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It’s Not All Perfect Here Either… || A question someone asked me before about these modern arrangements: how can anyone relate to our stories if everything seems so hunky-dory? If the average reader is struggling with their respective “other woman”, how the hell are they supposed to gain any solace from reading about our touchy-feely, slow-motion moments of perfection? The answer is… they’re not. Read more... http://mendingthenest.com/not-all-perfect/

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A Tiny Bridgemaker – Part Two || I watched David and Carol go through the emotional rollercoaster of trying to adopt with one agency and my heart softened, even though I could tell the girls were nervous about the possibilities of such massive, looming change. I witnessed Carol and David’s intense heartbreak from afar when their efforts fell through; Read more... http://mendingthenest.com/a-tiny-bridgemaker-part-two/

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Do You Make These Mistakes With Your Ex-Husband? || Relationships between ex-husbands and ex-wives are minefields fraught with potential explosions. Toss a few kids, a stepmother or second husband, and plenty of strong opinions about the way “things should be” into the mix, and it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll be doing lots of tiptoeing through the tulips. Or cowpies…. Read more... http://mendingthenest.com/do-you-make-these-mistakes-with-your-ex-husband/

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The Guilty Pleasure Of Gossip || Gossip always comes back to bite you in the ass. And with stepmothers and ex-wives in particular, there seems to be plenty of it to go around. Think about it. The set-up is perfect. Read more... http://mendingthenest.com/the-guilty-pleasure-of-gossip/

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How To Stop Hating The Ex-Wife Or Stepmom In 7 Simple Steps || You may have read in Friday’s post about how Carol (the stepmom) and I (the ex-wife) went from cringing in each other’s company to cackling happily over coffee. As promised, here are some (long-ass!) tips for creating such a bridge yourself — and reducing some of the angst and anger in your own ex-wife/stepmom relationship by following seven steps. Read more…

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A Tiny Bridgemaker – Part One || “All I know is, when we have a baby, I don’t want her to see it, hold it, or have anything to do with it. She just needs to stay away!” Those were the sentiments of Carol, my children’s stepmother. Luckily, I wasn’t around to hear this. Read more... http://mendingthenest.com/a-tiny-bridgemaker-part-one/

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– And + || Why does it even matter if you get along with the stepmom or ex-wife in your life? Can’t you just go through the rest of the days, weeks, and years (that you’ve got the kids), leaving things as they are? Your motivation to improve your relationship is even lower if things are bad between you. Read more... http://mendingthenest.com/and/

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Drunk Buddhist Clowns? || In “Peace is Every Step”, Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh suggests periodically checking in with loved ones and asking, “Do I understand you enough?  Or am I making you suffer?  Please tell me so that I can learn to love you properly.  Read more... http://mendingthenest.com/drunk-buddhist-clowns/

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The Joy Of Being Judgmental QUIZ! || One of the keys to improving your relationship with each other is owning your own shit. You know, admitting to the parts of you that help keep things cantankerous and conflict-ridden. Surely this current state of affairs is ALL HER FAULT! But maybe not. Read more... http://mendingthenest.com/the-joy-of-being-judgmental/

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Ten Seconds To Peace Between Divorced Moms And Stepmoms With Eric Maisel – Part 2 || The relationship between mothers and stepmothers is traditionally considered to be helplessly antagonistic, but it doesn’t have to be. How can the Ten Zen Seconds method help reduce those nasty feelings that mother and stepmothers often feel toward one another? Read more... http://mendingthenest.com/ten-seconds-to-peace-part-2/

Ten Seconds to Peace Between Divorced Moms and Stepmoms with Eric Maisel - Part 2 - Mending the Nest

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