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It's really hard being smart and having teacher's grade you on your own personal curve. You're fighting an imaginary version of what the teacher thinks is your best work instead of the benchmarks that were laid out for other students. It makes you not want to put the effort in. If so and so is going to get the same grade as me even though my essay is better thought out, longer, and has more research, and the teachers are still going to say this was great but.... why should I try my hardest?

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He impersonated a teacher and ordered a pizza online. -_- Is that not the stupidest thing you've heard of or what? But he broke policy with "improper use of school property" so, yeah. Dumb.

That is almost as bad as my brother getting invited to leave for starting a fire in a trash can on a day he was absent. They said he was the ring leader and he was responsible too.

 

He liked his new school better and channelled his energy in football and roller hockey. He was tallish and chubby and the kids just bounced off of him. He got asked to be on his high school team(he could even skip summer training), they heard about his blocking abilities and he refused. I asked him why, and he said that there were bigger kids at the public schools, he was not crazy. Elementary was only catholic schools but in high school it was all the schools split into divisions by ranking and his high school was in a tough division.

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There are so many standards and tests that teachers have to teach too.  There is no room for individuality.  I remember when my oldest son who is very good at math would have to explain his answers in writing because that was the new standardized way of testing.  He just knew the answer.  He didn't have to break it down into words. 

 

My middle child was tanking on the  reading tests that were standard for awhile.  They take your kid out in the hall and see how fast they read, how many words they get correct and give them a score.  If they scored poorly which mine did, they had extra reading help away from the rest of the class.    It made little sense to me as he scored well on comprehension tests.  So, he knew what he was reading.  I figured he didn't like reading out loud.  He was self-conscious and it was creating a guarantee fail situation.  I pulled him out of the program against the "reading specialists" recommendation.   Taking him away from the other students was not helping with self-esteem.   Today, he is a fine high honors student who presents projects in class with humor and does just fine.  My daughter had the same reading issue.  So, when it was suggested to me with her about the extra help, I said nope.  I said it was a family trait and it would all work out fine.

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Also, I've been having a cruddy time lately, too! I got Strep throat with super swollen tonsils and a REALLY bad, rancid ear infection. I've been fighting with my insurance company to pay my $4,000/month Humira treatments, and JUST when I was catching up money-wise, my poor diabetic pooch got sick again (throwing up, shivering, loss of appetite)- it was another bout on pancreatitis along with his blood sugar going super high for NO REASON, but it cost $600 total, and i have to bring him in next weeks for shots. My poor little guy. He has been through more than most humans I know, and he's such a fighter... I don't like to talk about this, but once he was given about a 15% chance to survive. I was trying to make myself be at peace with it, but he fought through it because he's freaking amazing. He's worth every penny I have, I'm more frustrated that he inherited his mama's (my) health issues and can't catch a break :(

The things we do for our "babies".  Most people that know about our boy cat's issues a few years ago still think we're nuts.  He got sick suddenly and wasn't peeing/peeing spots on everything.  We made an appointment the next morning with regular vet, but by middle of night knew he had to go to Emergency vet or he'll die.  They said he was 100% blocked at that point with urine crystals and had we not brought him into them he'd have died within a couple hours.  

 

He was only turning 2, and this was over his birthday.  They said they got him unblocked and he'd have to transfer for about a week at the regular vet office, but he's fixable.  I couldn't let him die, he's my baby boy, and it was his freaking birthday for goodness sakes.  

 

A week later, daily vet trips for playing and support--because he was so depressed he wouldn't eat.  Just sat in back of cage with his head down wearing a cone of shame.. We got them to take the cone collar off and as long as we came by each day for a while to see him he would do okay..  1500$ later, he's now 7 this February!  He's only had one minor bout of trouble since then, and we just increased his daily urine vitamins (OTC kind), and he got better in two days.  

 

He's got to eat urinary health formula, grain free, wet food only...gets kibble treats and snacks-but limited.  And our older (10 this August) girl kitty is allergic to plastic, grains, and gets bouts of kitty herpes (blisters on her mouth/gum line).  She also fractured her front arm once several years ago when she was walking  under me while I carried a framed mirror..the frame broke and the mirror fell on her arm.  "That" was fun... and a nice 1000$ bill as well.  She loved her cast covered with bright pink and yellow baby socks though, we called it her "Flash Dance" sock, and she rubbed it in with guilt every chance she got, and liked showing her socks off...weirdo.  

 

I hope your baby gets better!  And you too!!  I had strep throat and tonsillitis back to back for years until 3rd grade when they took my tonsils out.  I've had strep once since then and hardly get sick ever since.  ((sickness apparently got traded for clumsy unlucky injuries instead though))  If you regularly get throat sicknesses I highly recommend having tonsils out, makes life so much better!  

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Please don't use "pussy" as a negative. In order for the insult to be effective, people have to accept the idea that women are inferior. There are better insults. I'm partial to turdperson.

