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  1. I got rid of the TV. And we never did video games or any other screens either. When computers became commonplace and affordable, we could only afford one for all 7 of us. It sat on a table in the busiest part of the house. But we mostly used it for reserving and renewing library books. I discovered that if my kids had the time and had no distractions, they would read just for the fun of it. Also, I never forced them to read when they were learning how to read. Once we began WTM, and they had learned to read well, only then did I give them the WTM list of books they had to get through. But when they were young, I let them go at their own paces. Thus, my 2 hs'ed sons weren't reading until they were about 10yo and 12yo. Our 3 hs'ed daughters read a little sooner - around 6yo to 8yo. Definitely no early readers here. And I kept books around and we spent a lot of time in libraries and used bookstores. Although I wasn't much for reading aloud. Once it got longer than a board book or a children's picture book, I'm afraid I began falling asleep when I tried to read them aloud. I bought them plenty of books, too. Usually used. Lots of wildlife books with huge, real photos of all kinds of animals and true stories of people who handled them. Animal, plant, reptile, tree, weather, etc., identification books. Another thing that I think helped was keeping them in plenty of writing supplies. Lots of pens, pencils, markers, different kinds of paper, etc. They carried around little pads of paper and pencils and markers for years and years - long before they could read or spell or write much. They would draw pictures and write 'notes' to each other and stuff like that. Also, I let them read wherever they wanted to read - around the house, in the car, out in the woods, in the camper ... Audiobooks seemed to make a difference, too. We didn't really start them until my youngest was about 7yo though, when we began WTM. But we all loved a good audiobook - even me. :) All 5 of our hs'ed kids loved to read, once they got the hang of it. And continue even as adults. My oldest child, however, was ps'ed and forced to learn to read before he was ready. He's always hated reading and still does at 44yo. My dh also hates reading, so our dc never saw him reading much. But dh also worked long hours so our dc didn't see him much anyway. And dh was more likely to take them outside and do physical things which dc loved, so there was that. Dc saw me reading all the time.
  2. I would get the one without it I don't like sunroofs. We have 2 cars with them. Dh likes them. I never used them in New England when we lived there, and I don't use them in Texas where we now live. I don't like the glare from the extra light, or the wind blowing my hair all over the place, or the bugs that inevitably drop down in front of my face (think spiders ... ick). I also think about the leakage over time as the car ages because we keep our cars until they croak. The only reason we got these cars was that dh wanted the Foresters with stuff on them (forgot what) and the sunroof came with that. But, then, I've never cared for convertibles either, so ...
  3. How old is this guy? just out of curiosity ... I wouldn't want to live near him. Or the inlaws. Especially in what sounds like a rather isolated spot. And with a mother-in-law who flips on you so quickly.
  4. Yes, I would show up with my neatly outlined sheet of paper full of my own observations of any unusual behavior and every tangible symptom I saw in him. Also, a list of drugs he's on. Now, what the doctor actually does with all that information, who knows. But at least you'll know you trued ... And, if you think the doctor is lousy, maybe find another one?? {{{Hugs}}}
  5. I remembered another incident. It was last year when our youngest dd was attending an awards luncheon (she was class valedictorian). They sat us (dd, me, dh, and another dd) at the table with the president of the university and a woman whose job I can't remember. The president was very chatty and interested in all that dd had done over the years, including high school (she was hs'ed K-12). At one point, thinking she had gone to some excellent public high school, he asked which high school she had gone to. At that point, she had to reveal she had been hs'ed. His head jerked around with a slight look of disgust passing quickly across his face, and that was the end of anymore comversation. But the woman beside him, sprang to life and asked me what I had used, etc. I think that made him even more annoyed. So we ignored him and had a delightful conversation. lol Btw, I told my kids that when they got to college, it was probably best not to say anything about having been hs'ed. You just never know how the professors - who hold the grades in their hands - might react. Hence, the president's shock, possibly. Who knows. At any rate, I was glad I told dc that back when they began college. Oh, and this same dd WAS slighted at the actual graduation when she was on the stage for the valedictorian, along with other people being recognized. The blurb in the graduation program, which the woman who introduced dd used, was about some other girl and not remotely resembling anything dd had done. The school never corrected it. Very annoying.
  6. Congratulations, Quill! That's fantastic.
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