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  1. It's not lecturing to state that 16 Ibuprofen in one day is dangerous. That is TWICE the maximum dose. Ibuprofen toxicity or poisoning is not "just" about being hard on your kidneys. Please read this entire page: https://www.healthline.com/health/can-you-overdose-on-ibuprofen#complications Someone very close to me has sometimes severe endometriosis. She was able to get a prescription for stronger and more effective pain relief, at the doses appropriate for that medication.
  2. Jean, you have probably tried this, but just in case: Dr. Furhman's program cured my type 2. I also have autoimmune disease, and some kidney damage from lupus, and I spent a few years on steroids for an allergy-related lung problem. All systems were just...wrong...for a long time. Finally, I did develop type 2 diabetes. Low carb never worked for me. A dietician argued with me for some time that eggs and butter should not raise my blood sugar, but they do! They spike them higher than candy does. And I always feel very awful on low carb, probably because my kidneys can't handle much animal protein or fat. Eating tiny amounts and going low calorie don't help the fact that I just don't process a low carb diet very well. Dr. Fuhrman's End of Diabetes program was the only thing that ever brought my blood sugar down, tamed my autoimmune problems, and caused me to lose 10 pounds per month, nearly effortlessly. My theory is that along with the kidney problems, I must have some food allergies or sensitivities that I'd never figured out, that are just avoided by the Fuhrman plan, and there were possibly some quantities of nutrients that I wasn't getting before. I did choose the most extreme, vegan version. I also eliminated gluten and corn, because I'd already learned that those cause inflammation for me. I took Fuhrman's women's vitamin daily. It's a difficult diet, it's boring, it's expensive, and I am a slow salad eater so I feel like I'm spending hours per day just chopping veg or chewing veg. But the result is a youthful health that is honestly better than my actual youth, because I was diagnosed with lupus at 13 and never felt as energetic and strong. Exercise-wise, I chose to walk four or five miles per day. Other than that, rest seems more important than super vigorous exercise, for me.
  3. I was about to suggest Lial, too, combined with the strategy of copying one problem at a time onto a whiteboard. Go back to working with him, a problem at a time, on whiteboards or chalkboards. Might as well, if you're returning to teaching him yourself. Signed, LSB, also from the trenches
  4. You can show her how to teach, or at least give her a very good starting place. You've DONE that. You can't cure her anxiety, which is what this is. I kind of agree with the previous poster who said to stop telling her NOT to read all the homeschool social media -- I know it's counter-productive to her homeschool, and God help her kids as she works through this, but she's trying to get to the other side of a paradigm shift. She's trying to see herself as a homeschooling parent. Better the social media immersion than ringing your phone off the hook! And about that, I also agree with @8FillTheHeart that you should tell her you've done all the "Intro to Hs'ing" that you can do for right now, and you have to teach your kids, so you'll only be available for questions and convos for specific (limited) times. Try to get her to hook up with local homeschool groups and resources, if that's possible. Try to get the family time back to kids playing and parents supporting each other, because this new definition of your relationship with her isn't really working out. You'll all benefit from family time together, but it needs to be that, and not a constant homeschool seminar. *Thank you* for helping her. A lot of these newbies who are hs'ing as a last resort after a bad ps experience are very shell shocked and anxious. They do need somebody to help them get started. But I've seen this panicked codependency for myself, and I've heard of it from others. It doesn't work. Unless we're going to teach their kids, we have to get some detachment and they'll have to find their feet. Not totally alone, but not texting us three times per hour, either.
  5. This is how it worked in my family of origin and hometown. For necessities, you swallow your pride and know that you will pay it back, or pay it forward, down the road. My family passed around the same $1000 for years, when we were all starting out! And I've known of small town and church communities that did well at sharing, whether cash or loans of cars and tools, or swapping childcare. The cash advance works best when you're on a somewhat lateral footing. You don't want to be offered money by someone a lot richer than you. But if they're in the same bracket, or possibly if they've gone through what you're going through, that's different. It feels less like charity or condescension, and again, more like swapping around the cash among peers. You'll very realistically be able to help them out someday, or maybe you'll help their kids. But for non-necessities, or even for desired investments (like tools or vehicles) that might make you wealthier later, you are supposed to stoically do without and work/save for yourself.
  6. If he is comfortable doing Jacobs independently, he might enjoy Foerster's Alg 2. It's written to the student and very clear, IMO. Here's a link to the video course from Math Without Borders, or you could just get the student book and TE, used. Scroll down for the titles and ISBN#'s. https://www.mathwithoutborders.com/algebra-2-trigonometry/
  7. In my opinion, it is fine for ages 11 and up. But just so you know, this is one of those books that people need to talk about! Your whole family will have new inside jokes and references, for the next twenty years, if your kids read it. So I would advise that you read it first. 🙂
  8. This is a really good answer! I didn't choose whole books to use as outlining sources. Instead, I would look through each week's reading and choose my passages to assign. History spines, history supplements, science texts, an encyclopedia article... My college kids have helpfully reported back to me, about their most effective learning methods and study skills that I had taught them at home. One that they've all mentioned is remembering when I would tell them, *after* they'd learned several levels of outlining, to choose "any 6 to 10 related paragraphs from your text, to outline." They would have to look for themselves, to figure out when a new topic was being addressed. So that's part of the picture -- teach your level of outlining (WTM style), and then assign any body of text in which the student will be able to recognize that structure. Work toward more complex outlining, eventually get to more messy texts, and make sure you teach them how to isolate a section of text for themselves to outline. You'll have been practicing this, even though they won't understand your selection process yet, so it will be easy for you to transfer that skill to your students later. So that's one reason you should be the one to devise these outlining lessons, as a more effective practice than trying to find sources that are already laid out.
