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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Happy New Year!!!

 

 

post #2 of 12

So how are the fireworks for the anchorage moms this year? Seems a bit calmer/quieter this year, but I was never anti fireworks in the first place. Hearing it makes me happy for those who celebrate. Though... I don't live over where people complained it was a war zone last year, and we have no dogs to get scared.

 

Happy new year!

post #3 of 12

Here's hoping it gets better as it goes!

post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

Don't get me started on the fireworks. :(

I LOVE fireworks and I have a dog. We all get along just fine when people don't complain about celebrations.

My kids loved them and my dog was fine.  Our neighbor always lights off a nice collection of boomers and shares them with us. 

I think some people have nothing better to do then make a fuss.

post #5 of 12

Couldn't agree more with you, I thought the complaints were pretty thin. I'm more disturbed by pounding bass in traffic than I am by NYE fireworks.

post #6 of 12

Hello everybody.

Grad school coupled with babysitting 3 extras (under 5) totally kicked my butt. So I'm taking a hiatus from grad school (Because I need the babysitting money), but I also cut back on the babysitting so that a couple of days a week I just have one kiddo (and she melds right into the family and is literally no extra work).

Meanwhile, we just pulled my 11yo out of school and jumped into homeschooling...many reasons on that one, but essentially the school here was not meeting his needs, was causing him severe distress and anxiety and frustration, and I was not happy with the kid he was turning into (depressed, frustrated, angry, aggressive, sassy). It's only been a week home and I'm starting to see some things improve already. It's a darn good thing that I'm not trying to do school and the FT babysitting on top of this though, cuz that would have been too much.

 

I had a big crash/meltdown about a month ago--I get along ok for a few months or years, but periodically I crash badly enough to remember that yes, I do deal with depression. It's not seasonal (I do think it is hormonally related, as it's worst when I'm pregnant, and mostly non-present when I'm breastfeeding/non-menstruating). I have gotten severely physically depleted though...almost 6 years of continuous pregnancy and/or breastfeeding has depleted me, moving to Alaska 4 1/2 years ago contributed to depleted vitamin D, stress of unemployment last year and stress of school + kids + finances + family stuff this fall has worn me down even more... I just didn't have any reserves left.

The baby turned 2 in November though, and I had him fully weaned by solstice (we followed the light, the 'nana' would sleep when the sun slept...). I cut back on the babysitting and took a break from school, I'm taking the time to knit more which is nice. I'm trying to be good about taking my vitamins (vitamin D, iodine, cod liver oil, etc)...hopefully this will help. I want to get in to start seeing a counselor too, and go see somebody about checking my hormone levels and probably my thyroid again... My mom has hypothyroid and I have some similar symptoms (either that and/or adrenal fatigue...I REALLY have those symptoms, we're hoping the iodine will help there). I have a suspicion that hormonal supplementation of some sort may be more helpful than an anti-depressant, since my gut tells me that is the source of my issues.

 

Sooo, this would be why I have not been online a whole lot...and will continue to be sporadic probably. :)

post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 

that's a lot to deal with Jenni.

I have heard that Niacin (Vit B) also helps with depression and such. Something to look into. There was a movie that talked briefly about this, I think it was called FoodMatters.

 

Good Luck with the homeschooling. I pulled my 2 youngsters out last January and have been homeschooling for a year now. We chose RAVEN but I have to admit, I'm really unhappy with the Anchorage branch. talk about unorganized, don't know anything, terrible communication..... ugh! I've really had it up to here with them. :( but my kids are doing great and as long as I don't need anything from the school, I'm great.

 

 

post #8 of 12

I've sent in the info to be registered with IDEA, but I have not heard back from them. I didn't want anybody dictating what our curriculum should be (that was a significant reason why we are homeschooling in the first place!!!) so I wanted something that would give me more independence. I have the advantage of having been homeschooled in the 'eclectic' style myself, so I'm already comfortable with a wide range of resources, and I have the uber-helpful resource of my mom to help me find stuff to use ;)

post #9 of 12

Happy New year!  We are still here, with no definite plans when we are leaving. We had to pull the offer on the house in Montana. There were some red flags at the last and things were not happening in the time that we allotted. My husband is planning another house hunting trip next month. He'll take our older son with him, but  it's too much (money and otherwise) for all of us to go again. A bit disappointing, but I wasn't really looking to a mid-winter move anyway.

 

Jenni, we've been with IDEA for 4 years. They're really good about not micromanaging you and just letting you do your thing. My only problem with them has been with the requirements for special ed. Students, but I think that is more of a State thing they really can't control. We decided At the end of last year to unenroll our younger son and homeschool him independently.

post #10 of 12


Could you tell me about the SpEd issues please? We are looking at IDEA and my son has an IEP from the school I pulled him out of, mainly for managing behaviours in the classroom. He does not recieve anything like OT. PT, or speech at school. I'll call the SpEd teacher & see if maybe we could cancel his IEP - I know you can just sign a form & cancel it when you kid is in school.

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Happy New year!  We are still here, with no definite plans when we are leaving. We had to pull the offer on the house in Montana. There were some red flags at the last and things were not happening in the time that we allotted. My husband is planning another house hunting trip next month. He'll take our older son with him, but  it's too much (money and otherwise) for all of us to go again. A bit disappointing, but I wasn't really looking to a mid-winter move anyway.

 

Jenni, we've been with IDEA for 4 years. They're really good about not micromanaging you and just letting you do your thing. My only problem with them has been with the requirements for special ed. Students, but I think that is more of a State thing they really can't control. We decided At the end of last year to unenroll our younger son and homeschool him independently.



 

post #11 of 12


They require a lot more paperwork for the IEPs than just your typically enrolled child. In addition to the ILP, work samples, and progress reports of the typical enrolled child, you  have to do your IEP meeting and have to keep a record of what you did to work toward your IEP goals that you are supposed to update every two weeks. I believe this is mandated by the State and as a public school entity, they have to comply. It makes perfect sense in a public school setting that the teacher would keep that kind of record as a means to communicate to the parents of the progress towards the goals set in the IEP, but when the teacher and parent are one in the same, it is redundant and unnecessary.  

 

I really wasn't feeling that we were getting any benefit from being enrolled other than the allotment money (and we weren't using much of it as most of his needs fell outside the scope of what that money could be used for). We did not want to work with the local school district at all as he already gets private ST and OT several times a week and having him further institutionalized kind of negates the whole purpose of homeschooling in the first place. 

 

If your child was on an IEP at public school for behavioral reasons, but otherwise can perform at an average or near average academic level (my son is non-verbal and severely developmentally delayed so this is not the case with him) and you don't require special services from the local school district, you may find an IEP to be unnecessary. 

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Could you tell me about the SpEd issues please? We are looking at IDEA and my son has an IEP from the school I pulled him out of, mainly for managing behaviours in the classroom. He does not recieve anything like OT. PT, or speech at school. I'll call the SpEd teacher & see if maybe we could cancel his IEP - I know you can just sign a form & cancel it when you kid is in school.



 



 

 

post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 

Have you heard about the All Alaskan ICAN Retreat in February?

 

http://www.facebook.com/events/197657020313985/

 

 

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