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Children, College, and Confidence: Maya's Homework 5:32 PM (9 minutes ago) Bunmi Laditan to Hello Maya's teachers, Maya will be drastically reducing the amount of homework she does this year. She's been very stressed and is starting to have physical symptoms such as chest pain and waking up at 4AM worrying about her school workload. She's not behind academically and very much enjoys school. We've consulted with a tutor and a therapist suggested we lighten her workload. Doing 2-3 hours of homework after getting home at 4:30 is leaving little time for her to just be a child and enjoy family time and we'd like to avoid her sinking into a depression over this. Thank you for understanding. warmly, Bunmi vaporwavevocap: ryttu3k: darkwizardjamesmason: dienaziscum: fishcustardandclintbarton: huffingtonpost: Mom declares her daughter is done with homework in viral email. Blogger Bunmi Laditan sent her 10-year-old’s school a clear message. “Hello Maya’s teachers, Maya will be drastically reducing the amount of homework she does this year. She’s been very stressed and is starting to have physical symptoms such as chest pain and waking up at 4 a.m. worrying about her school workload. She’s not behind academically and very much enjoys school. We consulted with a tutor and a therapist suggested we lighten her workload. Doing 2-3 hours of homework after getting home at 4:30 is leaving little time for her to just be a child and enjoy family time and we’d like to avoid her sinking into a depression over this.” A++++ parenting 💜 I’ve talked with a whole cadre of child therapists and psychiatrists about this very issue. There is little conclusive evidence that homework significantly improves elementary school children’s grades, understanding of subjects, or facility with various operations, processes, etc. However, plenty of evidence suggests that ever-increasing amounts of homework for young children lead to stress, anxiety, emotional fatigue, resistance toward academics in general, lack of leisure time to build social/interpersonal skills, and poorer family relations.  (My kids were doing about 3 hours a week IN KINDERGARTEN, at age 5 – so that’s ½ hour every night, after a 6.5 hour school day, or else saving it up for long slogs over the weekend, even more disruptive. And that wasn’t including reading practice!) We have stopped doing homework altogether with my 7 year old as a result of severe anxiety/depression and a learning disability. She had gotten to a place where she had so little self confidence and truly believed that she was stupid and worthless, not just because of homework of course – but every time we tried to sit down to do homework with her, it’d end in tears with her really vehemently berating herself, and no amount of encouragement could ameliorate the damage done. Now, granted, she’s got other things going on besides just an overload of school work. But in NO WAY did the homework help her, either academically or emotionally.  No little kid should have to spend an hour or more each night getting through homework. Now, my deal with Siena is that if she wants to give her homework a shot, I will absolutely help her if she wishes for help, but I no longer force her to complete all of it or to work on it for some set length of time before finally throwing in the towel.  Guess what? With the pressure taken off, she’s actually doing MORE independent work now, purely out of the desire to learn and practice, than she ever was before we’d decided with her therapy team and school that homework was just not a thing this kid could handle. Luckily for my older daughter my school’s 3rd-grade team decided to hand out homework only 3x/week, and the sheets take no more than 15-20 minutes to complete. That is totally reasonable for 8-9 year olds!  Anyway tl;dr just because the school system may require it sure as shit doesn’t mean parents can’t, or shouldn’t, fight it. Do what’s right for your kid, and above all, let them be kids.  I eventually stopped doing homework because I was overwhelmed by it. There was an article just the other day in the local paper about a primary school that’s abolishing homework! You can read it here (autoplay video, gives you a few seconds to stop it). Homework is intrusive in a young child’s life. It makes sense for adults who will likely have to bring work home with them so in college it’s good training. But for young kids. No. Seriously I’m 100% on board with this. There are high school students expected to do three or four hours and beyond worth of homework every day. It’s fucking ridiculous. And I work in elementary school where we literally have little kids develop anxiety disorder and have panic attacks over homework and testing. This shit is not normal.
Children, College, and Confidence: Maya's Homework
 5:32 PM (9 minutes ago)
 Bunmi Laditan
 to
 Hello Maya's teachers,
 Maya will be drastically reducing the amount of homework she does this year. She's been very stressed and is starting to have
 physical symptoms such as chest pain and waking up at 4AM worrying about her school workload.
 She's not behind academically and very much enjoys school. We've consulted with a tutor and a therapist suggested we lighten
 her workload. Doing 2-3 hours of homework after getting home at 4:30 is leaving little time for her to just be a child and enjoy
 family time and we'd like to avoid her sinking into a depression over this.
 Thank you for understanding.
 warmly, Bunmi
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Mom declares her daughter is done with homework in viral email.
Blogger Bunmi Laditan sent her 10-year-old’s school a clear message.
“Hello Maya’s teachers,
Maya will be drastically reducing the amount of homework she does this year. She’s been very stressed and is starting to have physical symptoms such as chest pain and waking up at 4 a.m. worrying about her school workload. 
She’s not behind academically and very much enjoys school. We consulted with a tutor and a therapist suggested we lighten her workload. Doing 2-3 hours of homework after getting home at 4:30 is leaving little time for her to just be a child and enjoy family time and we’d like to avoid her sinking into a depression over this.”


