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Corraleno

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  1. Unless I lived in an area where water was being rationed due to drought and where this was common practice (in which case I would ask first), I would never. ever. ever. not flush. 😳
  2. So happy for you, Home'scool!!! Do you think the Venmo thing was part of a plan to ask for reduced support payments — like he thought he could argue that he shouldn't have to pay you money that you were just going to turn around and "give away"? Whatever the motivation, it sounds like it totally backfired and just made him look like a petty, vindictive jerk. 👍
  3. Are you claiming that taking probiotics with antibiotics actually causes the antibiotics not to work? If so, do you have a link? I have never heard that, my doctor always recommends taking probiotics, and I can't find anything online that suggests that. The only study I have ever read that showed any downside to taking probiotics and antibiotics simultaneously showed that it can take longer for the body to rebuild its orginal flora, because the probiotic strains tend to replace the original strains. But that may be a small price to pay to avoid 10 days of diarrhea. My understanding of why Florastor is preferred over other probiotics is because it's not killed by antibiotics, whereas with other probiotics, you generally need to alternate the pro- and antibiotics and you're basically paying for a few hours of "use" of the probiotics before the next dose kills them off.
  4. Florastor is crazy expensive but totally worth it. I never take antibiotics without it and I take them simultaneously (meaning 1 capsule of each with a sip of water, not just taking both the same day). Totally prevents the usual abx-induced diarrhea.
  5. I would definitely count art — that would give her 7 full-year credits for 9th-11th and 6 for 12th, which is reasonable. When you say that DE courses only count as 1 semester, is that the school's policy or a state-wide policy or something else? Assuming you are graduating her from homeschool and doing her final transcript yourself, you can generally count DE credits however you want.
  6. Wow, I had no idea that some schools charge parents. What does the $150 cover??? DS's orientation was 2 full days, and the student cost was $100, including all meals and one night in the dorm, with lots of evening activities. (It was $50 with no overnight.) There was no charge for parents, and many kids were accompanied by both parents (and in some cases siblings), so I guess I should count myself lucky that at least I didn't have to pay to be bored, lol.
  7. I would give credit for art, especially if she is considering an art major or minor. I don't think the fact that it's self-directed makes it any less worthy of credit. Four DE courses + a full year each of French, Lit, Art, Govt, & Econ = 9 full credits. That's a lot of work, especially considering she'll be working part time as well. I would do Govt & Econ as half-credits (1 per semester) and just cut down on the output. Read, discuss, do end-of-chapter quizzes orally, and write a few essays (or some other output that would be of more interest to her). Done.
  8. I would ask for a prescription for pain meds ahead of time, even just a few pills to get through the night if needed before you can see someone. I love my current dentist and I was very upfront with him that I'm not wiling to do anything more invasive than a filling without pain meds. I literally have PTSD from a couple of root canals that each left me in searing pain for more than a week, and unfortunately even strong meds are not that effective on me; they only dull the pain, not relieve it. So I don't do extractions, root canals, or implants without a prescription I can fill ahead of time. I don't like taking them, they make me really nauseous (especially in combo with antibiotics — ugh!), but I can handle nausea better than excruciating pain.
  9. Exactly. Telling kids to "Africanize" their names by adding random click sounds is no different than telling them to add random ing/ang/ong sounds to "Asianize" them. So little Jimmy Martin and Hannah Petersen change their names to Jing Mang and and Hang Pong — what would be the point of that??? It teaches absolutely nothing about Asian culture, reinforces stupid stereotypes, and leaves kids with a completely warped impression of Asian languages. The VBS activity is even more culturally loaded, because the video they show is of a Khoisan man wearing nothing but a loincloth and carrying a large stick, creating an impression that click languages are not just "exotic," but "primitive." Cavemen wear furs and go "ugg ugg," Africans wear loincloths and go "click clack," but we civilized people wear clothes and use real words! The whole thing is just mind-bogglingly insensitive.
  10. Surely they don't make PS students take art, music, and health every single year of high school, do they? It makes sense for lower grades, and I know some high schools do require .5 credit of PE every year, but I've never heard of high schoolers being required to take art, music, and health all 8 semesters of high school. I didn't bother notating it at all. Our homeschool did not look anything like PS — we were very interest-led, we schooled year round, and just generally approached subjects in a very different way — so I used my best judgement in terms of how to fit DS's academics into a framework designed for an entirely different system. I don't see the point in counting exact hours and awarding fractional credits each year, since nearly all our courses span multiple "school years." For example, one of DS's passions is Greek language and literature, so one of his English credits was Ancient Greek Literature; the readings (in English & Greek), lectures (5 Great Courses, totaling 100+ lectures), and discussions evolved naturally over the course of three years, but most of the intensive research and writing was done in 11th, so I put it on the transcript in 11th. (I also only gave 1 credit for it, even though if I added up all the hours, I could easily have given half-credits in 9th & 10th, and another full credit in 11th. But I just grouped everything related to Greek literature into one credit.) For the Classical Art & Archaeology credit, the archaeological tours were in three different years, but there's no point in cluttering up the transcript with .4 credit in 9th (tour + lectures), .3 in 10th, and .3 in 11th. What matters is that he covered the subject (in this case, in a much deeper way than any normal HS class could have), so I just stuck it on the transcript where it made the most sense. IMO, as long as the student actually did the work you're giving them credit for, how you choose to fit the square pegs of homeschool credits into the round holes of a transcript designed for a completely different educational system is up to you.
