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  1. My daughter is in 6th grade and this is likely our last year of homeschooling; her older brothers are now in high school and she wants to go to school, too. We've had a bit of a rocky start to the year with interpersonal dynamics (think preteen hormones) and I think it might be a good idea to start transitioning away from me being her primary teacher. She works harder for other teachers than she does for me and she has started to resent me requiring her to do her work. Her workload is quite reasonable for her age, perhaps even a bit light. We have a co-op but it is only twice a month and I'm actually teaching two of her three classes, by her choice, so that doesn't help. She isn't interested in other co-ops unless she can go with friends which isn't a possibility at this point. I realize it's probably too late to sign up for any middle school online classes for the current semester, but maybe 2nd semester? I'm not looking to outsource everything, but maybe just one or two things so that she can work on some executive function skills and take some pressure of our teacher-parent-child relationship. We are Christian, if that influences any recommendations.
  2. Our district is doing the same. It's not right.
  3. I have my son wearing them and so far, they are holding up well. He hasn't had them nearly as long, though. I do handwash them with a dab of dish soap.
  4. Both my 14 yo and my 16 yo have had both shots. Very little reaction to the first doses, aside from sore arms. DS 16 felt sick for a day after shot 2 and DS 14 felt a little tired but not much more than that. DD 11.9 will be turning 12 soon and be getting hers shortly thereafter! Now just waiting for DS9's turn -- he's the one who really needs it!
  5. My brother was on it a lot for asthma as a kid and tried to smother himself while on it. One of my sons had a similar reaction and I won't give it to him unless absolutely necessary. Another son is on it more often than I'd like due to an immune deficiency and he only gets super crabby on it. Since it keeps him breathing and out of the hospital, I can deal with him being crabby.
  6. I have a 9th and 11th grader in private school. Right now, the 9th grader is playing a team sport while the 11th grader is not. The older child has a job where he works occasional evenings and Saturdays. He will start team practices in November and then the 9th grader's season will be over. They basically get up at 6:30, to school by 7:15 (starts 7:30), classes until 2:30, sports practice until 4:30 or 5. They have a couple of hours of free time and then a couple of hours of homework. We haven't yet started youth group but they'll have that on Wednesdays as well as church/Sunday school.
  7. I'd just read picture books, honestly. Read Aloud Revival has some great lists that might be helpful for you.
  8. I also grew up saying it daily in school and never thought it was weird. I also grew up going to AWANA and we said it there, too, along with the pledge to the AWANA flag. There were sections in our AWANA book about flag etiquette and patriotism along with our Bible verses. Now that I think about it, it is strange to mix the two - sort of a precursor of the Christian nationalism that we are seeing today in some Christian circles. More and more, I'm of the mind that it's best not to mix politics with faith.
  9. I started when my 1st grader was dealing with anxiety/depression due to a medically-complex, frequently-hospitalized sibling. He is now in 9th grade and was homeschooled until last week when he started his freshman year at a private high school. His older brother asked to be homeschooled the following year, and he was homeschooled for grades 4-7. Public middle school for 8th grade and then private school for grades 9-11 so far. Younger sister was homeschooled beginning in K, went part-time to a hybrid homeschool program for grades 3-4 and is now in 6th grade. I expect that she will go to a private K-8 school next year, since she is very social and wants to return to school. Our youngest, the medically-complex child mentioned earlier, was in public early childhood special ed and elementary school from birth-the end of 1st grade. For 2nd grade, last year, he was homeschooled due to his immune deficiency. We have found a very small self-contained special ed classroom for him at an excellent public elementary school with very Covid-aware staff. He will mask and go to school starting next week but I'm honestly not sure it will go, healthwise. I'm doing everything I can to support his immune system but he is profoundly disabled and needs the structure of school and the expertise of the special ed team.
  10. My MIL helped with our kids quite a bit when they were toddlers/preschoolers because I was working full-time. But, she was able to schedule her days so that both days, they all attended a church Bible study with excellent children's programs so she actually only had them for a few hours in the afternoons. I would never have dreamed of asking for this, but she offered, and I certainly would never have asked for such extensive help to enable my own "self-care." I have now been a SAHM for 10+ years and typically, I used YMCA drop-in child care to give me an hour or so a few times a week to workout as my self-care.
