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  1. I am glad you pointed out the info from FHA. I know that ESAs have real functions in the life of the owner with a disability, and they are important. But you make a good point here, that there is no standard of behavior or training for ESA (which is why I lumped them in with pets as far as liability is concerned). I am sorry it was over simplified. To the bolded above, this would be great, but would it put ESAs out of reach to many for financial reasons?
  2. No. Having always had pets for the last 25 years (being in the military for 15 of those) and in 8 different private rentals during that time, I have greatly appreciated those landlords who allow pets. But, not every pet owner is a responsible one and the damage pets can easily do by just being a pet (without a responsible owner) is greater than the damage a person does by just being a person. Also, not every dwelling is ideal for pets. We had excellent pet references that began when our first landlord agreed to let us on a 6 mo contract with a new puppy (as a trial period). He was so impressed with how well we cared for the house and yard, and with the dog’s behavior, he let us extend the lease and get a second puppy. His glowing reference helped us get our subsequent rentals. Perhaps there can be a legal contingency for a short lease with guaranteed extension at the same rent if during the short lease the property is well taken care of. We are considering investment properties near us, and have a great desire to allow pets. But we also have a great desire to protect investments and do not think anyone should be forced to take an unnecessary liability - whether that be a water bed, extra vehicles, a BBQ outside, or a pet. As far as service dogs which are trained, that’s different and I think they should by law be allowed - BUT these animals are trained and fulfilled in a job and pose very little liability for the land lord. ESAs are pets, and I would treat them as such.
  3. I only have experience with older Subis. A 90 and a 97. They are long running cars when you maintain them. The 90 we sold and the 97 was totaled (t-boned at a blind intersection by a car going 50 and all it’s passengers walked away) at 120k miles. No major repairs and served us very well. I would have expected it to keep going many, many more miles. I don’t think that any car will run problem free for very long. Maintenance is important but there will also repairs along the way. When I hear a car will run to 200k or 300k I assume it is meant the body (and interior) is durable, the engine will keep running well *if* you take care of it (and that it is easily serviceable), and your tranny will go at least half the life of the engine. Not that you won’t have to do some repairs. I have owned 4 FJ80 LandCruiers. The first was at 175k (no major repairs needed) when we traded it in for dh’s pickup. The next two were in AK and we left them there when we moved back to the lower 48, giving one with 225k (only needed O2 sensor replaced which is time consuming in these vehicles), to a friend and he still uses it as a daily driver, 8 years later. The other needed transmission work (not a new transmission though) so we donated it to our friend’s automotive skills program (he taught this at the high school there). My current one has 180k miles on it. It had a head gasket repair at about 100k miles (previous owner) and since I’ve owned it has only needed brakes, shocks, some hoses, and some minor interior stuff done - all things that wear out. Plus the routine maintenance including alignment. It’s 22 years old and I still love it! These vehicles do really go 200-300k miles if maintained. I guess what I’m saying is that you need to put some effort into any car. Some cars will last a long time/high miles if that effort is put in.
  4. After 15 years and only using it maybe 4 or 5 times we have it away. ETA Ours was an wooden bucket style with electric churn. Perhaps if I had a cuisenart i would have used it more.
  5. ...they smell so good 🙂 We use a small student blackboard that has lasted 4 kids. That’s the only “old fashion thing we have
  6. We do handwriting instruction (usually a letter a day) until we’ve covered all letters in both cases, then copywork daily. It’s an easy independent task at those ages. Takes about 10 min.
  7. Ok, first I don’t like online learning programs. We tried some years ago, and I much prefer learning in a more organic, less controlled/tracked/screen-based way. I don’t think they are horrrible, it’s just not my thing. However, we might be joining a charter next year which requires 1 hour per week of using an online learning program as a means of attendance and tracking progress. Bleh. But 10-15 min a day is tolerable. I don’t need input on whether to join the charter, but if I do join I’d like to know which online learning program would be best for us. Options (these are th ONLY options the schools offers): Reading Eggspress/Math Seeds, Waterford Early Reading, Study Island, IXL, Exact Path Preferences: for dd7 (will be 8 working at about 3rd grade level in math and reading), actually provides learning (not preparing for assessments/testing skills), maybe allows freedom of choosing what topic to work on, isn’t overly gamified Im familiar with the IXL of 10 years ago (which at the time was basically a math quiz bank). My dd used Waterford last year at half day public K and hated it. We did a free trial of Reading Eggs long ago but I don’t really know Reading Eggspress. Any input welcome - thanks!
  8. Mark. In the book. It’s like a living relationship with the text.
  9. Evolution Eco Fluxx (and Nature, Anatomy, and Organ variations) Covalence Subatomic Science Ninjas Valence Plus Peptide Cytosis
  10. Classical. Though it’s not terribly relevant because Latin is predominantly a written language now. We chose classical because it is the pronunciation of academia
  11. You might consider the teaching methods and games from - it is free, all you need is a white board and c-rods, and it is a great way for visual and kinesthetic learners to get these concepts. Plus it’s fun, interactive, playful.
  12. True, only around 5-7% of the general population has ADHD, but how many of them have undiagnosed adhd or EF dysfunction? I guess that was my point. It nearly ruined my marriage because dh was undiagnosed and his behavior left me feeling all sorts of things (unimportant, frustrated, like I was parenting a grown man, etc) including huge mental load. He became resentful of my “nagging” and I became weighed down and disconnected. It wasn’t until our oldest got a Dx at 9 (13 years into our marriage) that I we realized this was probably what was going on. It’s still an issue, hard on both of us, but at least I can understand it isn’t a character/personality/self-discipline issue, and he is more responsive to reminders.
  13. Um, no it’s not. My Dh and kids (teens) with adhd all do this. And I don’t take care of it, but I do ask them to take care of it after I’ve tripped over the heavy box a few times and they still haven’t done anything. And then sometimes they DO notice without being asked, but mostly the adhd kicks in, they are distracted, and the box becomes background mess in their minds and they don’t think about it (or aren’t bothered by it). And then they’re embarrassed or feel nagged when I say something (because it’s so out of mind they can’t connect it to their own responsibility). Maddening! But also, not intentional and not conditioned. And yes, I do have to choose to live with their mess/disorganization (because we share space) or I have to assume the mental load of reminding so that the mess doesn’t push me over the edge.
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