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  1. I am looking for guidance for homeschooling my older child. Over the years we’ve tried many approaches to educating my child. I think I’ve lost confidence, and I’m looking for someone to tell me what to do step by step. I know that with my kid’s extreme strengths and weaknesses it is virtually impossible to get this from a book/curriculum. My child is reluctant to do school and is mostly non-verbal. I’m open to any advice or resources you can offer.
  2. Also Jill participated in the documentary, Shiny Happy People (?), which I believe discusses Gothard, ATI, IBLP, etc.
  3. I know that a diagnosis is a good thing. How do I get my husband to realize this?In his mind, nothing is broken, so why try to fix it? He thinks we should keep meeting him where he’s at until he decides or starts asking questions, or when there are more substantial challenges. I feel like a diagnosis would help me to be a better parent to him and help me to know what goals we should be pursuing, where should I push him and where should I let off.
  4. Please do not quote me. My husband is not interested in pursuing a diagnosis, though I think he’ll come around eventually. My son is 13; he’s an amazing kid who’s a little different. I’ve always called him my little curmudgeon, my little man of few words who only speaks when he has something important to say. He doesn’t like talking unless it’s about his favorite topic. So, two people in the last six months have suggested he might have autism. The first time I was like, “No way!” I admitted that he is different from the typical boy, but both DH and I were really quiet and shy as kids. The person pointed out that he often displays repetitive behaviors, such as swinging his arm. I dismissed it as a nervous behavior. The second time I was talking to someone about how he doesn’t like touching or eating foods with certain textures. I was also venting my frustration that he has a limited number of foods he’s willing to eat, and that he had recently dropped one of them. I was worried that he wasn’t getting enough nutrition from the foods on his list. (We have an actual list on the fridge to remind him that he likes other things besides pizza.) She asked if I had ever had him evaluated for sensory processing disorder or autism. Again, I dismissed it. Then one day I was listening to a review about a show called Love on the Spectrum, and it hit me that maybe my son is autistic on some level. The same day my husband and I went to eat alone and I blurted it out kind of nonchalantly. He agreed then got upset. He said that our son is perfect (I agreed) and that he didn’t want to get a diagnosis. He doesn’t want kids to treat him differently. He doesn’t want our son to think he’s different. I told him that different isn’t necessarily bad, that he may already think he’s different… I told him there are so many amazing people with autism. That seemed to cheer him up and we left it at that for now. Here’s the thing. All these years I’ve been beating myself up because I’ve been struggling to get my son to do certain things I’ve felt he should do or know by now. Things like tying his shoes (fictional shoes - he refuses to wear anything but sandals), riding a bike, reading things other than books and magazines about his favorite topic, ordering his own food at a restaurant, saying hi and bye to people when we go to parties and looking them in the eye. Then there’s things like the lack of affection. He’s never been cuddly or sought hugs. He will give them if asked. I feel like if he does have autism, I would be let off the hook for most if not all of these things, if you know what I mean. Obviously I would still work towards most of these, but I wouldn’t put so much guilt on myself. I don’t know. I’m just rambling. I hope I haven’t said anything insensitive. I just don’t know where to go or what to do without a diagnosis. And maybe he is neurotypical child who has some challenges.
  5. Okay, cool. Thank you! I’ll go back and look at how many problems are missing.
  6. So I bought the BA 3A Guide and Practice books from a homeschooler a couple of years ago, and the first seven pages of the practice book are missing. I don’t know why I didn’t look when I bought it...I mean I did flip through to verify it hadn’t been written in. Anyway, now that my DD is finally ready for BA, I need to figure out if the missing pages are important enough that I need to buy a new practice book. So should we just read the guide, or should I buy a new workbook?
  7. I'm looking for support from fellow iPhone homeschoolers who use Siri shortcuts. I have a shortcut I'm trying to create that I'm stuck on, and I wanted to bounce ideas off someone who is familiar with creating shortcuts. I know that I can go to reddit or another forum. I will if I absolutely have to, but I prefer not to have to do that, because I'm very new to this, and all those people intimidate me quite frankly. So, can anyone help me?
  8. Quick question. Are they accredited? My daughter is most likely staying home this year, and when she goes back, I’d like for most of her homeschool classes to transfer to public school.
  9. I second popsugar. One of the trainers/participants in many of the videos annoys me (my issue, not hers), so I avoid them for that reason. But they’re decent workouts. One more thing I just remembered is that a lot of the videos are short. I remember having to stack a couple of videos to get a complete workout. They may have more options now.
  10. How do you download YouTube videos? Do you need to have the paid version of YouTube?
  11. I’m not familiar with those classes, but YouTube has so many videos. Also check out fitnessblender.com. They have free videos and programs (for a small fee). If it wasn’t for the bad WiFi connection in my workout space, aka garage, I’d be a loyal customer of theirs.
  12. They’re plastic, about 2 inches in length. Yes, but while the kids have “cleaned” that room for the past 7 years, it is the first time I’ve gone through, it thoroughly organizing it. So they could be from as long as seven years ago. Good idea! I mounted an extra command clip from Christmas on my nightstand to keep my phone charger within reach. I could use it to keep cords together if I never figure out where they belong. This is what I was thinking. My daughter’s cork board came with similar brackets. I just can’t figure what it would hang.
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