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  1. Rong Yang's book or Schaum's series book if the student only needs review problems. Alcumus is free too if online format works for the student.
  2. Recently I get tiny bruises near the back of my knee when I wear those synthetic sweat wicking garments and exercise. Perhaps you were wearing a synthetic shirt and the material irritated your skin?
  3. Coconut oil helps to tame those frizzy hairs as well.
  4. another tip is to run your coffeemaker one more time without removing the used grounds. This gives a very weak and undrinkable brown liquid. Cool it, dilute it and water your citrus, berries etc. It immediately perks up the plants.
  5. I looked for free worksheets and printed them. But, that got tedious and was not systematic. I am too lazy to create my own. So, I used a geometry workbook from the library (barron's I think, but I can not remember clearly) and that seemed enough to provide review. Check your library or amazon using the search "geometry workbook" and there are tons of them out there.
  6. No. Once someone expresses violent thoughts towards others, then it is best not to put them in regular contact with young kids or older people who might not be good at self defense. The best option is to get to the bottom of this issue, which I think is more than rebellion or mental health related and probably due to influence of others.
  7. In my town, there is a local private school that expelled a 1st grader who angrily told her friends at recess that she would bring a gun and shoot them. Nobody believed that threat, the family does not own firearms, but the schools have zero tolerance policy for violent threats to students/staff. This child was 6 years old and probably did not even know what she was talking about. Seeing how suddenly his behavior changed in the second year of high school, my suspicion is that he might have been recruited online and radicalized to believe in some militant group's ideology and that he is changing because of that. Every radicalized person's story has a similar theme - they were nice kids or quiet kids, never got into trouble, were helpful etc until they got radicalized. I think that it is very important (also urgent) to watch his internet browsing history and to get a hold of the contents of his cellphone browsing and texting history. If you are paying for his phone plan and the internet, you should be able to do both. Set up a password for the router at home and turn on logging of every web hit from your family's devices. Also google the names of your son's new friends and go to instagram/facebook/twitter and search if they have posted radicalized thoughts or violent threats using guns, bombs etc. Also check if they are on forums that discuss drug usage. It is good to keep tabs on these things if psychiatrist evaluation is not showing any particular issue. Could giving him a purpose in life that keeps him very busy help to wean him off his friends/internet addiction or whatever is making him behave this way? I am not sure what that could be, because I was about to suggest volunteering, but, it is not a good idea at this stage. A lot of lonely kids feel happy and energized to be around others who they can help/mentor/tutor/read to etc. I am so sorry for what your family is going through.
  8. Silent treatments are given to punish someone. The intent is to hurt the other person for a perceived or real wrongdoing and the goal is to get that person to "repent", "feel sorry", "stew in their own juices" and then come to their senses because life without the person giving the silent treatment talking to you is bad - at least, the NPDs in my life think this way when they do this to me. It totally backfires because I pretend that I am too busy or too dense to notice that they have been giving me the silent treatment. Withdrawing from interaction with a toxic person does not intend to punish that person nor is it hostile. It just means that you are overwhelmed, the toxic person is uncontrollable and unreasonable and you are afraid of getting hurt further and you need to disengage from them for a while to lick your wounds. That is a normal reaction of a nonaggressive person when they have no control over the actions of the person causing harm. Mostly, I do this when I am a victim of manipulation or betrayal from people who are supposed to care for me but instead hurt me deliberately.
  9. certain cultures I know of ask their sons to bring their girlfriends back to their country and undergo religious ceremonies (including conversions) even if they do accept the girl as the DIL. It depends on the culture, the family and how "progressive" their outlook is towards inter-religious and inter-cultural marriages. In societies with arranged marriages (and the loss of face for the family in their communities if the male does not stick to tradition), there is going to be a lot of resistance.
