What is ‘Malicious Parent Syndrome’

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 – 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

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, [...]

Quote Of The Day #2 – On Change

Quote Of The Day #2 – On Change

Today we reflect on choice. When you embrace the idea that when you don't change you are choosing to stay where you are, doors open for you. Growth can be uncomfortable. But that doesn't mean that you should stay comfortable if that means that you have grown stagnant. I can only say this one way... [...]

Victim or Survivor?

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

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 [...]

8 Ways To Spot Gaslighting

8 Ways To Spot Gaslighting

ThoughtCo "Gaslighting is a form of narcissist abuse distinct from widespread use of words to attack and hurt another as a result of frustration and conflict. It is perhaps one of the most insidious tactics of emotional manipulation because of its intent to disturb a target's sense of self and agency, safety and wellbeing, sanity [...]

Coping With A High-Conflict Ex During A Child Custody Battle

Coping With A High-Conflict Ex During A Child Custody Battle

Make it your priority to remain level-headed Child custody can be one of the hardest things a parent and child goes through. Many parents feel as though putting their family through the family court system is something that should be avoided at all costs. However, with the rise in divorce numbers, many parents end up [...]