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6 Ways to Deal Compassionately With Your Troubled Teen

6 Ways to Deal Compassionately With Your Troubled Teen

Parenting a troubled teen from a compassionate perspective that demonstrates how much you care about them often yields very positive results. Consider trying one of these approaches the next time you’re struggling to figure out how to deal with your teen. 1. Focus on the teen you love, not the behavior you don’t. Difficult teen […]

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Warning Signs of Teen Drug Use and Abuse

Warning Signs of Teen Drug Use and Abuse

Please note that even though some of these warning signs of drug abuse may be present in your teen, it does not mean that they are definitely abusing drugs. There are other causes for some of these behaviors. Even the life stage of adolescence is a valid reason for many of them to exist. On […]

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The Jewish Holidays — Whose Time with the Kids?

The Jewish Holidays — Whose Time with the Kids?

Divorce is disruptive for children on all fronts, especially when time once shared with the family, such as secular and religious holidays, must be negotiated in the custody agreement between divorcing spouses. Divorce mediators are aware of the importance of dividing secular holidays when children are out of school and parents are, for the most […]

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Child Custody: Is a custody battle best for your children?

Child Custody: Is a custody battle best for your children?

Beware of letting your children get involved in the case through an extended custody tug-of-war — it will backfire on you. Look at this time as an adventure and opportunity of trying to improve your parenting skills in order to improve the quality of the relationship you have with your children. Your children simply can’t […]

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How to Prepare for a Custody Trial

How to Prepare for a Custody Trial

First, it must be understood that a trial should be your last alternative. Custody trials are incredibly painful and difficult for parents and children. A trial requires you to rip each other apart and say the worst things possible about each other. After a custody trial, it is extremely difficult to move past the ugliness […]

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Joint or Sole Custody?

Joint or Sole Custody?

For the sake of the children, the goals of divorcing parents should be the same: involvement of both parents in the lives of the children and mitigation of conflict between the parents. These two factors should dominate all others when thinking about custody. A joint-custody solution gives a psychological boost to the parent who would […]

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Who Decides: You or the Judge?

Who Decides: You or the Judge?

You and your spouse should be able to resolve the issues of custody and visitation privately or through mediation or collaborative programs. But if you can’t reach an agreement on your own or through one of these resources, the only alternative is to have a judge make the decisions for you. The judge is given […]

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An Inflexible Ex: You and the children

An Inflexible Ex: You and the children

If you’re one of those divorced persons who have a contentious relationship with their exes, be ever so careful that you don’t let it have an impact on the mental well being of the children you are parenting together. Unfortunately, children are almost always victims when it comes to divorce — helpless victims who love […]

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Why Can’t We Just Settle the Divorce – Ourselves?

Why Can’t We Just Settle the Divorce – Ourselves?

The thought of actually getting divorced puts us into varying degrees of shock. None of us wants to experience the sadness and upheaval of divorce, so our individual coping skills kick in and help us handle the pain. The king of these skills is denial.

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