How to Communicate Effectively With Your Co-Parent (and Avoid Conflict!)

For over five years now I’ve been co-parenting with my ex. Does that make me an expert? No. But I am experienced. For those of you who have been here a while, you know that my co-parenting relationship wasn’t always as amicable as it is today. I don’t know if we’ve ever been considered “high-conflict,” …

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Should You Buy a Gift for Your Ex? (Birthdays, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, etc)

Father’s Day is around the corner and a lot of co-parents are asking, should I get my ex a gift from the kids? I’m sharing my experience on this topic today, and there’s going to be a challenge at the end of the post, so don’t miss out! If you have kids together and your …

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How To Find a Partner Whose Personality Is Compatible with Yours: Determining “Core Qualities”

(This post is not affiliated or sponsored by any of the websites mentioned or linked below.) Human personalities are so complex. Scientifically speaking, a person’s personality is defined as “the characteristic set of behaviors, cognition, and emotional patterns that evolve from biological and environmental factors.” (Source: Wikipedia) In other words, most professionals who study personality …

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Five Reliable Ways to Tell You’re Emotionally Ready For Dating After Divorce

One of the most common questions regarding dating after a divorce is: “How will I know when I’m ready to date?” It’s important to note that time plays a minimal role in answering this question. Every situation is different and each person has their own healing process to go through. It takes some much longer …

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Five Online Dating Tips Every Woman Should Know

(This post is not sponsored or affiliated with Match.com; I’m just sharing our story!) I was a divorced mom of three children–three children from two different fathers. One father was my ex-husband, and my daughter’s father was no longer in our life. I worked full-time, and could spare maybe one date night a week. Oh, …

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Building a Relationship Is More Powerful Than Discipline—Advice Every Stepparent Needs

(Note: While the focus of this post is stepparent and child relationships, the same can be said for and applied to any new adult/child relationship–child care providers, teachers, nanny, etc. Read on!) You’ve likely been at a park with your children and seen a child you’ve never met misbehaving. Maybe they’re throwing rocks at other …

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Why You Need Flexible Schedules in a 50/50 Co-Parenting Plan

Let me start by stating that I fully understand if you are co-parenting with a partner that does not compromise with you. Trust me when I say that my co-parenting situation with my ex-husband has not always been cooperative. It’s taken a lot of effort and adaptation on both of our parts to get to the cooperation …

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Why We Stopped Buying Gifts and Travel Instead

No matter if you have one child or ten, life is busy for parents. For my husband and I, we both have full time jobs, housework, five children to care for, dance classes, field trips, doctor appointments, and a never-ending “to do” list. Our calendar stays full, and time never stops to wait for us …

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Better Co-Parenting: Throwing Birthday Parties Together

I tend to make a pretty big deal out of birthday parties. I don’t ever go “over the top”–except maybe my first-born child’s first birthday when I had a petting zoo come to our house. He ended up crying any time an animal came near him. We do like to try to make birthdays in …

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Better Co-Parenting: Children’s Belongings After Divorce

A few weeks ago, I volunteered for my son’s school field trip. When I arrived, I stood in a group of several other parent volunteers. We talked as we waited for the bus to arrive with the children, and we quickly discovered that all of us were divorced. The discussion quickly turned to what seems to …

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