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  1. EMDR---Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an interactive psychotherapy technique used to relieve psychological stress. It is an effective treatment for trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  2. I'm so sorry you are feeling this way. It does sound very lonely without much respite in sight. You can't change your sons, but you can talk to your husband. You may be experiencing some of the same feelings, separately.
  3. I'll throw in just a few comments, but just know as long as you are plugging along and your child is learning, you are doing it right! Just because it's junior high doesn't mean you will suddenly mess up. I have 4 dc and AOPS has worked for some and not others. It was not a fit for my oldest--who went on to major in math in college! If it works, it is a terrific program. But, one can be good at math and AOPS can be a big fail. From looking over your stuff, I would add in some literary analysis and current events. Use dinnertime to discuss what's happening in the world--it doesn't need to be something formal. And as for what skills we focus on in middle school, I use that time to make sure my kids know how to do laundry properly, to cook meals for themselves, I show them how to put gas in the car, start and use the lawn mower and other tools--lots and lots of life skills. How to balance one's bank account, explain retirement accounts and insurance in depth--all kinds of information. Instead of a "you should" stance, I focus on the facts so that there's no pressure and we have so many good moments and conversations in junior high. In high school, the workload ramps up and there's not as much time for that sort of thing, plus there are more distractions--driving, friends, thoughts about what to do after graduation--so life skills has a front seat in our house in junior high. Lastly, you can never go wrong with good books. When life happens and I am unavailable for a short time, I assign reading. 🙂
  4. Yes, I agree with an easy breakfast. And you're welcome any time--you sound like a delightful guest!
  5. Making this for Thursday now--some people arriving early!
  6. Yup--I'm pretty sure the grill is going to get pulled out for Monday. 🙂
  7. We are having company over Memorial Day weekend and I'm struggling with meals. Friday night, I'm serving grilled shrimp salad. Sunday, we are having a larger group over and we are serving a variety of Mexican dishes, both meat and vegetarian. I need help with the rest of the weekend! Here are the parameters: No more shrimp or Mexican. Saturday: Will be gone most of the day and exhausted from a long day when we get home. Could order in, but struggling to know if that's really what we would want to do. Ideas for things I could prep ahead of time? Monday: Perhaps something on the grill, but also something healthy, but what? LOL...having so much trouble coming up with something good. Please share any ideas you have for healthy, relatively easy meals that will allow me to spend time with our guests but that will satisfy appetites! Thanks in advance
  8. How about quiche, a tray of cheese, pepperoni, crackers, veggies, peanut butter and hummus as dips, rollups that you customize for each kid according to their likes with tortillas, beef jerky and string cheese, drinkable protein shakes or carnation breakfast, yogurt, granola bars, trail mix made with popcorn to go further, egg or chicken salad, nuts, pasta salad, macaroni and cheese, cornbread and cheese muffins, pinwheels or quesadillas made ahead--so many options!
  9. I would love to see some links to the jeans, jeggings and tunics if you have time!
  10. Are you trying to be snarky to the OP or did it just happen naturally? You *could* just not answer instead of ruining her innocent, chatty question with snark. There's so much of that on the internet, why contribute to it?
  11. Rabbit trail. No fatty liver issues, but HERX reaction. Do you know about MTHFR? Did you test for it? Could you share what you know? Happy to go to pm if you'd rather.
  12. These are very interesting--thank you!
  13. That is lovely! Too frilly for my decor, I'm afraid.
  14. Do you have a dish drainer that you absolutely LOVE? Guidelines: Must sit on counter--I have a large farmhouse sink, so it cannot go inside the side Does not need to hold silverware--all of that, with the exception of my wooden handled sharp knives, go in the dishwasher. I won't use a silverware drainer. Fairly good sized--big family here. Must look good, as I let things air dry, but it also must be easy to put away, as I don't want it sitting out all of the time. Watcha recommend?
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