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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-14-2015, 06:05 AM
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Views: 172
Posted By greenemami
Thanks! I like the idea of looking at it as more...

Thanks! I like the idea of looking at it as more units/project-based-I've read up on those before and do like the philosophy. I think that perspective also helps me loosen up on the idea of schedule...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-12-2015, 04:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 893
Posted By greenemami
My kids love the Sassafras Science books (by...

My kids love the Sassafras Science books (by Elemental Science). It's basically an adventure story where two kids travel the world and learn about different topics-the first book is zoology, the...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-12-2015, 04:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 172
Posted By greenemami
Science and History Scheduling

Dd is going into 3rd grade (ds is going into kindergarten, but this is more relevant to dd).

We do literature based science and history. We've tried doing history 2 days a week, and science 2...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-11-2015, 03:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 272
Posted By greenemami
I think that if you've been together for 5...

I think that if you've been together for 5 months, he should not be disciplining your children, period. But especially he shouldn't be disciplining them in such a way that it comes off as very strict...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-10-2015, 12:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 575
Posted By greenemami
Why does he care? I really don't see how...

Why does he care? I really don't see how accepting $150 less a month has anything at all to do with your bf, and certainly don't see how it is putting ex ahead of him?

I take less in child...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-06-2015, 10:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 839
Posted By greenemami
Yup. You gave him lots of chances to earn the...

Yup. You gave him lots of chances to earn the money via good grades or chores. It sucks if his mom is messing with him to get to you, but that is really not the point here.

I'd encourage him to...
Forum: Single Parenting   04-01-2015, 10:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 313
Posted By greenemami
I'm sorry-that is really hard to hear :( My kids...

I'm sorry-that is really hard to hear :( My kids are often eager to go to dad's house, and sometimes I have to work hard not to take it personally-it's not that they want to leave me, it's that they...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-31-2015, 03:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 358
Posted By greenemami
My parents were the step-grandparents, and were...

My parents were the step-grandparents, and were always really careful to include dsd (and still try now that her dad and I are not together). She is 6 years older than dd and 9 years older than ds,...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-23-2015, 06:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 306
Posted By greenemami
Is there anything ordered about transportation? ...

Is there anything ordered about transportation? It's pretty standard to share transportation, unless your husband is the one who moved away-in that case, it would be pretty common for all the...
Forum: Single Parenting   03-23-2015, 10:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 351
Posted By greenemami
As far as the child support goes-if he doesn't...

As far as the child support goes-if he doesn't like that he is overpaying, then he needs to get it fixed. Otherwise, my understanding is that the overpayment is considered a "gift" and you can do...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-22-2015, 03:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 375
Posted By greenemami
Is the mom on board with your dh taking custody? ...

Is the mom on board with your dh taking custody? My best advice would be to let your dh be the only one dealing with the custody situation. You can be supportive of him and helpful with his...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-18-2015, 01:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,059
Posted By greenemami
[QUOTE=Kristi Piazza;18603138] And here's a...

[QUOTE=Kristi Piazza;18603138]
And here's a thought--and I know this is a controversial thought -- your theory is to basically make dss happy at my own sacrifice. Why is his happiness more...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-18-2015, 11:03 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,059
Posted By greenemami
Well, you are already in his life-he didn't...

Well, you are already in his life-he didn't really get a choice about that. My concern is that he is going to realize that you head for the hills every time he is around. Presumably he'll start to...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-18-2015, 10:52 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,059
Posted By greenemami
Well, you are already in his life-he didn't...

Well, you are already in his life-he didn't really get a choice about that. My concern is that he is going to realize that you head for the hills every time he is around. Presumably he'll start to...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-17-2015, 08:06 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,059
Posted By greenemami
I mean this respectfully and non-judgmentally, so...

I mean this respectfully and non-judgmentally, so please try to take it that way-but your bf's son is going to know that you are "tolerating" him and it is going to hurt him. IMO, it's really not...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-17-2015, 03:39 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,059
Posted By greenemami
Are the kids on opposite schedules or do yours go...

Are the kids on opposite schedules or do yours go to dads every weekend? It sounds like part of the issue is that you don't have a lot of down time-I can't say I'd be super thrilled if my kids were...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-12-2015, 11:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 396
Posted By greenemami
Yes, I absolutely felt that way when pregnant and...

Yes, I absolutely felt that way when pregnant and when the babies were little. I really wanted to focus on the baby and felt some resentment that my attention had to be divided-plus, the big kids...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-09-2015, 06:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 409
Posted By greenemami
I think dad sounds like he is doing a good job. ...

I think dad sounds like he is doing a good job. I agree with the PP advice that you should try to back off and not get involved in disciplining at this point.

And, as obnoxious as this advice...
Forum: Single Parenting   03-04-2015, 06:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 876
Posted By greenemami
I think I would ignore the request-you have valid...

I think I would ignore the request-you have valid reasons for not wanting him to have it. If he really wants the number, he can get it through other means.
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-01-2015, 02:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 536
Posted By greenemami
I worry about having more kids in a...

I worry about having more kids in a relationship-part of my really would like one or two more children, but I'm scared about how it would affect the kids I already have. I'm not in a relationship at...
Forum: Single Parenting   02-26-2015, 12:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 60
Posted By greenemami
Can I ask his reasons for not telling the kids...

Can I ask his reasons for not telling the kids you are divorced? that seems really odd to me. I definitely think you need to tell them, at least once it's finalized, and way before other partners...
Forum: Single Parenting   02-25-2015, 08:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 124
Posted By greenemami
Well, like you said, really this is for dad to...

Well, like you said, really this is for dad to deal with-if he is not going to follow through, then her behavior will not change. If he is open to it, maybe start by modeling how to deal with some...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-23-2015, 05:54 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 415
Posted By greenemami
How is she forcing your husband to not take all...

How is she forcing your husband to not take all his time? What would happen if he shows up to get his daughter at the correct time and then doesn't return her until the correct time? I know it can...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-19-2015, 10:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 240
Posted By greenemami
I'd try to look at his as more different learning...

I'd try to look at his as more different learning styles than labeling it as different types of schooling, if that makes sense. There isn't really any need to label what kind of homeschooling you...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-19-2015, 01:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 230
Posted By greenemami
I think it's way too soon for stepdad to be...

I think it's way too soon for stepdad to be playing the heavy here. I completely agree that he should be focusing on building a relationship with her, not disciplining her. Was there a reason he...
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