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  1. This. We love dogs and have two ourselves - but I’ll admit I do NOT care for the puppy stage. And regardless of what your DH says, you will absolutely know the puppy is there. I would only do it with the contingency that the pup remain crated, with the exception of leashed walks. TBF, bringing a new puppy to a big family gathering for days at a time is going to stress the puppy out at least as much as it stresses you out.
  2. Our 17 year old pet sits in our neighborhood frequently. She is typically paid around $20 day — and these are adult, housebroken pets. I would imagine puppies would be quite a bit more.
  3. Sounds more like a language processing problem than adhd — to me. We have one dx’d adhd; two ASD. Our asd kiddos have receptive language processing issues. And our adhd dyslexic has auditory processing disorder. Caveman speak 😄
  4. I absolutely see the value of their contributions — but I never would have thought it necessary (for even only the sake of etiquette) to invite my parents’ friends and dh’s parents’ friends to our wedding — unless we were also close to them and considered them friends or family. Had we done so, the guest list would have been, well, insane.
  5. I'm really sorry you're going through this. Trust me -- I get it from your side. DH has one much younger sibling (11 year age difference) -- and the younger sibling was very spotty about "being around" when FIL was ill and going through hospice/long-term care. To such an extreme that I was the point of contact for his care providers (even though DH and I live about 12 hours from where FIL lived -- and BIL lived only about 30 minutes from FIL). I was quite annoyed by it at the time. I adored my FIL and couldn't imagine that anybody wouldn't want to help care for him. But, the reality of t
  6. TAN homeschool is having a BOGO deal in their history and bible sets
  7. I’m in Greenville county (it’s a HUGE county, and made up of many, many smaller cities, so I’m not sure if you’re referring to Greenville city or the county as a whole). We live in the county, but in an outskirts city about 15-20 minutes from downtown Greenville (city). Our area is great — you get a lot of bang for your buck, house-wise. Prior to where we live now, we lived in downtown Greenville. There are pluses and minuses either way. Housing in downtown or Greenville “city” is much, much more costly for relatively much less house, so to speak. But, if you’d like to be just minu
  8. I would do it in a heartbeat if it were an option for me. I researched it and everything — only to have my doctor (also a surgeon) tell me I wasn’t a candidate. There are some causes of bad vision (like mine) that aren’t correctable with lasik. I had never really asked WHY I had such horrible vision, as it had been something I’d lived with most of my life (vision started deteriorating pretty quickly around age 10 and I was legally blind with thick glasses shortly after; moving to contacts around age 13). So before he gets his heart set on it — have him consult with a specialist. I was pr
  9. Not if I had other options (counselor, priest, etc.).
  10. Similar here. We're about 3 hours inland (Upstate), but considering the rain we've had today and are expected to continue to get for the next couple of days, I'm pretty worried about flooding when the hurricane does hit. Our house is on pretty high ground, but our backyard is already saturated and the only road in/out of our subdivision is definitely not on high ground, and has some already-angry looking water under the bridge. And despite the subdivision vomit that has come to our area, our main road is still somewhat rural and I worry about downed trees, etc. I'm going to the grocery st
  11. For those of us with larger gaps in ages of students, I can see how it would be difficult to implement. My kids are 17, 9, and 6 (with the younger two being special needs). While typically studying similar strands in history, even if the two younger guys were neurotypical, it's too much of an age gap to really get a debate or any type of discussion (of the variety that would benefit elementary and high schoolers) from. OP, I've looked at it many times and I'm glad you asked. I always choose something else at the end of the day -- but it looks like a great idea in theory... if I had a sma
  12. I've found grade level indicators useful for determining a general idea of expected proficiency needed for a group activity, class, or other activity -- even (or especially) in the homeschool world. If I'm looking at a class for my 9 year old and the classes for age indicate "third grade," I can safely assume that most of the children are reading fluently and it wouldn't be a good fit for my struggling-to-read son, for example. Children working at their own pace is all well and good, but I can see how it would be almost impossible to run an efficient academic-specific activity (jus
  13. Others have replied already, I'm sure, but I will say that my mother has to take benedryl when she visits us (she has dog allergies and we have a large, hairy German Shepherd). My mother visits from out of state and stays with us when she visits. The benedryl (even a small dose) makes her really drowsy, so I'd be prepared for that with your son. It does seem to help her allergy symptoms, but visits are very limited because -- frankly -- visits aren't all that pleasant for her when she's sleepy all day, I'd imagine.
  14. As others have mentioned, there are several that fit what you're looking for with regards to content subjects. Obviously, at those ages, phonics/writing/math (skill subjects) are still going to be pretty mom-dependent and will require you teach separately usually.
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