A++++ parenting 💜

I’ve talked with a whole cadre of child therapists and psychiatrists about this very issue. There is little conclusive evidence that homework significantly improves elementary school children’s grades, understanding of subjects, or facility with various operations, processes, etc. However, plenty of evidence suggests that ever-increasing amounts of homework for young children lead to stress, anxiety, emotional fatigue, resistance toward academics in general, lack of leisure time to build social/interpersonal skills, and poorer family relations.  (My kids were doing about 3 hours a week IN KINDERGARTEN, at age 5 – so that’s ½ hour every night, after a 6.5 hour school day, or else saving it up for long slogs over the weekend, even more disruptive. And that wasn’t including reading practice!) 


We have stopped doing homework altogether with my 7 year old as a result of severe anxiety/depression and a learning disability. She had gotten to a place where she had so little self confidence and truly believed that she was stupid and worthless, not just because of homework of course – but every time we tried to sit down to do homework with her, it’d end in tears with her really vehemently berating herself, and no amount of encouragement could ameliorate the damage done. Now, granted, she’s got other things going on besides just an overload of school work. But in NO WAY did the homework help her, either academically or emotionally. 
No little kid should have to spend an hour or more each night getting through homework. Now, my deal with Siena is that if she wants to give her homework a shot, I will absolutely help her if she wishes for help, but I no longer force her to complete all of it or to work on it for some set length of time before finally throwing in the towel. 
Guess what? With the pressure taken off, she’s actually doing MORE independent work now, purely out of the desire to learn and practice, than she ever was before we’d decided with her therapy team and school that homework was just not a thing this kid could handle.
Luckily for my older daughter my school’s 3rd-grade team decided to hand out homework only 3x/week, and the sheets take no more than 15-20 minutes to complete. That is totally reasonable for 8-9 year olds! 
Anyway tl;dr just because the school system may require it sure as shit doesn’t mean parents can’t, or shouldn’t, fight it. Do what’s right for your kid, and above all, let them be kids. 

I eventually stopped doing homework because I was overwhelmed by it.

There was an article just the other day in the local paper about a primary school that’s abolishing homework! You can read it here (autoplay video, gives you a few seconds to stop it).


Homework is intrusive in a young child’s life. It makes sense for adults who will likely have to bring work home with them so in college it’s good training. But for young kids. No.

Seriously I’m 100% on board with this. There are high school students expected to do three or four hours and beyond worth of homework every day. It’s fucking ridiculous. And I work in elementary school where we literally have little kids develop anxiety disorder and have panic attacks over homework and testing. This shit is not normal.

