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Tsuga last won the day on April 12 2018

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  1. The man of the house made dinner the last two nights and it is my turn. Work. Bike locks: need to reset before sending my fellow bike commuter to school. Laundry rotation from (gasp) today: need to move the loads through to make room for the next load. Oh god, soccer practice.
  2. I'm so sorry. I have my own issues but whenever I hear about switching or spanking yeah, trigger is the right word. I wasn't hit. I can't believe, personally, that people defend this. It's hard. You aren't alone. Your feelings are part of the healing and it is okay to have them. Hugs to you.
  3. Good for you. Maybe you're just better than other people. Or maybe you got lucky with kids whose learning styles were close enough to yours not to have to research brain development to teach numeracy. (BTW, if you have ever taught formally you will find that the typical course load is set up to give you a 2:1 prep to teach ratio: 3 classes = 12 hours or 1/3rd of a full time course load of 36 hours with 10% for admin and office hours. Public school is reversed because didn't you know, teachers are millionaires with huge retirment funds and therefore don't need prep time lol j/k that's
  4. You're being a good sport. I accept a lot but I also have a line a draw and then I will fight for everyone. The ultra expensive uniform would be over the line if public funds are being spent. I think I own one piece of clothing that cost more than $85 and that is my one suit, which I use for job interviews. However if I were you I too would respect my daughter's wishes. Maybe after a year or two, suggesting an additional option would not be seen as combative? I live in Seattle so it must be different but I think a lot of people here would flip out at $150 for a school outfit--ma
  5. I didn't mean to imply you haven't flown, just to remind you that the rule is specific to international flights. You may indeed usually be getting your luggage at your first and last US port of call if you live near one. Lucky. No other country I have been to does this so you wouldn't notice if you live at a major hub. I usually have to pass through one other airport to get to SeaTac and this thread has given me flashbacks of those "almost there... Oh yeah now this" moments.
  6. Not if you fly in internationally. Then you have to meet your luggage at first port of arrival in the US and check in to your final US destination. Only when you arrive to the US, only if you are staying (receiving bags) in the US. If you are leaving the US or if you are making a transfer in another country (e.g. Paris to Lyons) then you are fine. I always forget this until I arrive in JFK or Atlanta or LAX or whatnot and then I think "oh Lord not this again why can't we just scan the bags argh!"
  7. Edit: realized this is coming into the US and that's why you have to pick up your luggage. Two hours could be tight if there is a delay but should be okay. They might just make you move your bag from one line to another. I think you're okay. PS I hate that rule. Of all the restrictions since 9/11 that one drives me nuts. So much additional cost and time lost!
  8. Sounds almost incredible. Possibly a troll or someone who works as a grader or something for the College Board, but maybe is not a teacher. Someone with a bit of "inside" knowledge but not enough to make solid decisions. Also may be AP online and he sees the bulk cost of distributing online materials to thousands, without realizing that individual pricing for real books is a whole different ballgame?
  9. Throwing my hat in the ring. I have never heard of this tradition, except that I imagine more women want their bio mom in the delivery room, than their MIL. But not because MIL is a pain. Mine wasn't, she is a saint. Just because mom is mom. Of course MIL will want to enjoy her sweet grandbaby. Fairfarmhand's letter was great and I would use that as MIL or mom to show my acceptance and support to the new mom.
  10. Agree that this is a specialized question and you should follow the link to.disboard or similar. Disney families who obsess about this can save you a lot of time researching. When I was a teen we loved planning the journey ourselves. We planned everything, drew maps, had schedules, etc. It was fun. Hopefully your kids will also enjoy making their plans, and you guys can have some parents choice time as well.
  11. I get the blended family thing. We are very lucky to be stuck where we are. Maybe you can put in time in the name of public good to get them to tone down the mandatory uniform requirements. I don't see anything wrong with an $85 skirt for those who can afford it but asking that there be a generic department store option for all families to ensure accessibility seems reasonable and doable. Often in private schools you get ultra rich people who have no experience with management, public services, education or anything at all actually, running committees for free. Because it is time intensiv
  12. ,You certainly are dealing with more difficult issues than most PS parents deal with. $85 on a non machine wash skirt would anger me. That's not publicly accessible. That said... No advice other than, like many families, you could move to an area where people support public neighborhood schools without dress codes, without so many forms. Like in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. I don't know if such areas exist everywhere in the US but we can't be in the only one. Also, the forms are usually one-time only. We updated ours when they moved to a new system but other than that we usually only fill
  13. This phase, in which 95% of acquaintance small talk with kids revolves around age and school, lasts until they hit puberty. Come up with some fun responses or learn to grit your teeth. "I'm as old as my mom says I am!" "I'm in a kinderpot. We homeschool so it's not a whole garden, just me." "The universe is my school and my mom is my teacher." Etc. If it makes you feel better, people ask me where I am from and why I speak such good English. This has gone on my whole life, since I could talk up to 2010 or so. (My family is from the Southwest and we have been here
  14. But some people's minds work in the background while they do other tasks. It's not nothing to go on a walk. That is important. It is why we have places to walk and play at work. Math should be creative problem solving and sometimes you need to spurt, rest, spurt, rest. You NEED the down time. I guess some people work slow and steady but that is not the only way to work. I solve problems in sprints with lots of distraction in rest periods. Maybe that isn't acceptable to a teacher but I get it done. It is a valid working style. Sitting down and pushing through is too but that is n
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