Congratulations Alexa Marie West
Yesterday I celebrated the graduation of a beautiful young lady, Lexi. She is full of spirit. Her smile and laughter fills every room. She is beautiful inside and out. And she’s just like her beautiful Grandma Marilyn.
Marilyn was my best friend. We became fast friends over 30 years ago after I hired her to be my dad’s secretary. She was one of those friends who changed my life from the moment I met her. We grew very close, very fast. We not only experienced life together, we lived life together. We went through our divorces together. She was there the night Jon passed away. Our children grew up together as best friends. We went through a lot of ups and downs in life but always knew we had each other to lean on. There has always been no one closer to me than her. And there will never be another as close to me as her.
But 4 ½ years ago, after a horrific accident, she went home and joined Jon in heaven, and I have not been the same since. I still pick up the phone to call her when something exciting happens. I still cry out to her when I am hurting. A part of me will never be whole until we are together again. She knew me better than anybody. She loved me no matter what. Life has just never been the same without her.
25 Things Children of Divorce Want Their Parents to Know – Part 3
Divorce forces us to grow up too fast.
If you think about your childhood most of us would do anything to go back to being a kid again. Living the carefree life. Having your mom and dad take care of everything. Being able to come home from school and run to your friend’s house to play until suppertime. Not a care in the world. All you did was eat, sleep and play.
Parental Alienation After Divorce: Never Take It Out On the Kids!!!WRITTEN BY ROSALIND SEDACCA
Divorce conflicts between parents can get ugly. And too often parents tend to vent or share this anger about the other parent with one or more of the children involved. The results can be devastating – not only for the “target” parent, but for the children, as well. This is just one form of parental alienation which is a serious and very complex set of behaviors which often feel justified by the alienating parent.
The problem is that children get caught in the middle, are often confused about being told disrespectful things about their other parent and can learn to manipulate both parents in ways that are destructive for the child’s socialization and ultimate well-being.
When any parental disagreements reach into your children’s lives, you are treading in dangerous territory with long-lasting consequences. How you handle the situation could play a crucial role in determining the ultimate outcome in your family conflict.