Two Critical Co-parenting Birthday Guidelines

Two Critical Co-parenting Birthday Guidelines

Saying Happy Birthday is important. It celebrates a milestone, a life lived, and because of that its never wrong. If your children are pre-school or school age, they're watching you to see how you treat your ex. If they're older, guess what? They're still watching. You can either be an example of kindness and family-respect, or you can show them how heathens handle these moments.

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No Shame in My Game: Mental Health IS Related to Single Parenting

No Shame in My Game: Mental Health IS Related to Single Parenting

We don't like to think of our depression as mental illness, but often it is. We don't like to think of that recurring feeling when you just want it all to end as suicide ideation, but many times it is. We don't like to admit that the feeling of "can I just walk away from all of this", or the times when we did just"walk away" could have been the beginning of situational mental illness. But many times it was....

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6 Fool Proof Strategies to Help You Keep Your Cool While Co-parenting

6 Fool Proof Strategies to Help You Keep Your Cool While Co-parenting

6 Fool Proof Strategies to Help You Keep Your Cool While Co-parenting

There are times when you have to appear in public with the other parent. For married couples, its not so big a deal. For moms and dads who are going through a rough period - or who stay in a rough period - appearing together in primetime may be too much to handle. I've got 6 fool-proof strategies to get you through those public moments like a pro...let's go!

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Co-Parenting: How to Survive the School Year When Your Child Lives in 2 Houses

Co-Parenting: How to Survive the School Year When Your Child Lives in 2 Houses

When children live in 2 houses...

You cannot ignore that there are idiosyncrasies that must be addressed when a child lives in 2 homes throughout the school year. With planning, and attention to detail, 2-home children can benefit from the love and attention of both parents….

So how does this work?

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KN2 RESOURCE: Engaging Young Fathers...

Changing Systems and Practice to Improve Outcomes for Young Fathers, Their Children and Their Families - a recent report from the Center for the Study of Social Policy - provides recent findings on fatherhood engagement practices for younger fathers. Not a reader? Check out the video featuring 3 young New York City fathers engaging in the lives of their families...

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CO-PARENTS, I PRAY FOR YOU THIS WEEK

Sunday is a special day for me. Worship. Breakfast or a brunch. A nap. More time to read. Netflix. Hulu.

When my children were younger, Sundays were different. Worship. A bigger breakfast. Not so much the nap, but a chance to talk a little more, to play a game or watch a movie...well, I was usually reading a book while they were watching the movie.

On the "every-other" weekend, when they were with their dad, it was fitting a brunch or dinner in before transitioning to Mom again. Getting ready to deal with their transition to home again. Looking at bills, getting ready for work, and prepping for the week ahead.

And praying. Encouraging myself. Pressing forward. So I'm thinking that other single parents will benefit from some encouragement, something to work with in the coming week...