  9. Regarding busking -- I have heard of people considering putting their little kids out there, less than 13 years old, not particularly gifted or "street smart," definitely not ready to work a constantly changing crowd, and only in their second or third year of music lessons. This, to me, is Dickensian. I mean, even if they were good musicians for their age/stage, I'd be wary...busking is about a lot more than the actual skill or talent being demonstrated. You really have to be able to confidently handle the interactions and stay very aware while performing. Let your child grow their skill and grow up a little, before putting them out in the street. Also, people don't like to see an 8yo scraping away on a 1/4 size violin, while Mom sits three feet away. The impression is that Mom is exploiting him. I have two sons who have busked as capable teens, though - one does it now, as his main income source in the warm months. He's pretty accomplished and has gotten job offers as well as very good tips. Like all buskers, he has good days and bad days, but he's never come home with less than twice the local minimum wage as his hourly rate. My eldest son busked, as one of his side hustles to support himself through college. If someone CAN busk successfully, I don't consider that to be fundraising or begging. I consider it to be working. If you have a gifted and interested young person who would like to try this, here's some advice: Know the laws and local customs, and don't let your child out of your sight. Stay within a few feet of a minor child at all times. With my 15yo, I tend to choose a location where I'm up against a wall or on a bench where passersby sit; well away from the "act" but visible to make eye contact if someone is looking around to see if anyone is watching him. I do not speak for him, or interact with the listeners in any way. I could just be anybody, not necessarily with him. He looks a lot older than his age and is very, very tall, so he doesn't strike most people as too young or too vulnerable to be out there. Also, if you're a Mom and minor child on your own, packing up to leave is your most dangerous time -- we once had the experience of realizing we were being watched by a group of men across the street, who seemed to be gathering to follow us. They'd been watching people stuff money in my son's tip jar for the previous half hour. Make sure you are not being "cased" or followed when you pack up to leave the site. As you approach your car or the parking lot or garage, look around again.
  10. So here's what you're up against, @SamanthaCarter: 1. When people criticize GoFundMe's, they almost always say, "If only they were selling products or services, I would agree with that," but 2. Whenever homeschoolers publicize that they can't afford whatever their neighbors think is "normal" for children, the criticism is very painful. It can show up subtly, too, through snubs or gossip in the community or even at church. This is why I always opted for WAHM side hustles, instead of letting my kids raise money for their activities. By the time they were working as teens, sometimes they paid for extras *within* their activities, but that was obviously not public. I wasn't worried by that point, though, because locally teens do work to help fund their activities. Alternative lifestyles are frequently about checking in with yourself periodically, about what you're willing to be criticized for. Unfortunately.
  11. I don't think I knew, either, until we had a houseful of preexisting conditions and I did some research. ❤️ I used to be kind of angry that more people didn't have that option, but honestly, I can't imagine there would ever be enough money in the pot. Genuinely glad it works for some families who are lower cost, lower risk.
  12. It IS the newest thing in coverage, and it's by far not the only thing, even with Anthem BCBS, if you have lifetime preexisting conditions. I'm glad more people haven't seen it, but some of us have seen it, and more. Also do not drop coverage, not for one hot minute, if your preexisting condition makes you uninsurable - like for life insurance. I would assume that necessary care from a heme/onc probably means you're in that position. (One of my children is, too.) Don't lose that slim grasp on a health care plan, especially a "good" one like BCBS. Oh, and the "Christian sharing" or whatever groups - no. They will not take people with expensive preexisting conditions. And a lot of times, even if it's the primary breadwinner with the preexisting condition, and they just decide that OK, they might die sooner (due to trying to ration the new de-facto catastrophic plans of THIS year)…please remember that a lot of these conditions have a genetic component. You might abandon your plan and think you can put your deductible money toward care, but A. it won't be enough, especially if you require hospitalization but also just for some labs, anymore, and B. please consider that one or more of your children might have your lucky genes, and keep that insurance. Do NOT let it go, until they have their own insurance. Then, with your spare time, energy, and newfound rage, join the fight for an overhaul of the system. (Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.)
  13. Apologies if I'm missing something -- I am a little sleep deprived today -- but if this would help: If you reframe your style as "eclectic homeschooler," then you will not be alone. You will be in the largest group. 🙂
  14. What other resources are available to you, in the community, for social growth and challenges to move toward maturity, in safe settings? I agree with the psychologist that he should be homeschooled while also having access to settings that will help him grow socially. (It sounds like that's what she's saying -- that homeschooling is good for him, but the one possible benefit of school would be social growth. If that's the case, find that benefit and meet that need elsewhere, if you can!) Because I agree with this philosophy, it is the route I took for my late bloomers (who are now adults). I do not regret it. I would absolutely homeschool them again.
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