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  2. Chris in VA

    I'm just saying...

    I think you are very blessed and it is wonderful that you have fostered such close ties to your family. I will say one thing, though--I don't think the advice you were given is bad. I think we have to allow our kids the choice to leave home, fly far, and live their own lives, and do so without guilt put on them, even subtly. It is very hard for us mama hen types to let our kids go. As long as they know they CAN go far, I think it is GREAT for them to make a choice to stay nearby. I also think an option to consider is to let the kids really feel free to live anywhere, even overseas, and maintain ties by either moving ourselves close enough to visit frequently or just stay in touch via vid and text/calls. But there is something so precious in presence.❤
  3. Chris in VA

    Speaking of weddings...

    I would very much expect to enjoy such a lovely event celebrating a joyful covenant made by two people in love! I don't understand it not being something to enjoy. Are you micromanaging? Do you need to be in control? Are you over-worried about perfection? Do you dislike the spouse or think the marriage a mistake? Hate crowds, even if they are composed of people you love enough to celebrate a most important and happy event? I don't get it at all.
  4. Rosie_0801

    Speaking of weddings...

    I wouldn't even expect to enjoy my own wedding if I had one. 😂
  5. LMD

    I'm just saying...

    *sniff sniff* Thanks for sharing this
  6. @lewelma I know you don't want to get involved too much in the scholarship part of things, but I would push the mom to ask the recruiting agency for hard numbers and specific names of colleges and coaches, because there are some figures being tossed around that don't really add up, and I worry that this has been presented to you as "if you can just get her a 600 on the math SAT, she wins a $NZ300K scholarship!" $NZ300K is approximately $US200K, which is a full ride (tuition, fees, room, board, books) at most public uni's and approximately full tuition at many privates. However, as 8 pointed out upthread, unless this kid is a soccer superstar, she is not going to be getting a large athletic scholarship, so she would need a very large academic scholarship for the combination to add up to $50K/yr. Just talking about an average public university, she'd need a $25K athletic scholarship plus another $25K academic scholarship — and she's not likely to get such a large academic scholarship with a mere 1200 SAT. The only significance of the "1200" figure is that is the minimum allowed by NCAA for academic scholarships at Division 1 schools to not "count" against the team's allowable scholarship total. In other words, if a Div 1 school tries to give an academic scholarship to an athlete with a GPA below 3.5, or an SAT score below 1200, then the NCAA basically considers that to be a disguised athletic scholarship and will deduct that amount from the team's athletic scholarship allowance — even if the academic scholarship is not paid for by the athletic department. So a 1200 doesn't "get" her a $50K annual scholarship, it just allows her to legally accept both academic and athletic money, when/if it is offered. I think before this girl spends the next 10 months working her butt off trying to get a specific score on the SAT, she and her mom should insist that the recruiting agency provide them with firm figures on how much she can realistically expect to get, from which colleges and coaches, for both academics and athletics — and what kind of test scores she would actually need to get the level of academic aid she needs, not just meet NCAA minimums. For example, an OOS student with a 1200 SAT and 3.5 GPA would earn the following academic scholarships: $6K at Colorado State, $4K at Texas Tech, $12K at U Arizona (out of $32K OOS tuition), $1.5K at U Mississippi, $9K at UNLV — and a 1200 SAT is below the cut-off for any academic scholarships at many schools. I would also have the mom press the recruiter about why they will only accept the SAT, not the ACT, because that doesn't make any sense. NCAA accepts an ACT sum score (the 4 subscores added together) of 105 for Div 1 and 100 for Div 2, and I don't know of any US colleges that will only accept the SAT and not the ACT. One advantage of the ACT is that math only counts for 25% of the total score, versus 50% for the SAT, so that can be useful for students who may be weak in math.
  7. Your neighbor kid is exceptionally accomplished. The kid in the article is not.
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  9. busymama7

    Speaking of weddings...

    I am curious how many people expect to *enjoy* their child's wedding reception specifically. We are preparing for our first and both my husband and I are dreading it and expecting it to be a pain and exhausting. The ceremony, no, that should be wonderful. But the reception? Part of it is our personalities but yeah we arent really expecting to enjoy it. We are scheduling extreme down time for me afterwards because I get really worn down from big events, even fun ones and usually need a few days in bed afterwards. Anyways,he thinks this is normal for us not to enjoy it and I think it's really sad and should be enjoyable for the family/parents. I'm just curious that's all 😉
  10. Jean in Newcastle

    Ignore this thread!

    Day 356 steps Day 228 hips Day 126 bird dog. Day 46 bone broth
  11. Liz CA

    I'm just saying...

    Yes, and it's a rather rewarding thing (as long as we know where the boundaries lie and we respect them) and there is nothing wrong or lacking with living like this. I am so delighted to hear someone still has large family dinners weekly. These are among my favorite memories from childhood.
  12. Jean in Newcastle

    Who's going to tackle Thursday with me?

    school chiropractor which I keep meaning to schedule but then don't get that birthday card for my mom camp stuff
  13. school17777

    Since I know she won't brag...

