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  1. Doesn't have to be a dangerous worksite for accidents to happen. Paint cans, extension cords for lights, fans or paint sprayers, and floor tarps can be tripped over, ladders can fall over injuring the person on the ladder and anyone around the ladder when it falls, tools can slip out of someone's hand and cause injury to themselves or others... Just not something I would want to risk if it were me.
  2. Yes I would be angry with all parties involved. Are you paying these worker/friends? Are they licensed, bonded and insured as a business or are they just friends who are doing you a favor for a very low price or possibly free? I can't imagine a liability insurer being happy that they are letting random people, friends or not, on to a work site where they can possibly hurt themselves and make a claim. Or what if something went missing from the house? I know you aren't moved in yet but it is not uncommon around here at all for copper pipes or high end faucet and light fixtures to go missing when a house is vacant for any amount of time. If the contractor is letting people into the worksite and something goes missing or gets broken while they are working... It just isn't a good practice. I would be livid even if it was their own mother they let in the house. If she wasn't one of the workers working on the house, she has no business being there. And the friends... I know this is passive aggressive and I shouldn't do it but I would be tempted to not send them an invite to my housewarming party and when they asked why they didn't get an invite I would say something along the lines of I didn't want them to waste their time seeing a house they had already been through and toured. Lol
  3. I think the target audience for the any type of crate are not the type of people who actually would go to Walmart for 5 dollars worth of supplies for experiments and craft projects. The target audience are the type of people who would rather have everything they need shipped to their door and are willing and able to pay for someone to curate all the needed items and tell them exactly what to do with those items to make it work. I personally don't like crates for that reason. I would rather gather the items myself and figure out which experiments or crafts I want to do for a topic on my own. Crates in themselves are not bad, imo, I am just not a member of their target demographic. If some parents need that amount of hand holding and prep done for them to do fun projects with their kids, then I think it is great that crates exist for them. But crates don't work for me, and that's ok too. Now, that said, a box full of supplies and no instructions unless you "upgrade" your subscription? If that wasn't immediately apparent when you ordered,that some boxes would be just supplies and no instructions unless you bought the top tier subscription, that is extremely lame. I would be mad too if anything I bought required me to "upgrade" just to get the instructions on how to use it. Even if that was blatant when I was shopping their site, I would probably go else where because that is just asinine that you would have to pay extra for the instructions.
  4. Also ceramic or stoneware baking pans need extra time, 10 to 15 minutes more usually. My cupcake/muffin pan is stoneware, hence the reason for longer bake times than most people are accustomed to using. Another possible reason for quick breads being dry is overmixing. You should really mix quick breads by hand instead of a mixer or bread machine. A mixer will over mix in the blink of an eye if you are not careful. Quick breads should be mixed just until combined and not a single stir more. It should be lumpy and not smooth. A few small pockets of flour here and there are fine. Think pancake batter, not cake batter. If you mix them smooth like a cake batter, your muffins will come out dry every time.
  5. See, I was going to suggest 325-350 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes because with my oven and my muffin pan and my recipes, this is about how hot the oven needs to be and how long it takes for them to be done to my liking. It really does vary greatly.
  6. I don't think there is a standard temperature for anything really. It all depends on the recipe, your elevation and climate, the calibration of your oven and how well it distributes heat, even the type of pan you use (glass, metal, ceramic, lining with parchment, lining with foil etc) can all effect the ideal temperature and bake time for any recipe. If the outside of the bread is getting overdone before the middle is getting done, I would try lowering the temperature by 25 degrees or so and see if that helps. Your oven might run hotter than the indicated temperature. You can use an oven thermometer to check if you want or just try lowering your temperature until it comes out right. If the recipe has a lot of sugar in it, you may need to cover it once it is just starting to turn brown. A recipe with a lot of sugar, like a cake, can tend to brown too quickly on the outside. Tenting a piece of foil over it can help keep it from over browning and help it retain moisture so it doesn't dry out. You can just put it in covered with foil and remove it for the last 25% of the bake time so it will brown on top or cover it for the remaining bake time once it is brown enough for your liking but still under cooked in the middle.
  7. I agree. This is what I was trying to say when I posted, still half asleep lol. Big reactions are fun but if your goal is science learning and not just entertainment, then you need to include both showy experiments and less showy experiments that still have visible results to keep the interest of young children. Borax crystals or sugar crystals, seed growing experiments and mold cultivation experiments may take a while and they don't explode but it can be just as interesting as Mentos and Coke type experiments. and young children can be just as fascinated by them as the big explosions.
