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  • A Brilliant Way To Break The News About Santa Without Crushing Your Child’s Spirit.
    If it’s about time to tell your kids the truth about Santa or Father Christmas, but you aren’t sure how to do it without crushing their innocence or breaking their dreams – relax! I’ve just discovered a lovely way to help that is just so lovely. It can ... read more
  • The Sue Atkins Wednesday Story – The Seahorse in a Starfish World
    Here’s a story from my never ending notebook and everlasting coloured pencil. The Seahorse Once upon a time, there was a young seahorse called Sidney. He was a lovely friendly and clever seahorse, who was very good at being a seahorse, but the problem was he was born in a ... read more
  • Don’t Stew – Ask Sue. ‘Why Does My Toddler Want To Read The Same Book Over & Over Again?
    My 2 year old always wants to read the same book, play the same game & watch the same cartoon… shall I make him discover other things and how do I do that? Claire Poole from Epping   Young children love repetition, whether it’s watching a video or listening ... read more
  • 20 Lies We Tell Ourselves When It Comes To Divorce
    Everyone copes with divorce in a unique way. We make good choices and bad choices or some of both, but sometimes we do something that really isn’t good or bad: we lie. Lies we tell ourselves provide a temporary soothing solution to our broken hearts, they justify our decisions, or ... read more
  • Divorce rate falls for heterosexual couples in England and Wales
    Applications backlog partly blamed for drop to lowest level in 50 years, while same-sex couple figure rises The divorce rate for opposite sex couples in England and Wales has plunged to its lowest level for almost half a century – partly due to problems in processing applications.There were 90,871 divorces ... read more
  • My Disney Junior Parenting Hacks around ‘Bedtimes’ with Billie and Greg from The Mummy Diaries.
      Is your little one having trouble settling down at night? Establishing a few nighttime routines can help. Here are some ways you can stop the bedtime  battles and start getting more sleep.   Keep an eye out on my Instagram feed over at @SueAtkins18 this week to get more ... read more
  • Filing For Divorce Without a Lawyer
    Many people go to family court without a lawyer. A person who moves through his or her court case without an attorney is called a pro se filer. He or she is a self-represented litigant (SRL) The number of self-represented litigants (“SRLs”) is often the highest in family cases—divorce or ... read more
  • Alimony: Here’s What You Can Expect
    California and some other states offer legal separation and dissolution of marriage. For either, one person must file a petition in the court. If you have children and/or you need spousal support, you may apply to the court for temporary support only if you filed for divorce, legal separation, annulment of your ... read more
  • Why You Can’t Win A Divorce
    And what to expect along the way Going through a divorce is stressful for everyone involved, including spouses and their children. Pop culture has ingrained the idea that one “wins” divorce, but it is so much more complicated than that.
  • What You Need To Know About The Divorced Spouse Social Security Benefit
    A big part of divorce is figuring out the impact ending your marriage will have on your finances. The obvious concerns are what it means for your present lifestyle, but you can’t ignore the consequences on retirement. That means understanding the Divorced Spouse Social Security benefit. There are lots ... read more
  • How To Focus On Yourself After Divorce
    A marriage takes the lives of two individual people and merges them together. It’s a promise both you and your spouse make to stop thinking about yourselves and start thinking about each other’s future. This is why when a marriage comes to an end, it can be difficult ... read more
  • Asking the Hard Questions Can Make Things Easier
    {4 minutes to read}  What happens if things don’t work out between us? One thing I have learned in my career as a mediator, is that whatever question is most difficult to ask in a given moment is the one that must be asked and addressed. All settlement agreements should ... read more
  • Who Should Be on Your Divorce Support Team?
    Building a personal and professional support team can help you navigate all the issues that come up during a divorce. ... read more
  • What’s Worth Fighting for in Divorce?
    Knowing which things are actually worth fighting before you start your negotiations can help you focus your efforts when settling your divorce. ... read more
  • Morning Routines – Great Tips for Teaching Your Child How To Get Dressed.
    Morning Routine Tips When children learn how to dress  themselves it is a huge accomplishment. Independent dressing is a skill that needs to taught and practiced. Here are some tips for teaching your child how to dress: 1. Children will usually learn to undress first. ... read more