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EmilyGF

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    SAHM to five
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  1. We only tried one teacher and she didn't click with my son. After more experience with online language tutors, I realize that fit is important. I bet it would have worked well had we tried three and stuck with whoever clicked with him.
  2. When DS went to K, we had to spend about 45 minutes per night on homework with him in the evening. We had to get up early to take him to the school bus. So there is a time cost and stress to school. But I'm sending DS14 to school next year, and he's really opposed, so I understand. But I'm thinking it'll grow on him. I've told him he can come home after Q1 if he doesn't want to continue. Emily
  3. Our schools effectively spend 3 weeks testing per year. Not sure how much they spend preparing for testing. And they stop teaching after the last week of tests, sometime in early May, so they end up losing 6+ weeks per year for the testing. It kills me. Sigh.
  4. You could say the same about many many languages. Often you learn best the things you care the most about.
  5. I've got a spot-on-normal-in-math fifth grader. She has amazing EF skills but shuts down completely when frustrated. I had her tested twice this past year because my older kids are advanced in math and I thought she was behind, but both testers said she was exactly at the expected level for her age.
  6. DH gave his dissertation advisor some chocolates. He knew he liked chocolates. DH has been given wine and chocolates (by two different students).
  7. Thanks, Jean, this is exactly what I was looking for. I thought I'd seen you talk about it before. I'll go for the inexpensive monitor with inexpensive strips and follow up for a month or so. Thanks again!
  8. I'm not ready to dive into that - too much information for me right now. All I want to do is some testing so I can gather a bit of data (scientist by training). I've never had a high reading at all before, even while pregnant, so I think it is a fluke, and I just want to do some at-home-monitoring. Any at home monitors and frequency to test reqs? Thanks, Emily
  9. At my last doctor's appointment, I got a panel of tests done and was later told that my blood sugar was slightly high and that I should be aware of that. I was pretty surprised because diabetes before the age of 65+ doesn't run in my family AND I'm pretty thin (6' and 150 lbs at the time of testing). However, I do drink a lot of caffeine and eat a ton of fruit, maybe 5+ pieces per day. I think there have been threads on here before about monitoring your blood sugar at home. Have you done so in the past? How do you recommend doing it? I've done some basic searching and couldn't find it. Emily
  10. My dad had a very disrespectful boss who belittled him in front of coworkers and undercut his work to the point of making the company lose money. Frequently my dad wanted to quit, and almost did a few times, but he stuck with it because he could see how there were long term benefits of not burning bridges. Over time, my dad has benefited a lot from the connection and he's figured out ways to avoid interaction as much as possible. Also, he has become aware of how the boss undercuts and belittles ALL employees, so he no longer feels singled out. This man, too, is the owner of his company and there is no higher level to appeal to. OP, I don't think what your boss is doing is OK and I hope some of the suggestions above can help you. However, I think you may want to avoid burning bridges as it seems like you can benefit a lot from this job, at least for now. Emily
  11. I've lived in two countries (Germany, Israel) where upper-middle class families just did not own dryers. Why not crusade against dryers? I had a full-time-working mom-of-5 in Jerusalem ask me with shock, "You don't use a a dryer, do you?!?" And when I lived in a mountainous region of Germany, where we had sub-zero temperatures during the winter, the clothing was just let to "freeze-dry" in the attic (there were no pipes in the attic). And foreigners I know in my midwestern city often eschew the dryer as too wasteful, so they've figured out, in apartments, with many children, how to air-dry clothing. So it is doable - maybe not in the wettest places in Hawaii, but in the vast majority of the USA. Costs you zero (actually saves money) and you can even put up cute instagram photos of your drying rack! Maybe if someone were to start selling expensive clothes-lines and clothes-pins we could get some buy-in!!! Emily (feeling slightly cynical)
  12. If it is a shared car, then of course. What if someone else were out with the car when college son needed it? Hubby and I share a car, and we need to communicate because otherwise the car won't be available for the more important use. Emily
  13. I just spent a bunch of time figuring out our homeschool curriculum for this coming year and I've started a Pinterest board for my first floor re-do. I've also started jotting down ideas about how to make the first floor better (and not just get it back to where it was before) and started putting out feelers for a contractor. I found a meetup group for Hebrew in my city. It is funny how putting energy into something makes it more pleasant! No more dread here. Also, we are doing so much touristy stuff right now that I'll be downright exhausted by the time we leave and more than ready for not seeing anything interesting for a while. 😉
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