Episode 1- White Picket Fences
You have to start at the beginning…
Episode 2- You Have to Kill the Spider
The moment it hit me I was truly a single parent.
Episode 3- The Everything Housewife
Taking a detour and had an interview with the creator of the brand, The Everything Housewife, Jenny Black. She enjoys writing, cooking, sewing, decorating, and public speaking. She is the author and illustrator of the children’s book, “Alora, the Good Witch” and her favorite holiday is Halloween. She has many detours in her life, her parents divorced when she was newly married. Everyone has a story and hers is one to listen to.
Episode 4- Dr. Dave
I had the privilege of sitting down and talking with “Dr. Dave“. He has a Ph.D. from Auburn University and is an associate professor and family life extension specialist at Utah State University. He has the facts and studies, I have the experience and together that made for a fun conversation.
TIPS FOR PARENTS
Children of Divorce: What they need from parents
Divorce … It is never an easy decision. When it involves children, it can become very complicated. Parents may not realize the stress children go through if the parents cannot work out their problems peacefully.
If you could hear the children, this is what they might say:
1. After the divorce, I need both of my parents to stay involved in my life. I might think you don’t love me anymore if you don’t come to see me.
2. Please don’t fight in front of me. I feel helpless, it hurts my feelings, and it scares me. I feel worse about myself when my parents hate each other.
3. Please let me love both of my parents. Sometimes I worry that one parent will be jealous if I want to spend time with the other parent. I don’t want to take sides.
4. Please don’t say bad things about the other parent in front of me. I don’t want to get caught in the middle.
5. Please don’t make me spy on the other parent. It makes me feel guilty.
6. Please don’t make me send messages back and forth between parents. Tell them yourself so I don’t have to be the bad guy.
7. Please pay child support so I know you care about my needs. If we can’t pay our bills, it stresses our family and we have more problems.
8. Please let me have regular visits with the other parent. I am the one who loses out if you change your mind.
9. Please help raise me. Sometimes I need my Dad to help me with homework and sometimes I need my Mom. I need advice and guidance from both of you.
10. Please let me talk about my feelings. Sometimes you act like my feelings are not important when you say …”Oh, you shouldn’t feel that way.” I do feel that way … I just need you to listen
Adapted from Child Abuse Prevention Team, Salt Lake/Summit County/UCPCA — Utah Chapter for the Prevention of Child Abuse.