Homeschooling is typically done by semi-educated middle class, White, two parent families living in rural areas. About half of homeschooling families do so for religious/moral education, or school safety concerns. I've always wondered what kind of learning material is being utilized, but didn't check it out until now.
One self-proclaimed homeschooling resource has unwittingly popped up. A charter school teacher in Washington, D.C., has been fired for allegedly supplying his students with "interesting" math problems, downloaded from this website that appears to support homeschooling. People are understandably angry, but perhaps they should be more concerned with the thinly veiled agenda the website appears to promote.
Why are multiple babies labeled with letters? Don't they have normal names like their singleton counterparts? How is Baby "A" always born first? What gives?
When a multiple pregnancy is identified by ultrasound, the only "real" way to do so, the occupants are given a "name" in order to track them. It starts with Baby "A", or whomever is closest to the "exit," and going clockwise with the appropriate quantity of letters. Babies may switch places during their gestation, and also their identities. However, if gender differences or anomalies are identified, the babies may retain their former identities solely for medical tracking purposes.
So as you all know, I'm traveling with three infants. The background story is that Al had to go to Lebanon with Sachiko because of a sad mutual friend emergency. I was already scheduled to go to Dubai and Abby is on vacation which means literally no one can help with the boys. That's no big deal, I can manage with them since they're pretty well behaved.
Now what was my plan for traveling with two six month olds and one 15 month old? Well it was pretty simple. I would pack my double baby sling/baby Bjorn for the twins for Dubai while having them in their twins stroller for the airport and since Alnair likes running now, I would make him wear his harness or what some people like to call a "leash." I packed snacks, had bottles ready with powdered milk, and had all baby essentials packed in Alnair's Trunki suitcase. Since he's still small for the suitcase, I added a collapsible seat and extra set belts for when he got tired and wanted to ride on it. The suitcase originally was made for toddlers but I customized it for our own use.
After many successful and supervised test runs, I gave it the okay for Alnair to ride on. If I, at any point thought it was unsafe, he could share a ride on his brothers' stroller. Anyhow, that was the plan. Once I got to Dubai, Kaser would be there to help me so my main concern was getting from Tokyo to Dubai.
Here is peace of mind for all parents (especially parents of toddlers): GE Magnetic Window Alarms. They can be bought at Lowe's, Amazon, etc - they're widely available.
Put these suckers on the doors of your house, and if little hands figure out how to open a door, you'll know it. The alarm is loud enough to wake you from sleeping and loud enough that you can probably hear it even from the shower (I can at my house).
My husband and I have started trying to conceive. It has been 5 months with no success. I know that everyone says that I should give it time, but I'm starting to begin to think that there is something wrong. I've always had a feeling that it would be difficult for me to get pregnant. I've had heavy, painful periods since I was 13. For the last year I get cramps and my breasts start to hurt over a week (usually 10 days) before I even start my period. My OB/GYN never seemed too concerned about it, but it just doesn't seem normal to me. I have cramps and sore breasts about half of my life!
I have been tracking my cycle, and this next time I am going to start using the ovulation test kits. I have a very regular (31-32 day) cycle, and I am suspecting endometriosis or fibroids. I have not been diagnosed with either.
Many schools today choose to enforce strict dress codes. Some do it because they feel that it will help promote learning. Still others do it to help prevent and stop the formation of gangs. Whatever the reason it obviously needs to be enforced if it’s going to work, but does it really warrant a suspension over a Kook-Aid dye job?
Rachel Neeley, a 10-year-old fifth grader, went to a sleepover last weekend. She and her friends decided to dye some of their hair with Kool-Aid. Rachel asked, and was granted, permission by her dad to do it. The entire situation sounds so innocent.