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  1. Dd1 - 15yo-16yo lifeguard and swim instructor during summers, sporadic babysitting year-round. 17yo - waitress at golf course + lifeguard and swim instructor during summers. Planning to work during senior school year, not sure where yet Ds1 - 13yo-14yo rock picked in spring and lawn mowing in summer (started handyman business with classmate); 12yo rock picked ds2 - 11yo-12yo rock picked in spring, mowed neighbors yard in summer Working during the school year is difficult with their extracurricular commitments. Dd1 is considering quitting her sport her senior year, so she will then replace those hours with a job.
  2. My high school kids shower in school after PE and after sporting competitions. They don’t have much time to shower and dress in PE, so there is no taking turns as an option. Showers are not individual. Not showering, at least for boys, is a social negative.
  3. Before paying for advice, I would look for a financial forum (similar to this forum but based on finances rather than homeschooling) and ask your specific questions. You are likely to get high quality advice for free. Bogleheads has a great forum. Maybe Mr. Money Moustache? Babycenter has some finance boards as well.
  4. I would calculate what the lost vacation is worth and include that amount in your new hourly wage. Have you asked if they have options for time off without pay? That might be a way to bridge the loss of vacation. This sounds like a government job, though, which will be difficult to negotiate. They base your wage on your education and experience. It just depends on how they value your experience.
  5. I don’t enjoy hosting sleepovers, but we do partake. As far as boy/girl, we don’t have rules; we just go with what feels right for he situation i hope to host a boy/girl sleepover for my 2nd grader and his buddies from school, but my ds isn’t ready yet. My 16yo dd’s boyfriend and two other boys crashed at our house last month. I was surprised they wanted to stay, but it really was a nonissue for all four families. My 16yo has spent a weekend with her boyfriend and his parents at their cabin. That worked out just fine too.
  6. Everyone in our family has their own sock preferences, so we have our own socks. I fold pairs together to make our mornings a little bit easier.
  7. We are stashing away a healthy amount, and have since me early 20’s. Retirement has always been my priority #1. I think it used to annoy dh, but now that we are in our late 40’s, he is very appreciative. We should have $2m+ at retirement in addition to a military pension (reserves) and a state gov pension (small). Dh still has six years before the military pension is locked in, and we have five kids to put through college as well, so we still have large unknowns. If we are able to maintain our income and investment rates, we will pay for college and retire early.
  8. We aren’t really investing in 529s, but our college investments for our high schoolers are in more conservative (ie less risky) funds. We have money spread around between 529s, Roth IRAs, and regular investment accounts.
  9. I'm looking for recommendations for on-line auction sites for our school's annual fundraiser. Anyone have experiences to share? Our fundraiser has silent and live auctions. The silent auction would be online as would (hopefully) options to donate for Fund-A-Needs. I would want mobile bidding and payment processing online. About 175 people attend the fundraiser, and I'm hoping to reach a bigger crowd with an online silent auction. We are a small 31 family parochial school with a small budget. Recommendations and reviews VERY appreciated. Thanks!
  10. Have you considered looking for employment with mental health insurance coverage? I would seriously consider that option if I was faced with $500/week medical bills, especially since I would want services ASAP.
  11. My friend Google isn't very helpful tonight. My 14yo son (5'7" and 135-140lbs) is wearing a men's medium. He hates clothes shopping, and shopping with him is a special kind of torture. He wants long Nike shorts that go to his knees or below. Is there a specific type of basketball short that is longer than others? I went through his purchases when we got home from shopping today (boys shopped together while I shopped with the girls so I hadn't seen anything before opening the bags), and it looks like he bought men's large shorts because he wanted more length. I'm now planning on ordering his shorts online. As long as they are Nike and long enough, our mission will be accomplished and we will all be happy to not step into a store together again. Any recommendations on which particular "models" are longer than others?
  12. At our house, I have a couple levers that I rotate through: 1) chores must be done before eating the next meal 2)turn off the wifi and electronics until chores are done 3) no wifi or electronics tomorrow if your chores aren't complete today (including mom needing to remind you) 4) no fun activity until chores are done (playing with friends, etc) work comes before olay
  13. Popular kids aren't silly, they are just another group of kids. What is your dd actually wanting and what does she admire about this popular group? Do they dress a certain way, participate in certain activities, have boyfriends, etc? My guess is that your dd wants the intangibles that she believes this group has - close friendships, cute hair/makeup, fun times outside of school, etc. We all need a place where we feel we belong. If your dd doesn't have this place, then she is searching for her people. Some of us find our people in the honors classes, some in student council, some in theater, etc. I have encouraged my kids to find their group Now I will say that I believe some of the outside trappings are important if you don't want to be a social outcast. I'm not saying it is right, but it is reality. For instance, a teen without a phone in our school would be a social outcast. A teen without any branded clothing would struggle as well. I will move mountains to make sure my kids don't have a target on them. The teen social world is tough enough; I don't need to add to it. So, we find a way to acquire the enough of the "must haves" to avoid the target.
  14. My dh is an Air Force JAG. Based on his experience, he would recommend any new recruit stay away from "hotel parties." After basic training is done and the kids get a little freedom, many host or attend hotel parties. Many military careers are ended in one night at these parties. My dh's Air Force brothers tell their mom, they are "in the rear with the gear." When deployed, they are usually not in the thick of the action as the the air bases are usually a bit away from actual fighting. Dh is now in the Reserves, and he will be until he retires or they kick him out. The benefits have been amazing for us - pay for working part-time (mostly 1 weekend/month + 2 weeks/year), retirement benefits, and healthcare ($220/month premiums for our family w/$1000ish max OOP per year). Dh can also sign up for temporary duty stints to supplement our income or to bridge periods of unemployment. Right now he's on a stateside deployment for 9 months earning college money. His active duty JAG pay is nearly 2x his civilian attorney pay. Dh is a servant at heart, and he finds his military career extremely rewarding. He is proud to serve our country. His civilian jobs have mostly been serving the public as well (public defender, county attorney, judicial clerk, etc).
  15. I don't like panty lines, regardless of the what I'm doing or what pants I'm wearing. I don't see why I would wear underwear under yoga pants. Seems redundant and a waste of laundry. Yoga pants are my primary casual wear, and I don't wear underwear with them. This helps simplify my life, and I am happy with my choice.
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