Anyway: If school ended up taking more than 1.5 hours, Herself would get into a snit and her attitude would go south. Didn't matter that she wasn't doing all her work, and the work she did was half-arsed, SHE was done by 9. Her attitude was starting to bleed over onto Himself - not the rushing part, but he'd immediately jump on the computer to play, and he'd blatantly ignore my "Your time is UP" chants (to the point I had to cut the internet to his Mac.)...and then he'd go into his room and watch You Tube on his tablet.
So. New rules. NO computer until after 2 PM. Tablets are e-readers only to that point - and NO going into bedrooms to "read". School takes as long as it takes (and today? *I* drug it out. We started at 8...and didn't finish until 11:30, because I forced myself to do stuff in between subjects (we did Bible, then, while they were copying the spelling list, I started a load of laundry. And put each item in 1. at. a. time. :snicker: Then I loaded the dishwasher in between spelling and diagramming. Yeah....my house will be SPOTLESS at this rate! :lol:), and there will be NO muttering about how long it takes. Chores will be done BEFORE the computer gets turned on - and the tablets remain e-readers until then, as well.
Herself is pissed over this. Himself....is upset with himself, because he knows he brought it onto himself. He's OK, for the most part - because he's bright enough to know that he still has it better than PS kids.
I'll be honest - we are seriously discussing buying iPads for the kids (refurb; after the 3 comes out in March.) Why? Because I can't figure out the damned Android parental controls. I've tried; I've looked at apps until I'm totally confused...but google won't recognize the tablets, I can't find exactly the apps I want (and am willing to pay for)....iPad? I understand. There's a section in the system preferences that lets parents say WHEN wifi is available, WHAT websites are OK (and you can put time limits on them, I think - if not, there ARE apps for that!) and.....I just like how easy Apple has made things. :sigh: The only way we can do it, though, is IF the bids come in low enough on the garage conversion that I have the $$$ left over. (Confession: SG had to have his iPad back; he hasn't gotten himself an upgrade yet because he wants a 3. So...he bought me an iPad 2 refurb for school. Yeah, I'm spoiled. Yes, I'm kinda embarrassed to admit he bought it for me....but happy, because I had gotten used to having one for school. :sigh: When he gets his upgrade, we'll look at buying a refurb 1 for Himself, and let Herself have SG's - it's got 32g; she needs the space for all the crochet patterns she keeps downloading. Himself....can make due with a 16g. Again - it's cheaper. It's why I'm looking at the 1's instead of 2's.....hopefully the price will drop when the 3's are announced...rumor has it that it'll be 3/7/12. :fingers crossed: Mine is a 16g, and there's plenty of room for all the books and apps I have...so, that'll be enough for Himself.)
I bet that if I weren't already used to Apple, the Coby's would make sense to me. I just.....I can't figure out how Android does things. Apple? It's all right there. I don't need to be techy at all to figure it out. Android? I had to dig around to figure out how to "root" it, so I could get Android market on there (but then, while you can get to the Market, you can't BUY anything, so it was a moot point anyway.).....I'm getting too old for this. Oh - and I figured out how to get the books on there to begin with, but now I can't add any new ones. And Herself can't find the patterns she copied over - you can see them when you have the thing plugged in to the Mac, but you can't find them when it's untethered - the memory is gone, so they're THERE, but we can't find them. :sigh: I hate it when electronics make me feel stupid.......
ANYWAY. Today went well - Math actually took 1 hour for both, because he had a lot of problems, and she got stuck on number sequences. I got a lot of housework done :snicker:....SG is home today; he's out in the shop prepping the coffee and end tables for me. They were starting to be embarrassing, so they're going to get faux-finished. Marble, I think - that's tomorrow's "free Art" project. Each kid'll get an end table while I do the coffee table. Should be fun!
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