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Penney is determined to showcase how life after a 'starter marriage' is better. Penney earned her BA in Sociology from the University of Arkansas and her Master's in Public Health from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She lives in Austin, Texas with her (new) husband and (jerk) cat.

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Facebook in a Time of Divorce

(43) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 1:37 PM

I found out I was getting divorced through Facebook. Well, kinda. This is what I learned about online etiquette for really big life events.

The counseling was finished; He had decreed he preferred a divorce to ending his philandering. I sobbed in the car and when the tears subsided,...

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Why Do I Have to Be Nice to Everyone?

(4) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 12:19 PM

Helen Mirren was recently lauded for advice to her hypothetical daughters:

If I'd had children and had a girl, the first words I would have taught her would have been 'f*** off' because we weren't brought up ever to say that to anyone, were we? And it's...
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Relationship Status with Mom: It's Complicated

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 10:41 AM

Mother's Day bombards us with sentiments, gifts and cards to express the beauty, grace and general walk-on-water skills of Mom on her special day. No ordinary present will suffice. We're talking about The Woman Who Gave You Life. The woman who sacrificed her figure, her potential 401k earnings and hours...

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10 Tried-And-True Ways To Emotionally Damage Your Kids Through Divorce

(28) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 10:45 AM

Siblings make for a perfect prism through which to view family; they share a common history, yet evolve different personalities and perspectives.

Recently I had the chance to spend 20 hours in a car with my favorite big sister.* In between chugging Dr. Peppers, snatching cat naps and consuming...

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The Grass Is Always Greener

(320) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 4:00 AM

Attention People Who Wish They Were Single:

Here's one for you: Why is the grass always greener on the other side? Because it's fertilized with bullshit.

I've been on both sides of the couples' equation -- married, single, dating, living together, and oh, single again. When I go out for...

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The Conversation That Ended My Marriage

(860) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 3:30 AM

The summer my husband and I slept in separate bedrooms and slipped into separate lives, I read "When Your Lover is a Liar" by Susan Forward. Based on the book, I held this conversation with my spouse at what would be our final counseling session:

"I'm ready to...

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Men Behaving Badly: How Not To Pick Up A Woman

(1123) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 4:00 AM

After divorce, I dipped my toe into online dating. More precisely, I cannonballed into a boiling lake of boys by joining OkCupid, EHarmony and Match.com simultaneously. I don't recommend this strategy. Before feathers get ruffled, let me say that online dating works for some people. I'm going to a wedding...

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Shut Your Pie Hole: What Not To Say To A Divorcee

(151) Comments | Posted August 22, 2012 | 3:00 AM

When I found myself divorced before thirty, I assumed that my family and friends -- many of whom are, shall we say, experienced divorcees -- would offer wisdom and insight into managing this life-altering event. I was wrong. Their hearts may have been in the right place, but what came...

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Your Friend Is Getting Divorced: 12 Helpful Things You Can Do

(16) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 1:35 PM

I started drafting this during my divorce as a response to well-intentioned friends who kept asking what they could do for me. I was at a loss as how to reply (make me not hurt? speed up time? buy me a house far away?) and started jotting down moments when...

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