Archives For January 2006

Salt Lake Tribune

Qualified, bona fide stepmothers stepped up to answer last week’s question: Can stepmothers ever step over the hurdles of their titles? I may be the psychologist, but here are the experts.

Lynn Nicholas joined the establishment of her husband and his three teenagers when she was a spry and experienced 60-year-old. But, even age and wisdom didn’t prepare her. “Even though I had three children of my own, I didn’t realize what I was about to undertake. If the marital bond isn’t strong . . . the presence of stepchildren in the house can destroy your marriage.” Continue Reading…

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Salt Lake Tribune

Can stepmothers ever step over the hurdles of their title?

Just add children and stir. I recently spoke to a divorced mother of three who had just married a

widowed father of two. A week after the honeymoon, she set the record straight with her two young stepdaughters: “I know I’m not your mother . . . and I’ll never be able to replace her, but I want you to know that I love you just as much as I love my own children.” Continue Reading…

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Salt Lake Tribune

Have you ever been judged unfairly because of your weight?

It was probably blind date No. 52, but there was something different about this one. I kind of liked him! He was educated, fun-loving, and living his career dream. So I was rather disappointed when his phone calls were sporadic and interest luke-warm. Then I had a conversation with the “friend” who set us up. The feedback? A bit painful. No. 52’s comment? “You said Liz was slim . . . but, she certainly isn’t skinny.” Continue Reading…

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Salt Lake Tribune

Whether we agree or not, I extend my gratitude and respect to the articulate readers responding to last week’s column in which I posed the question: Is there such a thing as a good divorce?” Continue Reading…

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Salt Lake Tribune

Is there such a thing as a good divorce?

Much has been written lately about “the good divorce,” but does such a thing really exist? It appears that this softened talk about divorce is alive and well in our society. Guilty, heartbroken parents worry about their children. And, well-meaning professionals are there to comfort and reassure, but not this one. My concern about our divorce soft-talk is that it minimizes, distorts, and ignores the pain felt by children of divorce. Continue Reading…

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