Managing Childcare Expenses after a Divorce

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There are many things to consider during and after a divorce. If there are children involved, managing your finances is especially important. Since divorce can be expensive, you need to consider the expenses of two homes, two sets of utility bills and the childcare expenses. How you handle these childcare expenses is an important aspect of your financial well-being after your divorce. But how do you manage the childcare expenses? What are the best ways to do this? This article will help you sort all the factors out and arrive at a plan that will best meet your financial needs.

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Best Resources for Women Going Back to Work

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The companies and non-profits listed below help women return to the workforce. While it’s not an exhaustive list, it’s a great place to start if you’re looking to resume work after a long break.

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Going Back to Work after a Divorce: Advice for Moms

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As if going through a divorce isn’t stressful enough, add to it the process of entering or returning to the workforce. This is a huge stressor for many women after a divorce. Fortunately, there are many resources and advice available to women entering or returning to work after a divorce.

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5 Ways to Get Your Kids to Be More Active

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Guest blog post by Amanda Moore

If you’re a parent, you already know how important it is for kids to be active. Not only does it keep their bodies healthy, it pumps blood to the brain, making your kid smarter. Unfortunately, these days it’s getting harder to encourage this activity, as kids use screens more and more at school and at home. It’s even harder if you’re a single parent who plans and does everything on your own.  But with a bit of prep, activity can become an easy, fun part of your bonding time. Here are five simple ways to get your kids to be more active:

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7 Child Custody Tips for Fathers

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Guest blog post by Dan Buckley, family law attorney in Brisbane

If you are a father who is looking to get custody of your children, you should understand that it is not going to be an easy battle. The entire matter gets more complicated when the mother is also filing to get the custody of children.

According to Child Support Lawyers, as a father you can keep the following tips in mind as you work to gain custody of your children:

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7 Reasons Why Working Moms Should Consider Mediation Over Traditional Divorce

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Guest blog post by Allison Maxim, a family law mediator at Maxim Law PLLC.

Going through a divorce as a working mom can be tough. When you combine the emotional components of the process, the potential for financial loss, and the time commitment of an in-court divorce, you’ve have several opportunities for your divorce to become a messy, stressful experience. Some things are inevitable – for example, you’re bound to have a lot of complicated feelings about your marriage ending. Luckily, you do have options when deciding how to handle your divorce, and you can make the whole process a lot easier for yourself and your kids if you choose wisely.

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My Father Told Me I Saved His Life

Essay by Thomas Bennett

This is an essay by Thomas Bennett, a finalist for the 2018 WeParent Scholarship. He is a student at Perry Technical Institute.

When I was twelve my life changed dramatically. I was like most kids at that age; I played at least two sports a year, went to birthday parties, started thinking and talking about the opposite sex, and I had two parents who were married. My parents were actively involved in the church and I really did not envision what was to come.

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We Had to Work Harder to Keep Our Family Together

Essay by Valerie Weddle

This is an essay by Valerie Weddle, a finalist for the 2018 WeParent Scholarship. She is a student at Perry Technical Institute.

My mom and dad got divorced when I was two years old. While my mom and dad were married, they had my brother and me. While my mom was married to my first step dad, they had two daughters together. My mom remarried two more times after that, and I had two stepsisters the first time and now have three stepsisters with the fourth marriage. My dad remarried when I was about 15 years old. He had one child with my step mom and I gained another stepsister from her. I am the oldest of all of the six children.

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Living with Divorced Parents Inspired Me to Become a Filmmaker

essay by Grace Van Hofwegen

This is an essay by Grace Van Hofwegen, a finalist for the 2018 WeParent Scholarship. She is a student at Tulsa Community College.

When I think back to my early years of elementary school, many memories of my parents fighting and bad-mouthing each other resurface. I can vividly recall several times where my father called the police on my mother, my mother sobbing to an 8-year-old me who had no idea which parent was right – was my mom “crazy”? Was my dad a “horrible man”? I couldn’t talk to anyone about it, not even the seven therapists I saw between the ages of 7 and 11. They all said they understood how I felt, but I knew they did not. I could tell by the fake sympathy plastered on their faces that they put on every day for their jobs as therapists that they had no idea how I felt.

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Lessons I Learned from My Mother

Essay by Payten Ford

This is an essay by Payton Ford, a finalist for the 2018 WeParent Scholarship. He is a student at Stetson University.

All of us have been affected by our parents in some shape or form. Whether it is our personal beliefs, the traditions that we practice, or an uncanny habit that we picked up from them, our caretakers have helped to shape us as people and allowed us to become the individual that we are today. For me personally, I have only had one parent involved in my life, allowing me to learn some valuable life lessons along the way.

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