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Marriage & My Kids

Please know that dating and marriage when kids are present is a gain for the parents but initially a loss for the kids (until family bonding takes place—which can take years—and then becomes a gain for the kids, too). Ron Deal

SLIDE - single parent tip kids marriage


A Great Read

STEPFAMILY TIP - Divorce book by kids

Take time for YOURSELF!

Slide - Take care of yourself

Boundaries and Your Ex…

SLIDE - Single Parent Tip - Boundaries

Your Children Need You…

SLIDE - Single Parent Tip - time for them

You Both Are Your Children’s Parents

SLIDE - Single Parent Tip -Yourself

In Divorce Nobody Wins!

SLIDE - Single Parent Tip -Never Fair


Family is family, no matter what you are going through.  We all need family no matter how much we believe that not to be the case.  Family is about blood and blood is as they say, thicker than water.  Family is about loving even in times of disagreement and discontent.  It’s about caring even when it’s last on your want to do list.  Family is not just about birth relations, it’s about much, much more.  Family is a feeling, a comfort level, a wanting to be a part of and wanting to be with.  Family is more than just about money, grades, stuff, feelings, jealousies and missed trusts.  Family is never perfect, none ever are.  It’s about forgiveness, helping, needing, growing up, learning, sharing, making mistakes and saying “I’m sorry” and “I love you”.  Family is about life.  Life has its ups and downs; family has its ups and downs.  Family is about accepting, no matter what.  It’s about reunions and shared experiences and stories that last through generations.  Nothing perfect, that’s what family is. US and WE!

“Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts.” Unknown

“The family.  We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.”

Erma Bombeck

“To us, family means  putting your arms around each other and being there.”   Barbara Bush

“In time of test, family is best.”

Surviving Tough Times

Become a Super Single Parent

Just to let you know where you stand in the world of stress…

Most Stressful Changes

  1. Death of spouse
  2. Divorce
  3. Marriage separation
  4. Jail term
  5. Death of a loved one
  6. Injury or illness
  7. Marriage
  8. Job loss
  9. Pregnancy
  10. Retirement / Change of financial status

Holiday Tips for Single Parents – Tip 8

Holiday Tips for Single Parents
Holidays can create anxieties and conflicts for single and divorced parents. The following suggestion may help you better manage and enjoy your holiday season.
Tip #8
Plan celebrations with friends (and with other single parent families) if you will not be with your children and/or your extended family for the holidays.
To get a free PDF entitled “25 Holiday Tips for Single Parents” go to


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