Difficult Situations · Parenting

Talking About COVID-19 With Your Kids- What Your Kids Need to Know From You

So much has happened this week with the coronavirus… While adults are having a hard time with it, the kids are witnessing all this too. They may be scared or confused, and they’re likely very upset that they are missing out on activities and trips and, yes, even going back to school. So, make sure… Continue reading Talking About COVID-19 With Your Kids- What Your Kids Need to Know From You

Difficult Situations · Parenting

Discussing Death and Dying With Children

With the news last week of the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of nine people, including basketball star Kobe Bryant and his daughter, it has been a time of sadness and questions for many.  When death happens unexpectedly and to people that we are not prepared to lose, it fills us with fear and… Continue reading Discussing Death and Dying With Children

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How Many Bags Did You Pick Up This Morning?

“Odds are, you did this morning. Somewhere between the first step on the floor and the last step out the door, you grabbed some luggage. You stepped over to the baggage carousel and loaded up. The carousel is not the one in the airport; it’s the one in the mind. And the bags we grab are not… Continue reading How Many Bags Did You Pick Up This Morning?

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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

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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

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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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Thank you, Hope and Healing Center!

Had a great time speaking this past Wednesday at Hope and Healing Center about dealing with high conflict people in your family or workplace. Thank you to everyone who came! Hope and Healing Center has more events coming up, so feel free to check them out at https://hopeandhealingevents.org/events/ Please follow and like us:

Difficult Situations · Parenting · Single Parents

Don’t. Give. Up. (especially when you want to)

I know, I know. It’s hard. Life gives you stuff you are pretty sure is a giant mistake and you shouldn’t have to be dealing with it. But there it is anyway. When moments (days, weeks, months or years) like that happen, here are three ways to pick yourself up and move forward: Be grateful… Continue reading Don’t. Give. Up. (especially when you want to)