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Grandparent Etiquette

Posted 1 week ago

I am a single mom with a 6-year-old girl. Both sets of grandparents live close by, and she is very close to both of them. I am trying to teach her that when we visit, she is to say hello,...

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Grandparent Etiquette and More

Posted 2 weeks ago

Hi. I am a single mom with a 6 year old girl. I have both sets of grandparents close and she is very close to both of them. My question is two fold. I am trying to teach her that when we visit,...

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Premature Worry

Posted on 7/30/2019

Hello. I adopted my son, now 5 1/2, at birth, and I am a single working (teacher) mother. He is close to my brothers and my dad and has never expressed a desire for a dad and when asked, will...

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Going With Your Gut

Posted on 6/5/2019

I have a 17 yo daughter. I foolishly gave in to giving her an iPhone when she was 13. My husband died 4 years ago. Because of a rebellious attitude of her older sister, I realized these iPhones...

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child sends mixed message

Posted on 5/5/2019

I have a personal friend that went through a bitter divorce approximately 6 years ago. She has 4 children ages 14, 13, 10.5 and 9.5. The three older ones are girls and the youngest a boy. The...

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Let Go or No?

Posted on 3/16/2019

My 16 year old son wants to live with his dad in another state for his junior and senior years of high school. I’m reluctantly willing to let him go. How do I navigate this transition?

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Prevailing not Travailing

Posted on 3/9/2019

My 14 year old daughter was mad at me about a consequence I gave her after clearly telling her what the expectations were. She knew what the rules were and broke them so I gave her the...

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The Defiant Young Adult

Posted on 1/31/2019

My son turns 18 tomorrow. He seems to think this means he can do whatever he wants, including not doing what I ask. He is picking his girlfriend up at the airport this evening and I told him he...

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The High School Experiment

Posted on 10/22/2018

I feel like I ask the same questions all the time. My 12th grader is stressing me out, he is barely making his grades in school coming in at B, C, D's and E's. He's a good kid but I suspect...

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Grandma custody of 4yro

Posted on 8/3/2018

My 4 year old Grandson who has always lived with me seems to be having some new concerns regarding his Mom. His Mom, has not seen him since Christmas Day, and has not contacted me to do so. Yes,...

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Two out of Three

Posted on 3/5/2018

My 9+ year old talks back to teachers and classmates, calls other students names, won't follow directions of teachers and refuses to do what he's been told (one teacher captured it perfectly...

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9 YO Girl Resistant To Visits With Dad

Posted on 2/18/2018

I have a 9 year old daughter. Her mom and I split when she was 3-1/2 years old. We have a court ordered shared parenting plan. I have visitation 1 day/night each week and every other weekend...

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15 yo Slacker

Posted on 5/1/2017

My son (15) will be 16 in August; I'm a single mom he has 2 other brothers, 8,13; I juggle extracurricular activities for the 2 (15 & 12) with others peoples help; acquaintances, friends helping...

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12 yo Rage Out of Control

Posted on 2/13/2017

My 12 year old son has occasional anger issues and when he gets spun up (usually after I say no to him about something unreasonable) he gets into an extreme almost rage type anger. He has...

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Is it the divorce or parenting?

Posted on 12/29/2016

I believe my 16 yo daughter needs to see a therapist. Recently divorced, we split we she was 13. She never really processed the divorce. She keeps everything inside. Very stoic, says she is...

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13 yo Doesn't Like Divorced Mom Dating

Posted on 11/14/2016

Divorced about 3 years. Dating my boyfriend for 1 1/2years. I haven't push the relationship Ive given my 13 year old boy space. He doesn't like my boyfriends daughters. My moms bd was last...

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Homeschool to Public School for Lonely Preteen

Posted on 10/13/2016

I have been homeschooling my daughter since she was 6. She is now 12. My health is failing me and I haven't been able to drive her out to co-op or sports weekly, but only occasionally. She is a...

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Tween has Violent Outbursts

Posted on 6/3/2016

I am single mom. My 11 year-old son gets very angry about situations with his friends that he can't control and instead of working things out with his peers tries to shove me around and destroy...

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Dating Again

Posted on 10/29/2014

I am a divorced father of a 5 year old girl. I have had primary custody of our daughter for 1 ½ years- however the actual divorce judgment was signed a mere 2 months ago. (My daughter doesn't...

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7/10 YO Boys and Mornings

Posted on 4/28/2014

I have two boys, ages 7 and 10. Mornings are really rough and usually end up in tears. As a single mom, I am so tired of having such bad morning. Today, they are at home because I waited in the...

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New Question

Posted on 2/1/2014

How do I know if I'm doing a good job as a parent? I get very discouraged at times. I have two sons ages 12 and 10. My 7th grade son seems very self-centered. I'm afraid he will never get over...

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Grandmother raising 14 yo behavior problems

Posted on 1/2/2014

I am guardian of my 14 year old granddaughter who was abandoned by her emotionally abusive birth mother. Recently my granddaughter began to "hate all mothers" and has been unresponsive to me as...

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15 year old pregnant, defiant

Posted on 11/6/2013

Good morning! I am working with a single mom whose divorce has been bitter. Many problematic areas have been addressed. However, I need counsel for a new problem. The 15 year old daughter now is...

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15 yo son girlfriend and cell phone

Posted on 10/26/2013

I have a couple questions (at least), since this is my first time doing this on your site: 1) my 14, almost 15 year old, has been in a serious relationship with a girl (almost 15 year old). My...

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1 year old : I used an egg donor...when and how do I explain?

Posted on 3/16/2013

Due to infertility problems I used an egg donor to have our daughter. I realize I have quite some time until I explain this as our daughter is only 22 months old. I cannot help but already worry...

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How long for a 2-year old to bond adoptive fa

Posted on 12/14/2006

I have a daughter who is 21 years old and got pregnant by a 27-year-old married man with children, when she was 18. Of course he went back to his wife and family and my daughter was left with the...

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Divorced Dad Dating

Posted on 10/9/2006

My ex-husband has had at least 6 girlfriends in the last 2 years and has introduced our now 5 year old daughter to most of them. The latest "serious" girlfriend is had just begun the process of...

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Telling my son about his father

Posted on 9/27/2006

I am Mom to a wonderful almost-4-year-old boy. My dilemma is this: I am a single mom, and the circumstances surrounding the birth of my son are somewhat less than desirable. I became involved...

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