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View Diary: IAN: July 21, 2013 (59 comments)

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  •  Yes you do save using a dishwasher. (7+ / 0-)

    You save on water and energy.  If you keep the heat turned off the dry cycle you even save more.  I keep mine off and the ones that don't drip dry in the machine by the time I get to unloading it, I dry with a towel.  You use more water washing dishes by hand.

    I passed on the free tax this year.  I went ahead and got the grandkids their uniforms early before everything that is cotton is picked over and sold.  This is the second year their public school has a uniform dress code.  I have had to reach deep in my pocket to comply.  I liked it better the other way.  I could find cloths all year at thrift shops and on sale.  Last year I only bought 3 uniforms each for the 3 kids thinking I would find them marked down in late fall.  Only I never found any marked down except the really large sizes.  I noticed the stores have more this year.  I saved this year for it because I knew it was coming.  Kids did look worn, stained and crappy by the time spring got here and washing all the time was a head ache.  

    •  We home school, (6+ / 0-)

      so I don't have to worry about clothes for school. I've always fought uniforms though when my son went to public school. My son is autistic and very routine based. Once he gets in a routine, you have hell getting him out of it. If he changes schools and the colors are different, that would be an extra fight. Plus, his closet would end up looking like Einstein's. I don't buy him two of the same thing when it comes to clothes. Just like I don't serve food on a schedule (pork chop night, spaghetti night, etc).  Besides which, I've never felt uniforms stopped anything. Yes, you want to make sure kids don't wear inappropriate clothes, but they aren't little soldiers, or cogs to be dressed alike. Creativity and individuality should be encouraged, not repressed.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 08:52:24 AM PDT

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      •  I agree about it suppresses individuality. (5+ / 0-)

        I think the school board did this to make the public schools look more like charter schools.  I don't know how wide spread this is in Florida.  It is a burden on families with low incomes.  It is one of my favorite gripes right now.  

        The kids are doing well in school and seem to like it.  Two of them are in gifted and need challenged all the time that I can't give them at home.  I do have 2 in college right now here also.  My oldest grandson who is ADHD and his Aspi wife are in college together.  I won't let them barrow money to live on their own while in school.  We seem to be muddling through all of it.  

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