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  1. A couple that needs such high levels of self-care should really not have two kids in two years.
    25 points
  2. If DIL needs "me time" to get her nails done or whatever, she can do it when her husband is home or she can hire a babysitter like everyone else does. The idea that they would not only ask but actually INSIST that you need to sacrifice your own health so they can have free babysitting is pretty stunning. I would just tell them that what they want from you is simply not possible for health reasons, and although you love your grandchildren, they will need to hire someone who has the strength and energy to provide childcare for two very young children.
    22 points
  3. I have nothing nice to say. Your ds saw that you needed to use a motorized wheelchair at Disney and has the nerve to say you must babysit? Shopping without kids *is* a break from shopping with kids! Etc etc. She needs to massively rethink what "me time" looks like. My mom died when my oldest was ten weeks old. It makes me so angry when people lucky enough to still have parents act like entitled jerks. Do they actually not realize that many of us raise our kids without "help"? If I were you I'd be sure to be absolutely clear going forward. About times, about pain etc. I hate that you need to fear not seeing them if you don't comply. Can you brainstorm a doable, scheduled thing at their place? (Like you'll bring takeout twice a month and spend two hours visiting.)
    16 points
  4. NZ is staying at elimination for a number of reasons. We are still basically at elimination status: Right now, we only have 140 cases in the whole of NZ and we have tested, tested, tested. Plus they are all in only 1 city (Wellington's 10 are not community spread, they were from Auckland and self isolating when they got here and are now in quarantine). Plus all waste water but Auckland is clear. We are still at elimination for all but Auckland, so we should try to keep it. Economically: we have had one of the fastest recoveries in the world. #4. As the health minister said, good health policy is good economic policy. Health: We have the best health outcomes for covid in the world. Our hospitals are not overrun, are stafff are not overworked. We have had 26 deaths in total. In addition, we have no long-covid because we have had so few cases. That reduces the burden on people and the health system. Socially: This move is supported by the population. We prefer short, sharp lockdowns to the way life is being lived in the USA, kind of always cautious and always kind of locked down, sort of. We also like the social cohesion that we have with elimination, rather than the culture wars that the USA has. We have no marches, rallies etc against government policies. People here are in agreement. Vaccine: we can't open up yet even if we wanted to because only 30% of our population is vaccinated. We have had supply problems because we sourced out of India in the beginning and then they decided to keep their vaccine in house and not export it, so our supply fell through and we had to reorder (and go to the back of the line). Opening up to the world: Right now, they have said that when we finally open up they will treat Covid like Measles (which is also very transmissible) rather than like the seasonal flu. They will stamp Covid out when it gets in. Once our population is vaccinated (like with Measles), stamping it out will be through contact tracing and self isolation, rather than nation-wide lockdowns, but they still plan to control it rather than let it rip. HTH.
    16 points
  5. Yes, I worked with ICU nurses who had Wuhan Covid. They thought their antibodies protected them. They refused the vaccine and then turned around and got British Covid (Alpha). It wouldn't surprise me if these same nurses have now had Delta. This is ridiculous. How much longer can we continue to have healthcare workers going around unvaccinated? It is completely unacceptable. This vaccine has gone through more scrutiny than any other in human history. If you don't want to get the vaccine, IMO, you have no business being around vulnerable patients in an ICU. I am sorry that my position offends you, but I believe that nursing is primarily an evidence-based, science-based profession. If you cannot support that, and think that nurses supporting the untested use of cattle dewormers over a thoroughly vetted vaccine is perfectly acceptable "personal choice," then we will simply have to agree to disagree. Re the origin of Covid, President Biden has asked for a thorough review of the issue, which to my knowledge has not yet been released to the public. But, as I said, I have been working a ton, and the last I read from the experts that I follow on Twitter, the consensus still remains that the virus is zoonotic in origin. https://zenodo.org/record/5244404#.YSUl5YhKhPY I know from reading your posts on this subject that you follow more of the right-wing news media than I do, so perhaps you are reading things that I am not, so YMMV. I don't have a vested interested in whether the virus came from the lab or from an animal. I simply want the bs misinformation that gets into the heads of my patients (and affects their ability to make good choices and trust the experts who care about their health) to stop.