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America, Apparently, and Bad: normal-horoscopes: pooraurora: postmarxed: inkandcayenne: wilfulwayfarer: rasec-wizzlbang: dalaisa-katili: local-emo-mom: anarcho-individualist: explanatorypower: i dont understand this at all and america scares the fuck out of me This is the america they don’t want you to see i love america This is what you call Waffle House at 2 am when the bars close and everyone is drunk and hungry *group of people having fun*this site: wtf this is so scary People having safe fun at a waffle house is scary for most Tumblr bloggers, reports say. Some context for those not familiar with Waffle House Culture:  Waffle House is one of the few chains in America that’s open 24/7/365, and where you can get both breakfast and lunch/dinner options at any time (I have had so many Breakfast Cheeseburgers at Waffle Houses). The food is really good, and people eat there at all times of the day or night, but it’s particularly popular as a late-night post-drinking spot because it’s all that’s open and it’s the kind of food that tastes especially good when you’re hammered. Part of Waffle House Protocol is that all the servers and cooks greet every single customer as they come through the door. It sounds lame, but I’ve never been to a Waffle House where that greeting didn’t feel completely heartfelt. My mom is a health nut who could barely find anything on the menu she was willing to eat and yet she describes the Christmas Day lunch we had there one year as one of the nicest meals she’s ever had because everyone was so warm and welcoming. That sense of camaraderie gets turned up to 11, of course, at 2 a.m. when everyone’s shitfaced. The jukeboxes have Waffle-House-themed songs on them (once you have heard “Raisins in my Toast” you will be earwormed forever) and there is an arcane system of hash brown ordering: scattered, smothered, covered, chunked, topped, diced, peppered, and/or capped. The hot sauce bottles say “Casa de Waffle.”  Once, in Oxford (UK), my husband and I walked past a kebab van very late one night and he said “why do I smell Waffle House” The location of most Waffle Houses means there’s some… classism that tends to get tied up with Anti-Waffle House Discourse, which is probably lending itself, in part, to this being such a fraught topic. (I’m looking at a map and apparently I was born and raised right in the middle of the Peak Waffle House Density Zone) It is, in the words of chef Anthony Bourdain, “indeed marvelous— an irony-free zone where everything is beautiful and nothing hurts; where everybody regardless of race, creed, color or degree of inebriation is welcomed.” We’re not even gonna mention FEMA’s Waffle House Index where they determine how bad a natural disaster is by calling the local Waffle House to see if they’re open? #and wafflehouse is one of those spiritual places#2am friendships#its the same hazy feel#of cicadas and front porches with your friends Waffle House is physical and spiritual neutral territory. Starting shit in a Waffle House isn’t just bad form, it tips the entire natural balance of the universe against you.
America, Apparently, and Bad: normal-horoscopes:

pooraurora:

postmarxed:
inkandcayenne:

wilfulwayfarer:

rasec-wizzlbang:

dalaisa-katili:

local-emo-mom:

anarcho-individualist:

explanatorypower:
i dont understand this at all and america scares the fuck out of me

This is the america they don’t want you to see

i love america

This is what you call Waffle House at 2 am when the bars close and everyone is drunk and hungry

*group of people having fun*this site: wtf this is so scary


People having safe fun at a waffle house is scary for most Tumblr bloggers, reports say.

Some context for those not familiar with Waffle House Culture: 
Waffle House is one of the few chains in America that’s open 24/7/365, and where you can get both breakfast and lunch/dinner options at any time (I have had so many Breakfast Cheeseburgers at Waffle Houses). The food is really good, and people eat there at all times of the day or night, but it’s particularly popular as a late-night post-drinking spot because it’s all that’s open and it’s the kind of food that tastes especially good when you’re hammered.
Part of Waffle House Protocol is that all the servers and cooks greet every single customer as they come through the door. It sounds lame, but I’ve never been to a Waffle House where that greeting didn’t feel completely heartfelt. My mom is a health nut who could barely find anything on the menu she was willing to eat and yet she describes the Christmas Day lunch we had there one year as one of the nicest meals she’s ever had because everyone was so warm and welcoming. That sense of camaraderie gets turned up to 11, of course, at 2 a.m. when everyone’s shitfaced.
The jukeboxes have Waffle-House-themed songs on them (once you have heard “Raisins in my Toast” you will be earwormed forever) and there is an arcane system of hash brown ordering: scattered, smothered, covered, chunked, topped, diced, peppered, and/or capped. The hot sauce bottles say “Casa de Waffle.” 
Once, in Oxford (UK), my husband and I walked past a kebab van very late one night and he said “why do I smell Waffle House”
The location of most Waffle Houses means there’s some… classism that tends to get tied up with Anti-Waffle House Discourse, which is probably lending itself, in part, to this being such a fraught topic. (I’m looking at a map and apparently I was born and raised right in the middle of the Peak Waffle House Density Zone)
It is, in the words of chef Anthony Bourdain, “indeed marvelous— an irony-free zone where everything is beautiful and nothing hurts; where everybody regardless of race, creed, color or degree of inebriation is welcomed.”


We’re not even gonna mention FEMA’s Waffle House Index where they determine how bad a natural disaster is by calling the local Waffle House to see if they’re open? 



#and wafflehouse is one of those spiritual places#2am friendships#its the same hazy feel#of cicadas and front porches with your friends



Waffle House is physical and spiritual neutral territory. Starting shit in a Waffle House isn’t just bad form, it tips the entire natural balance of the universe against you.

