“Competitive love in blended families creates sabotage in the blended family relationships.” – Ron Deal, Blended and Blessed Conference 2020 My husband, Mike, and I had a great time at the Blessed and Blended Conference 2020 on Saturday, April 25th, from our own house. While it was originally supposed to be in Houston this year,… Continue reading Feeling Left Out? Make More Time With Your Spouse
The practice of intentional living can be a great source of comfort to you no matter where you are in your life. Practice it, and find those sweet moments in every day, just waiting for you to see them.
Write your own lyrics to the “12 Days of Christmas,” focusing on the fun things you like to do as a family.
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.
“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
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
We all have people in our lives, whether they are family, neighbors, friends or coworkers who love a good argument (or an outright fight). If you need help communicating with a high conflict person, please join me Wednesday, September 18th at noon at the Hope and Healing Center. We’ll discuss strategies you can use to… Continue reading Do You Need Help Dealing With High Conflict People?
August is full of transitions, specifically with the change of summer break to school. It was always surprising to me how much I looked forward to the summer in May and how I was equally ready for school to start come August. I also know a few Moms and Dads who mourn the end of… Continue reading Back to School … Again.
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
The holidays can be wonderful! It just takes the right attitude. Decrease the stress of it all and find real joy this holiday season with this advice: When the kids are with you: Honor your feelings and then be grateful for what you have. Whining and gratitude go together. Honor your feelings of frustration, fear… Continue reading 19 Quick Holiday Tips for Single Parent Families and Stepfamilies