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[New Post] The Most Important Thing to Look for in a Life Partner

[New Post] The Most Important Thing to Look for in a Life Partner | The Bridge Across for Single Parents and Stepfamilies | Scoop.it

By Dr. Kelly Flanagan


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This article is spot on!  You must be willing to change and know that you need to, and so must your new partner.  This is the best journey ever when you both know you are not perfect, but are willing to keep working on yourself. 

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Emotionally Healthy Marriage - Intentional Living

Emotionally Healthy Marriage - Intentional Living | The Bridge Across for Single Parents and Stepfamilies | Scoop.it
Do you have an emotionally healthy marriage? More than 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, many because couples have lost their emotional connection.

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Survival Song of the Week: I'm on my way...

Made famous by the Proclaimers and revived by the original Shrek movie, this survival song has a great beat, uplifting message, and can give even the most miserable soul a little hope (uh-huh, uh-h...
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Why it is important to let your kids struggle as they grow up

Why it is important to let your kids struggle as they grow up | The Bridge Across for Single Parents and Stepfamilies | Scoop.it
Have you heard the story of the cocoon and the butterfly?  It is one of my favorite stories, and has helped me to get through the teenage years of our children.  It is rich with lessons about life ...
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Survival Song of the Week: It's My Life

When my dear friend went through a difficult divorce last year, I made her a CD of some songs that really helped me get through the toughest parts of my own divorce and some challenging times since...
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When dealing with issues with your ex, it can be incredibly difficult. You can feel stuck like you may never move forward. ..  But you can.

I love this song because it reminds me that I have choices over how I live my life.. even when it feels like I can't do it "my way".

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[New Post] The Most Important Thing to Look for in a Life Partner

[New Post] The Most Important Thing to Look for in a Life Partner | The Bridge Across for Single Parents and Stepfamilies | Scoop.it

By Dr. Kelly Flanagan


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This article is spot on!  You must be willing to change and know that you need to, and so must your new partner.  This is the best journey ever when you both know you are not perfect, but are willing to keep working on yourself. 

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Yes, Mildred, there really is a "Marriage Map."

Yes, Mildred, there really is a "Marriage Map." | The Bridge Across for Single Parents and Stepfamilies | Scoop.it
  When I divorced in 1998, I read everything I could get my hands on about relationships. What healthy relationships looked like.  What healthy people in relationships did. My husband, Mike, d...
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8 Powerful Tips To Being Comfortable Around All Those People Who Love Your Kid But Make You Crazy In Your Single Parent or Stepfamily Life

8 Powerful Tips To Being Comfortable Around All Those People Who Love Your Kid But Make You Crazy In Your Single Parent or Stepfamily Life | The Bridge Across for Single Parents and Stepfamilies | Scoop.it
"It's not fear that makes our lives narrow and small - it's avoidance." - Harriet Lerner   More than 7 years ago, I attended a conference in South Carolina.   I had the privilege of hearing Ha...
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If you are estranged from your adult child, this is for you...

Dr. Joshua Coleman works with others regarding estrangement.  I first became aware of him when I read his book, "When Parents Hurt" , which is about estrangement from the parent by an adult child. ...
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When the world shakes its fist and says Good Friday...

When the world shakes its fist and says Good Friday... | The Bridge Across for Single Parents and Stepfamilies | Scoop.it
This is the quote that hangs on my wall in my hallway. I've had it there for years, and it always reminds me that whatever I am going through, at some point, the way will turn around. Over the year...
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Jayna Haney's curator insight, March 29, 2013 11:01 AM

When dealing with exes, we always need to remember that there is an Easter around the corner!  There is, I promise.

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How many bags did you pick up this morning?

How many bags did you pick up this morning? | The Bridge Across for Single Parents and Stepfamilies | Scoop.it
"Odds are, you did this morning (pick up a few bags). Somewhere between the first step on the floor and the last step out the door, you grabbed some luggage.  You stepped over to the baggage carous...
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LOOK: This Is Your Body On Stress

LOOK: This Is Your Body On Stress | The Bridge Across for Single Parents and Stepfamilies | Scoop.it
Your boss reams you out for a bad presentation -- you break out into a sweat. Your demanding mother-in-law comes for a visit -- your head pounds.

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Stepfamilies and Single Parents have a lot of stress. Understanding how it affects our minds and our bodies helps u to learn to manage it better.

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Remember the Big Vision for your family

Remember the Big Vision for your family | The Bridge Across for Single Parents and Stepfamilies | Scoop.it
Beautiful, isn't it? When I first saw this picture online, it looked to me like a rocky beach with water. Then as I looked  more closely, I realized the white was actually a flock of birds.  But wh...
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Is Your Worrying Driving You Crazy?

