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Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-25-2015, 10:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 152
Posted By VocalMinority
Spring Break loveliness

Sigh! How quickly I can turn into a nasty, catty woman (inside my mind), when thinking about my step-son's mom.

He's with her for Spring Break and scheduled to fly home Saturday, which is within...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-19-2015, 09:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 222
Posted By VocalMinority
It's good that you seem able to identify and...

It's good that you seem able to identify and articulate what the problems are and to recognize that a relationship (or situation) can fail to meet your or your kids' needs, without the other person...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-18-2015, 05:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 222
Posted By VocalMinority
Your situation sounds fairly exhausting. What...

Your situation sounds fairly exhausting. What specifically stands in the way of you enrolling your DP's youngest in parent's day out while your youngest is with her dad? That sounds like a good...
Forum: Single Parenting   03-17-2015, 08:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 362
Posted By VocalMinority
Custody/child support orders that reference...

Custody/child support orders that reference parental cooperation only work for exes who are equally inclined to cooperate. It is so frustrating, when courts don't understand this. My husband and...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-13-2015, 06:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 609
Posted By VocalMinority
A word on table manners with Autistic kids... ...

A word on table manners with Autistic kids...

My twins are Autistic and so are most of their friends. I am highly in favor of good table manners, to the point that when someone is chewing...
Forum: Single Parenting   03-05-2015, 11:03 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 794
Posted By VocalMinority
Make him take you to court, to get it. From...

Make him take you to court, to get it.

From what you describe, you're not violating any court orders by ignoring his request. Maybe he's entitled to have the SSN. If so, make him force you to...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-03-2015, 02:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 269
Posted By VocalMinority
Are these spontaneous weekdays replacing, or...

Are these spontaneous weekdays replacing, or augmenting, your BF's weekends with his daughter?

If he's getting weekends AND weeknights, I agree with the PP that he shouldn't stop. But in the...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   02-28-2015, 10:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 535
Posted By VocalMinority
"Accountability" for your time?

I'm a SAHM to 4 boys: 2 teens (twins) with Autism, learning disabilities and visual impairment; a 3rd teen who's especially challenging because I'm "only" his step-mom, he has emotional hang-ups...
Forum: Single Parenting   02-28-2015, 07:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 673
Posted By VocalMinority
We can all tell you what our custody/visitation...

We can all tell you what our custody/visitation arrangements are and what we consider reasonable, but ultimately it depends on the standards of practice in family law, where you live. You can check...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-24-2015, 06:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 414
Posted By VocalMinority
In the US, non-felon adults have the right to...

In the US, non-felon adults have the right to move wherever they want. So, many courts see revoking child custody if a CP moves as an illegal punishment for exercising a legal right. Many times, the...
Forum: Single Parenting   02-23-2015, 08:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 272
Posted By VocalMinority
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Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-22-2015, 11:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 222
Posted By VocalMinority
What about school? It looks like one of your...

What about school? It looks like one of your children and one of your step-kids are old enough for grade school/kindergarten and both of the younger ones are old enough for at least part-time...
Forum: Single Parenting   02-16-2015, 06:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 272
Posted By VocalMinority
I just realized you're under Indiana...

I just realized you're under Indiana jurisdiction, as we are, so I'm going to edit what I previously posted, to be more specific.

My DSS, who lives with us, is 15 and in a very similar boat,...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-06-2015, 07:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 105
Posted By VocalMinority
Happily, it turns out I didn't give my husband...

Happily, it turns out I didn't give my husband enough credit! We've had so many discussions about DSS go so badly in the past few years, that I cringe when new issues arise and feel like I need to...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-05-2015, 09:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 105
Posted By VocalMinority
I'm closer to feeling like he's my child, than...

I'm closer to feeling like he's my child, than only caring on principle. I've known him since he was 4 and was already very attached by the time he came to live with us, at age 8. Certainly, my...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-05-2015, 06:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 105
Posted By VocalMinority
Would you take step-kid somewhere you think he shouldn't go, b/c partner OK'd it?

This is the start of the 4th consecutive month that DH has worked out of state nearly all week, every week. (Normally, he works from home.) On weekends, he's been spending as little as 24 hours...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-03-2015, 09:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 209
Posted By VocalMinority
Forgive me for tackily quoting my own post! ...

Forgive me for tackily quoting my own post!

What I meant to tack onto this was that I find it so much easier, with my bio kids, not to take such annoyances personally.

Whether it's a...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-02-2015, 07:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 209
Posted By VocalMinority
You're not alone! My step-son has also lived...

You're not alone! My step-son has also lived with us (my husband, me and my/our other children) since age 8. His mother is also largely uninvolved and plays with his head (although he sees her more...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   02-01-2015, 11:11 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 252
Posted By VocalMinority
In the grand scheme? No. In logistics, maybe a...

In the grand scheme? No. In logistics, maybe a little bit.

I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that your husband's angry outburst at dinner was less a serious defense of him being a year...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-31-2015, 07:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 133
Posted By VocalMinority
In a previous post, it sounded like: > Your SD...

In a previous post, it sounded like:
> Your SD either lives with you, or you have many parental responsibilities for her, like helping with homework;
> Your husband is a more passive parent, while...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-25-2015, 10:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 252
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, 06:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 144
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, 05:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 144
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, 06:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 149
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, 04:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 433
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:
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