    16 points
  6. I’d have DH call and them you’d love for them all to come to a regular dinner (maybe on Sundays?), but you physically cannot babysit any more and he doesn’t want me to.
    15 points
  7. I will also add that we know that the immunity that is garnered from the vaccine is more durable than the immunity people are getting from infection. This has been well-documented. The only exception to that I have read is what is called mucosal immunity, but they are working on a vaccine that addresses that issue as well: https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-19-herd-provincetown-mayo-delta-mask-mandate-vaccine-passport-cdc-mucosal-immunity-11629128219 This is why vaccinated people still need to wear a mask and why vaccinated people are getting a version of Covid that resembles the common cold (ie another coronavirus) vs the version of Covid that we see in the ICU among the unvaccinated. Coronaviruses do not confer long-lasting immunity, whether garnered via inoculation or infection. People are going to need boosters. According to the most recent Israeli data put out this past week, my immunity is down to about 16% I need a booster stat. But, I have had several exposures and have been protected for months thanks to Team Pfizer. I am so so very thankful. I have also helped prevent the spread to countless others because I was prudent in getting the vaccine. That's the point. My choices don't just affect me. They affect so many others, and my vulnerable patients deserve that from me.
    13 points
  8. They want you to take the kids more than half their waking hours on a weekend day, and one evening a week so they can have "me time"??? WTH? That is a totally unreasonable expectation even if you didn't have health problems. Sure there may be grandparents who want and are able to provide that kind of babysitting, but it's certainly not a requirement and shouldn't be an expectation. They are being totally selfish, unreasonable, juvenile, passive-aggressive and need to get off their butts and parent their own children.
    12 points
  9. Yup. They need to hire a babysitter for 5-6 hours. Others gave good choices. You need to not be an unpaid babysitter. You need to be grandma. They are treating you like the former and your DIL's sense of entitlement is not endearing.
    12 points
  10. Your kids have unreasonable expectations. You warned them before they moved. I had NO reliable babysitting help at those ages. They went to daycare (Which we paid for) or I took them grocery shopping with me or dad looked after them. And I paid for babysitting when we needed it outside of that. VERY occasionally (much less than once a week. Even less than once a month) my sister took them for a few hours so my husband and I got some alone time. But I didn't expect it. She sat me down when I moved to Texas and explained the same thing -- she loved my kids but she did not want to be the regular babysitter. So we found babysitters to pay when we needed it.
    12 points
  11. One thing that I have pointed out with my kids is that as a parent I allowed freedoms that apparently the kid wasn't ready for. So it's not only about trusting, it's also that the child was revealed to not have the maturity to handle that level of trust. We don't allow 4 year olds to administer their own medicine because they're so small that it would be foolish to trust them that way. In that case, it's less about trust than about common sense and allowing for maturity levels. Op, you trusted that your kids could handle x. They couldn't. Sometimes framing it in this way is not only about earning trust but also practicing the developmental skills to manage certain impulses. My ds can't manage electronic time at almost 14. I still help him manage this because he feels terrible and acts terrible when too many screens have been used. And I frame it less as trust, but more as "Until you are better at managing this, I'll help you." It kinda parallels the graduated drivers license system that my state uses. Of course, this discussion doesn't work for every situation, but I thought I would throw that out there because it's been pretty useful for many situations in my house.
    12 points
  12. The UK hasn't hit herd immunity despite 92% of the population having detectable antibodies, so I'm a bit sceptical of the research. I think people need to stop being bored of being in a pandemic. COVID isn't bored of us.
