Children of Divorce Need Ground Under Their Feet

Children of Divorce Need Ground Under Their Feet

When parents separate or divorce, the emotional, psychological ground beneath children becomes shaky and insecure.  Children can tolerate this shakiness if things come back to a new normal within a reasonable period of time. When there is a high degree of conflict...
Sharon Dietsche, Washington DC Parenting Expert

Sharon Dietsche, Washington DC Parenting Expert

Sharon Dietsche, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and I spoke on the same panel. Her talk entitled “Role Reversal: A Social Worker’s Guide to Redefining Parental Boundaries” was very well received and helpful.  In a nutshell, she spoke about how important...
A Walk in the Cemetery: Thoughts for Co-Parents

A Walk in the Cemetery: Thoughts for Co-Parents

On a two month road trip last summer, we found ourselves in Savannah, Georgia, and people recommended that we visit Bonaventure Cemetery.  Bonaventure is beautiful in a Southern haunting way. Spanish moss hangs abundantly from the huge and magnificent live oaks,...
Joy is in the Moment

Joy is in the Moment

When I was a kid a teacher I barely knew was killed by lightning. Ever since then I’ve been terrified of being outside in storms.  When my husband and I were hiking in Arches National Park recently, I saw an ominous storm cloud. Until I noticed it, everything...
The Layne Project- Innovative Work!

The Layne Project- Innovative Work!

Trina Knudsen  is an amazing woman. Both an attorney and a social worker, she started an agency in Olathe, Kansas called The Layne Project.  In addition to many other services, she teaches co-parenting classes with Bridget Jenner, (upper right) a dedicated Marriage...
Goodland, Kansas- Three Free Online Classes!

Goodland, Kansas- Three Free Online Classes!

Goodland, Kansas was an interesting place. Enzo made some friends which he was so happy about! We stayed there for just one night as a layover. On a walk with Enzo in the morning we found something amazing: a huge replica of Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers.”...
Expectation and A Hike to the Arch

Expectation and A Hike to the Arch

We visited Arches National Park in Moab, Utah on our recent Real Hope Tour. It is filled with magnificent naturally formed arches. My husband and I set out on a hike to see one of the larger arches. The park brochure said that it was .8 miles, and rated the hike as...
Starting the Journey

Starting the Journey

Starting from our home in northern California, my husband, our German Shepard Enzo and I will travel across the country pulling our RV. You can see how excited Enzo is as we pull out of our driveway and hit the road. We will go through Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas,...

4 Tips to Make Co-Parenting Easier

The term ‘co-parenting’ can be a detriment. It is a mushy and loving word, but many people in these situations are not feeling mushy and loving. As a divorced co-parenting teacher and therapist,  I often hear comments like, “It is absurd to think that we are...