When we agreed to end our marriage, I sat in my therapist's office, crying those big ugly tears one cries when they're surviving solely on chocolate malt milkshakes. I cried to him in exasperation, terrified of the stigma that would forever follow my girls now that they were children of divorce.
Staying in an bad marriage sends a message to your kids that it is okay to accept a life of unhappiness. But it is not okay.
If you are separated and/or divorcing, you surely have a lot to manage. In addition to your own fragile emotional state, if you have children, you are...
Her mouth is moving but I'm not really hearing what she's saying. I notice phrases here and there like "Parenting Plan", "Split Custody" and "Marital ...
While we all know that divorce can be one of life's most stressful experiences for both partners, many factors seem to indicate that separation and di...
The divorce wrecked me. I was trying to put the pieces of myself back together, to be strong for my daughters. I was living, breathing, and practicing with every ounce of my being the art of fake-it-till-you-make-it. Putting on a brave smile during outings at the park, of which I continued to take them on many.
It is important to recognize the stages of loss associated with divorce, so parents can help their children effectively. The five stages of grief and loss can be categorized as follows.
Here's a quick tip about child support I thought I'd share and one I wish I had been advised on when I got divorced. As we all know, hindsight is 20/20. There is so much I should have done differently during my divorce.
All parents need to be aware that when a child expresses love, admiration or respect for their other parent, it doesn't diminish their love for you. Competition for affection between parents, divorced or otherwise, is a no-win road to alienating your children.
Because of my childhood, my daughter will never have to question whether she is good enough. Because of my childhood, my daughter will never have to feel responsible for repairing an unhappy home. Because of my childhood, my daughter will always hear how strong and smart and capable she is.
For stepmothers, Mother's Day can create hurt feelings when the children they're helping to raise head off to their "real" mother's house without a backward glance.
If you're a mother and considering/going through a divorce, this topic ranks right up there on the most dreaded conversations to have. "How to tell the kids" is bad, but what's worse is what will they will say after you tell them. I've asked a few divorced moms to help me and here are the ten most commonly asked questions -- and some really great ways to respond.
Every single thing we say and do are actions which we have chosen to make. What we don't say and do are the result of our inactions, which are also choices. Whether those choices are conscious or unconscious, they are still choices.
April 14 is National Ex Spouse Day. Who knew! I didn't, and now that I'm enlightened I want to positively celebrate my ex. Sounds crazy, huh? You probably think I'm a lunatic to do this given all I've written about recovering from divorce, being a divorced entrepreneur, a single dad, etc.
The Missouri legislature is currently considering the enactment of legislation that would define frozen embryos as human life.
During my 35 years of practice, I have been amazed and delighted to see so many divorced parents "get it right."