My brother and new stepbrothers were also trying to find their way in this new dynamic, while my mother and step father circled each uncertainly, and the housekeeper kept us all in a tight divided line of us against them.
t is in your children's best interest for their mother to keep you involved and informed about what is going on in their lives. But you are going to have to start with things as they are.
I am sorry we failed. I will forever feel guilty that we broke your home and world apart.
I have been heading a single-parent family for nearly six years now. I am a teacher, and I can't tell you how many times I've sat in meetings and conferences while others lamented the fact that we have to deal with "broken families."
I listened hard in 2014 -- to kids, to parents, to other divorce professionals. I curated my collection, adding new pearls and polishing old ones. This year I offer The Divorced Parents' Pledge. Let's take it, and take it to heart. It's what our children need and what they deserve.
The holidays are still somewhat stressful and anxiety provoking for my brothers and me because of figuring out what holiday will be spent with whom and how not to hurt our parents' feelings. This year, I decided to do something different.
The holidays, for all that we look forward to them, can also bring out stress, tension and emotional tests. And when we add divorce into the mix, things can get even more challenging.
When she was 19, one of my closest girlfriends was helping her parents clean out a dresser and came upon a wedding photo of a bride and groom, the bride was her mother, the groom was not her father. Shocked and confused, she asked her mom about it. Her mom said, "It didn't matter."
Children shouldn't ever be asked to side with one parent over another. Even when parents haven't been the best, children tend to love them and want to stay connected. Their conclusions about their other parent need to be their own.
Start the new year in a new cycle of healthy communication with your ex. You'll both be happier and your kids might even thank you for it.
I cannot thank Mr. Peters enough for putting so much effort into writing such an outstanding book and highly recommend that every professional involved in dispute and/or conflict resolution and everyone involved in a dispute and/or conflict take the time to read this book.
On October 30, 2014, I was contacted by a reporter, who asked if I could explain the Arkansas "covenant marriage" law to them. Among other things, if...
It's important that you do whatever you can to keep emotion out of your negotiations. A counselor or coach can help you process your feelings constructively so you can gain the clarity you need to make smart decisions during the proceedings.
I'm loath to refer to myself as a "single mom" -- not because I'm ashamed of my status, but because that label conjures such stereotypical misconceptions.
Working out custody can require a lot of negotiating, and having someone who can do the talking for you can take the pressure off, so you don't have to worry about getting angry or upset during the meeting. Keeping calm and centered can only help you in your custody case.
I had just lost half my community in the divorce and my best friends were no longer talking to me. I had scared them away. My only local friend it seemed was my therapist and I practically begged him to have a beer with me.