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Quarantine As A Noncustodial Mother

Quarantine As A Noncustodial Mother

The 2020 pandemic and resulting quarantine cascaded its side effects through all our homes.  While many followed mandatory orders to shelter in place, it caused a colossal question to families with children who share their time between homes.  Even as quarantine is coming to an end, the parental tug of war is still going strong for many.  Seeing a variety of outcomes for families, I thought I’d recount my experience from quarantine as a noncustodial mother. Noncustodial Motherhood From previous…

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What I’m Thankful For During Quarantine

What I’m Thankful For During Quarantine

Quarantine may be winding down for some, but for us we are still under #stayhome orders for a while. The ongoing nature of social isolation can be overbearing. Recently when we were anticipating a lift of these stay home orders, I wrote about what I was looking forward to after quarantine. However, I found myself wistfully thinking about what I’d miss at the same time. So today I’m here to document what I’m thankful for during quarantine. Just Be Slower…

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What I’m Looking Forward To After Quarantine

What I’m Looking Forward To After Quarantine

As the Covid-19 pandemic is still raging throughout the world, many of us find ourselves still sheltering safely at home. While there are some places beginning to open back up to “normal” that isn’t the case where we are. Often throughout this quarantine I found myself wishing things were different or wanting so badly to go to some places I love. So, if for no other purpose than to keep myself busy and out of the pantry for a bit,…

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Non Custodial Parenting During the Coronavirus

Non Custodial Parenting During the Coronavirus

Noncustodial parenting during coronavirus. Not a topic I intended or ever imagined would be a thing. With all the uncertainty in the world and much disruption to our daily lives and habits, I felt compelled to make a post. Right now anxiety is high and questions run rampant for many families. Even more so for those in divorced or separated family situations. As you may know, I too am in such a situation. Likewise, I am having the questions, anxiety,…

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Noncustodial Parent Holiday Gift Guide 2019

Noncustodial Parent Holiday Gift Guide 2019

The holidays are shortly upon us. If you’re a noncustodial parent like me, you’re putting the final plans on those holiday child visitation arrangements and getting more and more excited. The holidays often mean a bigger visitation stretch than normal for us, and that is a gift in itself. I hope you are as lucky as I am to get to plan for special times together just ahead. As joyful as reuniting during the holidays is, gifting during these occasions…

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Back To School As A Noncustodial Parent

Back To School As A Noncustodial Parent

Back to school time is an exciting time of year as children and families prepare for a new school year. It is filled with tours of schools, enrollment paperwork, shopping for supplies, and eager anticipation to learn about new teachers and more. Parents are often seen going through these processes with their children hand in hand. First day of school photos have become a trending feature with kids dressed their best and posing with their supplies or letterboard proclaiming their…

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Life After Losing Custody – 2019 Update

Life After Losing Custody – 2019 Update

I started this blog years ago at a time of a lot of change in my life.  Quickly it became a calming outlet to try and reach others like me.  I never thought there actually could be more like me.  In fact, I hoped there weren’t others like me.  Non-custodial mothers.  Over time it was clear I was not alone.  It was a bittersweet realization.  It caused hurt to my heart knowing too well the ailment of another mother, and…

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Being A Non-custodial Mother

Being A Non-custodial Mother

I remember the day vividly.  The day I lost custody of my little girl.  I knew it would probably end up this way, but nothing could have prepared me for being a non-custodial mother. Being a non-custodial mother is a rare breed.  So rare I thought I must be the only one.  I guess in a way I hoped I was the only one.  I would never wish this painful experience on any other mother. Alas, the world is a…

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Being a Mother From a Distance

Being a Mother From a Distance

Beginning each blog about this topic is tough.  The voices in my head strike up their noise.  How did I end up here?  Has it been going on this long?  How much longer will it be?  Will I survive it?  How will this time and distance effect my daughter?  Will she ever be able to understand?  Being a mother from a distance is the worst. Being a mother from a distance is the last thing I ever planned to do. …

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Keep Smiles Simple

Keep Smiles Simple

Keep smiles simple creating a new family tradition, Yes Day! Smiles are simple.  Simple and powerful.  Seeing a smile on a child’s face is one of the best feelings.  Seeing happiness in children expressed by a smile can eliminate all the dreariness of the world while it shines.  Kids these days are harder (and more expensive) to please than ever.  How do we get beyond their craving for electronics and media and give them something else that will make them…

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