My cajoling didn't work with my son, but losing my temper made the situation a million times worse. What did I expect? My son could not see I was upset or angry and stop and rationalise his fears about school, he was far too agitated himself.
Parents have to find a way to discuss these and other parentings issues and protect their children from acrimony and avoidable hurt and loss. Mediation creates a safe and neutral place for these conversations to take place. Furthermore, the mediator is highly trained and experienced in facilitating their much needed conversations and can help with formulating new boundaries and ways of communicating and planning that work.
It is incredibly easy to tell someone that you love them. Once you've said it a thousand times, those words roll off the tongue as a matter of habit. No thought required. What isn't easy is showing someone you love them. This takes time and effort, which if you really love them shouldn't be difficult.
Last week a woman said something to me that stopped me in my tracks. It had occurred within the context of a conversation we were having about the death of my husband last year when she asked me how I was coping. I explained that I was getting back on my feet. It was then she said,
When you married your spouse, the idea was for better for worse, in sickness and in health, til death us do part and yet here you are, not dead and facing the prospect of divorce. The vows are for better for worse, but overcoming when your partner has cheated is a very difficult thing to do, even worse when the cheater does not want to be in the marriage.
The marriage of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard ended in a blaze of publicity in August, as did of course that of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie a month later. Lurid headlines have focussed on the allegedly extreme behaviour that has accompanied the end of these relationships, as well as the eye-watering sums of money potentially involved in the settlements
Don't under estimate how hard it is to be amicable with your break-up. It may appear easy to separate and remain friends but it rarely is as straight forward and easy as it seems. It takes a lot from both parents to be able to put their differences aside and stay friends.
Within hours of yesterday's news that Angelia Jolie had filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, media and public speculation was in overdrive. There were c...
Yesterday, US actress Angelina Jolie announced that she had filed for divorce from husband and actor Brad Pitt. The couple have been in a relationshi...
Can we please stop this narrative that suggests women are incapable of recovering from failed relationships, or those that sadly run their course, and instead recognise many women not only survive but thrive without a partner?
With jokes about Jolie getting the karma she deserves and how smug Aniston 'must' be feeling being plastered all over the internet, we have to ask: is our reaction to the split slightly cruel?
Not since the trial of OJ Simpson has a "not guilty" verdict evoked such emotion as the jury's proclamation of Helen Titchener's (née Archer) innocen...
Today's millennials look at their parents with envy as the generation who had it easy. While no one would deny that young people today face a tougher struggle to reach the first rung of the housing ladder then previous generations, there is now the presumption that parents will help
The enormity of divorce scares me to the core every time. Every time I meet someone who is lonely after divorce, or speaks about the effects of divorce or even see it on a soap opera, the challenges divorce presents shocks every time.
To my friends, going through divorce. Yes, both of you. I've wanted to write this for a while now. I haven't because, well it's all just so very awkward isn't it.