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Blog Posts in 2011

  • Holiday Survival Guide for Divorced Parents

    || 23-Dec-2011

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are nearly 4 million divorced parents in this country, which means there are a lot of parents navigating the emotional waters of the holiday season. As a divorced parent, this time of year you are likely to face issues that include holiday custody schedules, battles over presents, new significant others, or the pain of simply being alone or apart from ...
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  • 5 Tips for Unspoiling Your Kids During Christmas

    || 16-Dec-2011

    The holiday season is in full swing, and so is the gift giving. In our last post, we discussed mindful gift giving. This week, we’re talking about how to “unspoil” your kids. The article we’re highlighting this week talks about a survey that was done by TODAY Moms and Parenting.com. They surveyed 6,000 moms online and found that 76 percent admit that it’s a season of ...
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  • Mindful Gift Giving for Families

    || 2-Dec-2011

    Giving gifts is such a fun part of the holidays! Gifts, of course, come in all shapes and sizes, some big, some small, some expensive, and some that might cost only pennies to make. Regardless of the cost, most people agree that it’s the thought behind the giving that means the most. Since our “giving identities” are formed during the childhood and teen years, parents can help ...
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  • Teaching Kids the True Meaning of Thanksgiving

    || 23-Nov-2011

    It’s the week of Thanksgiving, and I truly have so much to be thankful for. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in cooking the turkey, watching football, and shopping on Black Friday and forget to truly give thanks for the blessings in our lives. An attitude of gratitude is something we can give our children that will help shape them as human beings, and teaching our children to give ...
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  • 5 Tips to Help You Get Past Your Divorce

    || 22-Nov-2011

    I came across a blog recently called Life After Divorce: New Horizons and thought it had some great posts, so I wanted to share this particular one with you in my blog this week. This blog post talks about things you can do to move on after your divorce. It’s a great topic, because some people find that the time after your divorce is complete may be just as difficult as when you were going ...
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  • Yes, it’s that time of year again! Halloween has officially kicked off the holiday season, and Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching. Then Hanukkah and Christmas are close on Thanksgiving’s heels! While the holidays are usually a time of joy and family celebrations, they can be stressful and anxiety ridden for divorced parents, and especially the children of divorce, who are navigating ...
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  • Divorce in California

    || 3-Nov-2011

    Most people who are thinking about getting a divorce know the various aspects of divorce include division of property, custody arrangements, child support and spousal support. But not everyone is aware the divorce requirements vary state by state. Basically the laws that detail the divorce process are state specific. California is purely a “no-fault” divorce state, which means that ...
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  • Ten Tips on How to Argue Less With Your Spouse

    || 28-Oct-2011

    Conflict in a relationship can actually help make the relationship stronger if it is handled constructively. If a couple fights constructively, couples typically argue less and their communication becomes more effective. However, destructive fights that lead nowhere only cause defensiveness, resentment, hurt and disappointment. This usually leads to a downward spiral when conflict occurs, and no ...
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  • Top 10 Co-Parenting Tips: Low-Conflict Divorce

    || 20-Oct-2011

    I am an enthusiastic advocate of low-conflict divorces and co-parenting, as it is always the best choice when a divorce involves children. This article gives some good basics that provide a solid foundation for co-parenting, also referred to as cooperative parenting. Parents who choose this method work together in the upbringing of their children, and don’t allow issues in their personal ...
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  • 5 Easy Mistakes You Might Be Making In Your Marriage

    || 15-Oct-2011

    In this week’s blog, I’m highlighting an article by Gretchen Rubin, where she talks about the 5 mistakes she keeps making in her marriage, and the strategies she is using to address them. Here is a sneak peak at the mistakes: Demanding gold stars Using a snappish tone Not showing enough consideration Score-keeping Taking my husband for granted These are common issues in many marriages, ...
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  • Handovers are the physical and logistical process when children leave the care of one parent for the other. It can be awkward and upsetting for both children and parents, depending on how well you are getting along with your ex. As we discussed in last week’s post, children are extremely sensitive to the stress and anxiety of their parents, so it is definitely in your children’s best ...
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  • Can Your Kids 'Catch' Your Stress?

    || 3-Oct-2011

    I came across a very interesting article and wanted to share it with you on my blog this week. The premise of the article suggests that during times of stress, when you think you are ‘hiding’ your stress and anxiety from your children, they actually have an innate way of picking up on it and it affects them greatly, both physically and emotionally. David Code, author of “Kids ...
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  • Secrets of a Successful Second Marriage

    || 22-Sep-2011

    According to the Census Bureau report “Marital Events of Americans: 2009”, the divorce rate for second marriages is no higher than for first marriages. Overall, second marriages are shorter. But that’s because they are usually later in life and are more likely to end when a spouse passes away. For those marriages that end in divorce, they appear to last about the same amount of ...
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  • The Child-Focused Divorce

    || 17-Sep-2011

    As you all know, I am passionate about protecting children through the difficult divorce process. I really like this article written by Elizabeth Bernstein for the Wall Street Journal. It has some great tips on co-parenting, and the author herself has a great story about how her parents co-parented and put their children first during their divorce. A sidebar in the article also discusses the 5 ...
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  • For More Couples, Divorce Can Be On Friendly Terms

    || 14-Sep-2011

    This article was published last year, but I came across it again and felt like it was worth sharing with you. Choosing mediation or collaborative divorce saves couples time and money, and the benefits to the children in the family are so great, that it is usually the top reason why couples choose mediation or collaborative divorce. Click here to read more about mediation, and two couple’s ...
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