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Homeschool Mom in AZ

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  1. Let's not forget that Target and Walmart employ local people. The fewer people spending money there, the fewer employees those stores need, and sometimes they need to close. So yes, they count as shopping locally. Should their employees make more money than they do? Yes. I don't do much local niche shopping either.
  2. Don't people in Scandinavia do forest schools all year long?
  3. Yeah, I don't take seriously cries against government regulation by parents whose kids are in government schools. Or the cries against socialism from people whose children are in the single most socialistic entity ever in the US: public school. I spend a lot of energy refraining from saying, "Hon, when you take government services, you get government regulation. It's a packaged deal. Wanna do it 100% your way? Homeschool on your own dime. "
  4. OOps! It should've read savings instead of not savings, but I assume people picked up that it was an editing fail based on the context.
  5. No, because my plan was to be a stay at home mom all along and then do something on my own as an emptynester, but I didn't know what back then. Homeschooling as a seriously considered option was a requirement to date me, although we seriously considered private school and magnet ps schools too. All of those had to be on the table. My husband did a significant chunk of the homeschooling (logic, problem solving, math, science, and statistics) with the older two before he started his business, so it was a very even spread of homeschooling responsibilities when the kids were at Jr. High level concepts until the year they turned 15 and 17. Now he teaches civics to our 16 year old and I outsource almost everything else because I'm tired and youngest has never been academically minded or motivated. We started 21 years ago and have 1-2 more to go. We'll see about early cc for youngest like my older two did. My next career is full time gardening as we've started a permaculture food forest and ornamental garden from scratch. No one pays you to do that. My husband's income and skill set are in high demand, so I don't have to worry about income to do the things I most want to do. We don't need a second income and others do, I'll stay out of the job market. The food forest/moving toward more self-sustaining living/leaving the land better than you found it came up about 10 years ago. I didn't know what I wanted to do after homeschooling before then other than maybe writing, and the food forest idea got more specific over time. It's something husband and I do together part time on weekends and I do part time during the week and during school breaks now. We moved across the country 3 years ago to make it a reality. Our adult children moved near us for work and school opportunities with their spouses, so I have quite a lot of support for my future goals. When I had to have emergency neurosurgery on my neck and a couple of months of recovery at the end of Feb. 2020 and we were prepped for a huge garden renovation project due to drainage issues with a massive truckload of dirt for raised beds, heavy moving equipment, and a shipment of fruit trees that were waiting to go in. I was in bed in a medication fog and all the kids, their spouses and husband spent 2 days getting it all done according to my plan. I poured myself into them for decades and they worked hard to help me get set up for my next couple of decades. They even carefully dug up and replanted the bulbs I love as a little surprise-I thought those would be lost in the garden reno.
  6. Oh, and the Prime credit card (5%) easily covers a round trip flight across the country and accommodations for 3 for a week when we go see our families. It beat all the credit card deals for flight points, and because it's savings, not points, we can use the saved money as we see fit. Also, it's also straight forward, unlike flight points.
  7. Soooo worth it. I shop locally first and if they don't have it, I order from Amazon. Apparently most of the things we shop for, other than most regular groceries and household supplies, local businesses aren't interested in stocking. We've been shopping with Amazon since they were a book store.
  8. What if you phrase it from this angle: "Hey, if you hear (give brief description of wrong information), know that it's false info. Somehow (give brief description of correct information) got twisted and is now running through the rumor mill. If you hear someone else passing along wrong info, please correct them."
  9. There's technology for wearing a mic. My pastor uses it. Millions of Americans manage teleconfrences every day, so it's not a matter of knowing how to do it. It's a matter of providing the means and training teachers. Bubble headed influencers manage to crank out daily videos of the minutia of their lives, setting up a camera in each room and micing a teacher for a livestream that gets recorded seems like something a little can do American attitude and federal funding should be able to pull off.
  10. @I talk to the treesand @Jann in TX How horrifying and devastating! I'm so sorry you're both going through these things!
