My Destination is No Longer Set by the Way the Wind Blows 1

Look Who’s (Not) Talking?

Bae’s not talking. Not in the sense that he’s got a secret. He’s just not talking.  Hasn’t said his first word yet. He just passed the big “1”.  And (so the books say), he should be saying at least three words by now.  They don’t have to be clear.  But they should be there. And Read More

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My Destination is No Longer Set by the Way the Wind Blows 1

Lessons Learned: How Divorce Changed Me – Guest Post

You may recall earlier this month I did a blog review on some of my new favourite Mommy Bloggers.  If you missed it, look here:  Blogger Reviews Part Deux – Mommy Bloggers!   Jessica Terry from 4 the Love of Mommy has graciously agreed to write a guest post for today’s blog. I am sure that if Read More

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My Destination is No Longer Set by the Way the Wind Blows 1

Hey Jimmy Fallon – Can You Teach Kids Some Manners?

For regular watchers of the Jimmy Fallon show, you might be familiar with his “Thank You Notes”. With the “Thank You Notes” music playing in the background, Jimmy thanks people, places, things, etc – for being special in some way. They’re his funny take on a list of things that he’s thankful for…but they’re the Read More

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Single Mom? Or SuperMom?

Single Mom? Or SuperMom?

Have you ever wondered what the job description for a single mother would look like?  Do you think you’d have applied for the job if you’d read the job description first? Take a look at my SuperMom Job Description at DivorcedMoms.com. Image Credit:  [indigopixies.com] Follow Live by Surprise on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Pinterest and Bloglovin Live by SurpriseWant Live By Read More

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On Losing a Family Member

Preparing Your Kids for the Death of a Pet

When my husband and I were dating, I met his kids well before he “met” mine. He had joint custody of two gorgeous dogs – Montana, a full Rottweiler, and Apollo, a German Shepard Rottweiler mix. Montana was about eight at the time, and Apollo was about eleven. I say “about” because we’re not quite Read More

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Coparenting: Splitting Expenses without Losing Your Mind

Acyrologia: A New Diagnosis for My Ex

My ex and I met when the internet was just starting to become interesting.  When cell phones were as big as shoe boxes and only made phone calls—not texts. So we rarely had the opportunity or need to write to each other.  Sure, he’d give me cards on my birthday and sometimes on our anniversary. Read More

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How Do You Make Report Card Day Positive for a Child with Learning Disabilities? 1

Learning Disabilities: Making Report Card Day Positive

Living with a learning disability means that report card day has been very difficult in the past. I think my son dreaded the report card almost as much as I did. Because the school insists that you go over the report card with your child. Which I totally understand. But when most of the feedback Read More

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Liar, Liar - More Tales About Co-Parenting with a Narcissist

Liar, Liar: More Tales About Co-Parenting with a Narcissist

Sometimes, it’s just easier to play into a narcissist’s lies.  I’m guilty of it on more than one occasion.  If I was dealing with a “normal” co-parent (and by that I mean someone who had all the marbles in the right place), we could have a free exchange of information about the children, their lives, Read More

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The Purple Crayon - Encouraging Creativity in your Children

Using the Purple Crayon: Encouraging Creativity in your Children

I’ve always been a fairly creative person. It’s part of the reason I enjoy writing so much. But, as an adult, I do realize that there are some creative enterprises that you just can’t undertake. For instance, although I’ve added a few trinkets to my desk at work, I’m well aware that if I put Read More

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Learning to Succeed - A Mother's Gift to her Children

Learning to Succeed: A Mother’s Gift to her Children

It’s so hard these days to decide which type of parent you want to be. I want to supportive of my children. Yet I want to give them the room they need to figure out who they are and grow. Puck is a very cautious child. Part and parcel of his learning disability is an Read More

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