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The Fear Of Another Woman In My Child’s Life || Recently, a young mother, about to separate from her child’s father, asked these important questions of me as a mom and a stepmom: “Right after the separation how did you handle the thought of another woman being in your child’s life when you weren’t there? How did you handle the fear that another woman is going to try and replace you? || Read more... http://mendingthenest.com/the-fear-of-another-woman-in-my-childs-life/

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Finding Christmas Joy – When It All Goes Wrong || Christmas is an incredibly stressful time of year at the best of times. Why? Family, mainly. And money. And expectations. And being tired because it’s the end of the year… But mainly it’s expectations, especially expectations around family. Read more... http://mendingthenest.com/finding-christmas-joy-when-it-all-goes-wrong/

Why I Want My Kids To Like Their Stepmother || And why I want my ex-husband to be happy… I remember when my ex-husband got in to his first serious relationship about 6 months after we split. I was shocked when friends asked me if I was upset about it or angry. I had left him, he deserved to be happy. || Read more... http://mendingthenest.com/why-i-want-my-kids-to-like-their-step-mum/

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How We Maintain Our Goals || One of the most influential books I read in 2015 was The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. The book was a suggestion from my brother who is the uber, Type-A personality – my actual twin born 9 years apart! || Read more... http://mendingthenest.com/how-we-maintain-our-goals/

Are Romance Novels Ruining Our Expectations Of Marriage? || Erotica, romance and unbelievably steamy scenarios of intimate relations have exploded into mainstream recently. These novels mostly share the same synopsis: Man meets woman. Man wants woman. Man takes woman ( and I don’t mean he takes her to dinner – take meaning – TAKES). || Read more... http://mendingthenest.com/are-romance-novels-ruining-our-expectations-of-marriage/

Noise, children, social contact Summer days and nights Exhaustion of the best kind Escape from the demons in my mind || Lucy Phynn || Read more... http://mendingthenest.com/sit-with-yourself/

How We Succeed With Resolutions || Social media is constructed in such a way that even the most difficult task seems immediately attainable. The end result for the majority of people is disappointment and a feeling of failure in themselves. Read more... http://mendingthenest.com/how-we-succeed-with-resolutions/

Why We Fail At Resolutions || Every year it’s the same old things: Lose 15 pounds/diet. Join a gym. Organize the house. Volunteer more. Pay off debt. Sign up for graduate classes. Work towards a promotion. Start saving more money. Save the World. Cure Cancer! Well, maybe the last 2 are a stretch! Read more... http://mendingthenest.com/why-we-fail-at-resolutions/

The Courage To Try || If you reviewed my life from the outside looking in, one would think 2015 had been a year with more heartache and failure than success and triumph. If I was the 2014 version of myself, I would probably have to agree. Read more... http://mendingthenest.com/the-courage-to-try/