The Bridge Across for Single Parents and Stepfamilies

Happy Holidays from My Home to Yours

One year I was gathering a list of the Top 25 Christmas Songs for a presentation about increasing the joy and decreasing your stress at holiday time. When reviewing this list, I was so surprised to see that only one mentioned gifts and Santa Claus. The rest of these songs are all about the memories… Continue reading Happy Holidays from My Home to Yours

Difficult Situations

The Big DON’T of the Holiday Season

One of the things that I see single parents and stepfamilies (and other families) do at the holiday times is stress about how much they can spend on the kids. Worse, they feel soooo bad about not having enough money to buy all the things their kids want. In order to prepare their kids to… Continue reading The Big DON’T of the Holiday Season

Difficult Situations

To Deal With Difficult People, Take This First Step

In November, I was privileged to speak during Day 1 of the Texas Counseling Association 63rd Annual Conference. The experience was great! I enjoyed speaking to a wonderful audience of counselors from all over the state during my session “Effectively Working with High Conflict Clients, Colleagues or Family Members.” One of the strategies I shared… Continue reading To Deal With Difficult People, Take This First Step

Difficult Situations

Enjoying Your Thanksgiving is Possible

Holidays tend to bring out more emotions and feelings than we anticipate. I remember my first Thanksgiving as a separated, (almost divorced) single parent. I was sad, relieved and feeling uncertain about many things, all at the same time. My children were 2-years-old and 5-years-old. We spent it with my mother and other family members. For… Continue reading Enjoying Your Thanksgiving is Possible

Difficult Situations · Parenting · Single Parents

Does Divorce Ruin Children’s Lives?

Last week, I offered up my take on Demi Moore’s recent comments that she is proud of her divorce. I’ll add that I am really glad for her. I’m glad that she feels she survived her divorce and that she and Bruce Willis didn’t fight. Mostly, though, I am happy, that at least from her… Continue reading Does Divorce Ruin Children’s Lives?

Difficult Situations · Exes · Parenting · Single Parents · Stepfamilies

Demi Moore is “Proud” of Her Divorce. Here’s Why That Scares Me.

When Demi Moore started talking recently about being proud of her divorce, it gave me pause. It’s not that I’m not glad she was able to have a good relationship with her ex or that they were able to be there together for their kids. I am. It is just that that is not the… Continue reading Demi Moore is “Proud” of Her Divorce. Here’s Why That Scares Me.

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Making Your Marriage Work

Emotionally intelligent couples are intimately familiar with each other’s world. Each partner knows so much about the other: All the relevant information about their partner’s life Major events in their history How they feel about their boss, their coworkers and their friends How they feel about the world, religion and politics Their goals, hopes and… Continue reading Making Your Marriage Work