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swimmermom3 last won the day on February 16 2018

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    Curriculum researcher extraordinaire!

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  1. I haven't been on the board in forever, but life still throws me questions that only you all can answer: 1. Instant Pot recommendation for my 27yo daughter. She doesn't need family-size necessarily, but one that would let her prep a few servings. I know nothing about the thing, but remember the board was quite into them a while back, which brings up 2. Is the search function on here still weird? Instant Pot brought up nothing when I searched for it. Thanks so much. I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving and was able to pass the bean dip when needed.
  2. Ds worked with Barbara on his essay for college admissions. Her feedback was invaluable. She can help tease out the things that make a student different from his peers in ways the rest of us just don't think about. He was accepted to all eight colleges that he applied to - with scholarships.
  3. My son took two AP English classes from Maya Inspektor. She is truly the finest English teacher I have ever seen - better than most college professor. Ds got his only C in university from the required writing class where the professor told them that she wanted them to forget everything they ever learned in Ap English. My son has never earned lower than an "A" on over two dozen college papers in three years. She is brilliant.
  4. Yes, I am totally grateful that he has his passport and that someone has kindly taken him under their wing. Lanny, are you still in South America? Do I have that right?
  5. Thank you for this info. The banks told him the replacement cards wouldn't reach him before he came home on the 17th. I am still questioning this, but our contact with him is spotty. I spent a nerve-racking afternoon waiting to hear from him with no joy. Eight hours after the initial call, dh was finally able to get a hold of Sailordude. When he was still at home, he traveled with us using Airbnb. When he went to college across country, he started using Airbnb to visit places like New York City. We told him that it was really important to follow the rules and to do good reviews in o
  6. Our youngest (Sailordude) is in the Dominican Republic for spring break. We received a call at 6:30 this morning to inform us that he had lost his wallet probably from the back of a motorcycle (eye roll emoticon). That's his driver's license, 2 debit cards and a new credit card. We've told him to contact all parties. I am not sure what else to tell him at this point. Any suggestions for those of you that have been there, done that? He still has his passport, thankfully.
  7. J - 😥 I can't really believe the time is almost here. Commencement Day is on Mother's Day. We will be in D.C. a few days earlier and will get to celebrate DH's birthday there as well. The timing is so perfect. Homeschooling allowed the boy to get into the school of his dreams and he has never been disappointed. I cannot think of this milestone without thinking of all of the amazing boardies that guided us along the way: you, Nan, Jane, Kareni, Eight, Nicole M., Lucky Mom (need to catch up with her), regentrude, Sebastian, and so many more that pushed us so much further along the
  8. Pen, it's my first trip there. Dh has been there for business which means he's seen little outside of the airport and restaurants. Sailordude has been there 3 times and has done a lot. The Metropolitan Museum is on the top of the list. I'd like to see the Tenement Museum. We like a mix of activities when possible. I am assuming we'll do Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Maybe a jazz club in Harlem one night. Vendor carts and ethnic eateries are must-haves. We've thought about a bus tour to get an overview and history and then to do our own thing the next two days. I am really open t
  9. Sailordude is graduating in May. We will spend 3 full days in Washington D.C. and the best part is that commencement is on Mother's Day! On Monday we will take the train with the boy up to NYC. We have three full days there. What would you all recommend we do in that period of time. Also, where would be the best area to stay that is both affordable and central to cut down on commute times? Ds recommended Roosevelt Island, but Airbnb was fairly high. Thanks for your help. It's been a lousy year and half and I can't wait for this trip.
  10. For 30 years my dh has calculated it so that we owe very little or get very little back. No surprises good or bad. I can live with that.
  11. I am going to have to sit for a while on the idea of "debasing our expectations." My thoughts on "expectations are twisted right now. Every Monday night, I attend a session for NAMI Family to Family. I have sat and watched a family with a newly diagnosed son with schizophrenia be told that "No, it is unlikely your son will ever hold a full time job for any length of time." Holding a full-time job and being self-supporting is a societal expectation, one which is ingrained deeply in many of our beings. As a parent, having to "debase your expectation" to FIT WITH REALITY is an horrific proc
  12. That Colorado study absolutely rocked! Long term birth control was also made available to low-income women and the results were equally good. I believe Colorado figured out that the program would have paid for itself (it was a private donation)and then some.
  13. The US government spends at least $2 billion a year supporting abstinence-only education programs. While the number of teen pregnancies is going down, we still have among the highest rates in the developed word, as well as for STIs. 24 states and the District of Columbia require public schools teach sex education (21 of which mandate sex education and HIV education). 33 states and the District of Columbia require students receive instruction about HIV/AIDS. 20 states require that if provided, sex and/or HIV education must be medically, factually or technically accurate. State
  14. Thanks for your explanation. That makes your point much clearer to me.
  15. Are there schools that have fishbowls of condoms, but no health courses that cover responsible sexual/non-sexual behavior? I ask because if a high school does not have sex education classes, it's usually because parents do not want it, so I can't imagine then having the fishbowl.
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