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Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   11-23-2014, 02:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 67
Posted By greenemami
I think that what you are feeling is very normal,...

I think that what you are feeling is very normal, and it's good that you can admit it. I also think the key thing is that, while it is okay to feel that way, it is really important that you not show...
Forum: Single Parenting   11-13-2014, 01:47 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 542
Posted By greenemami
This sounds so much like my ex that I could have...

This sounds so much like my ex that I could have written it (and probably have!) You are NOT too sensitive, you are not the one twisting his words/actions. He works hard to make you believe that...
Forum: Single Parenting   11-13-2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 542
Posted By greenemami
I don't have time to read all the responses, but...

I don't have time to read all the responses, but my short answer is that I knew it was time to leave when I could no longer convince myself that it was better for the kids to stay. I realized that I...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   11-12-2014, 09:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 76
Posted By greenemami
Holiday Cards...again!

I posted about this exact same issue last year, and yet here I am debating it again as I'm faced with the holiday season and our usual yearly photo card again.

Quick background-I was with dsd's...
Forum: Single Parenting   11-09-2014, 11:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 163
Posted By greenemami
He will not be able to get any input about where...

He will not be able to get any input about where she goes to therapy, but will more than likely be able to have equal input into where the kids go to therapy, or if they go at all (shared legal...
Forum: Single Parenting   11-04-2014, 04:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 207
Posted By greenemami
I'm so sorry you are dealing with this. It is a...

I'm so sorry you are dealing with this. It is a very tough decision. What finally convinced me to leave my situation (which did not involve alcohol, but did involve verbal/emotional abuse and loud...
Forum: Single Parenting   11-02-2014, 06:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 246
Posted By greenemami
Nope, I wouldn't say anything. There is no court...

Nope, I wouldn't say anything. There is no court order saying you have to, and even if there was, he would have to make the effort to get her in the first place. This makes him look bad, not you.
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Forum: Single Parenting   10-26-2014, 07:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 311
Posted By greenemami
Yup, I agree with all of the above-a single mom...

Yup, I agree with all of the above-a single mom is a mom is who single, no need to make it more complicated than that. I would call someone with no involvement from child's dad a solo mom (though I...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-15-2014, 12:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 591
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   10-09-2014, 12:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 908
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, 10:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 908
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, 08:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 475
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, 11:19 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,302
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, 07:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 307
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, 09:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 580
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, 04:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 728
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, 03:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 908
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   08-26-2014, 12:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 908
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, 06:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 517
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, 03:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,350
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, 01:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,076
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, 07:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 423
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, 07:43 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,732
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, 03:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 445
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, 02:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 567
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...
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