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    Last night I was helping DS7 with his French homework, and there was one question that neither of us could figure out. I told him to leave it and ask his teacher.

    This morning I reminded him to hand in his homework and he didn't want to because of the unfinished question. So I said "Well ask your teacher - that's what teachers are there for".

    DS: "That's not what they're there for - they are there for their careers!"

    No idea we had such a cynic in our house! I swear that neither DH or I have said anything like this to him (despite the current labor dispute with the teachers where we are)!


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    Speaking of obscure costumes. On Thursday, DD12's new school had a Halloween party. She was excited to go, but did not want to dress up. When we picked her up afterward she said: "Guess who won best homemade costume?" Seems it was awarded by applause volume and she made an impassioned plea for having made a costume of a "regular person" by growing the cotton and spinning the thread and weaving the fabric... and so on. She basically charmed her way into a bag of m&ms (the prize).

    In years past, when I was struggling with the sewing machine trying to make her some outfit, I used to dream of a time when she'd be able to handle her costume herself. Guess we are there.

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    DS's teacher, during my parent-teacher conference: "I always go to to DS when I can't remember something, like what page we're on in the book or where we left off or whatever, because he always knows. Actually, he just knows a lot of things generally. If I don't know the answer to a question, I sometimes just ask him because he might know. He just has so much general knowledge."

    BTW, this is in a class composed only of gifted kids. She's really sweet and a good teacher, but my jaw did drop just a little.

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    For all the difficulties in parenting kids like this in so many ways, it merits pointing out the converse:

    DD10 described how she's been getting angry very quickly and easily at Minecraft lately... one little mistake, and she's blowing a fuse, where she used to take it in stride.

    Me: "Do you think that maybe it has nothing to do with Minecraft, and there's something else that's making you upset?"

    DD10: "Yes." [cue five-minute oral self-analysis on all the different ways she's reacting to being in the active planning phase of a cross-country relocation]

    That was easy.

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    Originally Posted by aeh
    And would your DC enjoy plush pathogens, do you think?

    http://www.giantmicrobes.com/us/products/blackdeath.html

    Now if someone could point me to plush galaxies for Christmas...

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    DS8 was doing homework last night. I was anxious for him to finish and get to bed:

    Me: You see right here it says ...
    DS8 (interrupting): Mom, STOP. If you start explaining my brain stops working.

    Note to me - get the heck out of the way!

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    Out of the blue in the car the other day:
    DD6: Has anyone ever built a real time machine before?
    Me: I'm sure some people have tried, but not successfully. Why? Do you want to build a time machine?
    DD6: Well a time machine, a rocket ship, an airplane or a magic school bus. I haven't really decided yet. But I do know I am going to need lots of buttons.


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    DS4 asked that we "never, ever talk about the impacts of daylight savings time" because he "knows all about it, and the discussion is redundant."

    Yeah, good thing we homeschool.


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    Originally Posted by Tigerle
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    And would your DC enjoy plush pathogens, do you think?

    http://www.giantmicrobes.com/us/products/blackdeath.html

    Now if someone could point me to plush galaxies for Christmas...
    These plush planets are the best I can come up with so far:

    http://celestialbuddies.com/shop/


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