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  1. Day One: Highs and Lows

    On the first day of our great scheduling experiment, Zack finally woke up around noon and was downstairs by 12:30 to join me for lunch. He wasn't overly hungry, which surprised me because he'd skipped breakfast. He went upstairs to shower and do his exercise (20 minutes on the stationary bike and a little yoga) and then hung out in his room until 2:30 when we left to run errands. We arrived back home just when my husband was pulling up in the driveway at 4. The three of us fixed a snack, sat ...

    Updated 03-28-2012 at 02:55 PM by ginnyjf

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  2. We're going to do what?

    There was an interesting thread the other day about start times. I had to weigh in, as I do on just about any thread unless it involves politics or other things I find boring.

    Zack and I are not morning people to say the very least. I get up early because that's what grown-ups do, but I'm not human until after noon and sometimes later depending on my intake of caffeine. Zack can easily stay up until 1 or 2 am and when allowed to sleep as late as he wants, isn't up and about until ...
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  3. Hitting that wall..

    Most days I'm able to balance household responsibilities, homeschooling and my diagnoses of CFS/POTS. But I'm in the midst of withdrawal from an SSRI which is making me feel even worse than usual and the level of fatigue is absolutely crushing. I feel best lying flat on my back in bed. I've been struggling through each day the best I can and it's getting harder and now I've reached that frightening point where I wonder if it's going to get better.

    I found an active secular homeschooling ...
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  4. Our Journey to Homeschooling

    From the moment of his birth, we always wanted the best for our son. Baby Mozart tapes? Yes, please, despite their seizure-inducing properties. Parents as Teachers? Oh yes, we had a parent educator at our house every week leading him in cognitive-boosting activities and songs and games. So when it came time for schooling, we considered one option only: Private education to the tune of $400 a month at a nearby Catholic school. We read the prospectus with sparkly eyes: Small class sizes, excellent ...
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  5. I don't think I can do this...

    ...I really don't, and I haven't even started yet. I feel completely at a loss.

    It's been a stressful few days. We participated in Zack's first-grade retreat on Friday; a full day retreat with interminable stories and craft sessions and community-building activities. Zack lasted for 3 1/2 hours before I had to haul him out of there with a stomach ache because he couldn't handle the noise and general rowdiness. He seemed fine over the weekend, if a little subdued, and then woke ...
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