I will continue to try my darndest to give her a good life. And that's what being a parent is all about.
I like to follow my daughter's example. She defies convention and has labeled her dolls Maya Jr., Maya II, Maya III and Maya IV. I have a feeling her future husband will have a real battle on his hands if he refuses to change his last name to hers. I'm thinking she may even call him Mr. Maya--THE Mr. Maya if he's lucky.
You both matter, maybe not to each other, but to that kid that calls you mom and dad. On the 23rd of January, the claim on that hill that we created and fought so hard over will expire. As much as we wanted to be the sole victor, we both came out on top. Whether we meant to or not.
Plans for Christmas, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving are frequently written right into child custody agreements, but now it's February and the holiday rapidly approaching us is one which rarely, if ever, gets mentioned in custody agreements: Valentine's Day
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...