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HELPING CHILDREN LEARN HOW TO COPE DOESN’T HAPPEN WHEN WE TRY TO FIX THEIR PROBLEMS. And yet, parents do it all the time. I personally happen to be a frequest offender in this department. Even though I teach my clients about this parenting strategy all the time, it’s amazing how often I still catch myself…
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  ARE YOU GUILTY OF USING THIS FIVE-LETTER WORD WITH YOUR KIDS? Ever have a word that as makes you cringe every single time you hear it?  Yeah, me too. (Actually, TBH, I have several but let’s not go there…) Recently during one of my coaching calls a divorced parent I was working with casually…

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“Pain in life is inevitable, suffering is optional… even during the holidays.” The holidays are here, and while I would love to tell you at the McGhee household we got it going on… the truth is the whole Christmas thing on this end is looking a little bleak. See I’ve got a little confession to…

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IS YOUR EX NASTY ONE DAY AND NICE THE NEXT? Sara was hanging on by a thread.  Coparenting with her Ex, Anthony, was incredibly draining, unpredictable and filled with drama. One day he would be rude and standoffish in front of the boys. Then the very next day, he’d act like nothing ever happened and…

The post Tips For Handling A Difficult CoParent Dedicated To Divorce Drama appeared first on Divorce & Children.

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7 minute read When I coach parents about how to help their children cope with divorce, one of the first questions they often ask is “What do I say?” or “How can I talk about this?” And it’s not just that first big talk parents are losing sleep over.  There are an endless number of…

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Since Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin put “conscious uncoupling” into the limelight a few years ago, the face of coparenting has started to shift.  As a society, we seem to be embracing a new way forward and lots of coparents (some famous, some not) are leading the charge.    While I am a huge fan…

The post 7 Ways You Might Be a KickAss CoParent and Not Even Know It. appeared first on Divorce & Children.

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Heather felt that familiar sense of dread. December was always the worst. Although she and Brian had been divorced for over three years, the holidays continued to be complicated and miserable. Despite her best efforts to keep things friendly, there was zero flexibility. If Molly or Jack had holiday parties or special events, Brian would…

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All the things your kids needed before the divorce, they will continue to need after you split up. How those needs get met, however, can be a real challenge when parents have different parenting styles, household structure, and rules.    While it helps when parents can be on the same page about everyday routines, discipline, and…

The post Easing Back and Forth Stress for Kids After Divorce appeared first on Divorce & Children.

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Every day we tell our kids to stop.  Stop arguing, stop being loud, stop touching each other… you know the drill.  Just stop.  And we expect them to do it. When parent split up kids have their own list of “stops” for us too. Stop fighting, stop being angry, stop saying mean things about each…

The post Keeping Kids Out of the Middle When Parents Divorce appeared first on Divorce & Children.

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Dear Kids, I’ve been thinking about how life has changed for you. There are so many things about our divorce that I wish I could fix or make less painful for you but I can’t.  I hate that. You may not know this but I spend a lot of time trying to figure out what…

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