Whatever happened during your divorce, whether it was difficult or easy, you will definitely be left with some regrets. These will vary but it may be that you didn't get to do what you wanted to do whilst you were married, or that your thought patterns weren't allowed to develop, or you are now hampered by habits you are finding hard to break.
There is an expression in French which goes like this: 'I am what I am.' And while I'm at it, another comes to mind: 'It is what it is.' Perhaps we should ponder on these words in light of the Brangelina breakup which has so many supposedly shocked and even devastated.
Listen, I'm not gonna patronise your granny by teaching her to suck eggs - we all know that a little appreciation goes a long way. These points are merely an aide-memoire so I don't end up being plunged unceremoniously back into the shark-infested waters of the dating pool myself
A difference in parenting methods has been blamed as one of the main reasons for the Brangelina split. Parenting together can be a minefield, especially if you have different ideas about how to do it. If there are problems in the foundation of your relationship already and then you add in on top of this differences of opinion on how to parent then this can cause huge cracks to appear.
I started to wonder how my husband was feeling about this lack of interest, and I began to feel guilty about putting him through it. I told myself it was better to be true to myself and not just 'do it' to please him. But then, one day, I changed my mind...
Why is it so hard for couples to talk to each other if something is bothering them? Small problems that could easily be discussed and resolved in one conversation are left alone in hopes that they will resolve themselves. But the longer they are left, the bigger they get.
Well ladies and gents, we've talked about nice things like 'How NOT to buy a wedding dress' and 'Wedding Traditions', I figured it's time I got down and dirty with the TRUTH about wedding planning!
Now the wedding is done, comes the question - do I give up my name? The name I've lived with and been known by for 35 years? I've grown rather attached to it. I still hate the idea that women don't have their own names - they have the name of their fathers, or their mother's fathers
Reading this, people would probably think that all you have to do is speak up, or walk away. It's not that easy. After months or years of having your life, soul and freedom chipped away at its hard to have any opinion at all. It's like that big black hole is where your personality and individuality once were.
In the era of Tinder and hook-up culture, it can be hard for any of you unicorns looking for love and serious relationships to navigate without getting your dreams and hopes shattered. Dating is no longer simply a way to find out whether two people are suitable for a relationship. No. It's a battlefield out there.
Emotional abuse often starts slowly and in such a way that you don't notice it. A nasty comment or remark designed to belittle you. A confusing conversation where you are persuaded that things didn't happen the way you recall or you end up accepting blame for something that wasn't your fault.
Georgie and I have been best friends for over five years, during which we have shed tears over a number of abominable relationships, and have laughed in disbelief at some shocking dating disasters. Let's just say, our milkshake brings all the twats to the yard.
Now, I think it's great when co-parenting works, and it sounds like Mayim and her ex are doing an incredible job of managing what, we all know, is a highly complex relationship. As a divorced single mum, though, I have some issues with her words; those she speaks and those that hang between the lines.
The L word these days means absolutely everything and absolutely nothing. When it's a term that can be used to describe the opinion of your new trainers or your partner, it's hard to gauge what is really meant by 'love'. When you say you want to feel love, what do you want to find?
Call it naivety, or wishful thinking, but never did I once consider that we would go seven years without having a full nights' sleep, and sometimes be so exhausted that I wouldn't be able to muster the energy to even smile.
Imagine spending thousands to ensure that one 24 hour period of your life is filled with beauty; from your outfit, to the ground that you walk on right down to the napkins that you wipe your face on and then the next day, you never get to see it again - because the memory card in your cousins camera failed or the flash didn't work on the disposables.