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    Polar Bear Plunge was a success! However by the time we left at 11:30 AM, the roads had 2 inches of snow and people were sliding through red lights at intersections. We just don't see enough big snows combined with cold temps to have an large fleet of plows / salt trucks, but they work as fast as they can.

    Vic's Mom - Winter break - We are off this week, and I think we'll do light school (which is reading and math) along with some household chores / errands next week. This seems to be how our spring break works out too - one week for spring cleaning and light school followed by one week totally off. I've used our breaks before to do all the catch up - vet, dentist, oil changes, plan next semester etc., but that left me feeling like I didn't get a break (and cranky).

    I've used some meditation apps, and I've used breath focus. I have used exercise - but find I have to hit the zen heart rate where the exercise is hard enough so that I have to focus, but not so hard that all I can focus on is how hard it is. I used to work with medically fragile kids, many were wheelchair bound. Exercise became my 'prayer' / mantra of gratitude - "I'm thankful, for burning lungs and a healthy body". AM, I agree, I can also have 'empty brain' with hobbies - gardening or kneading bread especially. But, I do like the sitting still meditation too simply because it is a bit unnatural for me and therefor a good challenge
    Rebecca
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    NZ_Mama, I also went to a few of those park days where the parents just sat around in a circle for a couple of hours while the kids played. It's a very hard way to pass the time because I also like doing something versus sitting around talking or checking my phone. While the parents were nice and welcoming, I just couldn't bring myself to go back to it.

    People are a little bit strange with all their "busy-ness." Is it self-created or are they constantly putting out fires? And why? I purposely try not to schedule too many things, because I find them distracting and the little dramas even more so. Nonetheless, we're going to pick a few and park ourselves there for a while and see what happens.
    Homeschooling an only, DS9

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    Personal goals: to get to the gym more than haphazardly. To continue facing feelings about my mother's death, and her life as best I understood it, and to be kind with myself both with that and the emotional/physical roller coaster ride of perimenopausal symptoms.

    Homeschool/parenting goals: to actively strive to find social opportunities for my younger two even though it feels like trying to climb a glass wall, so far.

    Homekeeping goals: NAPALM. But seriously, the house is in the worst state ever, after first becoming so overwhelmed with my invalid mother's needs plus 4 kids, and then dealing with her death, and then the holidays. It's going to take a while to dig out, and that's once I find the gumption to get started.
    Middle-aged mom of 4 kids spanning a 10-year age range, homeschooling since 2009, and a public school mom also, since 2017.

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    Inmom! Todays App of the Day made me think of you! Meditation for fidgety skeptics... but the person behind it seems to have taken it as a practical tool rather than a spiritual one.
    Heres the Apple story: https://itunes.apple.com/us/story/id1438264313

    He also has a book about his.... quest for meditation or self-happiness. 10% Happier.
    I have it on ebook library hold, estimated wait time is 8 weeks!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Inmom! Todays App of the Day made me think of you! Meditation for fidgety skeptics... but the person behind it seems to have taken it as a practical tool rather than a spiritual one.
    Heres the Apple story: https://itunes.apple.com/us/story/id1438264313

    He also has a book about his.... quest for meditation or self-happiness. 10% Happier.
    I have it on ebook library hold, estimated wait time is 8 weeks!
    YES! That's the guy who's books I've read. Just haven't been strong willed enough to put some of the techniques into practice.
    Carol

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

    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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