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Forum: Single Parenting   03-08-2017, 12:02 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,624
Posted By Claudia Chapman
The details you've just shared strongly suggest...

The details you've just shared strongly suggest that counseling just for you is a good idea.
Forum: Single Parenting   03-08-2017, 11:58 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,624
Posted By Claudia Chapman
I'm so sorry to hear what a difficult time you've...

I'm so sorry to hear what a difficult time you've had.

Even if it's not a permanent move, I hope that you can arrange to stay with your family for an extended visit. We all need loving support...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-07-2017, 10:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 824
Posted By Claudia Chapman
I believe you should tell her. There's nothing...

I believe you should tell her.
There's nothing to gain from keeping your engagement a secret, other than hurting her feelings. You might also create the potential for a very awkward, angry...
Forum: Single Parenting   03-07-2017, 08:59 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,624
Posted By Claudia Chapman
We all make mistakes in our lives, especially in...

We all make mistakes in our lives, especially in our relationships. The best we can do is to be honest and to learn from those mistakes, and to try to move forward in a better direction. The hardest...
Forum: Everything Else   01-26-2017, 03:50 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 13,729
Posted By Claudia Chapman
Just FYI limping and not putting weight on a...

Just FYI limping and not putting weight on a front paw is often one of the call signs of Lyme. It's possible that the surgery weakened his immune system and let the Lyme come out of hiding if he'd...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   01-26-2017, 03:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,628
Posted By Claudia Chapman
Just as something to think about, many groups...

Just as something to think about, many groups have pointed out that if they're already successfully handling a situation where something racist has been directed at them that they don't need to have...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   01-26-2017, 03:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,628
Posted By Claudia Chapman
At our local flea market I overheard two...

At our local flea market I overheard two merchants whining about a customer who they said "jewed them down" on the price of something. I said "you know people can hear what you're saying. This is not...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   01-25-2017, 06:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,411
Posted By Claudia Chapman
What I'm trying to say, gently, is that you know...

What I'm trying to say, gently, is that you know that your perception of the situation may be colored, to some extent, by your mother's trauma and her resulting fears. Those inherited fears are...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   01-25-2017, 05:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,411
Posted By Claudia Chapman
I think that your husband is being wise and...

I think that your husband is being wise and compassionate about the situation. I absolutely agree that children's boundaries must be respected and that no child should EVER be pushed to hug or kiss...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-25-2017, 04:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,190
Posted By Claudia Chapman
Why are you engaged to this family then?

Why are you engaged to this family then?
Forum: Intact Care   01-25-2017, 03:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,402
Posted By Claudia Chapman
Sounds like everything was handled well. Glad to...

Sounds like everything was handled well. Glad to hear he's on the mend.

This is just an FYI. A great alternative to the emergency room can be the "minute clinic" at some CVS pharmacies. This is...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   01-25-2017, 03:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,628
Posted By Claudia Chapman
Consider this: Was it necessary for you to...

Consider this:
Was it necessary for you to intervene? It sounds like the young men handled the situation on their own. It's okay to stand aside and let somebody else handle things.

The...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   10-12-2016, 06:24 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,175
Posted By Claudia Chapman
I'm glad my suggestion was helpful. I think it's...

I'm glad my suggestion was helpful. I think it's a good idea for her to know this. It takes her out of "the middle."

I wondered if the opposition from the mom was because she believes (as many...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   10-11-2016, 11:36 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,175
Posted By Claudia Chapman
You've said that your fiancée has full legal...

You've said that your fiancée has full legal custody. Has he explained what this means to his daughter recently - that he has been given the right to make the final decisions about her care? This...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   10-11-2016, 09:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,641
Posted By Claudia Chapman
Why is your heart set on this one particular...

Why is your heart set on this one particular child?

Will you adopt another child if this little boy is placed with another family?

I'm hoping for the very best possible outcome for all of you.
Forum: Preteens and Teens   10-11-2016, 08:40 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,175
Posted By Claudia Chapman
There is no way to make your stepdaughter think...

There is no way to make your stepdaughter think otherwise if she is, in fact, going against the wishes of her mother. This child is in a very awkward position and I feel badly for her.

In most...
Forum: Learning at School   10-10-2016, 08:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,203
Posted By Claudia Chapman
Why don't you find out about the accommodations...

Why don't you find out about the accommodations that they are (or are not) willing to make for a child with sensory issues. (I have them myself and could not tolerate wearing wool or synthetics, so I...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   10-10-2016, 05:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,809
Posted By Claudia Chapman
Your comment struck me as being critical of my...

Your comment struck me as being critical of my post. Is it?
The laws differ from state to state. Anyone can look up the statutes for their own state or any other. The wise thing to do is seek...
Forum: Pets   09-30-2016, 06:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,881
Posted By Claudia Chapman
There's a resource that many people don't know...

There's a resource that many people don't know about - the Minute Clinic at many CVS drug stores. They have a Nurse Practitioner on the premises and he/she is available for walk-in consultations. Not...
Forum: Pets   09-30-2016, 06:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 874
Posted By Claudia Chapman
If you're concerned about the animal's...

If you're concerned about the animal's temperament, and it will be a cause of worry, it's not unreasonable to consider finding kitty a new home now, before the baby is born.
Forum: The Mindful Home   09-28-2016, 07:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 16,965
Posted By Claudia Chapman
Before you put up a fence be sure to go to town...

Before you put up a fence be sure to go to town hall and find out from zoning or land use what the regulations are and if you need permits.

This is absolutely crucial. If you don't do this you may...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   09-27-2016, 09:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,625
Posted By Claudia Chapman
Clearly a dad should be prepared beforehand to be...

Clearly a dad should be prepared beforehand to be alert to what's going on and advocate for his partner if the birth becomes complicated.

When things are going as anticipated I believe the best...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   09-27-2016, 10:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,625
Posted By Claudia Chapman
There is only one thing you have to do. Be...

There is only one thing you have to do. Be present. Just being there is enough to make it easier for her.

When I delivered all my husband did was look in my eyes during contractions while I held...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   09-15-2016, 10:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,727
Posted By Claudia Chapman
I think she may have meant newcomers to the world...

I think she may have meant newcomers to the world of parenting.

My suggestion is to always remind one another that even when we get angry we still love one another.
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-15-2016, 09:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,180
Posted By Claudia Chapman
First of all, don't blame yourself for this...

First of all, don't blame yourself for this happening. This isn't your fault. It sounds to me like you are a loving and caring big sister. It's wonderful that your little sister is able to trust you...
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