    12 points
  13. I hope it’s okay for me to engage in some shameless self-promotion. Some of you know earlier this year I started doing the Let’s Make Art watercolor subscription. I have a life-long history of creating art, but I never really did much watercolor, though I have always loved it. I have been squeezing in a bit of painting almost daily; I work FT now so this is harder than it used to be, but I really want to practice as close to daily as I can manage. I do a lot of tutorials, but I mix in my fully original artwork, too. One of my paintings just got a (fourth place) ribbon at the fair. That’s a modest accomplishment, to be sure, but it was still affirming. Here are a few paintings I have done in the last few months:
    11 points
  14. I'm not the OP, but I imagine that wanting to see the grandkids regularly complicates the situation and creates more anxiety about just saying no.
    11 points
  15. Wow! The entitlement is shocking. They are being unreasonable. I regularly took all of my children to the grocery store and anywhere else I went. There was no other option for me. None. It sounds like they need to invest in a grocery delivery service, a baby gate, and maybe a season or two of a cartoon series. TV may not be the worlds best babysitter, but occasionally setting up a baby gate in the living room with a tv show while the kiddos' parent sits at the table to paint their nails while still in view of the living room is a viable option. Even if it was weekly, no harm would be done. DIL is being selfish and needs to grow up.
    11 points
  16. Good. I hope it's mandated as much as possible as soon as possible, because people around here won't get it otherwise. They are so suspicious of the vaccine but are all gung-ho about taking a dewormer when they get COVID. You cannot talk sense into these people. You cannot use facts or logic or reason. 😞
    11 points
  17. 10 points
  18. Those expectations are definitely unreasonable given your family’s health constraints. They need to hire a mother’s helper one day a week for that kind of extended self-care and let you and your parents be fun, occasional, short time visitors. I wouldn’t expect them to bring the kids over and pick them up once a week for a two hour visit tho either, especially if there’s an added 1-2 hours of drive time tacked on. Maybe they could come once a month and you go there for an hour or two once a month and call it good.
    10 points
  19. I much prefer the hundred dollars to the lottery thing too. For low income that lose an hourly wage, this will help to make it closer to actually free. Before there was still lost hours of work, bus tickets, etc. Hopefully, this helps.
    10 points
  20. A bonus with the Covid vaccine is that it’s been given hundreds of millions of times at this point, which gives us waaaaaay more data on any potential rare side effects than we usually are ever able to get until after a drug has been on the market much longer.
    10 points
  21. I haven't even read all the responses, but what.the.ever.living.HECK??!! I had three kids in 2.5 years, first two were twins. My parents live nearby, and so did MIL. My mom was very upfront that she had her own life and any babysitting would be done on her terms only and Saturdays were right.out because they went dancing. MIL was about 10 years older than my parents and not good with little kids. I pretty much had no babysitters, like ever. I think I hired someone who worked as a nanny a couple of times for an evening out when it was just the twins. My mom pretty much told me when she wanted to see the kids so she could have 'grandma-time', which was pretty much never when it was convenient for me. When they were really little, I found things to do with them out of the house - it was one of the only times in my life I wandered the mall, becuase they'd be happy in the stroller. I joined mom's groups and playgroups. I had to do things like cleaning and shopping and cooking with three babies in tow. I am not sure where these newish parents have this idea that they're entitled to eat up all your free time whenever they want so they can have (apparently huge gobs of) for 'me-time' and that they also want your services so they can do housework and shop?? I'm speechless. Heck to the NO. I myself, if I'm ever lucky enough to have grandchildren, think I'll be more willing than my mom and MIL to do some babysitting, but your situation is the whole other extreme. Just no, no, no, no, NO. At this point, I'd figure out how much YOU can do, say, I can watch them for, say, a couple of hours once a week, TOPS. Too bad, so sad - they are parents now, these are their kids, and they should be graciously accepting whatever time you offer, not demanding, well, anything. Pretty much this except apparently I managed to type...
    9 points
  22. Um… do we know for sure that they didn’t get kicked out of her parents house?
    9 points
  23. Wow. Entitled is what comes to mind. Try being a military family, where there is no one but the parents! It is us, only us, all the time! I think they need a reality check. Maybe you could send them regular Instagram-like updates of your pain levels. They obviously can’t comprehend how much pain you live with and lack the empathy needed to give you compassion.
