Life during lockdown for a divorcee living in London

What must self-isolation be like for those suddenly living alone or single-parenting for the first time? When this lockdown started, my heart went out immediately to the Restored Lives community, and to any new or long-term separated people who aren’t lucky enough to have discovered Restored Lives yet. It’s 13 years since my split (9 […]

Dealing with the Covid19 crisis for divorcees

The current self-isolation guidance which many countries have brought into effect as a measure to reduce the impact of the Coronavirus may be particularly difficult for those who are divorced or going through a separation. Emotionally this situation heaps on a lot of additional stress on divorcing couples and families at a time that was […]

Perspectives on divorce from Richard Rohr

In this excerpt from a longer podcast called ‘Another Name for Everything’ Richard Rohr responds to listeners questions on some of the most pressing themes of his book, The Universal Christ. In conversation with Paul Swanson and Brie Stoner, Richard responds to listener questions on spiritual practice, including some that relate to separation and divorce. […]

The Perils of WhatsApp

The Perils of WhatsApp After a Breakup Digital Technology gives us the ease and convenience of fast, direct communication but it can create a minefield which can be especially deadly after a breakup. I suspect that most of us experience this. In the middle of a busy day, be it because of work, the kids […]

Christmas – there is a hope

This morning, three children opened their Christmas presents in front of their Mum and Dad. For most parents, this thankfully won’t feel like an extraordinary event. However, for my ex-wife and me, this was the latest milestone in what has been a remarkable journey. Last Christmas, we were barely speaking to each other. My 9 […]

What’s it like setting up a new Restored Lives Course?

Are you thinking of setting up a course? We are always looking for volunteers to set up new courses in their area. It is most often run by churches although it has also been run by community groups in lounges, pubs and even in a bakery! This year, Restored Lives has been working with Familias, […]

Need support during divorce or a breakup? Does talking help?

Should I talk about it? If you are going through a rough breakup, sometimes it can be hard to know if it is OK to talk about it. I know when I was going through my separation I was worried that my friends would feel like it was all I could talk about. What if […]

Should I forgive my ex?

At Restored Lives we discuss forgiveness One of the things we talk about at the Restored Lives course is forgiveness. It’s a prickly subject that always prompts a lot of animated discussion in the small groups. When your relationship has broken down if you have separated or divorced can you forgive? Should you forgive? Not everyone […]

The mental exhaustion of single parenting

My mum is French which makes me half French. Now some say that the French are better at parenting than us. Indeed, there is a book about this very topic called ‘French Children Don’t Throw Food’ – a fascinating read. Whether you agree with the book or not – personally, I think that a societal […]

Celebrating your birthday single parent style

Birthdays are hard once separated or divorced. It can feel just like any other day and not special at all. Especially if you have young children. There’s no one there to take your children to get you a gift, card and cake. Or to make sure it’s wrapped and a surprise. Or to organise waking […]

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