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I love them so much - but if anything ever happens to them in the next five years, I'd be a terrible person for him to go to. However, after that, it might be ok.
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Them1 = them2? Is "him" a member of either "them"?

Does this situation have anything to do with death? wills? custody of a child? or animal?

Them1 = human adults? does gender matter?
Them2 = ditto
Him = HAM? animal? child?

"...it might be ok" because of a change in your socioeconomic status? location? age?
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Them1 = them2? them1 = them2 + him Is "him" a member of either "them"? yes, them1

Does this situation have anything to do with death? yes, or at least permanent incapacitation wills? maybe custody of a child? yes or animal? no

Them1 = human adults? adults except 'him' does gender matter? no
Them2 = ditto H/A/Mixed
Him = HAM? animal? child? H/newborn/male

"...it might be ok" because of a change in your socioeconomic status? location? age? possibly to any and all, but also something else
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Relevant that five years from now, he would potentially be starting school?
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Relevant that five years from now, he would potentially be starting school?
This is an important part of it, yes
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is it anything to do with you being - ahem! - incapacitated from time to time?
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is it anything to do with you being - ahem! - incapacitated from time to time?
You mean my seizures? Partially, yes - good point, Shez!
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Do you know "them" personally? are they relatives of yours? friends?

Are "they1" the newborn and his parents?
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Do you know "them" personally? yes are they relatives of yours? by informal 'adoption', yes friends? this

Are "they1" the newborn and his parents? yes, and anyone else in the extended family who would be trusted to take care of him before they'd end up turning to me, lol.
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Is the mother our mutual friend that just had a baby yesterday? Do you mean that if the parents were unable to care for the child for whatever reason, you wouldn't be much help in the next five years but perhaps afterward?

Would it be OK after that because something about the baby would change? Or because something about you would change? Would something else change?
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Is the mother our mutual friend that just had a baby yesterday? yes, our one and only Leenie-kitteh =) Do you mean that if the parents were unable to care for the child for whatever reason, you wouldn't be much help in the next five years but perhaps afterward? yes

Would it be OK after that because something about the baby would change? well, for one thing the baby would most definitely no longer be a baby =) Or because something about you would change? perhaps Would something else change? it might - who can tell?
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Is the mother our mutual friend that just had a baby yesterday? yes, our one and only Leenie-kitteh =) Do you mean that if the parents were unable to care for the child for whatever reason, you wouldn't be much help in the next five years but perhaps afterward? yes

Would it be OK after that because something about the baby would change? well, for one thing the baby would most definitely no longer be a baby =) Or because something about you would change? perhaps Would something else change? it might - who can tell?
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HINT: The title is actually somewhat relevant, though maybe not in the most obvious way.
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If "something happened" in five years and by that time Leenie had a second child, perhaps a year old, would you be able to help the second child?

Is your job relevant? marital status? living arrangements?

Should we focus on why you would be "terrible" now?
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If "something happened" in five years and by that time Leenie had a second child, perhaps a year old, would you be able to help the second child? no

Is your job relevant? marital status? living arrangements? yes, yes, and yes

Should we focus on why you would be "terrible" now? yes
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It would be terrible because...

...you'd have less money?
...you wouldn't be able to work?
...you'd have to find childcare/stay at home?
...something to do with taxes?
...someone you live with wouldn't be happy about it?
...your home is not babyproofed?
...you lack a particular parenting skill?
...diapers smell bad?
...you are unable to be up in the middle of the night for feedings?
...something about the baby might trigger a seizure?
...babies can't eat cheeseburgers?
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It would be terrible because...

...you'd have less money? maybe
...you wouldn't be able to work? maybe
...you'd have to find childcare/stay at home? maybe
...something to do with taxes? I don't know o.O
...someone you live with wouldn't be happy about it? partly this
...your home is not babyproofed? and this
...you lack a particular parenting skill? and this
...diapers smell bad? and this
...you are unable to be up in the middle of the night for feedings? and this
...something about the baby might trigger a seizure? and maybe this
...babies can't eat cheeseburgers? this is a sad state of affairs =( but not technically relevant
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In five years, though, it wouldn't be terrible because...

