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Homework Help Tips for Parents

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 05:08
With school in session, many moms have more time. That trip to the gym is easier to squeeze in around a work schedule. The days are less stressful ... and then the kids come home and that means I’m on homework help duty. [insert ominous music here] The house that was quiet, the laundry that was folded, the e-mail that was half answered are all now a memory, because there are things that have to be done—homework! To be quite honest, I was not always a big fan of homework. I saw it as busy work the kids were required… Read more...

4 Steps to Take After You're Suddenly Single

Thursday, 21 November 2013 04:51
When you've been half of a relationship only to find you are no longer, the road ahead seems less like a road and more like a dead end. Whether you're reeling from a death, divorce, or termination of a long-standing union, the unfamiliar single stage means rediscovering who you are and what makes you happy.  Navigate your feelings honestly. Address any points of tension, painful issues, uncertainties, and decisions, and determine how to best act on your decisions. Believing you'll get beyond the surprise, hurt, or betrayal is the first step.  Grieve.It's critical to allow yourself to go through the grieving… Read more...

Girlfriend Getaway

Wednesday, 30 October 2013 03:56
Girls just want to have fun, and when given the chance, they want to do it together. There's a lot to be said about grabbing a coffee or cocktail after work with a girlfriend, but extend the bonding over an entire weekend, and there's no telling the amount of fun (not to mention free therapy) that will take place. Holland's Jennifer Reeves recently escaped with her girlfriends to Grand Traverse Resort, and the experience that ensued was more than a little enjoyable and necessary for these working moms, wives, sisters, and daughters. Read on to get a glimpse! It’s an annual… Read more...

10 Good Girlfriend Timeouts

Tuesday, 08 October 2013 04:18
Carve out some girl time this fall with these stellar ideas!   Read more...

Ways to Establish a Parent-Teacher Relationship

Thursday, 19 September 2013 03:12
Back-to-school is one of the busiest times for both parents and teachers. But know that as busy as you and your child’s teacher are, you share a common goal—your child’s academic achievement. As an involved parent, you can facilitate a relationship with a teacher based upon this shared goal and mutual respect. How and When to Communicate with the Teachers During the first few weeks of school, teachers have a lot on their plates getting to know students and dealing with shifting schedules and rosters. Schools usually schedule “back-to-school” nights to signal when teachers are ready to start the dialogue… Read more...

How to Fly When You’re Driving Solo

Wednesday, 04 September 2013 06:56
For forty-six years, Susan Alpert lived the dream with her husband, Larry—they had a happy home, children, and thriving careers. When Larry died, she experienced the ultimate aloneness, fearing her happiness would never return. “No, it wasn’t easy to recover from the loss of a loving partner at my side, but I did, and learned how to be very happy on my own. It’s possible at any stage of life,” says Susan, author of Driving Solo. “I’ve spoken to those who have been divorced or separated from their spouse or they just haven’t met that special someone yet and they,… Read more...
The sound of silence was the most haunting for Thelma Zirkelbach on her first night home after her husband’s death.  “I’d lost my husband, but I hadn’t lost his voice, I told myself,” said Zirkelbach, who had spent so many nights the previous year at hospitals with her husband Ralph, who died not long after being diagnosed with leukemia.  “One of the things I had to learn was to find help from many people, whereas for most of my adult life I had the help of many in one man,” said Zirkelbach, author of Stumbling Through the Dark, a memoir about… Read more...
How Social Networking Can Affect Your Divorce Case Social Networking is everywhere nowadays. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Four Square inundate our everyday conversation. Nearly every store, restaurant, and business has a presence on the Web. Our children, parents, grandparents, and even pets have Facebook pages. We find ourselves “checking in” every time we hit a restaurant with our friends or go to a baseball game with family. We make ourselves and our lives available at every turn on these sites and sometimes, we forget the ramifications. When you’re going through a divorce, you must keep in mind that nearly everything that you do has the… Read more...

Life’s Little Curveballs

Tuesday, 25 June 2013 10:46
“If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” —Jim Rohn  A few months ago, my father unexpectedly passed away. The shock of it still resonates with my family as we struggle to heal from our devastating loss. The days following his death were a whirlwind of planning and preparation, of going through all the necessary and expected motions. As the days passed and life settled, we discovered my father’s estate planning documents. Knowing they were there but never having reviewed them, it… Read more...
Over the years, I’ve sat down with prospective divorce clients only to hear them start the conversation with, “I want a bulldog for a lawyer.” Given the situation clients go through during a divorce, this gut response isn’t an unreasonable one. Oftentimes, the point a spouse actually files for divorce is long removed from the point the relationship started to go downhill. In these situations, the couple has had weeks, months, or even years of pent-up anger and animosity towards one another that they instinctively want to unleash during the divorce proceedings. They want a bulldog, a cut-throat. They want… Read more...
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