    9 points
  24. On GMA the Director of NIH said he expects shots for 5-11 year olds by the end of September.
    9 points
  25. Good morning! Glad you got some better sleep, Toto! And keeping fingers crossed that the landlord will come down to a reasonable price on that space! Yesterday while my family was working in the yard (in the 90* heat) and setting trimmings out at the curb, a guy in a city utility truck stopped and said, "You know, if you'd just wait another half hour it will be even hotter out here for ya." Lol. I have to make some phone calls today. Svengo. I also need to stop by the funeral home, so I will get to visit with Mack, their sweet therapy sheepadoodle - that should help fortify me somewhat. I often want to use "svengo" in non-ITT-related situations and am fairly disappointed that it is not a universally known word. Coffee!
    9 points
  26. I've started Latin with John. I've also started a class with Matt called Keeping A Planner So You Can Stop Driving Your Wife Insane 101.
    9 points
  27. I'm job hunting. I got an offer from a reputable grocery store chain to be a pharmacy clerk. I've been trying to get on with Publix for quite some time and I think I'd do very well in the pharmacy. However, when he called to tell me he was hiring me, he didn't have any particulars. No salary or schedule information. He said he'd get back to me Monday (today). Okay I said. I was just so happy. Now the pharmacy manager is on maternity leave and I was speaking with the assistant manager. However, I was actually interviewed by the general grocery store manager. She said she had never interviewed for the pharmacy before because they're like a separate entity. She said she "thinks" the salary is between $12.50-$13.00 per hour. Since I was making only $12/hr at my last job, I figured this was at least a step in the right direction. About 30 minutes after that phone call, I was contacted by a preschool, The Goddard School, asking me to please come in for an interview. He was very excited to meet me and show me his school. I told him I had just accepted a job offer. He said it didn't matter, that he thinks I'll love it there and he pays better than most preschools. After hearing him talk a few minutes, I decided what the heck, I'll go in on Monday and see what he had to offer. I told him I did not anticipate changing my mind and rescinding my acceptance offer to this other job. Again, he said he understood but just wanted to meet with me. He said I could call him any time if the pharmacy job doesn't work out. Now, that chain of schools has an employment service that seeks out potential employees. Someone from that company called and I told her all about my interview at the other Goddard School and their salary offer. She was surprised but said she wanted to send my information to the other school in my city which is closer to me than the first one. `I did a recorded interview and she sent it to the school. That was on Thursday, the day before I got my job offer from the grocery store. So now, I have an interview this afternoon with the preschool. They know I want part-time and that I'm only interested in the infant room. I've worked with all ages from birth to age 8, and right now, I just want to work with infants. So they supposedly know that information about me. Publix Pharmacy is supposed to call me back with the job specifics today. I'm thinking if the pharmacy calls me this morning, I won't answer the phone. I'll let him leave voicemail like he did Friday when he offered me the job. Then I'll go to the preschool and see what they have to offer. I might not like the vibe in the school. I didn't with the first Goddard School I interviewed with. But what if I really like it? What if they really do have an opening in the infant room? I want to hear how much they're willing to pay, then go home and call the pharmacy for the specifics. Then I'll need to decide which job will meet my needs. I've tried pros and cons and they come out mostly equal, with the preschool leading by a little. At the preschool, I'd get to wear anything I want and sit down most of my shift. I've worked in an infant room before so know what it's like. At the pharmacy, I'll have a certain outfit I have to wear and I don't think there's time to sit down. I was in the store Sunday and saw two people at the counter waiting to help customers and they were just standing there doing nothing. I don't think I'd like that. At my last job I was able to sit down between customers. At the preschool, I'll be working 12:30 - 6:30 pm so no mornings, nights or weekends. At the pharmacy I'd be working 3:00 - 9:00 pm which is nights and also on weekends. I'm looking to get 30 hours or less per week. The preschool has a fixed schedule while the pharmacy has a weekly schedule so I won't know what nights I'll be