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    I've been tutoring math for some kids recently. Had a session today and the kid is really bright, he picks up on math really quickly, but WOW it's difficult to keep him on task for more than 10 seconds. Is this what I have to look forward to?

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    Hot and dry here. Just started back at school this week. DD started off super excited but now is having a lot of frustration about math. She seems to have 'lost' some of the good problem solving work ethic/tenacity/resilience that we built up, and is now all storming and ranting about 'but they did not tell me/show me how to do that in the guide book, so how would I know how to do it'. In general she seems to be starting on one of her self destructive spirals where she catastrophizes everything and is a total pessimist. Hopefully it passes quickly because I am super over it. I even emailed a school the other day to enquire about some details.

    Edited to add – I have made DD go full dairy free, and she is kind of annoyed about it. Although that is going on one of her pessimistic spirals too. Woe, drama, eye rolling "I can't have....", when I am buying her yummy (and expensive) dairy free alternatives. We used to just be cow milk free, as I am lactose intolerant but can tolerate cheese and yogurt (lower lactose). I started her dairy free because she was having sore stomachs. Lo and behold, 1 month later, for the first time in her entire life since she was a baby, her skin is normal. She used to have abnormally dry skin all over from head to toe and nothing (topical or supplements) helped. She also now no longer has a constant sore throat or nasal drip. Not sure if it has helped with her stomach yet as she also had fecal impaction (second time in 18 months), but that may have been caused by the dairy too. I am very scientific and skeptical of things and not one to jump on a bandwagon, but the change in her skin is amazing. She had the tests for celiacs and they were negative, but I think I will get her tested for dairy allergy now. My sister is allergic to dairy. I always thought I was just lactose intolerant, but since going dairy free with DD, a niggling patch of eczema on my back has gone away.

    Oksana, you are so lucky to be going to SoCal for a vacation. We lived in San Diego for 3.5 years and I really miss it (the weather, Mexican food, the hikes and beaches). Both the zoo and the safari park are great. Depends how hot it is. If its very hot, the safari park can get too hot. If you feel like going for a hike, we really liked Torrey Pines State Park, but may be biased because we lived within walking distance of it. For mexican food we liked the Robertoes near there too (again biased, we lived across the road from it) and Bull Taco at Cardiff for the location (but a search online indicates it may be closed permanently). The San Diego botanic garden in Encinitas is a great place to visit with kids. They have two gardens for kids with lots of interactive nature play stuff, and its a nice peaceful thing to do. Hope you have a great trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RelevantDad View Post
    I've been tutoring math for some kids recently. Had a session today and the kid is really bright, he picks up on math really quickly, but WOW it's difficult to keep him on task for more than 10 seconds. Is this what I have to look forward to?
    Totally depends on the kid!!

    Seriously, though, maybe he's getting off task because he needs more of a challenge?
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    Oksana, if your kids are into music, there is also a Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad. We never visited it until a month or so before we left San Diego because I thought it would be not much fun. But its actually kind of great and has good interactive bits, including a full on setup with drums and everything that they can play on near the end.

    Edited to add - San Elijo Lagoon and Batiquitos Lagoon are also good locations for a hike and have interesting nature centers to explore. I am not sure if San Elijo lagoon still has it, but out back of its nature center, it used to have a giant 3D topography table of the area with cups for kids to pour water on it to explore how the rain goes from the mountains to the rivers and then the ocean. If you have time for a day trip, Julian and Anza Borrego are always a good trip.
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    Hi Oksana! Congrats on your DD graduating from Speech, too!
    A bunch of the places of things to do are listed in the Groups section....

    Where NZmama says are all great spots. Robertos and the ‘bertos extended clan are all drive-thru mexican as authentic as it gets.... they even serve menudo and chorizo. February should be a cool month to visit (although it was mid-high 80s this week), so Safari Park isnt out. Safari park has a LOT of walking, the zoo is much more compacted and you can even take a bus everywhere, getting on and off wherever you like. Both places are a lot of hills! Nothing is flat in Southern California... except the lagoons.
    You will be in North County - the part I live in, so Im pretty familiar with the restaurants here. I can tell you the best sushi restaurant, the best thai restarants, and omfsm, the bestest himalayan/indian restaurant Ive been to in my life. (In Carlsbad.)
    If your plans are still flexible, look at staying at the LEGOLAND hotel... they really make it a treat for the kids!
    LEGOLAND has an aquarium you can pay a little extra to visit, you may want to consider that before going to the Birch Aquarium.
    My baby loves the LEGOLAND carousel, they have both ones that go up and down, and static ones. Also, parents are allowed to either stand next to, ride alongside, or hang out at the exit. Its in “girlie land” with yummy crepes and a happy live show that plays every 15 minutes or so.
    Even though you dont want roller coasters, you may find a lot of the “rides” are slow-moving and gentle, more occassions to show a variety of lego sculptures than heart-stopping adrenaline.
    DH and I used to go before we had kids, and enjoyed finding the subtle touches that they put into miniland.... The White House had a saxaphone button you could press, and the Bill Clinton minifig would play a solo. After the scandal with the Bush daughters and underage drinking, they could be seen sneaking out of the back of the White House....

    Im sure you guys will have a great time.
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    Lianne,

    I hope you get answers soon. After my husband had his heart attack, he was depressed for a while. Mostly because he HAD been doing everything right, like I'm sure your husband does as well. We both run, including half-marathons, eat right, etc. He just got the bad end of a genetic crap-shoot on cholesterol. He is also on baby aspirin, BP and cholesterol meds for the rest of his life.

    However, once he got back running (about 3 months after the heart attack), he felt more in control of his life again. Once you both have answers, you may mentally feel better.

    Also, usually PVCs and PACs are not a problem. I have PACs all the time; according to my cardiologist, studies show those who have them on average actually live a bit longer than those who don't. They can be "smoothed out" with blood pressure meds, but I choose not to. Mildly disconcerting when I run or swim, but otherwise harmless. Coffee and/or alcohol can also trigger them, so if they bother your dh, he might have to cut back on those. (I can pass on the alcohol, but I NEED MY COFFEE!!)
    My husband started back running yesterday, says it felt great. Yeah, he didn't have caffeine or alcohol while on the heart monitor, but we just went back to our caffeinated coffee thank goodness.
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    My blood test results came back yesterday. My PCP is on leave, but another doctor's PA called me this morning and said my anti-nuclear antibody test (to detect autoimmune issues) was positive or high (they didn't put a result on my lab report) and they are giving me a referral to a rheumatologist. No mention of my Celiac panel results, which have results listed but no reference ranges listed. How annoying. I guess I will find out the specifics whenever I get to see the rheumatologist.
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