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Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-03-2011, 01:54 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,233
Posted By Maluhia
I would expect at two he could start increasing...

I would expect at two he could start increasing his visitation days which would be in the child's best interest to have an ongoing regular healthy relationship with a loving father. 
 
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-25-2011, 02:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,033
Posted By Maluhia
Even if you have the "right" to claim her - try...

Even if you have the "right" to claim her - try to be the first to file every year because if he claims her and gets his refund based on that it can take FORever to get it straightened out with the...
Forum: Learning at School   02-23-2011, 05:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 640
Posted By Maluhia
I agree it is SO hard to balance them...

I agree it is SO hard to balance them understanding vs. being upset and confused.  I'm focusing a lot on trusting her feelings, body is my own, etc.  I think it is that much more complex for you...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-22-2011, 06:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 405
Posted By Maluhia
I think I'd complain to whoever these people...

I think I'd complain to whoever these people answer to - because what they are doing is fraud.  Is there some govt. agency they report to?  
Forum: Learning at School   02-21-2011, 02:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,706
Posted By Maluhia
I, personally, started Kindergarten at the...

I, personally, started Kindergarten at the earliest time and was the youngest in my class.  I was later held back for two rounds of first grade not for failure to progress academically but rather...
Forum: Learning at School   02-21-2011, 01:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 640
Posted By Maluhia
Just got an email from DD's principal - she's in...

Just got an email from DD's principal - she's in Year 1 and I still drop her off and pick her up in person....but the school is very near the trains and bus lines which are quite popular.  A group...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-15-2011, 06:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,362
Posted By Maluhia
There have been some interesting articles on the...

There have been some interesting articles on the measurement of homes and all of the different measuring techniques that are used, and what they mean for all involved.  e.g....
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-14-2011, 07:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 313
Posted By Maluhia
PCS-ing overseas - Call USAA as you can get your...

PCS-ing overseas - Call USAA as you can get your CC % minimized yearly for being stationed overseas.   Get a xe.com account that you will use to transfer $ to your Japanese Bank account to use...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-14-2011, 06:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 303
Posted By Maluhia
I would caution when considering for-profit...

I would caution when considering for-profit institutions not to take any of THEIR information on employability as anything other than strict advertising, there is no way in addition that I’d...
Forum: Parenting   02-12-2011, 08:35 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,580
Posted By Maluhia
LOVE our apartment living after ten years of...

LOVE our apartment living after ten years of single family homes...We are in a nice building with concrete walls and noise rules regarding flooring choices so we have no noise issues.  There are...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-12-2011, 08:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 722
Posted By Maluhia
I think you'll have to take your ex to court...

I think you'll have to take your ex to court over this lest it become your legal issue if he continues nonpayment :(
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-10-2011, 07:19 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,197
Posted By Maluhia
I let her drip the beet juice into the panckae...

I let her drip the beet juice into the panckae batter, does that count? 
Forum: Parenting   02-09-2011, 02:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 551
Posted By Maluhia
With the toddlers (2.5 and 16 month) I'd ask to...

With the toddlers (2.5 and 16 month) I'd ask to have your family groups in front of one another so when those little ones are kicking seats it is not strangers - that always mortified me when DD...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-09-2011, 01:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 668
Posted By Maluhia
   Quote:Originally Posted by...


 
Quote:Originally Posted by Dar http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1296727/s-o-the-foodstamps-thread#post_16249132)
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Forum: Parenting   02-07-2011, 01:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 485
Posted By Maluhia
Seems like your husband knows and you have...

Seems like your husband knows and you have doubts?  I just always knew we only wanted one child for a myriad of reasons, some similar to yours.  We’ve worked hard to combat the “oh poor you” or “oh...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-07-2011, 01:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 940
Posted By Maluhia
Oh yes Ender's Game! 

Oh yes Ender's Game! 
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-07-2011, 01:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,112
Posted By Maluhia
I would write a polite letter offering 1100 and...

I would write a polite letter offering 1100 and talking about your being long-term renters who take care of the property.  I would NOT tell them why you love the neighborhood; have friends next...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-06-2011, 03:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 375
Posted By Maluhia
I agree that the priorities should be: 1. 401k...

I agree that the priorities should be:
1. 401k to get full match
2. Roth IRA (if qualified)
3. Max 401k
4. College Savings
For us, that means that (since we get no 401K match) we max out both...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-05-2011, 06:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,960
Posted By Maluhia
You can each have your own individual accounts...

You can each have your own individual accounts at the same bank and have one (empty) joint account you use to pass money back and forth.  In addition you can file taxes Married Filing Seperate and...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-05-2011, 02:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 571
Posted By Maluhia
I'd do 1. six months emergency fund 2. any other...

I'd do 1. six months emergency fund 2. any other debt (mortgage, etc.) and then 3. save up for down-payment on a house (if that is a goal of yours) and 4. regularly invest in retirement, a 529 or...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-04-2011, 10:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,040
Posted By Maluhia
      duh I left rent/mortgage off my...


 
 
duh I left rent/mortgage off my BASIC list, oops, I bet heat, water and electricity would not do much good without a place to use/experience them. 
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-04-2011, 10:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,040
Posted By Maluhia
I think of UTILITIES and BASIC NECESITIES as...

I think of UTILITIES and BASIC NECESITIES as different things;
UTILITIES are anything I pay for and could use in my home – technologies, services, etc. so phone, internet, electricity, cleaning...
Forum: Parenting   02-04-2011, 02:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 234
Posted By Maluhia
I wish I had an answer for you! Does his...

I wish I had an answer for you! Does his therapist have any suggestions?  Other Moms with ASD kids? 
 
Forum: Parenting   02-04-2011, 01:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 373
Posted By Maluhia
Hug Those calm graceful Mamas are the ones...

Hug
Those calm graceful Mamas are the ones who’ve made it out of the house and by sheer luck have babies that they mesh with.  Your daughter sounds very smart and delightful for those of us who...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-29-2011, 11:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 953
Posted By Maluhia
I think the ethical thing to do is go...

I think the ethical thing to do is go househunting again with the bank reimbursing your whole cost of this house's purchase and the costs of a realtor for the second house. 
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