Old disposal - removed!!! Will install new one tomorrow night when I don't have the kiddos.
Looks like a fairly easy job - as long as I have some patience and don't try rushing!!!
My Ex would always call her Dad or Brother almost immediately when things like this broke. Not that I'm complaining - they've fixed a lot of things around my house over the years. But I'm definitely learning a lot more by doing it myself.
So one day - when my either of my D's disposals need to be replaced - Dad can come to the rescue!!!
Oh boy, Nice, does that bring back memories -- right down to the pregnancy predictions! There's one big difference in this case, though -- YOU!! Your emotional support of and respect for your daughter is so important to helping her feel good about herself. Her mom doesn't realize that all of the negativity is actually pushing her daughter away, and making it MORE likely that she'll go look for 'love' elsewhere...where she could possibly end up pregnant (not likely, I know). But it's so hard to understand why parents who are like that can't see how they're bringing about the very problems they're afraid of!
I know it's really frustrating for you, but keep hanging in there for your daughters' sakes. They'll really appreciate you for it someday, even if not right now. It's so great that your daughter only has to deal with one crazy parent.
Before the dance, she and my Ex were arguing over bras and shoes - just a ridiculous amount of drama and tension. I don't even think Ex told us goodbye when I left to drop D off at school.
Might not be the most mature way of handling things (your wife), but at 12, I had moments like this too. I wanted to wear my skirt short like the other girls, but mine wouldn't let me. We argued about that. "I look like a square!" haha. She told me it was better to be a square at that age. I understand her perspective now though. A group of girls were going into the city. Mine wouldn't let me. We argued about that too. I'm not a parent but I remember being 12 and trying to push boundaries and not understand 'what the big deal' was when she enforced things I disagreed on. I guess I just assumed it went with the territory of being a teen.
I think mine was a great mom though. She had her issues too but for the most part, I think I turned out alright. And that's actually thanks to her in many ways.
I also agree with Angel. If you can remain the 'rock' for your daughter - not necessarily choosing sides - but as someone who she can rely upon to talk about anything, you'll be taking a lot of stress off her and you'll be able to help guide her through the next few years. When boundaries get tested more and more and she figures out who she is.
My Ex continues to "amaze" me with wild and unpredictable mood swings. Mostly related to her relationship with and treatment of our oldest (12 years old) daughter.
We never get complaints about her at school, no complaints from the grandparents, never had a friend's parent say a bad word...etc,etc...
But to hear my Ex talk, this kid is just totally out of control.
I don't get it. Makes me sad that my girls don't have that classic Mother figure - who knows how important it is to enjoy these moments...
Every once in a while, I'd like to see some posts by your alter ego, Mean666Guy.
When the ex starts going off on one of her tangents ... fully expecting you to acknowledge or validate her mild insanity ... you need to remind her that she's insane.
Trust me. It feels good.
I have a great relationship with my ex. A very distinct reason for that is because I seldom behave like the husband she remembers.
You should curiously point out that she is the only one that seems to have all of these issues with your daughter and wonder why exactly that is ... "Can't imagine why that is with you as a role model. Maybe things will improve when the two of you can go get tattoos together?"