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Don't Tell Me I'm Lucky To Have A 'Good' Divorce

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 05.20.2016 | Divorce
Laura Lifshitz

Everyone tells me how lucky I am to have the best divorce ever. Lucky my ex is a good dad. Lucky my ex and I are not psychopaths. Lucky we get along. In general, everyone is so happy... Except for us.

Keeping Your Relationship Hydrated

Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC | Posted 05.18.2016 | Women
Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC

Just like tiny raindrops, there are small things you can do every day to fill up the reserves. The more drops or positive things you pour into the relationship, the more cushion you have for the dry spells. The result is a strong foundation of trust, love and patience.

Parental Alienation Following Divorce: Too Easily Rationalized or Overlooked

Rosalind Sedacca | Posted 05.07.2016 | Divorce
Rosalind Sedacca

It's important for all divorced parents to reflect on their relationship with their former spouse and how it may be subtly or overtly affecting the emotional and psychological well-being of their children.

Recipe for an Apology

Tara Fass | Posted 06.22.2015 | Divorce
Tara Fass

As Paula Spencer Scott, wrote in 7 Ways to Handle a Hothead -- Without Blowing Your Top steadying yourself with people who feel slighted is challenging. In my line of work, this would be hurt and angry co-parents and their children.

Every. Other. Weekend. Coping With Custody.

Heather Leiva | Posted 06.22.2015 | Divorce
Heather Leiva

I remind myself I am lucky. Every other weekend means they have two sets of parents who love them. I am lucky to have a beautiful family in whatever capacity I can get it.

5 Important Things Divorce Taught Me About Myself

Lisa Doust | Posted 06.21.2015 | Divorce
Lisa Doust

Even though it took me a long time to recover from my heartbreak, the experience has definitely given me inner reserves of strength and deepened my empathy. When the going gets tough, I know I'm capable of pushing through all obstacles.

A Note To My Ex-Husband

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 06.16.2015 | Divorce
Nicole Jankowski

It's been three years since the divorce, but it occurred to me this morning that I had something I needed to tell my ex-husband. And it's only this: there were nice times too.

When It Comes to Parenting, You Gotta Have Faith

Tammy Leigh Kahn | Posted 06.15.2015 | Parents
Tammy Leigh Kahn

What if we replace guilt with faith? Faith that we can exist in a world where we work hard, take care of our kids but also take care of ourselves and trust that they will be ok.

My Family, Minus Me

Jessica Kahan | Posted 06.09.2015 | Divorce
Jessica Kahan

It's not that the idea came out of nowhere, it had been planned for months. It's not that their absence was a surprise. I'd offered him Spring Break, since I knew I couldn't afford to take them anywhere.

‘I've Divorced My Ex Twice, But I'm Still In Love'

Posted 07.07.2015 | Dr. Phil

Gwen says she has married and divorced Derrick twice — but she would take a third trip down the aisle if he would fess up to his mistakes. Gwen clai...

Amicable Dinner With My Ex Ended Up Upsetting Our Kids

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 06.06.2015 | Divorce
Samantha Rodman PhD

It's often more confusing for kids of divorce whose parents still get along. At least the kids who know their parents don't get along can't nurse as vivid hopes for a reconciliation, and they understand why the divorce occurred.

8 Things Kids Of Divorce Want Parents To Know

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 04.02.2015 | Divorce

Parents going through divorce are constantly on the lookout for expert advice on how to raise healthy, resilient kids. But hey, the kids themselves...

How to Celebrate Your Kid's Birthday As Co-Parents

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 05.29.2015 | Divorce
Laura Lifshitz

As we near the end of the divorce process, my ex and I have celebrated every single holiday or anniversary apart at this point besides our daughter's birthday ... until this past week.

What Nobody Tells You About Finalizing A Divorce

Jessica Kahan | Posted 05.23.2015 | Divorce
Jessica Kahan

You realize it will never be done. Instead, you start to try to figure out what the next part will look like

How to Help Children Ages 6-12 Through Your Divorce

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 05.19.2015 | Divorce
Dr. Gail Gross

You can help minimize the negative effects of divorce on children in this age group by working together, as a team, on several issues.

Consistent Co-parenting Eases the Way for Children After Divorce

Rosalind Sedacca | Posted 05.17.2015 | Divorce
Rosalind Sedacca

Parenting after divorce takes patience, cooperation and collaboration. It's not uncommon for one parent to notice behavior differences in their children when they return from a stay with their other parent.

How To Get The Best Revenge On Your Ex (No, Not That Kind Of Revenge)

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 05.17.2015 | Divorce
Laura Lifshitz

Do you want to make your ex squirm? Always and I mean, always do the right thing by him or her.

Five Seemingly Simple Tips for Fostering a (Sometimes) Positive Co-Parenting Relationship

Leah Porritt | Posted 05.13.2015 | Divorce
Leah Porritt

Co-parenting is hard. There is just no other way to describe it. Raising a child is difficult... and doing it with someone you are no longer with, likely for some pretty major reasons, is just... well, hard.

Playground Bullying and My Ex

Eva Papp | Posted 05.10.2015 | Parents
Eva Papp

Conscious parenting is HARD. Parenting is one of those places in life where we really have to learn about surrender because so much is not in our control. Surrendering, letting go and trusting are critical skills if we are to survive parenthood with our mental health intact.

Teenage War On Parenting

Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur | Posted 05.08.2015 | Parents
Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur

Regardless of race, religion, creed, or ethnicity, all is viewed as equal, and in a world where the teenage mindset will compromise even the well-planned and effective parenting philosophies one has, it shows no prejudice.

Divorcing Parents: 4 Ways You Can Be Super Heroes To Your Children

Michael Aurit, JD, MDR | Posted 06.09.2015 | Divorce
Michael Aurit, JD, MDR

The most heroic gift you can give your children is taking every opportunity possible to speak positively about your co-parent. Divorce in itself will not likely damage your children. However, how you choose to get divorced and behave after your divorce will make the difference.

Don't Tell Your Father, Don't Tell Your Mother: A Major Mistake in Co-Parenting

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 05.04.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Regardless of the underlying meaning, or good intentions of the speaker, the end result still places an unfair burden on a child, who is now left holding the bag of secrets.

Embracing the Conscious Death of Relationship

Jesua | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living

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 04.26.2015 | 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 03.17.2015 | 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...