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Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-22-2015, 09:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 109
Posted By greenemami
A regular weekday activity that happens every...

A regular weekday activity that happens every week? I'd say around a half hour at the most. I'm assuming the kids are also in school and have homework, etc. I wouldn't want to be driving longer...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   01-18-2015, 12:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 70
Posted By greenemami
Sure, I think that makes sense. It's also okay...

Sure, I think that makes sense. It's also okay to wait and see how it plays out in a few years-things can change so much and so fast it's hard to make a rock solid plan for 4 years down the road. ...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-16-2015, 12:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 193
Posted By greenemami
Sounds like very typical 5-year-old behavior to...

Sounds like very typical 5-year-old behavior to me. My daughter used to lie on the floor and say her legs don't work and actually drag herself around by her arms to get out of cleaning up her toys...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-12-2015, 07:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 117
Posted By greenemami
Respectfully, I highly recommend you stop being...

Respectfully, I highly recommend you stop being the one to negotiate with the kids's mom. If your husband wants more time with his kids, then that is his responsibility, both to take the initiative...
Forum: Single Parenting   01-06-2015, 08:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 126
Posted By greenemami
I love that idea.

I love that idea.
Forum: Single Parenting   01-05-2015, 02:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 49
Posted By greenemami
Sure. You can always specify that you go by the...

Sure. You can always specify that you go by the schedule of whatever school district you live in, whether she's in school yet or not. We homeschool, so that's probably what I'd use.
Forum: Single Parenting   01-05-2015, 01:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 49
Posted By greenemami
Most long distance parenting plans I've seen (at...

Most long distance parenting plans I've seen (at that distance) wouldn't have the EOW anymore-that just really isn't feasible in the long term, especially once your daughter is in school. She'd be...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-05-2015, 10:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 163
Posted By greenemami
While some of what is described is past my own...

While some of what is described is past my own personal comfort level (my kids, a boy and a girl, stopped showering with me when they were 3-4ish, by their choice, and I never showered with my...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-04-2015, 10:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 101
Posted By greenemami
I agree with the PP-you guys need to find a happy...

I agree with the PP-you guys need to find a happy medium or compromise of some sort if this is a permanent thing. And if you decide to continue the big family parties, IMO your family should get on...
Forum: Single Parenting   12-30-2014, 11:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 399
Posted By greenemami
No. You said you have full physical and legal...

No. You said you have full physical and legal custody, right? And no legal agreement (i.e. signed by a judge) that says he can take her there or you have to take her there? Then you don't need to...
Forum: Single Parenting   12-29-2014, 07:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 167
Posted By greenemami
Just to clarify, I wasn't suggesting she needed...

Just to clarify, I wasn't suggesting she needed to share the details here. And I don't think SIL's behavior is at all justified, no matter how much she knows-she should trust her sister to know the...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-28-2014, 02:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 93
Posted By greenemami
Your mother-in-law is way out of line, but IMO,...

Your mother-in-law is way out of line, but IMO, the bigger problem here is that your husband won't stick up for you and the kids. I'm not sure of the solution, but if you've talked to him and he...
Forum: Single Parenting   12-28-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 143
Posted By greenemami
I'm sorry you are in this situation-of course...

I'm sorry you are in this situation-of course there is no "good" time to announce you want a divorce, but in the middle of holiday travelling to family was probably not a great choice!

It sounds...
Forum: Single Parenting   12-28-2014, 11:02 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 399
Posted By greenemami
Just a guess, but does he have extended family...

Just a guess, but does he have extended family there? Could it be that he wants a chance to show off "being a dad" to his friends and family (or is simply getting pressure from grandparents etc. to...
Forum: Single Parenting   12-27-2014, 10:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 167
Posted By greenemami
I'm surprised she even wants to be her sister's...

I'm surprised she even wants to be her sister's matron of honor if she hates her soon-to-be wife so much.

I do think your partner should stand up for you, and it's great she wants to and is...
Forum: Single Parenting   12-23-2014, 10:36 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 399
Posted By greenemami
I think you asking him to come to you guys is...

I think you asking him to come to you guys is perfectly reasonable. Expenses and travel issues aside, your dd will be much more comfortable in her home environment, especially considering she likely...
Forum: Single Parenting   12-22-2014, 11:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 195
Posted By greenemami
Agreed, he signed it and it is his problem now. ...

Agreed, he signed it and it is his problem now. And even if he tried to go back to court saying you somehow tricked him into it, it will look silly since it's been almost a year-he can hardly act...
Forum: Single Parenting   12-18-2014, 03:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 280
Posted By greenemami
Yes, your husband will be considered the primary...

Yes, your husband will be considered the primary caregiver since he is at home with him. Once the child is in school, it will only be relevant if you are unable to get the child to and from school...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   12-09-2014, 11:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 183
Posted By greenemami
Also, something that really helped me make the...

Also, something that really helped me make the decision was to envision watching my kids in a relationship like mine, and thinking about how that would absolutely break my heart, especially knowing...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   12-09-2014, 11:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 183
Posted By greenemami
You are in a really hard place right now-but I...

You are in a really hard place right now-but I promise you that this fear of the unknown and fear of making this huge change is scarier than actually doing it. I was in a similar place-my ex was...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-08-2014, 11:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 136
Posted By greenemami
And also, congratulations!

And also, congratulations!
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-08-2014, 11:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 136
Posted By greenemami
Agreed-it's always a good idea to give time to...

Agreed-it's always a good idea to give time to process. I know I'd appreciate that in her shoes. Even though I certainly don't want to be back with ex, it would make me a little emotional to think...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-08-2014, 11:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 94
Posted By greenemami
Also, if you really want to stick to your usual...

Also, if you really want to stick to your usual christmas (which is totally fine and understandable) maybe you could do christmas eve together with the girls or brunch after opening presents...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-08-2014, 11:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 94
Posted By greenemami
Hmm...honestly, I think you should probably try...

Hmm...honestly, I think you should probably try to make it at least kind of equal, or she is going to feel badly, especially if the gifts are "from santa." I know you want your daughter to have her...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   12-03-2014, 01:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 89
Posted By greenemami
I'm in Pennsylvania, so I don't know how much of...

I'm in Pennsylvania, so I don't know how much of this is going to be the same, but here you go:

You don't say how old your kids are, but my dd did K12 through a public charter for the first half...
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