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  1. We are on our 19th year of being CSA members and are on our third farm (due to retirements). I love it and it is cost effective for us. Some years we have even ordered double shares and winter shares on TOP of my gardening. We are a family of three big eaters and we like most veggies. I should really say we now like most veggies. There were plenty we had never tried or I had not figured out how to prepare in a way we like before I was forced to figure it out with the threat of wasting good food looming over me. We waste almost none of it. Like others have said, we got introduced to all sorts of produce I never would have tried on my own. It still happens once in a while. The first few years of being in a CSA taught me how to not waste food, in general. I learned a completely different approach to menu planning and cooking that is useful to me at times other than CSA season. I can seriously use up, or figure out how to store for later, just about anything now and that extends outside of our CSA foods too. I am sure that the benefits I saw are not across the board for everyone but I would encourage you to consider it in the future if you have the time to devote to figuring out how to manage it and the interest in broadening your palette and skills. I can get all of the same stuff at the farmer's market for about the same price, but I find the additional benefits worth it.
  2. My kid is not in college yet but my dd is getting her first B in high school in an outsourced class. I too am just about DONE with listening to it. We are doing some spring cleaning and I came across high school transcripts for dh and myself. I knew I had not been a great student in high school, but the reality is I was actually quite a poor student. I got a C- in the non-honors version of the honors class dd is getting a (very high) B in. Dh was better but certainly not a 4.0. I shared these with dd. I have no idea if it helped her feel better but she did stop the my-academic-life-is-ruined talk. I also keep emphasizing with dd that having the attitude and grit to continue trying your hardest, even when you know the grade you want is now out of reach, makes me far prouder of her than getting an A.
  3. We do something very similar. We also use the critical thinking prompt for each chapter from the study guide. I ask dd to answer this in handwritten form and in less detail than the sample answer includes. This is to help bring together the themes of the chapter and gives dd practice in short essay writing. I assign longer essays on a monthly basis that ties together her history and literature. She is usually reading a Great Book from the same period of history she is studying that month.
  4. Thanks for the replies so far. I know this varies so much by region. $50 seems like a lot to me too but is the minimum, it seems, in my community. Or at least in the circle we run in. I would say $100 is more standard for the situations I am describing, but that has simply been outside of our budget. I agree it would just be strange to give the boyfriend money. That seems so impersonal. And no announcement/party makes it even more odd. But also seems strange to do nothing as he has been a big part of dd's life, therefore ours as well, for over two years. I like the college sweatshirt idea. The only concern is that he is like my dd in being extremely picky about how clothing fits. Even with her help there is a good chance we would pick something he won't end up wearing. I also like the collection of gift cards to local places. That is something I think he would really like.
  5. I am surprised no one has started one of these yet this year. We have a handful of family friends each year that has a graduate. We go to the open houses with a nice card. These people are typically in the $50 check category. That is our gift level for "we know the family but are not super close" graduates. And we tend to only give this is we get an open house invitation and/or graduation announcement, regardless of whether we go or not. This year we have two new situations and need some advice on gifts. Situation 1. Graduate is a close friend of our dd's. We are closer with the family in general than grads of yore. Family is significantly financially better off than we are and graduate has a full athletic scholarship to the school she will be attending. We were invited to the open house but will be out of town so cannot attend. If we got the typical check route, how much? We are open to other ideas. I'd say we are on the line of knowing her well enough to think up anything with personal meaning. So either money or a practical going-to-college gift. Situation 2. Graduate is dd's long-time boyfriend. We know the parents and we socialize occasionally but are not super close. He is not having any sort of party, did not send out announcements, and in fact is not even participating in the school graduation ceremony. Family is also significantly financially better off than we are, graduate has a substantial scholarship, and graduate is living at home so will not need any sort of household/dorm items. Obviously dd is very close to graduate but cannot think of anything with personal meaning or even practical use that would make sense for us (the parents.....dd is on her own!) to gift. The closest we have come is a gift card to the campus bookstore. Again, how much is appropriate? I don't want to be cheap but also have to be reasonable. I am not even sure a gift is appropriate if there is no announcement or open house. Help!
  6. Not arguing at all. I believe these things can happen. I just don't think they are a given on college campuses and IME are quite rare. I don't think they are any more common on a college campus than in the general public. If your teen is leaving the house without an adult, they should be prepared for all of those situations. The OP has already had kids in DE so likely knows what she is getting into on that front. I just didn't want anyone to come on here contemplating putting their first kid in DE and think they will see someone shooting up in their chemistry class. I think your advice is wise in that any teen leaving the house should be prepared to see/handle all sorts of situations. I just don't find them any more common on a college campus than anywhere else. And college is meant for adults so yes, if you have a young teen attending a school targeted for adults, they should be prepared to hear adult words and discuss adult topics in classes.
  7. My work has me surrounded by college students all day and this is not my experience at all. I cannot recall hearing any extremely foul language on campus or in class. Perhaps the occasional word/phrase here and there, but certainly not common or extreme and no more than what I encounter in the outside world. Although, full discloser, foul language happens in my house and amongst my peer group on a regular basis so not something that would be a concern for me. I have also, after working on a college campus for 13 years, have never seen open drug use. Not once. I have heard people discuss parties/hangovers, although not frequently. Talk like that is usually reserved for private conversation with friends. I would also not expect advances on campus or during class, although would discuss the possibility with any DE (or fully grown, for that matter) student if I felt they would be unprepared to handle it.
  8. Are hiking boots required? I don't even use hiking boots when backpacking and certainly not for regular hiking. I don't need the extra support, don't mind if my feet get wet for day hikes, and find the weight of most hiking boots to do more harm than good (for me). I am assuming 8yo girl scouts are not going to be hiking far. Regular sneakers should be fine. Pack an extra pair and extra socks and you should be fine.
  9. I did not even think of that, We covered it last year but another pass though it might be the ticket.
  10. That would be ideal. But she will not be at a boarding school (long story) right up until DE spring semester starts when she gets back home.
  11. I work at a public university. My office door opens up into a large study area on campus and due to the lack of sound dampening in my office, I can hear at least five different groups of students at any given time. All day long I hear engaging conversations from students who are clearly driven and passionate about what they are studying. And some talk about Netflix too. When I open the door to look at them, they (collectively) look like a middle school sleepover gone horribly wrong. There is a student out there right now with bed head, wearing sweatpants and SLIPPERS with non-matching tube socks. He is practicing a lively in-depth presentation with three other students about a topic I cannot even understand. Hopefully he chooses different attire for the actual presentation! I wouldn't judge a student body on appearance or what they talk about casually. I doubt there is any college out there that a single student could not find their tribe.
  12. I did look into that option but I feel like it will be more in-depth than we are looking for and difficult to chisel out an over-arching introduction. The reason we left AoPS is dd was spending WAY more time than she had available on math each day. She enjoyed the approach but is really not the target audience for AoPS and that became very obvious once she got past the Intro series. If only we had unlimited time.....
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