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Top 3 Tips for Co-Parenting With A Jerk

Co-parenting is never easy. For most parents, the very idea of having to share ‘your baby’ with another immediately evokes a biological sense of loss that just can’t be soothed. And for those in high-conflict coparenting situations who are forced to coparent with an ineffective or abusive coparent, the hardship can be overwhelming. After 10 years of coparenting with a jerk, here are the top 3 things I’ve learned that can help ease the stress.  1) Relinquish The Things You Cannot Control As an overly concerned parent, this was the hardest lesson I had to learn. I will admit that some days it still remains a struggle. After all, we are internally hard-wired to protect our children, so going against...

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Step Parent's Oath : Parent's Oath

Today I ran across this lovely Stepparents' Oath that was very touching and, of course prompted me to think about the issue of dealing with a stepparent when Co-Parenting. For many parents in Co-Parenting situations, having a peaceful acceptance of a new stepparent can prove extremely difficult and can test the patience of even the most 'enlightened' of parents.  For me, this was one of the hardest aspects of Co-Parenting...and...in my most trying moments I will admit that it can still be challenging. I was, however, inspired by reading the Stepparent's Oath, and in the spirit of peaceful cooperation for the sake of the 'littles' in Co-Parenting families - I began wondering what an enlightened "Parent's Oath" would be. If...

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Why Enlightened Littles Was Hatched

"The judge came to a decision.  Your parenting time will begin Fridays after school and end before school on Monday mornings."My heart sank.  I couldn't speak.  I couldn't breathe.  Oh my god.  I was the weekend parent.  Of my own child.  That wasn't enough.  Not enough time to raise my child.  Not enough time to enjoy watching him grow up.  Nothing could fill the void that I felt.  I had lost my boy.  My baby.  Like many of you, I too understand the gut-wrenching heartache that often comes with sharing custody of your children.  After 10 years of co-parenting, I think I finally have it mastered....I think.  For me the first 10 years were brutal trial and error lessons that...

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Look what just hatched.... Enlightened Littles!

We are proud to announce that a new line of innovative, enlightened toys and tools has just hatched! Enlightened Littles is a new, oh-so adorable company that was founded on the belief that there should be enlightened and fun toys and tools to help 'littles' understand the world around them. We know that every family tree is unique, and that there are a myriad of ways to lovingly help 'littles' make sense of big things.  In close cooperation with acclaimed and accomplished Child and Family Play Therapists, we've created an enlightened line of lovingly made toys and tools to help your littles take flight!

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