Planning for Seasonal Success: Holiday Tips for Parenting Apart

Just for grins, I decided to Google “holiday stress.” While I expected my return would be substantial, I have to admit I was a little taken aback when Google handed me over 7 MILLION results. Without a doubt, holidays present challenges for lots of families.  For those parenting out of two households, seasonal festivities often…

“Oh no, you didn’t!” What to do when kids tell you they want to live with the other parent

Imagine. Life is just humming right along that is…until 13-year-old Abigail asks to stay out until midnight. Seems some of her friends have planned to hang out at a local movie theatre. According to her, everybody will be there and leaving before midnight would totally make her look like a major loser. You, however, have…

The 3 New “R’s” of Back-To-School Success

Let’s face it, some mornings getting kids and all of their stuff out of the house and off to school can feel about as easy as nailing jelly to the wall.  Now add to the mix, two different households, different rules and different routines because Mom and Dad no longer live in one home.  Although…

Night Night, Sleep Tight: Getting your children to sleep in their own beds after divorce

  You’re dead tired, it’s been a long day and your little (or perhaps not so little) darling just can’t sleep. The answer? Simple. Just pull back the covers and let them crawl in bed with you. After all, the divorce has been so hard and they’ve been through so much already.  Surely one or two…

The Summer Switch-Up: Managing The Summer When Your Kids Are With The Other Parent

During summer months, temperatures aren’t the only things rising. For separated and divorced parents anxiety levels can easily reach an all-time high, as summer rolls around and parenting roles get switched-up. Along with negotiating vacation schedules, figuring out who is going to pay for what and fitting in special activities, parents handling more of the…