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  1. Great job getting active! There is definitely a build-up period where our bodies get used to being more active. What kind of aerobic exercise are you doing? If it's high impact, weight-baring activity like running, then maybe you need to do this 3 days/week and cycling 4 days/week, for example. Do you run or walk on a treadmill? If so, be careful of the slope of the treadmill. You could be over-stretching the muscles and tendons on the back of your legs. Also, try to incorporate gentle stretching into your exercising program. I'm 52 and very active and I still wake up to sore back or other body parts regularly. The pain usually resolves quickly with some motion. I think a certain amount of this is simply aging. The important thing is that you want to be able to keep on being active as it's going to be a huge benefit to your overall health. However, on-going, increasing pain could be a sign of something more serious, which you may want to have looked at by your physician.
  2. Seemed that you were willing to take 2 vehicles on a family trip so you could complete a set of 9 swim lessons. I guess I misunderstood all the details about whether there is or isn't money for swim lessons. Inexpensive lessons at home seemed an easier and cheaper option. I taught swimming lessons for many years - children and adults. Those people who were the most anxious about swimming, were the ones starting later. 4 year olds were typically more willing to try things in the water than 6 year olds. Adults beginners were often dealing with anxiety from learning as an adult, along with dealing with past negative experiences.
  3. Sounds like a completely normal reaction with the heat, strange smells, etc. Plus with the constant use of ear plugs and eye covering you are training your body to never have to deal with outside stimulation. Perhaps you need a little better balance? Unless you have a serious underlying medical condition, regular "stress" for our bodies helps them stay strong. Current research is finding that this is the case for many health issues, such as exposure to "dirt" in childhood to build strong immune system, and exposure to weight-baring activities to keep bones strong.
  4. Do these lessons that are 35 min away this summer. Sounds like the best option. Though swimming lessons for many 4 year olds do consist of mainly becoming comfortable in the water, it's important to start this process early rather than later in life. All the opportunities you can find for positive experiences in the water will be a benefit for your dc's life-long comfort and safety around water.
  5. It's year 14 for me, and my 4 dc are all in their teens. A few things have added into my life to enhance my "home educator career": - explore the free on-line Coursera options and create a small "co-op" of friends to do a course together. The dc sit and watch the videos, while the moms go for a walk and talk. Then the dc play together. Social and intellectual time for dc and moms! We're on a second physics course so far. - take an evening course for yourself at a local college to update your professional skills. The process of going back to school allowed me to navigate through the application process and on-line student tools so that I could help talk my dd through this when she was ready to start post-secondary studies. - get a part-time job. It's intellectually stimulating, not too demanding time-wise, and opens up new channels of networking for myself and my dc for future jobs and social opportunities. - get physically active on own or with the dc. Learn a sport or physical activity together, like tennis, martial arts, cycling, paddling, etc. The physical activity is beneficial for the whole family now and lays down positive behavioural patterns for the future.
  6. Is this barefoot on soft-surface flooring or hard surface. If hard surface, then I'd wear shoes with support. I would try to determine where the soreness is and what is causing it - work movements or boxing or cross-fit. Sounds like you're experiencing soreness from repetitive movements, and if you don't adjust those movements (or eliminate them) you will eventually experience on-going pain that will require a lot of rest time. I don't think 1 day rest will be sufficient to recover from the soreness if you don't also figure out what is causing the on-going soreness and try to reduce the stress on your body from these motions. It could be posture or movement technique, muscle weakness (usually small muscles are weak and larger muscles try to over-compensate), or joint issues.
  7. My first thought was recycle bin colours! 😉 Ours are blue, black and green, though.
  8. I've not heard of this "tradition" either. I'm in Canada. I've never seen it done at any wedding I've attended, either in Canada or the US. It actually sounds like a pretty nasty thing to do. I attended a wedding in Canada and the bride and groom were both from south-east Asia. They were married at a church with all the typical North American clothing and ceremony. There were a couple different traditions at the reception that I'd never experienced before, that I wouldn't ever do myself as they were along the line of the cake smashing. First, the groom made a drink concoction for the bride to drink, made up of a bunch of really gross things he found on the table at dinner (e.g., whatever liquids were available, some solids such as cake). The bride actually drank the whole thing without getting sick. Yuck! Second, the groom carried the bride piggy-back style all around the reception area. Then, the bride carried the groom in the same way. She had on her full white gown the entire time. It was just weird, and if she wasn't a powerful athlete I'm sure she would have been physically sore for the night and rest of the next day. How is this a positive way to begin a marriage? I have to admit that there was no question of the bride being weaker than the groom, but where is the kindness toward each other and the dignity in these types of performances?
  9. Scrap, sorry the job didn't work out as you had hoped and planned. I experienced something similar when I started out with my graduate studies last fall. I thought it would lead to employment in a specific area. Instead, after 8 months of looking for opportunities in that specific area I got hired on for part-time work in a different field. I've been working in this field for only 4 weeks, but I am really loving it! I don't I feel like the 8 months I spent in my studies and looking in that other area were wasted, however. They actually prepared me both physically and mentally for getting back into the work force in general by giving me a taste of life/work away from the home and away from homeschooling. They also provided me with excellent information that neither my family nor myself are ready for me to work full-time. Had I simply stepped right out into full-time employment from the get-go, it would have been too much. So, while I worked so hard to do well in my courses, am not currently working in that area, and it took 8 months to finally get a job, it was actually all for the best in the end.
