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Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-21-2017, 06:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 810
Posted By alpenglow
Thank you for sharing your story. It gives...

Thank you for sharing your story. It gives others hope that the fight can be worth it one day. And like previous poster said, this is a lifetime relationship you have built with DSS. Good job...
Forum: Single Parenting   01-06-2017, 08:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 890
Posted By alpenglow
That would be so hard to feel there is little you...

That would be so hard to feel there is little you can do to stand up for them....that won't result in retaliation. It seems he is at a point of slowly abandoning them, and as he gets less and less...
Forum: Single Parenting   12-30-2016, 09:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 890
Posted By alpenglow
Dealing with narcisisist-psychopath ex myself...

Dealing with narcisisist-psychopath ex myself (one of the highly manipulative ones who make it a game to see how rosy they can smell after doing crappy things...). :wave

Good food for thought from...
Forum: Single Parenting   12-27-2016, 09:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 926
Posted By alpenglow
The relationship may have been great the first 3...

The relationship may have been great the first 3 years because he was the centre of attention, and he could successfully use covert manipulation to control you (and make you feel guilty when he did...
Forum: Single Parenting   12-26-2016, 05:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 926
Posted By alpenglow
I'm so sorry to hear this, mama. I'm sorry you...

I'm so sorry to hear this, mama. I'm sorry you haven't received a response. As much as I want to offer advice, I really feel that this is a dangerous abusive situation and you and your baby's life...
Forum: Single Parenting   10-24-2016, 12:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,659
Posted By alpenglow
Moderator, can threads like this be removed when...

Moderator, can threads like this be removed when it appears to be a troll?

It's really reducing the quality and makes me hesitant to participate.
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-12-2016, 07:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,868
Posted By alpenglow
Same approach here. Help them understand why. I...

Same approach here. Help them understand why. I didn't have the battle lots of parents have about kids who want to use a booster before ready, or seatbelt before ready to give up the booster....and...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-12-2016, 02:10 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,868
Posted By alpenglow
Thanks! I suppose they fare better if buckled...

Thanks!
I suppose they fare better if buckled in the same way as the crash test dummies.
But lying down or unbuckled....will negate the safety features of a newer vehicle.

Very good point...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-12-2016, 12:48 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,868
Posted By alpenglow
I don't see seatbelts as anything to do with...

I don't see seatbelts as anything to do with fear. It's plain common sense if the statistics and crash test dummy tests show they save lives, and reduce seriousness of injury. And frankly I find...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-09-2016, 07:18 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,868
Posted By alpenglow
No way would I allow lying down without a belt. ...

No way would I allow lying down without a belt. Or lying down. Maybe ask yourself if you could live with it, if you had a rollover and he died. Someone I know lost a son this way.

When a rule...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   05-23-2016, 03:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 757
Posted By alpenglow
I don't know your full backstory. How long have...

I don't know your full backstory. How long have you been together, and lived together?
Does he pull his weight in other ways, or does it seem like you are the one doing the work. What happens...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   05-01-2016, 09:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,341
Posted By alpenglow
I agree with this approach so much! It's not...

I agree with this approach so much!
It's not disrespectful for a child to point out when someone else is being disrespectful....but I think as protective moms who usually face false allegations of...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-29-2016, 03:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,484
Posted By alpenglow
I thought this article had some good thoughts and...

I thought this article had some good thoughts and advice
http://expandedconsciousness.com/2016/03/29/hang-onto-past-relationships-ways-let-go/
Forum: Single Parenting   04-29-2016, 03:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,484
Posted By alpenglow
Heartbreak hurts :(. I can relate. We finally...

Heartbreak hurts :(. I can relate. We finally open our hearts again and wham, out they rip.
The responsibilities of life (kids, jobs) make it so hard to grieve. The end of close relationships is a...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-28-2016, 07:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,111
Posted By alpenglow
I think all children are emotional and sensitive,...

I think all children are emotional and sensitive, and it gets expressed in different ways as they learn emotional regulation.

Everyone is different, but I think a lot parenting is choosing your...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-27-2016, 11:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,484
Posted By alpenglow
Welcome back. I'm sorry you have had to go...

Welcome back. I'm sorry you have had to go through this heartbreak, after all those years of healing. Love and loss are never easy, especially if you are new to a place and don't have a lot of IRL...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-22-2016, 11:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 756
Posted By alpenglow
I would straight up ask him how he feels about...

I would straight up ask him how he feels about dating women who have children. In online dating, this is a question that everyone answers when filling out their profile. This is important, imo,...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-12-2016, 05:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 910
Posted By alpenglow
I don't see why she wouldn't thrive having...

I don't see why she wouldn't thrive having stable, secure adults in the home who love her and won't give her abandonment issues. There are probably people out there who experienced being a step...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   03-07-2016, 10:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 775
Posted By alpenglow
Sounds like your district has an excellent...

Sounds like your district has an excellent special Ed teacher :)
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   03-06-2016, 02:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 775
Posted By alpenglow
Oh yes good point. I didn't choose my wording as...

Oh yes good point. I didn't choose my wording as carefully as I should. I think it's good to ask about what medications, if any, a child is receiving, as part of information gathering. And I think...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   03-06-2016, 10:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 775
Posted By alpenglow
Broaching the topic of medications is absolutely...

Broaching the topic of medications is absolutely a boundary crossing. Teachers have zero medical training and it could be considered unprofessional practice by the College of Teachers (or whoever...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-16-2016, 12:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 811
Posted By alpenglow
Yep. Parental estrangement, he's doing it all on...

Yep. Parental estrangement, he's doing it all on his own...but of course if he is a blamer, he will have to try to blame it on you and use that so boring parental alienation story that all abusive...
Forum: Single Parenting   01-30-2016, 01:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,751
Posted By alpenglow
Those were beautiful hopeful posts. It is sooo...

Those were beautiful hopeful posts. It is sooo hard when the kids are so young. 3 years post divorce/separation and I feel I am only just beginning to move on...in such a much better mental space...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   01-09-2016, 08:38 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 723
Posted By alpenglow
Hmmm. Sounds like a covert lead-in to another...

Hmmm. Sounds like a covert lead-in to another "new member" posting a "helpful" link to promote a company. Just a guess.... ;-)
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-09-2016, 08:25 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,724
Posted By alpenglow
Having another separate space is super helpful. A...

Having another separate space is super helpful. A small home would give you more justification for having a "she shed" :)

One thing that has really helped in our small home is having a big...
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