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  1. Americans are crazy. :leaving:
  2. Ah, I'm sorry Scarlett, I guess it's all in the perspective. As a disinterested observer who's been away from these boards for a while I really enjoyed some of the witticisms flying around. I do understand how infuriating and frustrating a lot of it must have been for you though.
  3. Not having been here in a while I was really quite enjoying your thread, I'd completely forgotten how very hilarious and entertaining you all are when you're having a spat. But, as my mother always said, 'Least said, soonest mended'. I do try to follow that advice, but sometimes I have to meditate like crazy to suppress that next snarky comment :wacko: .
  4. Yes, exhausted, and often downright ill. I'm at that 'certain age' when everything's going haywire and my cycle is three weeks long, so I'm pretty useless a lot of the time these days. Are you getting enough iron?
  5. It sounds as though there are no real disadvantages to sending her, other than the sacrifice of your 'vision' of having everyone together, and I can fully sympathise with your feelings on that. I find myself in a similar situation, only in my case my 6 yo is begging to go to school because he wants friends. I find it hard to reconcile my dream with his needs; ultimately he is most important. I think that if there's one thing my children have taught me it's to always try to remain flexible and adaptable, which can be tough when you've invested time and money in planning a year's worth of study :glare: . :grouphug: I know you'll make the best decision for your daughter.
  6. I think it's very appealing to believe in the supernatural, to believe that there's something so mysterious, so unknowable, so uncontrollable. I have known strange, unexplainable things happen, but so often my darling, ever-rational DH can explain them away to me as ordinary, everyday quirks. He can't, however, explain the number of times I've related my dreams to him of someone leaving a job, or moving house, or dying, or divorcing, and then discovering a matter of days or a couple of weeks later that my dream has become fact; and no, there's usually no advance warning that such things might happen. So whatever my reservations about the paranormal, about ghosties and ghoulies and things that go bump in the night, I'm absolutely certain that there are things that, so far, hard science can't explain.
  7. "Nagging and repeating it over and over" has produced fairly good results here - that and always modelling kindness, consideration and good manners ourselves :001_smile:.
  8. My little two often go into the men's room on their own (together), but I prefer them to come into the ladies with me. Funnily enough only this weekend my eldest told me that by the law in the UK boys are allowed to go into the ladies up until they're 14 yo; how true that is I don't know, but he seemed pretty sure of it :) .
  9. :grouphug: As you've already been advised, she's a lousy friend, I'm so sorry you've been so badly hurt. Let it go, move on, and let the wounds heal. You deserve so much better.
  10. Cassy


    Not tacky. Alternative maybe. I like to keep an open mind on how people live their lives.
  11. This may have been posted before, but DH left this on my desk this morning: "Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos no raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe." And I've spent so many hours teaching reading and spelling ... DH is severely dyslexic - when I first saw this I thought it was one of his less impressive e-mails - they're quite often nearly this bad :D .
  12. I'm very sad to hear this. Lots of love to Kay and her family.
  13. ... when you have a couple of cutsie little baby boys, and decide you want a couple more, that one day they'll start to grow into stinky teenagers. Just now all my four (aged 5 to 13) and three of their friends (aged 12 to 13) are playing the XBox in my sitting room; I just went in for something, and ... phew the pong! Quite overwhelming. And it's just going to get worse isn't it ... ?
  14. My two little ones have been into Harry Potter in a big way this week.
  15. I wouldn't even attempt to get into racial and religious differences too deeply with my 5 yo, I really don't think he has the conceptual maturity. We have older boys too and matters of racial abuse and prejudice, and of religious differences, have been discussed at regular intervals. We do study slavery as part of our history sequence, probably not the Holocaust for quite some time. SWB's Story of the World has an excellent global view of history, to which you can, of course, supplement to whatever extent you so desire. I'm not sure what you mean by 'appropriate social skills'. I expect all my boys to treat everyone with kindness and respect, regardless of any differences, be it hair colour, skin colour, body size, socio-economic status, etc.
  16. DS8 got a cheap cell phone (£15, ca $22) as part of his Christmas presents when he was 5 yo. He had a wonderful time playing with it, taking photos, listening to music, and later learning to text. I think DH put about £10 (ca $15) on it during the first couple of years. It's still going strong and he now takes it with him when he goes out and about playing in the neighbourhood; it's good to be able to call him to let him know when I want him home for meals, etc. He only ever uses it as a phone to call me occasionally when he's out playing. It was very good value for money as a toy :001_smile:. DS8 is dyslexic, and I've since heard that research here has shown that learning to text can be very helpful for dyslexics learning to write.
  17. Here's mine, just snapped this morning!
  18. Homeschool hadn't been going well for us at all over the past couple of months, for a number of reasons. I was distracted by other big things going on in our lives, the boys got used to spending too much time entertaining themselves, we had a number of bugs and illnesses. I began to hate school, and so did the boys. I came the nearest ever to giving up. Then, during the past couple of weeks or so I realised that if I spent a little time each day focusing on what I do love about homeschooling, focusing on how much I enjoy the curriculum we're using, on how important it is to me to share a love of learning with the boys, then my attitude changes completely, and also, perhaps not so amazingly, the boys' attitudes change too. It really is so obvious, and yet it really never occurred to me, that my enthusiasm has an almost magical effect on the boys motivation and attitude. Has anyone else ever suddenly discovered something obvious and simple that has helped transform their days?
  19. Mine's up! http://curiousandupr...blogspot.co.uk/
  20. Yes, my first instinct was to wait until September, but then I felt so discouraged and defeated that I thought if we were going to do it anyway, then why not now. You're probably right though, at least putting it off until September would mean that we'd thought it through properly and weren't just rushing into things for the wrong reasons. His two older brothers, who are at school, are appalled at the idea - DS11 has told him quite definitely that "primary school is rubbish" :001_rolleyes:. Thanks for the hugs.
  21. I think he probably realises that there won't be a proper climbing wall there, and I know there isn't. He also says he wants more friends, but he does already have quite a few locally. I think maybe he's just bored as we seem to have had one illness after another throughout January. He's just recovering from chickenpox, while DS5 is just starting with it; I've had bad sciatica and very swollen, painful knees, and none of us have had anywhere near enough sleep. He's feeling dissatisfied and I feel totally helpless to improve things. Since I first posted DH has phoned to say he got delayed by snow when leaving a meeting in Germany today and is now stuck in Amsterdam, so I won't even have him to talk things through with this evening. Bah, I don't often feel this overwhelmed. February maybe. Maybe things will look better in the morning.
  22. Yes, I feel that way too. And it gets worse as time goes by. Now I have boxes and boxes of early readers, puzzles, games, that I just can't bear to part with.
  23. ... and I'm so very, very tired, in so much pain with my knees and back, that I just long to say "Yes, please go, and take DS5 with you while you're at it." But this is my sensitive, clingy boy, my boy who struggles with reading and math, who's a creative free spirit. He's so determined that he wants to go, despite my pointing out that most of his expectations (a climbing wall?) are unlikely to be met. I'm so tempted to send him, but that would be wrong wouldn't it?
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