Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Jon & Kate + 8 children of divorce

Diane Singer, one of my fellow bloggers at The Point has weighed in on the reality show that will apparently follow 8 new children of divorce:

Though I have seen only a few of the episodes, I find the news of the Gosselins' impending divorce a cause to grieve -- for these children and for this couple, who seem to think wealth and fame are more important than marriage and family. How I wish Jon and Kate would turn off the cameras, get into marriage counseling, and -- for the sake of their eight children -- act like adults rather than glory hounds.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

What has to be done

Now, this is a poster child for a child of divorce. Ronetta Alexander managed to run track, get a doctorate in pharmacology, and raise her teenage sister. While "Alexander's friends marvel at her maturity and self-reliance," Ronetta told The State newspaper, "I just thought, it's life. To me, it's life."

Monday, June 08, 2009

Psychobabble child of divorce

The Houston Chronicle did an article recently (which appears to no longer be available online) on John Bradshaw, a popular self-help guru who coined the term "inner child" and, according to the Chronicle, "brought talk of dysfunctional families into the mainstream."

Interestingly, Bradshaw, who is now 75 years old, was a teenage child of divorce.

Why am I not surprised that a child of divorce blossomed in the SELF-help industry?

Dear Abby....

...please tell parents not to be hateful toward their children during a divorce. Honestly, what made this mom think this was EVER appropriate to share with her daughter? Good grief.

Your chance to be a book reviewer

USA Today has a new blog discussing books about faith. I'd love it if someone would submit a review of Child of Divorce, Child of God. Read more about the blog and how to submit reviews here.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

I see you, CIU

I had the fantastic opportunity to talk this morning with grad students who are studying to be counselors at Columbia International University. We spent an hour talking about children of divorce and had some great discussion.

If you would like me to come speak at your event, contact me at steakley7 at yahoo dot com.