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How to deal with missed parenting time on the Fourth of July

Nothing signifies the Fourth of July like time with family. It is this midsummer holiday that families in Houston get together to enjoy barbeque, music, domino games and of course, fireworks. However, there are some parents who do not partake in these activities with their children. 

Should parents date during child custody proceedings?

The question of whether to date, or not to date during Texas child custody proceedings vexes many parents. On the one hand, it is natural to follow emotional (and physical) attraction for someone who is funny, nurturing and supportive during a difficult time. On the other hand, jumping from relationship to relationship (especially when exposing children to them) can be harmful.

Birth speculation ends as Kim Kardashian has baby

The long awaited speculation over which famous baby would come into the world first was lifted over the weekend. Kim Kardashian gave birth to a baby girl on Saturday. Pop culture circles in Houston, London, Los Angeles and Las  Vegas (of course) were debating whether who would give birth first: Princess Kate or Kim Kardashian.

How to avoid parenting disputes with an ex's new love interest

The term "baby mama drama" has become a famous pop culture reference that less than a generation ago, was only used in urban settings. But as blended families became more prevalent in Houston and across the United States, the friction between biological mothers and new girlfriends (and wives) has become a national issue.

Single dads to get a boost from new women's parenting group

It probably was not planned to coincide with Father's Day, but a new women's advocacy group will hold its official launch this week. Leading Women for Shared Parenting was founded in Massachusetts in May, but it is expected to include parenting advocacy groups from across the United States and Canada. Its main focus will be on the push to make equality in parenting a reality.

Tips for making blended families work

Families are different these days in that many couples are living together with children from previous relationships. This different family dynamic can cause quite a bit of strain because parents (and step-parents) may be unsure about how much involvement they should have in disciplining children. They may also be insecure about treating children differently.

Tips for dating after divorce if you have children

After a divorce, dating may seem like a perpetual taboo if you have children. After all, they grew up with two people that they are emotionally connected to, and they are not necessarily as ready to move on as you may be. Also, they may be holding out hope that you and your ex may get back together. (Remember, many children feel as if their parents' break up is their fault). With that said, dating after a divorce may not be an easy transition.

What should grandparents do during a divorce?

Grandparents can feel as if they are in no win situations when grandchildren are caught in the throes of divorce. Do they decide to intervene, or should they stay away and let the parents work things out? This can be especially difficult if a grandparent has an established relationship with a child, and can no longer spend time with him (or her) because of a parent's angst.

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