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  1. Utilize self-checkout at any and all stores when/wherever possible. I love self checkout for many reasons.
  2. Piggybacking on those who already suggested martial arts. As an instructor in multiple martial arts for the past decade, I can definitely attest to the benefits for children who have some issues going on. We work with these children/young adults frequently in our schools. You may have to try several; not all instructors/schools are equally prepared to deal with children who have special needs. It would be worth the search.
  3. Yes...also wondering here how your dd's interview went? 🙂
  4. One additional clarification - other than the hamburger question, the other questions I listed were actual ones my kids were asked. Please feel free to pm me if you have other questions. I will try to check my mail later tonight.
  5. I have one USAFA grad and a current USAFA junior. Some questions that could come her way (ones I would consider at least!): - Why should the American taxpayers spend upwards of 1/4 million dollars (or the appropriate amount) educating you? - What current events influence your desire to serve? How do you think the major current events will affect our country's future and position in the world? (or some type of current events discussion) - Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years and beyond? - What is your family's viewpoint on military service? - When you are discouraged and want to quit something, how do you motivate yourself to persevere? - How can you contribute to the success of other cadets at USCGA? -Note: Many of the questions my kids got were not focused on themselves--the application process gives a lot of info on the candidates! Most of their questions were outwardly focused on OTHERS, and what they could contribute to others' success and our country's. This is important. Don't ever forget the service mentality as you answer questions. Also be honest! One of my kids got asked a question they had no idea how to answer. And they were honest. Turns out that was one of the things the panel was most impressed by--the honesty in finding an articulate way to say "I don't know./don't feel qualified to answer that question and here is why..." :) HTH! Good thoughts and prayers your way. PS And one that my kiddos did not get but that I really have heard of: If you were a hamburger, what kind would you be and why?
  6. Hugs and prayers, Margaret.
  7. Honeymoon Island - awesome 5 + mile walk up beach Tarpon Springs sponge docks if you like charming/quaint shops MOSI if you like museum ish things. Enjoy our AWESOME weather!!
  8. In our state, it is expected that you would contact your insurance company and let them know your child has her permit. That is what we did. Our kids were put on our policy with their learner's permits, but we were not charged more because they did not have their licenses yet. We actually kept them on their learner's permits (their choice, too) up until a few weeks before they left for college. When they tested and received their licenses, they just did not drive for the remaining couple of weeks before leaving for school. We notified the insurance company of their new licenses. Because they went/go to school far away (150+miles), they were and are covered under our infrequent driver insurance when they are home. It was a way for our family to save some money and worked great for all of us. NOTE: I would advise you contact your insurance company directly. Each company and each policy varies -- some policies do not include infrequent driver coverage. Usually you have to call to find this out.
  9. "Do I allow him to apply to the exchange program? Do I encourage him to continue the course we've set? Do I have him find out if there's a way to start academy and college applications and put them on hold for a year or try to do them from Europe? Do I let him go for the exchange and worry about the other stuff when he gets back?" Whew! Take a deep breath, Mama. :) I guess I would start to answer your questions by suggesting you ask your ds what HE sees as his plan regarding a year-long venture in Europe and how it jives with his future goals? Does he want to continue applying for colleges, nominations etc while he is there (or does he want to wait to do it upon his return) and if he has not thought this through, then this is a great discussion opportunity to help him consider all the factors and options. What is the cost (or is it completely funded if he is accepted)? Is your family or your son prepared/able/willing to cover possible uncovered costs? Another big question is what would he do specifically while in Europe? Structured development plans for himself such as academics, travel, leadership, etc?? If he plans that year well and it is highly structured, it could be a really unique and positive piece of his SA application. But if it is more like a glorified year-long vacation/fun thing/unstructured "gap year", then it may be viewed in a negative light by the SAs. From what I understand, you can indeed complete the SA application process while overseas (each class inprocesses a selection of international appointees each year), but I am not sure how the congressional nomination process for US applicants would occur with your ds overseas. I would suggest he contact your senator and congressmen's offices to inquire about that. Likely, it is not the first time something like that has occurred. And even if it is, I would guess that these offices would work with him if your ds is the driving force behind it. Applying for noms and the SAs from overseas would require him to be super detail-oriented and totally on top of deadlines, allowing for plenty of buffer time. He should also contact DODMerb to find out how he would get his physical examination. Additionally, he should contact a base near where he would be in Europe and research if it is possible for him to do his CFA (Candidate Fitness Assessment) there. And if he can get his recommendation letters for noms and apps lined up or done prior to going abroad, that would be good. The main thing to keep in mind when applying to the SAs is that the nom/app process should be driven by the applicant. Parents can offer counsel and ask questions to help guide a logical thought/decision making process, but you should not be involved in all of the details. Sometimes well-meaning parents become overly involved in the process and that is not good for the applicant's future. The SAs want young people with drive, ambition, perseverance and initiative. Being a cadet at an SA requires an individual to "figure things out" on a daily basis! This process begins before they even arrive with the nom/app process. Both of my children said one of the most frequent phrases they heard in BCT at USAFA was "FIGURE IT OUT." The main thing I would suggest is to have your ds do the following: 1. Compile a list of all these types of questions and considerations (you can help him brainstorm all the things he needs to think through and research). 2. Research the answers to these questions himself. 3. Have him prepare a "proposal" for you regarding what he wants to do with the Europe trip, his goals, and his plans upon his return. 4. Discuss his plan and ask additional questions as needed. 5. Make sure he thinks through the academic portion -- how will he stay fresh with upper level math, etc? It would be very difficult, I would think, to take a year off of core academics (writing, sciences, math) and then try to enter a SA...or any college, for that matter. You certainly can help him think things through. But I think the ball is in his court to have the initiative to answer the questions you bring up with a measured and mature response that shows he has thought things through and is not just "chasing a shiny penny." 😉 If my kiddo was a) not willing to put significant time and effort into researching all these (and probably more) items before deciding to go to Europe or not, and/or b) did not see the necessity to do this and plan things out prior to going...... that would be a red flag for me to say he/she probably doesn't have the maturity to handle such an experience. Feel free to pm me if you have other questions. Hope this was helpful!!