  11. I would definitely count field study as a lab! I think Nan in Mass did at least one, if not two, years of Natural History for science. @lewelma did some really in-depth field studies with her boys, and her older son is at MIT — if she doesn't chime in here, you might try PMing her. My son's sciences were: 9th: Astronomy (92-lecture "Great Course" by Prof Alex Filippenko + a basic intro text + observations with the local astronomy club & some online labs in the textbook) 10th: Chemistry (co-op class with 16 wet labs) 11th: Biology with A&P (co-op class in Anatomy & Physiology, with 18 labs, plus extra readings in a standard Bio text) 12th: DE Physical Anthropology class on human evolution
  12. DS always cut the mesh liners out of his board shorts. As long as the shorts aren't short-short (like gym shorts rather than board shorts), there shouldn't be any issue with unintentional flashing.
  13. If you're interested in an ACT prep program, DS used PrepScholar and scored 36s in English & Reading. It's $400 for a year of unlimited access, and DS thought it was really effective in preparing him specifically for the test. PrepScholar raised his score enough to qualify for an additional $16K in scholarship money, so it more than paid for itself.
  14. I wouldn't worry about counting exact hours for courses like PE and Art; as 8FilltheHeart said, you don't need to replicate PS classes. And even PS classes don't always meet the minimum "Carnegie hours" — I took 3 years of art in HS and there was a whole lot of goofing off and chatting in class, and zero homework, so I'm quite sure we never did 120 hours of actual "work." Lots of wasted time in PE classes, too, and no homework — if you subtract the time we spent changing into and out of gym clothes, it was almost certainly less than 60 hrs/ year, but we still got .5 credit for it. FWIW, both of my kids are athletes and I didn't put PE on either of their transcripts, because it's not required here and colleges really don't care. For Art, I gave DS a full credit for Classical Art & Architecture based on 12 hours of lectures (Lukeion), plus three Lukeion tours of archaeological sites and museums. Lots of discussion and interaction, and some reading, but no quizzes or writing. The work was actually spread out over 3+ years, but I just lumped it all into one credit and listed it for 11th grade. DD will have a full credit in Art (mix of co-op art classes plus stuff she does on her own) plus a half-credit in Music for guitar. I don't count hours, I just decide what seems "credit-worthy."
  15. It sounds like the most practical thing to do is just leave the kids where they are, and then when you inherit the money, you can reimburse yourself for your contributions and maybe pay some of their loans as well. So their education still gets paid for, but at the colleges they chose and without the disruption of transferring.
  16. After going through DS's orientation, I came to the conclusion that this may be a homeschooling thing. We're used to doing lots of educational research and planning and customization, but it seems like most parents of schooled kids are used to just letting school staff handle everything, and they just continue that when it comes to college. And I guess most students are so used to being told what to do, where to go, what classes to take, etc., that they show up to orientation with the same passive attitude instead of being proactive. I sat through all of DS's orientation sessions bored out of my mind because I already knew everything they talked about. I kept thinking "Why are they repeating all this info that is clearly available on the website??? Surely everyone here already knows this stuff!" So I was surprised when everyone else in the parents group raved about how amazing it was, saying they were in "information overload" because there was just so much new and important information to take in all at once. And I just kept thinking "have you guys literally never even looked at the website???" A few weeks before orientation I asked on the parents FB group if the schedule of fall classes was up yet, because I couldn't find it online. Every single response was some variant of "Oh, you don't need to know that — the advisor chooses their classes, because they know what the major requirements are, what GEs they need to take, etc." Well, DS already knew what all the requirements were for his major and minor, he knew what all the GE requirements were and which courses could count for both GE and the major/minor, and he knew what the prereq's were for each course. He wanted to get the GE's out of the way in the most efficient way possible and jump right into upper level courses in his major, so we'd already drawn up a rough 4-yr plan with a list of all the courses he wanted, which requirement each of those fulfilled, which GEs he could eliminate with DE or CLEP, etc. Eventually I found the course schedule online, so DS showed up to the meeting with his advisor with color-coded copies of a 4-yr plan and several alternative course schedules for fall semester. He said his advisor was really surprised and wanted to know how in the world he figured all that out, lol.
