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Top 5 Worries of Divorcing Parents

Few people who go through the end of a long-term relationship are able to do so without a good measure of fear and anxiety.

Major life events often show us that we’re made of tougher stuff than we thought. Sustain an injury and find your determination over countless

Many have famously paraphrased Spanish-American philosopher George Santayana who said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” While you probably

Couple embraces after moving into new home

The words “starter marriage” are kind of a put down, right? There’s — at very least — a little bit of ribbing in the

Couple holding hands

At the start of a new relationship, it’s easy to be at our best. Newly smitten, our brains are soaked in feel-good hormones. Driven

There can be some real upsides for kids whose parents live in two different households. One of those is that their parents take separate

Finances separation divorce

The prospect of untangling finances and managing on just one income can be so daunting that many people delay separating for years — even

Women in Valentine's day coloured pajamas enjoying pizza together

Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is in your face with its focus on romantic love and many reminders to shower your sweetie

Mother and adult daughter

When a relationship comes to an end, we expect to have to have a lot of work to do to cope with our own

I love a good calendar milestone for providing us with the opportunity for a bit of a reset. Whether it’s the start of a

Splitting up: The kids will be alright Thursday, December 20, 2018

It’s rare to find a separated or divorced parent who hasn’t lost a good deal of sleep over the potential impact on their kids.

There’s something about the holidays that really puts a spotlight on anything about our family lives that doesn’t quite live up to the Hallmark-movie

‘Who will I be if I’m no longer with my partner?’ The tricky business of marriage and identity

Over the course of a long relationship, it’s normal for our self-perception to get shaped by being part of a couple. Here’s some context

Welcome to the Brighter Side!
Welcome to the Brighter Side! Wednesday, November 21, 2018

You’ve landed on a different kind of blog about the changes that so many of us go through in our relationships. Here’s what we’re

How to live with indecision about the future of your relationship

I look back on photos from that time 10 years ago and notice how drawn and thin I’d become with the stress of everything.

About Our Mission
Brighter Side: About Our Mission Friday, November 9, 2018

Thank you for checking out Brighter Side! We’re glad you’re here.  The aim of the blog is to provide hope, inspiration and reassurance for

About The Author

The Brighter Side

Brandie Weikle

Long-time journalist and parenting writer Brandie Weikle is the main woman behind the keyboard here at Brighter Side. She’s been exploring and celebrating the changing shape of family on her website thenewfamily.com since 2014 and on her show The New Family Podcast since 2015. 

A former editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been a parenting editor at The Toronto Star, where today she writes a column called Modern Family. She leads a dynamic online support group called Positive Co-Parenting After Divorce, and is a sought after speaker on co-parenting and other aspects of modern family life.