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  2. Junie

    Ignore this thread!

    Good Morning! And, I guess I'm awake. I slept well, though. Happy Saturday!
  3. Carrie12345

    Inducing labor question

    My 42 week (4th successful) pregnancy had me getting a million biophysicals (with midwives.) We were up to every other day at the very end, and I lived just over an hour away from the office and hospital. (On the bright side, I had decent insurance at the time!) They didn't want to induce because everything looked great, but they wanted to start monitoring DAILY. Um, no. Get the little monster out! I think I threatened to sleep in the parking lot to avoid the commute. I still don't know how, with SOOOOO many ultrasounds, the techs never noticed a 2x nuchal cord plus true knot (or at least one of those things,) but they didn't. I realize it's a bit irrational, but it made me more cynical about so much monitoring.
  4. heartlikealion

    I need help deciphering this handwriting...

    I thought maybe it was "need today" or something. I don't know. But I don't think that is necessarily an "n." If you look at the other letters you can tell they swap between cursive and manuscript. The "r" for example. There don't seem to be enough individual letters for the word "needs" to be honest. But the writing is overall unpredictable so it could be anything. It could also be "read." I toyed with the idea of that letter being a "v" as well. They could have also forgotten part of a letter. It could be an "f" without the top where people are seeing a "t." Or maybe a weird cursive capital i. It almost looks like the word "doctor" to me lol. No idea.
  5. Hannah

    Hard News: Our Beloved Boardie, Greta

    Heartbreaking and terribly sad. Wishing you and your family strength in this difficult time. My thoughts are with you.
  6. I am agreeing with the others. When you advertise for the sitter, make sure that a word like nanny or tutor is part of the job description. I would give the babysitter certain subjects: art, science projects, read alouds, enforcing silent reading times, audiobooks, etc, that don't require teaching necessarily, but supervision. I think to a lot of people, babysitter implies someone who manages to keep the kid alive for the duration of the shift. Whereas a nanny or tutor implies a lot more interaction. I have had babysitters- just normal, standard sitters (to whom I always say, "It's ok if they just want to watch movies all day" because I just don't use sitters that often) who have helped my kids create fantastic art projects, brought books to share, done cooking projects and cleaned up from that, etc. You just have managed to get a dud of a babysitter. I also agree that the concept of a weekend will have to change. If you do math, writing, language arts on each of the four days you have off, that will be about a half day of school work, and you can use review exercises for the three days with the sitter. The sitter, meanwhile, can cover content topics that are mostly just reading based.
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  8. Negin

    aging (55+), exercise, and joints

    Sue, you've received wonderful tips already. I'm 50 and my body is definitely changing. I feel more pain and am dealing with neck and hand issues at the moment. The physiotherapist I'm seeing is superb. Hoping that things continue to improve. He has instructed me to not lift weights for now. Nothing strenuous whatsoever. I can't even get a massage that's too firm. Have you heard of Classical Stretch? You may have seen some episodes on PBS. I used to do her workouts far more regularly. I'm now starting again. I don't know why I stopped. I've decided now that I'm 50 and feeling some pain, to have CS be the core of my workout, to try to do at least one routine (25 minutes) every day. Trying anyway. I'm not trying to be pushy or anything. Just a program that may be of interest to you or others who are experiencing pain. The DVDs seem expensive at first, but many workouts are included in each one. I am considering streaming. Here are some short video clips, but I don't think that these really do justice. I wasn't crazy about CS at first. There's a bit of a learning curve involved, but after a short while, every time I return to it, I have always noticed a difference in so many ways. Again, I don't know why I stopped! Hoping that your pain eases soon.
  9. I think I'd just get a new sitter lol. Honestly, maybe I expect too much from people but that kind of stuff irks me. Maybe she needs the more explicit directions, though. "Look at homework, make sure it's done. Make sure he signed his name" etc. You have enough on your plate. You don't need to micromanage the sitter, too. As for online programs, well, I don't know your budget but we have used time4learning on and off. It will show if you they completed a lesson and if there's a grade for that lesson you can view it in reports. You can go dormant when you choose, but you will pay a fee (like 5.99/mo?) vs. the normal fee which is more like $20/mo. The reason you keep it dormant is so that it saves the records/keeps your place. We have canceled ours at this time but if I ever need it again I am ok with starting over because I PDF'd the old records. It is simply a curriculum not like an academy or such so you wouldn't be needing to keep in sync with a traditional school calendar. I would not rely solely on T4L but perhaps something like that would work for certain areas. It sounds like he really just needs a different type of sitter and I would advertise with that being a main job requirement (oversee school work, help with homework) if that's what you are looking for. I briefly had a tutor for ds and I would sometimes get frustrated at the level of instruction I felt necessary to make sure things got done the way I wanted, but I would type up a list with check boxes with items listed in order of priority. Are there any after school places he could go where homework was part of the gig? I don't know if they actually check to see if work gets done, though. I know we have a community center some kids are bused to after school. They have help with homework there. I know when ds was in private school on a rare occasion he'd stay after school for a short while and the kids would do homework and then go play. Right now he's getting homework once a week so he tries to knock it out the first day he gets it and I need to get in the habit of going over it with him on the weekend.
  10. Negin

    Nima Peanut Allergen Tester

    Nothing to add to this. I just smiled, since Nima is my dh's name :).
  11. heartlikealion

    Help me find this kids’ book, please

    What an anti-Halloween book. Hmph. 😉
  12. Jean in Newcastle

    Who's going to tackle Saturday with me?

