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Win Child Custody: Dos & Don'ts to Live By

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Nervous about your child custody case going before the court? Find out what you need to do -- and not do -- in order to win.

Child Custody Resources for Single Parents
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Naming Your Worst Child Custody Fears

Tuesday April 22, 2014

So often, our fears get the best of us. They distract us, even paralyze us. But wrapping your arms around your fears is important because it's the first step in doing something about them.

So take a moment and think about what you're afraid of most. Is is losing custody to an ex you don't trust? Having to share custody? Hearing the words "I want to try living with mom (or dad)"?

Man and woman arguing over child custody.

Sometimes just naming your fears "out loud" can help to reduce their power. So take a moment to share your fears here on the blog -- along with what you're doing about them.

Then use the resources below to talk with your kids, explore your options, and research the laws in your state:

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Don't Wait Until Your Kids Are Teenagers to Talk About Sex

Monday April 21, 2014

The sex talk isn't just for teens who are already in dating relationships.

A mom speaks with her teen about sex. As parents, we need to start the conversation when our kids are young and be intentional about teaching them how to cultivate healthy dating relationships as they get older.

Let our readers know how you've approached the issue by sharing your story here on the site.

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Poll: How Often Do You Conduct Family Meetings?

Sunday April 20, 2014

Family meetings at our house tend to fall into two different categories: the regular check-in, sync your schedules, share-one-positive-thing-about-each-other version, and the more urgent let's-get-together-to-address-a-problem type of family meeting.

Both formats are helpful. But I've noticed that sticking to a weekly family meeting routine helps prevent last-minute stresses, from "Where's my game-day uniform?" to "Mom, I need poster-board for a project that's due tomorrow!"

How about you? Do you use regular family meetings to keep the lines of communication open with your kids? Let us know by participating in this week's poll or sharing your thoughts here on the blog.

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Celebrate Easter With Your Kids

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Each year, we make "Resurrection Buns" for breakfast on Easter morning. I think they're fun because, first of all, the kids get to make them themselves, by wrapping refrigerator dough around a marshmallow; and second, they come with a little surprise. After baking, they're empty inside!

Visit the Easter bunny with your children.

It's a fun and creative way to illustrate the story of Easter. Plus, you can make them the night before and just pop them in the oven in the morning, which makes your Easter breakfast super easy!

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