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Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   06-20-2016, 07:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 789
Posted By greenemami
Yup, I agree with the others. I never restrict...

Yup, I agree with the others. I never restrict healthy food ever, but my kids also know that I very rarely buy snacks when we are out. 10 is plenty old enough to remember to pack a snack and water...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   06-16-2016, 08:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,031
Posted By greenemami
1989, I have to agree with the others that it...

1989, I have to agree with the others that it sounds like the issue is with your husband, not with your step-daughters mom.

Is it possible to just let him deal with any repercussions of her...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   06-15-2016, 07:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,031
Posted By greenemami
I think no electronics after 10 is a totally...

I think no electronics after 10 is a totally reasonable rule-I'm kind of surprised most think staying up until 11 or later playing on a phone isn't a big deal. I'm not a strict parent overall (at...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   06-13-2016, 10:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 497
Posted By greenemami
I agree, just gently correct. It's pretty common...

I agree, just gently correct. It's pretty common for kids to mix up names and it's likely that the baby is just mimicking what he hears your daughter call you. If you don't make a big deal of it,...
Forum: Single Parenting   06-01-2016, 08:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 920
Posted By greenemami
yes, yes, yes, it totally gets better! One day...

yes, yes, yes, it totally gets better! One day you will wake up and realize how much better, calmer, safer, and more like yourself you feel-plus, you will realize how much you have improved your...
Forum: November 2016 Due Date Club   05-30-2016, 07:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 597
Posted By greenemami
I check in here occasionally, but I was a little...

I check in here occasionally, but I was a little bummed that everything that moved to FB as well.

I'm due 11/6 with my third, how about you?
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-28-2016, 03:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,757
Posted By greenemami
Thanks so much for the input everyone. If one of...

Thanks so much for the input everyone. If one of us doesn't cave at some point, I'm sure will just end up hyphenating-it's really the only fair compromise, even if it isn't what either of us really...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-27-2016, 05:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,757
Posted By greenemami
Thanks SS-I tend to think that using my name as...

Thanks SS-I tend to think that using my name as the middle name just means it won't be used anyway! Bf actually suggested using "one of" our last names as a middle name, but laughed a little...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-27-2016, 05:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,757
Posted By greenemami
Thanks kate! So your girls are yours and your...

Thanks kate! So your girls are yours and your dh's and he also has an older one? We talked about using one of our last names as a second middle name, but neither of us wanted to give up the last...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-27-2016, 01:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,757
Posted By greenemami
Last Name for "Ours" Baby

I am not and never have been married, but even if bf and I do marry, I will not be changing my last name. We are having a new baby together and can't figure out what to do about the last name.
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Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-21-2016, 01:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 837
Posted By greenemami
Thank you for the input! When I was with...

Thank you for the input!

When I was with my ex (kids' dad) he basically controlled all the money. I did work part-time, but didn't make much, and used that to pay my own cell phone bill, credit...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-20-2016, 02:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 837
Posted By greenemami
Blending finances

I'll prob be posting a lot over the next few months, thanks for your patience in advance :)

Background info: Bf and I both work, he makes slightly more than I do. I have two kids, plus, we are...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-20-2016, 02:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 637
Posted By greenemami
Thanks so much. The "be patient" advice is so...

Thanks so much. The "be patient" advice is so important-and so hard!!! I love the idea of looking ahead at how the family relationship will look once they are grown up, that is so helpful!

He...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-20-2016, 02:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 647
Posted By greenemami
It's pretty much default to have parents share...

It's pretty much default to have parents share transportation unless there is a reason not to. Your agreement was only via text message and was contingent on your not wot working, so it makes sense...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-18-2016, 10:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 637
Posted By greenemami
New blending

Bf and I have only been together 7-8 months, but will likely be "blending" fairly soon since I'm pregnant (due in November). My older two are 6 & 9, their dad is minimally involved but seems them...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-14-2016, 01:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,239
Posted By greenemami
Oh gosh, that's awful that dad is encouraging...

Oh gosh, that's awful that dad is encouraging stuff like that. Unfortunately, since you can't make dad stop setting such an terrible example, I think the best thing you can do is set a good example...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-13-2016, 05:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 715
Posted By greenemami
I agree with oldsmom-it doesn't sound like you...

I agree with oldsmom-it doesn't sound like you have a case for full custody, or even a change in custody at all.

Has anything else changed with the kids? Their school performance, health, etc.?...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-06-2016, 04:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 602
Posted By greenemami
I think especially with the age difference, it's...

I think especially with the age difference, it's pretty normal to do separate stuff. Even if they were blood-related, 8-year-olds are not going to want to always hang out with a 3-year-old sibling. ...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-06-2016, 03:15 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 729
Posted By greenemami
I think that's pretty normal! I hope so at least...

I think that's pretty normal! I hope so at least :) My kids dad is around a lot more than yours, but less than he should be, and it does make me mad when he gets credit for doing the bare...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   03-10-2016, 03:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 530
Posted By greenemami
I had that engorged feeling along with a tingly...

I had that engorged feeling along with a tingly "let down" sensation starting very early on-it was the main reason I suspected I was pregnant. It's probably normal, but if it's really painful it's...
Forum: Fertility   02-19-2016, 10:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 750
Posted By greenemami
I've never had ovulation spotting, and haven't...

I've never had ovulation spotting, and haven't noticed much cramping either. I have been pregnant twice, two healthy babies-first was a surprise, second I got pregnant on the first try (at ages 22...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-17-2016, 03:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,369
Posted By greenemami
That is a difficult age. My son was not an easy...

That is a difficult age. My son was not an easy 3-year-old (exacerbated, I'm sure, by the fact that his dad and I separated when he was just about 3.5). There were definitely tantrums like you are...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-11-2016, 03:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 618
Posted By greenemami
I agree with your husband. I'm a single parent...

I agree with your husband. I'm a single parent now-if I were to get married, I would keep my life insurance beneficiaries as my children, not my husband. The way I see it, any spouse I might have...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-21-2016, 03:00 AM
Replies: 199
Views: 9,843
Posted By greenemami
I'm still doing pretty well, mostly because I'm...

I'm still doing pretty well, mostly because I'm pretty broke at the moment and so have little to spend :)
Adding another $11 at the farm, plus $7.00 for coffee (I consider this a necessity ;)) We...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-10-2016, 08:30 AM
Replies: 199
Views: 9,843
Posted By greenemami
So far this month: $11: Milk and eggs (this is...

So far this month:
$11: Milk and eggs (this is our major splurge weekly from a local farm)
$110: "Big" shopping trip at Aldi, stock up on canned goods, butter, oil, etc. plus produce
$36:...
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