working or even how many hours I'll get from week to week. This situation has me stressed out. What if I love the preschool? How do I professionally tell the pharmacy thanks for the offer, sorry I accepted so fast, but I got a better job offer? Then again, the preschool might be awful and I'll choose the pharmacy job. If they offer me $13/hr and the preschool offers me $14/hr, is that enough of a difference to validate changing my mind and going with the higher pay? My therapist said changing my mind is not unethical, just not good manners. She and I talked about things that I'm looking for in a job so I'm able to compare both to my needs. My DH is supportive of whatever I do; he just wants me happy. What do you think? Would it be awful for me to tell the pharmacy, after they've offered the job and I've accepted it, that I'm going with the better offer that just came today? By 5:00 pm today, I'll either be a pharmacy clerk or an infant teacher. How do I know which is best for me? I want them both! UPDATE: I just got home from my interview. That preschool is the most awesome school I have ever walked through and I have a lot of experience not only from volunteering and working for pay, but also when education classes put me in preschools for class credit. I knew 5 minutes in this was the place for me. He took me on a full tour and talked about everything the school offered. He can get me in the infant room or 1 year old room, since those are the ages I prefer. He accepted my hours of 1:00 - 6:30 pm. The pay will be at least $13/hour and may be higher depending on what role they place me in. He needs to speak with the other owner and the director to settle a firm salary. He said there was no rush in getting back to him as he understood I needed to handle Publix first. I thought that was nice although I was ready to sign on the dotted line right then. I most certainly heard angels singing and feel a peace and joy inside me that tells me this is where God wants me to be. I told Shawn that I really did want to work there because both myself and his school will benefit from my passion for preschoolers. I have no passion about a pharmacy. So he gave me a soft hiring. He never came out and asked and he didn't ask me fill out an application, but he did tell me to text/call him when I decided I was ready to work for the school. So yes, this is the job I am taking and I'm ecstatic. He's had teachers with him for over a decade, the most recent hiring he had was in 2020. He said teachers stay at his school because they get so much support from the business operations. He did not show me upstairs but said there was a teacher's lounge. I guess I won't be seeing it though because I'll be eating lunch at home before I go to work. If Publix doesn't call me back by 6:30 pm, I'm going to text Shawn that if he has an opening for me and is willing to hire me, I'd love to work at his school. Then when Publix does call, I'll just tell them I accepted an offer somewhere else and thank them for considering me for their job. Yay!
    8 points
  28. Is driving as hard on you as babysitting? Because if not, I'd be inclined to offer to care for the kids at their house 1-2 nights per week, during a time period that includes bedtime so you can rest while the kids are sleeping. I think that once the DIL's family moves to the area you will be shut out if you don't participate a little more now. I'm sorry about that--it's rotten--but I have seen it too often. The assumption mix just tilts. So I agree with others who suggested establishing a Sunday dinner tradition if possible, if you can't manage the care at their house for limited periods. ETA: I THINK THAT THEY ARE BEING RIDICULOUS, TOO. I'm addressing your goal, not their behavior, which is atrocious. It would be atrocious to shut you out once the other family arrives, also. And your son is incredibly nervy to *tell* you that you need to do certain things. DIL is probably right that driving an hour does not make a 1-2 hour babysitting stint seem worthwhile, but it was assinine for her to post about it like that, not to mention to ask for 1-2 hours and then assume that your assent applies to 6-7.
    8 points
  29. Also, be careful not to put Australia and NZ in the same bucket. Australia has a federal system and NZ is national, so there are many approaches in Australia and only 1 in NZ. Also, NZ got this outbreak a full 10 weeks after Australia, so has watched and learned from the policies that were tried there. Sorry to say, that NSW has shown us what not to do. So NZ has a much much better chance of beating this because it is way newer and we have more clarity as to what to do and how to do it. In addition, people here are very compliant with the lockdown because they have seen what has happened in NSW. We are ONE week in, we still have a good chance.
