Washington Shared Parenting

December 24, 2011

What can you do to make Christmas a special day at your house – Mr or Mrs Non-Custodial Parent

Filed under: Uncategorized — jjohnston @ 4:36 am

Non-custodial parents are specialOkay, it’s done.  The State has ripped your children off from having a meaningful relationship with two loving parents, they opted for the Federal Title IV-D funding instead.  It’s no secret, the Commissioners and Judges of this State just stink – they want cases out of their courtroom, and they want the kids given to one parent so there is a hefty flow of money to the States Coffers to suppor Christine’s continued spending spree.   IT is what it is.  SO lets make the best of it.

It’s Christmas, and you are probably struggling to get gifts for the kids, and food on the table, and pay the rent, along with the other financial responsibilities that come with being the family wallet to an ex.

How about the start of some traditions in your family – ones that will shape the children for years to come – here are a few examples, and I do hope if you are reading this that you pay it forward with just one idea to help another non-custodial parent make Christmas special for him/her and the children.

  • Have a special Christmas book you read on Christmas eve each year
  • Have a special Dinner you fix together – something the kids can help with
  • Have a special Breakfast for Christmas Morning – something fast to make, as nobody has interest in working the kitchen while the kids have all this excitement.
  • Go to Bellevue’s Snowflake Parade – It’s free, parking is free.  The kids get free suckers, and the characters in costume are excellent along with the Christmas music.
  • Go Caroling around the neighborhood – bundle up, take some flashlights, and ask neighbors to join in – make it improptu.   Doorbell ditch the neighbors to the curb and start singing.
  • Pick up a small item at Michaels or some other hobby store to paint with the kids – they will have a gift to give away when it is done.
  • Make Christmas Cookies and Candies with the kids – let the kids paint the frosting on.
  • Make some Christmas Ornaments / Decorations with the kids – that you can have for a lifetime.

Small memorable things will make Christmas Christmas at your home.  Hot chocolate with Marshmallows, I remember that from Childhood.   Think about what you remember from Christmas, and create some of those simple memories for your kids – the gifts being torn open will be forgotten by January 1st, but the Hot Chocale with Mom/Dad, cuddled up on the couch watching a special Christmas movie or reading a special book will last a lifetime!

Mickey Mouse Pancakes, those are special.

Corn bread casserole you can make with the kids – can of corn, can of creamed corn, package of cream cheese, two jiffy cake mixes, splash of cooking oil.  Mix it all together and bake per cake mix instructions.  Kids will love it!

Got ideas to share – please do!

 

December 7, 2011

One Jeske travisty down, many many more to go

Filed under: Uncategorized — jjohnston @ 7:00 am

What a trade – lose a child in order to get custody back of another.  That is just what happened to Soloman Metawala.  Much of this stems from another biased ruling by King County Commissioner Jeske.  A former DV prosecutor, Jeske is know for being tough on dads with regards to DV, and lax on moms.   In this case, she gave the mother, who was diagnosed as having some severe mental health issues, custody of the children, after the Father initially asked the Court to protect him and the children from the mom.

Of course this is not surprising, this embarassment to the Courts is well know for her bias against Fathers.   She is also known for directing business to her favorite DV service providers.  Go to WADVPress.org for more stories on this King County Famous Commissioner, where even the attorney’s don’t want to be in court against her.

Soloman Metawala has paid a price, his children have paid a heavier price, and Jeske remain unscathed in the Courtroom.   Yep, its time for an investigation into Bias in her courtroom.  It’s time for the Judges to do their jobs – supervise these unelected, untalented quasi-judges that make a mockery of Family court.

Let’s hope its not too late for young Sky Metawala.  Today, Soloman Metawala was re-united with his daughter, lets hope he re-unites with is son in short order.

December 5, 2011

DSHS is a Public Facing Agency, right? SO why do they hide from the public

Filed under: Uncategorized — jjohnston @ 5:00 am
DSHS Email addresses made available here!

Several years ago, we noticed a lot of visitors to this site were looking for email addresses for DSHS employees.  It seemed odd, the largest agency in Washington, and 100% public facing to provide services to the citizens could not be found to communicate with via email.  WE scoured Washington’s online information, and determined they just weren’t there.   Who Knew?

Washington State DIS has an online database of State Employees, that included everyone – email, phone number, etc.  Oh, but there is a caviate.  The Agency itself can opt out of being in that database!  Apparently DSHS had opted out.

Okay, this is getting long, why am I still reading this….. hold on for just a moment, I’m almost there.

WashingtonSharedparenting.com and the Washington Civil Rights Commission joined forced and did a Washington State Public Records Request for all of the emails for DSHS.  Yep, all 20,000 plus address.  First, I was amazed that they have that many employee – seems a bit bloated if you ask me!  We got the addresses, we created a website with an extensive database backend, and we posted those addresses.   We believe it is a great service to the citizens of Washington State – and about 80 visitors a day agree – they come directly to our site to find email addresses.   And, you will not believe how many come from Washington State DSHS and other agencies.   Apparently, DSHS missed the boat with this policy.

So, why doesn’t this large agency not want the public to be able to contact them via email?  I had the chance to ask one of their employees just today.   A Jared Sagmiller, a DSHS employee, called us from 3604961078 and took the time to politely spell his name for us, informed us that we had his work email address on our website, and then demanded that we remove it!  Remove it?   Why would we remove that address, after DSHS informed all employees they had 30 days to get a restraining order to keep their work email address from being put onto the list, if they had legitimate legal reseason.   And Jared – you aren’t the first one to request this.   We had one rude woman who was a nurse at a Mental Hospital in Spokane claiming that the publishing of her business email address put her family at rist!  AT Risk – your family?  Because someone has your work email address?  Explain that one to me?

Here is the bottom line.  Employees of Washington State are hired to serve the public.    Let me say it again – SERVE THE PUBLIC.   When you can’t be contacted, because you don’t want your email address given out, you fail TO SERVE THE PUBLIC.   Lets see, 80 people a day, 2400 people a month, or 27,000 people a day are trying to get ahold of DSHS via email – and rely on a Shared Parenting Website to get the email address to reach them.  Shameful, isn’t it?

So, what are these addresses good for?  Well, when you have questions for your State Employee, and you need to ask them during the day, when they don’t answer their phones, just go to http://dshs.washingtonsharedparenting.com and look them up by name.   If you find we don’t have someone, let us know – we’ll contact DSHS and get it and add it to the list.   If you have someones phone number – send it to info@washingtonsharedparenting.comand we will be sure to add it to the list as well.  After all, someone has to hold this large agency accountable for communicating with the lowly public.   We are happy to step up to the plate and do it for you.

PS – Jaret – do you still use Windows NT?Jared Sagmiller trolling Washington Shared Parenting - another supporter at DSHS?

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