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Forum: Craft Workshops   02-18-2015, 04:13 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 6
Posted By TheGivingTree
ISO homemade hair conditioner recipe

Hi. I pitched the idea of a homemade hair care line to my teenage SD. She loves that stuff and I think she could make some nice stuff. She said that she'd like to start with hair conditioner. Does...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-18-2015, 12:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 177
Posted By TheGivingTree
Everyone on here has such good insight, I really...

Everyone on here has such good insight, I really appreciate all the feedback. It's so nice to have a spot, away from spouses and family, to get support. To answer a question from above, my DD and DS...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-17-2015, 07:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 177
Posted By TheGivingTree
Thanks SoulJourney. That's a very interesting...

Thanks SoulJourney. That's a very interesting possibility and it does make sense, given the circumstances. DH is stuck between the 2 daughters in a way. I can almost see him holding back with my DD,...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-11-2015, 10:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 217
Posted By TheGivingTree
I have been following this thread because I have...

I have been following this thread because I have the exact same scenario and I too dread any kind of confrontation about it or making my husband defensive about parenting. I like what was said about...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-11-2015, 10:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 177
Posted By TheGivingTree
Thanks both! We actually had a blended family...

Thanks both! We actually had a blended family therapy session, but it was with my SD's therapist so the session was geared toward how we can accommodate her needs. There is another person we can try...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-07-2015, 08:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 177
Posted By TheGivingTree
Head shots and encouraging free-thinking kid

Hello moms. I am having some surprising controversy over my 9-year-old daughter. As background, I have a 14 year-old step-daughter and a 12-year old son, both of whom are very quiet for the most...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-02-2015, 08:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 423
Posted By TheGivingTree
I agree that parenting a teen is confusing. But...

I agree that parenting a teen is confusing. But once there is lying and dangerous substances then they give up their privacy. It is unfortunate that it has to be that way, but privacy and respect...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-02-2015, 08:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 320
Posted By TheGivingTree
You will find this funny as long as we are on...

You will find this funny as long as we are on this topic - my SD takes all my stuff - every Sunday night it's right into my closet, my make-up, my shoes, hair products - everything. She has only lost...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   01-31-2015, 09:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 465
Posted By TheGivingTree
Hi. I can tell you that I have had a good results...

Hi. I can tell you that I have had a good results for my son with a combination of a low-dose of Prozac combined with Intuniv (a non-stimulant) also at a low dose. He cannot take the "regular"dose of...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-31-2015, 09:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 106
Posted By TheGivingTree
I left a message for the psychiatrist a few days...

I left a message for the psychiatrist a few days ago. I printed out some literature about how nicotine vaping is horrible, which my husband left on her pillow. I also removed the oil, at his urging....
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   01-29-2015, 11:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 77
Posted By TheGivingTree
Hi. If your son has a 504 that is a good start....

Hi. If your son has a 504 that is a good start. There is room in there for lots of little accommodations, just examples - flexible bathroom access, wiggle seat, teachers assistant to help with...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-29-2015, 10:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 106
Posted By TheGivingTree
Hi Sillysapling. Thanks for your reply and...

Hi Sillysapling. Thanks for your reply and checking up on me. It has been bumpy indeed. Not at all what I envisioned but I am determined to make it work. It turns out that my husband did talk to her...
Forum: Site Help   01-27-2015, 08:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 28
Posted By TheGivingTree
Deleting profile/posts

Hi. Can someone please tell me how to delete a thread and/or my entire profile? Thanks
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-26-2015, 06:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 106
Posted By TheGivingTree
Help! My SD using nicotine vape.

Hello and apologies in advance if this comes across as too reactionary but I am so bothered and not sure if I should go over everyone's head and call the psychiatrist for my SD directly. Please let...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   01-12-2015, 10:15 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 54
Posted By TheGivingTree
Husband mad but won't say why

Hi. I am not sure if this is the place for this discussion. In short, my husband always seems upset with me and I can never tell why. Usually it just passes, sometimes a few days later he will...
Forum: Work from Home Parents   01-12-2015, 09:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 785
Posted By TheGivingTree
Hi. It seems like you already have a lt of...

Hi. It seems like you already have a lt of suggestions but I'll chime in a few too.
-Get the traffic. Google Adsense will kick in once you have the traffic. That's more long-term
- Use a...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-12-2015, 09:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 629
Posted By TheGivingTree
I think that a therapist may be a good idea. They...

I think that a therapist may be a good idea. They have family mediators and the sessions are very gently. No one tells anyone they are wrong, but sometimes having a third party run it is a huge...
Forum: Free For Shipping   12-31-2014, 03:23 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 34
Posted By TheGivingTree
NEW Hardcover picture books

NEW kids picture books: Pugbug & the Ticklish Garden

http://www.eifrigpublishing.com/childrens-books/pugbug-and-the-ticklish-garden-with-seed-packet-hardcover.html

I have 30 of them! Shipping...
Forum: Grief and Loss   12-31-2014, 03:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 78
Posted By TheGivingTree
I am terribly sorry for your loss but also proud...

I am terribly sorry for your loss but also proud of your strength in the situation. My husband died when my kids were 5 and 8. It was surreal for a long time and I understand how you are feeling...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   12-31-2014, 03:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 213
Posted By TheGivingTree
if it makes you feel better my teen wears stuff...

if it makes you feel better my teen wears stuff like that all the time and has since she was 12. If she asks me if I like it I just say "not really" and why. We don't stop her from wearing it...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   12-31-2014, 03:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 305
Posted By TheGivingTree
Hi. This sounds like a very tough issue. I have...

Hi. This sounds like a very tough issue. I have heard a great variety of responses that make really good sense to try - the counselor and helping to get on "her side." I have a very similar situation...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   10-17-2014, 07:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 379
Posted By TheGivingTree
I just published a beginner chapter series...

I just published a beginner chapter series myself, The Crumbles Chronicles, if you'd like to check it out at www.laurascottschaefer.com

I would also recommend the 39 Clues, The Magic Tollbooth and...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-17-2014, 07:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 440
Posted By TheGivingTree
Yes, the kids are each in therapy differently. My...

Yes, the kids are each in therapy differently. My daughter is taking break now after 1-2 years of grief therapy after her father died. My son sees someone mainly to help him cope with a serious...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-02-2014, 08:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 440
Posted By TheGivingTree
Thank you so much. That's exactly how I feel...

Thank you so much. That's exactly how I feel about it - why dwell on negativity when there is so much wonderful to be had. They can't really unite in their sorrows, my SD can't see past her own. I...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   09-28-2014, 02:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 440
Posted By TheGivingTree
Kids "sad contest"creating resentment

Hi. I know this may sound a little offbeat, but my SD and bio kids (actually just the daughters) keep running into this resentment issue. My SD refused to be close to her step sister because she...
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