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  1. Maus suggested Prodigy, which is great for math practice; my kids have played for many cumulative hours. There is a free version but the subscription price is only $14 per year if you jump on a group buy (there are prodigy group buy groups on facebook) and worth it in my opinion so the kid isn't dealing with constant "if you were a member you could have this cool thing in the game!" reminders.
  2. Well, I was driving around and around the neighborhood near our church on Sunday because my excessively grumpy toddler really needed a nap and driving him around in the car is the easiest way to get him to sleep...I look at houses as I go past because it gives me something to do and I'm bored. I do sometimes wonder when I do that if someone is going to call the police on me for suspicious behaviour 😄
  3. At least I can save the outgrown shoes for younger brothers.
  4. I do not look forward to keeping ds13 in dance shoes this next year. Those things are pricey and yeah he's outgrowing shoes at an alarming rate. Dance shoes also don't work well If bought too big so there is growing room.
  5. So I went out with my corn seeds and was promptly surrounded by chickens which reminded me that I cannot plant the corn seeds until I finish fencing off the chickens' section of the yard. Those seeds are too pricey to use as chicken feed...
  6. 9 year old with ASD home alone with an iPad sounds like one of the worst educational scenarios I can imagine. Please encourage your friend to exhaust every other educational option before considering such a thing. This child needs human interaction with a parent or tutors or teachers who are aware of his specific needs and are willing to help him work not just on academics but on his social and emotional development. I have special needs kids, I've done a mix of homeschooling independently, using virtual charter schools, and sending them to public school to help them get the education they need. I've sat through many IEP meetings, made extra appointments to meet with teachers, worked with speech therapists and tutors. I've needed every bit of extra help and support I could get from other experienced adults and these kids still need more than I can give. Your friend is in a tough situation but it does not sound to me like homeschooling is likely a good fit. I think she needs support and resources to help her advocate for her child within the school he is currently at or at another school.
  7. I'm planning to plant corn today. I bought seeds for a red variety of sweet corn and also a purple variety that Is more of a popcorn type by the look of the seeds but is supposed to be good to eat like a sweet corn when immature.
  8. I second the recommendation to use audio books if you are not already. My 11 year old has dyslexia, when she was 8 She wasn't even close to consistently sounding out CVC words. We kept working at reading though I did sometimes take breaks; things started to click between ages 9 and 10. She's still kind of a slow reader and struggles with spelling but her reading comprehension is phenomenal and I think all the audio books made a big difference there. I have a child with Tourettes as well, different kid. It's a tough diagnosis. We are in the process of trying to figure out some of the genetics behind those difficulties and hopefully address that via supplements.
  9. I did something like this when I was in college. I was sitting near a pine tree and heard a plop--a tiny little bird had fallen right in front of me! It didn't have real feathers yet and was definitely not at an age to be out of the nest--and I couldn't see a nest. I took it back to my apartment and made it a little best in a cardboard box. I found someone to drive me to a pet store and bought baby bird formula that I fed it with an eye dropper. As it got bigger and started hopping around and pecking for insects I took it to a little enclosed courtyard in one of the buildings on campus to explore and practice flying. A little later I took it back to the place where I found it and left it there in the tree; I used to walk by hoping to see it but never did.
  10. Yael could he be spending time in right wing online hangout places? I'm thinking of this article I read recently:
  11. Yes this! Non homemaker spouses can be so very clueless at times....
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    Lots of unhealthiness here. Young adult was very foolish to put another person's reputation at risk. Since YA did in fact intend for the diary to be found that was intentional lying. Doesn't sound like they were trying to hurt someone but they need to learn that once they put something in writing they are no longer in control of what happens to it. The lack of trust between YA and the person they were trying to catch snooping may be something to address in family therapy. Has the YA done something in the past that would lead to the other person not trusting them and feeling they need to snoop? Sometimes a child's life is saved by a snooping parent. On the other hand, does the expected snooper have a history of violating reasonable and healthy interpersonal boundaries and sticking there nose in where it is neither needed not helpful? That can be a form of abuse.
  13. Would a sleep study be possible with his special needs? If he is not getting quality sleep at night he may be fatigued all the time. Hugs to you.
  14. Several of my siblings were in foreign schools (various languages, we moved a lot) through part of high school; I would send in the foreign school transcript with an explanation; none of them had super high grades in those schools but all were accepted at good colleges and some at elite colleges.
  15. This has been the experience of one of my siblings who married someone from a different culture. Navigating the cultural differences wasn't too difficult until children came along, but there are HUGE cultural differences in child rearing expectations and that has been very, very hard for them to navigate.
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