    8 points
  30. Well I do not believe Australia is going for total elimination now (at least in some locations, the Australian boardies can speak more to that than I can). But NZ is a smaller population, on an island, with a small amount of cases. It makes sense for them to try and keep it eliminated in their country until they can vaccinate everyone. Why not, if it is possible? Seems like they are using more wisdom than some places are.
    8 points
  31. Just catching up. Like the other healthcare workers in this thread, I have been working quite a bit since I was licensed to try to help out at our very understaffed hospital. This is my first day off in several days and I am exhausted. It's so bad that I fell asleep the other night on top of my bed still wearing my scrubs. Ewww. I have no idea how that happened. I think I just basically passed out when I got home. I have zero memory of it. I am still working per diem at our county psych hospital while I apply for extremely competitive new grad residencies. As was mentioned previously, despite the nursing shortage, in my area, it's both incredibly difficult to get into nursing school and incredibly difficult to get a job once you graduate. I have a shot at an ICU position at a local magnet hospital where I volunteered, so I am hoping that comes through, but that will certainly have me working directly with Covid patients each day, which is daunting. I have had several inadvertent exposures in the past -- the most recent was when I worked as the triage nurse in our emergency psych unit -- but that is very different from spending all day as an ICU nurse with Covid patients. Re unions, they are a huge benefit in California and I would not want to work in most other states because they don't have the union protections that we do. I saw a huge difference in the way the nurses were treated in hospitals in non-union states like Texas, when I was there for clinicals, and the difference is night and day. I don't know a single nurse in California who would prefer to work in a non-union hospital, if given the choice. Re the vaccine and mandates, I will be thrilled when all these selfish, non evidence-based nurses GTFO of healthcare. IMO, if you don't understand science, you have no business being a nurse. Re morale, yeah, it's bad. Since I am fresh meat, I feel an obligation to do as much as I can right now to help my burned out colleagues. Thankfully, I don't live in a part of the country where nurses are being terrorized over vaccine and mask politics. I cannot imagine the moral injury they are enduring on top of everything else. It's truly horrific in so many parts of the US. I just do not recognize this country anymore. This is the kind of stuff I dealt with working in the ICU in Texas and why I feel so strongly about vaccines (fantastic reporting from the NYT): https://www.nytimes.com/video/opinion/100000007923534/arkansas-vaccine-hesitant.html?playlistId=video/opinion This was from Nurse Twitter the other day.
    8 points
  32. Oh, c'mon, gardenmom, it's not like scheduling a vaccination is brain surgery!
    8 points
  33. I like the idea of inviting the entire family for Sunday dinner each week (if this is something that you can manage). It would be a nice tradition to establish, you’d get to see your grandchildren, and your son and DIL would be there to care for them. When her family arrives for the endless babysitting for DIL’s “me time,” the tradition will already be started and it’s less likely that they’ll pull it so you never see your grandchildren again. I do think that if someone else sat them down and explained to them, look, your mother/MIL doesn’t like to say anything, but she is really suffering and just can’t babysit the children for long periods of time, even though she would like to, they might take it more seriously. One hopes. But egads, the sense of entitlement is something else. I’m so sorry you have to deal with this. It must be so disappointing.
    7 points
  34. That's what I've tried to tell them. My parents babysat very irregularly even though they were only 20 min. down the road, even with my husband going on 6 month deployments (which actually was more like being gone 8.5 months in a 12 month period). It never occurred to me for it to be otherwise. I traded babysitting with other moms and even then it was when I needed to do something were I couldn't take the kids with me. But I've been told comparing experiences isn't acceptable. Thank you all for your responses. I can't tell you how nice it feels to be heard. Now to get them to hear me and you've all given me lots of great ideas. Since it was my son who called, I can only assume that it's through him that she wants these type of conversations to be had so I will call him and hopefully have a productive chat.
