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  1. I don’t know about the bluetooth aspect, but dh got me one of the things you can plug in that is supposed to allow you to access the phone over a radio station. I think the one you linked basically works the same way. The problem we found is that it has to be a radio station that has no other signal, and in the busy area we live in there are literally no stations that it will work with. When we’ve traveled and there are areas with very few radio stations it works great but it just won’t work around her.
  2. We volunteer regularly at a food bank. They have bags for the kids that have things for school lunches...shelf stable boxed milks, single serving applesauces, granola bars,etc. They also have a bin with random candy and small snacks like single bags of chips that have been donated by people. When we are packing the bags we can throw in something extra for fun. They try and keep the main food healthy, but it is nice to have treats as well.
  3. This is us also. My goal for my kids was that they would know how to cook and clean and that they would see the household as one where everyone chips in when needed. Some days, they have more school work and I do all the cooking. Sometimes I’m in a hurry to get to work or need to go somewhere and they make lunch. Or dinner. We all work together. I’d guess they spend about an hour a day on average, including things like cleaning up after themselves after breakfast or feeding the dog. But it’s all spread out and just part of life.
  4. Two thoughts... My SIL is an ER doctor. She always thinks of the worst thing first. She doesn’t think “let’s rule out the most obvious” but “let’s rule out what will kill you or be really serious”. My kids laugh because she is super overprotective and germaphobic. I tell them it’s because she sees all the weird accidents and infections. She sees a sore throat and thinks “better make sure it isn’t epiglottitis”. I think “probably strep”. The other thing is that I’ve been in that setting, where as a doctor I feel like something needs to be ruled out or considered and I have to decide
  5. Well as an only child myself, I can say that probably is the cause of most issues. ?
  6. I don’t have a great solution but a story...I sleep with earplugs because noises really bother me at night. My husband is a pretty deep sleeper. One night I was super tired and could hear a dog barking but it was kind of muffled by the earplugs. I kept thinking “Who is being so rude to leave their dog outside?” Then I heard a weird noise in our hallway. I got up and met my oldest son who had gotten up to let in our dog who we had forgotten to let in before we went to bed. ?
  7. I’m a little late to the thread, but we use Singapore and Beast Academy and I have a couple of kids who have expressed math hatred in the past. ? I have found that for my kids math frustration comes because of three reasons: 1) They are bored. 2) They are a perfectionist and afraid of getting it wrong. 3) They don’t understand it. How to deal with the frustration depends on which it is, so I think it’s good that it sounds like you are trying to figure out the cause. I’d also say that the same kid in my house has had times of being bored and times of not understanding. So it’s not always the s
  8. Never. ? I’m fairly laid back about science until high school. I was a Chem and Bio major so I love science and think it’s important but we mostly just read, watch documentaries, do fun experiments and learn about things they are interested in. I don’t have them do any reports. My oldest took Chemistry at our co-op last year in 9th grade. He did fine with writing reports without having done them before. I will say that my daughter is very different from her brothers. She likes things like workbooks and quizzes. So I’m going to use a more formal program with her this year. And when
  9. Welcome! We’ve done all of the above, at different times and with different kids. When we first started out I tended to try and strictly tie in our read-alouds with our history or with other things we were studying. The good thing was that we read a bunch of books we probably wouldn’t have read otherwise. The downside is that sometimes we got a little tired of a particular time period or topic. Or I’d think “we can’t read that book, it doesn’t fit with history” and so we’d miss out on other good things. Now I’m less concerned with making it all fit together and more comfortable with the
  10. I would also say it depends on the class. Our co-op Chemistry teacher switched to Jay Wile’s new book because she thought it was better than the Apologia one, especially the newest edition. But she had taught from it in the past and is a great teacher who was able to add in where the book was weak so I think the class was fine either way. I teach Anatomy at out co-op and I use the newer edition but it’s so similar to the older one that I tell students they can use either. I’ve had about three years of classes where people use the older book while I teach from the new one and they do fine
  11. I thought Paige went back to the apartment sort of looking for Claudia. She probably knew she wouldn’t be there but I think maybe she also wanted closure. Claudia had become kind of like an aunt to her and it made sense to me that now that her parents were gone she was looking for her...maybe for answers. I don’t think she knew about Claudia’s part in the overthrow Gorbachev plan. Then it seemed to me that when she got there and it was obviously deserted that she just sat down because she didn’t know what to do next. For those who like to read that sort of thing there are some interestin
  12. I agree. My son is doing the Into Class and has really liked it but I think it comes naturally to him. He’s been able to figure it out even when stuck. And I didn’t mind so much the lack of support with the cheap price. But there is no way I would pay $550 for a class without a significant amount of teacher support.
