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Stepbomb: Another difficult thing about divorce is that, more often than not, the ex-spouses don't have a similar approach to parenting. (You already know that's the case with my husband and his ex-wife.) Now my husband's oldest daughter has started asking about getting her own e-mail address, and (not surprisingly) mom and dad aren't in agreement about what to tell her.

girl using computer

Her mom says yes. Her dad says no. I'm staying out of it, as is her stepdad.

That said, my stepdaughter did ask me what I think. We have a good relationship, and she often wants to know what I think about things. But although I have very strong opinions on the subject, I do not feel it's my place to interject them, so I told her that it's up to her mom and dad to figure out. However, I did ask her why she wanted an e-mail address. "Because all my friends have them," was her answer. (This is actually untrue -- I only know of about two girls in her grade who have them.)

We found out a few days ago that mom greenlit the e-mail address when she purchased an iPad Touch for her daughter. Now my husband feels conflicted. On the one hand, he knows he has to trust his ex-wife to monitor things, but on the other hand, isn't this just opening up a can of worms that his daughter isn't really old enough to handle? You have to get on the Internet to get to the e-mail. Will someone be looking over her shoulder every second, making sure she's not distracted by an inappropriate advertisement or news story? And what's the point of giving a sixth grader an e-mail address in the first place? (We didn't even have the Internet until we were in our 20s!)

So my husband (who does regularly try to come to compromises) called his ex-wife, and she gave him the answer she often gives when they disagree: "I'm their mother. I decide." But my question is, why doesn't the father have equal say in what he believes is right for his daughter? And shouldn't mom try to compromise -- i.e., by waiting another year? Should the mother get to decide simply because she's the mother?


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Anonymous January 22, 2011, 4:21 AM

I was on your website and was going to call but thought this would be a better way to contact you.

If you email to promote your website or are considering doing so. DO NOT pay more than $20 per million.

You can own your opt-in mailing lists so you can use it over and over again.

For complete information go to http://www.lakeviewmails.com

Anonymous January 22, 2011, 10:46 AM

I was on your website and was going to call but thought this would be a better way to contact you.

If you email to promote your website or are considering doing so. DO NOT pay more than $20 per million.

You can own your opt-in mailing lists so you can use it over and over again.

For complete information go to http://www.lakeviewmails.com

Anonymous January 23, 2011, 9:54 AM

I was on your website and was going to call but thought this would be a better way to contact you.

If you email to promote your website or are considering doing so. DO NOT pay more than $20 per million.

You can own your opt-in mailing lists so you can use it over and over again.

For complete information go to http://www.lakeviewmails.com

Anonymous January 23, 2011, 10:18 AM

I was on your website and was going to call but thought this would be a better way to contact you.

If you email to promote your website or are considering doing so. DO NOT pay more than $20 per million.

You can own your opt-in mailing lists so you can use it over and over again.

For complete information go to http://www.lakeviewmails.com

Anonymous January 23, 2011, 9:22 PM

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Przeprowadzki Warszawa January 24, 2011, 6:41 AM

That is a brilliant idea!

Anonymous January 24, 2011, 7:16 AM

I was on your website and was going to call but thought this would be a better way to contact you.

If you email to promote your website or are considering doing so. DO NOT pay more than $20 per million.

You can own your opt-in mailing lists so you can use it over and over again.

For complete information go to http://www.lakeviewmails.com

Anonymous January 25, 2011, 4:27 AM

I was on your website and was going to call but thought this would be a better way to contact you.

If you email to promote your website or are considering doing so. DO NOT pay more than $20 per million.

WE can prove to you how you can OWN better quality opt-in email data and have it emailed at 90% less than for what our competitors RENT IT!

Stay away from the email vendor con artists that tell you that they only ‘rent’ data, i.e. you can’t take possession of the data and they have to send it!
Your company should not take the chance of having its name in an email going out without your company having possession of the data that proves how that data was opt-ed in.
Additionally, you will never even know how many emails bounced. Many of these con artist emailer ‘renters’ would never give you the email because almost all of it will bounce!

For complete information go to

http://www.lakeviewmails.com

Anonymous January 29, 2011, 5:13 PM

I was on your website and was going to call but thought this would be a better way to contact you.

If you email to promote your website or are considering doing so. DO NOT pay more than $20 per million.

WE can prove to you how you can OWN better quality opt-in email data and have it emailed at 90% less than for what our competitors RENT IT!

Stay away from the email vendor con artists that tell you that they only ‘rent’ data, i.e. you can’t take possession of the data and they have to send it!
Your company should not take the chance of having its name in an email going out without your company having possession of the data that proves how that data was opt-ed in.
Additionally, you will never even know how many emails bounced. Many of these con artist emailer ‘renters’ would never give you the email because almost all of it will bounce!

For complete information go to

http://www.lakeviewmails.com

Anonymous January 30, 2011, 6:15 AM

We have them all and the prices are low. This week we are selling most complete lists for under $100. Contact me here for details: mark@greatdatadirect.Co.CC

Anonymous January 30, 2011, 12:17 PM

I was on your website and was going to call but thought this would be a better way to contact you.

If you email to promote your website or are considering doing so. DO NOT pay more than $20 per million.

WE can prove to you how you can OWN better quality opt-in email data and have it emailed at 90% less than for what our competitors RENT IT!

Stay away from the email vendor con artists that tell you that they only ‘rent’ data, i.e. you can’t take possession of the data and they have to send it!
Your company should not take the chance of having its name in an email going out without your company having possession of the data that proves how that data was opt-ed in.
Additionally, you will never even know how many emails bounced. Many of these con artist emailer ‘renters’ would never give you the email because almost all of it will bounce!

For complete information go to

http://www.lakeviewmails.com

Anonymous January 30, 2011, 12:28 PM

We have them all and the prices are low. This week we are selling most complete lists for under $100. Contact me here for details: mark@greatdatadirect.Co.CC

Anonymous January 30, 2011, 4:23 PM

I was on your website and was going to call but thought this would be a better way to contact you.

If you email to promote your website or are considering doing so. DO NOT pay more than $20 per million.

WE can prove to you how you can OWN better quality opt-in email data and have it emailed at 90% less than for what our competitors RENT IT!

Stay away from the email vendor con artists that tell you that they only ‘rent’ data, i.e. you can’t take possession of the data and they have to send it!
Your company should not take the chance of having its name in an email going out without your company having possession of the data that proves how that data was opt-ed in.
Additionally, you will never even know how many emails bounced. Many of these con artist emailer ‘renters’ would never give you the email because almost all of it will bounce!

For complete information go to

http://www.lakeviewmails.com

Anonymous January 31, 2011, 11:45 AM

I was on your website and was going to call but thought this would be a better way to contact you.

If you email to promote your website or are considering doing so. DO NOT pay more than $20 per million.

WE can prove to you how you can OWN better quality opt-in email data and have it emailed at 90% less than for what our competitors RENT IT!

Stay away from the email vendor con artists that tell you that they only ‘rent’ data, i.e. you can’t take possession of the data and they have to send it!
Your company should not take the chance of having its name in an email going out without your company having possession of the data that proves how that data was opt-ed in.
Additionally, you will never even know how many emails bounced. Many of these con artist emailer ‘renters’ would never give you the email because almost all of it will bounce!

For complete information go to

http://www.lakeviewmails.com

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