What is ‘Malicious Parent Syndrome’

Divorce and custody proceedings are often high-stress, contentious events that can cause extreme behavior on the part of those involved. Some cases have resulted in situations tied to what was often called "malicious mother syndrome" but is now referred to as "malicious parent syndrome." This syndrome was first theorized by the psychologist Ira Turkat to describe a …

Co-parenting – It’s Not About Perfect

Co-parenting is a learned art... you're not born with all the knowledge you need to make your co-parenting relationship a successful one. No one is ever fully prepared for all the trials and tribulations that come with co-parenting, let alone a situation that is high conflict. Biological parent or stepparent, it's a learning curve. One …

6 Essential Steps to Better Communication

Connecting with people makes us feel good, and communication is a sacred part of that process. We all have a strong need for connectivity and belonging. This is why positive social interactions increase our subjective wellbeing and provide greater life satisfaction (Lyubomirsky, 2008), But often we forget just how much goes into communicating with someone. Like relationships, …

Victim or Survivor?

In the aftermath of a tragedy, trauma, or abusive experience, many initially take on a victim mentality. This is a completely normal response to traumatic events. When working through trauma, we gain acceptance of the events, and take control of our healing process by moving forward. Recognizing history and learning to grow through its experiences. …

Mama Musings

"Some of the most important things you can communicate to a child are that feelings are okay, mistakes are fixable, and there's nothing they could do that would push you away or make you love them less. Behavior is not perfect; it is communication. Embrace the imperfect and show children they are worth holding close …