Homeschooling vs public schooling: what is the compulsory age for schooling where you live? Here in NC, you don't have to send them to school till they are 7, but lots of people don't know that because kindy usually starts around 5 or 6yo. My boy didn't go to kindy at all; we homeschooled and then I sent him to public for 1st grade. He was 6 turning 7, I think. He's in a charter, now. He got into that (lottery) 6 weeks into the 1st grade year and he's now 11 and in 5th grade.
Which is a long winded way of saying-- if your state has a higher compulsory age, like mine does, you may not need to make that decision so soon
WOW. That is a lot of dishes! I can't live w/o a dishwasher anymore. I would go NUTS. But every time ds complains about having to unload it, I either threaten to teach him how to load it (at 11 he is WAY grossed out by dirty dishes or food ick), or I ground him from the dishwasher. He learns to appreciate it right quick!
Compulsory school age isn't until 7, but with free preschool in the city, almost all the kids are headed off to school at three years. I know it shouldn't matter, but I feel like socially, there's a lot of pressure for her to have started going a long time ago.
I don't actually like dishwashers. I feel like it makes more work than washing by hand. Maybe I just never learned to do it right. Our current place doesn't have one.
I think my youngest was 3 months old the first time I took him camping. We camp, but we don't backpack. We do those sites where you can park within 20 feet of your camp site. I'd love to backpack with the kids, but neither kid could carry their stuff and my two year old wouldn't necessarily walk the whole way...I'm hoping maybe next year.
Kindy...oh lord have I stressed over kindy...DD isn't quite gifted though. She's smart but in an upper average kind of range. We had her in a Montessori Charter school that was AWFUL. She didn't learn a damn the the whole semester she was there because the teacher was so hands off she had no guidance. Got all kinds of complaints from the teacher about how DD wasn't working and was distracting other kids (she's a bored 5 yr old, what's she going do besides bug other kids?!) and wasn't learning enough etc etc etc. She basically just sat around and stared or played with friends because no adult was guiding her through things. Finally switched her to the local public school where she is thriving. I was really worried about it but its worked very very well for her. So I guess what I'm saying is sometimes the local neighborhood school can do your child better than all the bells and whistles. Just do the best that you can and follow your gut. There are tons of homeschooling resources out there and co-ops get the kids involved with other children so that may meet all the criteria you're lookin' for.
I've been looking into going into nursing school in six months to a year. I'm going to have to transition from being a SAHM to a WOHM when the kids are all in school. That's always been the plan between DH and I its just that now I seriously need to start thinking college. I don't overly want to go to college but since I want to do something more with my life than ring people up at the grocery store. Plus nursing pays and since DH's job doesn't so much (though he is happy which is extremely important)...IDK, I'm trying to decide if the jumbly nervous feeling I'm getting is at the idea of being a nurse or at the idea of going back to school and being in the work force again no matter what the job. I'm very happy as a SAHM--right now. I don't think I will be as much once the kids are in school full time. But I like my safe little world! Gah!! I'm chasing my tail, so to speak!
Cleaning...must go clean!!
The neighborhood school goes from kindy all the way up to eighth grade, and in the upper grades, there is a lot of problems with gang violence. I'm not committed to her being somewhere fancy, but I don't think our neighborhood school is safe. So, we'll see.
I started the pre-reqs for nursing during my pregnancy and for a bit after my first was born, but it was too much on top of having an itty bitty. My sister-not-in-law is a nurse. The market here is pretty saturated with nurses, and she had to move out of state to what I think of as the middle of nowhere (but I'm from a big city) to get a job that would sponsor her (she's Canadian). When I go back to work, I don't know if I'd try for nursing since we're pretty committed to staying in the area due to DP's job, but I don't know what I'd want to do. Maybe busk.
DS has been exposed FOUR times. Maybe even 5. And never gotten them, not even one spot or a fever or anything. I have two theories:
1) he had them so mildly nobody knew, or
2) he got immunity in utero when I had shingles in the middle trimester. But nobody will entertain that idea as valid. Sigh. Gotta love the medical community.
I wish his insurance would pay for titers.
I don't know about your doctor, but I know that my doctor can get titers covered if it's part of another kind of blood draw that insurance will cover. It took more than a half a dozen times for my kids to catch this allegedly highly contagious disease, and I don't know how rural folk catch it at all. I really want a third kid, but part of me is like, well, if three aren't in the cards, at least I won't have to worry about getting another kid to catch chicken pox!
My strawberries are bloom already. I bet I'll have some in May. I've heard asparagus is already at the farmers' markets, too, a good month early as well. I generally don't to got the farmers' markets until the one that is close enough for me to walk opens, but I will make the trip for asparagus.