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  1. Since you feel that way, I wouldn't worry about it. Whatever the cost (it won't cause you to fail or drop-out) its worth it right? As soon as the teacher makes blackboard available, check what will be happening and contact the teacher, but otherwise, try to let it go. Some things are worth it!
  2. I took time out of prepping my blackboard site to answer :). If you really need to be there, it doesn't matter if you're shooting yourself in the foot does it? I had to miss taking dd back Wednesday because I had teacher training. I can't decide if I would find that a sympathetic excuse because I hated missing taking dd or if I would be unsympathetic because as a teacher I had to miss it. If you know who your teacher is, I'd go ahead and send an email, rather than waiting for blackboard, and see how they respond. Anatomy isn't a good class to miss, but most classes give a couple of misses free before penalizing.
  3. Mom22ns

    What kind of drop off parent are you?

    Kid dependent here too. With dd moving into the dorm we moved stuff in, helped setup and decorate, took her to lunch and left. When she moved into an apartment, we added a grocery run to that. This year, I wasn't able to go when she moved in, so we did an early run with big stuff that needed our SUV, then she went by herself today. With ds moving into the dorm was similar. We carried stuff, helped setup (no decorating), lunch and gone. With his apartment we help carry stuff in (furniture and all) then leave. He is just 45 minutes away, and last year we did lunch and a grocery run with him after church the next day. He is ASD and just can't take the stress of getting everything done in one day. None of us get overly emotional at drop-offs. The first year was the hardest for me, but I held it together and the kids were just happy and excited. I've never felt like we were removing a bandage - slowly or quickly.
  4. I too hope the lawsuit succeeds and I am horrified. My kids didn't fill out any of the voluntary information when registering for the ACT, so hopefully it won't haunt the one who used accommodations for the last time in his life that day.
  5. I kept a list of all literature and fun reading my kids did, but never used it. I didn't include textbooks or other non-English class readings.
  6. I would just make a transcript showing what he will be taking in the fall and label those classes In Progress. Voila, a high school transcript. You could put the classes from 8th that counted for credit on there too if you'd like. Since they only want an unofficial transcript, I bet they'll take anything you hand them. They just have to check the box.
  7. What about Jay Wile's Discovering Design with Chemistry? I liked his second edition Chemistry from Apologia and haven't used this, but the reviews are good.
  8. Mom22ns

    Talk to me about Walmart

    Ds's college has bikes that are available for yearly rental for free. It is definitely worth checking into.
  9. I guess you are fortunate in your circle. These are people I know well. I know them and their kids. The issue is not the source, but the idea that kids are being ruined by parents like me and that we must make them independent as quickly as possible to avoid the destruction of civilization as we know it. There is constant media coverage denouncing "helicopter parenting" and telling how it will ruin the world and has already ruined millennials. I'm just really tired of it all and particularly of feeling condemned (even though no one directly condemns me) for my parenting. Parenting a SN kid is hard. It is a complex balancing act. The idea that if a child has not gained independence by 18 they are a failure, just makes it all harder. Pardon my frustration. I'm glad it isn't your experience, but that doesn't mean it isn't real.
  10. Mom22ns

    Talk to me about Walmart

    I'm surprised at so many negative reviews of Walmart. We buy things site to store all the time. Pickup can be slow, so I'm not sure about an Uber driver waiting. The advantage to Walmart over Amazon (which I use a lot - I have and love Prime) is that you can do site to store and they hold it 7 days. When we are trying to get things to college apartments, this has been a huge help. With Amazon, we have to make sure the kids will be there before we can get things delivered - not ideal for things like a bed and bedding. This would work for items that he could take some of and then have the rest delivered within a few days of moving in, like socks and underwear. Generally, Amazon is significantly more expensive for the little things like that than Walmart is here. We live in a low COL area and local Walmart prices reflect that. Amazon doesn't.
  11. I see it everywhere too. It seems widespread. I see it here, on tv, in friends, on Facebook... I constantly feel like (in everyone else's view and in my paranoid moments) I'm a bad person, a helicopter mom, like I'm ruining my kids futures and disabling them for life. Then I look at my kids. My dd is a 19 year old college junior in a very competitive BSN program. She has a job, an apartment, a fiancé, and excellent grades. My 21 year old ds has ASD, but he is a college senior, just completed an internship (that I found for him), has lived independently on campus and in an apartment, has decent grades, and a fiancé who loves him. Yep, I help. Yep, I'm here whenever they need me. Yep, I do things for them when they can do them for themselves - just to be kind. No, it hasn't ruined their lives, made them ungrateful, or made them unable to do things on their own. It has allowed them to grow at their own (very different) paces and accomplish all they can at each stage and most importantly it has given us a strong bond that I will never regret.
  12. My kids never had assigned chores. They were willing helpers and would do whatever I asked, but there were few things that they took initiative on. I worried about ds when he moved out. Not only has he been fine in both a dorm and an apartment, but I actually found out when the kids left that I missed all the things I was used to them doing. Before ds moved out, I hadn't taken out the trash in years! Even now, having them home for the summer has me spoiled. I still have to ask if I want help, but they still help willingly. I have not regretted our "no chores" household.
  13. This is me exactly. I am a Christian and have been in a couple of churches/denominations in the last 20 years, but the only place I've ever heard of this was here. I do know of families that do purity rings, but I've never discussed it with them. I've never known anyone who didn't date or whose kids didn't date. I do like the idea of getting to know people in groups. I got to know my dh in a group. We were friends before we started dating, went to the same church, hung out in the same friend group, and even worked together for a little while. By the time we dated, I already knew him well. I encouraged my kids to get to know people before they dated and they both did. They both considered their future spouses to be friends before they started dating, but they both met them at college, far away from me.
  14. Yep. This is us too. Ds even chose not to use accommodations in college and if all goes well he'll graduate this coming May after 4 years, but with quite a bit of support from me. No one, including him—no, especially him—sees him as disabled and getting services from Voc Rehab or anyone else would crush him. When ds was younger, I thought about opening a used book store so he could work there and take it over some day. It would still be a good choice for him. He has volunteered at the library and hopes to get a library job. A job where these kids can excel within their comfort zone is definitely important and can be hard to find.
  15. Liking this wasn't enough. I have a 21 yr old on the spectrum. He is in college, and I went as far as you did in order to help him get an internship for the summer. Give him the support he needs and keep gently pushing. These kids take baby steps. If you push them out of the nest without a safety net, they will fall hard. Don't be afraid to help. Also, TechWife is right about Voc Rehab. Every state has one and they will help him find a job with an employer willing to deal with special needs.
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