The Price of Admission

I got married, which is something I never thought I’d do. To a man who wasn’t the father of my two children. A man who has two kids of his own, as a matter-of-fact....more

Successful Co-Parenting After Divorce

My son is sick. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, it's a doozy. We have been to the doctor 3 times this week so she can keep a close eye on how he is recovering from this respiratory infection he is fighting....more
This is a amazing article that should be handed out by every court and every divorce attorney ...more

Blended Reality of Mentality TV

I started out with one very different post to speak to the brain numbing reality shows that plaque the lives of our youth and adults with violence, infidelity, degrading of women and lack of respect for …..An all of the across the board insult to some communities. Then it quickly became a four page letter that I knew would be an ineffective point since the people who use 10 percent of their brain on those shows are also the ones who watch those shows....more

5 Things You Need to Know About Successful Stepfamilies

5 things you need to know about successful stepfamiliesApproximately 56% of second marriages with children under the age of 18 in Australia end in separation and divorce. Want to know what sets the 44% of successful stepfamilies apart from the rest?1. They understand that stepfamilies are different....more

Hi I'm Niedria, Cornelius mom

Playing mommy to someone else’s kidsIn a world of disjointed families due to divorce, break-ups, separations, or any other reason that causes or contributes to “single-parenting”, children are exposed to persons entering into their lives and being placed into positions of the biological parent.  ...more

The Amateur Mother

One of my favorite novels is The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler. The story follows Michael and Pauline, two starry eyed lovers who marry during the Second World War. I’ve read the book several times, fascinated by the characters as they navigate through the complexities of marriage, all while having no idea how to find their way. As much as they try to grow as a couple, they remain amateurs, never really moving forward....more

Divorce and remarriage--is not for the faint of heart

When my divorce was finalized, something clicked in my brain—and I rejoiced, I will not lie, because I thought the hardest part of this journey was behind me.  Note the past tense.  I shouldn’t be so cynical.  Yet while the heart-dropping fear of court (I don’t know how attorneys do it—once you walk into a courthouse with the weight of your children’s future on your shoulders, there’s just no way to aptly describe the pressure and fear) was over, the pain of living in a house full of unpredictable anger explosions finally given the conclusion it needed—validation from the jud...more
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Blended Family-A Meditation

It’s been a few weeks since my fiancé A has moved in with us.  Our entire house has been rearranged and re-organized—a brand new play room for the girls upstairs, a bona fide adult-esque living room and dining room, sans 100,000 miscellaneous toys like sparkling, matchless princess shoes or the random McDonald’s toy stuffed behind the chair.  Although we did set up a “kids table,” where DD1 can do her computer homework every night next to the couch, and when their friends come over, the little people can eat together there.  And truth be told, slowly but surely, there is a tr...more
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I Don't Know If I Can Do This Any More

Stepmom advice from a survivor

I survived 10 years as a stepmom, and you can too. All six of our kids are 20 and older. I'm even a step gradnmom. Ten years ago, I became a stepmom for the first time. I had been a single mom for six  years -- my ex-husband had passed away, but I had been the main parent for years before that....more