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Click, Target, and Tumblr: Step one: Make a line (it can be a bit messy). X Motion Blun Cancel Preview 100% Angle: 46 Pixels Distance: 243 Step two: Add motion blur to line. Step three: Lock layer and paint in a rainbow with a soft brush. Keep the colours light! Step four: Duplicate layer and offset slightly. Layer Style Blending Options General Blending Styles OK Blending Options Blend Mode: Normal Cancel Opacity: Bevel & Emboss New Style... Advanced Blending Contour Fill Opacib Channels: Preview Texture G B R + Stroke Inner Shadow Blend Interior Effects Blend Clipped Layers Transparency Shapes Layer s Group Group Inner Glow Layer Mask Hides Effects Satin Vector Mask Hides Effects Color Overlay + Blend If Gray Gradient Overlay This Layer: 255 Pattern Overlay Top Layer OOuter Glow Underlying Layer: 255 Drop Shadow Layer Style Blending Options General Blending Styles OK Normal Blending Options Blend Mode: Cancel Opacity: Bevel & Emboss New Style... Advanced Blending Contour Fill 100 Preview Texture G B Channels: R Bottom Layer Knockout: None Inner Shadow Blend Interior Effects Blend Clipped Layers Transparency Shapes Layer Layer Mask Hides Effects + s Group Group Inner Glow Satin Vector Mask Hides Effects Color Overlay + Blend If Gradient Overlay + This Layer: 255 Pattern Overlay Outer Glow Underlying Layer: 255 Drop Shadow fx Step five: Open layer style menu and check off the channels as shown. (double click on the layer) Step six: Repeat! If you want to make it a bit brighter, try painting layer set to Overlay with a light colour. over it in a new larndraws: I was asked how I made the rainbow light effect in my last piece, so I put together a quick step by step.
Click, Target, and Tumblr: Step one: Make a line (it can be a bit messy).
 X
 Motion Blun
 Cancel
 Preview
 100%
 Angle: 46
 Pixels
 Distance: 243
 Step two: Add motion blur to line.
 Step three: Lock layer and paint in a
 rainbow with a soft brush. Keep the colours light!

 Step four: Duplicate layer and offset slightly.
 Layer Style
 Blending Options
 General Blending
 Styles
 OK
 Blending Options
 Blend Mode:
 Normal
 Cancel
 Opacity:
 Bevel & Emboss
 New Style...
 Advanced Blending
 Contour
 Fill Opacib
 Channels:
 Preview
 Texture
 G
 B
 R
 +
 Stroke
 Inner Shadow
 Blend Interior Effects
 Blend Clipped Layers
 Transparency Shapes Layer
 s Group
 Group
 Inner Glow
 Layer Mask Hides Effects
 Satin
 Vector Mask Hides Effects
 Color Overlay
 +
 Blend If
 Gray
 Gradient Overlay
 This Layer:
 255
 Pattern Overlay
 Top Layer
 OOuter Glow
 Underlying Layer:
 255
 Drop Shadow
 Layer Style
 Blending Options
 General Blending
 Styles
 OK
 Normal
 Blending Options
 Blend Mode:
 Cancel
 Opacity:
 Bevel & Emboss
 New Style...
 Advanced Blending
 Contour
 Fill
 100
 Preview
 Texture
 G
 B
 Channels: R
 Bottom Layer
 Knockout: None
 Inner Shadow
 Blend Interior Effects
 Blend Clipped Layers
 Transparency Shapes Layer
 Layer Mask Hides Effects
 +
 s Group
 Group
 Inner Glow
 Satin
 Vector Mask Hides Effects
 Color Overlay
 +
 Blend If
 Gradient Overlay
 +
 This Layer:
 255
 Pattern Overlay
 Outer Glow
 Underlying Layer:
 255
 Drop Shadow
 fx
 Step five: Open layer style menu
 and check off the channels as shown.
 (double click on the layer)

 Step six: Repeat! If you want to make it a bit brighter,
 try painting
 layer set to Overlay with a light colour.
 over it in a new
larndraws:

I was asked how I made the rainbow light effect in my last piece, so I put together a quick step by step.

larndraws: I was asked how I made the rainbow light effect in my last piece, so I put together a quick step by step.