    Congratulations to your dd!
  14. heartlikealion

    January Frugalistas

    Yay that’s awesome about the inspection. Speaking of homes, the school said they painted our new home and it should be cleaned by now. Dh doesn’t have a key as he gave back the one we had when they needed inside. He is trying to get one so we can go in soon. I got rid of a few things today and we had a nice, fairly inexpensive outing with a group at a nature center ($3 for the program fee for kids). My iPhone says I got in a lot of steps today. It’s not much but my iPhone is linked to my Walgreens app to earn store points. Eventually I’ll get some money out of my exercise. I had to pick up ds’ report card and wasn’t going to make it in time for the archery sign up in the opposite direction in another town so I called the person in charge and they’re going to email the form. That actually saved me on gas. My writing curriculum is 3rd-5th grade but I still plan to try it and see if it can come in handy. Sam’s started carrying riced cauliflower again!! Whoo. And I bought bags of frozen fruit to make smoothies & frozen yogurt. I should have picked out select fruit instead of using the whole mix. But I did make it and dd likes it. I did it in a blender (ninja) which was hard so I’ll try again with less at a time. I may be missing a blade though. I had two sets and maybe three go in. Today I did eat out a little but we packed our own water and I packed one meal for dd. Next time I’ll be even more prepared.
  15. happi duck

    elder care and physical condition?

    Has she been checked for infection?
  16. Melissa in Australia

    elder care and physical condition?

    depends how stubborn she is. The more stubborn they are the longer they seem to linger on
  17. school17777

    Bed, Bath, and Beyond's stupid return policy

    It took about 20 minutes to do an even exchange on a defective product the last time I was there. The new product had to be ordered and the register was giving them a difficult time. Because it wasn’t working as an exchange, I suggested that they just give me a refund and I buy the new product in a separate transaction. They insisted on trying to get the exchange to work, even though it took a long time. I feel like I left without it being an even exchange, but by the time they got it to work, I was in a rush and just wanted to leave.
  18. SeaConquest

    Since I know she won't brag...

    Yes, but I couldn't let you off that easily. Plus, I forgot to mention about the three foot height disparity between the kids and the microphone challenges between words. It was awesome.
  19. Familia

    I'm just saying...

    A sweet, wonderful post, telling a sweet, wonderful story - congrats, MaBelle!!
  20. While I wouldn’t hand my kid most the books mentioned in the article, neither would I take them out of her hands. I’m grateful that she has little interest in things I feel would be out of her depth. I did enjoy the article and showed it to my 8 year old as a great example of an engaging personal narrative. 😉
  21. Arctic Mama

    I'm just saying...

    I have struggled with a lot of anxiety about this. Especially as people in my life and family keep divorcing, or we hear horror stories about it on here. Or women who feel unmoored after education is done. Thank you for some encouragement that doesn’t just make me feel like if I don’t have sm emergency escape hatch and second career I’m going to be financially abused and bored out of my mind and who knows what else, just because I happen to not have outside employment and have dedicated myself to home education and my family and friends. It was a rough day and this was balm to read. Keep on with the grand babies and gardening and horses!
  22. Jackie

    Since I know she won't brag...

    I bragged in more private spaces, lol. In true asynchronous fashion, I noticed later that she didn’t capitalize her own name on her name tag.
  23. Hi everyone! My son is in 5th grade blowing through CLE 5 and doing very well with math. He is doing so well that I think we will probably move on to grade 6 in the next few weeks. I do have some concerns though because I am considering switching him to Saxon starting in 7th grade for two reasons: 1) because we are a part of Classical Conversations and Challenge A uses Saxon 7/8 2) because I have heard that CLE isn't as good at higher grade levels My question is for those of you who are familiar with these programs, could you tell me what 7/8 is equivalent to in CLE math? It is hard to tell on the two websites and I would rather hear from someone else's experience. I would prefer to stick with CLE as long as possible because I think it is the best math curriculum we have used. Is CLE grades 7 and 8 just pre-algebra over two years? I have looked at the samples, but unfortunately, I don't really know what a pre-algebra course entails so I am not sure what I am looking for. Would Saxon 7/8 be considered pre-algebra? Has anyone else out there had the same concerns about switching from CLE to another math program? I am not married to the idea of Saxon. If there are other suggestions for a math curriculum to transition to after CLE I am all ears! Any help is appreciated! Thank you!
  24. ...I'm going to do it for her... Jackie's daughter (3rd grade) won our charter school regional spelling bee today AGAINST EIGHTH GRADERS! She was adorable and inspiring and the whole school erupted into cheers when she won. People all had their camera phones held up and were recording the event. It was great. Sacha was very proud of his good buddy (he placed 7th -- knocked out after inverting two letters by accident). Now she will go on to the school-wide bee. Fingers crossed!
  25. I am wondering how school aged children could benefit from brilliant.org. I have two sons in grade 3 and 5, and am considering a lifetime subscription for them at $599.99. It seems that they have a variety of interesting math and science courses, which I think could help children esp for math when combined with aops mat’l. Anyone tried brilliant.org for their children... How did it go? What are pros and cons? Would a lifetime membership make sense? Thank you very much in advance for your response.
  26. I guess I thought it was lovely that people did take him seriously. I found it sweet, and related to much of what he wrote, having my own 9 year old. Mine isn't PG, but I still found the contrasts and asynchrony charming.
  27. He also improved and relaxed his grip using a Lamy fountain pen that had a built in grip.
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