Jennie's list of questions

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Joleneakamama
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Jennie's list of questions

I met Jennie years ago on this site. She was a single mom with two adorable kids and she was very serious about finding a family.

This is Jennie's list of questions. (I thought up one of them lol)I thought they brought up a lot of good and relevant subjects.
I hope others might find them helpful in contemplating poly....or getting to know how others feel about all these issues.

Jolene

~Questions For The Husband & The Wives~
(If a question requires more then 1 person to answer please let me know the
answer for each person by putting his or her name next to the answer).
1. Was it the husband or the wife who first brought the subject of another wife up and what was the others first reaction?
2. How do you feel about it today?
3. How many wives are in your family at this time?
4. At any other time have you ever been married to anyone else and if so why did that relationship end?
5. Do you have children with anyone other then your current spouse if so please explain?
6. If you feel that this is the right thing for you and your family why?
7. For each member of the couple/family how many wives would you like to have as part of your family?
8. What are your religious beliefs and basic religious history?
9. Are you a part of a Group and if so what one if not are you looking to join one?
10. If I am not part of your religious beliefs would you want me to convert if we decided to become a family if not and we differ on this what religion would you want my children that I have now and any more that we may be blessed with raised in?
11. Where do you live? (I do not need your address just a rough idea such as your state or country would be fine)
12. Would you like for everyone to share the same home or for each wife to have her own?
13. What living arrangements would be ideal for you and your family?
14. Please tell me about each child that is a member of your family.
15. Please tell me how my children now and any to come would fit into your family?
16. Please tell me your ideas on how to handle things when a child does something wrong?
17. If or when another wife joins the family how would you like things like this to be handled?
18. What would you like the children to call everyone and would that differ for the two children that I already have?
19. Do your children know that your looking for another wife and how do they feel about it?
20. What would everyone call each other?
21. Do your family and friends know that you are looking for/have more then 1 wife and how do they feel about it?
22. If they are against it how have you dealt with that and or plan to deal with it if I or someone else joins your family?
23. Do you have any friends/family that are in a poly relationship and if so how are they treated?
24. How would the children I have now and any to come be treated by you?
25. How do you think they would be treated by your parents/siblings and do you have a problem with this?
26. What are the duties of the husband/wives/children in your home
currently?
27. If I were to join your family how would this change if at all?
28. If I were to join your family would you like for me to work or stay at home?
29. Does your family have a stable reliable income and is it enough to cover the needs of myself, my children, and any children that may come?
30. What would the sleeping arrangements be if I were to join your family?
31. How would we share the nights with our husband if I were to join your family?
32. Same question for the day time?
33. What is your opinion on birth control?
34. What would happen if one wife or the husband did not want any more children but the others did not agree?
35. Are you looking for a relationship where the wives would have sexual relations with each other and not just the husband?
36. Would there ever be more then the husband and 1 wife in the same bed/room while sexual relations are taking place?
37. What if there was a disagreement between the wives or 1 wife with the husband how do you plan on handling this and how do you handle this sort of thing now?
38. Will there be a head wife or will all wives be equal?
39. Will the husband be an equal to the wives in all things or will there be exceptions and if so when please give examples?
40. How will money be handled in the household and does that differ from how it is done now?
41. Please describe your home and is this the one I will be living in if I join your family?
42. If this is the home I would live in please tell me about the room(s) that would be mine and the sleeping arrangements for my children that would work best for your family? (my daughter will be 3 in May and my son 2 in May)
43. May I talk in private on the phone with the wife/wives before I speak with the husband on the phone?
44. How are the children of the family educated?
45. What is your opinion on your children having more then one wife for each husband when they are ready to be married?
46. How do you think courting should be handled for us?
47. How do you think courting and or dating should be handled for the children of the family?
48. Has anyone in the household ever been arrested if so please explain?
49. What if any problems do you see about a 22 year old woman with 2 children joining your family?
50. Are you currently getting to know any other women with the idea of them possibly joining your family?
51. Other then being/wanting to become a poly family are there any other viewpoints or opinions that you family holds that you feel I should know about and if so please tell me about them?
52. What degree of openness would you want about the relationship as a whole to the outside world?
53. How did you meet your wife/wives?
54. What site do I know you from and what is your username there.
55. If we have IM*ed what is your display name (not email) there?
56. Do you Celebrate Holidays like Christmas & Easter and if so how?