...you expect to have more money?
...you'll be able to work while the child is in school?
...the child being in school would relieve you of childcare duties/ finding a daycare?
...your living arrangements will change?
...there would be no need for babyproofing?
...the child (hopefully) will be potty-trained?
...no middle of the night feedings?
...older children are less likely to trigger seizures?
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...you expect to have more money? perhaps
...you'll be able to work while the child is in school? work and school is relevant...
...the child being in school would relieve you of childcare duties/ finding a daycare? no, but...
...your living arrangements will change? this isn't likely
...there would be no need for babyproofing? this
...the child (hopefully) will be potty-trained? this
...no middle of the night feedings? this
...older children are less likely to trigger seizures? this may be, hopefully

focus on the work and school aspects
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Do you expect your current job to change in the next five years? Relevant?
Any of the following relevant?
-length of work day
-length of school day
-school year
-breaks (summer break, winter break, etc.)
-paycheck
-location of work
-location of school
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Do you expect your current job to change in the next five years? Relevant? my only job right now is working for Cutco, so let's assume I'm still 'working from home' basically. That would leave me free to...
Any of the following relevant?
-length of work day yes
-length of school day yes
-school year yes
-breaks (summer break, winter break, etc.) unsure
-paycheck not relevant
-location of work yes, very
-location of school even more relevant
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Home school? Public school Private school? Something else? Relevant?

My understanding is that having a flexible, work-from-home job allows you to care for the child around his school schedule. Is this correct? Am I missing something else relevant about this aspect of the puzzle?
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Home school? this, a particular homeschool program Public school Private school? Something else? Relevant?

My understanding is that having a flexible, work-from-home job allows you to care for the child around his school schedule. Is this correct? Am I missing something else relevant about this aspect of the puzzle? you've got that aspect pretty well figured out =) although, I'd be more involved with his school than that...
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You would homeschool the child when he was old enough, correct?

Is this program available through your work? through your mom's job? Should I know about this program without Google's help?
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You would homeschool the child when he was old enough, correct? Kindergarten is old enough, so correct

Is this program available through your work? through your mom's job? it's an independent "school" 'available' through neither, it's advertised a lot Should I know about this program without Google's help? you may or may not, I'm unsure whether it's branched into Texas - hang on - ah, it does have a Houston branch, at least.
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(that said, the Houston branch only provides grades 3-12, and not K-2)
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"Advertised"... on television?
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"Advertised"... on television?
Yes - at least here, I'm not sure about Texas. I've also seen ads here and there online.
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I think I just lost my usefulness. I don't have television and can't seem to recall any online homeschool ads.
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RECAP/REFOCUS:

"I love them so much - but if anything ever happens to them in the next five years, I'd be a terrible person for him to go to. However, after that, it might be ok."

I love my friend Colleen and her family a lot, but if anything happened to them in the next five years, I'd be a terrible person for Colleen's newborn son, Keenan Blair, to go to. However, after he turned five, it might be ok.

We've established that aspects of taking care of infants/toddlers are too difficult for me, but that looking after a school age child would be more doable. My working from home is relevant, and the fact that I work for Cutco now may or may not be the same in five years (i.e. I still expect to work from home in some capacity, possibly alongside Cutco).
I would be able to assist in homeschooling Keenan Blair through a particular homeschooling program. It's advertised on TV at least in California (but is available in certain locations throughout the USA and internationally), and there's also ads online.

There's still a couple last questions out there waiting to be asked...
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Is there anything relevant about the homeschool programme?

I know nothing about homeschooling since we don't have that here in Germany...
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Is there some sort of "school your child while working from home" aspect to this homeschool program? As in something like using what you're doing on the job to teach the child math/vocabulary/etc.?

Do you think homeschooling KB would take up less of your time than taking care of a toddler? possibly because of the particulars of this specific homeschool program?

Dori, in the US, homeschooling often (though definitely not always) seems to be carried out by parents for religious reasons. Sometimes there is a question of the merits of the public school system in the area, or the parents object to something or several things that the school system teaches, and sometimes it is simply a matter of the parents wanting to be responsible for the intellectual development of their own children, for instance, if one of the parents is a teacher in his/her own right.

I don't know *much* about homeschooling, but I believe that the state (or possibly just district?) has to approve the program being used, so as to make sure it is rigorous and meets state requirements so the kids don't lose out on anything by not being in the public school (Kaylee is talking about a pre-approved program, it seems, but some parents make up their own curricula). The kids have to pass standardized tests or otherwise prove that they're keeping up with their public school peers as well. There are usually homeschool associations within general regions where the parents and kids can associate with each other, the kids to get together and socialize, the parents to discuss homeschooling, ask advice, etc.