  11. Since public education in every state gets federal dollars, it's time the feds mandate online options in every state in order to receive those tax dollars. Am I the only one who thinks in person ps and online ps in each state should be aligned by week now that we've been through a year and a half of a pandemic? If they're aligned, then couldn't they switch the quarantined kids over to online (those kids with internet access) and then switch them right back into in person when quarantine in over? Maybe not in every class offered in person, but the core subjects like math, reading, English, foreign language, history, and some science. I'm betting science is trickier, but a lectures and demonstrations can be online. It just seems to me that recording each class as it's taught and providing online access to those videos to students who can't be in class for whatever reason (the flu, broken bone recovery, pandemic quarantine, family vacation that overlaps a bit with school days, etc.) is something that should've happened a long time ago. We have the technology. Is it the same as being in person and interacting with a teacher? No, but it's better than absolutely nothing. And it could be a homework help. Maybe the kid is a little fuzzy on the new concept the teacher covered in class. Being able to review the video before diving into homework could really help kids who need more repetition to get it into their heads, and parents wouldn't have to take on as much homework help themselves. Most parents send their kids to institutional schools because they don't want to do teaching/explaining.
  12. @SeaConquest That really sucks for military spouses. Thanks to your post I can see more clearly how deeply vulnerable they are due to factors most of us wouldn't be aware of. It amplifies how sinister predatory behavior from MLMs really is to take advantage of them.
  13. Transitions are hard, even good and/or necessary transitions. It's Ok to grieve. Grieving is important.
  14. I'd be sorely tempted to wear new black with white polka dot garden sloggers with the outfit you list in the original post. There will be a tour of the grounds after all and my garden sloggers are my favorite shoes. https://www.amazon.com/Sloggers-Waterproof-Comfort-Midsummer-5102BK09/dp/B00AYEO3CI/ref=sr_1_2?crid=18NNIW67GZZPG&dchild=1&keywords=garden%2Bsloggers%2Bfor%2Bwomen%2Bwaterproof&qid=1631678036&sprefix=garden%2Bsolggers%2Caps%2C193&sr=8-2&th=1
  15. I'm sorry it came down to that instead of them just listening to you to begin with-that really sucks. I'm glad you don't feel guilty because you didn't do anything wrong. Also, well done!
  16. Just finished the last episode LulaRich. Throughout the series the mindset of the sellers jumped out at me as soooo Jr./ Sr. high school: the image crafting, the need to be part of the cool group, the latest trends, the shutting out those who leave, the pop-concerts, the parties, the hierarchy, the pep rallies, peer pressure tactics, needing tokens of approval, etc. That stuff made me cringe when I was in my teens, it's just toe-curlingly cringe-worthy watching grown women participate in it as adults. It appears we're not doing a very good job teaching a significant percentage of girls how to avoid this stuff by the time they reach adulthood.
  17. This is sooooo true. Life isn't a neat and tidyscience experiment where things happen in a controlled environment with each variable isolated for clarity. Life is a big jumbled pile of complex stuff and figuring out exactly what issue(s) are in play can take expert assistance.
  18. Yes, we were told this at my grandmother's hospice facility and every hospital we've ever stayed overnight in. The facilities have enough to keep track of, they don't need to keep track of valuables on sleeping patients in addition or forgetful types who are in the habit of removing their jewelry at night or when washing their hands. The real world is complicated place with very different types of people in it. We can't assume everyone at a facility shares our morals.
  19. My theory, based on what I've observed of MLM participants I've personally known, is that they seem to be the same range of personality types as those girls in Jr./Sr. High who have a deep need to be part of the "in" crowd and do what all the "popular" kids are doing, which is usually following the latest trends. They appear to have a deep need to be a part of something (joiner types) and they are not prone to scrutinizing somethings with much objectivity. They tend to be more emotive types rather than analytical types, which I think might play into attracting people who highly value traditional gender roles. That kind of wiring makes them targets for MLMs.
  20. No, it's passed on to family members according to the will.
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