her permanent teeth come in to finish that will be closer to $4000! :eek:
 

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A magnifying glass and an ant hill.   Hours and hours of fun.
 

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A magnifying glass and an ant hill. Hours and hours of fun.
Hahaha, and really cost efficient too.

-sailor
 
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