Now whether any of that is relevant or not, I have no idea :-)
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Is there anything relevant about the homeschool programme? yes, a lot =)

I know nothing about homeschooling since we don't have that here in Germany...o rly? I did nawt knoez! well, Kalira kitteh haz explainz it gud, Doriana kitteh =)

Is there some sort of "school your child while working from home" aspect to this homeschool program? Yes-ish - your child has a teacher in the program, but the parent/guardian/approved person's help is essential to the program especially in the K-5 grades As in something like using what you're doing on the job to teach the child math/vocabulary/etc.? But not like this, if I understand you.

Do you think homeschooling KB would take up less of your time than taking care of a toddler? Yes - or at least the time would be more fun and less stress for us both =)possibly because of the particulars of this specific homeschool program? Yes!

Dori, in the US, homeschooling often (though definitely not always) seems to be carried out by parents for religious reasons.this wouldn't be my reasoning Sometimes there is a question of the merits of the public school system in the area, somewhat relevant or the parents object to something or several things that the school system teaches, also somewhat relevant and sometimes it is simply a matter of the parents wanting to be responsible for the intellectual development of their own children, a lot more relevant for instance, if one of the parents is a teacher in his/her own right. I wouldn't be the teacher, but I would be the 'learning coach'

I don't know *much* about homeschooling, but I believe that the state (or possibly just district?) not sure, perhaps just district has to approve the program being used, so as to make sure it is rigorous and meets state requirements so the kids don't lose out on anything by not being in the public school (Kaylee is talking about a pre-approved program, it seems, but some parents make up their own curricula).pre-approved, yes. The kids have to pass standardized tests or otherwise prove that they're keeping up with their public school peers as well. There are usually homeschool associations within general regions where the parents and kids can associate with each other, the kids to get together and socialize, the parents to discuss homeschooling, ask advice, etc. this is all relevant - the program has several clubs and get-togethers for pupils and parents

Now whether any of that is relevant or not, I have no idea :-) Yep! =) Score points for teh kittehz!
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In this specific programme, do the kids work independently a lot?
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In this specific programme, do the kids work independently a lot?
More so in middle and high school grades than elementary school. When they're younger than 11, the Learning Coach (parent or other designated person) is more important to the learning process. But the teacher is still integral to the process, and they don't see their other classmates all the time.
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Is the program online? Relevant?
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Is the program online? YES! Relevant? VERY! =)
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Is your work done online? Could you work on your job while the boy works on his schoolwork nearby?
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Is your work done online? Some Could you work on your job while the boy works on his schoolwork nearby? Quite easily =)

I think that's it, except for the name of the online school...should I $poil or do you want to guess?
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Maybe I shouldn't have asked that...I'm too impatient right now to wait =P and it's pretty much solved anyway. Lol.

A few days ago, my honorary nephew, Keenan Blair Komenda was born. Between that and the pondering over the royal baby (HRH Prince George of Cambridge)'s potential godparents, it got me thinking of just who would take care of Keenan Blair if something ever happened to Cody and Colleen (and logically the rest of the family). I sincerely hope nothing ever makes it come to that, but if little KB should be orphaned or otherwise taken from his family and given to me, I'd feel a bit easier about it if he was older...

Being that I have seizures, stress is not a good thing for me, and dealing with an infant or toddler is more stress than I can handle. (One reason I'll probably never have my own kids.) Lately, I've seen a lot of ads for Connections Academy, on TV and the internet (mainly Facebook). Connections Academy is a "virtual school", not strictly homeschooling in the sense that the parent/guardian is not the teacher. The teacher is online and interacts with the student over the computer. The parent/guardian is the "Learning Coach", assisting the student by going over the teacher's lessons, homework and so on with the student. Connections Academy is free and provides all the necessary materials to the student. Up to four students per Learning Coach are permitted to enroll, and (in California at least), Connections Academy accepts students from kindergarten through 12th grade. In the Houston branch, students younger than 3rd graders can't apply (presumably the Houston area doesn't have K-2 teachers working for Connections Academy =( )

Connections Academy would be a good choice for KB even should Leenie and Cody be around to enroll him in it, I think; I have to check what grades the CA in their area has. But the range of languages, music and other activities besides the basics is a lot better than in most normal schools, I think. =) good job kalira, doriana and ciaobella kittehz!

***SPOILER***
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Interesting thoughts. I'm not familiar with Connections Academy, but I went to a self-paced school for a while, so I'm open to alternative programs. You always have me Googling the most interesting things!

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