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Elizabeth Denham
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Elizabeth Denham is a freelance commercial writer and author. Her first book, "Sweeten the Deal: How to Spot and Avoid Big Red Flags in Online Dating," chronicles her off-the-wall experiences of online dating while offering advice from the lessons she learned. It will be released April 1, 2015. She has a degree in creative writing from Florida State University and lives in Spanish Fort, Ala., with her husband and their five children (three came with her; two came with him). When not writing content for businesses, she writes blogs related to dating, children and life post-divorce. And she has a lot to say! She blogs at She can be found on Twitter @DenhamElizabeth and @big_red_flag.

Entries by Elizabeth Denham

The "I Gave Myself a Nickname Guy"

(3) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 5:35 PM

I online dated for a long time. A really long time. And I learned a lot. I have decided to share some stories with you about some of my experiences so that you can learn how to spot and avoid the Big Red Flags in online dating. I have found...

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How to Have the Right Attitude When Online Dating

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 3:12 PM

Online dating can be fun or it can be hell. You start talking to someone who seems normal (fun) and begin to think something great could happen. And then a Big Red Flag rears its ugly head (hell) and you plummet, resigned to another bad experience, another rejection, another "why...

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Choose Acceptance Over Anger for Your Kids

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 5:23 PM

After an incredibly difficult and emotional divorce (and aren't they all), I came to the conclusion that I did not want to live a life filled with anger. The most treasured people in my life, my children, deserved to live with a mother who was happy, calm and peaceful rather...

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Institutionalized Bias and the Exclusion of Divorced Dads

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 4:05 AM

"Fathers are entitled to the same information about their kids as mothers."

This is a nice idea. We have heard it many times from school administrators, teachers, PTA members, etc. I believe every single one of them means what they say. But the reality is, while divorced dads may be...

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3 Days in the Life of a Blended Family of Seven

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 1:57 PM

I am a planner. Google calendar is my friend. I have five kids' and two adults' calendars on my phone, with alerts programmed to mine and theirs (though the youngest two don't have phones yet). If you don't put it on the calendar, I make no promises. Even with the...

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A Lesson in Bravery

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 5:18 PM

I am not gay. As a non-gay person who supports gay marriage and gay rights, I have seen things changing for the better. The recent Supreme Court decisions knocking out the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 are exciting and have us, as a country, heading in the right...

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Love Is Love

(1) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 3:41 PM

The best reason to attend a wedding is the celebration of the union of the bride and groom... or the groom and groom... or the bride and bride.

This is according to a recent poll conducted by SurveyMonkey (shared with me via email) in which respondents were asked to share...

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Why I Am Proud of Daphne High School for Offering Arabic as a Foreign Language

(10) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 8:10 PM

I wrote this letter in response to parents at one of our children's schools who objected to the school offering Arabic as a foreign language. They feared that their children would be learning a "culture of hate," would be indoctrinated into this culture and that we would be "eroding our...

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Robotic Play Teaches Kids Math and Programming

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 12:39 PM

Helping your kids decide what to do with their lives is scary. Guiding them in directions that will offer stability and security is daunting. So what if there were a toy designed to spur an interest in something that could lead to a pretty good career?

On August...

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The Way Out

(75) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 5:00 PM

In all of my experiences with bad dates after my divorce, I have realized that one of the hardest things to do is to let someone know that you are not interested in seeing them again, especially if they want to see you. I have friends who will actually accept...

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How One CEO Found Success in a Depressed Economy

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 5:44 PM

Harold "Towny" Robinson is doing something not many people have been able to do in a downturned economy -- turning a flailing company into a thriving one.

When he took over JayMac, a small Louisiana-based pharmaceutical company, in 2004, sales were $19,000 for that year. By the period...

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Social Media Spreading You Too Thin? has Strategies to Help

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 12:21 PM

Has anything like this ever happened to you?

Last week, I was sitting at work and I got a text. It was a friend asking me if my dog was missing because she had seen a photo of a dog posted on Facebook that looked exactly like him. I...

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Monkey See Monkey Do: A Challenge From SurveyMonkey

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 3:48 PM

"Where do we sit on charity donations this year?"

How many companies do you know that use this question as an integral way to increase clientele, to attract database members and to improve business quality all while sharing some jungle love in the name of charity? Can't think of any?...

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Dating in the Age of Facebook

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 3:42 PM

When do you add a person you are dating as a Facebook friend?

Most of us who have ventured back out into dating in the age of social media have pondered this question. And many of us have regretted adding someone too soon.

This is a question that has...

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Interview With Markus Frind, Founder and CEO of Plenty of Fish

(134) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 11:23 AM

"Wanna come over for a good time?"

This was the one and only line I received from one guy whose picture I suspected was fake based on his resemblance to a male model posing for an underwear ad.


This was the word used to describe me when...

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The Online Dating Decoder

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 1:25 PM

Divorce is not fun. Divorce can, at least for a while, taint your view of the opposite sex. Divorce can erode some elements of your self-esteem. So, when you are ready to begin dating again, there is a mixture of feelings. The idea of it can be exciting and fun...

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Victor or Victim: It's Your Choice

(2) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 12:38 PM

"As long as you think that the cause of your problem is "out there"--as long as you think that anyone or anything is responsible for your suffering--the situation is hopeless. It means that you are forever in the role of victim, that you're suffering in paradise."
― Byron...

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Keeping Kids Out Of The Middle

(3) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 12:12 PM

An amazing thing happens to most of us when we become parents. We change for the better. The gravity of the responsibility and the intensity of the love that we feel toward our children hits us in the heart, and we do everything we know how to do to nurture...

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7 Signs You're Not Ready To Date

(51) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 3:03 AM

When do I start dating? Am I ready? How does it happen? These are the inevitable questions that start to percolate after a divorce. And they should be answered with some real thought and consideration. I believe that self-awareness is a big key to life, and for those newly dating,...

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Top 10 Big Red Flags

(354) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 12:30 PM

After my divorce, I spent five years online dating. In the process, I learned how to avoid dates with relationship issues. I call them "big red flags." If you are casually dating, these flags may not matter to you. If you want a relationship, however, you should weed out people...

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