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Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   11-10-2014, 07:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 665
Posted By FireFrog
She is not an "other" adult. She is a parent, by...

She is not an "other" adult. She is a parent, by being a partner to her DF.

However, you are welcome to disagree with me, as is the OP. But I wanted to point out that, for some people, this would...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   11-05-2014, 10:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 665
Posted By FireFrog
I want to say upfront that I identify closely...

I want to say upfront that I identify closely with the position that your DF is in, as I was a single mother until my daughter was 8. I say this because I want to be as honest and open as you are,...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   08-09-2014, 11:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 552
Posted By FireFrog
Hi! Step-daughter here . . . I thought I...

Hi! Step-daughter here . . .

I thought I would chime in with my perspective as the odd one out of the step-family bunch. My wonderful step-mother (whom I call a "bonus mom") has been married to my...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-04-2012, 12:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 568
Posted By FireFrog
Thank you both! That is what my gut was telling...

Thank you both! That is what my gut was telling me, too, but it seems so soap opera. Who does this sort of thing in real life?
 
You are completely right, artekah, about knowing if this were a...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-04-2012, 11:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 568
Posted By FireFrog
My husband just received a text on his phone...

My husband just received a text on his phone from a number we don't recognize. The texter claims to be a friend of our DD, age 17, and they want to remain anonymous. In the text this "friend" says...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-19-2012, 11:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,720
Posted By FireFrog
I am so grateful for this thread! Thank you for...

I am so grateful for this thread! Thank you for posting it bass chick!!
 
Our 6 yo DS still won't sleep on his own and I was worried we were alone in this. I appreciate Peony bringing up anxiety...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   04-28-2012, 01:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 922
Posted By FireFrog
  Quote:Originally Posted by...


Quote:Originally Posted by BrascosPrincess http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Single Parenting   01-19-2012, 09:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,465
Posted By FireFrog
I, too, second erigeron. Those are the true...

I, too, second erigeron. Those are the true choices, but none of them will fit you. Only you know what will fit you in your "spirit", "gut", "heart," etc -- whatever you want to call it. Having my...
Forum: Single Parenting   03-27-2011, 09:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,819
Posted By FireFrog
Some of this does depend on which state you are...

Some of this does depend on which state you are in. In California where I live, abuse/neglect really are the only reasons to decrease visitation. Week on/week off is not the only way that parenting...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   03-13-2011, 07:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 792
Posted By FireFrog
Unfortunately, most courts would probably not...

Unfortunately, most courts would probably not place a high priority on your son meeting his sibling. In fact, most courts place the highest premium on the relationship a child has with his or her...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-17-2011, 12:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 808
Posted By FireFrog
 Quote:Originally Posted by...



Quote:Originally Posted by BubbleMa http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1290861/i-m-silly-but-it-made-me-sad#post_16191450)...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-13-2011, 08:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 659
Posted By FireFrog
I'm in a similar situation, but my DD is a bit...

I'm in a similar situation, but my DD is a bit older (16 in two weeks). One thing that helped is DH taking a child development class for school. It helped him to see what the normal stages in...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-30-2010, 09:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,130
Posted By FireFrog
The concerns of your DSS are considered...

The concerns of your DSS are considered important, at least here in CA. Actually, what you are describing is very close to why I retained a lawyer and sued my ex. The court listened to DD,...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-30-2010, 06:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,621
Posted By FireFrog
   Quote:Originally Posted by...


 
Quote:Originally Posted by Petie1104 http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1286214/i-am-so-angry#post_16147418)


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Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-29-2010, 09:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,621
Posted By FireFrog
Is there any reason to think he would blow...

Is there any reason to think he would blow information out of proportion? If he is honest with you regularly, then him being 13 does not mean his telling of the situation is false. His age does not...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-28-2010, 08:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,130
Posted By FireFrog
You know, I just read your other thread about...

You know, I just read your other thread about how your DS is being treated at his mother's. For me, that information changes everything. The situation with my DD was in many ways the same as your...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-28-2010, 04:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,130
Posted By FireFrog
You might be surprised by what the courts take...

You might be surprised by what the courts take seriously. Especially if the 13/14 year old has a logical, less emotional, approach to it. Unfortunatley, your DH would have to be involved. It would...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-28-2010, 09:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,130
Posted By FireFrog
How old is your DS? His age will make a great...

How old is your DS? His age will make a great deal of difference in the case. In most states, the judge does not automatically grant what a child wants, but the older a child is, the more seriously...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   11-26-2010, 10:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,076
Posted By FireFrog
Where do you live? That's pretty important,...

Where do you live? That's pretty important, because each state has it's own spin on custody.
 
Here is CA, we had to spend almost a year get primary custody of my DD from her father. DD was 13...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   11-07-2010, 03:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 648
Posted By FireFrog
The key here for me would be what my gut said --...

The key here for me would be what my gut said -- from your question, it sounds like you don't really want to continue. And that's perfectly okay! Changing your mind after getting more information is...
Forum: Single Parenting   10-31-2010, 07:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,099
Posted By FireFrog
I agree with others that getting a lawyer is...

I agree with others that getting a lawyer is ESSENTIAL! I cannot stress it enough. My ex was also not physically abusive, but he was emotionally and verbally abusive to me, then later to DD.

We...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   10-30-2010, 12:01 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 198
Posted By FireFrog
A little background: We have had a variety of...

A little background: We have had a variety of sleeping arrangements during the last four years with DS, from co-sleeping to side-carring to DH sleeping on the floor next to DS's bed. None of us are...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   10-19-2010, 01:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,039
Posted By FireFrog
Is the mother in the picture? If so, then my...

Is the mother in the picture? If so, then my answer would be no. As the bio. mother myself, I would not be okay with the step-mother signing a permission slip. That would be strictly me or the dad....
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   09-29-2010, 02:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,583
Posted By FireFrog
I recently had a similar situation in CA. Have...

I recently had a similar situation in CA. Have you filed paperwork yet? Do you have a lawyer? I highly suggest getting one if you don't. I had my lawyer request therapy for similar reasons and the...
Forum: Single Parenting   09-24-2010, 01:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 560
Posted By FireFrog
What your ex said to your son is verbally and...

What your ex said to your son is verbally and emotionally abusive. Plain and simple. http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif

I took my ex back to court for emotionally...
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