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I've had to administer those reading tests, when I first started some of the kids would be embarrassed and read so low I couldn't hear them. I'd joke that I was soooo old that that's why I couldn't hear them and I'd forgotten my hearing aid. Others would freeze up as I'd start marking incorrect or skipped words, I quickly learned how to make dots and dashes I could understand and that they couldn't see, amazingly their scores improved immediately. Then I'd go back and make the correct markings so the teacher could also understand.

 

One student almost had me in tears, he was new to the school and of course transferred in the middle of 3rd grade (not easy). Instantly labeled a trouble maker and he was...as soon as he sat down with me and started reading I could tell he was way behind and as his 90 seconds ended he said "I'm stupid. All the other kids are faster then me and I'll never be good." :scared:  I really wanted to hug him, take him home and love the heck out of him! He knew who my kid was and that they were the best reader in the class. I told him "Ya know my kid wasn't always the best reader and use to read really slow and didn't get all the words right. (sure it was 1st grade, but still!) Want to know how that changed?" He side eyed me <_< "It's not that he's smart or better,  he just kept reading and reading until he could do it well. And can I tell you a secret...not everyone is good at everything. What makes us great is we aren't all the same and I've seen you around and I know you are a really neat kid."  He wasn't as down on himself during the rest of our times together, I always tried to have a genuine compliment for him each time.

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I know I'm late to the conversation but @@Shalott that expulsion sounds ridiculous!  Aren't pizza delivery pranks some of the oldest pranks around?  

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Right! And what's the worst thing that could have happened ... The office had unexpected pizza, lol.

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I'm pretty sure pizza's a vegetable ;) See @@Shalott 's son was starting a garden, COMMUNITY SERVICE!

 

I'm scared of what school will be as Z moves through it. Stupid pranks are just that pranks, no one got hurt people were annoyed we move on. No harm, No foul.

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I'm so mad. I hate my computer. I had a huge reply posted and I don't even know what key I hit and it wiped it. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to restore my previous post, even though I know it auto-saves so yeah.

 

The tl;dr version is that I will happily let my child do online school if he gets good grades, but regardless of how secretly hilarious I think it is, I can't let him feel like it is okay to disobey school rules, even if I think the rules are ridiculous. There is a time for breaking the rules, but unfortunately this wasn't one of them. *sigh*

 

I think I will go have some pizza... ;)

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Oh yea but just like a little kid cursing, just because you have to discipline them doesn't mean you can't laugh behind closed doors :D

 

I'm not saying he didn't do anything wrong, just because you can do something and just because it's funny doesn't mean you SHOULD but I also don't think we're letting kids find out some of this stuff on their own. We just tell them it's not ok with no reason and then if they DARE disobey the rules they bring down the suspension/expulsion hammer instead of teaching proper behavior or why we don't do these things (I still do stupid things sometimes, thankfully I'm an adult now and the only person I have to answer to is myself).

 

Oh and I'm not a touchy, feely, time-outs hurt feelings, kinda parent, I'm "mean" and "rude" and I wear that badge with pride lmao. Yesterday Z wrote out 5 apology cards (after multiple drafts because I'm mean and made her write out a little more each draft) for her behavior to other students lately. But we also went for a drive and talked about her behavior and why she was doing them before we figured out punishments.

 

Rambling, part of being a kid is doing stupid things because at the time it seemed okay. It's our job as adults to get them to think that action out a few steps farther and determine consequences. Telling them not to and then banning them from school teaches them nothing (The school's punishment system, not @@Shalott who I'm sure will be doling out her own knowledge/corrections :) ), especially for a non-violent, non vandalizing offense.

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Oh yea but just like a little kid cursing, just because you have to discipline them doesn't mean you can't laugh behind closed doors :D

 

I'm not saying he didn't do anything wrong, just because you can do something and just because it's funny doesn't mean you SHOULD but I also don't think we're letting kids find out some of this stuff on their own. We just tell them it's not ok with no reason and then if they DARE disobey the rules they bring down the suspension/expulsion hammer instead of teaching proper behavior or why we don't do these things (I still do stupid things sometimes, thankfully I'm an adult now and the only person I have to answer to is myself).

 

Oh and I'm not a touchy, feely, time-outs hurt feelings, kinda parent, I'm "mean" and "rude" and I wear that badge with pride lmao. Yesterday Z wrote out 5 apology cards (after multiple drafts because I'm mean and made her write out a little more each draft) for her behavior to other students lately. But we also went for a drive and talked about her behavior and why she was doing them before we figured out punishments.

 

Rambling, part of being a kid is doing stupid things because at the time it seemed okay. It's our job as adults to get them to think that action out a few steps farther and determine consequences. Telling them not to and then banning them from school teaches them nothing (The school's punishment system, not @@Shalott who I'm sure will be doling out her own knowledge/corrections :) ), especially for a non-violent, non vandalizing offense.

