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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-25-2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 320
Posted By smartmama
For me, my kids know that my phone is MINE. I...

For me, my kids know that my phone is MINE. I have some games on it that I play, and that I have on rare occasions let them play, but they know that they cannot just grab my phone and play with it,...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-05-2014, 06:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 765
Posted By smartmama
The problem is, they're not issuing invitations....

The problem is, they're not issuing invitations. If that were the case, I'd be better with it, because I would just explain that we can't do it, and if my kids got upset, we'd deal. I don't know the...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-04-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 765
Posted By smartmama
The rule is not that you can only be in one...

The rule is not that you can only be in one group. You can be a member of as many as you want. If you start your own group, though, she feels it's better that you no longer be a member. I don't find...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-04-2014, 02:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 765
Posted By smartmama
What I mean about not telling them and their...

What I mean about not telling them and their disappointment is, for example, say there's a field trip to the zoo and I already know I can't afford to do it. I simply don't tell them there's even that...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-04-2014, 09:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 765
Posted By smartmama
The scheduling - it's more like this: Group A saw...

The scheduling - it's more like this: Group A saw that I was discussing plans with a friend from Group B on Facebook. There was mention of my family and the friend from Group B getting together, with...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-04-2014, 09:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 765
Posted By smartmama
She doesn't "own" it, per se. In fact, her...

She doesn't "own" it, per se. In fact, her youngest child is 16 now and nearly done with school, so she's even been looking to find other people to take over so the group can keep going even when...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-03-2014, 05:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 765
Posted By smartmama
Unhappy Dissension in the ranks

I have a dilemma and I could really use some advice on what to do here, because I'm concerned about the fall out on not just my kids, but the other kids in the group.

We joined a homeschooling...
Forum: Single Parenting   09-26-2014, 03:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 729
Posted By smartmama
Personally, I always recommend a court order for...

Personally, I always recommend a court order for custody, even if you get along incredibly well. It just keeps things from getting messy later.

As far as how they determine child support based on...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-26-2014, 02:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,330
Posted By smartmama
I've been having that "over the groups" feeling...

I've been having that "over the groups" feeling lately myself. For me, it's a bit different, though. My kids have friends in our local homeschooling group and for the most part, the kids are all...
Forum: Religious Studies   07-28-2014, 08:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 605
Posted By smartmama
I am not catholic, and in fact, I am pagan. So I...

I am not catholic, and in fact, I am pagan. So I cannot fully understand where you are coming from here.

But I wanted to say this. I would think that your God would want you to take some...
Forum: Single Parenting   07-27-2014, 07:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 887
Posted By smartmama
My ex and I have been divorced for over 10 years,...

My ex and I have been divorced for over 10 years, and it's been about that long since he saw my kids.

I let them bring it up if they want. If they ask me questions, or if something comes up that...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-01-2014, 10:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,559
Posted By smartmama
I think a certain amount of cursive is important....

I think a certain amount of cursive is important. She'll need to be able to sign her name someday, and that can't be done in print. I don't know that you need to teach her to write everything there...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-24-2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 712
Posted By smartmama
I do my own "school" photos. I have a DSLR camera...

I do my own "school" photos. I have a DSLR camera and (not to sound like I'm bragging) I take really great photos, and get really creative with where and how to take them. I actually just found a...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-24-2014, 06:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 608
Posted By smartmama
I started homeschooling my kids when they were...

I started homeschooling my kids when they were halfway through 2nd and 5th grade. So I dove right in with the foreign languages. We do Italian and American Sign Language (I know ASL isn't technically...
Forum: Single Parenting   06-14-2014, 09:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 657
Posted By smartmama
It's normal. You had an idea for the kind of...

It's normal. You had an idea for the kind of family you wanted, and now that's changed and it wasn't your idea to change it. It's normal to mourn the loss of that, and to resent your ex for being the...
Forum: Single Parenting   06-14-2014, 09:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 752
Posted By smartmama
I disagree that part of this is your fault. Your...

I disagree that part of this is your fault. Your son should be able to do things and you can't wait until the very last second to schedule those things.

I don't know if an agreement between the...
Forum: Single Parenting   05-31-2014, 03:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 891
Posted By smartmama
Does he have court ordered visitation? If he...

Does he have court ordered visitation? If he does, do not block access. First, it will get you in trouble in court, which you don't want. Second, the kids will know that you deliberately interfered...
Forum: Single Parenting   05-31-2014, 02:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 439
Posted By smartmama
My question is this: Do you BOTH think it's "very...

My question is this: Do you BOTH think it's "very casual"?

If you both think it's very casual, then I'd say a quick phone call would be sufficient. If it's truly very casual, then there's no...
Forum: Single Parenting   05-22-2014, 06:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 514
Posted By smartmama
I completely understand why you don't want to...

I completely understand why you don't want to bring him into your bed, and don't blame you. What about, as an alternative to that and a compromise, moving his bed into your room? I realize it might...
Forum: Single Parenting   05-22-2014, 06:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 708
Posted By smartmama
Yes, I know people who do that. And I always use...

Yes, I know people who do that. And I always use this comment: 
 
My home is NOT broken. It WAS broken, when I was still with my ex, and because I agree with you that children should not grow up...
Forum: Single Parenting   05-16-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 379
Posted By smartmama
You may not want to be in the middle of this,...

You may not want to be in the middle of this, but you are. This is about you. So you need to take control of the fact that you're in the middle and deal with it. 
 
You need to sit your mother...
Forum: Single Parenting   05-10-2014, 08:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 476
Posted By smartmama
I can understand where your ex is coming from,...

I can understand where your ex is coming from, with the limited info he had. Your son told him he'd been exposed to things that you were now telling Ex that he is too young for - it looked...
Forum: Unschooling   04-28-2014, 07:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 660
Posted By smartmama
Piano - have you already paid for the rest of...

Piano - have you already paid for the rest of the year's lessons? As a single mother whose ex doesn't pay the child support he's ordered to, money is tight for me and so my children understand that...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-27-2014, 06:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 549
Posted By smartmama
After so long with just the two of you, I would...

After so long with just the two of you, I would expect it would be quite a difference to have someone else living with you. I don't think it's unreasonable that it's been several months and you're...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-26-2014, 08:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 419
Posted By smartmama
The idea that your children will not grow up...

The idea that your children will not grow up properly is ridiculous. Yes, things will be different. Yes, your children will be hurt by divorce. But they will be hurt far more by unhappy parents...
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