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Forum: Preteens and Teens   Yesterday, 07:13 PM
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GTA is the only video game we don't let our teens...

GTA is the only video game we don't let our teens play. Even so, I must admit Mooninmama made good points, so it's not a cut-and-dried issue. You need a well-considered answer that makes sense to...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   Yesterday, 05:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 419
Posted By VocalMinority
Are you concerned about her dropping out, because...

Are you concerned about her dropping out, because she's sick of still being in secondary school, at her age? Perhaps suggest that she talk to a guidance counselor at school. If she's able to pass...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   05-01-2015, 06:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 343
Posted By VocalMinority
Aaaaand there it is. 9:30am and DH is already...

Aaaaand there it is. 9:30am and DH is already pissed with me that he made dinner last night and cleaned up after it, this morning.

I didn't ask him to make dinner. He made it because he assumed...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   05-01-2015, 04:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 343
Posted By VocalMinority
On the surface, that does look like a fairness...

On the surface, that does look like a fairness issue - and I feel like maintaining even superficial appearances of fairness is important, in a stepfamily.

But actually, all 3 teens have taken...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   05-01-2015, 03:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 293
Posted By VocalMinority
Thank you for the helpful suggestions about how...

Thank you for the helpful suggestions about how to adjust!

Just to clarify, no, I'm not worried about him getting fat if he consumes cheese and butter. It was hard for me to understand him...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-30-2015, 04:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 343
Posted By VocalMinority
How much effort should I put into teen's vegetarian phase? XP in Parenting Teens

Full disclosure: I am totally overwhelmed right now by numerous things that are going on with my special-needs twins, who are weeks away from the end of high school. I'm not sleeping. I am having...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   04-30-2015, 04:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 293
Posted By VocalMinority
How much effort should I put into teen's vegetarian phase? XP in Blended Families

Full disclosure: I am totally overwhelmed right now by numerous things that are going on with my special-needs twins, who are weeks away from the end of high school. I'm not sleeping. I am having...
Forum: The Childhood Years   04-28-2015, 09:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 267
Posted By VocalMinority
Brian Selznick's "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" ...

Brian Selznick's "The Invention of Hugo Cabret"

It's a combination graphic/traditional novel and won the Caldecott. It's historical fiction, about early movie-making and animatronic toys. While...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-27-2015, 07:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 356
Posted By VocalMinority
Shantimama makes valid points that should be...

Shantimama makes valid points that should be reassuring to you. I.e., if you have custody, you have the legal power to say no international travel.

I perceived that you were asking something more...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-25-2015, 04:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 386
Posted By VocalMinority
People can't and don't abruptly change. When you...

People can't and don't abruptly change. When you and/or your brother approach her about improving her parenting or about giving him custody, expect her to react in a way that's consistent with her...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   04-25-2015, 05:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 329
Posted By VocalMinority
My son's wonderful, effective, caring,...

My son's wonderful, effective, caring, sweet-but-firm, British preschool teacher employed the oft-neglected word must. As in:

"During Free Play, we'll have bubble painting in the Art Room, a...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-24-2015, 01:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 297
Posted By VocalMinority
I'm confused: your daughter visits her father,...

I'm confused: your daughter visits her father, but didn't know his wife was her stepmother, until recently?

Regardless, the basic thing I hear you saying is that you're heartsick that your ex...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-20-2015, 09:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 500
Posted By VocalMinority
IMO, yes - very judiciously. Assuming she's...

IMO, yes - very judiciously. Assuming she's capable of maintaining a B average, then it's in her best interest to be encouraged to do so. If her dad chooses to do something as selfish and...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-16-2015, 02:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 355
Posted By VocalMinority
I haven't watched your You Tube video, but my...

I haven't watched your You Tube video, but my first piece of advice to you is not to employ social media - or any form of media - in any custody case you'd like to wage (unless and until your...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   04-16-2015, 05:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 386
Posted By VocalMinority
It's possible that you saw a bad day. If you...

It's possible that you saw a bad day. If you think that's possible, pop in to observe a second time.

Depending on the kids' specific issues, there may be more crying in some special needs...
Forum: The Childhood Years   04-16-2015, 04:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 343
Posted By VocalMinority
I remember my mother reading to me, but not what...

I remember my mother reading to me, but not what she read. During my first few years, before I could read on my own, we lived in Europe, where my parents did not have access to a library and had...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-15-2015, 05:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 934
Posted By VocalMinority
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Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-14-2015, 05:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 313
Posted By VocalMinority
If you are US citizens, the Americans with...

If you are US citizens, the Americans with Disabilities Act may be able to help you get services for your child. Ask about this at his school.

Usually, the parents are responsible for the cost...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-14-2015, 02:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 934
Posted By VocalMinority
These are good points to keep in mind. I...

These are good points to keep in mind.

I should clarify that, while I did use the term "lazy" in summarizing here, DH and I aren't in the habit of name-calling in our actual parenting. We talk...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-10-2015, 08:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 934
Posted By VocalMinority
If I were solely in charge of parenting DSS, we...

If I were solely in charge of parenting DSS, we would not be discussing driving until he was working closer to his potential in school and I felt like I could trust him to be out in the city on his...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-10-2015, 04:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 853
Posted By VocalMinority
This is not the right BF for you. Someone...

This is not the right BF for you.

Someone who would be a life-long partner to you and a positive addition to your child's family will:

>> Respect that it's your place to handle child support,...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-09-2015, 04:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 934
Posted By VocalMinority
Further update

This does seem to be turning into a learning experience for DSS (however crummy) and DH's handling it well.

DSS discovered there's only $100 in his account. According to him, the subsequent call...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-08-2015, 06:57 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,198
Posted By VocalMinority
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Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-07-2015, 08:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 934
Posted By VocalMinority
Update

DH and I agreed not to front DSS the money, but DH did email his ex, basically saying, "If you have a conflict with me, let's discuss it. I always respond to your emails. But I don't understand...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-04-2015, 01:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 934
Posted By VocalMinority
Thank you, Linda! You distilled the issue down...

Thank you, Linda! You distilled the issue down to simple, clear parenting. Obviously, DH and I can both get pretty distracted by the emotional issues surrounding DSS's mom and our family structure....
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