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  1. I would also suggest sitting down with your son and take the practice SAT tests together - question by question. My youngest didn't do so great on his first, not bad, but not solid either. My college son sat down with my youngest and did just that. After they went through one practice SAT orally and together (discussing how to get each answer and eliminate choices for each question). I had my youngest take 2-3 practice tests timed then going over with him the questions he missed. He raised his SAT scores 100 points for each section! Now I am not saying this will work for everyone, esp. with situation with learning disabilities. On the other hand, I also have a friend whose daughter got into Eckerd College in Florida with SAT scores of 400 per section. She was admitted with academic probation and will now be graduating this May. So don't give up hope!
  2. I also think of the extra treats for the kids. Items like individual one-serving peaches,applesauce, raisins, and granola are sure to make a kid smile. Although it is not cost effective as buying bulk items or meals, every one deserves a treat now and then. Myra
  3. We do a money transfer into his checking account/debit card account for $75 a week for groceries. He's found that if he pools his grocery money with two of his townhouse roommates that they can have better quality & quantity of meals. They purchase in bulk for many food items, such as rice, chicken, etc, to cut down on costs. It's funny to hear how he looks up recipes on-line. Myra
  4. I would like to join your group. I have never joined a social group here. So how exactly does it work? Thanks, Myra
  5. And remember the old saying "You catch more flies with honey than vinegar!" I would try to remain friendly with the admissions department personnel. It is best if they are on your "side" and are working together with you to find a solution. So before I would start stating laws and regulations, I would say "thank-you" for suggesting going to local school district for a letter and give it a try. A friendly in-person appeal to the local school high school counselor might do the trick. They might be willing to write you a short 2-3 line letter saying you have met your kid has met the equivalency of high school graduation requirements. If not, ask what they could do to help you out. If that doesn't work, I'd go back to the college and ask them for further help - Just my "passive" two cents worth Good luck, Myra
  6. Please be aware of your guest's allergies. One visit to my parents' house resulted in a severe allergy attack by my then 5 year old son. In the middle of the night, he woke up gasping for breath. The reason - my mom put a dryer sheet inside each of the pillow cases to "freshen" . She just wasn't thinking even though she just washed all the linens with fragrant-free and dye-free detergent since she knew of my son's allergies! After making a 3-hour detour in the middle of the night to the emergency room, it is a holiday we'll never forget! Myra
  7. I always add brown rice to any homemade and/or canned soup and nobody seems to mind or even notice!
  8. My son had mono last semester. He sent an FYI email to each of his professors explaining that he had mono and that he was going to do his best to keep up with assignments and attend class, but...... just in case his class participation seems lacking - this is why. Luckily, his classes were all in the afternoons so he got to sleep 10-12 hours straight each day. Since he was so foggy mind-wise, he gave me the password to his student account so I could access his syllabus (syllabi ??) for his classes. I made a calendar with showing when the rest of his assignment were due and emailed it (with reminders) to him. This really helped him stay focused when so sick with not only mono, but strep throat and a knee injury (crutches) from a varsity mens' crew team competition. On the down side, he had to stop crew. On the bright side, he ended up getting his highest GPA that semester! Go figure! Myra
  9. My son had mono last semester. He sent an FYI email to each of his professors explaining that he had mono and that he was going to do his best to keep up with assignments and attend class, but...... just in case his class participation seems lacking - this is why. Luckily, his classes were all in the afternoons so he got to sleep 10-12 hours straight each day. Since he was so foggy mind-wise, he gave me the password to his student account so I could access his syllabus (syllabi ??) for his classes. I made a calendar with showing when the rest of his assignment were due and emailed it (with reminders) to him. This really helped him stay focused when so sick with not only mono, but strep throat and a knee injury (crutches) from a varsity mens' crew team competition. On the down side, he had to stop crew. On the bright side, he ended up getting his highest GPA that semester! Go figure! Myra
  10. Right out of college, I landed my first public school teaching job when during the interview the principal commented that she was in the same honor society in college and that she'd be glad to hire me to help a "sister" out! Hopefully, my other qualifications factored in but the honor society definitely gave me an edge. (I never told her I attended zero of their meetings and events!) Plus just this year, the chairman of the classics society mentioned to my son during his interview for their Masters Program that he was impressed with his membership in three honor societies for classics and/or economics. They noticed and so it definitely was worth the $25 to join. Myra
  11. My son got acceptance to state university masters program in classics but the acceptance letter said no funds (student loans/ ta positions/etc) for master programs at all except eligible for GradPlus loans. Ugh! Myra
  12. We've used Chegg.com to rent and to buy used textbooks twice now - and have been happy with their service. Both times I paid $10 for two day shipping and got it that quickly and they advertise two week return policy for any reason! Far cheaper than the campus bookstore for used and/or new and/or rentals. Myra
