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    Quote Originally Posted by TFZ View Post
    I read 12 Week Year a couple months ago, and started some short term goal setting which has helped me stay on track with what I want to accomplish. IDK what this year will bring, but I can sure make some plans for the next three months, lolol.
    I don't know what the 12 Week Year is, but I recall a blog post I read about someone who just picked a goal for each month. Rather than thinking of multiple goals for a year, and doing little bits of them all simultaneously. They just focused on that one thing per month. I guess it goes with the 30-days to start/break a habit thing. If you do that thing for a month, then you should be sorted, and can move on to the next one.

    Although, in that vein, a random side thought, the 30-day rule totally did not work for DD4's thumb sucking. We did a thumb guard (plastic device) for 30 days and she was fabulous. Now a few months post that she has decided to start up again, and has not only started again but is worse about it. She sucks her finger as well if we put the thumb guard on; was never a finger sucker before. And, she hides away to do it so we don't know, and has a huge tantrum and says she was not sucking her thumb/finger if we find her and see her (even though we have seen her doing it). At least before she did not try to hide it or lie about doing it. I think she is totally addicted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    I think your DD and my DD, although 21, must be soul sisters. Mine would totally go jump in the mud for fun! I love the late summertime sunset--I feel I can get so much more done on those days! I'd love to visit NZ sometime. My sister did last year after a Masters Track Meet there, and she loved it. I've made it as far as Australia, and even then only explored a small part of it.
    DD loved it. She got up each morning and said she was going to put her 'mud boots' on (i.e., just mud up to the knees, no actual boots).

    NZ is far easier to see all of than Australia. You can drive round all of it pretty easily. Although the roads are rather windy and narrow, and we drive on the other side to you all, so some tourists find it a bit challenging. There is a ferry between the two main islands that you can go over on with a car. Length wise, its shorter than California. With wise, about the same width as CA. The main difference to driving around here compared with long distance driving in the US (at least of what we did), there are many more interesting things located at shorter distances and it is generally scenic most the way (apart from certain flat boring agricultural areas like the Canterbury plains). We loved visiting places in the US, there is often just such a long boring drive inbetween. NZ is very compact in comparison. Its best to visit in February to March/April. School is back then, so its quieter and things are cheaper (prices get jacked up in the holidays), and the weather is the most settled. Before the main school break (Sept to Oct/Nov) is also quieter, but the weather is not as settled. Its spring, so its pretty changeable. We tend to have our most settled weather after the summer solstice in late Dec.

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    Today is 8th January and it will be the first day of lessons for DS in his new homeschooling high school lessons. I will let you know how it goes at the end of this week!!
    DS attended a small elementary school from grades 1-8 and did very well. The high school he was enrolled in was 4 times bigger and the transition did not go well - most especially in Semester 2 of his grade 9 year. So I pulled him out to homeschool him through high school. He tried doing distance education at home but that has not worked out. So now we have to start over again with REAL homeschooling. When my son is not doing any lessons, he is playing video games - MMORPGs - online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cesca Thomas View Post
    Today is 8th January and it will be the first day of lessons for DS in his new homeschooling high school lessons. I will let you know how it goes at the end of this week!!
    Looking forward to hearing how it goes!

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter (21), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

    Son (20), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, and history

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    @nzmama 12 Week Year is sort of like that. Just setting short term goals and writing down and tracking the steps it takes to get you to accomplish them. I hear you with the thumb sucking. I sucked mine until I was 8. I remember my grandparents putting gross tasting stuff of my hands and I would just lick it off. My teachers would write notes about it to my parents and everything. I think it's just like quitting anything when you're an adult. There has to be one day when you're like, "This is the last time," and that will be it. I remember sticking my hand under my pillow one night, and just being like, That's it. I'm done now. Then I started biting my nails, lolol. Anyway, it'll happen.
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

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    I agree with TFZ about the thumb sucking, DD just decided she was done, but often still did it in her sleep until she needed braces and a retainer and I guess the retainer felt different enough that she stopped. DS15 still sucks his thumb, granted he has autism and it is a big soother for him. He does realize not to do it in public, but honestly I would rather him suck his thumb than melt-down. His dentist doesn't think it is too big of a deal for him, so I have decided to let this one go (way too many other things with his autism to focus on).
    DS16 with ASD, DD12 and DS10

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    We did not worry at all about the thumb sucking, and the dentist was always saying it was fine as long as she stopped before her adult teeth came in. Then the last time we went they said we had to start trying to get her to stop because she was sucking so much it had changed the shape of the roof of her mouth. They showed me, and it was more triangular than curved. It had also started doing something to her molars as well (something about the top ones meant to be outside the bottom ones, or vice versa, but hers were the wrong way round from sucking). So she has all that plus the pushed back bottom front teeth and pushed out top front teeth. She sucks way less now, so hopefully the amount we have reduced it is enough to help. I think her roof of her mouth looks less triangular now. She does find it such a comfort though. Came out sucking her thumb as a baby, and it was the only way she could comfort herself after her heart surgery when she was in intensive care. The intensive care nurses were so kind and moved a number of lines from her thumb sucking hand/arm to her other hand/arm so that she could suck her thumb.

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