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  1. Thanks Rosie! It looks like Hank Green did a Philosophy Crash Course, so that might be a good place to start. I'm trying to balance computer time (we've had far too much screen time here and it's showing some negative effects) but on the other hand if these videos replaced some of the ones he watches of gaming speed run videos, that would be great too.
  2. I was wondering if there is any book out there about philosophy that would be interesting for my ds 15. He's pretty particular about what he reads -- for instance his favorite books are What If, Math With Bad Drawings, How To, Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension.... books with short vignettes in easily digestible chapters. He's newly interested in philosophy and I just don't really know where to start.
  3. I sometimes make an effort to match someone else's tone while texting and I find it exhausting. How can anyone feel such levels of excitement? But I try since I come off as pretty brusque and irritated sounding otherwise. Then there's the whole tapback on iphones that allow you to "react" to someone's text. I feel like if someone "hearts" your texts multiple times while you don't "heart" their's, then there is an imbalance. I loved texting initially -- especially as it was easier to get in touch with people that I was friends with at different duty stations while my husband was active duty. Now I feel like it's just intrusive. I feel like there's this constant pressure to respond to texts, and guilt if you haven't. And I don't text regularly with many people at all! I have dreams of moving somewhere that magically has all the conveniences of the city that I am used to having, combined with the utter isolation of a deserted island or a lighthouse.
  4. I agree. Yesterday at the hair salon the (much younger) clerk complimented on how good I was at math when I quickly figured out 20 percent for the tip. I just took the first two numbers and doubled it. It made me wonder if everyone else was having to get out the calculator to figure out what 20 percent was?
  5. My 15 year old son is eating alone. In fact he doesn't have to because his twin sister is there too, but she eats super fast and ditches him to go to her next class to read. He is in the process of joining clubs (deadline is this Friday) so hopefully some of the lunchtime clubs will bring him people to hang out with. He does not mind eating alone that much -- he's very wary of becoming friends with people he will find annoying. He would think that much worse than eating alone. I'm just planning to make sure he has a good book with him from now on, so he's not just randomly playing games on his phone.
  6. I was forced to go twice on Sundays and every Wednesday for kid activities and choir. My parents were all about the routine, less about the actual substance, so even if they had known that the kids would bully and tease and have in groups and out groups, they wouldn't have cared. The church was filled with hypocritical people in positions of leadership, and overall it was a very negative experience from 6th grade on. I left the church at age 16 and never looked back. In retrospect, if we had changed churches, maybe it would have made a difference. But my parents do not like change, and I grew more and more unhappy, until I finally demanded to quit.
  7. She uses Tiimo now. She used Brilli before.
  8. My daughter is on Strattera and Vyvanse. She has terrible working memory, and Strattera helps that. So she is "ok" on Strattera, but great on both.
  9. Mine uses an app to keep her on track with a daily routine. She sets up her room the night before with clothes, pills, water, and a protein bar. Then when her alarm goes off she checks the schedule while it dings each item so she can stay on track. This system has only really gotten pretty solid this past year, even though she's been on meds for three. Mine gets anxiety when her dosage is too high - which it was when Ritalin suppressed her appetite, which made her foggy headed all the time (from lack of food) which meant she asked for a higher dose, which suppressed her appetite more... She's on Vyvanse now and it works much better for her.
  10. There's Sluggish Cognitive Tempo, which is not an official diagnosis but sounds to me like ADHD minus the H. Dr. Russell Barkley has advocated for this to become an official DX. My daughter looked very much like this on really bad days, but she has plenty of the H traits so it's pretty obvious she has combined type. Talks really fast, interrupts people, thoughts flying non stop. For her, diagnosis didn't just help with school. Adhd affects one's day to day life very drastically. It's not just avoiding hard work (though that was par for the course -- avoiding anything until the last minute and then fear of failure would kick in to motivate her). But it affects the time it takes her to shower, whether she remembers to go to bed, remembering to eat, realizing that she's actually sick and not just "out of it" again.... and all of those get so much easier with meds. It is so frustrating to hear about kids that take meds to do better on tests. It just makes access to these drugs so much harder for people who really need it just for day to day life.
  11. My ds definitely rates Int Number Theory the hardest. For comparison the Aops calc class was relatively easy.
  12. I think I will look into that for the next course then. Thank you!
  13. I don't think exactly that my son needs the most rigorous, but he does need something to do after AP Calc now, and I just don't know what I don't know. So I figured this class would be commensurate with any other Linear Algebra Class. If it was a choice between this class and a community college class (which are also online) I figured this one would be more challenging than those at lease. He did decide, however, to take the AOPS Group Theory class this semester. Just kicking the can down the road until next year I suppose. Ideally next year we will find something that is in person!
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