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    #111558 - 09/12/11 10:19 AM The Ultimate Parenting/Advocating Brag Thread
    flower Offline
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    Registered: 05/11/10
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    So I thought and hopefully its allowed, I would start a brag thread for the parenting/advocating accomplishments of people involved with the kids that this board refers to. I am not thinking about what the kids themselves do but what we as parents/caregivers/advocates do whether it is successful or not. So I will start...

    I have worked through the summer to get my DD13 into a university level class. Her SAT scores were 570 verbal and 550 math. The local school district has a policy that she can only take high school level courses in Math and a foreign language. They were pretty adamant and not willing to look at the possibility even though she attends a school that is 7-12 and it would not mean a building change! The first university we approached, the instructors were very open to accepting her into their classes, but the University had a policy that only 9th graders and higher could attend, regardless of age. However, the Astronomy professor has created a project for her to do and we are advocating for that to be a science course for her this semester. The second university made her take a writing test which she passed and so she is enrolled in a Freshman English class. Her school courses for this semester seem like the best we have ever done in trying to meet her educational needs! I am proud of the work that I have done to create this. I do not know IRL another parent of a 13 or 14 year old who has their child enrolled in a university class or helped to create a science project for their kiddo in a planterium. I am nervous that I have done the wrong thing and will regret it at the end of the term....this forum is the only place I know that other parents are facing some strange looks from peers in regards to educational choices for their kids. So I am looking and hoping for a pat on the back for what I have done. And a place others can come and share the hard, bizarre, stressful, successful and unsuccessful attempts for advocacy and parenting of our beautiful children.

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    #111588 - 09/12/11 04:19 PM Re: The Ultimate Parenting/Advocating Brag Thread [Re: flower]
    Ametrine Offline
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    Registered: 05/27/11
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    I think this is a terrific idea. smile

    So far, I haven't been in an advocating situation (DS is just now in preschool), but will be reading what others post for my own information down the line.

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    #111591 - 09/12/11 04:29 PM Re: The Ultimate Parenting/Advocating Brag Thread [Re: flower]
    Ametrine Offline
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    Originally Posted By: flower
    I am proud of the work that I have done to create this. I do not know IRL another parent of a 13 or 14 year old who has their child enrolled in a university class....


    You should be proud.

    Recently, my SIL discovered just "how smart" our 4.6 year old is when she was present during a "babysitting" job my 10 year old niece was performing. She seemed excited (not like her at ALL) and related a tidbit of information to me. She is taking some courses at the local community college and said that there is a woman there who "attends to her two children" in the class. The kids are taking the class, not her. My SIL said the one child is about 12 and the other about 10.

    So you're not alone in the trek through the college jungle. Look for the machete path!

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    #111597 - 09/12/11 05:54 PM Re: The Ultimate Parenting/Advocating Brag Thread [Re: flower]
    Ametrine Offline
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    Registered: 05/27/11
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    Looking around for "extreme" puzzles, I came across a website called, ExtremeIntellect.com.

    They have a tab called, Kids in College.

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