Raising Kids – Village Style

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It takes a village to raise a child… Parenting in modern day society has challenged the idea of village style parenting. From the day you announce your pregnancy to the world, people feel entitled to voice their opinions and their way of doing things with your kids. This type … [Read more...]

Why I Want My Kids To Like Their Stepmother

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And why I want my ex-husband to be happy... I remember when my ex-husband got in to his first serious relationship about 6 months after we split. I was shocked when friends asked me if I was upset about it or angry. I had left him, he deserved to be happy. A big part of why I … [Read more...]

When Stepfamily Becomes Family

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This past weekend was our son’s 21st birthday. All he wanted was for his family to go out to dinner to a restaurant together. A simple thing to ask, until you add in the complex dynamics of a family fractured by divorce. He is a kind and considerate young man and asked … [Read more...]

The Little Red Hen & I

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I was raised by a little red hen and have spent most of my life being a little red hen. For those of you who don’t know that story – the little red hen was a hen who did everything for herself. I didn’t learn how to help in the kitchen, so I didn’t know how to allow others to … [Read more...]

Rest Where You Are…

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I recently attend a presentation by a Frank Ostaseski;  a respected expert in the field of death and dying and founder of The Metta Institute.  The powerful presentation offered much to ruminate on, but one phrase resonated with particular meaning for me.  "Rest where you … [Read more...]

The Darkness Before The Dawn

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“This world is your best teacher. There is a lesson in everything. There is a lesson in each experience. Learn it and become wise. Every failure is a stepping stone to success. Every difficulty or disappointment is a trial of your faith. Every unpleasant incident or temptation is … [Read more...]

Husbands Aren’t Houses

  You know how it goes, when you’re in the market for a new home. There are all sorts of decisions to made around budget, needs and wants. If we have a small budget, we need to make lots of compromises and will often choose a ‘fixer-upper’, with the idea that we can … [Read more...]

Guest Post: What Makes a Bitch?

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It’s easy to dismiss a stepmom or divorced mom we are in conflict with as simply being a ‘bitch.’ In one simple word, we can shift all of the blame and responsibility for the conflict situation on to them – because they are the one at fault, they are the bitch. The irony … [Read more...]