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.

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)

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Stop Missing Out on Life to Avoid Discomfort

“It’s not fear that makes our lives narrow and small – it’s avoidance.” – Harriet Lerner In 2005, I attended a conference in South Carolina and had the privilege of hearing Harriet Lerner, author of multiple books including The Dance of Anger and Fear and Other Uninvited Guests. She told the story of a friend… Continue reading Stop Missing Out on Life to Avoid Discomfort

Difficult Situations · Exes · Single Parents · Stepfamilies

Know (and Protect) Your Rights When it Comes to Your Kids and School

One of the hardest parts about co-parenting is when you want to co-parent but the other parent doesn’t. That is especially difficult when you are the parent with less time and less access. In my last post, I talked about the importance of reading your decree to ensure you understand your rights as a parent… Continue reading Know (and Protect) Your Rights When it Comes to Your Kids and School

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Managing Your Jealousy, Guilt and Sadness During the Holidays

I remember the first time it happened. It was the first Christmas following my divorce.  “It” grabbed a hold of me and didn’t let go. It started with opening a holiday newsletter from a friend of mine. She, her husband and two kids just moved to a small town north of Houston and on paper… Continue reading Managing Your Jealousy, Guilt and Sadness During the Holidays

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The Secret to Having a Wonderful Holiday (Psst: It’s Not Gifts)

I always wished my brother, sister and I were closer. We were only a few years apart, but we didn’t have the kind of close sibling relationships that other people have. When I started realizing this, I asked people who did have close sibling relationships what their parents did or what happened in their lives… Continue reading The Secret to Having a Wonderful Holiday (Psst: It’s Not Gifts)