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Nexplanon removal - 3 months still no period

Asking for my friend... she has an 18 month old. She got the nexplanon and was constantly having super heavy and long periods with only like maybe a few days in between so her doctor and her decided to have it removed. She got it removed 3 months ago and still has not had a period, her doctor put her on progesterone pills to try and kick start the period and she’s on day5 of those out of 10, st... More

Anonymous posted in Education Thursday

Where do babies come from?

So my 7 yr old knows about how the baby grows and is born but she just asked me how the baby gets into the mommy. She already knows it has something to do with the daddy. I was taken by surprise by this question and luckily was able to distract her off topic easily but I know she’ll ask again. Have any of you had to answer this question from a seven year old any advice?

  • Anonymous
    Saturday

    I’ve answered my then 4 year old pretty matter of factor about it and he kinda just dismissed it. We really make a big deal out of nothing. The sooner we can have factual conversations about this stuff without putting stigma on it, the better. It will mean in middle and high school they will feel more Comfortable talking to us about it. There are some great resources out there on why we should ... More

  • Anonymous
    Saturday

    I agree with the 2 previous people above . Honestly is best and making it a safe space to talk about .

Anonymous posted in Blended Families Wednesday

I don't know how to feel about my girlfriend and her ex

My girlfriend and I been together for 2 years now. She goes out of her way for her ex, the father of her child. Just last weekend she took him and baby boy to town to go shop. He doesn’t have a car or any means of transportation. But they do more than just shop. They go out to eat and go to the park and take photos together. And she tells me not to be mad about that... but I just don’t know how... More

  • Anonymous
    Thursday

    She has a healthy coparenting relationship. Why be upset about that? It's the father of her child, if they can still be friends and do stuff together, great! My daughters father comes and stays with my boyfriend and I for days when he visits my daughter. I don't take him out or anything because I don't enjoy his company, but my boyfriend would happily take him and my daughter shopp... More

  • Jess
    Friday

    No one can tell you how to feel. I would also feel a little strange about it which I think is natural, but if you both have a good healthy relationship and trust each other, I think it’s great that they can coparent that way. Not everyone would feel comfortable with that situation though, but after time I think you will feel better about it and your gf will appreciate you more for being so unde... More

I am so confused!!!

Hi! So, my last period was October 25th and I have had no sign of it at all this month. I have taken multiple hpt tests, both Clearblue and FR, amd they are all negative. I take them first thing in the morning and am now going on 9 days late, so idk what to think. I am not under any extra stress, I am not sick, I am never this late (only a couple days tops now and then). With my youngest it di... More

  • Shasta
    Saturday

    I’m literally having this EXACT SAME issue. My last period was 10/26! I’m now 8 days late, 2 hits were negative. No extra stress, not sick. I’ve lost my appetite, which is exactly what I did with my last pregnancy. Very frustrated none the less but I’m gonna wait a few days, take the 3rd test and if still nothing make an appointment.

Anonymous posted in Family Planning Dec 02

Another baby

Me and my boyfriend is thinking about having another baby. My son is two and will be three in July. How is it with two children. Is it hard or stressful. Can it be easy? Feel free to give me some advice. Thanks

  • Anonymous
    Dec 02

    My son now is a good kid so we will see

  • Anonymous
    Wednesday

    Going from 1 kid to 2 is very different. It is definitely more difficult in my opinion however, I love having 2 kids around the same age! They play together and help each other out.

Antisocial toddler?

My 20 month old seems anti social to me. We currently live with my parents and she has gone from wanting them to screaming when they look at her. She doesn’t go to daycare or anything and doesn’t play well with her cousins or her older brother and sister that don’t live with us. Daycare is too expensive and I’m not sure what else to do

  • Cathy
    Dec 03

    There are a lot of affordable half day programs for kids. Look at your local churches or even call preschools to see what they offer for part time hours and days. There are also lots of Mommy and me activities as well as library events, and activities at the rec center. She doesn’t have to go to daycare to get socialized you just have to do your research!

  • anonymous mom
    Dec 03

    It could be something or it could be nothing. The likelihood is that it’s nothing but a toddler being a toddler. Is she teething? Those times turn my daughter into a complete mess, from happy go lucky to crying and so upset. Is she verbal? She may just be having trouble expressing herself. I would start by talking to her pediatrician and writing down everything that’s bothering you beforehand ... More

Anonymous posted in Family Life Nov 29

We JUST saw you: Family Boundaries

Anyone have any experience with setting boundaries with their families around the holidays? Before my daughter was born my husband and I used to split time between family members or just spend it together. However, now with a 1 year old (only grandchild) the grandparents expect us to invite and host them for all holidays going forward or worse—travel to them with a toddler. They mean well but t... More

  • Vonda
    Thursday

    Stay home for Christmas. Tell them it’s too much to do this year. Or that you’d like to have time with just the family this year. Have each person tell their respective family. Husband to his. You to yours. It’ll be easier. And if they don’t like it well; they can stuff a turkey.

