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Many things that we use everyday would require welding for it to continually function and work well for us. It may be something we use at home, at work.

At times, we go to specific shops to do the needed welding for us. Some of us even have a specific staff from these shops do the welding work we need. By having a specific shop or person do the work for us, we somehow feel more assured that the job will be done well.

Now, for some people, they have enough skills and knowledge about welding that as long as they have the welding supplies and accessories, they will do it themselves. It’s something easy for them. Some of them can even do it as precisely as a skilled welder. Not all people have such a skill or should we say, gift. Most of us would rather head to our favored welding shop to do the work for us.If you are not the type who does his or her welding work and would need a welding shop to handle it, it may be a good idea though to ask around. Get recommendations from friends, co-workers. That way you are sure that it will be done well.

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Pantip plaza is one big mall in Bangkok that sells appliances, computers and gadgets. Hubby loves to go around this mall for window shopping. The other day, we went there to have our friend's computer fixed and while waiting, we went around to look at the equipment they had on sale.

I was so eyeing on the desktop computer-- I really wish we had one in the house, because we feel that the laptop is getting so overused. Of course it is not a major need, but it's a good idea to save up for it, anyway.

A friend of ours gave us a TV set about two years ago. Those who are particular with TVs would probably laugh at the old model we have, but we don't mind. If we were to buy one of those flat screen TVs, mounting brackets at standandmounts would be worth-buying too, since are such space savers.

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I have made a post about the Pros/ positives of homeschooling.  Now, for its cons.  There is no guarantee that homeschooled kids turn out to be perfect kids since they are very much sheltered in their homes and are under their parents' eyes almost 24 hours.  In fact, homeschooling is not a solution to your child's misbehavior.

For those who are contemplating of homeschooling their kids, it would be good to also consider its negative aspects:

1.  Financial Restraints. With our growing cost of living, it would be very normal to see both parents trying to earn a living these days.  When you decide to homeschool your child, it could mean that one of the parents have to give up work and focus on teaching the kid/s instead.  It could mean that with only one parent working, the income drops.  It is a risk the family has to take.

However, I know of some homeschooling parents who also pool their resources together.  They form a group and ask those stay-at-home moms to take turns in supervising the kids.  Those who need to work will just pay a substantial amount to their friends who take care of the homeschooling.  Now this is a brilliant idea because then, you entrust your kids to people you know.

In our case, we actually have one lady who takes care of the homeschooling and we just pay her.  This is because regular school is unbelievably expensive here in Thailand and homeschooling is the only way to "send" kids to school-- unless we enroll them in Thai schools where the only medium of instruction is Thai.

2.  Time Restraints.  It could be very draining on the part of the parent  who is teaching the kid/s.  Although homeschooling sounds easy, it is actually not.  Imagine having to creatively do some extra-curricular activities in order to supplement the lessons?  That could be draining and definitely a full time work on the parent.

3.  Limited Team Sports, Less Social Life.  Whether you like it or not, your homeschooled kids could miss out the fun of playing in a team like the ones in regular schools.  Your kids could miss out on essay writing, dance , singing competitions that you used to enjoy as a kid.

We are actually working on this right now.  We are planning to have the kids sit in at a local school so that they can also enjoy other friends aside from the kids that they are learning with.  Aside from that, we also like them to learn Thai language since we see ourselves working in this foreign country long term.  Of course, we still have to continue homeschooling them.  Their Thai school will just be  part of their time so they can also bond with local kids.

There are also other ways to improve your homeschoolers' social life.  Enroll them in a ballet or karate class.  Find clubs.  Some parents talk with principals in schools and enroll their kids part time so they can enjoy the Physical education or art classes.

If you are planning to homeschool, there is no other way to do it than to be creative in order to have well-rounded and socially healthy kids.

 

 

 

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