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  1. 1 hour ago, Mom2mthj said:

    I am sure the teachers are paid somewhat less in Catholic vs. public schools because our PS teachers are unionized.

    In my experience, the pay differential is due to public school teachers needing to be certified and holding an advanced degree, and the Catholic school teachers needing to merely be Catholic. 🤷

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  2. 22 minutes ago, mathnerd said:

    For Omega-3's, my son has been on Barleans Ultra potency formula for many years. It tastes delicious, has different flavors and very easy to take. He takes a spoonful in the morning with a couple of drops of Vitamin D3 drops added to it. Shop around, many stores carry them (Wholefoods, Sprouts: they have sales often) and online stores have them as well. They require to be refrigerated for shipping and I order from vitacost which ships them correctly most of the time. It is OK to leave it outside for a couple of days, but shipping it with ice packs is the best.


    whole range of barleans flavors:




    Thank you! Looks like I'll be headed to Whole Foods this weekend to read labels.

  3. 5 hours ago, PeterPan said:

    Nope, no fussing. It's a nothing. I have one of those granny style 4X7 pill holder things, so his breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bedtime vits are all there. 

    Can your child swallow pills easily? My ds takes 2 at a time and I take 4. It really is just a nothing. A small glass of water and they're down. Keeps you hydrated.

    DS11 can swallow pills, no problem.

    I guess it seems like a lot to me (for vitamins) because DS24 has been taking a handful of meds day/night since he was small. Started with asthma and allergy meds, then seizure meds when he hit middle school. I hate pills. To this day, just the sound of the bottles makes me twitchy. But, we do what we have to, to keep them healthy!

    Thanks for the help.

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  4. 1 hour ago, gardenmom5 said:

    I really like Emerald Laboratories.  They have versions in 1, 2, or 4 capsules.   I buy the 4 capsules - but only take two.  This is what dudeling has been taking since he learned to swallow and I moved him away from chewables.

    Be aware - there are no minerals in most quality vitamins - because it's so easy for them to build up in the system.

    Thank you! Will check these out.

  5. 42 minutes ago, PeterPan said:

    Maybe instead of a multi consider a calcium/magnesium supplement? The right kind of magnesium to fit his genetics might also help his anxiety.

    I give my ds calcium, magnesium, flax oil (for his speech), 5HTP (mood, sleep), vitamin D, just some basics like that. I tried him on *half* a tablet of the multi I take, and it was a lot for him. He's only 75-ish pounds, despite his height.

    Have you tried hummus on him? He might need some amino acids. Have you run genetics to see if he has any methylation defects?

    That sounds like a lot to give to a kid each day. (We've only ever taken a multi, a D drop, and an antihistamine daily.) Does he take them without fuss?

    We haven't done any genetics. This kid is over 130lbs, nearing 5'4" tall. He went from tall but petite to giant linebacker.

  6. DS11 has hit the always-hungry-needs-more-sleep-grows-like-a-weed-brain-fog season, and I should probably move him from the little kid chewables to a BIG KID vitamin. Can anyone recommend one that they (or, ore importantly, their teenage boy) likes? Does it really matter which vitamin we choose?

    FWIW: He's on the fairly tall side, and has grown about 2 inches since his physical in April. He no longer eats enough fruits or vegetables. He's grown so much in the last two years (height and weight) that his muscle strength and cardiovascular endurance have not kept up, despite three season athletics. He has food allergies (eggs, tree nuts), no longer drinks milk, and dislikes peanut butter. He can't tolerate poultry products of any kind, they make him vomit. (He's been tested, it's not a true allergy. It's weird.) He also has (had?) PANDAS, anxiety, and likely mild OCD. We also have anxiety, epilepsy, ADHD, SPD, and likely autism in this house of seven people. 

    Thanks in advance. 

  7. More baking than cooking, but put your trays with scooped cookies or scones into the freezer for 30 minutes or so, while you preheat the oven. Makes them spread less, rise higher, and be a bit more tender. (Martha Stewart taught me that!)