  • Jaclyn
    Thursday

    We split holidays between my family and my in-laws so no one can argue and so it’s not overwhelming. And we switch each year. So for example this year my family came for Thanksgiving and his family will come for Christmas. Next year we will do Thanksgiving with his family and Xmas with mine. I typically host Thanksgiving since my family is smaller on the “on” years and may travel a bit for his ... More

No sex drive for over a year? Is This Normal or Happening To Anyone Else?

My beautiful daughter turned a year old in September and yet I have yet to get really intimate with my partner and it's been a whole year.A few times we had been intimate I felt great but later on I was disgusted by the thought of what I had done.I am very much attracted to my partner but I am disgusted 85% of the time when he try's to make sexual advances or even at the thought of doin... More

  • Anonymous
    Dec 01

    I went through something similar. It turned out, there were some underlying issues with our relationship that took me several months to figure out. But once we both acknowledged the issues, and tried to change, I felt more willing to be intimate. Maybe see if there is anything that could be bugging you underneath the sex?

  • meghan
    Tuesday

    Went through something similar and it ended up being the birth control I was on. Switched brands and had a much better reaction. Worth taking a look at if that’s your situation too.

Getting back with my child’s father

I have been thinking about trying again with my ex, with whom I share a 3-yr-old son. We broke up 3 years ago, so our son has never really seen us together, kissing, etc. He has been wanting to try again pretty much since we broke up, and I feel like we both have changed as people and certain things aren’t factors anymore (like, for instance, his ex, who did a lot of meddling in our relationshi... More

Anonymous posted in Marriage & Partnership Nov 25

Would you stay in an unloving relationship just for your kids?

My fiancé and I met 4 years ago. We were trying to take things slow relationship wise since I already had a child, and we only saw each other once a week for the first 5 months. I wound up getting pregnant after only knowing each other 5 months, but we were both excited and decided to move in together once the baby was born. Fast forward to now, we have a 3 year old and we just don’t seem to ha... More

  • Anonymous
    Thursday

    I grew up in a home where no one ever fought and my parents had the ideal super loving relationship and guess what, me and my siblings all have had issues with relationships because in most relationships people fight and not everything is like a fairytale. I have issues anytime yelling or fighting occurs making me think I need to find someone else who is more like my dad. I don’t think there is... More

  • Anonymous
    Thursday

    I think settling in a relationship where there is no love, or not enough love, teaches your children to settle and that you're not worth more. I've watched my friends parents stay in crappy relationships and am super grateful that mine chose to divorce. I now have 4 parents. It hasn't harmed me anyway and was definitely better than sticking it out for the kids.p

Got my period after 10 days. 3 negatives

I was running 10 days late for my periods and took three tests but all of them were negative. After 10 days I got my period as usual with normal flow for 4 days. I had protected intercourse. So is it possible for me to still get pregnant?? I mean what can be the reason behind my delayed periods.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 23

    Stress, diet, medication, hormones... our bodies aren’t always like clockwork. My cycle is usually 28-30 days long but I can count maybe 4 or 5 times in my life where I’ve been extremely late and had pregnancy scares.

Anonymous posted in Child Care Nov 22

Family caregivers that want to continue caregiving but we don’t want it.

Right now my toddler is at home with grandmas (yes we pay them). When she turns 18 months she will go to a montessori 3x a week. And each grandma will do the other 2x a week. This has been a long awaited change in our life because my husband and I dont particularly enjoy having our moms in our homes 5x a week and coming home after a long day at work to our moms... I know others may feel differ... More

  • Anonymous
    19m ago

    just think of all the benefits your child will have being in the montessori, socializing with other kids, and starting their education early. that should be enough to overcome the guilt! plus it's whats best for the child vs. whats best for grandma. Grams will understand. and im sure the relief of coming home to an empty house will help get over some of that guilt in no time (lol)

Possibly pregnant

So, my last period was the beginning of October and i am now 12 days late today and still haven't gotten a glimpse of a period. about 2-3 week ago when my boyfriend and i had intercourse one day i peed afterwards per usual and when i wiped i had light pink blood; when i wiped again there was nothing nor in the toilet bowl. Well i've had minor cramps but still no period and I've had ... More

  • Bethany
    Nov 26

    They offer both at planned parenthood

  • Jessica
    Nov 26

    Thanks for the info! I’m 13 days late now and I’m actually wondering if my thyroid is doing it since I suffer from hypothyroidism. I’ve never ever been late, early but not late so it’s baffling. Still hoping I’m pregnant but don’t want to get my hopes up.

