Divorce & Separation

The Best Thing to Do if Someone You Know Is Getting Divorced

The Best Thing to Do if Someone You Know Is Getting Divorced

Getting divorced, or know someone who is? How Will friends and family respond?  I’m over at the Chattanooga Moms Blog today, writing about my own experience. “The most difficult aspect of being divorced hasn’t been the co-parenting (and yes, that’s a tough one), or navigating a blended family, or even grieving the marriage that didn’t […]

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Learning to Listen

Learning to Listen

Glennon Doyle Melton. Do you know her? She’s an author, blogger, and speaker, and a few years ago, wrote honestly and openly about a problem in her marriage that almost split them up. She allowed readers to follow along as she and her husband worked to repair their relationship, and, in her words, worked to […]

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It’s Okay to Enjoy A Break

It’s Okay to Enjoy A Break

Do you ever get a break from your kids, or wish you did? It doesn’t make you a bad parent, and it’s perfectly normal! Today, I’m over at the Chattanooga Moms Blog, writing about the negative comments I got when I posted a picture on Instagram. In the picture, I was joking about how happy […]

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On Giving Permission

On Giving Permission

Considering that I’m a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern, I think most people would assume that when a couple comes in for marriage counseling, I would advocate “working things out.” But here’s where I’m landing at this point in my life: I don’t believe people have to stay in an unhappy marriage. I have personal bias, no doubt, […]

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Do my children come before me?

Do my children come before me?

I remember sitting in my recliner, watching my stomach jump every couple of seconds as the baby growing inside me hiccuped. Beside me was a pile of parenting books that I poured over in the months before her arrival. “I’m going to do this right,” I swore to myself, and to her. “I’m going to […]

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The more I learn, the less I know.

The more I learn, the less I know.

“Before tearing your children’s lives apart, please consider counseling. My husband and I were at this cross-section in our lives 15 years ago. We muddled through and now, I can’t even begin to imagine not sharing this journey called life with anyone other than my best friend. Family is worth fighting for and working hard on. […]

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What are they really asking you for?

What are they really asking you for?

“Do you miss Dad?” she asked, looking towards me as she watched me type the email she had just dictated to her father. “What?” I asked her, hoping both that I had misheard her question, and that asking again would buy me some time to come up with an answer. “Do you miss Daddy?” she asked again. Her eyes were […]

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