~Questions Just For Him~
1. What qualities does your wife/wives have that you think would make them well suited for a Poly relationship?
2. What do you think is your best and worst quality?
3. Please describe your employment if any.
4. What are you personally looking for in a poly relationship?
5. What do you think life will be like if I were to join your family?
6. Are you able to father Children?
7. If I were to have more children with you would you want to be at the birth?
8. What foods do you like the most and least?
9. What household chores do you enjoy the most both inside and outside?
10. What household chores do you enjoy the least both inside and out?
11. How would you feel if we were to become a family and are having our *special time* knowing that you have another wife(s) possibly in the same house?
12. Please tell me about you.
13. Please tell me about anything you feel I should know about you your family or your beliefs that I have not covered in these questions.
14. Do you now or have you ever smoked, drank adult beverages for non religious reasons, or used drugs if yes please explain

~Questions Just For The Wives~
(If more then 1 wife please have each wife answer these separately with her name next to her answer)
1. What qualities does your husband have that you think would make him well suited for a Poly relationship?
2. What do you think is your best and worst quality?
3. Please describe your employment if any.
4. What are you personally looking for in a poly relationship?
5. What do you think life will be like if I were to join your family?
6. Are you able to conceive children?
7. If I were to have more children would you want to be at the birth?
8. What foods do you like the most and least?
9. What household chores do you enjoy the most both inside and outside?
10. What household chores do you enjoy the least both inside and out?
11. How would you feel if we were to become a family and our husband and I are having our *special time* possibly in the same house?
12. Please tell me about you.
13. Please tell me about anything you feel I should know about you your
family or your beliefs that I have not covered in these questions.
14. Do you now or have you ever smoked, drank adult beverages for non religious reasons, or used drugs if yes please explain.

Justin (not verified)
Wow, that is a great list!

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Dear J,

Thanks for sharing that list of questions!

Blessings,

Justin

"Listen, Hear,and Obey on time"

GroverP
Great List Jolene, thanks for adding it

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some good questions your friend put to paper, could be useful to members here if relationships ever get to that point. Thanks again

Pluto8
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If we asked that many

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If we asked that many questions of any single female she would never respond. As a couple with strict guidelines in our search I fully understand asking them, but it's obvious she has as many guidelines as we do, which is why we have not found even one sincere girl who fit

If you don't stand for something you'll fall for anything

If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything

Joleneakamama
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If we asked that many.....it is a lot of questions

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I totally agree, asking a ton of questions like that, many of them personal, would be a bad way to introduce yourself to a single gal. That said, when Jennie asked us those questions years ago, we were not offended at all, rather, we were impressed with how much thought she had put into her search for a family.

Later, when we met someone who was interested in our family, we went over many of these questions in the talking and IMing phase of the getting to know each other. It makes more sense to talk about real issues then the weather, and until you find a deal breaker for one of you, the relationship progresses. Better to find the deal breakers early in the game then later, in my opinion.

There is a principle proof against all argument, a ban against all progress and which if persisted in cannot but keep the mind in everlasting ignorance, and that is contempt prior to examination.

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes~

Rock
concerning the list

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The list is quite detailed and inclusive.

As for me...and most here are accustomed to my unusual viewpoints....lol...here it is:

It's not the questions that are bothersome, it's the reason why a woman would feel the 'need' to ask them.

There are many types of women. The 'type' of woman that does well in polygyny is one that is NOT 'high maintenance'.

The opposite of 'high maintenance' is a woman that is easy going, easy to get along with, not demanding, happy with herself, non-judgemental, trusting, accepting, and has no problem with following a man which leads the family.

