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Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-12-2014, 07:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 145
Posted By VocalMinority
Well, as you know, Mummoth, our situation doesn't...

Well, as you know, Mummoth, our situation doesn't feel "normal", either. But for what it's worth, when my step-son (who lives with us) was younger (8), DH and I took a lot of responsibility for his...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   11-13-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 81
Posted By VocalMinority
I can see how this is a whole different dilemma,...

I can see how this is a whole different dilemma, even though it's over the same subject as last year. Now that you've set the precedent of including her, you may hurt her feelings if you don't do so...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   11-13-2014, 04:45 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 61
Posted By VocalMinority
Sorry, I don't know anything about this. Just...

Sorry, I don't know anything about this. Just :hug (I mean, for you. Not that I assume a hug will fix your step-daughter.)
Forum: Working and Student Parents   11-10-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 103
Posted By VocalMinority
Hopefully, you'll get replies from more qualified...

Hopefully, you'll get replies from more qualified people (I'm still at home full time, right now). But the first thing that sprang to mind, reading your post, was how important it is to have at...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   11-10-2014, 05:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 158
Posted By VocalMinority
Special needs kids in college?

My twin sons, who are on the Autism spectrum, are seniors in high school. Assuming everything continues on its current path, next year they'll both move from their small, Catholic high school 10...
Forum: Child & Teen Health   10-28-2014, 10:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 627
Posted By VocalMinority
The pediatric dermatologist we saw insisted that...

The pediatric dermatologist we saw insisted that animal scabies mites cannot live on humans and vice-versa and that you treat them with different chemicals. Although a vet certainly might know about...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-25-2014, 07:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 470
Posted By VocalMinority
Or Mexico! Thanks, that's a good point. DH...

Or Mexico! Thanks, that's a good point. DH really hates the neverending drama with her and I could tell, when he first got the message, that he felt torn between, "WTH? I already said he can't...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   10-24-2014, 04:55 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 149
Posted By VocalMinority
Am I overprotecting my ASD teens?

Cross-posted in Parenting Teens

My twin sons are seniors in high school who have mild-moderate Autism/developmental delays and lower-than-average IQs. It would be fair to respond to this post as...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   10-24-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 258
Posted By VocalMinority
Am I overprotecting my ASD teens?

Cross-posted in Special Needs Parenting

My twin sons are seniors in high school who have mild-moderate Autism/developmental delays and lower-than-average IQs. It would be fair to respond to this...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-21-2014, 03:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,579
Posted By VocalMinority
:grouphug Sorry to hear that, Mama.

:grouphug Sorry to hear that, Mama.
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-21-2014, 05:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 549
Posted By VocalMinority
I'm also wordy, so I say this from a position of...

I'm also wordy, so I say this from a position of empathy, not judgment: People will be more likely to get through to the end of your post and comment on it, if you employ paragraph breaks much more...
Forum: Child & Teen Health   10-20-2014, 08:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 627
Posted By VocalMinority
Frustrated by doctor, pharmacist attitudes/scabies?

My 6-y-o son woke up with mildly pink-and-swollen cheeks and eyes, which got worse during school, until his cheeks were bright pink.

My MIL had slept at our house the night before and went to...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   10-20-2014, 01:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 530
Posted By VocalMinority
It's pretty customary to either offer to pay...

It's pretty customary to either offer to pay someone for childcare, or to offer childcare in return.

Both offers appropriately would have given you a comfortable way to decline. If watching...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-18-2014, 05:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 470
Posted By VocalMinority
I suggested DH tell her that he's not opposed, in...

I suggested DH tell her that he's not opposed, in principle, to her wanting to have DSS on his birthday, but it's too early to know about summer school, so any dates she elects this far in advance...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-16-2014, 09:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 470
Posted By VocalMinority
It's too early for summer drama!

It shouldn't keep surprising me that my 15-y-o DSS's mom always revisits "lost battles", trying to manipulate things in fresh ways and finally "win". Yet, it does take me by surprise, every time.
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Forum: Parenting   10-15-2014, 06:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,092
Posted By VocalMinority
Evidently, CPS' standard policy (here) is to...

Evidently, CPS' standard policy (here) is to spend a few minutes with kids, without any adults from their family, so the kids can feel safe reporting abuse, if there was any; and they check for signs...
Forum: Parenting   10-14-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,092
Posted By VocalMinority
I'm sure CPS responses are different, from state...

I'm sure CPS responses are different, from state to state, even county to county. But years ago, my neighbor made a very frivolous CPS report about me (I hate saying "CPS report about me" so much...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-14-2014, 07:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,579
Posted By VocalMinority
Re: in loco parentis

I realize the OP posted this months ago, but the topic is surely pertinent and interesting to most step-parents.

I am not an attorney, but I believe in loco parentis is relevant when a parent is...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   10-13-2014, 10:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 582
Posted By VocalMinority
Thanks. What you guys suggested sounds so simple...

Thanks. What you guys suggested sounds so simple and obvious - and that *is* what I ended up saying, to my friend. But right after her first call, I just felt so bad for her, imagining myself in...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   10-09-2014, 07:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 582
Posted By VocalMinority
Help me find words to use, re troubled teen!

My friend has asked me to take in her teenage son almost immediately, for 2-4 weeks. I will have to say no, but I just don't know how to say it. Help!

> She's an older, single mom. All her...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-09-2014, 07:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 597
Posted By VocalMinority
^^And that's my point, right there.^^ You...

^^And that's my point, right there.^^

You acknowledge it might be best for the kids to go to a local school.

A PP discussed that even if Mom enabled the kids to go to a local school by...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-08-2014, 09:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 597
Posted By VocalMinority
I really don't want to offend anyone, but I'm...

I really don't want to offend anyone, but I'm probably about to...

This type of thinking about custody arrangements - which is certainly prevalent in our society and the courts, so I'm not...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-08-2014, 08:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 597
Posted By VocalMinority
Unfortunately, bus rides of an hour or slightly...

Unfortunately, bus rides of an hour or slightly over that are not unheard of. But I think everyone understands they're undesirable. A generation ago, my city was a lot more racially segregated than...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-04-2014, 05:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 385
Posted By VocalMinority
How difficult would it be, to get legal...

How difficult would it be, to get legal guardianship? Most courts will at least take into account the wishes of a 14-y-o. Your fiance wants it. And, for better or worse, he isn't battling over...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   09-28-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 277
Posted By VocalMinority
The "Messed-Up Families" Club?

While driving my DSS and his friends to the Homecoming dance this weekend, it struck me that all - or nearly all - his closest friends have troubled mothers, like he does.

One of them lives with...
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