  10. We started with an inside pullup bar in the doorway of one of their bedrooms. That remained there for 9 years, until DD left for USAFA. Then we also purchased a standalone sturdy one that was in our garage but could also be kept outside. We still have that and they use it when they are home. It does not take up much space. And finally, their favorite pullup bar of all? A tree limb that they had to jump pretty high to reach -- Nature's gymnasium!! This continues to be their favorite kind of bar. Shout out to Lanny! I could not agree more with his comments :) Our physical health affects every part of our lives and well being.
  11. As their teacher and parent, I felt the liberty to assign any or all of these, depending on the offense. For example, "go do numbers 1-5 on the board,", "stop now and do number 10 on the board," or eegads! "Now go do ALL ten exercises on the board." :) I had these listed on our big whiteboard along with number of reps expected for each exercise. The number of reps increased as their abilities did! Maybe this is one reason why neither one of them had trouble with pullups in basic training or the PT tests at USAFA. :) heeheehee. Little did I know they would end up there when I started doing that many years ago!
  12. 1. Running up and down the street ( 2/10ths of a mile total) 2. Jumping jax 3. Stomach crunches 4. Pushups 5. Squats 6. Leg lifts (hanging on inside pullup bar) 7. Pullups 8. Burpees 9. Standing pike crunches 10. Mountain climbers The side benefit of this is that I was also able to teach proper form/progression in all of these exercises. For example, proper pushup position on knees until you have the strength to do full plank ones; bent arm hang to build up strength for pullups; walking mountain climbers instead of the higher impact kind, etc. Exercise and teaching physical stuff has been my hobby and one of my passions for oh goodness, most of my life, and I still enjoy teaching children and adults all that kind of stuff. :)
  13. No textbook here, but this is the approach I took. When my kids were very young, I made a list of everything I could think of in terms of physical exercise that I had done as a child, either informally or in phys ed in school, when such a creature really existed, was mandatory multiple times per week, and was actually graded 😉 My list included items like: jungle gym play, kickball, dodgeball, volleyball, basketball, football, badminton, softball, soccer, tennis, swimming, diving, basic gymnastics, archery, rope climbing, tree climbing, running, walking, beachcombing, biking etc etc. My goal was for my kiddos to learn: the basic skills of throwing, kicking, and catching balls of various kinds; hitting with rackets (eye hand coordination); learning coordination and an awareness of their body in 3-D space; becoming strong enough to lift, pull or handle their own body name a few. I just planned an activity for each week. We are a physically active family, so things like unicycling, fishing and hiking were added to the list. But if we had not been a very active family, I would have just stuck to the basics. We either went to a park or practiced all these things without cost in our yard. You can learn a lot of basic gymnastics by walking on railroad ties around the perimeter of a play area, swinging on jungle gyms, etc. You can learn to throw and catch almost any ball in a pretty small amount of outdoor space (when they are little), whether it is paved or grassy. I also was one of those horrible moms :) who used physical exercise as correction, especially from ages 8-14. Disrespect meant that not enough energy was being burned in a productive way, so I had a list of ten different exercises that were "assigned" when needed. I always explained that it was important to learn to handle stress by doing healthy things like exercise instead of unhealthy things like mouthing off at people. Many warned me that my kids would grow up hating exercise, but I did not agree. It is a healthy lifetime habit for many reasons, and just like I spent time talking with them about good nutrition, I also spent time talking about how one handles stress in a productive manner. But talking doesn't help them internalize like practice does. Both dc did choose to participate in organized sports beginning at about 11 (ds) and 9 (dd). Tennis lessons were the first activity and led to competitive tennis for both of them. DD did competitive gymnastics as well. Taekwondo and krav maga were martial arts for both of them and me as well. In the end, my kiddos (now 22 and 20) wound up being very coordinated and loving physical exercise and movement of all kinds. Recently, I asked them about why they thought that was the case and they both said they thought it was because we were always doing something active, interesting, and usually outdoors when they were growing up. They mentioned that compared to many of their peers, it seems they had a lot more outdoor play time, especially on jungle gyms. So it is nice that it worked out that way.:) HTH!
  14. I always encouraged my dc to pursue open doors that would result in more options rather than fewer -- a principle they have now internalized. Your dd sounds like she has a few years left before graduating. I completely understand that you can likely predict where she will be going to college based on your family priorities, other children, etc. But a lot of surprises could happen in the next three years that may wind up opening doors you never dreamed of for your dd. Some of those doors made include options where a strong SAT score or NM (as a credential) is required or helpful. Both of my dc received NM scholarships, but because they attended service academies, the NMSC converted them into "honorary scholarships." So they had the credential to include on applications/resumes, but did not wind up using the money. My dd did not want to miss a school day DE courses to take the PSAT either, so we worked with the NMSC directly and her SAT scores were used in lieu of PSAT scores for the NM competition. Please be aware that they only offer this opportunity if there is a documentable and legitimate reason to do so. Call them directly if you want to find out more about the approval process to arrange that. It is a process (but not hard), so it cannot be done easily at the last minute. HTH!
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