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Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   06-20-2016, 08:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 789
Posted By Mummoth
One thing I've done when we end up being out...

One thing I've done when we end up being out longer than expected, is get something at the grocery store instead of a fast food place. The deli counter usually has so grab and go snacks that are...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   06-19-2016, 12:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 789
Posted By Mummoth
When one of mine goes through a hollow legs...

When one of mine goes through a hollow legs phase, I tell them to grab a snack when we're going out. And tell them I'm not buying food while we're out. They can prepare as they see fit.

Then when...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   06-14-2016, 02:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,031
Posted By Mummoth
My husband is the computer expert in our...

My husband is the computer expert in our family... apparently asus has a good set up for parental controls. I can access it from my phone and it's easy to adjust the times wifi is open.

There are...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   06-14-2016, 12:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 793
Posted By Mummoth
It's lonely on the high road. But in the long run...

It's lonely on the high road. But in the long run it's worth it.

Insurance has been a pain for us as well. Luckily dental and prescriptions are billed directly on my exes plan, so that isn't an...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   06-14-2016, 11:46 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,031
Posted By Mummoth
This is a situation where her dad should do the...

This is a situation where her dad should do the enforcing. I assume he agrees with you? Even if he's working at bedtime, he can make it clear at another time that it's the house rule and he's asked...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   06-13-2016, 05:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 793
Posted By Mummoth
I don't think there's anything wrong with...

I don't think there's anything wrong with explaining "There was a mix up with insurance cards, I've called the hospital and straightened it out. Once the hospital gets money from insurance, they'll...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   05-26-2016, 09:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,100
Posted By Mummoth
Good luck today! I hope all goes well.

Good luck today! I hope all goes well.
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   05-18-2016, 12:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,100
Posted By Mummoth
That is good news! I hope it works out. I'm glad...

That is good news! I hope it works out. I'm glad your lawyer believes in your case that much.
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-15-2016, 02:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,239
Posted By Mummoth
You could try brainstorming with him on how to...

You could try brainstorming with him on how to respond when his dad gives him messages for you. "That's a rude thing to say." is good in a lot of situations and is a surprisingly powerful statement....
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-19-2016, 11:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,033
Posted By Mummoth
I have 3 kids, the first two are my husbands step...

I have 3 kids, the first two are my husbands step kids and the last is his bio kid.

We don't typically use the 'step' and the kids all call my husband 'Dad' but my 11 year old went through a phase...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-02-2016, 10:18 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,184
Posted By Mummoth
Oh how stressful! I'm sorry things weren't going...

Oh how stressful! I'm sorry things weren't going as well as you thought. It's good that the counsellor is taking this seriously. I hope the meds start to work quickly. Wow the baby is getting close,...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   02-09-2016, 06:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 846
Posted By Mummoth
My big kids we're 7 1/2 and almost 10 when their...

My big kids we're 7 1/2 and almost 10 when their baby sister was born. It's a totally different experience. My patience is way greater as an experienced/older mom... it's easier to take in stride the...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-09-2016, 05:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 303
Posted By Mummoth
We're getting each other a small gift, and having...

We're getting each other a small gift, and having Chinese food for supper. We don't always do Valentines Day but it's been a stressful few months and it's an excuse to do something.
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   02-03-2016, 12:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 559
Posted By Mummoth
It might help to make it so your little one can't...

It might help to make it so your little one can't wander too much. Have one room where you spend most of your time that's baby proofed really, really well.

Call your kindergarteners school. When...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   01-30-2016, 03:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 721
Posted By Mummoth
Make a deal with your partner so that you get to...

Make a deal with your partner so that you get to be the one to sleep in one day. If you can't sleep, don't get up... hide and read for a while.
Cook a little extra a few nights during the week and...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   01-26-2016, 10:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 721
Posted By Mummoth
See if there's any drop-in or play groups in your...

See if there's any drop-in or play groups in your area. Or become a regular at the park and be chatty with the other moms. It gets easier once they start school because you get to know the other...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-25-2016, 12:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,186
Posted By Mummoth
I agree with sillysapling... if she were a...

I agree with sillysapling... if she were a changed woman, you wouldn't be this angry. She's continuing to hurt him and causing a bunch of stress in your daily life. taking care of kids is a massive...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-20-2016, 03:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 738
Posted By Mummoth
Would Dax do stuff to contribute around the house...

Would Dax do stuff to contribute around the house at his grandparents? I'm thinking maybe the college aged boys had the opportunity to stay living there after you moved out, in part because they were...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-20-2016, 02:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 815
Posted By Mummoth
I thought I'd come back and update this. My...

I thought I'd come back and update this.

My ex didn't show up to court and the Judge changed our order to mirror the letter from DCF, visits need to be supervised. He hasn't contacted me at all...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-20-2016, 01:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,186
Posted By Mummoth
My kid had ADHD, PTSD and learning disabilities...

My kid had ADHD, PTSD and learning disabilities due to trauma at his birth father's hands. It's not FAS, but we've had a lot of challenges with him. Your SS bith mom's behaviour isn't excusable and I...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-16-2016, 11:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 551
Posted By Mummoth
Assuming their dad is close enough, it could be a...

Assuming their dad is close enough, it could be a good thing to let your kids move. Instead of fitting them in where you have a scrap of time, spending time with them would be more intentional. Does...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-16-2016, 10:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 581
Posted By Mummoth
I don't think you can fix this, it's her problem....

I don't think you can fix this, it's her problem. She might just be stuck, and would come around if you find a way to let her save face. You do deserve an apology, though.

Does she have a reason...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-14-2016, 11:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 701
Posted By Mummoth
Dealing with big age gaps all at once can...

Dealing with big age gaps all at once can definitely be interesting... mine are 14, 11 and 4... the little one has picked up phrases such as "You're ruining my life!"

My husband is the one who...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-14-2016, 11:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 701
Posted By Mummoth
Oh I totally understand needing them to help by...

Oh I totally understand needing them to help by doing the things they are cpapable of, most of the time. At one point I had a fight both ways... my little one wanted to do everything herself but...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-14-2016, 10:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 701
Posted By Mummoth
My kid just finally got an assessment at 14 and...

My kid just finally got an assessment at 14 and the test can identify things that aren't obvious. The 'instant recall' part of his memory doesn't function well, and what it looks like on the outside...
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