Astounding is an interesting word.Can be negativeCan be positive.Crap.  Shoot.  On which....more
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10 Things I wish I knew about Divorce

 1)    Regardless of who left who, or what the circumstances were... Life as you knew it, unfortunately will never be the same again.  2)   Concentrating, watching tv, just following a conversation or trying to remember where the hell you put your cup of coffee, becomes a mammoth task.  ( it does get better)...more

8 reasons Divorce works for me!

  DIVORCE.A word that sends shudders through many couples who will agonisingly try and stay together when it’s clearly painful for everyone.Divorce isn’t necessarily the black hole of disaster you have imagined it to be. ...more

Dear 24-Year-Old Bride-to-Be: "Don't Get Married!"

Dearest Self and Gorgeous Bride: I am writing this, 20 years into your future, hoping to save you time, sadness, money, heartache, wrinkles, sanity, weight gain and possibly autoimmune diseases. It won’t help you to know that time machines are still not invented, so it’s really a vain attempt and you’re going to do what you’re going to do regardless. But if there’s some alternate plane, or magic letter box like in The Lake House, where somehow you’d read or intuitively absorb what I am about to say, then I am going for it! ...more
I was a 24 year old bride and 10 years later- so so happy with my choice (even when I didn't ...more

Lights Camera Action - What Stepparenting Role Will You Create?

image credit: down being a parent is bloody hard work. Being a step-parent can be even harder!...more
stepparenting Your stepchild is not your own, but you have to love that child as if he (she) were.more

To avoid divorce, stay away from "professional listeners"

Let's take a mental break today....more

The Most Important Step in Finding Love

“Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you.” Loretta YoungWhen we don’t have the love we want in our lives, many times our efforts will go toward finding the person that we can love and that will return that love....more

4 Ways You Can Get Back Into the Dating Game

 I’ve had several conversations about break ups recently: Why they happen, the words people use when they end things, the surprise from some when it happens, the relief that it brings to a few, and the sadness that goes along with it. Just because I write a blog and some of my posts are about relationships, I’m no expert. I’m far from it. I just write what I know based on my experience and what I hear and learn from those I know. I’m out there navigating this strange and fascinating world of dating myself and still learning each and every day. You would think by now that I got this. I don’t. ...more

The Search for a New Attorney

My original divorce attorney saved me and my girls.  I know this is not always the case.  Was our verdict perfect?  No.  Did it provide us with as much protection as we could hope for?  Yes....more

The Wicked Stepmother Story Sets a Child Up for Failure

Disney and other fairytales make the idea of blended families a scary concept. The message is clear: The scariest concept for a young girl is the absence of her real mother; she will forever be alone in a cold world, isolated and unprotected. ...more
My attempt at alleviating my daughter's fears MT BlogHer: "The Wicked Stepmother Story Sets a ...more