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Forum: Single Parenting   05-19-2015, 09:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 158
Posted By greenemami
I'm sorry-I think that's awful to do to a kid....

I'm sorry-I think that's awful to do to a kid. Sounds like dad takes it really personally that ds misses you when he is there, and it's really unfortunate that he lets ds see that.

Could you...
Forum: Single Parenting   05-19-2015, 08:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 158
Posted By greenemami
I would assume your ex meant electronics like...

I would assume your ex meant electronics like iPad, vidoe games, etc.? I wouldn't think the voice recorder just for listening to stories would "count." I hope your ex would let your ds keep that,...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   05-15-2015, 08:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 636
Posted By greenemami
I think maybe the issue is that you seem to be...

I think maybe the issue is that you seem to be focusing on his separation from breastfeeding, where likely separation from mom herself half the time is the issue, and of course being separated from...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   05-15-2015, 01:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 636
Posted By greenemami
Hmm...well, I'll say that every kid/relationship...

Hmm...well, I'll say that every kid/relationship is different, but I'm wondering if you and your dh are perhaps reading what you want into his behavior. It may be unintentional, but it sounds like...
Forum: Family Safety   05-14-2015, 11:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 321
Posted By greenemami
Well, I ended up keeping the back on. She isn't...

Well, I ended up keeping the back on. She isn't thrilled, but oh well. I couldn't find a definitive answer, but the overall sentiment seems to be that there is no reason to take it off and it is...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-14-2015, 11:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 374
Posted By greenemami
Thanks all. Linda, the "wrong thing" was meant to...

Thanks all. Linda, the "wrong thing" was meant to be from dd's point of view, not mine :) I did in fact tell her she could go in her room until she was ready to calm down and/or talk about it. I was...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   05-12-2015, 11:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 571
Posted By greenemami
Yeah, being an introvert doesn't mean that she...

Yeah, being an introvert doesn't mean that she *never* wants to socialize, just that she recharges more from being alone or in smaller groups. People are often really surprised to hear me describe...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   05-11-2015, 05:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 571
Posted By greenemami
Is there an activity she'd like to join? A sport...

Is there an activity she'd like to join? A sport or a club? Karate was huge confidence builder for my dsd, though she started at a younger age. What does she enjoy doing?

I was a really shy kid...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   05-11-2015, 09:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 378
Posted By greenemami
Yes, you will likely be allowed as long as dad...

Yes, you will likely be allowed as long as dad gives you permission. Though if mom and/or dss say they are uncomfortable with your presence, I believe the doctor has the right to limit who comes in...
Forum: Single Parenting   05-08-2015, 10:38 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,751
Posted By greenemami
Any reason you can't just tell them that the...

Any reason you can't just tell them that the little kids get that space for that time?

I can understand that your younger kids and your dh on their behalf would feel slighted that the older kids...
Forum: Single Parenting   05-08-2015, 09:47 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,751
Posted By greenemami
Obviously you don't have to answer this, but I'm...

Obviously you don't have to answer this, but I'm curious-how did you having your other children cause the little ones to miss a sleepover?

It sounds like maybe you should just plan on having your...
Forum: Single Parenting   05-07-2015, 11:34 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,751
Posted By greenemami
I always take my kids of their dad cancels....

I always take my kids of their dad cancels. What's the other option, really? You can't make him take his parenting time. Plus, I honestly prefer to have them with me. I would be really upset if a new...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-05-2015, 12:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 374
Posted By greenemami
8-year-old mood swings...already?!

My dd just turned 8 last month. She is super well behaved in public, very polite, kind, sweet etc. Naturally, she can be a little (a lot!) more difficult at home with her brother and I, though I know...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   05-04-2015, 11:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 659
Posted By greenemami
Disclaimer: I'm a veg who also wouldn't pick...

Disclaimer: I'm a veg who also wouldn't pick chicken out of stir fry and then eat it, so I get that part :) I wasn't veg until I was cooking on my own though-my parents wouldn't have been thrilled by...
Forum: Single Parenting   05-04-2015, 10:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 418
Posted By greenemami
It's really hard. I've been doing this for nearly...

It's really hard. I've been doing this for nearly 2 years and I still miss them like crazy when they are gone.

It's great that they have a dad who loves and takes care of them though, definitely...
Forum: Single Parenting   05-01-2015, 07:31 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,751
Posted By greenemami
Kindofcrunchy, your bf should be able to modify...

Kindofcrunchy, your bf should be able to modify child support, especially since he (you!) has them more than 50/50. There may be a "waiting period" after the first agreement was made, but just...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-29-2015, 07:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 596
Posted By greenemami
I would be freaking out too. Definitely not...

I would be freaking out too. Definitely not okay-I have no idea though if it is something that officials (i.e. police/CPS) would be concerned with or able to do anything about :( I would call the...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   04-28-2015, 06:52 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,769
Posted By greenemami
Approx $4-5 per person per day, for 1 adult, an...

Approx $4-5 per person per day, for 1 adult, an 8-year-old, and a 5-year-old. Interesting-I actually thought it would be less.
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ETA: My grocery budget includes things like TP (though no other...
Forum: Family Safety   04-27-2015, 12:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 321
Posted By greenemami
High back booster versus no back booster for 8-year-old

It's been a while since I've researched car seats! My kiddos are 5 and 8, currently in a 5-point harness and high back booster respectively.

My daughter just turned 8. In my state, legally she...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-24-2015, 02:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 380
Posted By greenemami
I would stop defending him to your daughter. You...

I would stop defending him to your daughter. You don't have to trash the man in front of her, but I do think it is very important that you tell her that his behavior is NOT okay. Tell her it makes...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-14-2015, 06:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 384
Posted By greenemami
Thanks! I like the idea of looking at it as more...

Thanks! I like the idea of looking at it as more units/project-based-I've read up on those before and do like the philosophy. I think that perspective also helps me loosen up on the idea of schedule...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-12-2015, 04:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,217
Posted By greenemami
My kids love the Sassafras Science books (by...

My kids love the Sassafras Science books (by Elemental Science). It's basically an adventure story where two kids travel the world and learn about different topics-the first book is zoology, the...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-12-2015, 04:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 384
Posted By greenemami
Science and History Scheduling

Dd is going into 3rd grade (ds is going into kindergarten, but this is more relevant to dd).

We do literature based science and history. We've tried doing history 2 days a week, and science 2...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-11-2015, 03:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 398
Posted By greenemami
I think that if you've been together for 5...

I think that if you've been together for 5 months, he should not be disciplining your children, period. But especially he shouldn't be disciplining them in such a way that it comes off as very strict...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-10-2015, 12:02 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,751
Posted By greenemami
Why does he care? I really don't see how...

Why does he care? I really don't see how accepting $150 less a month has anything at all to do with your bf, and certainly don't see how it is putting ex ahead of him?

I take less in child...
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