As Joanne dropped into bed, the events of the day swirled through her head. Joanne relived the nightmare of the emergency run back to the school to grab a forgotten backpack. Amidst the soccer and gymnastics practices–she barely made it before the custodian locked the doors. Just as she
Sadness is when your parents fight.” Angie, age 8.
When couples struggle, the adults are keenly aware of their own pain and confusion. Many, however, fail to recognize how their ongoing, unhealthy conflict harms their children.
Unhealthy marriage or unhealthy
As the holidays begin, parents focus on how to make the season magical for their children. Divorced parents often try even harder.
You spend more money. Plan more outings. Create more expectations. Yet, grown children of divorce often recall that the holidays were the worst part of the year. During
“Am I a good enough parent?”
The question haunts most parents. Are we giving our children all they need to grow and thrive? This concern cranks up a bit after divorce.
We know the ominous statistics for children of divorce. Can we protect our children from these?
It turns out. . .yes.
Divorce may sever legal ties, but divorced people often remain entangled. Especially divorced people sharing children.
They continue to talk to make decisions for the children. They continue to depend on each other to raise the children. They continue to know each other’s business. Necessary—but
When parents decide to end their marriage, many must work through deep layers of anger. The elements that caused the marriage to come apart also often caused deep wounds.
Healthy parents engage with a pastor, counselor, or close friend to help them move to a place of healing. At minimum, this
As the last fireworks of 4th of July fade, stores replace fire crackers with “Back-to-School” supplies.
Parents (still focused on swim lessons, summer camps, and family vacations) also begin planning for school. Complex for most families–even harder from two houses. But, there’s
“I want to stay with you!” Few words capture and wound parent’s hearts more.
Divorced parents’ hardest moments often come when children load their duffel bag to head to the other parent’s house.
Whether the stay is overnight or for weeks, no parent likes missing time
“When you’re a single parent, there is no back-up. It’s parenting without a net.” Amy Dickinson
Newly single parents struggle. They often feel alone. Scared. Directionless. If you find yourself in this boat–there’s hope.
One simple tradition gives definition to family life—and
January—the month of new plans and fresh starts. As you contemplate all the ways you would like your life to improve this year, would you like a fresh start in your home life?
Couples call The Resolution Center when their marriage is unraveling. Life no longer works, and they desperately desire