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Forum: Single Parenting   08-16-2017, 03:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 369
Posted By greenemami
No, you definitely can't withhold your son due to...

No, you definitely can't withhold your son due to unpaid child support. My ex has been unemployed or short-term employed and has not paid support regularly in nearly 2 years-in fact, he has paid 10%...
Forum: Single Parenting   06-09-2017, 11:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 444
Posted By greenemami
Since he isn't on the birth certificate, he'd...

Since he isn't on the birth certificate, he'd first have to go to court to establish paternity and be added to the birth certificate. Then, he'd have to file for custody rights. In some states,...
Forum: Single Parenting   05-19-2017, 06:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 538
Posted By greenemami
First of all, congratuations! I'm sorry you...

First of all, congratuations!

I'm sorry you are having such a tough time with your baby's father. The first trimester (and the rest of pregnancy!) can be so tough physically and emotionally to...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   05-12-2017, 01:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 500
Posted By greenemami
Welcome. For background, I lived with a...

Welcome. For background, I lived with a stepdaughter for about 8 years, had 2 more children with her dad, and then we split up-I now have a new partner and a new baby as well, so I've done the...
Forum: Single Parenting   03-31-2017, 02:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,008
Posted By greenemami
If your ex has somewhere convenient to stay and...

If your ex has somewhere convenient to stay and you do not, yes, I would absolutely ask the judge to change the arrangement so you have exclusive use all of the time. I don't think it can hurt to...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-16-2017, 02:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,226
Posted By greenemami
Legally, she may not have a say (though she does...

Legally, she may not have a say (though she does if they have ROFR-right of first refusal, meaning they have to ask the other parent to watch the kids before asking others, but I'm assuming she is at...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   02-20-2017, 02:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,689
Posted By greenemami
Oh gosh-my older two kids are the exact same...

Oh gosh-my older two kids are the exact same ages. When I got (unexpectedly) pregnant with my third, I spent the first few months freaking out. I was so worried about how this pregnancy/a new baby...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   02-07-2017, 01:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,783
Posted By greenemami
Have you read the book "The explosive child"? ...

Have you read the book "The explosive child"? I've recently read it and found it very helpful for my sweet, but very short tempered and stubborn almost 6-year-old boy, who also struggles with taking...
Forum: Single Parenting   12-31-2016, 04:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,242
Posted By greenemami
Technically, if there is no right of first...

Technically, if there is no right of first refusal, he is correct that he can do whatever he wants with his time. Is he just using his family as childcare while he works or does he not take them...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-30-2016, 03:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,337
Posted By greenemami
I was a stepmom to my ex's oldest daughter, and...

I was a stepmom to my ex's oldest daughter, and am now mom in a blended family with my two kids, a new baby together, and my partner, so I'll answer from both perspectives :) While my ex is involved...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-30-2016, 04:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,957
Posted By greenemami
Hi all! OP here (got locked out a while back with...

Hi all! OP here (got locked out a while back with my old name and never figured out how to reset that password!) Just wanted to update now that the baby is here. It took until he was born to...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   06-20-2016, 07:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 928
Posted By greenemami
Yup, I agree with the others. I never restrict...

Yup, I agree with the others. I never restrict healthy food ever, but my kids also know that I very rarely buy snacks when we are out. 10 is plenty old enough to remember to pack a snack and water...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   06-16-2016, 08:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,205
Posted By greenemami
1989, I have to agree with the others that it...

1989, I have to agree with the others that it sounds like the issue is with your husband, not with your step-daughters mom.

Is it possible to just let him deal with any repercussions of her...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   06-15-2016, 07:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,205
Posted By greenemami
I think no electronics after 10 is a totally...

I think no electronics after 10 is a totally reasonable rule-I'm kind of surprised most think staying up until 11 or later playing on a phone isn't a big deal. I'm not a strict parent overall (at...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   06-13-2016, 10:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 659
Posted By greenemami
I agree, just gently correct. It's pretty common...

I agree, just gently correct. It's pretty common for kids to mix up names and it's likely that the baby is just mimicking what he hears your daughter call you. If you don't make a big deal of it,...
Forum: Single Parenting   06-01-2016, 08:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,235
Posted By greenemami
yes, yes, yes, it totally gets better! One day...

yes, yes, yes, it totally gets better! One day you will wake up and realize how much better, calmer, safer, and more like yourself you feel-plus, you will realize how much you have improved your...
Forum: November 2016 Due Date Club   05-30-2016, 07:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,176
Posted By greenemami
I check in here occasionally, but I was a little...

I check in here occasionally, but I was a little bummed that everything that moved to FB as well.

I'm due 11/6 with my third, how about you?
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-28-2016, 03:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,957
Posted By greenemami
Thanks so much for the input everyone. If one of...

Thanks so much for the input everyone. If one of us doesn't cave at some point, I'm sure will just end up hyphenating-it's really the only fair compromise, even if it isn't what either of us really...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-27-2016, 05:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,957
Posted By greenemami
Thanks SS-I tend to think that using my name as...

Thanks SS-I tend to think that using my name as the middle name just means it won't be used anyway! Bf actually suggested using "one of" our last names as a middle name, but laughed a little...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-27-2016, 05:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,957
Posted By greenemami
Thanks kate! So your girls are yours and your...

Thanks kate! So your girls are yours and your dh's and he also has an older one? We talked about using one of our last names as a second middle name, but neither of us wanted to give up the last...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-27-2016, 01:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,957
Posted By greenemami
Last Name for "Ours" Baby

I am not and never have been married, but even if bf and I do marry, I will not be changing my last name. We are having a new baby together and can't figure out what to do about the last name.
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Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-21-2016, 01:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,038
Posted By greenemami
Thank you for the input! When I was with...

Thank you for the input!

When I was with my ex (kids' dad) he basically controlled all the money. I did work part-time, but didn't make much, and used that to pay my own cell phone bill, credit...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-20-2016, 02:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,038
Posted By greenemami
Blending finances

I'll prob be posting a lot over the next few months, thanks for your patience in advance :)

Background info: Bf and I both work, he makes slightly more than I do. I have two kids, plus, we are...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-20-2016, 02:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 750
Posted By greenemami
Thanks so much. The "be patient" advice is so...

Thanks so much. The "be patient" advice is so important-and so hard!!! I love the idea of looking ahead at how the family relationship will look once they are grown up, that is so helpful!

He...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-20-2016, 02:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 765
Posted By greenemami
It's pretty much default to have parents share...

It's pretty much default to have parents share transportation unless there is a reason not to. Your agreement was only via text message and was contingent on your not wot working, so it makes sense...
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