Family Conflict

Seven Keys to Successfully Navigating the Whitewater of Divorce | Maplewood Minnesota

Going through divorce presents hazards as dangerous as navigating whitewater on a river.  Whitewater on a river is created when there is a combination of three things: 1) Water is rushing faster than usual because...

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“Christian” Divorce? | Arden Hills, Minnesota

There are two very different things people may be seeking when they are looking for a Christian Divorce.  One that makes me extremely wary… and the other that can be a gift to all...

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Ground Rules to “Keep it Friendly” in Mediation | North Oaks, MN

1. We shall take turns speaking and not interrupt each other. 2. We shall first names when referring to people – not “he” or “she.” 3. We shall not blame, attack, or engage in...

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Why do people get Divorced? | White Bear Lake, MN

There are lots of reasons people give for divorcing. Some say they have grown apart or have stopped loving each other. They may disagree about things, argue, and say they just can’t get along...

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Kids need co-parents to know…

Helpful advice on co-parenting after the divorce: from the perspective of the kids. Kids Need Security Assure me that you love me, will protect me, and won’t leave me. Kid Need both Parents I...

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Predictors of Divorce

John Gottman’s research discovered four elements that sucked the satisfaction out of a marriage and that could be used to predict the likelihood of divorce.  Were they the things people most often quarrel about? ...

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Bonus Parents

Step-parenting has gotten a bad rap.  Even though there are millions of loving people who married into families and were exemplary loving parents, the term step-mother or step-father still carries a negative connotation.  Perhaps it...

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Grief and Loss of Divorce

Dealing with grief and loss related to divorce can be a harsh reality.   Keying in on the kinds of losses that are creating a psychological and emotional grief process can help one navigating through...

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Mediation is a better process for resolving conflict

Mediation offers a better process for communication, understanding, and decision making.  Whether your goal is: A healthier pathway to a restructured family (divorce), The restoration or preservation of a relationship, or The resolution of...

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Parenting Partner Preferred Behaviors

It’s not the divorce that is so damaging to the children, it is the stress created by ongoing conflict between mom and dad.  The following are suggested behaviors that will minimize the stress on...

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