I’ve sent a total of one child off to college. In blogosphere terms, that makes me an expert in the in’s and out’s of getting your kid into college. As such, here are SuburbanWife’s three basic Don’t rules for helping your child choose which college to attend:
ONE: Don’t Do It For Them
As over-obvious as this might sound to some of you, this is absolutely my Número Uno not-to-broken rule and the one that a lot of parents are going to ignore (at everyone’s peril). No matter how brilliant little Johnny is, if he can’t get his stuff together to do the research, write the essays, and fill out the applications himself, he will not be ready for the rigors of college.
BabyDoll, about to go off for her sophomore year at college, did all the work of selecting and applying to schools herself with very little input and almost no help from us. … click here to read the other two College Don’t(s) »
If your household is anything like ours, you’ve got multiple “i” devices floating around the house. In our household, we’ve managed to collect an impressive number of these App Eaters is the past year. Baby Doll was the first with the free iPod Touch she received as part of Apple’s Back To School promotion last summer when we bought her a MBP as a graduation gift. Then we gave Ignatz an iPod Touch for Christmas. I scored a first-generation iPad when Verizon put them on sale a few days after the iPad 2 was released. And, most recently, Baby Doll finally decided she what she wanted for her 19th birthday — an iPhone.
Even though we’ve been sharing computers for years, the kids and I have always maintained our own iTunes accounts. Naturally, with this scenario of maintaining individual iTunes accounts but sharing computers, we’re well familiar with the different means of sharing music. But sharing purchased apps is a relatively new issue for us. I’ve known for some time that sharing apps within the family was both technically and legally possible but I wasn’t quite sure how to make it happen. … click here for the full tutorial »
For the past few years I’ve been volunteering more and more of my time to Ignatz’s school (Baby Doll’s former school).
The nature of my volunteer work has ranged from the simple warm-body anyone-could-do-it task (like driving on field trips) that makes up the vast majority of school volunteerism to more specialized, fairly-skilled IT work (web design, graphics, payment integration, and 3rd-party Special Event software customization).
Back in March, when we were elbow-deep in customizing our Spring fundraising event website, I was informed that it had been agreed that I should be paid for my more technical endeavors. As much as I liked the idea of contributing a little cash to the family’s coffers, what really thrilled me was the explanation of the argument used to convince the Board that I should be paid. It was reasoned that the skills I brought to the table were specialized enough that the school could not reasonably expect this job to be filled with volunteer labor.
As a middle-aged middle-class suburban housewife with a self-taught techno-geek alter ego who hasn’t been gainfully employed for the better part of 20 years, this was a huge boost to my otherwise sagging sense of self-esteem. Oh, and the check was very welcome boost to my checking account.
Here’s one for the “I’ll be damned! Did you know?” category.…
Did you know that you can lend a book only once?!?
I found this little gem of info buried deep within the Amazon Kindle help forums. No where on all of Amazon’s Kindle Help pages or their FAQs do they mention this particular fact. No where was this fact mentioned on the page when I filled in the form to lend my book.
I am not an unintelligent person. I understand that eBooks and eReaders (Kindles, iPads, and other tablets) are new territory. I understand that those in the publishing business need to make a living and I believe that authors deserve to make a living. So my shock and dismay are not necessarily directed at the fact that a book can only be lent once but rather that that information was not clearly and unequivocally communicated to me at the outset.