Been on period for 8 years now.

Been on my period for 8 years because the implant... So.. I’ve had the old generation, I got it when I was 16 and I’m now 24. I went 7 years with it in my arm because I didn’t have the health insurance to get it removed. I’m not a Condom person plus I was in serious relationships. I was on my period for the WHOLE 7 years! It’s like my period was confused. I got week breaks of not being on my pe... More

Only child problem

So I took my 4 yo daughter to one of those jumping places. She wanted to find someone to play with and she asked a few random kids if they wanted to play, and with the exception of one younger girl, everybody said no. Poor thing, she was so heartbroken. She played with that little girl for a minute but eventually lost her. She later on was playing by herself at the playground with some balls. W... More

  • David Carmona
    Nov 24

    Give her an awesome toy all the kids want, and she'll be the most popular ;) I was kinda one of these kids going up and remember sports and arts open up great friendships.

  • Penelope
    Dec 02

    Kids aren’t open to new kids all the time. Or they get weirded out by strangers. You’re told not to talk to strangers as kid too, and if they’re older that’s not really that unusual. She’ll most likely do jt to someone else’s kid one day. It’s life. Adults do it too. We go to the trampoline place with my 2yr old and she was 1.5 or younger at first. But we go in with her. We’re the friends. And... More

Trin posted in Child Care Nov 16

I don’t trust my boyfriend’s family to help with my son when he’s born.

I am currently 18 weeks pregnant and my boyfriend told me that his family will watch and care for our son while I work. I always wanted to have my own money and take care of myself, but I’m ready to throw all of that away to protect my son. I do not trust his family. In short, they’ve shown me time and time again that they are incapable of taking care of themselves, I’ve been around while they... More

  • May DeLosh
    check_circleChild Care Provider Nov 24

    I run a daycare/preschool for more than 12 years. Researches have found that most accidents happen at home. It is so true! From the 12 years of my professional career, 2 children broke their arm bones and one boy's face got burned by a light bulb when he climbed onto a table and somehow was able to grab the hot light bulb and placed it on his face. Those accidents all happened at the... More

  • CheerioMama
    Dec 01

    Keep that baby as far away from those people as possible. Get rid of your man if you have to.

I need advice 😞

Hi. My menstrual period has never been more than 3 days late max it’s been 23 days and I am still late. Took a test 2 weeks ago and negative took one today negative 😞 Really hoping to conceive this month.

Anonymous posted in Family Planning Nov 15

Third child

I have two young kids and thought I was done, but now the kids are a little older I want a third. I can’t shake the feeling. Maybe because I feel that my kids are more independent now.. I don’t know if there is something in the water but my baby fever is going wild. has anyone experience this? my husband says maybe we can lol

  • Aye
    Nov 16

    Yes! My youngest is only 10 months lol and my other is 20 months. After I buy a house and have a good career though so that way I can plan an actual nursery room and baby shower etc and enjoy my kids and do more with them. Also I have two girls so I’d like to try for a boy, I’m glad your husband is on board though

  • Christina
    Nov 19

    Careful! This is how I got twins! We thought let’s try for one more! God had other plans!

Anonymous posted in Family Life Nov 13

My mom criticizes me as a SAHM

It breaks my heart to admit & share that my mom does not make me feel proud of my current situation as a full time SAHM. Back story, she had me (unplanned & not yet married) at 19, then I think somewhere in between that, my parents decided to get married before I was born. But I know the full story because it’s like a bedtime story to me. At a young age, she kept reminding me of what th... More

Anonymous posted in Family Planning Nov 10

Mamas. I need your complete honesty.

Multiple kids. And by multiple I mean two.... What are your thoughts. I love the idea of my little have a sibling. But other than that, I feel like my anxiety will multiply, again! What are you pros and cons. And yes. I know. This is theeeee weeiirrddest post. And I wouldn’t have to post here if I for sure wanted another. But I’m going back and forth honestly.

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Nov 12

    I have 4 kids, each about 17-21 months a part from reach other. I can’t advise you one way or another, but here are some things to consider: having a baby the second time is not nearly the traumatic adjustment having the first one is. Much of it is not new and you have built in muscle memory on solving baby problems you didn’t the first time around. Also, if you have them 3-5 years apart the ... More

  • Anonymous
    Nov 15

    I have twins and it was SO hard in the beginning but now they just play all the time! Sometimes, I think omg ... if they didn’t have each other I’d have to be sitting on the floor playing dollhouse all day. 😂🤦‍♀️ That to me sound terrible. On the negative side ... there is twice as many things to lug around twice as many car seats to buckle, twice as much to pay for. But I love it anyway ... if... More

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