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Interview   Our Happy Divorce  by Nikki DeBartolo and Benjamin Heldfond From weeknight dinners and homework sessions with their son to Christmas card photos and vacations, Nikki DeBartolo and Benjamin Heldfond have created a tight-knit, enviable family. They work and play well together, from the smallest daily tasks to the biggest life events—and it only took a divorce to get them there. Though their marriage has been over for nearly a decade, they still share a happy life with each other...

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How to help other people’s children whose parents are searching for online divorce advice

How to help other people’s children whose parents are searching for online divorce advice

  Never underestimate the fury and anger that overcomes people who are going through divorce. Their rage makes them go a little crazy. It also makes them forget about their children – and do immeasurable harm.  In between searching for online divorce advice which may send them down adversarial routes, parents do not realize how much their anger and pain is affecting their parenting.     So when someone is in the ‘anger’ stage of divorce, you may not be able to...

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3 ways to survive divorce you just never thought about ….

3 ways to survive divorce you just never thought about ….

    Three top tips on surviving divorce & accessing online divorce advice:             Food!               The divorce diet of chocolate, coffee and red wine soon gave way to healthier ways of eating when I realised that my emotional state was being effected.  My ability to parent 3 young children under 7 was being undermined by mood swings and bouts of terror at how I was going to cope, suddenly finding myself...

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Helping Children Through the Holidays After the Divorce

Helping Children Through the Holidays After the Divorce

  When Mom and Dad divorce their children are faced with many life changes. As loving and concerned parents we try to minimize the pain and reduce the chaos brought about by new routines and schedules. We also try to focus on making this new chapter in life as positive and supportive as possible for everyone in the family. One of the toughest transitions for children is often coping with the first holiday season. Our challenge as parents is to create new traditions and activities that can...

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Suzy’s Story

Suzy’s Story

Unplanned Solo Parenting   It’s a January morning in 2003 and I can’t bring myself to take the kids to school. What will I say when someone asks me “How are you?” The answer, you see, is just not the stuff of polite conversation.   “W E L L… My partner of ten years has just dumped me. I was supposed to live with him into old age. I had no idea he wasn’t happy. I loved the bastard. But that was only the half of it – he has dumped me with three kids under seven. With not enough...

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Four questions parents rarely ask out loud

Four questions parents rarely ask out loud

How will I deal with the guilt when I look at my kids and feel that I’ve let them down? Time. Focus on the positive outcomes you want to achieve, and let your learning be their learning.   How will I survive financially and what will I do when the kids leave home, my career has been obliterated by the restraints of parenting, and I have no financial resources left? Be creative. Lot’s of full-time workers have lost half their pensions due to the financial crises of the last few...

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