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Forum: Stay at Home Parents   02-28-2015, 11:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 287
Posted By VocalMinority
"Accountability" for your time?

I'm a SAHM to 4 boys: 2 teens (twins) with Autism, learning disabilities and visual impairment; a 3rd teen who's especially challenging because I'm "only" his step-mom, he has emotional hang-ups...
Forum: Single Parenting   02-28-2015, 08:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 276
Posted By VocalMinority
We can all tell you what our custody/visitation...

We can all tell you what our custody/visitation arrangements are and what we consider reasonable, but ultimately it depends on the standards of practice in family law, where you live. You can check...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-24-2015, 07:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 398
Posted By VocalMinority
In the US, non-felon adults have the right to...

In the US, non-felon adults have the right to move wherever they want. So, many courts see revoking child custody if a CP moves as an illegal punishment for exercising a legal right. Many times, the...
Forum: Single Parenting   02-23-2015, 09:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 238
Posted By VocalMinority
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Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-22-2015, 12:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 67
Posted By VocalMinority
What about school? It looks like one of your...

What about school? It looks like one of your children and one of your step-kids are old enough for grade school/kindergarten and both of the younger ones are old enough for at least part-time...
Forum: Single Parenting   02-16-2015, 07:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 238
Posted By VocalMinority
I just realized you're under Indiana...

I just realized you're under Indiana jurisdiction, as we are, so I'm going to edit what I previously posted, to be more specific.

My DSS, who lives with us, is 15 and in a very similar boat,...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-06-2015, 08:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 103
Posted By VocalMinority
Happily, it turns out I didn't give my husband...

Happily, it turns out I didn't give my husband enough credit! We've had so many discussions about DSS go so badly in the past few years, that I cringe when new issues arise and feel like I need to...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-05-2015, 10:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 103
Posted By VocalMinority
I'm closer to feeling like he's my child, than...

I'm closer to feeling like he's my child, than only caring on principle. I've known him since he was 4 and was already very attached by the time he came to live with us, at age 8. Certainly, my...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-05-2015, 07:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 103
Posted By VocalMinority
Would you take step-kid somewhere you think he shouldn't go, b/c partner OK'd it?

This is the start of the 4th consecutive month that DH has worked out of state nearly all week, every week. (Normally, he works from home.) On weekends, he's been spending as little as 24 hours...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-03-2015, 10:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 204
Posted By VocalMinority
Forgive me for tackily quoting my own post! ...

Forgive me for tackily quoting my own post!

What I meant to tack onto this was that I find it so much easier, with my bio kids, not to take such annoyances personally.

Whether it's a...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   02-02-2015, 08:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 204
Posted By VocalMinority
You're not alone! My step-son has also lived...

You're not alone! My step-son has also lived with us (my husband, me and my/our other children) since age 8. His mother is also largely uninvolved and plays with his head (although he sees her more...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   02-01-2015, 12:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 229
Posted By VocalMinority
In the grand scheme? No. In logistics, maybe a...

In the grand scheme? No. In logistics, maybe a little bit.

I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that your husband's angry outburst at dinner was less a serious defense of him being a year...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-31-2015, 08:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 106
Posted By VocalMinority
In a previous post, it sounded like: > Your SD...

In a previous post, it sounded like:
> Your SD either lives with you, or you have many parental responsibilities for her, like helping with homework;
> Your husband is a more passive parent, while...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-25-2015, 11:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 241
Posted By VocalMinority
Like you, my step-kid lives with me and is close...

Like you, my step-kid lives with me and is close in age to my kids (twins). While I agree with PPs that all of the behavior issues you've described can be normal for 5-year-olds, I also know that...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-23-2015, 07:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 142
Posted By VocalMinority
I do see your predicament: if you set the...

I do see your predicament: if you set the precedent of showing up for every little thing, despite 3 hrs. of driving - so the kids never "get" how difficult it is for you guys - they won't...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-22-2015, 06:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 142
Posted By VocalMinority
I'd say it depends on the activity. "How far...

I'd say it depends on the activity.

"How far is too far" isn't something my husband and I have to debate, ourselves, since my ex lives nearby, his lives unquestionably too far for any weekday...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   01-21-2015, 07:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 112
Posted By VocalMinority
As long as there aren't complicating...

As long as there aren't complicating circumstances, I think co-sleeping is like breastfeeding: at some point, as your kid gets older, he won't want to do it anymore (or only when he has a nightmare...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   01-18-2015, 05:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 424
Posted By VocalMinority
I like the simple wisdom of this phraseology and...

I like the simple wisdom of this phraseology and might find myself quoting you some day, at home...:wink:
Forum: Preteens and Teens   01-17-2015, 09:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 424
Posted By VocalMinority
How much do you respect your teen's privacy?

I'm curious where other moms draw the line, between responsible parenting and respecting teens' privacy? I feel pretty confident about my own line, but I'm curious how far outside the norm I am. ...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-17-2015, 07:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,160
Posted By VocalMinority
1 - DH and I knew we wanted to marry long before...

1 - DH and I knew we wanted to marry long before he actually proposed or we discussed it with anyone, including our 3 young boys. We wanted to wait for resolution of his custody battle with his...
Forum: Natural Parenting News   01-12-2015, 05:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 35
Posted By VocalMinority
HEAT. Over the last few years, between our 4...

HEAT.

Over the last few years, between our 4 kids and the neighbors' 4 kids (who are all best friends) going to schools, churches, sports, the Y, children's museums, indoor playgrounds, etc.,...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   12-12-2014, 07:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 177
Posted By VocalMinority
Well, as you know, Mummoth, our situation doesn't...

Well, as you know, Mummoth, our situation doesn't feel "normal", either. But for what it's worth, when my step-son (who lives with us) was younger (8), DH and I took a lot of responsibility for his...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   11-13-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 82
Posted By VocalMinority
I can see how this is a whole different dilemma,...

I can see how this is a whole different dilemma, even though it's over the same subject as last year. Now that you've set the precedent of including her, you may hurt her feelings if you don't do so...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   11-13-2014, 04:45 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 63
Posted By VocalMinority
Sorry, I don't know anything about this. Just...

Sorry, I don't know anything about this. Just :hug (I mean, for you. Not that I assume a hug will fix your step-daughter.)
Forum: Working and Student Parents   11-10-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 140
Posted By VocalMinority
Hopefully, you'll get replies from more qualified...

Hopefully, you'll get replies from more qualified people (I'm still at home full time, right now). But the first thing that sprang to mind, reading your post, was how important it is to have at...
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