Week in review

Hi Everyone! Has this week been as crazy for you as it's been for me? I feel like I've had no down time and I still have too much to do... but may be some of that's self-generated?? I hope you've all had chance to watch the Brené Brown video on vulnerability - what do you think, are you enough? When I watched this with my daughter who's seventeen, she and I talked about all the times she's … [Continue reading...]

Are you enough?

My daughter came home the other day and told me I had to watch this TED talk about vulnerability - her English teacher had shown it to the class because the book they're reading currently is all about vulnerability. The talk is by Brené Brown who introduces herself as a researcher-storyteller. She studies human connection and during her research she says she went through a breakdown or a spiritual … [Continue reading...]

Are You Ready To Date?

Dancing makes for a fun date

When I introduced Swati, who writes The Single Mothers Chronicles, I shared that she had just got married on New Year's Eve. So when Swati and I talked, it was natural that we would talk about dating and how she met her now-husband. Here's what Swati had to say about being ready to date and her early forays into dating: The funny thing is that when you get divorced, you feel like you’ve just … [Continue reading...]

Adjusting to life as a single parent

A shared parenting schedule can mean lots of car time for kids

For some people, divorce is the culmination of a slow, gradual move apart and they will tell you that divorce didn't have a huge impact on their daily life. For others, divorce is a dramatic, sudden change creating a seismic shift in daily life. Being a single parent, with full custody of a very young child makes that shift even more challenging and as Swati's shares here, we do nothing to prepare … [Continue reading...]

I just want full custody

Divorce Italian Style

Swati was in her early thirties when she got divorced about seven years ago. After accepting her husband's infidelity, she filed for divorce, at which point he started to harass her. The only way she could put an end to the harassment was to move out taking her young child with her. She knew her husband was a fighter, she knew she wanted full custody and she knew that negotiating their divorce was … [Continue reading...]

Week in review

Hi all, I can tell from the numbers of unread posts in my Google reader that everyone has been getting back into the full swing of posting and I have NOT been doing a good job of visiting blogs - sorry but I've had a very busy week at work. (Do I need to explain the connection?) It's my weekend with the kids but my daughter was away Friday night visiting a friend and my son is camping with … [Continue reading...]

Ending the harassment

Once Swati saw the divorce red flags, accepted that her marriage could not be saved and filed for divorce, her husband started to harass her. They were still living together in the same house, Swati having been led to believe they were required to do so by the laws of Illinois until the divorce was final. Her husband was a fighter and there seemed to be no end to the negotiations. Then Swati's … [Continue reading...]