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Old 02-21-2011, 10:58 AM
Location: In a house
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Originally Posted by lucygirl951 View Post
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Actually, I think that summers should be mostly unstructured for children because they work so hard during the school year and because they're children. They will have their entire adult lives to be constantly watching the clock and having every minute scheduled. As an adult, I have wonderful memories of long summer days of running and swimming and sometimes climbing up into my tree house with a book.
I think summers should be mostly unstructured for parents, and especially for teachers, and MOST especially teachers who have their own children. And the children should be forced to actually WORK for 8 hours a day, until summer is over and they can go back to relaxing at a school desk while a teacher does all the actual work of teaching them things.
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:08 AM
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I think I would concentrate on house cleaning lessons if they are as bad as you posted on another post as to their bathroom(s).
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:14 PM
Location: Durham
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Originally Posted by gimme it View Post
How is working in the tobacco field any different than working in a meth lab or selling crack (other than it being legal)? I personally wouldn't want my child involved with something that causes thousands of deaths each year. And I smoke.
Granted; my father died of emphysema, I would now have it too, if I hadn't quit smoking 25 years ago. But tobacco is a legal product & the farmers who grow it are simply trying to earn a living. As long as people smoke, someone will grow it. Tobacco has done legions of damage to people's health, no argument. But it hasn't caused the social damage of alcohol & I don't advocate banning alcohol. Tobacco money built Duke University & Medical Center, so some good has come of it.
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:17 PM
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My 14 year old plans on hanging out with her friends, going swimming, bicycle riding, hang out more with friends, do drop in kickboxing and ballett...you get the idea.

She wanted to volunteer at the local shelter, but you need to be 18 for that.
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Old 02-23-2011, 10:46 AM
Location: Brooklyn New York
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Our summers were fun, I had to have structure with the boys all school year, so the summer "I" was off as well. Who wants to have a planned summer anyway, unless of course your going on vacation.

Between bike riding, beach, baseball, the mall, their friends and all the stuff boys do, they really weren't up my ass all summer long anyway....yay !!

They had plenty to do, they didn't need me dictating for them what to do. As long as their chores, (which were few) were done Papa was a happy camper.

We have busses and subways here so I also didn't have to chauffer them around either...double yay !~!
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