    7 points
  35. So I made phone calls and sent an email and ran an errand. My first call to FEMA was interesting - they directed my call to a person, but when they picked up the line, all I could hear was talking and yelling. For 3 minutes. I finally hung up and called again and got to talk to a very kind gentleman. My brother and dad are currently trying to fix the dishwasher, which was having conniption fits this morning with error numbers and words flashing in red. It sounds like they may have it figured out. 👍
    7 points
  36. In hopes that we would read about plants, my child suggested that we wash the bananas, if you're wondering how Spanish is going at our house.
    7 points
  37. Don't worry; covid skeptics switch very nimbly from "kids don't spread it!" to "kids almost never get serious cases!"
    7 points
  38. Good Morning!!!! COFFEE!!!~D Tuesday!! School and work. Things have settles down at work somewhat. Yay for city workers with a sense of humor, Susan. And yes, I, too, often want to use the Svengo in non-ITT settings.
    7 points
  39. I might be naive but my best guess would be someone mistyped the Rx number by mistake.
    7 points
  40. I went to the pool. I'm done for the week.
    7 points
  41. I'd agree with the others. You must say no. Tell them you would like to spend time with all of them but caring for toddlers is beyond your physical limitations. (OK Honestly if I my kid told me I NEED to take their kids multiple times a week, I would NOT have been nice, calm or communicative... that's absolutely unacceptable on his part.)
    6 points
  42. You must say no. They’re not listening to any of the other words. And they will live. I did!
    6 points
  43. SIGGY BOOYA! Siggy updated. For Servie: Together: Bible, SOTW, AstronomyJohn, 5th: Saxon, IEW, Drawing, Piano, Violin, Greek, Latin, Spanish, JapaneseMary, 3rd: Saxon, Dictation, Drawing, Piano, Greek, SpanishAlex, Kindy; Phonics Pathways, Singapore, Home Art Studio, SpanishIsaac 1 year: Causing a ruckus
    6 points
  44. Agreed. I see nothing but tragedy for this next school year. Honestly, if parents could find a way to keep their kids home with Khan Academy, Magic School Bus, PBS, and a lot of good books to read, their kids will likely learn a lot more than sending them to school and won't be risking their health. Our local district has had so many teachers retire and quit as well as parapros, bus drivers, and support staff that they really can't hold school, mostly all they can offer is a holding pen for the herd. Classroom square footage is too small for 55-60 kids per class, and even if they did that, kids aren't going to learn in such an egregious student to teacher ratio. It will be chaos. I really believe they will spend most of their days watching movies in the gym, and being pulled out in smaller groups for 10 minutes of math, 10 minutes of reading with the remaining faculty members. No online option is being offered from the district. Their tech people quit as well. They have no one to manage it logistically, and can't divert remaining teachers attention to it. It will be nothing more than a year of zero education, and sick, hospitalized, and potentially dying children spreading it to home and hearth. I weep for the children who will be subjected to this. I am so grateful that our 5.5 year old grandson is being home schooled. I am grateful that we have an income good enough to help them so dd did not have to go back into the work force this year and enroll.him in school, and our toddler grandson in daycare. I cannot even describe how grateful I am!
    6 points
  45. Said like a romance novelist, lol...
    6 points
  46. We made it to TKD tonight! I think we will go again tomorrow night. The next big belt test is October 9. I won't qualify for it, but my kids should be able to test if we brush up and make it to class often enough. So I am going to push for it, though my kids will also be very busy with other fall activities. Hopefully I will qualify for the next big test, probably in December.
    6 points
  47. Day 1 down. It's another great group of kids. Lots of younger ones this week so more differentiation is going to be needed, but we can definitely do that easily enough. My landlord was hanging around shortly before I left today. Not sure what was up but he did ask me if I was still interested in the bigger space. We are, but not for the price they are asking. I told him again what we were willing to pay, that it was very fair for the current market, and left it at that. I think they are starting to realize they aren't going to get what they are asking. The current tenant is responsible until December so they haven't felt any urgency but it's a pretty decent percentage of the building to sit empty. Ran into current tenant a week or so ago and they probably can't get all their stuff out before November, so even if it all worked out we wouldn't move in until our winter break (2 weeks December to January).
    6 points
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