  8. Steve Spangler science kits definitely meet the flashy science criteria. He also has videos all over Youtube and a series on Amazon Prime Video. If your girls like vinegar and baking soda volcanoes, they will probably love the "elephant toothpaste" experiments. Steve Spangler has an episode of DIY Sci where they do elephant toothpaste on a very large scale but it is easy to do it at home on a small scale as well. Has she read the Zoey and Sassafras books by Asia Citro? It is a really fun series about a young girl and her cat who conduct science experiments and not all of them are flashy per se but they are interesting. That might help to instill a love of science even when it's not all explosions and reactions.
  9. I had a programming class in college where you had to turn both an electronic version and a paper version of your code that was assigned for homework. The number of people who waited until they got to classroom to print out their code was almost funny. The panic that ensued when the printer ran out of toner or paper or the power went out or the printer just refused to work for one reason or another... you'd think the room was on fire or something lol. I will admit I did wait until class to print a few times but most of the time I was quite glad I had a printer at home to print my paper copy on if for nothing else to avoid the extremely long printer queue from everyone else doing the same thing lol.
  10. So an update for anyone who is curious.... I decided to really focus on one or two reversals at a time and he has made HUGE progress. I started with b/d. I had always taught my kids "b starts with the baseball bat. d starts with the donut" to be able to tell them apart. I thought to myself, "This approach obviously isn't working for this kid" so I searched for other approaches. He has always had a nearly perfect sense of right and left, even when he was a non-verbal toddler. So we spent an entire day learning about our "built-in b and d detectors" also known as your hands lol. We held up our hands, palms facing away from us and thumbs extended toward the opposite hand. Then we looked to see which hand the straight line part of the letter lined up with. I even drew his hands with washable marker (which he loved) to help him remember. We played a Simon says like game with holding up his "b hand" and his "d hand'. He loved all of it! For a few days after, we did an activity everyday about b/d and practiced using his "b/d detectors" He got to the point that he could tell the difference really quickly and didn't even need to put his hand up to the letter to figure it out. Apparently I was just using the wrong trick with this particular kid to learn b/d. The next letter I've tackled with him is u/n. He loves stories and he loves animals. Iif you can tell an animal story, you are his new best friend lol. So I made up a story about an umbrellabird who lives in the Alphabet Forest where all the trees are shaped like letters of the alphabet. We looked at the shapes of all the letters and discussed whether or not the letter was too tall and skinny or too round on top so the nest would fall off or if the top of the letter came together too steep and the bird would get its foot stuck in the branches. As it turns out, the only letter tree suitable for an umbrellabird nest is the letter U tree, lol. ;-) The umbrellabird cannot make a nest on the top of the n, it is too round and the nest would roll off. He will quite proudly now point out the letter u now wherever he sees it and the letter n that the umbrellabird's nest will roll off of, lol. I also changed direction with his language arts curriculum, partly because of circumstance and partly because of the issues he has been having. Knock on wood, he is doing really well with this new curriculum. I don't follow it to a t and I do make changes to make it more O-G and better suited for our family beliefs overall but we are all breathing easier now. He still doesn't love reading but there is a lot less fighting him to get it done. Today we played a game with a letter dice (I grabbed the one from Scattergories lol) creating word family words (a reading approach I've never been a fan of) but he was effortlessly reading all the word family words and nonsense words he made (with more than 90% accuracy and almost no help) and ASKING to keep playing! After 4 rounds, I told him we needed to move on but he requested that we play that game every day now as part of school!?!? He has never asked to play more reading games much less ask to do one everyday! So I'm going to keep tackling the letter reversals one by one and practicing them in ways that I know will stick with him. It's alot of work but it's a good thing he is my youngest and for right now only hs'ed kid, so I have more time to do it than when I was homeschooling a houseful of kids still. And we will stick with this new curriculum despite the fact that I didn't like it when I first looked at it because it wasn't O-G or Spalding based and used methods I didn't care for and didn't align with our family values but I'm finding out that this curriculum seems to be a great fit for this season in life despite all that and I am able to adapt it easily when necessary. Thanks everyone for all the input. It really did help me think very critically about what we were doing and why and make some needed changes I'm not ready to say if he is or isn't dyslexic yet, I think he could still swing either way but he is making positive progress for now.
