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When Good Parenting Means Choosing Divorce
Being a healthy and loving parent is to make a choice that comes from courage and not from fear. Once you ask yourself that question—once you know whether you are staying because of your guilt and your fear or whether you are staying because there is real and tangible hope—then you know whether you need to leave. You have the divine right to be happy and to protect your children. Choosing divorce can often mean choosing life.
A Helpful Guide for Divorcing Couples with Children
One million couples file for divorce every year, and their marital breakdown is most often heartbreaking, mystifying, and painful for their children. The youngsters, regardless of age, can't help but feel sad and angry, and in many cases partially responsible for what happened, even though the situation was completely out of their control. While it's impossible to take the hurt away, there are things parents who are contemplating a divorce, or actually going through one can do to ease their children's fears.
Culture of Divorce: How Our Moral Values Affect Our Children
Divorce weakens a basic building block of society. Children of divorce are affected to greater or lesser degrees. They carry the impact on into adulthood and in turn affect the next generation. Silently and unconsciously, we have created a culture of divorce. Perhaps it's not too late for us to rethink divorce and society's moral values and how our family relationships affect our culture and the generations to come.
Transitioning Tuesdays: How to Make the Best of Shuffling Your Child Between Divorced Homes
One million American children experience their parents' divorce each year. That means one million new children enter into what has become commonplace in our society: "doing the kid shuffle". No longer does the shuffle mean getting them to soccer practice on time. Today, it means helping them cope with living in two homes with two sets of rules and often two sets of belongings. Here are ten ways you can help your child cope with this split-family living lifestyle.
On the Outside Looking In: How to Make a Difference for a Child of Divorce even as a Bystander
Divorce these days surrounds us. Children everywhere are affected. Sometimes on the outside, it's hard to know what to do. From the outside looking in, it's a helpless feeling watching these situations. So just what can you do? Here are ten suggestions to help make a difference for a child of divorce you might know
Coping With a Difficult Former Spouse as You Co-Parent
Consider that this co-parenting situation with your former spouse is a spiritual test. The immediate goal is to resolve the current issue, but the ultimate goal is to walk away from any interaction, no matter how unpleasant, with a greater connection to your soul. Here are some tools to keep with you and practice when faced with difficult behavior from your former spouse.
A New Year's Resolution: Building A Bridge with Your Former Spouse
Recent research indicates that divorce itself may not be damaging to children. Rather, the ongoing conflict, anger, and unresolved feelings that are exhibited by one or both parents create a great deal of distress in children, especially when they are put in the middle and witness conflicts and arguments or hear one parent speak negatively about the other. You stand the best chance of truly benefiting your children if you and your ex-spouse participate â€” in a cooperative manner â€” in their lives. The process is more effective if the parents are working together and are focused on their children's healthy development. Parents must put their emotional pain aside while they come together to discuss, support, and respond to the needs of their children. The mission is to build a bridge with your ex-spouse and to raise healthy, secure children. Here's how.
Avoiding the Switch Battle: What to Do If Your Child of Divorce Doesn't Want to Go to the Other Parent's House
Children of divorce often ride a roller coaster of emotions that can sometimes make even the best of divorces seem chaotic. Even when both parents are very involved and there is absolutely no abuse or other negative activity going on, kids go berserk. Sometimes they dig in their heels and refuse to leave one parent to go to the other parent's house at switch time. You're in the middle of a switch and your child refuses to go. What can you do? Here are ten ideas to keep in mind if you ever find yourself in the middle of the switch battle.
Tuesdays in the Pocketbook:How to Keep Divorce from Devastating Your Family Finances
Getting divorced is a financial blow to any family. Even in the best of circumstances, there are double the housing expenses because suddenly there are two homes to support. When there are kids involved and split-family living becomes the lifestyle of choice for the foreseeable future, finances can get even stickier. If you are on reasonable terms with your ex-spouse, there are some ways to avoid common pitfalls of supporting your kids financially. If you are not, there are still limited actions you can take without having to involve the family lawyer; they simply may not be as equitable.
Holiday Recipe for Blended Families: Mix with Love and Care
For 7-year-old Caroline, Christmas isn't so much Santa up and down the chimney as it is Caroline up and down the driveway; heading for Dad's house to open presents followed by lunch back at Mom's followed by dinner at her stepmother's half brother's house. Has this become the "traditional" holiday experience for kids?