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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Co-parenting post divorce

How to Succeed at Raising Your Kids Together, Apart

In more than 12 years of working in family law, I’ve worked with hundreds (thousands?) of individuals and couples who have decided to end their marriage. A significant portion of those marriages involved children. Some of those marriages ended amicably, many did not. But, no matter how the marriage ended, you’re still going to have something in common for the rest of your lives together: your love for your kids. Here are a few tips to keep up your sleeve…

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Resources for co-parenting

5 Co-Parenting Plan Resources We Love

Co-parenting isn’t easy. But it can be easier when you remember that it’s not about you or your ex: it’s about the kids. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite resources to help you start out on the right foot. 1. Mighty + Bright: Co-Parenting Calendar for Kids What it is: A calendar with magnets representing Mom, Dad, appointments and activities that kids can rearrange based on visitation schedule. Why we love it: Involving your kids by letting them visualize…

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