  17. IME it's mostly highly selective privates that have that policy. I think U Penn was one. I don't remember any of the state schools we looked at having that policy — most states encourage both DE and transferring courses from CC to in-state publics, so that policy would seem counter-productive. Ivies and other elite privates, OTOH, don't want you bringing in a bunch of CC credits. The wording I remember seeing was that the courses you wanted to transfer must not have been used to "meet HS graduation requirements," so one way to get around that is to just make sure that the DE credits are over and above the minimum requirements. Then you can list those in a separate section of the transcript and say they were not used to meet graduation requirements. But honestly I think its extremely unlikely that NY state schools are going to have that policy.
  18. I read the transcript, and my impression is that this author is trying to sell books by repackaging and relabeling something that has existed for decades as if it's (1) a new phenomenon and (2) a huge problem. The actual facts that she cites do not line up with the claim that hook-up culture is rampant on college campuses and causing serious problems. In addition to the fact that students are actually having less sex than they were a few decades ago, the author admits that fully one-third of students never hook up at all in four years of college, and the percentage of students who are really into hooking up is a mere 15%. And it will come as a surprise to exactly no one that the majority of those 15-percenters are white males who are "conventionally attractive" and "upper-middle-class or wealthy." So... frat boys with fancy cars get laid a lot in college? This is news? Also, the fact that the following quote was provided as evidence of hook-up culture is pretty absurd, since it sounds exactly like every guy who ever whined about being "friendzoned" since time immemorial. The fact that this guy thinks there must be something terribly wrong with the culture if a girl he wants to have sex with doesn't want to have sex with him, even though she says she likes him, is an illustration of male entitlement, not proof of the dangers of hooking up. 🙄
  19. THIS. I would add making a simple will as well. As soon as DS turned 18, I had him do a will, medical and financial POAs, and whatever they call the DNR thingy in our state (its slightly different from a healthcare POA, and has various boxes to check and blanks to fill in). He also set up a sole checking account (already had a joint checking account with me), and listed me as the POD for the sole account. As soon as DD turns 18, I will do the same for her.
  20. The rules are slightly different when you apply for the passport (like parents needing to be present for a minor), and the time it's valid is shorter if the person is under 16 when it's issued (5 yrs vs 10), but as TechWife said, once the passport is issued, a passport is a passport — there's no difference between a 10 year old's passport and a 90 year old's passport, and a passport issued to a 15 year old is valid until he turns 20; turning 18 has no impact whatsoever. Your friends must have misunderstood what the issue was — for example, some countries require your passport to be valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned departure date, so if the person was planning to be in the country for 2 months the passport would need to be valid for at least 8 months beyond the date of entry. An 18 year old with only 6 months left before expiration could be turned away even though they seemed to have plenty of time left on the passport. A lot of people don't understand that about visas — I have known of athletes traveling to World Championships who were not allowed to board the plane because their passports did not have the extra 3-6 months of validity required!
  21. The limit for liquids is 100 ml (3.4 ounces) for each item. Many roll-on deodorants are just over the limit — for example, Ban unscented roll-on is 103 ml/3.5 oz, and I have actually had TSA confiscate that. The Mitchum unscented is 3.4 oz if he prefers roll-on. Most stick deodorants are under 3 oz, so if he uses a stick it won't be an issue, but he should pack it with the liquids in the one allowed quart-sized zip-lock, because TSA can consider it a "paste" and the rule applies to all liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes. So toothpaste, hair gel, shaving cream, etc., would all have to fit in the quart-sized bag. I have even seen TSA confiscate things like peanutbutter and yogurt because they are the same consistency as "cream or paste" and the containers were over 3.4 oz! (Once when I had to travel internationally 2 days after emergency dental surgery, I had to leave all my toiletries at home and fill my one allowed zip-lock baggie with tubes of applesauce, since I couldn't eat the usual snacks on the plane!) If Allegiant doesn't serve snacks, I would pack a couple of granola bars or Cliff bars or something. Bring a water bottle to fill up once he gets past security. A small portable phone charger (like this) is useful too, since people tend to use their phones for playing games, listening to music, or watching movies on planes, and if the flight is delayed or diverted, or the person meeting him is running late or whatever, the last thing you need is a dead phone.
  22. My 6s Plus is 3 years old and I hope to get at least another 12-18 months out of it. I think that's how long my previous phone lasted; 4 years seems to be about how long Apple supports each model with updates. As expensive as iPhones are, I would be unhappy with less than 4 years — you could get a new Moto G every year for almost the same cost as an iPhone spread over 4 years. But my laptop and desktop are Macs, so I'm willing to pay the premium to have all my files, notes, calendars, contacts, etc., synced perfectly/instantly on all my devices.
  23. Apple launched iOS 13 yesterday, and apparently it will work on a 6s, but not 6 or earlier. I assume they will drop the 6s with the iOS 14 update next year.
  24. So you were up late and wanted to use the computer, even though you believe screens disrupt sleep — isn't that basically the same thing your DD did? She was awake late, noticed the laptop was left out, and decided to watch make up tutorials for a bit until she fell asleep. And she was already asleep while you were up and looking for the computer, so it doesn't seem to have affected her too badly. Maybe it would make sense to loosen the restrictions a bit, at least over the summer?
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