Coffee Talk: School Days

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By Rebecca Teti

Fridays: Education

(Join each day’s Coffee Talk discussion: Mon: Parenting; Tues: Open Forum; Wed: NFP; Thu: Marriage; Fri: Education; Sat/Sun: Changing Roles)

Whether your children attend school or are homeschooled, this is the spot to ask questions about curricula, religious education, parent-teacher relationships, or academic concerns of any kind.

Please join us!

Rebecca Teti


  • Are your kids back in school/homeschool yet? How's the transition back to routine going?

    Posted on Jan 4th, 2013 at 5:14 AM by Rebecca

  • my daughter started back with homeschool yesterday and I noticed a big difference- she needed that nice long break for sure! She seemed more relaxed and I didn't have to push her as much to finish her work :) I have a question. How much chore work do other mom's have the kids do (for a four and 7 year old)? Do you go by minutes or job?

    Posted on Jan 4th, 2013 at 6:25 AM by Marie

  • My four year old sets the table for supper every night, is responsible for putting away her own clean laundry, and helps pick up toys as needed. My eight year old is responsible for keeping one room clean (it rotates each month) and I have a detailed list of daily, weekly, and monthly tasks to do in each room to keep it in shape. She also does the breakfast dishes daily and puts away her own laundry. We are back to homeschooling, and it's been tough, honestly. It will take a while to get back into the routine--I'm glad it's Friday.

    Posted on Jan 4th, 2013 at 7:20 AM by DCH

  • Preschool resumed this morning. Given the winter weather, it's good for my son to have someplace fun to go a few mornings/week. We don't have a formal chore system. (My son is about to turn 5.) He cleans up his toys when he's done playing, puts his dishes on the counter or in the dishwasher, and generally helps when I ask. He's still at the point where helping is fun.

    Posted on Jan 4th, 2013 at 9:36 AM by Claire S

  • This is off topic, but there's no day devoted to house-keeping any more, so I'm going to ask anyway. My husband and have been really trying to save some money and use fewer resources, and are looking to stop using our apartment building's coin-operated dryers in favor of hang-drying most of our clothes. Living in an apartment, we don't have a clothesline, but I'd like to get a drying rack. I was looking around Bed Bath and Beyond yesterday, and it seems like there are so many choices and they're all so different! Does anyone have any suggestions on the best clothes drying racks? Brand suggestions welcome, but I'm really interested in which designs are best/most convenient/offer the most space for hanging clothes. Any thoughts? Thanks!

    Posted on Jan 4th, 2013 at 2:12 PM by Kathleen

  • Kathleen, I would wash my clothes as early in the day as possible, hang my clothes on hangers and put the hangers on the shower curtain rod. Most should be dry by the time you need to use the shower in the evening. (Reverse if you shower in the morning.) This said, I hung clothes for awhile and was really not pleased with the results. If I were you I would still use the dryer for a few select things that you want to look "nice" -- husband's work-clothes maybe, for example. I just could not get that same softness without a dryer, and even ironing the clothes did not give them the same "finish" as clothes that had been ironed after going through the dryer. I ended up only hanging certain towels (thick ones got mold because they did not dry fast enough, so back to the dryer they went!), and smaller clothing items (socks, undies, smaller kids' items, etc.) It does reduce the load, though! But I was never able to cut out the dryer entirely. Good luck!!

    Posted on Jan 5th, 2013 at 10:46 AM by Jen

  • Jeanne, please stop trolling here and on National Catholic Register. Please.

    Posted on Jan 6th, 2013 at 8:01 PM by Monica (momof2)

  • Ah, come on Monica (momof2); you really mean to say your local extension office doesn't offer classes in using schools and dryers? ;-)

    Posted on Jan 6th, 2013 at 9:07 PM by Anna

  • Does this shock you, Jeanne? I was asking about using drying racks instead of the dryer despite (a) working full time, (b) having no children, (c) being highly educated (Masters degree), and (d) living in the largest, most cosmopolitan city in the country (New York). Despite, or perhaps because of, my education and urban lifestyle, I'm concerned about the effects of energy use on the environment (when NY has Florida's weather, we'll all be in trouble), but more than that, I was asking because my husband is out of work, and we're barely breaking even. The $25 or so that we spend each month on dryers in our building's laundry room could be the difference between complete austerity and getting to go out to eat (somewhere cheap) once a month or so, or the difference between social isolation and getting to see friends occasionally. Please try not to judge other people's motivations or situations without knowing them. You can't tell very much about my life or Jen's from what's posted here, so please don't make assumptions. Jen, thank you for your advice! I got used to hang-drying clothes when I studied abroad one semester in college, so I know that the "less-polished" look/feel isn't problematic for me. (And if "less-polished" were a problem at my office, I'd already be in trouble!) I wish we could just have a clothesline instead, but there's no where to put one on the streets of NYC! We already had to switch to thin towels for almost everything because the nice, fluffy, thick ones we had got smelly just from hanging to dry after we'd used them! Of course, the dryer's still available if we ever need it for something in particular, but I did find a highly-rated drying rack on amazon for a decent price, so we're going to order that one soon.

    Posted on Jan 7th, 2013 at 10:36 AM by Kathleen

  • Kathleen- not to sound Floridian on you, but I suggest moving West of the Hudson where the rent is cheaper. We live only 10 minutes from the city (WHKN) and our rent is so much cheaper and we don't have to pay the city income tax. You'll save so much more this way and have more room, maybe even a little yard with a clothesline. Of course, I'd love to ive in West Virginia mountains too!

    Posted on Jan 7th, 2013 at 11:49 AM by MMH

  • MMH - As best I can tell, we don't pay too much more (in rent - taxes are another story!) in the outer boroughs than we would on the NJ side of the river, and we're hoping that this unemployment is only temporary and the lean period passes quickly. We actually liked your town a lot when we were looking for a place to live, just found an apartment we loved in Queens before we found one in NJ.

    Posted on Jan 7th, 2013 at 3:03 PM by Kathleen

  • <h4>oh nice</h4>

    Posted on Jun 16th, 2015 at 5:55 AM by unknown