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Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-17-2016, 05:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 364
Posted By VocalMinority
I'm so sorry! It must really hurt, to have your...

I'm so sorry! It must really hurt, to have your mother treat you that way. Maybe I'm biased, because all my uncles are rednecks and I adore them, but there is nothing wrong with your husband's...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-03-2016, 09:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 427
Posted By VocalMinority
I'm not 100% sure what you're asking. Are you...

I'm not 100% sure what you're asking. Are you right to go ahead with cutting off your father, and maintaining only the family relationships you feel have been supportive? Are you obligated to...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-02-2016, 08:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 670
Posted By VocalMinority
Wow. I'm sorry you have to deal with this from...

Wow. I'm sorry you have to deal with this from your mother. I'm finding that it can be very hard to figure out your role as a stepmother, as you are essentially expected (and expect yourself) to...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-22-2015, 05:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 350
Posted By VocalMinority
Unless you've heard something about this mom that...

Unless you've heard something about this mom that makes you concerned about your son being in her home, I'd let him accept the invitation.

I don't discount how uncomfortable you feel, about the...
Forum: The Childhood Years   12-21-2015, 04:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 595
Posted By VocalMinority
My special-needs twin sons? 13. The middle...

My special-needs twin sons? 13.
The middle son? Unfortunately, 5. But that's because someone told him, really just to be malicious.
My "baby", with the 3 older brothers? This year. 7. :frown:...
Forum: Parenting   12-20-2015, 06:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 440
Posted By VocalMinority
Not knowing your daughter, this is a pretty...

Not knowing your daughter, this is a pretty generalized and probably inadequate response, but I remember well being a 7-year-old girl. My parents moved and I switched schools, that year. I also...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-08-2015, 01:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 521
Posted By VocalMinority
If I understand correctly, your SO's ex - the...

If I understand correctly, your SO's ex - the mother of his oldest kids, who live with her - acts in a step-motherly capacity to his younger kids, who live with him (and now you). You and your kids...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   11-23-2015, 11:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 912
Posted By VocalMinority
Pot in DSS's room...advice?

DSS (16.5, HS junior) has lived with DH and me since he was 8 (3rd grade). His out-of-state mother is bit of a mess (possible borderline personality disorder & benzo, alcohol abuse). DH, DSS and I...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   11-23-2015, 11:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 559
Posted By VocalMinority
Pot in DSS's room...advice?

DSS (16.5, HS junior) has lived with DH and me since he was 8 (3rd grade). His out-of-state mother is bit of a mess (possible borderline personality disorder & benzo, alcohol abuse). DH, DSS and I...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   11-11-2015, 12:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 522
Posted By VocalMinority
My first guess would be that the little girl -...

My first guess would be that the little girl - whom you describe as pretty attached to you - is considering that other women she may have thought of as...
Forum: Single Parenting   11-10-2015, 09:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 636
Posted By VocalMinority
Others may have said this already, but biological...

Others may have said this already, but biological fathers - married or not - do have to sign away their parental rights in an adoption.

I'm sure of this, because when I was unexpectedly pregnant...
Forum: New Member? Introduce Yourself!   11-09-2015, 06:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 270
Posted By VocalMinority
It sounds like you're too late for Plan B to be...

It sounds like you're too late for Plan B to be effective, so it's good that you're happy about the possibility of pregnancy. For future reference, Plan B is OTC (in the US, anyway) and is effective...
Forum: Selective & Delayed Vaccination   11-07-2015, 07:40 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,840
Posted By VocalMinority
There's little chance I'm going to avoid dreaming...

There's little chance I'm going to avoid dreaming about that tonight... :eek: But I'm glad your kids are all safe, and I hope you don't see any more bats inside.
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   11-06-2015, 02:46 PM
Replies: 1
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Views: 392
Posted By VocalMinority
:smile:

Undeniably, it feels a bit vindicating, when the attorney who used to represent your DH's hostile ex-wife points out you and your husband in court, as an example of people who "did things right", in...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-28-2015, 06:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 676
Posted By VocalMinority
Well... For one thing, you're dealing with a...

Well... For one thing, you're dealing with a macho, Sicilian guy (my DH) who didn't want some macho, German guy (sister's ex) thinking he was scared of him and seeking protection from law...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-27-2015, 04:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 676
Posted By VocalMinority
Oh, thank you, Springshowers! I'm touched that...

Oh, thank you, Springshowers! I'm touched that you remember so well everything I've vented about here, over the years!

In this case, though, I was talking about my little sister, who moved in...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-27-2015, 04:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 365
Posted By VocalMinority
Legally, what's his avenue for going to live with...

Legally, what's his avenue for going to live with her? It sounds like you're out of funds, for attorneys. Does his mom have more money for lawyers, than you guys do? Since she doesn't make the...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-27-2015, 02:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 676
Posted By VocalMinority
Yes and no. She discussed it at length with her...

Yes and no. She discussed it at length with her attorney first, but the court apparently requires all PO applicants to fill out the forms with the help of a counselor at a specific victims' advocacy...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-23-2015, 01:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 676
Posted By VocalMinority
WTF????? (Protective orders)

I cannot resist saying this:

How the F*** did my husband's ex get a protective order against him, when the only specific accusation she made was that he "banged" on her front door, "trying to...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   10-21-2015, 05:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 341
Posted By VocalMinority
Thank you.

Thank you.
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   10-20-2015, 06:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 341
Posted By VocalMinority
Know an AGGRESSIVE disability lawyer in Indianapolis?

I know this is a long shot, but I'm a little desperate.

I need an attorney for a contested guardianship. So far, the special needs/disability attorneys I've met with are primarily about...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-18-2015, 07:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 487
Posted By VocalMinority
Thanks for the replies. I'm so frustrated with...

Thanks for the replies. I'm so frustrated with her ex at this point, that I'd love to vent about it in detail! But it's not my family/life. If my sister decides to vent here, herself, fine. In...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-18-2015, 05:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 616
Posted By VocalMinority
Your instincts are spot-on, in guessing that this...

Your instincts are spot-on, in guessing that this dynamic may be totally different from a mother's perspective, than it may be, from a father's!

Sounds perfectly reasonable. He's a good dad,...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-17-2015, 05:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 616
Posted By VocalMinority
Truly, that's an excellent question! I'd say the...

Truly, that's an excellent question! I'd say the (fluid) answer revolves around your BF's own involvement, and the length of your relationship.

If he doesn't volunteer, take the kids to any...
Forum: Single Parenting   10-15-2015, 07:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 472
Posted By VocalMinority
What did you need, when your partnership broke down?

My "baby" sister and her 1-year-old daughter have been staying with us the last 6 weeks, since her 7-year relationship with the baby's father ended rather explosively.

I have been so impressed and...
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