 

No for sure, for sure. I wish my whole stupid post hadn't gotten lost because the short version is so abrupt. :lol: One thing that is SO FREAKING STUPID is how the don't have filters on their computers - I mean, come on. Our actual INTERNET connection is set with a parental control, so there is no way the boys can change it. Why wouldn't a school do the same? We can put it at different levels depending on what they should be allowed to access or not, it still boggles my mind how a school filled with MIDDLE to HIGH SCHOOL aged students wouldn't have some sort of controls.

 

In one swoop they've alleviate the risk that kids will use the internet inappropriately, AND saved me from having to look like either a. The Bad Guy or b. a careless parents who doesn't discipline her kids. So, so stupid.

 

He actually didn't get into much trouble at home though, because what is even the point at that level? It's already kicking in that he won't see his friends again for some time, and academically he hasn't been successful this whole year, so I think on some level he was really unhappy and just didn't want to tell us, for reasons not yet determined.

 

Now I;m babbling, LOL, but the moral of the story: INTERNET CONTROLS. :lol:

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LOL I know Z didn't get what they were expecting.  What she did was an appropriate reaction (mostly) for an 8 year old. The teacher was like "If you want to arrange a time to come in and we can talk about it, figure out why...." No I'll deal with it at home and had you told me she was misbehaving earlier I could have nipped this in the bud.

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The no internet controls is insane my HS had them a decade ago (we could still order pizza though it was mostly porn filters)

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I'm excited about the kids growing up and getting to talk to them about all the things they got into trouble for and how hilarious we thought it was at the time. In real life we had to act appalled and punish them.

 

It will also be fun to let them know how horrible we were as kids. That's all hush hush for now. In fact I have I have a long time friend that I always say we can't stay friends because she knows too much and at some point the kids are going to ask her questions.

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Please don't use "pussy" as a negative. In order for the insult to be effective, people have to accept the idea that women are inferior. There are better insults. I'm partial to turdperson.

Fun fact: the term "pussy" used that way is thought to come from "pusillanimous",which means "showing a lack of courage, timid". but of course no one knows that so when they use it it's still offensive. I just like words :)

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So, my cat sent a glass of vodka flying from one table to another, where it spilled on my laptop, so I'm computer less again for a couple of weeks. Haaaaaatevusing mobile!

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@@angienharry  Oh I am just so sorry.  I haven't lost a parent that I know of - I'm actually not in touch with my mom...so I can't say I know how you feel, but I know what it is like to lose family that you are so so so so close to you, that you just break in two for the emptiness and despair.

 

My loss was almost a year ago, and I still have moments where I completely break down for missing him, and wanting him back so badly.  One of the only situations you really can use the word never, and it hurts like hell.

 

I lost my grandfather this past November, and that hurt, but he was 96, lived his life, and he actually wanted to go home, and it felt like it was time.

 

But when I lost my dog, Kosar, I fell apart.  He was my best friend I think I loved him more than I love most of my family and friends...

 

I am truly sorry for your loss, be well, take care of yourself and know there is a world of people out here praying for you.   :hugs3:

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Please don't use "pussy" as a negative. In order for the insult to be effective, people have to accept the idea that women are inferior. There are better insults. I'm partial to turdperson.

Huh...I never thought of it that way, I guess because I don't consider it, well, it's not a term I've ever used for, about, or to describe anything about a woman or her parts! HAHAHA!  But you are sooooo right!  I'm sorry!!  :blush:

 

ETA:  I was raised by my dad...not an excuse, but maybe a reason??  I'm totally sorry!

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Oh, how I dearly love it when a manager (not *my* manager) demands that I do something because *he knows* it should be done this way, I refuse, he gets pissed and storms off while telling me that *he knows* he's right, and then he comes back four hours later telling me that he owes me an apology because what he was demanding I do is all wrong. There's a reason this is on my wall at work:

 

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OMG - @@Kristine Walker - It took me a while, but my chickens finally got around to testing out and loving the toy you sent! BEST SECRET SANTA E-V-E-R! I took a video of them picking some greens from it earlier this week. The bell freaked them out for a bit, but their gluttonous, greedy nature got them over that hump pretty soon :)    D.gif

 

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I'm coming here to tell a story so I don't clog up the Sephora thread, LOL. Okay, so speaking of perfumes husbands love or hate - when my hubby and I were dating I wore Coco Mademoiselle all. the. time. I loved it, and so did he. Well, so did most guys, actually, but that isn't the point.

 

The point is - we were not exactly "saving" ourselves for marriage, if you catch my drift, and I was 18 so pretty much everything I owned was drenched in Coco Mlle. and of course it got really burned into his mind that the scent was a major turn-on. :lol:

 

Nowadays, things have ah... slowed down a bit, so every now and then he asks why I don't wear Coco Mlle. any more. To give an unfortunate TMI, this guy still has the sex drive of a teenager, but I've lost a lot of energy due to illness and medications. So whenever he accompanies me perfume shopping, I have to steer him away from Chanel, LOL. One of these days, though, I might buy it as a surprise. ;)

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