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  1. Our advice to not only our children, but to any young adult, would be to max out your IRA contributions each year before doing anything else with your discretionary money.
  2. Both. If DD had gone to a university/college in our state system, her Arabic would have counted for DE credit. She is at a service academy and took a validation exam prior to her freshman year, which allowed her to be placed in high level courses and obtain her minor quite quickly. If you have detailed questions, please feel free to pm me!
  3. This is not an online option, but a good learning model suggestion -- would the college prof be available to tutor your child? That is the option we chose for dd due to similar scheduling issues, and it worked great. We met with her tutor twice a week for an hour. She completed Arabic 1 through Arabic 4 at the college level with the same prof. It was awesome.
  4. Be very faithful and consistent with doing your PT. For the folks I know who have had shoulder surgery, this was the key to regaining strength and mobility. Be patient. It is a long slow process but you will get there!
  5. Even if it was not the law, we did not allow it. It is unwise.
  6. They are both amazing books for boys and girls. I would start with Little Women. Your boys are likely basing their opinion on the title. Forget the title and read the story :)
  7. I have been teaching children and adults in multiple martial arts for almost a decade. It is very possible to continue working out and even make fitness gains while you are injured, if you want to. The key is focusing on what you can do and being very creative. I have no idea how an online martial arts course would work; maybe others do. I would suggest that you and your son simply make a list of the moves he is able to do in both judo, karate and gymnastics, as well as any other training conditioning exercises. Then help him create a few workouts from that list. Additionally, you can ask your doctor if he can run, walk, use a treadmill, stair climber, or the like. Alternatively, there are many gyms that allow you to join for a low fee month to month. Usually these gyms have someone who introduces you to the equipment and can help you set up a workout to suit your needs. Perhaps that might work. If he can use his lower body, there are tons of low or high impact exercises he can do provided it is ok with his doctor. It also sounds like he can use his upper body, as long as his hand is protected. So a final idea would be to search the internet for lower body workouts or upper body workouts for injury recovery. By way of encouragement, my dd broke her ankle as a competitive gymnast twice. She continued practices and spent the entire time working on strength and conditioning exercises that she could do. Yes, it was boring, especially as she watched her friends leap, tumble, jump and spin... but she was disciplined and stuck with it. When she recovered fully, she discovered she had made great strength strides while injured that translated into increased skill levels. This has also worked for me in the case of several different injuries, including a broken nose...which is really hard to find workable exercises for 😉 The best to you and your ds!
  8. I would definitely check for food allergies. I know someone whose child was like this and it made a huge difference once the food allergies were discovered and dealt with.
  9. And he should start reading the AFA thread on Service Academy Forums. Searching past threads will give him and you a ton of helpful info.
  10. Hi Janeway, I am a mama of two current USAFA cadets – ds is a senior, dd is a sophomore. USAFA is a challenging but AMAZING journey. I would suggest the following ideas: - If any communication or correspondence needs to occur with USAFA, DODMERB etc. from this point forward, your ds should handle all that communication, not you. USAFA will be watching to see what prospective candidates handle their own stuff versus who has their parents handle it. This is very important to remember. - Not everyone who receives an appointment to USAFA has absolutely stellar grades. SAT and ACT scores are important in that you must meet the thresholds. However, both my dc have repeatedly said they know cadets who had qualifying SATs, and GPAs in the low 3's -- because of their other qualifications, which were impressive, they got in. Every year, there are applicants who seem like they “have it all” who do not receive an appointment, and there are likewise applicants who seem not as “strong overall” who do receive appointments. Remember that in making appointment decisions each year, USAFA is balancing a lot of factors. It isn't really useful to try to guess who will receive an appointment and who will not. - Yes, he absolutely should take both Chemistry and Physics in high school. As part of the core requirements at USAFA, all cadets must take both of challenging classes in these subjects. Even English majors! I am not sure his application would go very far if he doesn't take Chemistry and Physics in high school. - Sit down with your ds and review ALL the USAFA application info that is readily available online. Make sure he has a realistic picture of how demanding the nomination and application processes are. Much attention needs to be paid to deadlines and details, and for good reason – it is the first part of the screening process to see who has what it takes to succeed at USAFA and who does not. If he does try to go for it, it needs to be his dream and he needs to be the driving force behind it. I would never discourage a student from applying to a service academy unless they were incapable of achieving an unweighted GPA at 3.0 or above, they had an obvious disqualifying medical condition, or their standardized test scores were no where near the required thresholds. - Don't forget to review the physical requirements of the Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA), which is also a required component in the application process. I would guess he should be able to achieve success in the CFA if he worked at it, given that he is an athlete in dance. He certainly has time to train. - Varsity sports are great but not required. However, high levels of physical fitness and formal demonstration of that in some way are really important. Neither of my dc had “varsity sports.” Both of my dc were accomplished martial artists and very competitive in tennis and gymnastics. - In past years, the application process has focused especially on classes/activities in 10th-12th grades. GPA is looked at for all four years. Your ds has plenty of time to enhance his activities and leadership. One of my dc made the decision to try for USAFA following their sophomore year of high school. It is harder when the decision is made by the student later, but it is not impossible. - Yes to backup plans as well. This goes for any student applying anywhere. - Community service and volunteering are wonderful ways to demonstrate a focus beyond one's self and make a significant difference in others lives. (“Service before self”) - Foreign languages – a great chance to really distinguish oneself. Both of my dc had very difficult languages and had taken several college classes in them via DE/paid tutoring. This is not a necessary requirement but it doesn't hurt. Look into StarTalk summer programs that are federally funded. - Uniqueness – This is a followup idea regarding the suggestion on foreign languages. One of the things my dc concentrated on was excelling in something that was really unique. For both dc, it turned out to be their foreign languages. During their freshman semesters at USAFA, they discovered that they were each one of less than 5-10 applicants for their class year who had excelled at their languages. Placement tests put them into junior level USAFA classes as a freshman. They both think this was definitely a factor in their appointments. But it doesn't have to be a language. A student could start a business, for example. Cadets do have interesting and varied backgrounds. Many have done a wide range of unique things that differentiated them from the rest of the pack in the application process. Perhaps your ds could offer volunteer dance classes for needy kids in the community on an ongoing basis, or maybe during the summers. Think out of the box ideas that demonstrate: “Integrity first, service before self, excellence in all we do.” Those words are emblazoned on a wall that cadets walk past pretty much every day. His other activities sound really good, especially since he is in 9th grade~he should continue those. Continuity of focused activities is important. Not as wise to try to do 115 totally unrelated things. :) If you or your ds have any more questions, please feel free to pm me. Hope this helps!
  11. Sounds like she has a great plan. I would be supportive! I would make sure she thinks through how to pay for her apartment. I had to commute to college because living there was not a financial possibility. It worked out just fine for me. Gently and kindly...don't create a "problem" based on a notion of "living at school." Many students find it is not all that it is cracked up to be.
  12. From reading this thread, it seems like your ds's health issues may warrant you discussing this with the teacher. At the same time, I would suggest helping your child to realize that there are times when you need to learn to go a longer time before using the bathroom. You can't just get up during the SAT and go whenever you want to go even if nature calls. You sometimes have to hold it if you are driving a car or stuck in traffic. If you are on a plane with serious turbulence, you may not just get up and go to the restroom. So I agree that while we don't want to have our children do something physically harmful, at age 14 one can learn to hold it for a bit when it is not optional to go. Hopefully, that doesn't happen often. When he goes to college, he will be able to go to the bathroom whenever he likes. However, make sure he realizes that professors won't "stop the class" for him.
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