Dating & Relationships

Everything I Know About Toxic Relationships I Learned from Disney (& How I Finally Learned to Stop Settling)

When I was seven years old, I saw “The Little Mermaid” at our local movie theatre three times. Three times. I didn’t just love Ariel – I wanted to be Ariel.  My best friends and I would spend summers at the neighborhood pool, flipping our imaginary “tails” (because the real ones hadn’t been invented yet), each of us dreaming

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Emotional & Mental Health

Overcoming Overwhelm

Overwhelm is most often not about whatever sets us off, but rather is connected to something deeper below the surface. Like the time I flipped out on my mom over broccoli. Every Sunday, my kids and I have dinner with my parents. We’ve been doing this for years. This tradition is awesome for a number of reasons, one of

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Dating & Relationships

A Place to Call Home

In the last year of my marriage, my then husband and I hand selected the fixtures and finishes of the semi-custom “forever” home we’d commissioned to be built. It was a farmhouse-style abode, nestled among towering box elder and redbud trees, with a trickling stream playfully lapping at the property line. It was the largest piece of property we’d

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Abuse Recovery

Three Things You Can Do to Handle a Narcissist’s Smear Campaign

Just because a relationship with a narcissisticu abuser ends, does not mean the abuse itself will stop. In fact, a separation or divorce may give an abuser the impression they no longer have to “play nice” to keep the victim close, and they may continue to abuse with less restraint than before as they use the children (and the

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Abuse Recovery

5 Things Your Church Can Do Right Now to Stop Domestic Violence

In the post “By the Numbers: The Silent Epidemic of Domestic Abuse in the Christian Church,” we discussed the raging epidemic of domestic violence in Christian churches and pastors’ self-reported struggles with addressing it. At PlusONE Parents, we have a deep love for the Body of Christ, and know that many pastors and people helpers desire to support the

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Abuse Recovery

By the Numbers: The Silent Epidemic of Domestic Abuse In Christian Churches

Domestic abuse is an insidious, silent epidemic in the Christian community. Sadly, 37% of pastors surveyed say they believe that domestic and sexual violence does NOT occur in their congregations. With nearly 1 in 3 American women suffering domestic abuse at some point in their lifetimes, it’s not likely that nearly 40% of churches are completely free of this

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