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Single Parenting | Special Topics

Another Day In The Life Of a Single Parent

I laughed when I read the tagline of this blog: “Do Family Better.” If I am totally honest, I think that is the one area I struggle most. As a… Read More

Celebrations | Special Topics

Blending Families During the Holidays

It was our first Christmas Eve, the dishes were piled in the kitchen after a traditional New Mexican meal of Posole and fresh-made tamales. The tree was glistening and Christmas music… Read More

Fight For The Heart | Mental Health | Special Topics

I’m a Parent Who Struggles With Depression

Hi, My Name is Brandon O’Dell. I am a husband and a father of three young children. I am a writer, an actor, and a Christian. And I suffer from clinical depression. Let me give you some background. I was a happy… Read More

Blended Families | Fight For The Heart | Special Topics

Lessons From a New Stepdad

So, a year and a half ago, I became what I call, a “Bonus Dad” . . . better known as, a “Step Dad”. I must say, I love it. It’s definitely not as hard as I thought it would be. Yet,… Read More

Make It Personal | Marriage | Special Topics

How to Protect Your Marriage from Parenting

For many, parenting can be tough on a marriage. For around 30 years, researchers have studied how having children affects a marriage, and the results are conclusive: the relationship between spouses suffers once kids come along. And why shouldn’’t it? We stop… Read More

Celebrations | Christmas | Divorce | Special Topics

6 Tips to Help Broken Families Enjoy Christmas

In part one of this blog series, my sister painted a pretty honest picture of what our Christmases looked like growing up. (Click here to read part one.) Depending on if you count the Christmas our dad moved out, I had seven… Read More

Christmas | Create A Rhythm | Divorce | Special Topics

Divorced at Christmas

Christmas is a season that evokes a lot of memories. Some memories are sweet. Some memories are bitter sweet. Some memories are just bitter. I’m fortunate enough to have some of every variety but one from Christmas Day 2002 stands out particularly… Read More