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5 Ways Dads Can Bond With Their Children After Divorce

[ad_1]  When I was an eight-year-old boy, I looked to Hank, the father figure in my life, for all the things the other kids my age seemed to enjoy with their dads. Sadly, Hank wasn’t willing to be engaged in my life. He adored my mom, but my siblings and I were simply excess baggage. While my mother was affectionate and nurturing, Hank’s love for us was missing in action. As a youngster longing for a strong, caring father figure in my life, it would have gone a long way toward forging a close bond between Hank and my siblings and...

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Do These 3 Things For Your Child During Divorce · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  Do me a favor. For the moment, put away negative feelings you have toward your ex and let’s concentrate on your children and putting them first. They need you now more than they’ve ever needed you before. So, pay attention! I received an email recently from a father concerned about the impact his wife’s desire for a divorce was having on his children. He said, “Children generally do not want their parents to divorce. In my case, I have watched my two kids ages 3 and 6 cry for hours over the loss of what they knew as their family. However,...

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10 Things I Believe I Owe My Children After Divorce · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  It may seem odd that I feel compelled to write about things I believe I owe my children because they’ve endured my divorce. Yet as an adult child of divorced parents and a mom who has been divorced, it’s my belief that children of divorce are entitled to certain rights. That’s not to say that children raised in intact families don’t have rights – it’s just that children of divorce deserve special consideration. Distinguished divorce researcher Elizabeth Marquardt adds her perspective on children of divorce: “The hard truth, she says, is that while divorce is often necessary, even amicable divorces sow...

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Why Do I Feel So Guilty? · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]He abandoned our daughters but I’m the one feeling guilt and shame.   We were married for 20 years. I thought we had a fantastic marriage. That is until he expressed his unhappiness and desire for a divorce. Him wanting to leave the marriage took a toll on myself and our two daughters. He was a kind and carrying husband and father. I had NO complaints about the marriage and, I definitely had no complaints about his relationship with our daughters. He adored them. Treated them with such gentleness and love. And, they both thought he hung the moon. My ex never missed...

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How Not to Become an Absentee Father After Divorce · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  A few years ago, the Pew Research Center did an analysis of the National Survey of Family Growth. According to the research, 27 percent of divorced fathers have no contact with their children. That is a lot of absentee fathers! And, a lot of sad and confused children. Your role as a parent will change after your divorce, especially if you are a non-custodial father. It takes extra effort to parent and work around visitation schedules. Add to that, the possibility of an adversarial relationship with your ex and it is understandable why checking out of your children’s lives may seem...

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4 Reasons Parents File For Divorce In August · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  What do August and March have in common? In most parts of the United States, the two months don’t even have similar climates, so your answer might understandably be “nothing much.” But according to a study conducted at the University of Washington, Americans file for divorce in August and March more often than any other months. The study analyzed all of the divorce filings in Washington from November 2001 to December 2015; the state has pretty open divorce laws, which made it easy for the researchers to gather the data. What they found was a clear peak in both August...

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9 Tips To Help You Keep Your Children Out Of The Middle During Divorce · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]Keeping your children out of the middle during and after your divorce means building a new relationship with your ex that is focused on your children and their wellbeing.   In most cases, divorce is preceded by conflict. In a perfect world, you would be able to divorce your spouse and never see them again. If you have children, I’m afraid that isn’t an option. You will have to not only see your ex-spouse again; you will have to co-parent with them. Although you will be expected to deal with the stress of co-parenting with your ex, your children are not....

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