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Forum: Religious Studies   07-28-2014, 07:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 554
Posted By smartmama
I am not catholic, and in fact, I am pagan. So I...

I am not catholic, and in fact, I am pagan. So I cannot fully understand where you are coming from here.

But I wanted to say this. I would think that your God would want you to take some...
Forum: Single Parenting   07-27-2014, 06:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 605
Posted By smartmama
My ex and I have been divorced for over 10 years,...

My ex and I have been divorced for over 10 years, and it's been about that long since he saw my kids.

I let them bring it up if they want. If they ask me questions, or if something comes up that...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-01-2014, 09:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,395
Posted By smartmama
I think a certain amount of cursive is important....

I think a certain amount of cursive is important. She'll need to be able to sign her name someday, and that can't be done in print. I don't know that you need to teach her to write everything there...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-24-2014, 05:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 615
Posted By smartmama
I do my own "school" photos. I have a DSLR camera...

I do my own "school" photos. I have a DSLR camera and (not to sound like I'm bragging) I take really great photos, and get really creative with where and how to take them. I actually just found a...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-24-2014, 05:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 545
Posted By smartmama
I started homeschooling my kids when they were...

I started homeschooling my kids when they were halfway through 2nd and 5th grade. So I dove right in with the foreign languages. We do Italian and American Sign Language (I know ASL isn't technically...
Forum: Single Parenting   06-14-2014, 08:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 534
Posted By smartmama
It's normal. You had an idea for the kind of...

It's normal. You had an idea for the kind of family you wanted, and now that's changed and it wasn't your idea to change it. It's normal to mourn the loss of that, and to resent your ex for being the...
Forum: Single Parenting   06-14-2014, 08:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 637
Posted By smartmama
I disagree that part of this is your fault. Your...

I disagree that part of this is your fault. Your son should be able to do things and you can't wait until the very last second to schedule those things.

I don't know if an agreement between the...
Forum: Single Parenting   05-31-2014, 02:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 818
Posted By smartmama
Does he have court ordered visitation? If he...

Does he have court ordered visitation? If he does, do not block access. First, it will get you in trouble in court, which you don't want. Second, the kids will know that you deliberately interfered...
Forum: Single Parenting   05-31-2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 381
Posted By smartmama
My question is this: Do you BOTH think it's "very...

My question is this: Do you BOTH think it's "very casual"?

If you both think it's very casual, then I'd say a quick phone call would be sufficient. If it's truly very casual, then there's no...
Forum: Single Parenting   05-22-2014, 05:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 470
Posted By smartmama
I completely understand why you don't want to...

I completely understand why you don't want to bring him into your bed, and don't blame you. What about, as an alternative to that and a compromise, moving his bed into your room? I realize it might...
Forum: Single Parenting   05-22-2014, 05:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 661
Posted By smartmama
Yes, I know people who do that. And I always use...

Yes, I know people who do that. And I always use this comment: 
 
My home is NOT broken. It WAS broken, when I was still with my ex, and because I agree with you that children should not grow up...
Forum: Single Parenting   05-16-2014, 11:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 304
Posted By smartmama
You may not want to be in the middle of this,...

You may not want to be in the middle of this, but you are. This is about you. So you need to take control of the fact that you're in the middle and deal with it. 
 
You need to sit your mother...
Forum: Single Parenting   05-10-2014, 07:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 416
Posted By smartmama
I can understand where your ex is coming from,...

I can understand where your ex is coming from, with the limited info he had. Your son told him he'd been exposed to things that you were now telling Ex that he is too young for - it looked...
Forum: Unschooling   04-28-2014, 06:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 579
Posted By smartmama
Piano - have you already paid for the rest of...

Piano - have you already paid for the rest of the year's lessons? As a single mother whose ex doesn't pay the child support he's ordered to, money is tight for me and so my children understand that...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-27-2014, 05:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 442
Posted By smartmama
After so long with just the two of you, I would...

After so long with just the two of you, I would expect it would be quite a difference to have someone else living with you. I don't think it's unreasonable that it's been several months and you're...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-26-2014, 07:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 377
Posted By smartmama
The idea that your children will not grow up...

The idea that your children will not grow up properly is ridiculous. Yes, things will be different. Yes, your children will be hurt by divorce. But they will be hurt far more by unhappy parents...
Forum: Unschooling   04-19-2014, 06:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 843
Posted By smartmama
"So, where does "rhythm" end and "structure"...

"So, where does "rhythm" end and "structure" begin?  Because "skiing on Friday" might be very rhythmic, if it happens with regularity.  Bedtime can be a rhythm, or it can be a structure.  We have a...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-18-2014, 08:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 503
Posted By smartmama
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by Kate&Joey http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-18-2014, 07:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 503
Posted By smartmama
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by Kate&Joey http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-17-2014, 02:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 503
Posted By smartmama
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by Kate&Joey http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-17-2014, 01:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 503
Posted By smartmama
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by Kate&Joey http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Unschooling   04-17-2014, 08:31 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 843
Posted By smartmama
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by moominmamma http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1400611/finding-the-right-amount-of-structure#post_17611458)...
Forum: Unschooling   04-17-2014, 05:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 843
Posted By smartmama
It almost sounds like they didn't/don't see you...

It almost sounds like they didn't/don't see you as a parental (authority) figure. Ordinarily, I'd say this was a bad thing, but it doesn't sound like it caused a lot of strife in your house. Of...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-17-2014, 05:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 503
Posted By smartmama
My ex currently owes $29K in past due support. I...

My ex currently owes $29K in past due support. I NEVER speak to him, but I am sure that he complains to anyone who will listen, though the amount he was ordered to pay is pathetic ($325/mo for 2...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-14-2014, 07:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 419
Posted By smartmama
Unfortunately, he's not the one who controls...

Unfortunately, he's not the one who controls where you live. The court may decide that you can't move, because it would make his relationship with your daughter very difficult. You'll have to have...
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