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This room is dedicated to those who are facing the challenge of raising children without the support of a spouse. This is a place to share ideas and lend mutual support.

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Mar 26th 2014 new
(quote) Tim-734178 said: Well I guess for starters hiding them from their mom and her "husband". That what the say sometimes when they visit outside normal visits. Never thought that would happen

Teaching the girls to cook and the boys to do laundry and iron. Ex never did the latter and rarely the former but.....

helping with all the various school things. I home schooled all the children up to the seperation. So the cookie sales and candy and magazines and.....

And lately it's the I've this going on or that going on during your weekend dad. Can you drive me x and drop me off then come get me at y time please
Oh and I need Twenty buck for this. Usual spring on me Friday as I pick them up!!
Ok enough for now!


Read the book " Get out to my life but take me to the mall on the way!". Life of parent of teenagers!
On good note, my 16 yr old daughter told me she was not mature enough to start driving classes- on the way to first class but she told me!!! And I praised her up and down for that decision!!
Mar 27th 2014 new
Oh, Sam, you must have heard me telling my co-worker this morning that I failed at the Kodak moments of my children's lives. My camera ruined the photos of my son's first several weeks and it crushed me. After that, I took only a few pics and my kids refuse to pose! I have him in the lion costume, as a clown, a skunk, Joe Mauer, Harry Potter, but no knight.
As for driving, bribe your brother-in-law, a co-worker, the nearest neighbor, pastor, coach, best friend's dad, UPS driver, anyone you can. Or, we hope in the next two years that there is a significant other in your life that will make a significant difference in his. After all, we mom's bring our kids into this world. The last thing we should subject ourselves to is the possibility of them taking both of us out of it!

Mar 27th 2014 new
Victor, in this house it wasn't the big hair as much as the ginormous eye glasses of the 80's that sent my kid's into fits of laughter! Totally hysterical it was!
Mar 27th 2014 new
(quote) Sam-427739 said: What crazy stuff do you do for your kids that you NEVER, not in a million years, thought you would wind up doing? 




Two events come to mind:

The first occurred when we were living in the country. Our neighbors had a small ranch and among their many animals were 4 goats. Yeah. It is a goat. Yeah. It is a goat. Yeah. It is a goat. Yeah. It is a goat.
We came home one day to find the goats wandering the street, with cars dodging them. We got out and played goat herders for 15 minutes to get them back into their fenced acreage. Pretty funny. Near as we could figure, the goats had climbed a tree and jumped over the property fence. The neighbors weren't home so we left a note.

A second, weirder thing was building a working, scale-model guillotine for my daughter's high school European History class.
A Barbie doll had to give her all in order to get a passing grade. faint
( shhh Don't tell your daughter. laughing )
Mar 27th 2014 new
wave Hi Rachel, To get your son's mind off of the Aliens in our Presence, Go back two Decembers ago and find the best and scariest news article on the NASA article regarding the Asteroid the size of Manhattan Island that passed by the Earth at 37,000 mph and went by during the daytime at a distance of 50,000 miles, which is only 1/5 of the distance from the Earth's surface to the Moon. If it hit in the Ocean East of Florida, that it would have caused a Tsunami 2,000 ft in height and the safest place to be was up in the Rocky Mountains which actually caused many people tomove there for safety Such was the the case that many science professionals bought inflated priced land out here in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona in 2,000 AD during the Y2-K Scare. We took in a homeless girl for the church whose step-grandfather, an ex-Dominican Brother and her ex-Catholic grandmother to both buy $200/acre land 70 miles out in the 'Middle of Nowhere' with no paved hiways near Phoenix. The Asteroid scare caused her to start saying Rosaries everyday. I felt guilty about this and later showed them the NASA.Gov page that tells of 10,000 objects hitting the Earth everyday under NEO (Near Earth Objects) part of the Space Agency page. My college friend that was out here from Carlsbad, New Mexico showed us photos of his roadside stand that they would set up nearby in Roswell where they peddled photocopies of 'Alien Landings' like the rest of the teenage population in Roswell in his first successful business They made their own 'Alien Outfits' similar to your son's alien suit, except that they took photos of one of their HS Cheerleaders in her costume being carried off into the desert with a very creative alien abduction story which was a good first business venture. I forgot about these family stories until I read your alien project.The adults that spend money on these $70,000 properties and moves to the Rocky's goes to show us that people will believe just about everything except the Bible!

If I had time,(it's now 5:40 am) I would tell of the Halloween (Oc31) and my daughter's giant cat that moved in to our home after she constructed her Vampire Costume :D

Mar 27th 2014 new
(quote) Victor-544727 said: You know, Sam, it could always be worse.

You daughter could always find your old photo album and and see the "hair days" that we grew-up in during the 80's.



Did you have a 'Flock of Seagulls' do? Visualizing...I did have some moderately fluffy mall bangs back in the day, along with some seriously bad fashion. troll
Mar 27th 2014 new
(quote) Tim-734178 said: Well I guess for starters hiding them from their mom and her "husband". That what the say sometimes when they visit outside normal visits. Never thought that would happen

Teaching the girls to cook and the boys to do laundry and iron. Ex never did the latter and rarely the former but.....

helping with all the various school things. I home schooled all the children up to the seperation. So the cookie sales and candy and magazines and.....

And lately it's the I've this going on or that going on during your weekend dad. Can you drive me x and drop me off then come get me at y time please
Oh and I need Twenty buck for this. Usual spring on me Friday as I pick them up!!
Ok enough for now!


From what my sister tells me, (kids 20, 19, 18 and 15), this is the story of the teen years. Hang in there! She's about to have the 3rd one leave the nest and doesn't know whether to cheer or cry. Seeing as she's related to me, she does both often. We're rather an emotional bunch. Nobody says, "Stoic like a Cuban woman." tongue
Mar 27th 2014 new
(quote) Kathy-635104 said: Oh, Sam, you must have heard me telling my co-worker this morning that I failed at the Kodak moments of my children's lives. My camera ruined the photos of my son's first several weeks and it crushed me. After that, I took only a few pics and my kids refuse to pose! I have him in the lion costume, as a clown, a skunk, Joe Mauer, Harry Potter, but no knight.

I am remiss in the photo department also. I'd rather be there for the important moments and forget to take pictures than miss them altogether. hug
Mar 27th 2014 new
(quote) Jack-752986 said: Two events come to mind:

The first occurred when we were living in the country. Our neighbors had a small ranch and among their many animals were 4 goats.
We came home one day to find the goats wandering the street, with cars dodging them. We got out and played goat herders for 15 minutes to get them back into their fenced acreage. Pretty funny. Near as we could figure, the goats had climbed a tree and jumped over the property fence. The neighbors weren't home so we left a note.

A second, weirder thing was building a working, scale-model guillotine for my daughter's high school European History class.
A Barbie doll had to give her all in order to get a passing grade.
( Don't tell your daughter. )
Goat herder and doll executioner- see? I would never have know these things about you had this thread not started. Inquiring minds wanted to know!
Mar 28th 2014 new
(quote) Sam-427739 said: Goat herder and doll executioner- see? I would never have know these things about you had this thread not started. Inquiring minds wanted to know!
In my defense, the guillotine project was a class requirement. wink
Every student had to build one. boggled
It seemed a weird assignment with schools so safety-conscious. referee
How was she supposed to get a cutting blade into her class? scratchchin
Then I found out I was supposed to escort her and her model to her classroom. Superman
That was probably a very strange day in class. mischievous
No missing fingers were reported. crossfingers
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