Divorce, Half-Siblings & Life. It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again.

Above picture from Pinterest. Quote from Benjamin Button.

Today I saw some pictures that my half-sister posted on Facebook. They were pictures of a part of my family that I don’t know very well. The pictures included all four of my older half-siblings from my father’s first marriage and photos of my father as a young man.

I only remember meeting my biological father a handful of times before he died. He died while I was in college and he and my mom divorced before I turned one. I have no memory of what he looked like as a young man, and I don’t know much about who he was and what he was like in person. Seeing the pictures of him and his first family struck a nerve deep within me. It’s painful. More

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Internet Safety – What do You Do When You Think Your Child is in Trouble, but Your Ex is in Denial and Will Not Help Protect Your Child?

While researching for this piece, I found some very disturbing internet information and statistics. Did you know that 60% of all websites on the Internet are pornographic websites? That’s about 1.2 billion.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, “One out of every five children who have access to the internet have received online sexual solicitations. Pedophiles often pose as children to build trust with kids and then lure them to meet them in person. It takes an average of 2 to 4 weeks for a child to fall for this trap.

One of the biggest causes of the rise in online child molestation is due to poor parental supervision of their child’s internet activity.

Did you know that of the 500,000 dial-a-porn calls made in a day, 70% are made by minors who get the contact information off the internet. I had no idea… More

Wrong Question by Andrea Dodd ~ Relationships, Tension & Love

I’ve been asking the wrong question all along. Virtually every night, as I’m curled into Allen’s chest, his arms wrapped tight around me, I listen for the quieting of his heart and the subsequent lapse of time in our conversation. To keep his company for maybe just five more minutes, I whisper this request; “tell me something.”

“How annoying!!” you’re probably thinking. And maybe he does, too. But for as many nights as we’ve shared, he’s never balked at entertaining my request. His answers always range, based on how sleepy he is: More

Masks by Andrea Dodd

As mama, I wear many masks. Before I was a mother, anticipating the birth of my first daughter, I wore the “everything’s going to be just fine mask”… despite my critical examination of new mothers intact bodies and their obvious survival of birth. I was not convinced I would survive. I was not even convinced everything was going to be ok. But I wore it. And it was and is–OK.

Corbin is almost ten, and Anna is seven. I gave birth TWO times. And I lived through it. More

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