A 'high maintenance' woman demands answers. She is insecure about herself, so she is very much wanting definition as to how she fits in and what she will get out of the relationship. She anal-eyeses everything to the extreme and brings conflict to relationships because she finds many things that bother her and she demands that they get 'fixed' for her to be SATISFIED.

Satisfaction can never be achieved nor given to a high maintenance woman. ..it is impossible. The only remedy for the malady is to be taught how to let go of the insecurity and fears which impinge on her mind ....and . ...that remedy takes years of effort from a very patient and strong man, but it can be done. ...

Although the list of questions is apparently 'valid'...the list of questions do reflect the perceived 'needs' of an insecure woman trying to find satisfaction rather than a woman that is happy with herself. ...and a woman that is happy with herself would not be so concerned with the importance of many of those questions. ...because her happiness would not be dependent on the answers as would the high maintenance woman.

ok..i'm ready to take a beating on this :) fire away!

Rock

Isabella
I agree

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I think you are 100% right Rock. It sounds controlling to me.

babe (not verified)
The List

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People are. Ideals aren't.

One of the things people do is try to wrap their minds around a concept, structure it, define it, mark out the lines of what is right and what is wrong. We all do that. . . .

The next thing we do is realize some others, some specific persons we know, are not our ideal, or are not "right" somehow. We go down the road looking for someone who is "right". Sometimes we think we find such a person, such persons. . . . . sometimes we go a long way quite happily with that trust. But almost always, our ideal and/or our trust is shattered, somehow. We lose faith, we decide the ideal was an illusion or worse. After a number of times facing that, it might dawn upon us that neither are we, personally, the Ideal we seek.

The better way to go would be to love people as we find them, perhaps still looking for some ideals, but instead of making idols of them, instead of writing such "lists", consider them as perhaps things to work on personally, first of all. Not forgetting to love ourselves, though.

People do adjust throughout life to the needs of their times, we can all learn something, we can all do better. Cutting people out of our lives because they are not perfect, by any measure of judgment or by any "List", just isn't the right idea about having friends because it's only use to to eliminate friends from our circle.

Accepting others as they are can sometimes give you a chance to help them, and sometimes they will respond in a positive way and grow towards being better people. Good friends are the ones who will lift others, in kindness and love, day in and day out, regardless of our failings.

Being such a friend in not a waste of time.

All that said, people with Lists need respect, understanding and love, too.

Rock
re list

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hey babe,

this sentence:

"All that said, people with Lists need respect, understanding and love, too."

i totally agree.

yet.

Who we choose to unite with and who we choose to respect are two very diferent things.

Joleneakamama
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The list of questions revisited

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The reason I shared this list in the first place, was I thought it brought up real and relevant issues.

When contemplating a future with someone, knowing where your wannabe hubby or wife stands on these subjects helps give you a clearer picture of what the happy ever after looks like.

Just my opinion though.

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes~

Pluto8
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Holy thread resurrection!

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Wait until you have been utterly betrayed by a long term "friend" before handing out relationship advice

And respect must be earned or it's pointless

If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything

Pluto8
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Hope...

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we absolutely have it, in Christ-Messiah, but not in men

If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything

Savrula
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I agree

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Thank you for sharing the list.  Can I get the list the Husband and the asks her?  I am being serious.  Those are to me cosidered a good thought pattern.  We can ask the questions we want, we don't have to stick to all of them, so please if you have the list the oncoming wife was asked, please share and if the community don't want to read it, please send me a private message.  I like all those medical, smoking and private questions.  

Adriana

Joleneakamama
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Lists

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That was Jennie's list. I have no idea if she ever got one handed back to her, or found a family.

Most people have some issues they feel strongly about. One of my sisters broke things off completely with a young man she was quite serious about, because he would not do any studying about vaccinations.

I think questions are a good way to get to know someone, or at least where they are in regards to certain subjects.

Welcome to the site!

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes~