Parenting Apart Challenges

Handling Holiday Hassles With An Ex Who Hates You

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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Understanding Parent Alienation and Divorce

What is Parent Alienation? Parent alienation is a dynamic where a child is significantly influenced by one parent (typically referred to the “favored” parent) to completely reject the other parent (often known as the “unfavored” parent). Children are literally placed in a situation where they must view one parent as all bad and one parent…

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Bypassing Battles with Your Ex Over Parenting Styles

From what time Jacob should go to bed to whether or not Haley should be allowed to go to a concert with her friends.  What one parent sees as a perfectly acceptable parenting choice may very well be the exact polar opposite of your opinion on the matter.   Should Jack have Twinkies and a…

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What if I am really bitter and angry at my Ex?

  Q – What if I am really bitter and angry at my Ex?  I know I need to get over it but I just don’t know where to start. A – It’s been said that hanging on to bitterness and resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.  Keep…

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My child is acting like my Ex, what do I do?

Q – I see some qualities in my son that remind me of my ex-husband. Even though I don’t mean to, when he starts acting like my Ex,  I over-react.  I’m so worried that my son is going to turn out just like him. I know it is not fair and I should stop comparing…

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Ex is sharing financial information with the kids

Q – My ex is sending messages through my kids about child support and putting them in the middle of adult financial issues. What should I do?  A –  When an Ex puts kids in the middle of adult issues it can be beyond frustrating. Unfortunately when this happens, parents tend to either respond by trying to…

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