Over the years, I have found that worry can make me crazier than any thing actually happening at the present moment in my life. When I came across this article referred to me by a friend, I thought...
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Listening Leaders - Six Seconds

Listening Leaders - Six Seconds | The Bridge Across for Single Parents and Stepfamilies | Scoop.it

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I am often reminded of why listening is so important... not only in work and fun, but with our families it becomes especially important.  In the hustle and bustle of life, making it a point to listen and improving our listening skills can make a big difference in the quality of our most important relationships. 

 

Read this and practice on your children, your partner, and your close friends (as well as those you work with). When you are at home, put down your phone and turn off the tv/dvd, and hear all the things your family is wanting to say and needs to be heard every day.

 

Every now and then, we all need a reminder:).

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What do pumping gas and singing Bon Jovi have in common?

We talked earlier this week about how important it is to laugh. So here's my contribution for this week....  And it is by a husband and wife who seem to have a great time being married and having f...
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Jayna Haney's curator insight, May 24, 2013 4:14 PM

Laughter is one of your best defenses in dealing with the trauma and drama of your ex.  Look for ways to lighten your mood and your load every day. Just a little thing each day will help. 

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Couples' thoughts during disagreements affect relationship satisfaction

Couples' thoughts during disagreements affect relationship satisfaction | The Bridge Across for Single Parents and Stepfamilies | Scoop.it
People who are unhappy in their romantic relationship spend more time during a disagreement thinking about how angry and frustrated they are, but happy couples coordinate their thoughts so that when one partner has many emotional thoughts, the...

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What are you thinking when you are having trouble agreeing with your partner?  The way you think about it is important.  Here is one thing you can do to make yourself happier and your relationship better.

 

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Thanks to Good Women on Mother's Day- And Why It Is Important to Teach Your Children to Gift You 2013

Here's to good women: May we be them. May we know them. May we raise them.    (Anonymous) Happy Mother's Day to each and every one of you- single moms, remarried moms, stepmoms, and all fine women ...
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Three Huge Mistakes We Make Leading Kids... and How to Correct Them.

Three Huge Mistakes We Make Leading Kids...  and How to Correct Them. | The Bridge Across for Single Parents and Stepfamilies | Scoop.it
This post written by Dr. Tim Elmore. A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog that went viral. Since it was posted, it’s been re-tweeted thousands of times and shared hundreds of thousands of times o...
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Five steps to lead with greater empathy | Transformational Leadership

Five steps to lead with greater empathy | Transformational Leadership | The Bridge Across for Single Parents and Stepfamilies | Scoop.it
Empathy can be learned and practiced. It grows our ability to lead with emotional intelligence.

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I love this post!  Becoming empathetic is so important. We have to teach our children too.  This articles shares how we can do that!

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Why Empathy is Declining Among Students and What We Can Do

Why Empathy is Declining Among Students and What We Can Do | The Bridge Across for Single Parents and Stepfamilies | Scoop.it
Reports show that emotional intelligence-and specifically empathy-is spiraling downward in kids. Today we look at why empathy is declining among students.
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Developing empathy for family members, friends and the world at large is a very important part of maturity, and it seems to be missing from many youth.  Instead, empathy is only given to people we like, understand or feel close to.  Here's a great article and how to be aware of teaching your kids empathy. Make sure you are modeling it for your children. Start now, no matter how old they are.  Its never too late.

 

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Parenting: What Praise Helps and What Praise Harms?

Parenting: What Praise Helps and What Praise Harms? | The Bridge Across for Single Parents and Stepfamilies | Scoop.it
Astounding research shows that praising children for their abilities actually lowers their level of achievement, while praising them for their effort increases their IQ!

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This is a tough subject for a lot of parents, but it is important.  We are seeing the effects of kids who are praised for so much that as they are entering the workforce, they don't have a real work ethic. Let's not be afraid to let our kids fail or not be the best at everything.  Great article!

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US Armed Forces Married Couples Retreat on April 12th and 13th in Duncanville, Texas

Anthem Strong Families is in Dallas, Texas and is providing a  free Marriage Seminar for those in the U. S. Armed Forces.  Click the link below for more details. http://campaign.r20.constantcontact...
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11 Great Tips for Easier Summer Visitation- March Madness for Single Parents and Stepfamilies

11 Great Tips for Easier Summer Visitation-  March Madness for Single Parents and Stepfamilies | The Bridge Across for Single Parents and Stepfamilies | Scoop.it
During  the 15 years that I have been divorced, and the 12 years I have been in a stepfamily, March is not just about basketball, but it can still have madness in it.  And for many families that I ...
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Learning About Love Languages-What You Need and What Your Partner Needs

This month of February, we celebrate LOVE. My husband and I celebrate Valentine's Day, and our 12th Wedding Anniversary. So one of the big questions is how does love work in a successful and health...
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The Sweet Life in the New Year... and During "Not So Sweet" Times

The Sweet Life in the New Year... and During "Not So Sweet" Times | The Bridge Across for Single Parents and Stepfamilies | Scoop.it
That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet. Emily Dickinson My brother, Alan, lived in California and used to send me the most wonderful birthday cards. This quote was on the front c...
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