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Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   Yesterday, 06:45 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,354
Posted By MeepyCat
Oh no. Can you and the kids stay with family or...

Oh no. Can you and the kids stay with family or friends for the weekend?

Also, did he put the thing about kicking the door down in a text? Keep that.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   Yesterday, 05:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 39
Posted By MeepyCat
What's the plan on where to live? Because you...

What's the plan on where to live? Because you have to live somewhere. There are pros and cons to owning a house, and pros and cons to specific, individual houses, and depending what they are,...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   Yesterday, 05:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 179
Posted By MeepyCat
There are lots of ways to "let go"/move on. Some...

There are lots of ways to "let go"/move on. Some things are genuinely unforgivable, and the notion that the only way forward involves forgiveness is one that abusers have made all kinds of hay...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   01-29-2015, 12:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 19
Posted By MeepyCat
Going away for a month, leaving your child in the...

Going away for a month, leaving your child in the care of loving, familiar adults, is not abandoning her. Not even a little.

I am not the most AP mom on this site, but I will tell you that...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   01-29-2015, 12:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 61
Posted By MeepyCat
I'd consider letting the reminders drop. You've...

I'd consider letting the reminders drop. You've told him what's happening, now, unless it comes up in conversation, let it drop.

There's a ton of advice out there for introducing a toddler to...
Forum: Parenting   01-29-2015, 10:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 29
Posted By MeepyCat
My school district has that app - it's less...

My school district has that app - it's less useful than you might think, because they assign kids to bus stops up to half a mile from home. Most people have to leave home before the point where it...
Forum: Parenting   01-29-2015, 08:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 59
Posted By MeepyCat
Snydley, I buy my kids toys. Sometimes I do it...

Snydley, I buy my kids toys. Sometimes I do it on birthdays and holidays, sometimes I do it at random. If I felt it were a problem, I wouldn't do it. OP has asked if we have problems dealing with...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   01-29-2015, 06:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 179
Posted By MeepyCat
I don't think there is value in reconciling with...

I don't think there is value in reconciling with someone who raped you. The whole effort can be counterproductive to mental health. I know there are some schools of thought that advocate that kind...
Forum: Parenting   01-28-2015, 06:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 59
Posted By MeepyCat
Who says anyone should get a toy 'just because'? ...

Who says anyone should get a toy 'just because'? Seriously, where did that even come up?

However, I don't think there's anything wrong with buying kids toys from time to time. Deliberately...
Forum: Parenting   01-28-2015, 03:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 59
Posted By MeepyCat
This is not a challenge I wrestle with terribly...

This is not a challenge I wrestle with terribly much. I am with marsupial_mom on explaining why we're there, and while I try not to rush, I also make a point of not having infinite time to do this -...
Forum: Life With a Baby   01-27-2015, 07:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 43
Posted By MeepyCat
I've used plastic pitchers snagged from the...

I've used plastic pitchers snagged from the hospital, and plastic cups from the kitchen. Pyrex measuring cups have nice spouts, but make me feel like I'm preparing to eat the baby.

For infants, I...
Forum: Education   01-26-2015, 05:00 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 16
Posted By MeepyCat
There's kind of two questions here - do you want...

There's kind of two questions here - do you want your son to stop playing, or do you want the games to be better?

The first seems like an issue for house rules, possibly assisted by parental...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   01-24-2015, 05:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 179
Posted By MeepyCat
Get counseling, maybe? I'm really worried...

Get counseling, maybe?

I'm really worried about the "man trap" comment, because it's both cruel and irrational. I don't think you should tray and handle this yourself. Get some help.
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-23-2015, 10:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 128
Posted By MeepyCat
Really? Why? When we say that kids don't or...

Really? Why?

When we say that kids don't or can't or shouldn't expect as much from their fathers as they do from their mothers, I feel like we basically tell our kids that no matter what Daddy...
Forum: Potty Learning   01-22-2015, 02:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 32
Posted By MeepyCat
It sounds like a great way to get her to pee on...

It sounds like a great way to get her to pee on her hands.

This works for you, and great. But a toddler is going to feel very differently about pee, splashing, and touching her labia than you...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   01-21-2015, 02:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 123
Posted By MeepyCat
There are two factors at work for me here: 1. ...

There are two factors at work for me here:
1. Talking to yourself in bed after bedtime is completely harmless. Sometimes it's what young children do to wind down after the day. My DD in...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   01-20-2015, 05:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 123
Posted By MeepyCat
It's hard to tell on the internet whether he's...

It's hard to tell on the internet whether he's just a high-volume person or whether the shouting is a real problem. Oh wait. Not always.

Why bother to shout at a toddler who is talking in bed...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   01-18-2015, 06:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 267
Posted By MeepyCat
Really, your partner thought that stuff could...

Really, your partner thought that stuff could yave meant anything? Do burnt matches climb onto the roof by themselves?

My kids are a ways from their teen years, and heaven only knows where we'll...
Forum: Queer Parenting   01-16-2015, 11:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 31
Posted By MeepyCat
I typed an answer and lost it. My kids have...

I typed an answer and lost it.

My kids have had far fewer questions about their ftm nanny than they have about my mastectomies. (Dd has no issues at all with the nanny's gender or gender...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-15-2015, 08:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 226
Posted By MeepyCat
I want to speak to this a little, because it...

I want to speak to this a little, because it worries me.

We are talking about a five year-old. People - extended family included - should understand that. Five year-olds sometimes say or do...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   01-15-2015, 07:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 44
Posted By MeepyCat
A lot of people are more comfortable with...

A lot of people are more comfortable with documents that have legal or economic significance being kept as hard copies. It is relatively easy to edit or alter a document in a word processing...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   01-12-2015, 10:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 200
Posted By MeepyCat
Meh - I'm sorry. That is one heck of a list your...

Meh - I'm sorry. That is one heck of a list your husband has for a kid's extracurriculars. That much driving will *kill* your spare time.
Forum: I'm Pregnant   01-12-2015, 06:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 53
Posted By MeepyCat
Did the doctor give you any sense of how closely...

Did the doctor give you any sense of how closely the placenta was centered on the cervix? That might help you think through probabilities more clearly.

My concern about the natural birth classes...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-12-2015, 02:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 119
Posted By MeepyCat
Get out of the middle of this. Your husband's ex...

Get out of the middle of this. Your husband's ex is yanking you around. You've managed to come to an agreement where you both have the children for more time AND pay more child support to their...
Forum: Trying To Conceive   01-11-2015, 02:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 48
Posted By MeepyCat
I'm not a doctor, but IMO, you should be fine. ...

I'm not a doctor, but IMO, you should be fine. Absolutely no problems working out while TTC.

However, once you get pregnant, you need to be careful in some specific ways. In particular: when...
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