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I'd pack up the heirlooms that are important to you, for the time being. Pick up a set of dishes from a thrift store or Target. Not sure what to do about the rest. I'd probably let go the more minor issues like moving toys and drying rack aside. That's just the frustration of a roommate.    But I'd stand up for dh. I think it's important to nip that sort of thing in the bud. Women sometimes get in the habit of husband bashing or boyfriend bashing when they get together....
Meringues are my favorite "need to bring something have no money for ingredients" thing to bring to gatherings. Plus they are one of my son's favorites, work with many allergies, and aren't as common as the ubiquitous pan of brownies.
Your dh suggesting splitting accounts seems pretty spiteful... especially without discussing what you might do with the trust fund money, first. Does he have some underlying issue with your parents?   You could invest the money for retirement under your name. How could he not think that's fair when he is doing the same? Even if he were to die and you were to get his benefits, there would likely be a delay that could leave you in the lurch and unable to pay bills for a...
I've noticed the same things happen when we go on a vacation... And our vacations are pretty low-end, sleeping in tents, visiting relatives sorts of things. It isn't completely being around other people because we aren't always around them. Just something about getting out of our home/routines/ruts for a while. Invariably, the boy looses whatever annoying behavior he had before the trip. Like when he was 3 and urinating in inappropriate places. We went on a trip and he...
Sounds a bit like my son... When he was 8 1/2, he had to take a standardized test to comply with our state's homeschool law. I knew he had a bunch of site words but that was it. He really surprised me in that he did know more than he was letting on. He just didn't like guessing or demonstrating anything he wasn't positive about. He is now 12 1/2 yo but still has never read a book. He reads fine but he reads for information. He reads things online. He reads directions for...
I remember my dad telling me that if I was ever in a bar that seemed shady, to be sure to order beer in a bottle (rather than whatever was on tap) and make sure it was opened on the counter while I was watching so I could be sure nothing was slipped into my drink...   I've told my son that he should be somewhere safe with people he trusts if he is trying alcohol or anything.   And I've told him only yes means yes. I lived through the "no means no" era and it wasn't...
I *still* haven't risked taking my 12 yo to any sort of live performance. He hardly even likes to watch movies without doing something else at the same time. He's just not into anything that isn't interactive. He doesn't want to be entertained. He wants to be involved.   When he was younger (5-8ish), short nature hikes went well if we went with friends. But he didn't want to walk anywhere else. Now, we do daily family walks (about 2 miles) around the neighborhood when...
Our experience with the CAT (Survey) was similar to SweetSilver's. Didn't have to do it until 3rd grade/age 8. It wasn't a big deal though ds didn't want to do it. We just picked our moments and did a little piece at a time over the course of a week. I tried to give him a quick review of some things that would be on it that I knew he didn't know, like when to capitalize. I explained for grammar that he should pick the words that sounded right. I explained the test taking...
Despite being an advocate of self motivated learning and having high regard for the ability to learn without school or programs, I am not comfortable with someone selling their services as a midwife without some sort of certification.
No need for confusion. The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program eligibility is strictly determined by income and family size. A family of 4 is eligible with a gross monthly income of $3,141 or less. That's an annual income of $37,692. The closer a family is to the eligibility cut-off, the less they get. The two families that posted that they are on SNAP are getting less than half the maximum benefits for their family size because their income is in the higher range....
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