    I second the splash of vinegar/lemon juice/acid at the end of cooking a dish. Brightens everything up!

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  8. 16 minutes ago, lmrich said:

    Would it be better to get a new used car? 9,000 is a lot to pour into it. sorry that you have had so much lately! When it rains, it pours!

    This is the boiler for the house. I would have just bought a new car for that money!


  9. I called my steam heat boiler guy yesterday to schedule service and to help me diagnose what I thought was a leak in the system. After testing, turns out it isn't a leak but a cracked boiler. We're going to need to replace it.

    The estimate just came via email... $9k. 😱😭😭😭

    So far this year, we've had to replace the washer & dryer and the refrigerator. I don't think the dishwasher is going to last much longer (just under 5 years old). DS11 has an appt for x rays and molds for braces at the end of the week. My car was in the shop three times in August. It's been one thing after another! Ugh! (We are all alive, healthy, and financially stable, so I know that things could be MUCH worse.)

    </pity party>

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  10. My library regularly has a table of 'lonely' or 'forgotten' books that haven't been checked out for a long time. They display them prominently and write up a synopsis for each book. They plainly state that the books that aren't borrowed will eventually be sent to the book sale.

    I miss the book sale. The library had serious damage due to a burst pipe over a weekend last August (2019), and we haven't had the semi-annual book sale since. 😞

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  11. 2 minutes ago, square_25 said:

    Hello! We're currently in Cambridge 🙂.

    I'm about 30 minutes up rte 93N, on the border with NH. Enjoy your visit!

    (If it weren't a pandemic, I would recommend the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. They are phenomenal. I'm sad that we aren't going to be able to visit the museums, aquariums, and zoos as much this year as we would normally. Of course, that's the least of my worries, but still...)

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  12. 2 hours ago, Hilltopmom said:

    In this season of “all the seniors are applying to college”, I could just use some stories about the kids who are not or did not take that route.


    DS24 did not attend college. He may have gone to the local community college if we had pushed (read: done the applying and other work for him), but honestly, getting him through the public high school was hard enough. Plus, we didn't want to push him into something that would continue to be work for us (reminding him to do HW, get to class on time, etc). He works now, mostly part-time, and still lives here.

    I am sorry that I don't have any wise words to share, but I did want to tell you that his senior year was very hard *on me*. Lots of my friends were posting their kids' college acceptance letters and other, typical end-of-year honors and awards and...it still hurts when I think about all the things that I could not brag about or join in with. I know that it sounds small and petty, but I couldn't help it. Just an FYI.

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  13. 7 hours ago, fairfarmhand said:

    I'm wondering if my dh is losing his hearing at the same time that I'm becoming overly sensitive to sounds. That sounds like something that would happen to me

    This is my life. Plus, four extremely LOUD sons under 12 underfoot. So. Much. Noise.

    I have taken to telling my children that "my ears are tired". They know that means to leave me alone.

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  14. It took some work, but I found the Massachusetts regulations that were referenced. I believe that they are just trying to make sure that parents aren't trying to set up an unregulated, unlicensed school.

    "Remote Learning Parent Cooperatives:

    • Families may set up informal arrangements under the shared supervision of parents or guardians to support children during remote learning activities.
    • Parents can establish these cooperatives without any license or license exemption granted by EEC if they follow a few simple criteria:
      • Limit the group to 5 families or less
      • All children must be enrolled in school (public or private, kindergarten or above)
      • A parent or guardian of one of the participating children must be on-site at all times, acting in a supervisory role, and available in case a child needs help at any time
      • No parent can be compensated directly for their time

    A Remote Learning Parent Cooperative may hire a tutor or other paid adult to support remote instruction without requiring EEC licensure if all of the above criteria are met AND the paid tutor or instructor is working only during the hours of the school day.

    If a Remote Learning Parent Cooperative includes more than 5 families, employs a teacher or supervisory staff member without a parent or guardian on site, or employs a teacher or supervisory staff member outside of school hours, they must be licensed by EEC or receive a license-exemption prior to operating. More information on EEC licensure can be found here"


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