God, Head, and Oh My God: Instructions: YOU MATCHED WITH ON 11/05/2019 ose any topic and I'll give you a pick up line related to it 1) You add potatoes to medium pot & fill with water until all potatoes are covered and static Yesterday 15:11 2) Only season with salt as extra nando's creamy mash x 3) Use the hob to bring to the boil & reduce to a simmer until potatoes are tender. After roughly 15 minutes remove heat from pan Yesterday 18:17 Ingredients: 500g Gold Potatoes (peeled and chopped into large chunks) 1/2 stick unsalted butter,+2 tablespoons, divided 1/2 head of garlic (cloves smashed) 1/3 cup warm heavy cream 14 cup sour cream 14 tsp. salt 4) After, melt butter on a low heat or semi 5) Remove as milk solids rise to the top. Be careful as these may 6) Easily add garlic & cook on low for 15 minutes then remove the garlic area Instructions: 7) Visibly check potatoes and drain thoroughly so they are not too thiclk 1) You add potatoes to medium pot & fill with water until all potatoes are covered and static 8) Essentially, while potatoes are hot, pass through a potato ricer and add back to pot above 2) Only season with salt as extra for you 8) Essentially, while potatoes are hot, pass through a potato ricer and add back to pot above 12) Upon transferring to a serving dish, melt remaining butter too 9) Rinse in melted butter, salt, heavy cream & sour cream carefully 13) Time to pour over potatoes then garnish with paprika, just like on the menu 10) Yielding a hand held mixer beat the potatoes on high until potatoes are smooth and fluffy also 14) Eat and enjoy, makes a great treat Read the first letter of each of the 14 instructions from the Nando's creamy mash recipe 11) Carefully season with salt and pepper, with the perfect amount Yesterday 23:45 12) Upon transferring to a serving dish, melt remaining butter too oh my god that's amazing 13) Time to pour over potatoes then garnish with paprika, just like on the menu Today 05:49 Now read the last letter of each of the 14 instructions 14) Eat and enjoy, makes a great treat Read the first letter of each of the 14 instructions from the Nando's creamy mash recipe Today 08:59 after that, yeah you can The effort I put into this seemed to pay off
God, Head, and Oh My God: Instructions:
 YOU MATCHED WITH ON 11/05/2019
 ose any topic and I'll give you a
 pick up line related to it
 1) You add potatoes to medium
 pot & fill with water until all
 potatoes are covered and static
 Yesterday 15:11
 2) Only season with salt as extra
 nando's creamy mash x
 3) Use the hob to bring to the boil
 & reduce to a simmer until
 potatoes are tender. After roughly
 15 minutes remove heat from pan
 Yesterday 18:17
 Ingredients:
 500g Gold Potatoes (peeled and
 chopped into large chunks)
 1/2 stick unsalted butter,+2
 tablespoons, divided
 1/2 head of garlic (cloves
 smashed)
 1/3 cup warm heavy cream
 14 cup sour cream
 14 tsp. salt
 4) After, melt butter on a low heat
 or semi
 5) Remove as milk solids rise to
 the top. Be careful as these may
 6) Easily add garlic & cook on low
 for 15 minutes then remove the
 garlic area
 Instructions:
 7) Visibly check potatoes and
 drain thoroughly so they are not
 too thiclk
 1) You add potatoes to medium
 pot & fill with water until all
 potatoes are covered and static
 8) Essentially, while potatoes are
 hot, pass through a potato ricer
 and add back to pot above
 2) Only season with salt as extra
 for you
 8) Essentially, while potatoes are
 hot, pass through a potato ricer
 and add back to pot above
 12) Upon transferring to a serving
 dish, melt remaining butter too
 9) Rinse in melted butter, salt,
 heavy cream & sour cream
 carefully
 13) Time to pour over potatoes
 then garnish with paprika, just like
 on the menu
 10) Yielding a hand held mixer
 beat the potatoes on high until
 potatoes are smooth and fluffy
 also
 14) Eat and enjoy, makes a great
 treat
 Read the first letter of each of the
 14 instructions from the Nando's
 creamy mash recipe
 11) Carefully season with salt and
 pepper, with the perfect amount
 Yesterday 23:45
 12) Upon transferring to a serving
 dish, melt remaining butter too
 oh my god
 that's amazing
 13) Time to pour over potatoes
 then garnish with paprika, just like
 on the menu
 Today 05:49
 Now read the last letter of each of
 the 14 instructions
 14) Eat and enjoy, makes a great
 treat
 Read the first letter of each of the
 14 instructions from the Nando's
 creamy mash recipe
 Today 08:59
 after that, yeah you can
The effort I put into this seemed to pay off

The effort I put into this seemed to pay off