Co-parenting through divorce

How to Co-Parent on the Same Team

I think it’s safe to say that no one arrives in a blended family as their first choice. A marriage didn’t go according to plan and the redirect happened. For me, my first marriage ended quite abruptly (from my side, at least). And while there were layers of pain and grief that went into the decision to divorce, I know now it was the right one for us. It was far from what I wanted in the beginning, but years…

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Hello Divorce Toxic Ex

Is Your Toxic Ex Really That Toxic? Maybe it’s Time to Reshape the Narrative 

When you see or talk to your ex (or soon-to-be-ex), do you have a strong emotional reaction? Are you constantly reminded of the ways they hurt you? Do thoughts of your “toxic ex” fill you with rage such that you want to fire off mean or snarky texts, or stare them down at your child’s basketball game?  Or, are you excited and anxious to not have to “put up with” them any more?   Are you sick and tired of being…

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Marriage Story Best Picture Nominee

Marriage Story: Best Picture Nominee, But is it an Accurate Portrayal of Divorce?

Legally speaking: just how “real” is Marriage Story, anyway? This week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named Netflix film Marriage Story Best Picture nominee. But, as you’ll gather from the press, the clips and everything surrounding the movie: Marriage Story is actually not about marriage—unless you think divorce an inevitable part of marriage (ahem…it’s not).   Marriage Story is not just anyone’s story. It’s the story of the film’s director, Noah Baumbach. And it’s not just any divorce story—it’s…

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thanksgiving single mom

Guest Blog by Wendy Sterling: An Unapologetically Single Mom Thanksgiving Tradition

Can a single mom Thanksgiving be an opportunity to reshape the holiday? Wendy Sterling says yes. For many of us, Thanksgiving brings up feelings of sadness, loneliness, and dread – especially those of us going through or recovering from a divorce: our first single mom Thanksgiving. Instead of looking forward to leaves falling from the trees, baking, and the smell of pumpkin spice, we feel the dread of knowing this is the year they will spend Thanksgiving with their Dad.…

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practical co-parenting

The Mindful Divorce: One (Ex) Couple Shares Practical Advice on Co-Parenting and Maintaining a Meaningful Relationship

(Spoiler alert: Co-parenting takes work. But, it really can work for you, and for your kids.) Sometimes, the most extraordinary people walk into my office. Emily came to me in 2011 for help when she and her husband, Juan, had decided to divorce. They had been married for seven years and realized that their relationship had shifted. After a long and hard-thought process, they decided that divorce would be the best option for them and for their two-year-old daughter, Clara*.…

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Co-parenting

26 Ways to Win at Co-Parenting This Year (and Beyond)

If you’re here, you probably have a divorce story (or you’re about to have one). Mine goes like this: my husband and I had a stable if contentious relationship. We were typical, ecstatic first-time parents, and the first year of my daughter’s life was my happiest. When she was 14 months old, my husband went on a work trip to Greece. My phone rang. His boss was on the line. My husband had fallen off a cliff, and it was…

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Divorce Services

Jeff Bezos is getting divorced. Here’s how Hello Divorce can help him (and you).

Today we learned that Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos are planning to divorce after 25 years of marriage. My heart always sinks a little when I see news of a prominent couple getting divorced – especially when kids are involved. Yet, I also know that after 25 years of marriage, they likely did not make this decision overnight. There were probably months (if not years) of soulful, heartbreaking efforts and, in the end, they decided they would be better apart. And…

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co-parenting hacks

It’s No Trick: Co-Parenting Can Be a Treat With These 5 Hacks

Hack #1: In weekly e-mails, use HEART Post divorce, many parents can find it difficult to communicate. Lingering anger and raw emotion can remain a roadblock, even when it comes to discussing the children you both love. While going through her divorce and co-parenting with her ex afterward, Monique Honaman made it her mantra to “always take the high road,” and found a strategy that worked for her: “It’s often easier, and much less emotional to correspond using email. I…

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Holiday Co-Parenting: An Action Plan

Webinar Replay: Holiday Co-Parenting: An Action Plan

Ready or not – the holiday season just around the corner. This time of the year can be especially hard if you or someone you know has recently been separated or divorced. With so many activities, obligations and expectations this time of year, juggling a co-parenting schedule on top of everything else can be especially tough. But, we’re here to help.  The good news is, now is the right time to be planning for the holiday season. In my webinar,…

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Parenting Coach Elisabeth Stitt

Co-Parenting: A Success Story. A Q&A with Parenting Coach Elisabeth Stitt

Hello Divorce CEO Erin Levine recently connected with Elisabeth Stitt, owner of Joyful Parenting Coaching in Mountain View, CA. Elisabeth is an author, parent educator and coach, and retired teacher, mother and stepmother. Through Joyful Parenting Coaching, she helps families think ahead about values and priorities, and helps facilitate communication between parents so each understands the role and responsibilities they want to hold in their child’s life as they design a co-parenting plan that works best for their family, and…

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