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Forum: Stay at Home Parents   02-09-2016, 07:13 PM
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Posted By Mummoth
My big kids we're 7 1/2 and almost 10 when their...

My big kids we're 7 1/2 and almost 10 when their baby sister was born. It's a totally different experience. My patience is way greater as an experienced/older mom... it's easier to take in stride the...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-09-2016, 06:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 168
Posted By Mummoth
We're getting each other a small gift, and having...

We're getting each other a small gift, and having Chinese food for supper. We don't always do Valentines Day but it's been a stressful few months and it's an excuse to do something.
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   02-03-2016, 01:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 166
Posted By Mummoth
It might help to make it so your little one can't...

It might help to make it so your little one can't wander too much. Have one room where you spend most of your time that's baby proofed really, really well.

Call your kindergarteners school. When...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   01-30-2016, 04:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 273
Posted By Mummoth
Make a deal with your partner so that you get to...

Make a deal with your partner so that you get to be the one to sleep in one day. If you can't sleep, don't get up... hide and read for a while.
Cook a little extra a few nights during the week and...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   01-26-2016, 11:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 273
Posted By Mummoth
See if there's any drop-in or play groups in your...

See if there's any drop-in or play groups in your area. Or become a regular at the park and be chatty with the other moms. It gets easier once they start school because you get to know the other...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-25-2016, 01:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 750
Posted By Mummoth
I agree with sillysapling... if she were a...

I agree with sillysapling... if she were a changed woman, you wouldn't be this angry. She's continuing to hurt him and causing a bunch of stress in your daily life. taking care of kids is a massive...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-20-2016, 04:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 499
Posted By Mummoth
Would Dax do stuff to contribute around the house...

Would Dax do stuff to contribute around the house at his grandparents? I'm thinking maybe the college aged boys had the opportunity to stay living there after you moved out, in part because they were...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-20-2016, 03:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 589
Posted By Mummoth
I thought I'd come back and update this. My...

I thought I'd come back and update this.

My ex didn't show up to court and the Judge changed our order to mirror the letter from DCF, visits need to be supervised. He hasn't contacted me at all...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-20-2016, 02:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 750
Posted By Mummoth
My kid had ADHD, PTSD and learning disabilities...

My kid had ADHD, PTSD and learning disabilities due to trauma at his birth father's hands. It's not FAS, but we've had a lot of challenges with him. Your SS bith mom's behaviour isn't excusable and I...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-16-2016, 12:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 337
Posted By Mummoth
Assuming their dad is close enough, it could be a...

Assuming their dad is close enough, it could be a good thing to let your kids move. Instead of fitting them in where you have a scrap of time, spending time with them would be more intentional. Does...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-16-2016, 11:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 366
Posted By Mummoth
I don't think you can fix this, it's her problem....

I don't think you can fix this, it's her problem. She might just be stuck, and would come around if you find a way to let her save face. You do deserve an apology, though.

Does she have a reason...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-14-2016, 12:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 482
Posted By Mummoth
Dealing with big age gaps all at once can...

Dealing with big age gaps all at once can definitely be interesting... mine are 14, 11 and 4... the little one has picked up phrases such as "You're ruining my life!"

My husband is the one who...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-14-2016, 12:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 482
Posted By Mummoth
Oh I totally understand needing them to help by...

Oh I totally understand needing them to help by doing the things they are cpapable of, most of the time. At one point I had a fight both ways... my little one wanted to do everything herself but...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-14-2016, 11:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 482
Posted By Mummoth
My kid just finally got an assessment at 14 and...

My kid just finally got an assessment at 14 and the test can identify things that aren't obvious. The 'instant recall' part of his memory doesn't function well, and what it looks like on the outside...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-14-2016, 11:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 482
Posted By Mummoth
How does he do at school? Not academically, but...

How does he do at school? Not academically, but with doing things for himself.

Would he be in a better frame of mind to do his homework in the morning before school? I might be inclined to let him...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-11-2016, 02:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 450
Posted By Mummoth
If he doesn't like you telling him what to do,...

If he doesn't like you telling him what to do, one easy way for him to avoid that is by doing the things he knows he's supposed to do. Maybe his dad could talk to him about what might be preventing...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-04-2016, 04:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 344
Posted By Mummoth
I think I would just continue to invite them over...

I think I would just continue to invite them over as normal. Maybe say something like "I get the feeling that you believe I think this is a bigger deal than it is. I'd like to talk about it so you...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   12-29-2015, 07:07 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 309
Posted By Mummoth
Nope, not at all. What's right for one person...

Nope, not at all. What's right for one person isn't necessarily the best for another. I don't think I'd enjoy juggling work and home, it sounds stressful. I haven't gotten stir-crazy like some people...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-24-2015, 12:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 632
Posted By Mummoth
That is completely bizarre. I agree with a...

That is completely bizarre. I agree with a previous poster that there's probably not anything you can do. The only thing I might do is make sure that the ex knows that she won't be attending, and...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-22-2015, 03:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 355
Posted By Mummoth
It might also just be the preference of one of...

It might also just be the preference of one of her kids... I could count on one hand the number of times my best friend in grade school came to my place. I went to her house practically every day...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-21-2015, 01:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 451
Posted By Mummoth
I'd give it a chance, but proceed with caution....

I'd give it a chance, but proceed with caution. It sounds as though the driving force behind his renewed interest might be his wife. I'd be concerned that if she loses interest for whatever reason...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   12-15-2015, 08:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 548
Posted By Mummoth
Do you live somewhere that it doesn't matter how...

Do you live somewhere that it doesn't matter how loud you are? The vacuum might be easier for the kids to deal with if you blast the TV on a show that they like. Or let the 5 year old do some of the...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-05-2015, 09:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 401
Posted By Mummoth
For the time being, it might be helpful to just...

For the time being, it might be helpful to just see her on neutral territory more often... like meet with her at the park or the mall. When/if the conversation gets too heated for you or you are...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-03-2015, 07:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 673
Posted By Mummoth
I'm the bio mom and have been lucky that my...

I'm the bio mom and have been lucky that my husbands family welcomed my kids. His mom right off the bat said "I'm your Nana and you have 5 cousins that can't wait to meet you and two uncles and aunts...
Forum: Parenting   12-01-2015, 12:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 531
Posted By Mummoth
You aren't over reacting. It seems like a lot of...

You aren't over reacting. It seems like a lot of MIL don't know their place when a new baby arrives... they are used to being an authority and it's hard to step down and let someone else be in...
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