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Forum: Stay at Home Parents   09-29-2014, 02:10 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,085
Posted By mammal_mama
Right, I wasn't saying that it should become 100%...

Right, I wasn't saying that it should become 100% voluntary -- but, rather, that if CPS began to get a reputation for only intervening forcibly when laws were being broken, there might be more...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   09-28-2014, 04:07 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,085
Posted By mammal_mama
I agree, contactmaya - but I'm guessing there's a...

I agree, contactmaya - but I'm guessing there's a fear that there won't be enough families availing themselves of their services if they're only mandatory for those breaking the law. It would take...
Forum: Child & Teen Health   09-28-2014, 06:03 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 125
Posted By mammal_mama
Tiny bumps like pimples between breasts that just stay there?

Hi, my 14-year-old dd mentioned a couple of months ago that there were these tiny bumps -- they look like tiny pimples -- between her breasts. She does get acne breakouts on her face and back --...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   09-28-2014, 05:49 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,085
Posted By mammal_mama
Yes, it would be way cool if CPS could only get...

Yes, it would be way cool if CPS could only get forcibly involved with families that had broken an actual law pertaining to the care of their children -- but then I suppose there'd be a huge rush to...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   09-27-2014, 04:10 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,085
Posted By mammal_mama
contactmaya I have the utmost respect for you! I...

contactmaya I have the utmost respect for you! I think "crows on a battlefield" is the most apt term in the world for the kind of people that you're describing.
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   09-27-2014, 04:06 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,085
Posted By mammal_mama
I realize that there's no way we can know exactly...

I realize that there's no way we can know exactly what happened, but she said the police officer came later that day, but I guess I should allow for the possibility that some other concerned person...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   09-27-2014, 11:49 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,085
Posted By mammal_mama
So you don't see the neighbor's response of...

So you don't see the neighbor's response of calling both the police and CPS as at least a little bit adversarial?


I think I am coming at this from a slightly different angle, because my sister...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   09-27-2014, 06:25 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,085
Posted By mammal_mama
I think our growing diversity is a HUGE piece of...

I think our growing diversity is a HUGE piece of this puzzle. There are getting to be fewer and fewer parts of the world where people identify with their neighbors and see them as people just like...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   09-26-2014, 02:01 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,085
Posted By mammal_mama
LilyTiger, I think you're right about the current...

LilyTiger, I think you're right about the current "child safety" climate creating a situation where a lot of young people don't have much confidence in their ability to handle any kind of risk. One...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   09-26-2014, 10:45 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,085
Posted By mammal_mama
I realize that I wasn't there to observe the...

I realize that I wasn't there to observe the dialog between the mom and the neighbor, but just from the mom's account, it didn't seem to me that she "lit into" her neighbor -- but rather, that she...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   09-26-2014, 07:14 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,085
Posted By mammal_mama
Me too, and no worries; I'm sure she did say...

Me too, and no worries; I'm sure she did say something like that. :)
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   09-25-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,085
Posted By mammal_mama
I totally agree with you here. Also, I can't...

I totally agree with you here. Also, I can't imagine CPS or the police rushing to investigate a report about over-protective parenting. So if someone accuses me of being a helicopter mom, I might...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   09-25-2014, 11:39 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,085
Posted By mammal_mama
I will try to be more thoughtful about the...

I will try to be more thoughtful about the language I use. I was actually the one who called the woman "intrusive" for feeling compelled to interrupt a 6yo's play in order to return him to his home,...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   09-25-2014, 07:13 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,085
Posted By mammal_mama
I hadn't been aware that there was news footage,...

I hadn't been aware that there was news footage, so I had to look for it. I still think stuff like this is up to the parent's discretion. And just because he was willing to walk with the stranger to...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   09-24-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,085
Posted By mammal_mama
And here's another example of how insane things...

And here's another example of how insane things are getting -- an 11-year-old walking around on his own on a beautiful sunny day is supposed to make people concerned? While watching the video I felt...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   09-24-2014, 01:07 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,085
Posted By mammal_mama
I agree that it's the children's wellbeing that's...

I agree that it's the children's wellbeing that's the issue here -- but I also think families can feel isolated when dealing with people in authority who seem to have unreasonable ideas about how...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   09-24-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,085
Posted By mammal_mama
Pumabearclan, it's interesting hearing your...

Pumabearclan, it's interesting hearing your perspective on those two cases, as I feel like both of the moms seemed like caring moms who were trying to do their best for their children. I do think the...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   09-16-2014, 02:19 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,085
Posted By mammal_mama
Oh my gosh! Here's another insane case! OP, it's...

Oh my gosh! Here's another insane case! OP, it's no wonder your neighbor wants her children to come home and stay INSIDE if she has to run an errand. People these days get alarmed at just seeing...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   09-16-2014, 02:07 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,085
Posted By mammal_mama
My state doesn't have any laws about this, but I...

My state doesn't have any laws about this, but I do know one parent who got a CPS visit for letting three of her children -- the youngest was two or three at the time -- play outside in their...
Forum: Parenting   09-05-2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 443
Posted By mammal_mama
Rather than focusing so much on who to blame, I'd...

Rather than focusing so much on who to blame, I'd rather focus on where to go from here. I honestly don't think the parents of 50 or 100 years ago were hovering over their children, closely...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-05-2014, 11:13 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 9,793
Posted By mammal_mama
Hugs! I'm subbing because I want to hear how...

Hugs! I'm subbing because I want to hear how everything goes for you and your son!
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-25-2014, 09:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 593
Posted By mammal_mama
So if his parents only let him live with them if...

So if his parents only let him live with them if he has a job, does this mean that he's legally an adult and finished with high school? Also, where does he live when they kick him out because he's...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-20-2014, 07:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 523
Posted By mammal_mama
Thank you for your support and affirmation,...

Thank you for your support and affirmation, mamarhu!


Dd seemed to have a much better day yesterday. She said everything went okay with this friend, except that when they went into the lunchroom...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-19-2014, 05:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 523
Posted By mammal_mama
Some freaky weird back-to-school drama

Dd1 (14) just started 9th grade a week ago. Last year, 8th grade, was her first year in public school after homeschooling up to then, and she made some good friends, including one friend who has some...
Forum: Parenting   08-07-2014, 12:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 762
Posted By mammal_mama
So is he basically a stay at home dad now? That's...

So is he basically a stay at home dad now? That's basically our situation now. I was a SAHM for ten years. Then when he lost his job shortly after the subprime mortgage crisis, and wasn't really able...
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