  11. I think you were asking me? He is homeschooled. He received speech services through the schools from the time he was 3 years old until he was 5 almost 6yo. He went to the school's public pre-k the year he was 3 and turned 4 and it was horrible so we pulled him out during the spring semester and didn't send him back but he still had speech services through the school until he "graduated" from speech. His case was not completely closed though. Everyone in the IEP meeting, including me, suspects that he will need speech services again around the end of second grade most likely. It's been more like put on "pause" sort of because while he was age appropriate when he "graduated" he is not expected to remain that way. I have an update I am working on for these threads. ;-)
  12. My ex-husband was up to his eyeballs in young airmen and women who couldn't function independently either and wanted him, as their superior, to be their mommy when their mommy couldn't be there. He also had to deal with mommies calling to check on their darling child and make sure they were "insert any number of odd and strange things to ask someone's boss if they could check to make sure their baby/boss's subordinate was doing". For me, it is all about context and not just dropping the reins in their lap and walking away. Of course I would not let a child who seemed to enjoy the rush a little too much continue to cram at the last minute, even if they could get good grades that way. There is likely a mental health issue that needs to be addressed there, or at least ruled out, if they thrill seek that much. I also would not let a child slide down into the deep pit of despair over a bad grade or other consequence for their poor choices. Kids, in general, are resilient by nature and if my child is becoming emotionally troubled by the choices they make, then again, ime it is time to consult a doctor and find out why they are lacking natural child-like resilience. OP, I totally get why it was hard to watch her make things difficult on herself. And to be honest, if she gets a good grade on this project, any advice for doing things differently next time still might fall on deaf ears. But I have no doubt that if she continues to wait until the last minute to do things, it will result in unexpected consequences for her eventually. And I also have no doubt you will be there to lovingly help her dust her self off after the fall and help her learn from her mistake to avoid future consequences. Sixth grade is such a hard age to parent. They act and talk like big kids/almost teens and want to be handed more responsibility in most cases, like your dd not wanting your help, but they don't have everything as figured out as they think they do. And as hard as it is to give them more freedom to make their own mistakes, I really do believe that most kids, even kids with mental and emotional issues that are being treated, can learn from their mistakes when you are still there to be their safety net. It might not work for all kids, but you are the expert on your kid and it sounds like you've handled your kid's potential mistake beautifully so far. Even if you want to scream on the inside lol.
  13. I very likely have Asperger's but was never diagnosed as a kid in the 80's and early 90's because "there is nothing wrong with you that discipline won't cure" :-/ I have EF issues associated with the likely-Asperger's diagnosis. I still struggle with it in my 40s. Anyways, school was never hard for me and I could usually wait until the last minute to do a project and still pull an A, all the way through college. When school is that easy, you get bored and a bored teen/young adult who is not challenged can be a dangerous thing, especially when your parents have always been there to "fix the problem" when you failed in the past. I made quite a few less than brilliant choices during that time in my life. Nothing criminal but definitely things that affected my future. My dad asked me when I was in my early twenties, "We warned you and told you and tried to help you not make mistakes, why do you seem intent on making every mistake in the book?" My answer? "Sometimes reading "the book" or being told isn't enough, I have to make my own mistakes before I can learn from them." Of course, he blew me off saying that I was intentionally making my life more difficult than it had to be and I should just learn how to learn from the mistakes of others. We just have to agree to disagree. A lot. I raised my kids completely the opposite way. I let them fail from the time they were young children, preschool and elementary school age. Of course, I didn't let them make life changing mistakes at that age but I let them choose to procrastinate and then let them feel the consequences of that choice. Since they were homeschooled, the consequence wasn't a bad grade, it was having to stay home with me on the weekend to redo the work until it was acceptable while everyone else got to go play with friends or go fishing with their dad. They eventually went to brick and mortar school in late middle school and high school. Having been allowed to fail before they got there served them well, it didn't take much time at all for them to adjust to not procrastinating to make the best grades they could. It is hard to watch them fail but I would rather they fail when they are young and the mistakes are not life changing than to walk the path that I did. I would rather help them up and show them how to dust themselves off and try again when they are children and preteens in the safety net of my home than help them navigate the consequences of choices that have life altering consequences when they are teens and young adults. YMMV.
  14. If you aren't worried about it being at all healthy, use a yellow cake mix and make cupcakes with blueberries added. If you can't get yellow cake mix in your part of the world, there are tons of recipes for from-scratch yellow cake online. Cake flour makes from scratch cakes moist and fluffy but if you can't get it, put two tablespoons of corn starch in for every cup of flour and sift it before putting it in the batter. Sift it like your life depends on it. I usually sift it 5 or 6 times before I'm happy enough with the consistency to put it in the batter.
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