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Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-11-2016, 04:04 AM
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Posted By greenemami
I agree with your husband. I'm a single parent...

I agree with your husband. I'm a single parent now-if I were to get married, I would keep my life insurance beneficiaries as my children, not my husband. The way I see it, any spouse I might have...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-21-2016, 04:00 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 3,791
Posted By greenemami
I'm still doing pretty well, mostly because I'm...

I'm still doing pretty well, mostly because I'm pretty broke at the moment and so have little to spend :)
Adding another $11 at the farm, plus $7.00 for coffee (I consider this a necessity ;)) We...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-10-2016, 09:30 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 3,791
Posted By greenemami
So far this month: $11: Milk and eggs (this is...

So far this month:
$11: Milk and eggs (this is our major splurge weekly from a local farm)
$110: "Big" shopping trip at Aldi, stock up on canned goods, butter, oil, etc. plus produce
$36:...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   12-31-2015, 11:51 AM
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Views: 3,791
Posted By greenemami
http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/sites/default/files/Costo...

http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/sites/default/files/CostofFoodMar2015.pdf

This chart is interesting too, though I'd think it varies a lot by COL.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   12-31-2015, 11:41 AM
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Views: 3,791
Posted By greenemami
SS, I usually spend around $300-400 for the three...

SS, I usually spend around $300-400 for the three of us, including household stuff-the only paper product we use is TP, but also includes shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. Usually I do a "big"...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-30-2015, 12:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 659
Posted By greenemami
Yikes, I would definitely NOT set up nanny...

Yikes, I would definitely NOT set up nanny cams!!!! That's a pretty big invasion of privacy based on what you suspect-can you imagine how you'd feel if your parents, or anyone really, taped you in...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-30-2015, 06:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 659
Posted By greenemami
It wouldn't be at all unnatural for two unrelated...

It wouldn't be at all unnatural for two unrelated kids of that age, living together, who were not raised as siblings, to form an attraction to one another. I don't think that alone is cause for...
Forum: Single Parenting   12-15-2015, 12:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 589
Posted By greenemami
We're celebrating Christmas on the solstice this...

We're celebrating Christmas on the solstice this year since they'll be with their dad for christmas eve/morning (and honestly, this is more in line with my belief system anyway!)

I told them that...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-07-2015, 05:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 395
Posted By greenemami
I think inviting members of the family with...

I think inviting members of the family with younger kids is a good idea. Your dsd will be more pleased to have kids to play with then to have every single aunt and uncle there, especially if she...
Forum: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania   12-01-2015, 02:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 427
Posted By greenemami
If he files, he will likely get some visitation. ...

If he files, he will likely get some visitation. I would push for supervised visits in your son's hometown while they rebuild a relationship, which if he hasn't seen him since 2011, I think would be...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   11-30-2015, 06:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 508
Posted By greenemami
I don't think you sound like a horrible person at...

I don't think you sound like a horrible person at all! I do think that you are letting too much ride on this first visit. 18 months to a kid is a really, really, really long time. He was barely 5...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   11-30-2015, 02:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 508
Posted By greenemami
Is your husband planning to see his son more...

Is your husband planning to see his son more frequently in the future?

I don't think it's at all unreasonable that his son wants to see just him after not seeing him for such a long period of...
Forum: Single Parenting   11-16-2015, 06:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,022
Posted By greenemami
I've definitely experienced some of that...

I've definitely experienced some of that jealousy-several of my friends divorced after I did, but ended up getting more in child support than I make at my full-time job in a year, were able to keep...
Forum: The Childhood Years   11-05-2015, 04:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 501
Posted By greenemami
Homeschooler here-I'd drop it, it sounds like he...

Homeschooler here-I'd drop it, it sounds like he is not ready. My son at 4 would have flipped if I tried to drop him off at anything or with anybody but his grandparents/aunts (and sometimes even...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-19-2015, 12:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 423
Posted By greenemami
No direct experience, but it sounds like she is...

No direct experience, but it sounds like she is really craving his attention/validation of his love. Do they get lots of one-on-one time together? Is this new behavior, and if so, has anything new...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-14-2015, 10:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,046
Posted By greenemami
There have been a couple of posts on here lately...

There have been a couple of posts on here lately that sounded like (hopefully) trolls. There are certainly people who feel this way, but most are self-aware enough to not be quite as explicit about...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-12-2015, 12:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,046
Posted By greenemami
I vote you send your bf and his kids to live with...

I vote you send your bf and his kids to live with his mother again, where at least they are hopefully not constantly belittled and disrespected. If anyone ever talked about/treated my kids the way...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-07-2015, 11:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 360
Posted By greenemami
Oh, I do agree that you need to be up front about...

Oh, I do agree that you need to be up front about what your relationship with your ex is like, as it is somewhat nontraditional. hopefully once you explain the dynamics, your bf will be able to be...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-07-2015, 11:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 360
Posted By greenemami
I think it's great that you can do things...

I think it's great that you can do things together with your ex and daughter, if that is what works for you. I occasionally do things with my kids' dad as well-we all went trick or treating together...
Forum: Single Parenting   10-07-2015, 08:10 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 346
Posted By greenemami
Self-employed/child support

Sorry, wrong place.
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-05-2015, 11:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 618
Posted By greenemami
Yes, I think you should ask the mom too,...

Yes, I think you should ask the mom too, especially since you said you are all pretty amicable. You don't need her "permission" to volunteer, but if it's going to save a lot of tension etc., then...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-05-2015, 12:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 463
Posted By greenemami
That's truly awful. I'm sorry, but I would also...

That's truly awful. I'm sorry, but I would also cut them off. I wouldn't want any of the children spending time with people who were capable of acting that way to a child.
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-05-2015, 12:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 818
Posted By greenemami
If you are taking care of her 90% of the time,...

If you are taking care of her 90% of the time, then I don't think your SO has any right to ask you to defer to his decision (and I'm usually big on letting the bio parents be in charge of big...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   09-30-2015, 12:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 453
Posted By greenemami
I'm guessing he just assumed it wasn't a big...

I'm guessing he just assumed it wasn't a big deal? It's not like he agreed that she could take the baby for the day or anything :) My dsd's mom "met" dd the day she was born, when she came to pick...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   09-22-2015, 07:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 601
Posted By greenemami
One, I'd stop insulting the weight and looks of a...

One, I'd stop insulting the weight and looks of a 6-year-old child who can't control either one.

Does this child live with your dp's parents, or are visitations just set up there? If so, where...
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