  11. I have worked as an adjunct at three universities: one state school and two liberal arts schools in two different parts of the country. In all cases, I was paid by the course with no duties required other than actually preparing for and teaching the course. In a couple of cases, I had brief meetings with the department heads but nothing like you're describing.
  12. Good for her! People need to hear this.
  13. I'm bummed about the Happy Masks too -- I was planning to buy a couple new ones for my immunecompromised kiddo who will be in school this year. I ordered some Enro masks a few weeks ago because they were so highly rated by the NY Times. Still waiting on them to arrive but now I see that they are basically out of stock, too. 😞
  14. A Night Divided is good, but deals with family being separated in Cold War-era Berlin. I don't know if that would be a trigger for your boys or not.
  15. We use it in inhaler form. My son has both private insurance and Medicaid due to his disability. Apparently, it's not on our insurance formulary but they will cover it if we can prove Albuterol will not meet his needs. For some reason, we have to do this a few times a year. The pharmacy handles it all, so it's not too big of a deal for me.
  16. My sister-in-law was fully vaccinated with Moderna in March-April timeframe. In late May/early June, her daughter was quarantined due to a Covid exposure at school. SIL had cold symptoms and tested positive. Her illness was fairly mild, but I'm grateful she was vaccinated as she has underlying conditions that could have made things worse. Niece also tested positive but was completely asymptomatic.
  17. Nope. I have a disabled child who will likely need care for the rest of his life and I can't imagine who would want to take that on. I'll have him and a cat.
  18. My complex son's pulmonologist is awesome. (My kids who just have mild asthma see our pediatrician who has special expertise in asthma management.) We use Xopanex instead of Albuterol because my son also had a congenital heart defect and Albuterol caused his heart to race. Insurance doesn't routinely cover it, though, so we routinely have to do prior authorizations to get it approved.
  19. Yes, my son has had this. He's kind of an extreme example though -- he has a pretty complex medical history including tracheostomy and numerous intubations for respiratory illnesses. IV steroids, sitting upright as much as possible, nebulizer treatments, oxygen therapy and percussive therapy all help. It sounds like your son is on a good path and recovering well which I'm glad to hear!
  20. I agree that Derek Owens is an excellent option - it worked very well for my oldest!
  21. My mother-in-law in her 70s just had both eyes done and it went very smoothly!
  22. We lived in a townhouse when our kids were younger and we just had two of them. At the time, I desperately wanted a back yard for them. We moved into a single family home and honestly, it hasn't been as much of a benefit as I'd expected. At the townhouse, we had a pool, lots of walking trails and parks nearby, as well as a library and a few stores within walking distance. I kind of miss that. The one thing they have used a lot at our house is a basketball hoop in the driveway, and I don't think we could have had that in a townhouse. Townhouses are definitely more economical - but also factor in the monthly association fees.
  23. I have two kids who will be in high school and both will be fully vaccinated by that point. My 11 year old daughter will be homeschooled but she'll be vaccinated once she turns 12 in September. Our youngest is 9 but is at higher risk for multiple reasons. He started back to summer school and I'm kind of waiting to see how that goes before making a final decision. He's in a self-contained special ed classroom with 6 kids and 4 fully vaccinated adults and won't be mixing with other kids very much. His immunologist and pulmonologist, who encouraged us to keep him home last year, have ok'd his return to school. Masks are optional but he will be wearing a high-quality one regardless.
  24. I have a childhood friend in her 40s who openly announced her opposition to the vaccine at the time she came down with Covid. She ended up in the ICU for more than a month, on a ventilator most of that time. At some points, it looked like she was not going to make it and it made me SO angry to think that she could have lost her life -- and her children their mother -- due to all of the lies and misinformation surrounding the vaccines. She did survive, although I think she has quite a bit of rehab to return to her previous state of health.
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