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  1. It is absolutely true that Aldi has much better systems (bar codes, etc), but there are produce options that do not have bar codes as well as some organic produce. However, the type of behavior I've seen at all Walmarts (stalling, checking cell phone, general confusion) has never occurred at Aldi, and I've been shopping there once a week for six years at an inner-city location. Aldi also sets its workers up for success with better work stations that cause less fatigue. But this is a side discussion. Emily
  2. What is obnoxious about this (and I say this as someone who sometimes shops at Walmart) is that if Walmart would just properly train its cashiers, like Aldi does, the checkouts could be done all by people in less time and with fewer people than Walmart currently has with the self-checkout. Not only that, but self-checkout increases theft, so it would save money. But American companies don't seem to believe that it pays to train people properly. Ugh, I hate Walmart. I love Aldi. Same neighborhood, same population to hire from, entirely different outcomes. Emily
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    I do think you have legitimate concerns about your background of alcoholism in your family; my mother has a similar situation in her family. What she ALWAYS stressed to us was that drinking alone was never OK. She always modeled drinking with others in moderation. My father did the same. When I was 16, I went to Germany as an exchange student. This was in issue that was addressed from Day 1 of orientation. Basically, "It is legal for you to drink. So drink like a grown up: be mature, be moderate, be safe." That's what I did. My host family served me alcohol (I hated beer but liked white wine). My friends served beer at birthday parties. I had schnapps at Greek cafes. I was 16. When I got home, I stopped drinking except for a taste of peach snaps the following year. Growing up, I always thought that parents nudged their children towards unsafe behavior when they magnified the negative consequences of behaviors. I wonder if you might doing that? It seems like drinking a glass of wine with family at dinner is the most beautiful form of drinking there is - enjoying something special with people you love in moderation. Could she be trying to ask you to think of her as an adult? Theoretically, she could take a walk and go to a bar if she wanted to. Cofix bar? My story, despite drinking at 16, goes on to be completely healthy. I drink maybe 2-4 glasses of wine per month. I hate beer. I hate mixed drinks. Once I over-indulged accidentally (in Germany with my host family!) and I had my eyes opened to how stupid people who over-drink look and speak. Emily
  4. Whatever traps you use, always wear plastic gloves when you put the traps out and take them up. Even the slight oder from picking up the trap once or twice will turn off some mice from approaching them. After I learned this, I went from trapping one mouse a week to one a night. We had about 14 mice, so it took me two weeks to get them all out, but this was what turned the corner for us. Emily
  5. I love The Dinner Daily. I set it to "low carb" so that it is Weight Watchers friendly for me and you can choose what meats/vegetarian you want. I think you can probably go dairy-free. You tell it where you shop and it gives you a weekly menu that incorporates sales from that store. It is only dinner, but that is all I need help with. Sometimes I shop by the list but don't use the actual recipes. Still, I end up with a fridge full of food that can actually make meals, though I might arrange them differently. Every recipe we've tried has been a winner. They are generally easy, and some recipes have had me cock and eyebrow. Those have generally been the favorites (one was a vegetarian quinoa salad that incorporated blueberries - everyone LOVED it!). Emily
  6. When I did a year abroad in 1997/1998, the school counselors just sort of morphed things together into 7 classes and approximated the grades. It was pretty hand-wavy. For example, "You took Bio 4 hours per week and Chem 2 hours per week? Let's call that bio-chem!" "Development of Socialism in Europe? Let's call that European History." Then they rounded up my grades because of the harsh grading system of where I was. I think I would have felt guilty submitting the transcript had I written it, but it felt OK because the school admin did it, not me. But my school director from abroad wrote a college recommendation for me, which I think made clear to people that I had excelled at the school. While I see value in traveling through a foreign country, you won't get the language exposure needed to become proficient (if that is a goal) without lots of hours immersed in it. Of course, if you're going to Japan and your kid has no interest in Japanese, that isn't an issue. But if your child has taken four years of Spanish and you're going to Spain, it would be so sad to go to the country and not get the chance to be immersed. (We're in a foreign country right now and the homeschoolers aren't learning the language because they can't get the exposure they need. Families who are here long term enroll their kids in school because it is too hard to learn the language otherwise.) Emily
  7. I saw the news today and knew you guys would understand. My choir sung there in 1999, Terebinth, and that was amazing. So sad.
  8. Thanks, 8, that's super helpful because ds14 is also a super-slow reader. Not dyslexic, as far as I can tell, just really slow, and audiobooks do speed him up (he hates it passionately). That is good to think about. Emily
  9. Thanks everyone for the replies. Thanks, Lewelma. I had hoped you'd reply. I feel like we're bumping along a path right now where everything is unsatisfying because he can't do anything to the level he wants to. I need to chew over these ideas and talk with him some about the path forward. Emily
  10. Hi everyone, I'm sort of struggling right now with my (barely) 14-year-old. He's into math and would spend 6+ hours per day on it if I'd let him. He's into music. Last year at the point he was practicing 2 hours per day for an upcoming audition; now he splits his time between piano and trombone with a local school band. He's also spending an hour per day on Spanish, which is a combo of tutor and self-taught. BUT, we also currently have a "broad" curriculum with a ton of heavy reading and writing. He's so frustrated. If I ask "Do you want to drop this?" he always says no, but then he's in tears because he "doesn't have enough time for math" (a quote from today). What should I do? He's a slow reader, unlike me, so he can't just scan through a bunch of pages. Also, he reads everything deeply, which is somewhat good, but also means that he is frustrated (in tears, sometimes) if he recognizes he doesn't have time to get all the meat out of his material. Thanks in advance for the help, Emily
  11. I don't have a choice; I'm allergic to normal deodorant. They give me really painful nodules under my arms. First, your body cycles through hormones and you'll find that two weeks or so per month you need nothing and two weeks per month you stink like crazy. During those two stinky weeks, use deodorant soap on your pits (if you are OK with that) and then swab with rubbing alcohol each time before you go out. I do think the first year is the worst (when your body is adjusting to no longer having to fight the chemicals it makes a ton of sweat). Then the sweat really decreases and it gets a lot better. Are you OK with the non-aluminum crystal sticks? I use that on days I will be out all day and am concerned that I might be hormonally stinky. I use it maybe 2-3 days per month. So this minimizes deodorant use without completely eliminating it. Emily
  12. Dittoing the fruit. I eat mine with a banana and a cup of berries. I buy berries in the big 10-lb frozen bags and then defrost a cup of them before dumping on the yogurt. I also like yogurt with garlic and salt. I dip cucumbers in it. Emily
  13. These are really great resources and I'll be using them throughout the year. We've decided that DS13 will go to school next year, so he'll miss out on this class, but I'll still get to do some of the reading. Thanks again! Emily
  14. We came up with a plan - he's doing the AOPS Geometry online class starting tomorrow and he'll be studying up with a self-study geometry guide to prep for the test throughout the summer. He reminded me that the summer math camp he did last year for four weeks focused on Geometry (though in a more creative and less systematic way), so he has more background with it than most kids. Also, he finds his current AOPS class not that hard, so I think it should be OK to have two going at the same time for a bit. It'll be interesting to see what he thinks of school math next year... Thanks, everyone. Emily
  15. I'd do read chapter + alcumus + 7-8 challenge problems at the end of the chapter. Emily
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