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  1. That's true that most people putting young babies in daycare don't have an alternative because they need to be at work. In this case it was by choice, but that's not going to be as common. From my own point of view it's intriguing and frustrating what people focus on. Every one of our hospital visits this time of year includes the question if our household is vaccinated for the flu. Okay. But I also had to get the charge nurse to change our assigned nurse in October on the step down unit because ours was sick as a dog. Nope, nope, nope!
  2. Yeah, the only example I have heard recently was a person requiring vaccinations to see a child, but had put that infant in daycare at only a few weeks old. I promise you I am WAY less worried about an unvaccinated person with no symptoms of illness being around my medically fragile kids than I am worried about the kind of germs floating around a daycare.
  3. I hadn't watched the commercial. The internet started bombarding me with peloton ads right after we bought a new spin bike, so I've ignored them all. (Sunny Pro, way less expensive, but not all the bells and whistles!) Their algorithm is a bit silly. Why would I buy another exercise bike when I just bought one?
  4. Hopefully I link these correctly! https://m.facebook.com/Susan.Wise.Bauer/photos/a.210316115663470/3021150357913351/?type=3&source=48 https://medium.com/@shauntagrimes/the-one-notebook-habit-699af3480e7d
  5. Our "oxygen mask" level homeschooling is very stripped down. Do free reading, do Khan Academy, write a page about something. That's my bare minimum when life hits major chaos. It's a contrast with our typical daily schedule where my middle school students have 8 or 9 subjects every day. Some of my kids thrive with those minimum requirements and spend the rest of their time following their own interests, gaining an in-depth education in the process. Others will finish that small amount of work after much complaining, and immediately switch on a YouTube video of someone else playing a game. (Particularly if I am at the hospital with another kid and dad is running the house by himself.) They need a lot more outside structure and motivation. We do streamline a lot, even when we are doing every subject at full speed. Parent driven projects? Nope. Combining seven different textbooks for a single subject? Not these days. (I did when we had a fraction of the kids!) Daily lessons require zero prep. I am willing to go down rabbit trails when they come up. Most kids only have one notebook they are working in at a time, and they do all their work in it. Loose papers get photographed or scanned if we need to keep them, immediately recycled if not.
  6. Our big local university allows cards for high school students with proof of AP enrollment, but that's it. We do have a city library network so we aren't just using the library closest to our house, but it still doesn't include a lot of the books we try to find. We can have 10 ILL requests in process at a time, but ILL for more than the occasional book is too much to try to keep track of in our busy household. I could easily stack up bigger fines than if we were buying the books!
  7. I would be in heaven if I could immediately buy any book off Amazon that came up in our learning. My 7th grader is a voracious reader, and we are at a point where most of the things she is interested in have a wide range of books geared for the "knowledgeable adult but not expert" category. She has devoured every linguistics book our library has from the great courses plus syllabus, along with a dozen others. But they only have so many, and then we are still fussing with holds and pick ups. Even used, I can't justify buying every book on a topic when she will read it in a couple days and then only reread a fraction of them again. Then we have art, biology, science fiction, DnD, and everything else she is obsessed with. Even better if she had a personal librarian who was an expert in every field who could create recommended lists related to her interests. Not too much ask for, right?
  8. It is an interesting connection. Trauma in children is often misdiagnosed as ADHD because they can look so similar on the outside.
  9. Some people have strong feelings on the phrase "Gotcha Day," so I would be aware of how someone feels about it before using it. We don't celebrate in particular. Would we pick the day we met our kids? Their Ukrainian court date? The day they entered our custody? The day we arrived in the US? The US readoption that finalized the process? Different people choose different dates. I do show them photos of the days as they come up in my photo album memories, but I also do that on other days too. "Hey look, this is a picture of us playing in the sandbox with your friends from Ukraine on the day we met you. I like that we are a family." "You were so messy splashing in the puddles with your brother on this day! You guys had so much fun! Do you remember that?"
  10. We are LCOL and the best I have seen is .49/lb.
  11. I could see it working at a place where there is a set closing time for everyone who works there, like a factory. But it doesn't look like an industrial area.
  12. There are so many adults who need help with EF. For the last few years I've been volunteering to help families through the adoption process because I'm familiar with the country we adopted from. There are paid employees of agencies who are technically supposed to be doing this, but they don't provide that level of support. So I answer questions about how to do forms, what to do next, what you should do in the meantime. I cheerlead each success, and I ask how a document is going when I know it has been longer than it should take. I have my own constellation of EF issues, ADHD, and anxiety. Plus a million kids. So I know how hard it can be to get things organized in your head and done in a timely fashion. I've had to drag people across the finish line to get their paperwork done when they were completely overwhelmed and asked for me to help. I've done it because I love it. I love seeing kids who would have aged out in institutions join a family. These families have become close friends. But I have had to step away because I can't take it anymore. A series of families asked for help, took up a lot of valuable time for me to help them, ignored what I said, then complained to the world that no one had ever informed them of any of the things I had spent hours going over with them. It moved far past people struggling with EF into people actually being selfish and inconsiderate. That's one of the biggest things we focus on for my own kids with EF and a couple relatives who we have helped launch into adulthood. It's okay to need help. It's okay to ask for help. It's okay to have to ridiculously micromanage yourself to provide the structure you need to get things done. (I had 25 daily alarms on my phone the last time we changed our kids' medication and feeding schedule.) People might already see that as you being X, Y and Z. So make sure you aren't actually being those things in addition to working through your weak areas. Emphasizing again that it's better to ask for help than to fail. It's okay to be the hot mess mom here and there. It's not okay if these things are having a major impact on your life and you won't do anything to help yourself.
  13. It is like magic, right?! The manual that came with ours had instructions for adjusting the time and temperature if you cooked from frozen. You take the giblets and neck out when it is thawed enough.
  14. Add me to the electric roaster love. It is amazing that I can cook turkeys so fast from frozen. It is usually just immediate family at our home, so I am cooking all the things for a pretty large group. Having free oven space is important to me!
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