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Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   Yesterday, 11:22 AM
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The point I'm trying to make is that complaining...

The point I'm trying to make is that complaining about your spouse to other people is an ordinary, normal thing often done by ordinary, normal people who aren't narcissists (like the OP, for...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-03-2015, 05:46 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 709
Posted By Daffodil
I don't think we have to jump to that conclusion....

I don't think we have to jump to that conclusion. Maybe he really was looking for advice, but didn't get any. Maybe the advice was, "Stop being a jerk; no wonder your wife has a negative attitude,...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-03-2015, 01:49 PM
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Posted By Daffodil
So you regularly vent to people about your DH,...

So you regularly vent to people about your DH, but when he talked to someone about his problems with you, you felt so betrayed it was almost as if he had had an affair? That doesn't seem fair, does...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   06-28-2015, 07:40 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 709
Posted By Daffodil
I imagine the therapist mentioned that he himself...

I imagine the therapist mentioned that he himself wouldn't have cared because he wanted you to see that what your husband did was not a bad thing that only bad people would do, but just a thing that...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-20-2015, 05:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,044
Posted By Daffodil
DS (9) just read the last Origami Yoda book,...

DS (9) just read the last Origami Yoda book, Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus. DD (12) has a couple of books going but mainly has been reading Peanuts collections we got from the library.

Our...
Forum: Unschooling   06-13-2015, 05:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 575
Posted By Daffodil
We're not unschoolers, but I have a 9 year old...

We're not unschoolers, but I have a 9 year old boy. Some things that have entertained him recently:

pogo stick
stilts
Legos
Snap Circuits
dynamo torch kit
reading

things he can't do right...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-12-2015, 05:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 331
Posted By Daffodil
Here are a couple of ideas that may not be...

Here are a couple of ideas that may not be exactly what you want, but may be helpful:

Singapore math has placement tests (http://www.singaporemath.com/Placement_Test_s/86.htm) you can use to...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-09-2015, 04:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 282
Posted By Daffodil
That all sounds fine to me. I don't see why it...

That all sounds fine to me. I don't see why it wouldn't work, unless your DD doesn't like some of the things you ask her to do or isn't interested in some of the subjects you want her to learn...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-08-2015, 01:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 934
Posted By Daffodil
My 12 year old just finished the second Hunger...

My 12 year old just finished the second Hunger Games book. I read all three of them myself and I feel okay about my DD reading them. The second two have more politics and boy/girl stuff so they may...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-01-2015, 08:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,044
Posted By Daffodil
My kids loved these, and other books by the same...

My kids loved these, and other books by the same author (Andy Griffiths) like Killer Koalas from Outer Space.

Both my kids (9 and 12) read the Maximum Ride series this year and loved them. They...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   03-27-2015, 04:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,540
Posted By Daffodil
What age boys? For read-alouds or to read...

What age boys? For read-alouds or to read independently?
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   03-17-2015, 08:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,540
Posted By Daffodil
What if you offered to read to them at a time...

What if you offered to read to them at a time when nothing else very interesting was going on - while they eat breakfast, for instance? Or while they're doing something that occupies their hands? ...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   03-07-2015, 07:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,631
Posted By Daffodil
Not sure if this is kind of thing you're looking...

Not sure if this is kind of thing you're looking for, but for science I love a series of books by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm: My Light, Living Sunlight, Ocean Sunlight, and Buried Sunlight. They...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   02-06-2015, 01:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 377
Posted By Daffodil
Maybe a little suspicious, but not clearly "way...

Maybe a little suspicious, but not clearly "way out of line." What would you do if you saw a young kid who you thought might have missed his bus? Just drive on by without saying anything because...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   02-03-2015, 11:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 265
Posted By Daffodil
There's no pressing need to start teaching her...

There's no pressing need to start teaching her reading right now, but if she really wants to learn, I don't see why you shouldn't go ahead and show her the beginning steps. Why not show her how to...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-17-2015, 09:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 121
Posted By Daffodil
Sure, I'd repeat it when your younger kid is 6. ...

Sure, I'd repeat it when your younger kid is 6. Assuming you end up feeling like it was a good way for your older kid to learn science concepts you think are important, and you feel it will work...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-14-2015, 07:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 291
Posted By Daffodil
Why do you want a schedule? It sounds like...

Why do you want a schedule? It sounds like plenty of learning is going on already without one. One drawback to trying to fit your learning time into a schedule is that there might be days when your...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-08-2015, 12:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 322
Posted By Daffodil
This is really hard to answer because it's hard...

This is really hard to answer because it's hard to decide what counts as homeschooling. If the kids are doing math on Khan Academy or working on their genealogy projects for the homeschool coop...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-08-2015, 11:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 140
Posted By Daffodil
The way I understand it, those subject areas like...

The way I understand it, those subject areas like "arithmetic" or "pre-algebra" are just different ways of organizing the same skills found in the grade level groupings. If your child does all of...
Forum: Elimination Communication   12-07-2014, 03:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 144
Posted By Daffodil
I think different people have different...

I think different people have different definitions of what being a grad means. With my DD, there was a pretty clear point when she was a little over two when I felt like I could say she was a grad....
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   12-01-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 149
Posted By Daffodil
Yeah, that could definitely work. You might miss...

Yeah, that could definitely work. You might miss out on some opportunities to do group things with other homeschoolers, because some of them will probably be scheduled at times when you're working. ...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   11-30-2014, 10:51 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 352
Posted By Daffodil
There's no need to give up completely on trying...

There's no need to give up completely on trying to make school a better experience for your kid. But it's helpful to be realistic, too. The reality is that just holding off on teaching reading...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   11-30-2014, 07:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 352
Posted By Daffodil
So true. I was already reading quite well when I...

So true. I was already reading quite well when I started school. Yes, I was bored a lot of the time, but the things that were especially boring weren't boring because I wasn't learning anything...
Forum: Unschooling   11-08-2014, 08:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 375
Posted By Daffodil
I'm not an unschooler, but we're really...

I'm not an unschooler, but we're really unstructured, so I don't at all identify with the "school at home" mentality. But I do think there's something to be said for teaching kids efficient ways of...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-04-2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 838
Posted By Daffodil
I thought of another thing I really want my kids...

I thought of another thing I really want my kids - and all kids - to learn. It might actually be more important than anything any of us have listed so far (though I guess it's part of critical...
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