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Susan in TX

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  1. I have a 9 year old son who is very resistant to doing any schoolwork. I have figured out that his resistance is driven by anxiety. If he gets it into his head that something is too hard he will shut down. It doesn't matter if it really isn't too hard. So I keep his work easy. He is still learning, but at a slower pace which is ok with me. Making progress slowly is better that making no progress, which is what would happen if I pushed him to do more. Also, 7 is young. I don't even begin formal academics until age 7. I don't do "language arts" with 2nd graders. We do phonics, math, penman
  2. After teaching my 4th child to read, I just waited until they were seven to begin teaching them to read. Then it only took two years. With my youngest, I should have just waited until he was nine. Susan in TX
  3. Night time prayer from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer: "O GOD, who art the life of mortal men, the light of the faithful, the strength of those who labour, and the repose of the dead; We thank thee for the timely blessings of the day, and humbly supplicate thy merciful protection all this night. Bring us, we beseech thee, in safety to the morning hours; through him who died for us and rose again, thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen." Susan in TX
  4. My daughter graduated college, got married, and now I have a new grandbaby on the way. Susan in TX
  5. I have a laundry basket on top of the washing machine where we put all used towels/washcloths/dish rags. We do not reuse bath towels because there are too many of us, and not enough room in the bathroom to hang them, so I wash a load of towels every day. Susan in TX
  6. My parents moved when I was 9 months old. I lived on the same street until I was 19. (We moved to another house on the same street when I was around 8 years old because the house went up for sale and it was larger.) When I got married we moved to an apartment, then we moved to Dallas and lived in another apartment. Then dh went back to school so we lived on campus for a year, then we moved to another apartment. After that we moved to our current house and we have lived here for 26 years. So I have moved seven times. Five of those moves happened within six years. Susan in TX
  7. Our hot water heater that is over 20 years old. We just replaced the heating/air conditioner that was about the same age. Susan in TX
  8. I'm right behind you. My first was born in 1989. (And the 80s are not "historical". If I was alive and I remember it, then it isn't "historical".) Susan in TX (A 20 year old trapped in a 52 year old body)
  9. If you want to talk to her about it do it now. Don't wait until right before they move. I would express concerns without in any way criticizing the boyfriend. Share with her the dynamics of your mother's relationship with your step-father and tell her your concerns. I would say something like "I'm sure boyfriend isn't like this, but here is an example of an unhealthy relationship so watch out for these red flags". I would also try to get to know the boyfriend better. It could be that he is just introverted and doesn't feel comfortable with your family. Let your daughter know that you wan
  10. This is what I'd recommend for pre-K (This could also be used for Kindergarten): Rod and Staff ABC Series workbooks. (This isn't secular but one can skip the Bible Story book/coloring book.) Explode the Code: Get Ready, Get Set, Go for the Code workbooks. (Secular) Ivy kids (secular) Susan in TX
  11. How often do you do laundry? Back when I had 9 kids at home I did laundry often enough that each child could get by with three outfits. Now that I am down to 3 kids I only need to do laundry every 4 days so we all need at least 5. Sweaters and fleeces can usually be worn more than one day so 2 to 3 should be enough. Susan in TX
  12. Take a look at Rod and Staff . It is a traditional textbook and it is not colorful but there is a lot of review. Each book reviews and builds on the previous one. There is so much review that some of it can even be skipped. It is written for classroom use so we don't do all of it. We skip the oral drill and I just have my child read the chapter and do the written exercises. Although some kids might find the oral drill helpful. Susan in TX
  13. When my son was a teen he had an arsenal of air soft guns that he kept in his room. He was very responsible with them and they would have been taken away if he hadn't been. His room was totally off-limits to younger siblings. When I was a kid our BB gun was kept in the garage. It was accessible but it was probably kept unloaded. I knew better than to mess with it. My brother shot a rattlesnake with his BB gun in the field by our house when he was 12. He also carried a pocket knife to school. This was Texas in 1968. The world has changed for sure. Susan in TX
  14. I think that the reason for the different reaction to 9/11 is that we accept death that comes by natural causes, but we demand justice or revenge for murder. Susan in TX
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