The lifestyle changes of divorce can be brutal: financial adjustments, living alone, dating… some can feel like a nightmare. But there is a lot of good that comes with change. Most people don’t see it that way until they’ve been through it. My Love Essentially column lists some lifestyle changes of divorce, how to handle them, and the positives that go hand-in-hand.
Column: Divorce means big lifestyle changes, but they aren’t all bad
by Jackie Pilossoph for Chicago Tribune Media Group
As I find myself waiting up most nights for my teenage son to get home, I often wish I could go back to when the routine consisted of giving my little kids baths, helping them brush their teeth, reading them a bedtime story and tucking them into bed with a kiss — all before 8 p.m.
I was sure this ritual made my kids feel loved, safe and secure.
I’m devastated at the thought of not tucking my son into bed every night.
I remember having similar feelings when I got divorced and my kids, who were 4 and 6 at the time, were staying at my ex-husband’s new house every other weekend. It felt strange and uncomfortable to be a mom who wasn’t sleeping in the same house every night as her young children. It also worried me. Would my kids think Mommy was only there for them on the nights they stayed at my house, I wondered?
Well, my kids are now almost grown, and I think they turned out great…(Click here to read the rest of the article, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press, along with several other newspapers across the U.S.)
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Editor-in-chief: Jackie Pilossoph
Divorce is a journey. Live it with grace, courage and gratitude. Peace and joy are on the way! Jackie Pilossoph is the creator and Editor-In-Chief of Divorced Girl Smiling. The author of the novels, Divorced Girl Smiling and Free Gift With Purchase, Pilossoph also writes the weekly dating and relationships advice column, “Love Essentially”, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press and the Chicago Tribune online. Additionally, she is a Huffington Post contributor. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism from Boston University.