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Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   Yesterday, 03:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 308
Posted By greenemami
I worry about having more kids in a...

I worry about having more kids in a relationship-part of my really would like one or two more children, but I'm scared about how it would affect the kids I already have. I'm not in a relationship at...
Forum: Single Parenting   02-26-2015, 01:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 50
Posted By greenemami
Can I ask his reasons for not telling the kids...

Can I ask his reasons for not telling the kids you are divorced? that seems really odd to me. I definitely think you need to tell them, at least once it's finalized, and way before other partners...
Forum: Single Parenting   02-25-2015, 09:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 105
Posted By greenemami
Well, like you said, really this is for dad to...

Well, like you said, really this is for dad to deal with-if he is not going to follow through, then her behavior will not change. If he is open to it, maybe start by modeling how to deal with some...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-23-2015, 06:54 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 398
Posted By greenemami
How is she forcing your husband to not take all...

How is she forcing your husband to not take all his time? What would happen if he shows up to get his daughter at the correct time and then doesn't return her until the correct time? I know it can...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-19-2015, 11:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 154
Posted By greenemami
I'd try to look at his as more different learning...

I'd try to look at his as more different learning styles than labeling it as different types of schooling, if that makes sense. There isn't really any need to label what kind of homeschooling you...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-19-2015, 02:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 217
Posted By greenemami
I think it's way too soon for stepdad to be...

I think it's way too soon for stepdad to be playing the heavy here. I completely agree that he should be focusing on building a relationship with her, not disciplining her. Was there a reason he...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-18-2015, 04:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 177
Posted By greenemami
Is dd your dh's bio daughter as well? It's not...

Is dd your dh's bio daughter as well? It's not really clear and I was wondering if it's just that he has a harder time relating to her than his own bio daughter, or if it's more of a personality...
Forum: Single Parenting   02-09-2015, 09:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 238
Posted By greenemami
I think that legally, a child cannot choose until...

I think that legally, a child cannot choose until they are 18. Some states take the child's preference into consideration, but I believe that it is closer to age 12 usually.

I think at this...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-05-2015, 04:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 84
Posted By greenemami
That's a tough one-and I certainly see both...

That's a tough one-and I certainly see both sides. He's pretty young to get to make that decision though, and I'd worry that he'd end up feeling rejected if your dh gives up too easily. As in, he...
Forum: Single Parenting   02-04-2015, 03:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 241
Posted By greenemami
I'm so sorry you are dealing with this! That...

I'm so sorry you are dealing with this! That sounds really tough, but you sound like you are dealing with it well and have your head on straight.

Definitely get an attorney-it sounds like...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-27-2015, 10:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 130
Posted By greenemami
I'm sorry, but he does not sound wonderful and it...

I'm sorry, but he does not sound wonderful and it does not sound like the blend is working at all. It sounds very much like he is taking advantage of you and using you for free childcare for his...
Forum: Single Parenting   01-27-2015, 10:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 106
Posted By greenemami
Congrats on your pregnancy :) I'm glad you have...

Congrats on your pregnancy :) I'm glad you have your mom supporting you through this-it's a tough situation to be in. I haven't been there done that, but I've certainly thought about what would...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-25-2015, 03:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 142
Posted By greenemami
I thought you meant taking kids to activities-the...

I thought you meant taking kids to activities-the new info. changes my answer a bit!

Honestly, I don't think setting the precedent that dad will try his best to make it to activities that are...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-22-2015, 09:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 142
Posted By greenemami
A regular weekday activity that happens every...

A regular weekday activity that happens every week? I'd say around a half hour at the most. I'm assuming the kids are also in school and have homework, etc. I wouldn't want to be driving longer...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   01-18-2015, 12:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 87
Posted By greenemami
Sure, I think that makes sense. It's also okay...

Sure, I think that makes sense. It's also okay to wait and see how it plays out in a few years-things can change so much and so fast it's hard to make a rock solid plan for 4 years down the road. ...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-16-2015, 12:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 241
Posted By greenemami
Sounds like very typical 5-year-old behavior to...

Sounds like very typical 5-year-old behavior to me. My daughter used to lie on the floor and say her legs don't work and actually drag herself around by her arms to get out of cleaning up her toys...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-12-2015, 07:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 127
Posted By greenemami
Respectfully, I highly recommend you stop being...

Respectfully, I highly recommend you stop being the one to negotiate with the kids's mom. If your husband wants more time with his kids, then that is his responsibility, both to take the initiative...
Forum: Single Parenting   01-06-2015, 08:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 144
Posted By greenemami
I love that idea.

I love that idea.
Forum: Single Parenting   01-05-2015, 02:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 55
Posted By greenemami
Sure. You can always specify that you go by the...

Sure. You can always specify that you go by the schedule of whatever school district you live in, whether she's in school yet or not. We homeschool, so that's probably what I'd use.
Forum: Single Parenting   01-05-2015, 01:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 55
Posted By greenemami
Most long distance parenting plans I've seen (at...

Most long distance parenting plans I've seen (at that distance) wouldn't have the EOW anymore-that just really isn't feasible in the long term, especially once your daughter is in school. She'd be...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-05-2015, 10:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 182
Posted By greenemami
While some of what is described is past my own...

While some of what is described is past my own personal comfort level (my kids, a boy and a girl, stopped showering with me when they were 3-4ish, by their choice, and I never showered with my...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-04-2015, 10:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 104
Posted By greenemami
I agree with the PP-you guys need to find a happy...

I agree with the PP-you guys need to find a happy medium or compromise of some sort if this is a permanent thing. And if you decide to continue the big family parties, IMO your family should get on...
Forum: Single Parenting   12-30-2014, 11:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 416
Posted By greenemami
No. You said you have full physical and legal...

No. You said you have full physical and legal custody, right? And no legal agreement (i.e. signed by a judge) that says he can take her there or you have to take her there? Then you don't need to...
Forum: Single Parenting   12-29-2014, 07:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 172
Posted By greenemami
Just to clarify, I wasn't suggesting she needed...

Just to clarify, I wasn't suggesting she needed to share the details here. And I don't think SIL's behavior is at all justified, no matter how much she knows-she should trust her sister to know the...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-28-2014, 02:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 98
Posted By greenemami
Your mother-in-law is way out of line, but IMO,...

Your mother-in-law is way out of line, but IMO, the bigger problem here is that your husband won't stick up for you and the kids. I'm not sure of the solution, but if you've talked to him and he...
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