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Forum: The Childhood Years   Today, 07:11 AM
Replies: 1
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Posted By MeepyCat
Exercise is important, but generally, when I ...

Exercise is important, but generally, when I hand a child my smartphone, I do it because I need them to be relatively quiet and sit relatively still. The other parents i know feel similarly. An...
Forum: Trying To Conceive   Today, 05:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 80
Posted By MeepyCat
It could be evaporation. Go ahead and retest,...

It could be evaporation. Go ahead and retest, but also know that if you don't see a line in the first ten minutes, any line you see later is an evaporation line.
Forum: Single Parenting   Today, 04:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 475
Posted By MeepyCat
If his work schedule has prevented him from being...

If his work schedule has prevented him from being an involved parent so far, and his work schedule hasn't changed, he is completely yanking you around on that 50/50 thing.

It may be that this...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   Yesterday, 12:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 246
Posted By MeepyCat
MARRIED WOMEN CAN TOTALLY GET AWAY WITH THAT. ...

MARRIED WOMEN CAN TOTALLY GET AWAY WITH THAT.

*ahem* Sorry. Strong feelings. Would you like some 70s-era feminist essays on housework to go with that?
Forum: Parenting   03-04-2015, 07:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 276
Posted By MeepyCat
It sounds like the kid really wants to be...

It sounds like the kid really wants to be involved, and really wants to feel connected to the other people in the house. It can feel pretty awful to have the rest of the family in a new baby bubble...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-04-2015, 06:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 246
Posted By MeepyCat
It's hard to give meaningful parenting advice...

It's hard to give meaningful parenting advice without considering the autism spectrum issue.

On your no brainers:
Nine sounds like a reasonable ten year-old bed time to me, with the following...
Forum: Single Parenting   03-04-2015, 04:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 196
Posted By MeepyCat
Can you talk to a family lawyer about this? Your...

Can you talk to a family lawyer about this? Your concerns are completely valid, and I think you need an opinion from someone with a bettrr knowledge of the law.
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-04-2015, 04:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 246
Posted By MeepyCat
Please reconsider calling your son's mom his BM. ...

Please reconsider calling your son's mom his BM. It's gross and dismissive.

Okay: you say that this child is high-functioning, but on the autism spectrum. How do your goals for his behavior...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   03-04-2015, 02:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 170
Posted By MeepyCat
Families are not all the same, and their needs...

Families are not all the same, and their needs aren't either. There were many situations surrounding my daughter's birth where my husband and I had no choice but to leave one of us twisting in the...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   03-03-2015, 08:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 170
Posted By MeepyCat
That's a giant bummer. Having a doula refer to...

That's a giant bummer. Having a doula refer to certain parts of supporting a new mom as "family's responsibility" is really disheartening - after all, supporting a woman through labor could be...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-03-2015, 02:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 170
Posted By MeepyCat
Sticking to the schedule may be sort of beside...

Sticking to the schedule may be sort of beside the point.

So, your boyfriend's ex keeps calling on him for childcare, help, etc., during the week. And your boyfriend just does it. The...
Forum: Trying To Conceive   03-03-2015, 04:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 229
Posted By MeepyCat
That's a short time, a lot of emotion, and a big...

That's a short time, a lot of emotion, and a big change for both of you.

Any pregnancy carries the risk of loss. Depending on your source, anything from one in five to one in three pregnancies...
Forum: Trying To Conceive   03-02-2015, 05:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 229
Posted By MeepyCat
I guess my question is, are you sure you want to...

I guess my question is, are you sure you want to get pregnant? Is your partner on board?

It can be really surprising to use bc, and then find yourself grieving the loss of a pregnancy. The...
Forum: Homebirth   03-02-2015, 02:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 125
Posted By MeepyCat
I was pretty incoherent during the end parts of...

I was pretty incoherent during the end parts of labor - I was really tired, and I hurt, and I was running a fever. My memories are pretty blurry, but I recall both that I didn't feel I was...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   03-01-2015, 12:45 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 612
Posted By MeepyCat
It doesn't matter to me what the reasons for this...

It doesn't matter to me what the reasons for this OP and her fiance not being married are. I am interested only in the result, which is: the OP needs to consider the fact that her partner has the...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-28-2015, 01:41 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 612
Posted By MeepyCat
Lturtle, I think Linda's judgments are vital...

Lturtle, I think Linda's judgments are vital consideration.

We have a number of factors here, and one of them is a man who is being autocratic, absolutist, and inconsistent. It's possible that...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-28-2015, 10:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 382
Posted By MeepyCat
Your DS does not have all of you. Your husband...

Your DS does not have all of you. Your husband has some of you, and your stepsons have some as well. Probably there are other people in your life who you also love. Certainly, there should be...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-27-2015, 05:07 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 279
Posted By MeepyCat
Fangaroo, you seem very invested right now in...

Fangaroo, you seem very invested right now in helping your son find a girlfriend. He seems very distraught, and it makes sense that you want to take him seriously and address his perception of his...
Forum: Single Parenting   02-26-2015, 11:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 107
Posted By MeepyCat
The more I think about it, the more I think your...

The more I think about it, the more I think your BIL need legal advice. No one rational is going to hold it against him that he crashed on your couch for a while post-breakup, but nor can he share...
Forum: Single Parenting   02-25-2015, 09:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 107
Posted By MeepyCat
It's possible your BIL genuinely is afraid that...

It's possible your BIL genuinely is afraid that if his daughter is unhappy during visits, he will see her less. What your ex-SIL has now is not "custody", it is custody, and it could be a strong...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-25-2015, 02:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 279
Posted By MeepyCat
I don't think you can help him in this particular...

I don't think you can help him in this particular case. It may be subject for therapy if it's interfering with other aspects of his life.

My mom would have offered to ask some people out for me,...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-25-2015, 05:02 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 279
Posted By MeepyCat
Fair point on the drink of water. ...

Fair point on the drink of water.

Girlfriends aren't some adolescent inevitability, like molars, that will happen if you just wait. There isn't an entitlement program that hands them out. They...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-24-2015, 07:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 279
Posted By MeepyCat
....and needs, values, emotions, opinions... ...

....and needs, values, emotions, opinions...

When I see someone express a strong desire for something, and, simultaneously, a rejection of all the available options for that very thing, I tend to...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-23-2015, 06:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 279
Posted By MeepyCat
At some point, there is an end to my maternal...

At some point, there is an end to my maternal sympathy.

I have every sympathy for anyone who wants a romantic attachment. Romantic attachments are delightful! The road to finding people to have...
Forum: Fitness and Weight Management   02-23-2015, 02:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 64
Posted By MeepyCat
Mt. Auburn Cemetary: ...

Mt. Auburn Cemetary:
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