    Japanese book store pet store household chores as yet undetermined
  13. extendedforecast

    Favorite ancient history or biology books?

    I read An Edible History of Humanity when my daughter was assigned it last year in her World History AP class. I really enjoyed it. I learned so much - from the early cultivation of grains to how wars were impacted by armies manipulating the food supply.
  14. We did some gentle old-fashioned Christian character books at that age -- things like: A Hive of Busy Bees (Williams) Storytime with the Millers (Martin) Hero Tales (Jackson) Stories from Africa (SIM) Also, short story collections, like The Book of Virtues (Bennett), Stories From Around the World (Amery), American Tall Tales (Osborne), etc. At that age, we also rotated through including things like this in our morning together time: - a few pages of critical thinking/logic puzzles - read a selection out of the Language/Literature section of the What Your ___ Grader Needs to Know - Pledge of Allegiance - picture books/short books on patriotic/US cultural things - tall tales picture books (picture books/short books like Steven Kellogg's Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill) - memorize phone number and address - cultural literacy: listen to a song (Wee Sing: America (patriotic songs), Fun & Folk (traditional US folk songs), Around the World (traditional folk songs of other countries) - read a fairy tale / myth / legend, or something like St - a picture book or short book on health / safety / fire safety When DSs were a little older (around ages 9/10), we did a book on manners/etiquette -- we happened to use Manners Matter (Hartley).
  15. Jean in Newcastle

    Ignore this thread!

    Day 243 steps Day 115 hips Day 14 bird dog.
  16. Slache

    Ignore this thread!

    All the gugs.
  17. MissLemon

    Have to have a difficult conversation

    Very true! Reading similar stories from other people helps put things in perspective. I learned, and healed, so much from reading what others wrote.
  18. gaillardia

    Head lice....now what do we do??

    After lots of kids and never any problems, not even when I was a kid, our two young teens had lice. It was very upsetting, so if you feel that way, you are not alone. We did use over the counter lice shampoo but I don't remember what it was called. I laboriously nit picked over their hair every day. It took two hours for the one because she has such thick hair. The other one had long hair so she got a hair cut, sadly, by me. 🙂 We got through it without anyone else in the household getting lice. It didn't take forever but it seemed like it. Good luck.
  19. Dotwithaperiod

    Hard News: Our Beloved Boardie, Greta

    I’m so sorry to read this. You’ve been such a lovely voice of reason here. My thoughts are with you and your family.
  20. Tulsa is one of the easiest cities to navigate because it is a grid system. I wonder if noone has ever explained to her how it works.
  21. Susan in TN

    Ignore this thread!

    Awww (((Junie & Dd))) I'd love a cupcake.
  22. All About Reading has changed my child’s life. His reading has improved dramatically and so has his confidence. This is a child who has multiple learning challenges who is enjoying reading on his own for the first time at 10 years old. I wish I had found this program years ago.
  23. I also work three demanding shifts per week. Honestly, I have discovered that school usually doesn’t get done if I am not home. My husband and I are trying a few new things this year but we haven’t seen how it will go yet. I will say, the kids have discovered that if they do some of their independent work on my work days or when I am sleeping (I work nights), then we have more time for fun. My son with learning challenges is still struggling with this but it is getting better!
  24. happi duck

    I need help deciphering this handwriting...

    "Need tutor" gets my vote. At first glance I saw "needs doctor" but "tutor" makes some sense.
  25. LauraBeth475

    Favorite ancient history or biology books?

    I’ve put The Gene and A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived on the list. Anyone like SPQR by Mary Beard?
  26. Terabith

    Hard News: Our Beloved Boardie, Greta

    I'm so sorry. Greta, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
  27. I read two books that the authors describe as "...essentially Regency Romances set on alien world -- Space Regencies, if you will, and our bow to Georgette Heyer ...." They are set in what is known as the Liaden Universe; I enjoyed them both. Local Custom by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller "Master Trader Er Thom yos'Galan knows that Liaden custom is to be matched with a proper bride and provide his clan, Korval, with an heir. Yet his heart is immersed in another universe, influenced by another culture, and lost to a woman not of his world. And to take a Terran wife such as scholar Anne Davis is to risk both his honor and reputation—not to mention the lives of loved ones." and Scout's Progress by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller "Aelliana Caylon is a brilliant mathematician, revered by pilots for the life-saving revisions she brought to the ven'Tura Piloting Tables. Despite this, her home life is terrifying, as the target of her elder brother's spite and her mother's indifference. Convinced that she has no recourse, Aelliana endures, until, on a dare, she plays a game of chance and wins a spaceship. Suddenly she has a way to escape her drab life—if she can qualify as a pilot, and survive her brother's abuse." ** I also read, after seeing mention of it somewhere on the board, TEAR SOUP: A Recipe for healing after loss by Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen which was a book about grieving. It was a thoughtful story that is intended to be shared with children. "If you are going to buy only one book on grief, this is the one to get! It will validate your grief experience, and you can share it with your children. You can leave it on the coffee table so others will pick it up, read it, and then better appreciate your grieving time. Grand's Cooking Tips section at the back of the book is rich with wisdom and concrete recommendations. Better than a casserole!" Regards, Kareni
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