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Forum: Indiana, Ohio, Michigan   08-27-2015, 09:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 671
Posted By VocalMinority
Sorry that the names escape me, but 7 years ago I...

Sorry that the names escape me, but 7 years ago I used a midwife in Greenwood affiliated with Community South. She would only do hospital deliveries, not home births, but she was conditionally...
Forum: Single Parenting   08-06-2015, 08:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 372
Posted By VocalMinority
Eight years ago, in Indiana, my DH used numerous...

Eight years ago, in Indiana, my DH used numerous emails that he simply printed out from his "sent" and "old mail" folders, to refute his XW's court testimony. No one gave him a problem about it. ...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   08-03-2015, 06:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 733
Posted By VocalMinority
:lightbulb I get it. I would have trouble...

:lightbulb

I get it. I would have trouble brushing that off, too.
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   07-31-2015, 01:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 733
Posted By VocalMinority
I understand your feelings. When you're missing...

I understand your feelings. When you're missing your kid, who wants to see or hear about cheery FB photos of how happy he is being part of a family that doesn't include you?

If you've always been...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   07-28-2015, 05:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 815
Posted By VocalMinority
Update

Thank you. That was sweet.

My husband is back. At his request, I set a counseling appt. for us this past Thurs. (I think that was the same day you posted the above, Pumabearclan. My friend...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   07-15-2015, 01:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 815
Posted By VocalMinority
Good question. Partly, it's a knee-jerk,...

Good question.

Partly, it's a knee-jerk, unexamined fear of "going to court", and an instinct that when you do, you must prove your "superiority" by hiring the most expensive, most litigious...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   07-14-2015, 07:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 815
Posted By VocalMinority
I should have clarified: I was talking about 2...

I should have clarified: I was talking about 2 different men. My ex is the father of my special-needs twins, who graduated from HS this spring and for whom I'm seeking guardianships. You're right,...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   07-14-2015, 12:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 815
Posted By VocalMinority
How do you get through a hearing?

I am so depressed that I can't quit crying, even though I needed to get out the door and get some things done, at least 1/2-hour ago. I have felt like this off and on, for almost a month. Most of...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   07-10-2015, 01:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 344
Posted By VocalMinority
I have nothing to offer besides the obvious (is...

I have nothing to offer besides the obvious (is it feasible for your DH to get custody based on his ex's home having become an undesirable environment for your DSD?) But I wanted to respond with, at...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   06-15-2015, 01:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 300
Posted By VocalMinority
Confront DSS's mom about false cyberstalking accusations?

DSS (16) just left to visit his out-of-state mom. In her shoes, I would feel upset and anxious. She has lost her job. Unemployment surely stinks, during her one annual visit longer than a week...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   06-10-2015, 08:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 465
Posted By VocalMinority
Sadly, I don't think what you've expressed is...

Sadly, I don't think what you've expressed is obvious - for plenty of us! Many women expect that their maternal instincts should kick in more-or-less equally with any child in need. If they don't,...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   06-08-2015, 04:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 494
Posted By VocalMinority
I am by no means an expert, but my understanding...

I am by no means an expert, but my understanding is that the federal Americans with Disabilities Act does mandate that if it is established that a child needs a service in order to keep up with his...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   06-06-2015, 08:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 460
Posted By VocalMinority
It's doubtful whether discussing this with your...

It's doubtful whether discussing this with your BF will accomplish anything besides making him feel you're criticizing his parenting. If he's the noncustodial parent, it would be common for him to...
Forum: Single Parenting   06-06-2015, 04:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 513
Posted By VocalMinority
Good. With rare exception, a "daddy's girl" who...

Good. With rare exception, a "daddy's girl" who knows (in your daughter's case, senses) that she can't have both parents together, and who professes a preference for Dad, is simply secure enough in...
Forum: Single Parenting   06-05-2015, 09:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 559
Posted By VocalMinority
Generally, I agree with PPs that once a child...

Generally, I agree with PPs that once a child starts school, parenting time schedules need to work around it, not vice-versa.

Two "but"s, though...

1) Having taught 4-year-olds in preschool off...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   06-05-2015, 02:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 450
Posted By VocalMinority
That's a tough one and I imagine every blended...

That's a tough one and I imagine every blended family has to work out a unique solution. Court orders instructing exes how to share the cost of extracurriculars potentially create as many problems...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   06-05-2015, 01:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 708
Posted By VocalMinority
I love this topic! All the favorite weddings...

I love this topic! All the favorite weddings I've been to were small and inexpensive.

My uncle got married at sunrise, in a gazebo on a public beach. He wore khakis and a polo shirt and his...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   06-03-2015, 04:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 630
Posted By VocalMinority
He didn't show much of any reaction at all. He...

He didn't show much of any reaction at all. He put it back in the box and hasn't hung it up. But he doesn't want us to know if he's disappointed with his mother's efforts; nor does he want to hear...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   06-02-2015, 08:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 630
Posted By VocalMinority
Feeling snide on DSS's birthday

Today is my DSS' 16th birthday. Since he moved in with us when he was 8, sometime this year he will have spent as long living with DH and me as he did living with his mom. And from then on, he will...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   05-30-2015, 09:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 397
Posted By VocalMinority
My DSS, 15, who's lived with us since age 8, has...

My DSS, 15, who's lived with us since age 8, has always been a much pickier eater than my twin sons who are 4 years older. As my 7-y-o son (who was a newborn when DSS moved in with us) has grown...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   05-26-2015, 02:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 898
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: 534
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: 479
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: 588
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: 479
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...
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