Dear stepmom, You don’t get enough credit. After all, mixed family environments can be really tricky. There are a lot of components, emotions, and confusion at play, especially when there is divorce involved. So, although you are not my mother by birth,
How can I make sure that our family does not become estranged? We are divorcing and have two kids. Of course, I am angry now, but I know our kids need both of us. I’ve seen it happen to so many families.
“Make peace with solitude.” — Eckhart Tolle Fifteen years. That’s how long it had been since I was single when my marriage ended. No wonder I had to ask myself the question – “Who the hell am I now that I’m on
“Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.” — Dr Wayne Dyer Life is about learning lessons. We are all just living in one giant university, all of us choosing our own areas of study through the choices
Former spouses Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong have recently been back in the headlines – almost three years after their divorce – this time as they prepare for a fresh battle over custody of their pet dog. While who might get to
He had a closet full of secrets and now I had to move forward alone. My whole marriage had been a threesome or more unbeknownst to me. His rationale-family life was never impacted because what he did outside the family home did
Toward the end of the second decade of my marriage, he surprised me with a 40th birthday party. My underlying thought from that night was that he must really love me. I could not understand why I might have doubted him. It is
Emotional abuse is silent and unseen. There’s no visible scars or bruising because the pain is all inside you. It is no less painful because it is invisible. It happens behind closed doors, in private with few witnesses. For me, it all
My good friend has kindly consented to sharing two journal entries from the years after his marriage breakdown. He keeps this journal for his son to read as an adult. As a renowned professional in his field, this piece is at one
There it was, Pat’s name tucked under the most recent obituaries in the local newspaper. Her name, short list of relatives, loved her dog, and a successful career as a social worker. Nowhere in the obituary did it say she saved lives.
The sun is warm on my cheeks, my long hair is twirling in the wind, and I am smiling. The new summer grass is prickling my bare legs as I adjusted my skirt beneath me. The small grassy hill is lumpy and
I was married to a liar for 25 years. At a very personal level, I have first-hand knowledge of the devastation lying creates in people’s lives. I know that liars can be clever, charming, smug, and thoroughly convincing. Scott Peck, in People
Twenty years after my divorce, I can remember — vividly — the books that saved me during those early days of finding my way alone. Each book gave me something- the language, hope, and understanding- to help me process the trauma. Millions