Archive for March, 2014

I’m working on travel stories this week

I may post this week if something really controversial or exciting pops up but I think I am going to take Spring Break to work on travel stories. I have a bunch of travel stories to share with you guys but I never get them finished. I want to share about San Diego and Southern California. I have a whole camping for dummies/Yellowstone/Grand Tetons story that stands half finished. I also have a story about taking a family to New York that is also half finished. Message me on Facebook if you see something we really need to hit, but otherwise I am going to try to work on these stories to help you plan your summer trips.

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Would you prefer a March or April spring break?

Our school district follows the college spring break schedule so my kids are out of school this week.

The University of Georgia is out of school this week as is the University of Arizona. I think at least one of the Catholic high schools in Georgia is out (based on a Facebook post.) But I know Gwinnett is still in. Is anyone else out?

I was really ready for a break since Arizona obviously hasn’t had any snow days. But I guess it would be weird for Georgia schools to be off especially after so many winter weather days off.

Spring Break in Georgia always hits on my birthday week in April. I loved being off with the kids for my birthday. We would often travel that week so it would make my birthday even more special. I have lovely memories of eating tapas in Washington D.C. with the kids and being in Disney World for my birthday.  (Now in Arizona it’s just a regular week for my birthday.)

We’re not traveling this week. I’m working on taxes finally while Michael keeps the kids …

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Can parents say my rules or no money?

A judge has denied the initial request of  New Jersey honor student who is suing for support after she moved out of her parent’s home. The judge said it was a slippery slope that could lead to other teens suing their parents.

The crux of the argument at least according to the parents is that their daughter refused to live by the house rules, left voluntarily and then turned 18.

From AP:

“In court filings, Canning’s parents, retired Lincoln Park police Chief Sean Canning and his wife, Elizabeth, said their daughter voluntarily left home because she didn’t want to abide by reasonable household rules, such as being respectful, keeping a curfew, doing a few chores and ending a relationship with a boyfriend her parents say is a bad influence. They say that shortly before she turned 18, she told her parents that she would be an adult and could do whatever she wanted.”

Here’s the full updated story from the Associated Press:

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey honor …

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Husband returns after 7 weeks: What I’ve learned as a solo parent

In 44 hours my hours my husband returns home after being away for seven weeks – most of that time in Russia — and I am literally counting down the minutes until the plane lands.

Seven weeks is a pretty long time to be alone with three kids without any reinforcements in sight. I won’t call it single parenting because I haven’t had to worry about making money to buy food or pay rent, but I think solo parenting is a fair statement.

Besides taking care of three kids, one dog, and four Koi fish, I have been organizing and packing up a house to sell. I’ve been hiring and overseeing workers and going room-by-room eliminating items and boxing everything up so it looks to potential buyers like we don’t live here anymore.

I’ve had a babysitter come only once in that time for me to get away. I think I needed her to come more often than that.

Here’s some of what I’ve learned during the last seven weeks:

  1. It is scary to be alone and be the only person responsible for your kids. My parents …

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What parts of college should parents pay for?

One of our regulars wants your input about how much financial backing parents should give to their college students. Here is what she is thinking about.

From Techmom:

“Our son is planning on moving off campus for his sophomore year so he’s looking at apartments. We agreed before he got to college that we would help with his college, including living expenses, as long as he maintained HOPE (3.0 GPA). Now we’re trying to decide what we will pay for and how much per month. He does have a part-time job and we expect him to contribute some as well. We don’t want to put an undue burden on him such that he would have to work more than 20 hours a week but we also don’t want to pay for everything so that he’s just turning around blowing his money on whatever he wants. We want him to feel like he’s responsible for his education as well so that he’s more likely to continue to study and go to class. All bets are off of course if he drops below a 3.0 GPA.”

“I’m curious what …

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