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Member Advice on Being a Step Parent

(+) Can Be Very Rewarding, You Can Get Lots More Love, You Can Help The Children Grow (-) Can Be Very Hard Work, The Children Can Be Resentful, Ex-Partners Can Make Life Difficult (*) (On Ciao since: 11/2000)

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Should one parent stay at home full-time?

(+) see review (-) see review (*) (On Ciao since: 03/2002)

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12 reviews

Member advice on Caring

(+) Caring, closeness, rewarding (-) Hugely frustrating, disappointing, shattering (*) (On Ciao since: 11/2002)

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8 reviews

Member Advice on Philandering

(+) Fun and sex if thats what you want, and are unhappy. (-) Loss of partner, home, security, respect, other peoples lives destroyed. (*) (On Ciao since: 02/2003)

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9 reviews

Member Advice on Living with an autistic child

(+) A very loving child (-) Social problems, very difficult to live with, the list goes on.... (*) (On Ciao since: 09/2002)

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Living with Alcoholism

(+) N/A (-) Lack of support, ungrounded opposition to solutions (*) (On Ciao since: 10/2004)

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8 reviews

Member Advice on Preparing for your Baby's Arrival

(+) This'll tell you everything you could possibly want to know (-) It'll also tell you a hundred and one things you don't (*) (On Ciao since: 06/2001)

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Member Advice on Children Nutrition

(+) helps children to enjoy all food (-) none (*) (On Ciao since: 07/2001)

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Member Advice on Dealing with a Stalker

(+) It's flattering...for about 2 minutes! (-) You end up hating the person (*) (On Ciao since: 06/2003)

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9 reviews

Members advice on your drink being spiked

(+) you need to be warned (-) that you should have to be warned (*) (On Ciao since: 11/2005)

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3 reviews

Members Advice on Buying Toys

(+) Buying the right bike makes it a less frequent event (-) It only starts with buying the bike - what about knowing how to ride it? (*) (On Ciao since: 08/2001)

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Member Advice on Being in Foster Care or Children's Homes

(+) At least I wasn't put in a "home" (-) There are some foster parents that have no right to be (*) (On Ciao since: 07/2003)

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Getting Engaged

(+) Finding your partner can still be romantic after 9 years together (-) Hangover from the champagne (*) (On Ciao since: 11/2004)

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4 reviews

Cellulitis

(+) No matter how small if you have a proble - get it checked out! (-) .. (*) (On Ciao since: 09/2005)

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Member advice on having a premature baby.

(+) A wonderful son (-) Coping (*) (On Ciao since: 12/2003)

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Member Advice on Attracting Women

(+) sex, love, marriage, friendship (-) black widow after effects, stds, slahed tyres (just kidding) (*) (On Ciao since: 04/2002)

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5 reviews

Member Advice on Open Relationships

(+) You may laugh (-) You may eat ice cream (*) (On Ciao since: 02/2003)

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Member Advice on Bottle Feeding

(+) Anyone can feed, gives you a little more freedom. (-) The way people judge you, the lack of help and support avaliable. (*) (On Ciao since: 09/2003)

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3 reviews

Member Advice on Coping With Colic

(+) see review (-) see review (*) (On Ciao since: 12/2004)

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3 reviews

Member Advice on Baby Stages

(+) They should have a different template... (-) ... for Cafe opinions. (*) (On Ciao since: 11/2001)

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Member Advice on Dealing With Harassment

(+) eerm?? (-) feeling tainted (*) (On Ciao since: 01/2003)

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Member Advice on Being a Good Dad

(+) Watching them grow and mature. (-) Watching as they get hurt. (*) (On Ciao since: 07/2002)

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Member Advice on Separated Families

(+) Two lots of presents, happier parents (-) Tearful times (*) (On Ciao since: 10/2002)

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8 reviews

Parent Teacher Association

(+) Being involved with your childrens school (-) Being at school too much! (*) (On Ciao since: 03/2006)

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Is there life after fifty ?

(+) Fifty years experience (-) depends. (*) (On Ciao since: 01/2004)

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Starting Playgroup

(+) Your child gets to learn and play in a wonderful vibrant enviroment, get some time to yourself, watching your child grow. (-) You have to let go! (*) (On Ciao since: 11/2006)

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Member Advice on Female Sterilisation

(+) No worries about getting pregnant (-) Bitter, bitter regrets (*) (On Ciao since: 09/2001)

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Coping With Not Being Able to Have Children

(+) no periods post hysterectomy... (-) longing, heartache when you see a baby, loss of self worth... (*) (On Ciao since: 01/2007)

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1 Review

Member Advice on Trying to Conceive

(+) *** (-) *** (*) (On Ciao since: 09/2004)

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Member Advice on Wedding Photographers

(+) Memories worth seeing over and over! (-) hearing "Just a few more please!" (*) (On Ciao since: 12/2006)

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One Step At A Time

Advantages: Can Be Very Rewarding, You Can Get Lots More Love, You Can Help The Children Grow
Disadvantages: Can Be Very Hard Work, The Children Can Be Resentful, Ex-Partners Can Make Life Difficult

I have been a stepparent for the last 13 years and although I can’t say unlucky 13, I’ve had more up’s and downs than a championship yoyo! My story is quite a long one and it has caused me many a year of heartache, desperation, excitement and happiness ...

criple 03.07.2002 · Read full review
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Work At It And Communicate

Advantages: You are given the chance to help the children grow and develope. It can be very rewarding.
Disadvantages: It can be hard at times. The absent parent might not like you and this will cause problems.

Being a parent can be tough at times and so can being a step parent. I have been a step parent for seven years now and although it is the hardest challenge I have ever faced, it has to be one of the most rewarding. I wont lie to you, I was 17 when I to ...

purebitch 05.05.2003 · Read full review
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Take a Step back from parenting

Advantages: a full house
Disadvantages: a full house

Hello genteel readers…I know I have been gone for a while….but I am trying to get back into the swing of things. I am a stepparent…..and I find it very hard. I would like to tell you I love all my stepchildren like my own, but I cannot, and I think I f ...

Stacee 29.04.2003 · Read full review
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Step back and give them some space

Advantages: You get lots of extra love
Disadvantages: Hard work in the beginning, but worth it in the end

I met my husband five years ago. Both of us went through divorce and both had children from our former marriages. He has two wonderful daughters and I have three gorgeous girls. Five fantastic daughters between the ages of twelve and twenty two. I ...

Lgair 15.10.2001 · Read full review
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FELT LIKE PULLING MY HAIR OUT

Advantages: see op
Disadvantages: see op

Most people would find the thought of bringing up some one else’s children a daunting task. I was divorced, and had two children, that stayed to live with me. I stayed on my own for five years, before I met someone else. By then my children were 13 ...

Deni 18.10.2001 · Read full review
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