The fall/winter holiday cycle is arguably the most important season to celebrate... with the greatest potential for emotional meltdown. Everyone wants their fair share of this special time with the kids because relaxation and respite from the regular schedule can recharge relationships like nothing else, especially when planned with care and follow-through. So, what’s the … [Read more...] about Shared Custody? The “First Dibs” Approach To Splitting Holidays
Your period is late. Your friend-with-benefits or special handshake relationship wound up staying a night or two, as Todd Rundgren sang in his classic 1970s hook-up song, “Hello It’s Me.” So unless the pregnancy test is a false positive, chances are you’re pregnant. Your first instinct might be to say to heck with what’s-his-face, the sperm-of-the-moment donor. It's scary to … [Read more...] about Unplanned Pregnancy: Co-Parenting With a Stranger?
As Paula Spencer Scott, Caring.com senior editor wrote in, "7 Ways to Handle a Hothead -- Without Blowing Your Top" steadying yourself with people who feel slighted is challenging. In my line of work this would be hurt and angry co-parents and their children. "Unfortunately, none of the natural reactions that an angry person inspires -- defensiveness, fear, or … [Read more...] about How to Make a Proper Apology
The singing sensation of the moment - six mostly elderly and middle aged women from the Ukraine known as The Buranovskie Babushki - have much to teach modern moms. If you haven’t seen them yet, they add substance to the otherwise cheesy Eurovision 2012. You will find them performing a charming and endearing (off-key, but in tempo) song called "Party for Everybody," with … [Read more...] about The Singing Babushki: Grandmas with Wisdom
Spring cleaning starts with clearing out the cobwebs and tossing what’s stale and worn, followed by the re-stocking your shelves. Even with global warming throwing the seasons into chaos, there remains a familiar spring renewal season surging just now. It manifests as a curiosity about romantic love. A lesson learned from single motherhood is that a safe and … [Read more...] about How to Make Your Love Match Picker Even “Stickier”