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5 Tips For Coping When Your Ex Lashes Out · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  You’re not a good role model. Stop putting yourself out there, no one cares about how great you are. Don’t ever pretend you try and put the girls first. That is never the case. Ever been on the receiving end of negativity by an ex-spouse? Charly received these texts last week. Yet, how he chose to respond is what makes him an incredible human being, father, husband, and role model. This response is what I will share today. Charly wasn’t always this way. These messages ten years ago took a heavy toll on his own emotional and physical well-being. While he ran a profitable...

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The Power of The Christmas Spirit: It’s About Coming Together

[ad_1]  For some, Christmas is a religious holiday, and everything is secondary to that. It commemorates the arrival of salvation. But, for others, Christmas lost its religious meaning long ago – but remains inspirational. What is it about this grand holiday that has such a deep and resonating message? Money, gifts, and commercialism aside, why has it endured? It’s the festive season…we’ve bought gifts, received gifts, exchanged gifts. We’ve organized large and festive family meals, visited friends and been merry. Let’s take a moment to see what this season is all about. The Power of The Christmas Spirit: Christmas has evolved…it has become...

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7 Things You Can Do For a Struggling Single Mom at Christmas · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  It’s Christmas and you’re busy. You’ve got gifts to buy, parties to attend, meals to plan and family coming in from out of town. Single moms are busy too. They are busy working low-paying jobs, making sure her children have a hot dinner on the table, helping with homework and worrying about how to afford and fit into her schedule all that comes along with giving her children a “Merry Christmas.” In the United States today, there are nearly 13.6 million single moms raising over 21 million children. That’s 21 million children who believe in Santa and deserve to experience the joy...

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How To Reduce Your Single Mom Holiday Shopping Stress · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  You’re a divorced mom, raising kids, working outside the home, keeping up with holiday school functions, and probably dealing with an ex who wants to change the holiday visitation schedule. That’s a recipe for taking all the holly jolly out of Christmas! Lines, crowds and stress — if that describes your holiday shopping experience, you’re doing it all wrong. The cost of gifts and decorations can add up quickly, but there are plenty of ways to reduce the dent in your wallet and hold onto your holiday spirit. Here are 8 money and time-saving tips to minimize your single mom holiday...

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Are You Waiting on a Fairy Tale?

[ad_1]  For generations, women have been raised to look for their own Prince Charming. We have been programmed to want the fairy tale lives that we grew up watching in Disney movies. I am no different. Somehow, even the middle-aged me, still wants the romantic fairy tale. I’m also waiting on the fairy tale. However, for the sake of argument, I want to point out that we never really hear the end of the story in fairy tales. In our minds, we equate finding the right man (our soul mate) to “Living Happily Ever After.” I am not saying that soul mates aren’t...

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Manage Expectations And Remain Optimistic During Christmas · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  Well, Thanksgiving is done and we’ve survived Black Friday. But we’re not through the holiday abyss yet. Which means we’ll most likely be dreading the stress, craziness, and visions of perfection shoved down our throats. For many of us, the holidays can feel dark, lonely, and stressful—especially if we are going through or recovering from divorce. And instead of looking forward to the beautiful decorations, the smell of baking pies, and holiday songs on the radio, we instead may feel triggered by sadness. So this week, I wanted to give you all a few pointers to remember as you navigate the next few...

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20 Unconventional Things I’m Thankful For This Thanksgiving · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  In case the word didn’t get out, Thanksgiving means it’s time to sit and reflect on what we’re truly thankful for. The health and happiness of our loved ones always seem to be a popular one if you’re into that kind of thing. I kid, I kid: Yes, this is a time for family and friends, and for appreciating just how lucky we are for all the blessings we’ve experienced throughout the year. I’m thankful for those things too. Deeply thankful, in fact. But what about those things we don’t typically include in such moments of solemn expression? What about the mundane? The...

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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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Where Do Pre-Nups Fit In? · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  Congratulations! You have found love again after your peaceful (or not-so-peaceful) divorce from your first spouse. You have decided that you want to live together and blend your lives, just like in your first marriage when you were fairly young. What do you need to know about baby boomers marrying again? You (and your fiancé) believe marriage is an institution that will support your high level of commitment to each other.  You want to do more than just date, or live together without being married.  You see your relationship as permanent and wish it to be life-long and supportive throughout...

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10 Co-Parenting Lessons I Learned While Co-Parenting · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  To some, I’m a parent, step-parent, co-parent and former single parent. To me, I’m Stacy and I’m a mom, that’s it, plain and simple. Regardless of the title, my role as a parent is the same. I love, I’m consistent and I’m compassionate. My parenting journey is, well, a journey. My first child was born out of wedlock, in fact so was my second. I married my babies’ daddy and we divorced two years later. Single parenting was difficult; however, it was easier parenting alone than with my former husband. Our parenting values were similar; but he wasn’t a good...

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