  10. I've written a few non-fiction items that have been published (e.g., program manuals, research papers), which always kind of shocks me as I always hated writing in school. I'm still not too keen on doing it for pleasure, and it took a very long time to get to this point. I'm still way more interested in doing physical things rather than sitting down and writing. All the best with your short story, Scrap!
  11. If this was my dd I'd be either telling her to treat this relationship as a temporary fling, and she is free to waste as much time as she wants on it as long as there is zero chance for children. If she really feels that this could be marriage, it would statistically be best if there will be no kids in the future. As soon as the babies start coming this situation will probably explode (at least the stats indicate this is more likely to be the case).
  12. I would have assumed that this professor was going out of his/her way to show some support for homeschooled students at the post-secondary level, when the media typically loves to focus on the negative aspects. And I'd like to see some objective results from large data sets on a variety of outcomes (e.g., drop-out rates, completion of degree, expulsion for cheating, criminal record, obtaining work in the field of study, contribution to community, etc.) regarding homeschool students. Individual experiences tend to be extremely bias.
  13. I would still focus energy on building a professional resume, and seek jobs and experiences that are related to his field of study. Submitting and publishing articles may not be a requirement, but it is certainly a bonus.
  14. I would stay out of summer jobs, were I you. He is busy studying and writing exams right now, and he has a great plan for the next couple years. What would probably be more useful for his career would be to spend time writing and submitting journal articles. You seem to be thinking short-term cash, but he's getting to the point where he needs to build a professional resume that will include things like research or hands-on experience in his field and published articles.
  15. In my area, if you get into the right union you can end up making $80K and more - this includes teachers AND custodians in the public school system. There was a local city bus driver making over $200,000. And the "great" part is that they can never get fired.
  16. Look into how much insurance would cost you. You don't want to be entering strangers' homes without some form of protection in case something happens to the home, the dog, etc.
  17. So sorry you're having to deal with this. Sounds positive about the nature of the growth, though. I've not had a hysterectomy, but have had 4 c-sections with the last one at age 40. The recovery from the first c-section was the toughest physically and mentally, as that was the initial cut through all the nerves and the pain seemed the worst and mentally I didn't know how strong I really was and could be after surgery. The nurses and physio-therapist wanted me to get up and start doing specific things to help the recovery. I felt like a mess and was just trying to process having had my first major surgery (and a first baby). By the 4th surgery I was way more confident in myself - I wasn't going to break and never bounce back. All the best and hope everything goes really well!
  18. I managed to have a productive day, and I also slept in a little! I got some homeschooling done, as well as helped my ds finish his business plan to submit for potential funding. I even got in some exercise!
  19. I used to love hazel nuts, as well as all other nuts. Can't eat any of them now due to allergies. Boo 😪 At least I can still eat chocolate!
  20. Great thread! It's really interesting seeing the various journeys of other homeschool families. - how did we start homeschooling: We started homeschooling with my dd because she was super shy and wasn't thriving in the local junior kindergarten program. I brought her home and began homeschooling dd 4 and my ds 2 (and eventually 2 more ds). We became involved in a wonderful group of local homeschool families, and kept following this journey for the last 14 years. - highschool years: Dd has remained a homeschooled student right through all the highschool years, adding in grade 12 science and math courses from a local alternative high school in order to get outside marks needed for university admission. She also took 3 headstart (i.e., first year) university courses which she used for advanced placement at university. Ds is going through the same process of obtaining outside marks for math and science highschool courses, as well as taking headstart university courses. - after highschool graduation: Dd was just accepted with an admission scholarship to university in Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology. Biggest homeschool bonus: The biggest advantage that homeschooling has provided our family is the opportunity for our dc to have the time and flexibility to pursue a wide variety of hands-on activities/work experience. They are able to discover areas of high interest (or not), which helps to guide them in their future academic, employment or personal pursuits. Especially in the high school grades, institutions tend to demand so much time from the students that they have very little time to balance academics and "extra-curricular" activities. They may offer co-ops for work experience, but then they don't necessarily provide the flexibility for all students (especially those students who need to complete several math and science courses) to actually complete a co-op. Another huge advantage with homeschooling has been the having the time to take headstart university courses where they are actually on a university campus. They get the opportunity to try one or two first-year courses without the pressure of having 3 or 4 additional courses or the pressure to excel at all their courses. It's been an excellent gentle step into the university world which has really built up the confidence and experience that they can do it.
  21. In my experience, the word "utilize," or extensions of it (i.e., utilization) are terms that refer to specific actions or tasks in a particular field. It's more technical and/or specific. It could also refer to different actions depending on the context of its use. The word "use" is more of a general term.
  22. Yes, I have my MA and a couple undergrad degrees from 20+ years ago. That's definitely a factor in deciding whether I "need" to complete this graduate diploma. Also, the area this diploma covers doesn't require one to have a diploma, courses or certification.
  23. My final paper is submitted and I'm finished the course! I also got a part-time job in research and clinical trials. I'm pretty sure I'll just continue with the job and drop the graduate diploma program. I think I'll learn a lot more relevant and new material at work, and there may still be opportunities to use the information I learned in my 2 grad courses. It wasn't a waste of time or money taking the courses, but I don't think I'll need to finish the rest of the courses. I much prefer working to studying. At least when you finish the work day you can relax. A student can never truly relax. There is always more review to do. 😉
  24. Sounds awesome! Wish I could be doing the same! I really want my own kayak. I'd want to find whatever was the most comfortable under my PFD. Sometimes there is rubbing from rough parts, and it may be best to go for a t-shrit.
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