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Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-14-2014, 11:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 548
Posted By greenemami
Hmmm...I don't really see how those issues...

Hmmm...I don't really see how those issues translate to a need for therapy for a 5-year-old. Definitely not the after school socialization bit, since I think it's pretty young to be worrying about...
Forum: Single Parenting   10-08-2014, 11:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 862
Posted By greenemami
Sometimes it is nice to not even have the option...

Sometimes it is nice to not even have the option to wonder about. I think we've all had moments when we'd prefer our ex's just conveniently go away, so don't feel too bad about it, especially in...
Forum: Single Parenting   10-08-2014, 09:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 862
Posted By greenemami
Even if your ex would agree to that, I believe...

Even if your ex would agree to that, I believe that in many (though not all) states you actually must have another person lined up to adopt the child before you can terminate the parent's rights,...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-05-2014, 07:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 423
Posted By greenemami
Ehh, this is really normal for that age. I think...

Ehh, this is really normal for that age. I think it's actually really good that she felt comfortable enough to ask! I remember when my dsd was kind of asking questions right around that age, and...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-22-2014, 10:19 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,154
Posted By greenemami
My daughter participates in a a couple of...

My daughter participates in a a couple of activities for homeschoolers and a couple that are not (i.e. dance etc.) She loves them all and would be sad not to be out and interacting frequently. When...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-15-2014, 06:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 281
Posted By greenemami
Last year for first grade, we did story of the...

Last year for first grade, we did story of the world vol 1 (which she liked, but did not love, and we didn't do all of it) for history and Sassafras Science Zoology for science-a literature based...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-07-2014, 08:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 539
Posted By greenemami
Though we coslept much longer than it sounds like...

Though we coslept much longer than it sounds like you plan to, we had a very similar set up when my son was born. Dsd was nearly 9 and dd was almost 3. Also a small house with 3 small bedrooms. ...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   08-29-2014, 03:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 603
Posted By greenemami
Yes to everything VM said above. You do not...

Yes to everything VM said above.

You do not actually have to take on the responsibility of being "mother" to your sd when she is there. Of course you can and should continue being a caring and...
Forum: Single Parenting   08-29-2014, 02:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 862
Posted By greenemami
I was able to find the "standard" agreement at my...

I was able to find the "standard" agreement at my county's law library. It wasn't available online otherwise, but I could go to the actual library, fill in the blanks on their computer ,and print it...
Forum: Single Parenting   08-25-2014, 11:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 862
Posted By greenemami
I'm curious as to why she said that. I'm under...

I'm curious as to why she said that. I'm under the impression that the papers can say pretty much whatever you want, so long as the father agrees (which hopefully he will since he is not involved...
Forum: Single Parenting   08-24-2014, 05:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 492
Posted By greenemami
It could be for districting purposes-to prove you...

It could be for districting purposes-to prove you have primary custody and your son should be in that school? I was not required to give custody papers either when registering dd with the district...
Forum: Life With a Baby   08-15-2014, 02:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,246
Posted By greenemami
I've worked from home since my oldest was 2 and...

I've worked from home since my oldest was 2 and my youngest's whole life, minus a month of maternity leave :) No childcare minus very sporadic help from their dad when we were together (when I...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-14-2014, 12:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,038
Posted By greenemami
I'm a single mom homeschooler as well-I have the...

I'm a single mom homeschooler as well-I have the kids majority of the time and do all of the homeschooling. Ex mostly leaves it alone, except to occasionally chime in about his concerns. Dd7 is...
Forum: Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico   07-16-2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 385
Posted By greenemami
Yup, technically he has no legal rights if he is...

Yup, technically he has no legal rights if he is not on the BC. He will have to go through the process with the court to file to be added to the BC, which generally involves a paternity test if...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   07-16-2014, 06:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,379
Posted By greenemami
Leaving and struggling will better than living...

Leaving and struggling will better than living with this man. It took my kids getting older and me realizing that they would grow up to mimic mine and ex's relationship to get up the courage to...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   07-15-2014, 02:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 419
Posted By greenemami
How long have you and her dad been together? do...

How long have you and her dad been together? do you live together? I wouldn't make any big schedule changes suddenly (with any child, really, not just a step child), but rather introduce small...
Forum: Single Parenting   07-05-2014, 01:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 529
Posted By greenemami
An email from him saying he feeds her and keeps...

An email from him saying he feeds her and keeps her safe isn't going to be helpful for him in a custody case. That is the bare minimum he should be doing and of course he is going to claim that, so...
Forum: Single Parenting   06-25-2014, 10:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 692
Posted By greenemami
Did you already cancel everything? In thinking...

Did you already cancel everything? In thinking about this, especially if you think you'd like to modify to add a deadline anyway, I think you would be pretty safe to tell ex those 2 weeks do not work...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-23-2014, 06:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 567
Posted By greenemami
I had kids about those ages in a small...

I had kids about those ages in a small backseat-the oldest was originally in the middle but had to be moved to the side because there was no head rest. IIRC we had the a radius in the middle and an...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   06-17-2014, 06:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 646
Posted By greenemami
The mom is still pregnant? You have a very long...

The mom is still pregnant? You have a very long way to go until you need to make that explanation. She will know who her "real" mom is, even if she does end up living with you primarily. The best...
Forum: Single Parenting   06-13-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 692
Posted By greenemami
We have a 60 day notification written into the...

We have a 60 day notification written into the agreement for vacation time, for just the reasons you are having issues now-I wanted to be able to schedule vacations and camps. I also let ex know...
Forum: Single Parenting   06-13-2014, 08:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 582
Posted By greenemami
I definitely struggle with this too-I have a...

I definitely struggle with this too-I have a similar custody schedule, but it's still really hard for me when they are with their dad-I worry about them a lot, and just flat out miss them!


I...
Forum: Single Parenting   06-07-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 815
Posted By greenemami
I think the issue here is that they are deciding...

I think the issue here is that they are deciding custody. If the OP voluntarily gives her ex the kids for the majority of the time, he will be set up very well to get primary custody since that has...
Forum: Single Parenting   05-25-2014, 07:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 957
Posted By greenemami
Congratulations to you for finding the strength...

Congratulations to you for finding the strength to leave...that is such a hard decision to make and act on!  It will get easier as time goes on.  I hope your brother is doing okay, but my guess is...
Forum: Single Parenting   05-23-2014, 07:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 620
Posted By greenemami
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by Alpenglow http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1401963/help#post_17634254)


Do not give him any information...
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