  10. In martial arts, it is hard to make a living and run a topnotch studio in my area. In my son's particular style, the standards are high for getting certified to own a school and run the business and the rents are through the roof for a dojo-style space in my high COL area. Many school teachers, policemen, physiotherapists, and similar professionals come and teach at the dojo as a second job and also to get higher levels of blackbelts, but, I have not seen many full-time employees other than owners and a few senior instructors (just one or two per dojo). So, she and you might want to research this option thoroughly before making a decision. Another interesting note regarding dance studios: my son also takes dance as a hobby and both his instructors have degrees in child psychology and work elsewhere in the daytime and teach dance in the evenings. It could be because of the COL in my area, but, I believe that it is similar in many big cities. A college degree always opens up more opportunities than an education that does not involve a degree. She may be forced to work fulltime due to the economy even if she did not intend to during her childrearing years or she might want to really be working outside the home later on. If I were you, I would encourage her to go to college. She can take a gap year if she/you do not feel ready for college.
  11. Don't worry, that looks like autocorrect was having a good day! I got a recent email from the head of the department of math at a local university where I interact with them for some events - he said that we are going to have a "busty weekend" in the subject of the email. I decided to ignore it and pretend that I read "busy weekend" instead because he is a really nice guy and I did not want to embarrass him because autocorrect is the boss of all emails these days.
  12. My DH always implies that I "could be" doing a better job at this or that when it comes to parenting (as in criticizing parenting decisions that I make and he is busy working long hours, not around much). And my tween has a lot of attitude issues stemming from transitioning to teenhood and I bear the brunt of it. I am the sole caregiver for all practical purposes. I feel unappreciated and as if I am doing a thankless job when even the snack that carefully I pack for sports practice does not go without criticism. I have had enough of all the negativity and attitudes all year long. I told them outright on Friday that I am sick and tired at how I am treated for the 364 days of the year and that no flowery gesture or cards are necessary if they do not want to improve their attitude towards me. So, I got nothing other than friends texting me to wish me a happy mother's day. Instead, I cooked for my family as usual and then went to an afternoon Mother's Day Student concert put out by our local Music Teacher's Association and there were so many talented kids performing beautiful pieces and I enjoyed a couple of hours of free music and they gave all the moms who attended a rose when we left. That was my mother's day and I like it that way!
  13. Python is heavily used in AI applications (Java, not so much in that field) - so, he is already on the right track for his goals. Learning the language is not the key, rather learning how to use it to solve problems is the key to success as a scientist and programmer. Let him finish his intermediate python course with AOPS as you are planning. He needs to learn python really deeply to eventually write code for AI applications or to even read other people’s code in these areas. AI is a vast field which he can spend time familiarizing himself with. C++ is another language that is used in AI applications which he can investigate to see if it interests him.
  14. What I am saying is that he needs programming practice and that learning to program in Python is a way for him to code applications on his own. He is now ready to use a computer, write his Python code, create his own fun applications, which is where the value of a programming language lies. What he should do next would depend on your son's goals. Is he learning to program in order to compete at a high level? Or is he learning in order to have the ability to implement some games/ideas that he has? (alphastar caters to the crowd of kids who participate in serious competitions. I have been to a few of their events and there are very young kids who train hard for competitions).
  15. As a next step, he should start, designing small (or big!) projects, coding them, debugging them and learning to apply the knowledge he has gained from his Python classes. Python teaches a lot of Object Oriented Programming concepts and they transfer to other programming languages later. So, rather than focusing on exams (since he is very young), assign him some projects or ask him if anything interests him and give him a timeslot in his schedule where he develops his own application. He can come up with a preliminary design document and present it to dad and mom. You can give him feedback on usability, features, etc which he can incorporate into his design. Then, he can start coding and testing his app. If you are not sure about what projects he can work on, there are a lot of websites with python projects for beginners: generating the Fibonacci series, palindrome generator, etc. You can also ask him to develop his own computer game. That would be a great way to become familiar with programming applications. Java is a different language and he can study that as well if he has an interest or he can develop some very complex applications just using Python and various libraries available to him.
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