  13. There is one problem with continuing with home care with help for a longer term solution. Looking back, it has been nice having both my parents living in their own home together with someone that comes from 9-12 and a different person from 3-6 daily (parents nap in the afternoon and then in evening watch tv and go to bed early) BUT...... as the time is quickly approaching where both of my parents will need more care, most assisted living places won't let both of my parents live in an assisted-living apartment because of my mother's Alzheimers whereas if they moved in a few years ago they could have, and most likely, still would be allowed to coexist in one of the apartments and not be separated. The places we've checked out wan Alzheimer patients to live in a Memory Ward and my father in the assisted-living apartments alone. So... what is the next step? Who knows? Myra
  14. I think that it is definitely hard for a man of your father's generation to give up control in his life. With my father, we started out with hiring a cleaning person to come to the house once a week to "help" mom out with laundry and household stuff. After that was accepted by my dad and became routine then we found a stay-at-home mom (neighbor) who was willing (for pay) to do the grocery shopping and prepare breakfast and lunch at the house. We sort of snuck help into his life until people coming and going became routine. As things progressed, we have someone that comes from 9-12 and a different person from 3-6 daily (parents nap in the afternoon and then in evening watch tv and go to bed early). Luckily, my parents live in Florida in a 55+ community so people who needed the extra cash and had the available schedules made this work. That's where we are in this scenario. Myra
  15. Budget help needed..... My son is living in a campus townhouse this year with 5 other of his buddies. Now he just totally cancelled his meal plan and plans on cooking exclusively. So how much should I transfer to his debit card each week to budget for those groceries? Keep in mind that he is 6'2" and 185 lbs of solid muscle and also rows on the varsity crew team. Myra
  16. My son just switched to no meal plan. Can you give me a heads up about how much your son budgets for food each week? Thanks, Myra
  17. And now it's time for you to get familiar with home repair videos on you tube! We use them seriously all the time to see if we can trouble shoot and repair things on our own. Even though we are clueless, we have repaired the fridge once, the washing machine once, and the dryer 4 times! And that's just appliances!!! We also found a discount appliance part store that let's us come in and chat about the problem & buy the parts needed (with lots of encouragement and instructions on how to fix the problem) A few times they even let us return the part when it didn't solve the problem! This morning we are busy re-caulking around the front door and treating an ant nest near it - all by following you tube videos! Good luck, Myra
  18. Just curious - we have a propane water heater also - would you share how much it runs you for propane per month. i live in upstate NY and we are paying around $85 per month just for propane alone.
  19. Gravel driveways can be snowplowed - you just have to have to ask the truck/plow driver to raise the actual plow/shovel part up 2-3 inches. It is common practice here in upstate New York. Myra
  20. While looking over monthly budget, I got thinking about utility bills and wondering what they are for everyone else. I live in upstate New York and pay monthly: $90 for propane gas (for water heater and backup forced water/furnace heating) $40 towards wood (heat by wood stove so put this aside each month to save up to buy 4 cords of wood in the Fall) $90 electricity $25 town dump (take 2 trash bags there every Saturday) $0 - water as have own well $80 month for terrible and slow internet (have no option as only one carrier provides service in area) $115 - cellphone (no land line) SO what is everyone else paying/using? Just curious, Myra
  21. It is common around here for private high schools and college prep schools where full payment of the tuition costs is required whether your child finishes the school year or not. The insurance is not cheap. However, I have never heard of anyone using it at the college level. Myra
  22. Make sure that charge lasts 4-5 hours so that you can use it to take class notes. My sons found that anything less than 3 hours was totally useless as they could not make it through a day and/or morning session of note taking & class labs before the computer ran out of juice. Also size is important - make sure that it fits easily into backpack with a full load of books Check with computer tech/student help department at the college - these are the people that troubleshoot problems for the students esp. with hooking up to wi-fi, downloading programs required by professors, helping "crashed" computers, etc. My boys have gone to them several times during their undergraduate years for assistance. They might have some suggestions with laptops that mesh well with the system and ones that don't. Also some colleges have requirements for specifics depending on the major of your student - whereas some don't. Good Luck, Myra
  23. Right there with you - I find it gets harder as they get older. They want and should be treated like young adults, but yet................ Myra
  24. And when you are buying all these things - remember those with allergies and get dye free, scent free, etc. My oldest always has to reclean and air his dorm room to get rid of scents from febreeze, aftershave, "smelly" soaps & deodorants, room deodorizers, etc.
  25. That's all we use for laundry now. I found that it saves $$ in that my sons (who have been doing their own laundry) would dump in too much detergent and this is a measured amount. At college, it is a lot easier to just grab a pod and toss it in the machine then toting back and forth the liquid/dry detergent. As far as brands, so far we've used All detergent free and dye-free due to allergies so I can't tell you about generic brands. Myra
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