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  1. Ok, I'm one of those people who has the kind that cuts through the lid. I confess I was unaware there is another way to open a can. 🙈 But I'd love to be enlightened, because I hate can openers. I had 3 or 4 break in one year and now buy the very cheap ones . . . but with carpal tunnel problems in both hands, it's gotten uncomfortable enough I've been debating giving up cabinet space for an electric one. What exactly is a safety can opener, and is it easier to use than one that cuts through the lid?
  2. A larger house with better setup, hire out deep cleaning and laundry. Eventually, more online classes so I could concentrate on teaching what I enjoy teaching. Plus, travel. Although my husband doesn't do well with travel, so it would be the kids and me. Unless money could fix that too in this dreamworld. 🙂 I don't think it's so much that money would directly change our homeschool a great deal, except in the areas of online classes and travel. I think money would lessen anxiety and free up time, though, which would indirectly change things for the better.
  3. I would find half up front to be a little unusual, and not taking credit cards very common for small businesses of that kind.
  4. Congratulations! I'm imagining if weight loss worked like that. If I could lose a pound per cup of TeA . . . I can just see it now. "Come on honey, you can do it, only 25 more pounds to go!" 🙊🤣🤣🤣
  5. I think if your friend purchased from Barton, she can purchase tiles from them.
  6. This is my experience. I don't know anyone else irl that doesn't use an online public charter. Everyone wants easy, quick, and not to disrupt their lives. I don't think it's new, though. It was also my experience with homeschooling years ago. I knew a lot of people who used those correspondence type schools. They would hand their kids a packet and the kids were on their own. My husband was "homeschooled" that way and it was horrible. I do think in some ways the online video/multiple choice stuff is a step above that, at least.
  7. I think renewal is every 4 years. New photo and card, no eye test or other questions. My renewal is coming up next year, it's possible something has changed and I don't know it yet.
  8. I ordered the Lial book to pass on to him. I think he's planning to start with that and Khan Academy, and then use Aleks as needed for any remaining bits that need work. I'm still open to other suggestions, but want to go ahead and say "thank you" to everyone who has helped so far!
  9. I actually use mine year round. It's easier for me to keep the habit, and I tend to hibernate in July and August. We hit those months hard doing school, since it's too miserable to be outside except very early morning.
  10. I think this is where he has realized a lot of the difficulty is. If it were only mastering the equations, he could MAYBE fumble through it enough to pass. (He's not worried about needing to use it later; this class just has to be passed to do the other stuff he wants to do.) He actually has a high school diploma and an associates degree. (The associates did require some kind of math class, I think, but I guess it was such that he could fumble through.) But with every single equation comes a host of other skills he hasn't mastered (or in many/most cases, ever been exposed to at all) as well, which necessitates googling, etc. It's just way too time consuming without the mastery of the other skills; mental fatigue and frustration aside, he simply doesn't have the TIME to do all the coursework that way.
  11. I didn't even think of Math Mammoth. I may even have some topical units; seems like I may have gotten some in a group buy at some point.
  12. We have an ikea king size bed (mattress is not from ikea). I don't remember the name of it. It has a headboard, footboard, and 4 drawers that roll on the floor and fit underneath. We use the ikea slats under the mattress; no box spring. It's a natural wood color. We've had it several years, and I've been reasonably happy with it. It definitely doesn't look high end, but it's been comfortable and feels sturdy enough. It does seem to creak more than any other bed I've had, though; I change position frequently during the night and it always makes noise. Also our mattress is thick and I have to kind of climb up into the bed (but I could adjust that, and may do it next time we love the mattress. However, if it's lowered it makes it a bit harder to change the sheets.) I like that the drawer space is the entire space under the bed. All in all, for the price, we've been satisfied.
  13. This thread is so long that I can't remember if I mentioned this before, so apologies if I already said it. Much of this sounds like what our household would be like if my husband, with undx'd autism, and I did not know about the autism and both work really, really hard to navigate the neurodiverse relationship. I have done a bit of counseling directly related to neurodiverse relationships, and need to do more. It is very exhausting. For example, he would never be able to tolerate the amount of talk over details that you'd like (not saying you're unreasonable, just that it's probably something he couldn't tolerate and I couldn't reasonably expect it from him.) He'd try to listen for a bit, but then would tune it out, out of necessity. I just don't/can't expect that from him. Fortunately, I only need it rarely, so I just let him know up front, "Hey, I really need 10 min to talk through this one thing tonight." And then I only do 10 min, and only that one thing. I'm pretty autonomous (is that the right word?) in general, even with finances, even though he provides all our income. It would be different if finances were a special interest of his. He would not be able to focus on the car at all in that situation, and he could easily get focused on something like the whole food/job thing too. He would be focused on keeping the job, and doing whatever he thought he needed to, regardless of other consequences. So many other things; those are just a couple of the most recent things that caught my attention. However, as I said, he fully acknowledges the neurodiversity, and we both work very hard. I've lived through several years where neither was the case, and I can't even express how frustrating and miserable it was. It's still very difficult, and we have a lot to learn, but nowhere near what it was. What made me think about this again was the comments about setting boundaries. This is a huge shift for me, but one that has paid off mightily. Since he is very black and white, not likely to notice when my boundaries are being violated, and (again) cognizant of his limitations in this regard, it works very well for me to set boundaries and expect him to respect them. Now, sometimes after thinking on something, he might like to discuss it. And sometimes I adjust. But in general, it is so much better for me simply to briefly and clearly express, verbally, my boundaries. Because he has not a clue unless I explicitly state it. He will not catch on, no matter how much I think it should be obvious. Now, you know your situation. I'm only pointing out that IF the difficulties are based in neurodiversity, conventional advice will not work. At all. So if you feel safe doing so, it might be worth considering other options. ((((Hugs))))) and good thoughts to you. Regardless of the root cause, it's a difficult situation to be in.
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