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Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-25-2015, 11:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 218
Posted By VocalMinority
Like you, my step-kid lives with me and is close...

Like you, my step-kid lives with me and is close in age to my kids (twins). While I agree with PPs that all of the behavior issues you've described can be normal for 5-year-olds, I also know that...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-23-2015, 07:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 123
Posted By VocalMinority
I do see your predicament: if you set the...

I do see your predicament: if you set the precedent of showing up for every little thing, despite 3 hrs. of driving - so the kids never "get" how difficult it is for you guys - they won't...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-22-2015, 06:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 123
Posted By VocalMinority
I'd say it depends on the activity. "How far...

I'd say it depends on the activity.

"How far is too far" isn't something my husband and I have to debate, ourselves, since my ex lives nearby, his lives unquestionably too far for any weekday...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   01-21-2015, 07:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 67
Posted By VocalMinority
As long as there aren't complicating...

As long as there aren't complicating circumstances, I think co-sleeping is like breastfeeding: at some point, as your kid gets older, he won't want to do it anymore (or only when he has a nightmare...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   01-18-2015, 05:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 226
Posted By VocalMinority
I like the simple wisdom of this phraseology and...

I like the simple wisdom of this phraseology and might find myself quoting you some day, at home...:wink:
Forum: Preteens and Teens   01-17-2015, 09:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 226
Posted By VocalMinority
How much do you respect your teen's privacy?

I'm curious where other moms draw the line, between responsible parenting and respecting teens' privacy? I feel pretty confident about my own line, but I'm curious how far outside the norm I am. ...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-17-2015, 07:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,154
Posted By VocalMinority
1 - DH and I knew we wanted to marry long before...

1 - DH and I knew we wanted to marry long before he actually proposed or we discussed it with anyone, including our 3 young boys. We wanted to wait for resolution of his custody battle with his...
Forum: Natural Parenting News   01-12-2015, 05:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 27
Posted By VocalMinority
HEAT. Over the last few years, between our 4...

HEAT.

Over the last few years, between our 4 kids and the neighbors' 4 kids (who are all best friends) going to schools, churches, sports, the Y, children's museums, indoor playgrounds, etc.,...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-12-2014, 07:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 169
Posted By VocalMinority
Well, as you know, Mummoth, our situation doesn't...

Well, as you know, Mummoth, our situation doesn't feel "normal", either. But for what it's worth, when my step-son (who lives with us) was younger (8), DH and I took a lot of responsibility for his...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   11-13-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 82
Posted By VocalMinority
I can see how this is a whole different dilemma,...

I can see how this is a whole different dilemma, even though it's over the same subject as last year. Now that you've set the precedent of including her, you may hurt her feelings if you don't do so...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   11-13-2014, 04:45 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 63
Posted By VocalMinority
Sorry, I don't know anything about this. Just...

Sorry, I don't know anything about this. Just :hug (I mean, for you. Not that I assume a hug will fix your step-daughter.)
Forum: Working and Student Parents   11-10-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 130
Posted By VocalMinority
Hopefully, you'll get replies from more qualified...

Hopefully, you'll get replies from more qualified people (I'm still at home full time, right now). But the first thing that sprang to mind, reading your post, was how important it is to have at...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   11-10-2014, 05:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 164
Posted By VocalMinority
Special needs kids in college?

My twin sons, who are on the Autism spectrum, are seniors in high school. Assuming everything continues on its current path, next year they'll both move from their small, Catholic high school 10...
Forum: Child & Teen Health   10-28-2014, 10:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 631
Posted By VocalMinority
The pediatric dermatologist we saw insisted that...

The pediatric dermatologist we saw insisted that animal scabies mites cannot live on humans and vice-versa and that you treat them with different chemicals. Although a vet certainly might know about...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-25-2014, 07:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 493
Posted By VocalMinority
Or Mexico! Thanks, that's a good point. DH...

Or Mexico! Thanks, that's a good point. DH really hates the neverending drama with her and I could tell, when he first got the message, that he felt torn between, "WTH? I already said he can't...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   10-24-2014, 04:55 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 152
Posted By VocalMinority
Am I overprotecting my ASD teens?

Cross-posted in Parenting Teens

My twin sons are seniors in high school who have mild-moderate Autism/developmental delays and lower-than-average IQs. It would be fair to respond to this post as...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   10-24-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 259
Posted By VocalMinority
Am I overprotecting my ASD teens?

Cross-posted in Special Needs Parenting

My twin sons are seniors in high school who have mild-moderate Autism/developmental delays and lower-than-average IQs. It would be fair to respond to this...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-21-2014, 03:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,623
Posted By VocalMinority
:grouphug Sorry to hear that, Mama.

:grouphug Sorry to hear that, Mama.
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-21-2014, 05:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 624
Posted By VocalMinority
I'm also wordy, so I say this from a position of...

I'm also wordy, so I say this from a position of empathy, not judgment: People will be more likely to get through to the end of your post and comment on it, if you employ paragraph breaks much more...
Forum: Child & Teen Health   10-20-2014, 08:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 631
Posted By VocalMinority
Frustrated by doctor, pharmacist attitudes/scabies?

My 6-y-o son woke up with mildly pink-and-swollen cheeks and eyes, which got worse during school, until his cheeks were bright pink.

My MIL had slept at our house the night before and went to...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   10-20-2014, 01:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 532
Posted By VocalMinority
It's pretty customary to either offer to pay...

It's pretty customary to either offer to pay someone for childcare, or to offer childcare in return.

Both offers appropriately would have given you a comfortable way to decline. If watching...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-18-2014, 05:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 493
Posted By VocalMinority
I suggested DH tell her that he's not opposed, in...

I suggested DH tell her that he's not opposed, in principle, to her wanting to have DSS on his birthday, but it's too early to know about summer school, so any dates she elects this far in advance...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-16-2014, 09:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 493
Posted By VocalMinority
It's too early for summer drama!

It shouldn't keep surprising me that my 15-y-o DSS's mom always revisits "lost battles", trying to manipulate things in fresh ways and finally "win". Yet, it does take me by surprise, every time.
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Forum: Parenting   10-15-2014, 06:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,155
Posted By VocalMinority
Evidently, CPS' standard policy (here) is to...

Evidently, CPS' standard policy (here) is to spend a few minutes with kids, without any adults from their family, so the kids can feel safe reporting abuse, if there was any; and they check for signs...
Forum: Parenting   10-14-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,155
Posted By VocalMinority
I'm sure CPS responses are different, from state...

I'm sure CPS responses are different, from state to state, even county to county. But years ago, my neighbor made a very frivolous CPS report about me (I hate saying "CPS report about me" so much...
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