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Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   03-05-2012, 07:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 678
Posted By MrsH
http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/grouphu...

http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/grouphug.gif  That sounds very hard.
 
What's your open adoption agreement like?  I always pull it out whenever one of our kids' birthparents starts...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   12-14-2011, 06:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 452
Posted By MrsH
What a tough situation to be in!  I know so many...

What a tough situation to be in!  I know so many people who think that pushing kids to do things they're uncomfortable with is the best way to get them comfortable with those things.  Like you, I...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   12-07-2011, 07:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 511
Posted By MrsH
It's our first year homeschooling my 9 year old,...

It's our first year homeschooling my 9 year old, while my 5 year old just started public K.  My two year old his home with us.  It's been amazing.  We do about 2-3 hours of schoolwork per day, about...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   11-22-2011, 05:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 919
Posted By MrsH
Aw hugs to you, it sounds like not only is your...

Aw hugs to you, it sounds like not only is your reality is very hard right now, you sound just so tired and depleted that it's hard to even see options and possibility.  Having two littles at home...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-18-2011, 11:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 818
Posted By MrsH
This is our first year homeschooling my eldest...

This is our first year homeschooling my eldest daughter.  My son is in public kindergarten.  He sounds similar to your son in some ways, and there was just no way I could envision having him at home...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   11-18-2011, 11:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 919
Posted By MrsH
I did the bath a lot too, when my son was 2-4 or...

I did the bath a lot too, when my son was 2-4 or so.  He's not as into it now, for some reason.
 
My 2.5 year old does try to do some rest hour/quiet time on days that she doesn't nap.  I take her...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   11-06-2011, 10:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 843
Posted By MrsH
I was thinking about this some more this...

I was thinking about this some more this morning, and think my previous post was more child-centered than I really am.  I'd add that I also do talk with my kids about either apologizing or making...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   11-05-2011, 05:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 843
Posted By MrsH
Ah that does get trickier.   So it'd be if I...

Ah that does get trickier.   So it'd be if I were out with my kids, one of them did something rude to another adult (presumably a family member or family friend?), and the other adult tries to force...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   11-03-2011, 06:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 843
Posted By MrsH
I don't have really anything to back me up on...

I don't have really anything to back me up on this, but I also don't force apologies.  I generally assume that there were two kids fighting, even if my kid happens to be the one who was more...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-01-2011, 09:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 164
Posted By MrsH
Thank you so much for your helpful advice.  She...

Thank you so much for your helpful advice.  She and I had a great talk and made some changes to how we're doing things this week.  Most helpful, to me anyway, is to know that if it's still not...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-30-2011, 06:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 164
Posted By MrsH
This is our first year homeschooling my 9 year...

This is our first year homeschooling my 9 year old daughter and the first 6-ish weeks were AWESOME.  The past 1-2 weeks... not so much.  I'm looking for some encouragement and also welcome advice...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   10-23-2011, 06:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 751
Posted By MrsH
As always, I appreciate the responses.  There is...

As always, I appreciate the responses.  There is so much wisdom and experience here!  As I've mentioned before, we are seeing professionals, both my daughter, my son, my husband, and me.  And they...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   10-20-2011, 07:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 240
Posted By MrsH
You sound so tired and drained, in every way. ...

You sound so tired and drained, in every way.  Having kids of such different ages can definitely do that to you!  From your message it seems like both the lack of sleep and the constant nursing are...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   10-13-2011, 02:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 752
Posted By MrsH
this probably varies by state, but from what my...

this probably varies by state, but from what my attorney explained, here in MA temporary guardianship means you go back to court every few months to renew.  Permanent means that you don't need to go...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   09-27-2011, 05:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 931
Posted By MrsH
That is so hard, and the decision of whether or...

That is so hard, and the decision of whether or not to involve DCF is an especially tough one.  I second another person's advice to connect with an experienced attorney before involving DCF.  Also,...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   09-21-2011, 12:51 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,344
Posted By MrsH
I'm so glad you are all seeking the support you...

I'm so glad you are all seeking the support you need.  This is really hard stuff and I can't imagine anyone who could do it alone.
 
Our daughter also has a lot of "but I said sorry..." moments,...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   09-18-2011, 01:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 751
Posted By MrsH
Thanks Tigerchild, as I'm reading your...

Thanks Tigerchild, as I'm reading your thoughtful response I'm thinking "uhoh, the answer I didn't want to hear!"  Which means I'm even more grateful to you for writing it. I've wondered about just...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   09-17-2011, 08:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 751
Posted By MrsH
I've been having a hard time with my 9 year old...

I've been having a hard time with my 9 year old dd and the way she dresses.  I wasn't sure where to post since I'm fairly sure that this ties in to her being recently adopted by us, and her prior...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   08-31-2011, 05:58 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,344
Posted By MrsH
Oh man, I just read through this thread and also...

Oh man, I just read through this thread and also am in the same boat as you.  Well, not the same, but close enough that I can completely relate.  My niece was 6 when she moved in with us, her...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   07-13-2011, 04:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,462
Posted By MrsH
My niece and nephew came to live with us 3 years...

My niece and nephew came to live with us 3 years ago.  At the time, we just had a power of attorney, as my sister (their custodial parent) was in the army and it seemed like the easiest document to...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   06-15-2011, 05:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,530
Posted By MrsH
I don't have experience with the birth order...

I don't have experience with the birth order thing, but we did (finally! it took 3 years!) adopt a girl who is now 9, who has lived with us since she was 6.  Her brother is also with us, and he was...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   06-08-2011, 06:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,317
Posted By MrsH
I agree with the comments on the blogs about it...

I agree with the comments on the blogs about it being like a 1000 little cuts, or a bandage continually being ripped off the wound.  However, parenting two children in a very open adoption (we see...
Forum: The Mindful Home   06-02-2011, 05:36 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,909
Posted By MrsH
Bluebirdmama - what I do when using the powder...

Bluebirdmama - what I do when using the powder is that I turn my washer on so it starts filling, then get the powder out and add it, and wait until it is covered by water.  I think that helps it...
Forum: Learning at School   05-31-2011, 05:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,592
Posted By MrsH
Again, thank you all for your encouragement.  Dd...

Again, thank you all for your encouragement.  Dd went back to school today and passed her "nit-check" thank goodness!  She and I had a long talk and we wrote down all the reasons she wanted to...
Forum: The Mindful Home   05-31-2011, 10:57 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,909
Posted By MrsH
Bluebirdmama - it does seem to work fine for...

Bluebirdmama - it does seem to work fine for us.  We use 1/8 of a cup per load (we have a 1/4 cup scoop in it and use half of that).
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