My Divorce Is Final. Now What?
Parenting

My Divorce Is Final. Now What?

Yesterday my ex-husband (that’s a word that’ll make you feel old) and I finalized our divorce. It took six months and more expensive trips to Downtown Detroit than I could afford. It was a semi-strange feeling. Signing our divorce decree in the same building where we signed our marriage certificate. Our marriage officially ending just floors from where it officially…

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Parenting

How It Feels To Become The “Un-Fun” Parent After Divorce

Every Friday as I leave for work, I know that while I’ll see my oldest daughter when I get home from work, I won’t see my youngest again until Monday. The is the routine her father and I have unofficially adopted since our recent separation. She spends the week at home – since she has school. And then on the weekends…

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Mental Health, Parenting, Videos

Video: The Surprising Impact Our Words Have On Our Children

I’m sure you’ve heard some iteration of this saying before: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” But this isn’t entirely true. Our words hold a lot of power – especially the ones we use toward our children. The things we say to our kids – both encouraging and critical – shape the people…

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Mental Health

Growing Up Without A Dad And Making The Choice To Forgive

  Three years. That’s how long it’s been since the last time I saw my father. I was standing before his casket in a cold funeral home. An American flag draped across the casket’s cold metal surface. A red, white and blue flower arrangement stood off to the side. Right in front of me was a man I didn’t even…

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Mental Health, Parenting

Are You Speaking Life Into Your Kids?

Being a parent is exhausting. It often takes all that we have to care far everyone else, leaving us with scraps for ourselves. And being low on energy may leave us short on patience and full of frustration. I usually find myself reprimanding my kids for the things they are doing wrong. But I often forget to remind them of…

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