10/14/2014 09:10 am ET Updated Oct 15, 2014

7 Things That Helped This Single Dad Feel Whole Again Post-Split

John McElhenney

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John McElhenney's outlook on life after divorce is pretty simple: Upward and onward. Of course there were some emotional moments during the process, but once he worked through his initial grief, the single dad tried to set his mind on regrouping and feeling whole again, if only for his kids' sake.

Below, McElhenney, who blogs about single parent life at The Whole Parent and on HuffPost, shares seven things that helped him cope with stress during the hardest moments of his split.

What Got John McElhenney Through His Divorce

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