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Forum: Dental   06-13-2014, 11:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 333
Posted By singin'intherain
Disclaimer: I'm a dental student. I think...

Disclaimer: I'm a dental student.

I think you have a newer dentist who wants to be VERY sure he doesn't miss anything. It's a big responsibility!

At my school, they stress risk assessment,...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   06-09-2014, 12:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 512
Posted By singin'intherain
I don't think it works to have separate sets of...

I don't think it works to have separate sets of rules for different kids. It's not fair to the kids who have to tow the line, and it underestimates the ones who are always catching a break. I really...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-01-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 208
Posted By singin'intherain
This was a generation ago, so I don't know how...

This was a generation ago, so I don't know how it is now (and of course this is based on the perspective of one person). Anyway, DP's experience is that kids do not oppose their parents overtly at...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-01-2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 208
Posted By singin'intherain
I'm sure he has some attachment problems. I've...

I'm sure he has some attachment problems. I've seen his mom around her kids, and though she hasn't seen them for months, she doesn't interact with them much. He is bonded to his dad, and me to a...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-28-2014, 10:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 208
Posted By singin'intherain
DSS is scary violent. A little argument turns...

DSS is scary violent. A little argument turns into him launching an all out attack on the other kid frighteningly quickly. It happens so fast, I often don't know there's even been a difference of...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-28-2014, 10:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 375
Posted By singin'intherain
I second the advice you've been given! Don't...

I second the advice you've been given! Don't give up on DSD. It's heartbreaking for you, just imagine how she will feel if she thinks you guys don't care.
Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-26-2014, 03:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 538
Posted By singin'intherain
My daughter went through a similar experience at...

My daughter went through a similar experience at this age. She reached a point where she had spent enough time being a kid, it seemed like there was nothing new or engaging to do anymore. She wasn't...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-26-2014, 02:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,268
Posted By singin'intherain
Both of my sons went through a stage at age...

Both of my sons went through a stage at age 2-6ish where they loved dresses, pink and purple, had painted nails, etc. It's not that they preferred "feminine" things, they just had an open mind. And...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-20-2014, 06:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 470
Posted By singin'intherain
I think it could be a reasonable request if it's...

I think it could be a reasonable request if it's a particularly nasty illness. If it's for every sniffle and cough, that sounds like her withholding visitation. An 11 year old isn't in any danger...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-19-2014, 04:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 501
Posted By singin'intherain
DS putting holes in the walls in not unheard of-...

DS putting holes in the walls in not unheard of- he has gone there in the past when he was under extreme pressure- when I divorced his dad, for example. This blending also came with a move to a...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-18-2014, 02:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 501
Posted By singin'intherain
Thanks for your replies! Most of the kids...

Thanks for your replies!

Most of the kids are in counseling, but not us. I know how important it is, but with my crazy schedule, we just haven't managed it yet. I realize that what we're going...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-10-2014, 11:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 501
Posted By singin'intherain
I hope some of you wise mamas have advice for...

I hope some of you wise mamas have advice for me! I'm a dental student, mother of four and stepmother of three. My school is ridiculously demanding, and my home situation is crazy too.

My partner...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-30-2013, 11:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 397
Posted By singin'intherain
One summer, my bf was taking a class, and I took...

One summer, my bf was taking a class, and I took care of his three kids plus my four every day. I spent the majority of each day dealing with his kids. They broke every rule, had nasty fights that...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-30-2013, 10:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 847
Posted By singin'intherain
I'm so glad to hear that he's open to going to...

I'm so glad to hear that he's open to going to therapy with you to try and work out your parenting differences. I think there's hope- my partner and I have overcome some serious roadblocks on the...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   12-27-2013, 09:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 173
Posted By singin'intherain
My 11yo SD gets very antsy without constant...

My 11yo SD gets very antsy without constant stimulation. We moved to a new city 6 months ago, and this was her life before we moved: up at 5am to meet her friends before school, homework at the...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   12-27-2013, 08:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 571
Posted By singin'intherain
My step kids have grown up with this stuff. I...

My step kids have grown up with this stuff. I think it's affected them a lot. I don't think these shows are poison, especially with some thoughtful filtering and the presence of an adult who can...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-26-2013, 11:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 847
Posted By singin'intherain
I foresee major trouble when you go to blend...

I foresee major trouble when you go to blend your families. These kinds of problems would crop up anyway for most people, but what you're describing sounds extreme. If you love his kids, he should...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-26-2013, 10:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 286
Posted By singin'intherain
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Poor kid! Life can be so complicated!
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   06-10-2013, 08:56 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,847
Posted By singin'intherain
I just finished reading your story. I hope...

I just finished reading your story. I hope things are moving in a positive direction- do you have any updates? Hugs for you and your family!
Forum: Games   03-08-2013, 06:29 AM
Replies: 13,687
Views: 60,173
Posted By singin'intherain
Hormone

Hormone
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-17-2013, 10:42 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 6,020
Posted By singin'intherain
I admit that I don't know you or your husband,...

I admit that I don't know you or your husband, so there are a lot of things I can't understand about this situation. I can only go by what you've posted here. Everything you've written here points...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-06-2013, 10:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 359
Posted By singin'intherain
Four seems to be the hardest age! Every...

Four seems to be the hardest age! Every difficult behavior a kid has seems to be magnified for  while at that age.
 
I really think this preference for you is just a kid thing, but for the adults...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-05-2013, 02:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,030
Posted By singin'intherain
Mama, my heart hurts for you so much, tears came...

Mama, my heart hurts for you so much, tears came to my eyes when I read your update. Your ex is more of a monster than a man, imagine turning his own sons against their mother!
 
I'm a big fan of...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-31-2012, 11:17 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,931
Posted By singin'intherain
My partner doesn't have a family bed with his...

My partner doesn't have a family bed with his kids, but they spend a lot of nights there anyway, including many nights when I was there. I have never been kicked out of the bed when the kids wanted...
Forum: Parents as Partners   12-17-2012, 12:23 PM
Replies: 748
Views: 24,059
Posted By singin'intherain
I'm too late to offer support before the...

I'm too late to offer support before the meeting, Lilgreen, but I'm thinking about you and your little ones, and wishing you support, encouragement, and REAL help from everyone involved in your...
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