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Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   Today, 11:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 441
Posted By greenemami
Disclaimer: I'm a veg who also wouldn't pick...

Disclaimer: I'm a veg who also wouldn't pick chicken out of stir fry and then eat it, so I get that part :) I wasn't veg until I was cooking on my own though-my parents wouldn't have been thrilled by...
Forum: Single Parenting   Today, 10:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 177
Posted By greenemami
It's really hard. I've been doing this for nearly...

It's really hard. I've been doing this for nearly 2 years and I still miss them like crazy when they are gone.

It's great that they have a dad who loves and takes care of them though, definitely...
Forum: Single Parenting   05-01-2015, 07:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 936
Posted By greenemami
Kindofcrunchy, your bf should be able to modify...

Kindofcrunchy, your bf should be able to modify child support, especially since he (you!) has them more than 50/50. There may be a "waiting period" after the first agreement was made, but just...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-29-2015, 07:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 461
Posted By greenemami
I would be freaking out too. Definitely not...

I would be freaking out too. Definitely not okay-I have no idea though if it is something that officials (i.e. police/CPS) would be concerned with or able to do anything about :( I would call the...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   04-28-2015, 06:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 428
Posted By greenemami
Approx $4-5 per person per day, for 1 adult, an...

Approx $4-5 per person per day, for 1 adult, an 8-year-old, and a 5-year-old. Interesting-I actually thought it would be less.
in.

ETA: My grocery budget includes things like TP (though no other...
Forum: Family Safety   04-27-2015, 12:57 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 155
Posted By greenemami
High back booster versus no back booster for 8-year-old

It's been a while since I've researched car seats! My kiddos are 5 and 8, currently in a 5-point harness and high back booster respectively.

My daughter just turned 8. In my state, legally she...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-24-2015, 02:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 303
Posted By greenemami
I would stop defending him to your daughter. You...

I would stop defending him to your daughter. You don't have to trash the man in front of her, but I do think it is very important that you tell her that his behavior is NOT okay. Tell her it makes...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-14-2015, 06:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 304
Posted By greenemami
Thanks! I like the idea of looking at it as more...

Thanks! I like the idea of looking at it as more units/project-based-I've read up on those before and do like the philosophy. I think that perspective also helps me loosen up on the idea of schedule...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-12-2015, 04:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,061
Posted By greenemami
My kids love the Sassafras Science books (by...

My kids love the Sassafras Science books (by Elemental Science). It's basically an adventure story where two kids travel the world and learn about different topics-the first book is zoology, the...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-12-2015, 04:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 304
Posted By greenemami
Science and History Scheduling

Dd is going into 3rd grade (ds is going into kindergarten, but this is more relevant to dd).

We do literature based science and history. We've tried doing history 2 days a week, and science 2...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-11-2015, 03:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 335
Posted By greenemami
I think that if you've been together for 5...

I think that if you've been together for 5 months, he should not be disciplining your children, period. But especially he shouldn't be disciplining them in such a way that it comes off as very strict...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-10-2015, 12:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 936
Posted By greenemami
Why does he care? I really don't see how...

Why does he care? I really don't see how accepting $150 less a month has anything at all to do with your bf, and certainly don't see how it is putting ex ahead of him?

I take less in child...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-06-2015, 10:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 938
Posted By greenemami
Yup. You gave him lots of chances to earn the...

Yup. You gave him lots of chances to earn the money via good grades or chores. It sucks if his mom is messing with him to get to you, but that is really not the point here.

I'd encourage him to...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-01-2015, 10:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 410
Posted By greenemami
I'm sorry-that is really hard to hear :( My kids...

I'm sorry-that is really hard to hear :( My kids are often eager to go to dad's house, and sometimes I have to work hard not to take it personally-it's not that they want to leave me, it's that they...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-31-2015, 03:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 422
Posted By greenemami
My parents were the step-grandparents, and were...

My parents were the step-grandparents, and were always really careful to include dsd (and still try now that her dad and I are not together). She is 6 years older than dd and 9 years older than ds,...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-23-2015, 06:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 334
Posted By greenemami
Is there anything ordered about transportation? ...

Is there anything ordered about transportation? It's pretty standard to share transportation, unless your husband is the one who moved away-in that case, it would be pretty common for all the...
Forum: Single Parenting   03-23-2015, 10:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 412
Posted By greenemami
As far as the child support goes-if he doesn't...

As far as the child support goes-if he doesn't like that he is overpaying, then he needs to get it fixed. Otherwise, my understanding is that the overpayment is considered a "gift" and you can do...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-22-2015, 03:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 401
Posted By greenemami
Is the mom on board with your dh taking custody? ...

Is the mom on board with your dh taking custody? My best advice would be to let your dh be the only one dealing with the custody situation. You can be supportive of him and helpful with his...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-18-2015, 01:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,156
Posted By greenemami
[QUOTE=Kristi Piazza;18603138] And here's a...

[QUOTE=Kristi Piazza;18603138]
And here's a thought--and I know this is a controversial thought -- your theory is to basically make dss happy at my own sacrifice. Why is his happiness more...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-18-2015, 11:03 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,156
Posted By greenemami
Well, you are already in his life-he didn't...

Well, you are already in his life-he didn't really get a choice about that. My concern is that he is going to realize that you head for the hills every time he is around. Presumably he'll start to...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-18-2015, 10:52 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,156
Posted By greenemami
Well, you are already in his life-he didn't...

Well, you are already in his life-he didn't really get a choice about that. My concern is that he is going to realize that you head for the hills every time he is around. Presumably he'll start to...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-17-2015, 08:06 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,156
Posted By greenemami
I mean this respectfully and non-judgmentally, so...

I mean this respectfully and non-judgmentally, so please try to take it that way-but your bf's son is going to know that you are "tolerating" him and it is going to hurt him. IMO, it's really not...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-17-2015, 03:39 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,156
Posted By greenemami
Are the kids on opposite schedules or do yours go...

Are the kids on opposite schedules or do yours go to dads every weekend? It sounds like part of the issue is that you don't have a lot of down time-I can't say I'd be super thrilled if my kids were...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-12-2015, 11:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 424
Posted By greenemami
Yes, I absolutely felt that way when pregnant and...

Yes, I absolutely felt that way when pregnant and when the babies were little. I really wanted to focus on the baby and felt some resentment that my attention had to be divided-plus, the big kids...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-09-2015, 06:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 430
Posted By greenemami
I think dad sounds like he is doing a good job. ...

I think dad sounds like he is doing a good job. I agree with the PP advice that you should try to back off and not get involved in disciplining at this point.

And, as obnoxious as this advice...
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