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Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   05-26-2015, 02:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 561
Posted By VocalMinority
Something's come up and I can't get to the end of...

Something's come up and I can't get to the end of your post right now. (No complaint - I post some pretty lengthy things, myself. Why not be clear and thorough?)

My quick suggestion is order a...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   05-24-2015, 06:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 367
Posted By VocalMinority
I'm in a partially similar situation. My husband...

I'm in a partially similar situation. My husband of 7 years was still married to his ex when we began seeing each other and she took every advantage of that fact, to tell their child and anyone else...
Forum: Single Parenting   05-24-2015, 09:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 285
Posted By VocalMinority
I firmly agree with the idea of documenting your...

I firmly agree with the idea of documenting your intent to send photos; your ex's attitude about that (ex., if he writes back and tells you not to send them) and of course if he confiscates them...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   05-21-2015, 07:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 294
Posted By VocalMinority
Who needs a good laugh?

I have twin sons with mild-moderate Autism. Yesterday was their last day of classes, tonight their Baccalaureate Mass and tomorrow, they graduate high school.

After a busy day, the three of us...
Forum: Single Parenting   05-19-2015, 03:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 285
Posted By VocalMinority
When my DSS was younger and had long visits with...

When my DSS was younger and had long visits with his out-of-state mom in the summers, we wouldn't send too much in the way of toys or special items because there was zero chance of getting them back...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   05-18-2015, 09:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,073
Posted By VocalMinority
To clarify, I never advocated anything so...

To clarify, I never advocated anything so all-or-nothing as "giving up custody" or "losing his close bond to his daddy", much less "losing his relationship with his father" altogether.

I know...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   05-15-2015, 03:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,073
Posted By VocalMinority
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Forum: The Childhood Years   05-15-2015, 05:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 289
Posted By VocalMinority
How to handle a pet's death?

My 7-y-o son loves animals. Yesterday, the neighbor's cat brought them, as a trophy, a 1-2-week-old rabbit. It was still alive and we had no way to know where its nest was, so I agreed to care for...
Forum: Single Parenting   05-13-2015, 09:04 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,641
Posted By VocalMinority
I hope your ex has caught up on his support now,...

I hope your ex has caught up on his support now, almost halfway through the month.

And I hope him shaking things up, in terms of the visitation schedule and money, has not caused you to regret...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   05-11-2015, 09:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 397
Posted By VocalMinority
As a "custodial stepmom" myself, I'd recommend...

As a "custodial stepmom" myself, I'd recommend going to the appointment, as long as it's OK with your husband, regardless of the mom's opinion.

It sounds like you spend more time being responsible...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   05-06-2015, 09:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 865
Posted By VocalMinority
How things are evolving...

Thank you all, for so many good suggestions re accommodating a vegetarian and guiding him to accommodate himself.

I'm consciously trying to sleep better; got some nice endorphins from the...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   05-06-2015, 09:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 674
Posted By VocalMinority
How things are evolving...

Thank you all, for so many good suggestions re accommodating a vegetarian and guiding him to accommodate himself.

I'm consciously trying to sleep better; got some nice endorphins from the...
Forum: Single Parenting   05-03-2015, 11:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 609
Posted By VocalMinority
Hopefully, if you read the rest of my previous...

Hopefully, if you read the rest of my previous post, you'll see that I agree with you.

An earlier poster seemed to say that, in this case, telling the kids what their dad did was wrong would not...
Forum: Single Parenting   05-03-2015, 07:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 609
Posted By VocalMinority
:yeah If their dad's a gun owner, there's no...

:yeah

If their dad's a gun owner, there's no sense telling them guns are bad (IMO, they aren't). But it's critical to make the kids understand that playing with guns makes one seem ignorant and...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   05-02-2015, 07:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 883
Posted By VocalMinority
GTA is the only video game we don't let our teens...

GTA is the only video game we don't let our teens play. Even so, I must admit Mooninmama made good points, so it's not a cut-and-dried issue. You need a well-considered answer that makes sense to...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   05-02-2015, 05:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 781
Posted By VocalMinority
Are you concerned about her dropping out, because...

Are you concerned about her dropping out, because she's sick of still being in secondary school, at her age? Perhaps suggest that she talk to a guidance counselor at school. If she's able to pass...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   05-01-2015, 06:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 674
Posted By VocalMinority
Aaaaand there it is. 9:30am and DH is already...

Aaaaand there it is. 9:30am and DH is already pissed with me that he made dinner last night and cleaned up after it, this morning.

I didn't ask him to make dinner. He made it because he assumed...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   05-01-2015, 04:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 674
Posted By VocalMinority
On the surface, that does look like a fairness...

On the surface, that does look like a fairness issue - and I feel like maintaining even superficial appearances of fairness is important, in a stepfamily.

But actually, all 3 teens have taken...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   05-01-2015, 03:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 865
Posted By VocalMinority
Thank you for the helpful suggestions about how...

Thank you for the helpful suggestions about how to adjust!

Just to clarify, no, I'm not worried about him getting fat if he consumes cheese and butter. It was hard for me to understand him...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-30-2015, 04:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 674
Posted By VocalMinority
How much effort should I put into teen's vegetarian phase? XP in Parenting Teens

Full disclosure: I am totally overwhelmed right now by numerous things that are going on with my special-needs twins, who are weeks away from the end of high school. I'm not sleeping. I am having...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   04-30-2015, 04:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 865
Posted By VocalMinority
How much effort should I put into teen's vegetarian phase? XP in Blended Families

Full disclosure: I am totally overwhelmed right now by numerous things that are going on with my special-needs twins, who are weeks away from the end of high school. I'm not sleeping. I am having...
Forum: The Childhood Years   04-28-2015, 09:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 450
Posted By VocalMinority
Brian Selznick's "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" ...

Brian Selznick's "The Invention of Hugo Cabret"

It's a combination graphic/traditional novel and won the Caldecott. It's historical fiction, about early movie-making and animatronic toys. While...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-27-2015, 07:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 463
Posted By VocalMinority
Shantimama makes valid points that should be...

Shantimama makes valid points that should be reassuring to you. I.e., if you have custody, you have the legal power to say no international travel.

I perceived that you were asking something more...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-25-2015, 04:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 528
Posted By VocalMinority
People can't and don't abruptly change. When you...

People can't and don't abruptly change. When you and/or your brother approach her about improving her parenting or about giving him custody, expect her to react in a way that's consistent with her...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   04-25-2015, 05:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 439
Posted By VocalMinority
My son's wonderful, effective, caring,...

My son's wonderful, effective, caring, sweet-but-firm, British preschool teacher employed the oft-neglected word must. As in:

"During Free Play, we'll have bubble painting in the Art Room, a...
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