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Embracing the Conscious Death of Relationship

Jesua | Posted 02.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Jesua

We are so sensitive and avoidant about death in this culture, aren't we? Not only about the death of the body -- our own, and those we cherish. But av...

And You Call Yourself A Single Parent...

Jennifer Ball | Posted 02.24.2015 | Divorce
Jennifer Ball

No matter what your status as a parent is -- whether you're happily married, kinda-happily married, partnered up without the paperwork, or like me, doing it on your own -- there is really just one simple objective: to do the best you can.

'My Ex Is Evil - I Want To See My Kids'

Posted 02.19.2015 | Dr. Phil

Brad and Kimberly are deadlocked over custody of their three kids, with each hurling accusations at the other. Dos and Don'ts For Co-Parenting With...

And the Winner Is

Thomasina Guidry | Posted 02.18.2015 | Divorce
Thomasina Guidry

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.

The 18 Best Things You Can Do For Your Kids After Divorce

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 02.17.2015 | Divorce

Raising your kids after divorce isn't easy. You constantly worry about how the split will affect them in the long run -- and let's face it, intera...

The Real, Honest-To-Goodness Truth About Co-Parenting

Leah Porritt | Posted 02.07.2015 | Divorce
Leah Porritt

To all of you co-parents out there, especially the new ones -- these struggles are real. Don't feel bad because your co-parenting relationship isn't one in which you are best friends with your ex or their spouse.

5 Things for New Moms to Give Their Husbands

Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC | Posted 02.05.2015 | Parents
Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC

Your husband cannot read your mind. He doesn't know that you wanted him to pick up dinner from the Thai restaurant on the corner because you've been pacing the kitchen all afternoon with a fussy baby.

It Takes More Than a Divorce to End the Fighting

Betsy Ross, LICSW CGP | Posted 02.03.2015 | Divorce
Betsy Ross, LICSW CGP

Divorcing and divorced parents who work toward improving their relationship, can become free from the past faster and create a more stable, productive and enjoyable home life in which to raise healthier and happier children.

These Apps Could Help You And Your Ex Avoid Child Support Fights

Reuters | Posted 02.04.2015 | Divorce

(Follow the author at Beth Pinsker) By Beth Pinsker NEW YORK, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Most divorce decrees do not get down to...

Don't Call My Stepkids 'Baggage!' Your Trash Just So Happens to Be My Treasure

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 01.21.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Do I mind that my stepkids are referred to as leftover "baggage?" You bet, I do.

My Childrens' Mother Lies About Their Problems

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

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.

Divorce Confidential: Silver Linings in Divorce

Caroline Choi | Posted 01.09.2015 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

It's a new year and we can never predict what lies ahead, but there are definitely many adventures to be had for each and every one of you. If you're going through a divorce, there may be many challenges ahead, but regardless of the challenges, there is always a silver lining in every difficult circumstance.

Talk to Your Co-Parent Before Bringing Home a Beau

Tara Fass | Posted 01.05.2015 | Divorce
Tara Fass

It's a healthy impulse to want to connect with someone special again. But whether or not it's a good idea to introduce all new dates to your kids -- well, that's an entirely different discussion.

When Co-Parenting Is A Necessary Evil

Tara Fass | Posted 03.01.2015 | Divorce
Tara Fass

Putting the financial and care-taking assistance on the back burner for a moment, the impulse to reach out to share your news and the experience of parenting is part of what it means to be human. You can't avoid it.

How Do Smart People Divorce?

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 02.21.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Unwinding a relationship requires a careful undoing of emotional, physical and financial connections, and must be performed with extreme caution to achieve two intact individuals in the end.

Where Is My Home for the Holidays?

Risa Garon | Posted 02.14.2015 | Divorce
Risa Garon

Children and teens retain pictures of holidays past before the family transition--their home is symbolic of loving times, security, safety and what they have known. Everything is different now and unlike the sugar cookie recipe from generations past, there are no known ingredients for handling the holidays, especially when it is a "first" for a family in transition.

7 Tips for Surviving the Holidays With a Broken Heart

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 02.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

All the winter holidays hold one thing in common: a celebration of light. It makes sense, really. During the coldest, darkest time of year, here come the holidays, with their Diwali lamps, menorahs, and Yule logs, to set our hearts aglow. Or not.

Divorced Parents, Give The Gift Of 'No Drama' To Your Children This Holiday Season

Dr. Kate Roberts | Posted 02.11.2015 | Divorce
Dr. Kate Roberts

Parents need to recognize their own reactions to divorce and keep boundaries around their emotions. How parents handle being on their own during the holidays will impact how their children respond to the divorce. Don't be babies, let your children be kids -- you be grown-ups!

A Dad's Message to His Cyber-Baby and The World

Fabian Blue | Posted 01.31.2015 | Books
Fabian Blue

If we all teach our children from an early age a simple message of tolerance and acceptance, we could undoubtedly transform this world into a more fantastic place.

Divorcing? A Few Dos and Don'ts to Help Keep the Holidays Bright for Your Kids

Cheryl and Joe Dillon | Posted 02.01.2015 | Divorce
Cheryl and Joe Dillon

Here are some "dos and don'ts" to keep in mind to make sure your children remember the holidays for what they are -- a time of celebration -- rather than something they discuss in therapy 20 years from now.

Husband Says Son Misbehaves Because Wife Doesn't Punish

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Children who feel liked, cherished and enjoyed want to behave well because they naturally want to please us. When they sense tension between their parents, or have no tools for managing frustration, their behavior can take a turn for the worse.

5 Tips for Managing Parenting Time During the Holidays

Joseph E. Cordell | Posted 01.11.2015 | Divorce
Joseph E. Cordell

So long as you and your ex are able to keep your children as the priority and work to plan everything well in advance, it is entirely possible to begin new traditions with your children and avoid the stress of a bitter holiday season.

The Problem With Covenant Marriages and Fault-Based Divorce

Mark Baer | Posted 01.06.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

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...

Is Coffee-Shop Divorce Coaching an Alternative to Couch Therapy?

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 01.05.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Would the comfy lounge chairs and soothing smell of lattes create the kind of inviting atmosphere, where people going through the most challenges conflicts of their lives, could open up and discuss their divorce?

What Do Marathons and Divorce Have in Common?

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 01.03.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Most who have been through a divorce will tell you that it is a marathon, not a sprint. In order to get to the finish line without collapsing, it is helpful to have a coach guide you from beginning to end.