  13. Zithromax is the usual alternative, I believe. Amoxicillin would not work for typical GI pathogens. And I shouldn’t have used the term prophylactic...it’s not recommended to take ahead of time to prevent illness as there is a increasing rise of resistant bugs due to travelers who do this. Instead you can have the med with you in the case of moderate to severe diarrhea.
  14. You can get vaccines for Hep A and Typhoid, which are two of the most common food borne bacterial diarrheal illnesses. We see them in the US also and kids are now routinely vaccinated against Hep A. They are both safe vaccines and we see very little side effects with either. You can also get a prophylactic antibiotic from your doctor for travel. It isn’t always given but if you have had issues in the past and you tend to get sicker it might be a good idea for you. Talk to your doctor and see if he/she would prescribe it.
  15. It depends a lot on the Urgent Care. There are Urgent Cares here that are associated with the hospitals and are staffed by the same ER docs that are in those ERs. They have the ability to do Xrays, CTscans, etc. There are other Urgent Cares that are really just meant for things like an earache on a Sunday or something very simple. For younger kids, I usually recommend ERs as they are more likely to have pediatric ER docs or at least docs that are more used to seeing kids. I find Urgent Cares often misdiagnose kids. If I think it’s anything that is fairly likely to need a specialist I send peo
  16. Iceland, Iceland, Iceland. Cornwall Cinque Terre in Italy. Basically if you give me a rocky coastline, I’m a happy girl. ?
  17. I don’t have a hard and fast rule, it’s kind of more of a gut thing. There have been things I pushed my kids to do and things I let them give up on. I made them all do swim team until 8 years old. The 8 was somewhat arbitrary...I wanted them to be strong swimmers for safety so swimming wasn’t optional. We belong to a summer pool with an awesome team. I thought that if they did it they would eventually love it. It’s worked out well for us. The two boys went through a period of not liking it but I told them they could quit when they were 8 and a stronger swimmer. Then 8 was the year that t
  18. Yes, but they end up practicing less than during the school year and having less lessons. Usually less due to teacher schedules, not ours.
  19. We were just in San Antonio and Austin for spring break. Ditto to a lot of what has been said but my favorite thing was bat watching at a bridge. Super cool. The bat bridge is near the Pearl Brewery so you combine it with a hipster dinner and ice cream. We also liked the Missions, the River WLk boat ride and the Art Museum and Zoo.
  20. I thought it was a fabulous finale. I did not see the ending coming al all but when it was over it seemed so obviously the only way for it to end. Phillip and Elizabeth needed to be punished and really it is the most horrible punishment, it’s like a death. The only thing worse would have been for either Paige or Henry to have been killed due to their spying and I think that would have felt too unfair to the audience. I’m also sad that it’s over as a show. It was so good.
  21. We have a landline that is VOiP. We also have had a “kids phone” for awhile. It’s an old smart phone that doesn’t have data on it. We use TracFone for the phone plan. Now ds has a phone which is his although he doesn’t really use it for much. We have parental controls on them so we can either block the ability to use the Internet with wifi or we can see the history.
  22. I went to a church once and there was a family in the bulletin with the kids: Matthew, Mark, Luke and.... Tiffany.
  23. I would second a lot of the above suggestions. Both my boys have also enjoyed a series called Bodyguard by Chris Bradford that sounds similar to some of things you’ve mentioned. I haven’t read them so don’t know if they have things that might concern you. I’d also say though that my 14 year old son does the same thing. He does read a lot of new things but he likes to read books he’s read over and over that are “below” his reading level. And I did the same thing at about the same age. I think part of it was for comfort. It’s hard being a young teen and sometimes well-loved books can
  24. My husband has an unusual name and loves it. His isn’t weirdly spelled or made up but it is just uncommon. If you do the ssa search thing to see how common it is, it’s never been in the top 1000 names in this country. But it’s recognizable because of a couple of famous people who had it. The point being that I think some people have the “oh, no, I don’t want my kid to have to deal with an uncommon name psychology” and others embrace it as part of their personality. When we were picking baby names it was really important to dh that we not pick common names. I, on the other hand, had a hyp
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