"I dare anyone to call this a broken home."

Just wanted to share one of my favorite excerpts by American essayist Barbara Kingsolver (photo above):

"In the catalog of family values, where do we rank an occasion like this? A curly-haired boy who wanted to run before he walked, age seven now, a soccer player scoring a winning goal. He turns to the bleachers with his fists in the air and a smile wide as a gap-toothed galaxy. His own cheering section of grownups and kids all leap to their feet and hug each other, delirious with love for this boy. … The cheering section includes his mother and her friends, his brother, his father and stepmother, a stepbrother and stepsister, and a grandparent. Lucky is the child with many relatives on hand to hail a proud accomplishment. I'm there too, witnessing a family fortune. … I am thinking: I dare anyone to call this a broken home."

Resolving feelings allows co-parents to build their child's family fortune. Need help? Talk to someone you trust, a co-parent coach, counselor, clergy…to heal your heart.


This article originally appeared at http://coachmediateconsult.com/a-family-fortune/ . If you are interested in reading the entire essay by Barbara Kingsolver, you can see at http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tw/09-28-95/cover.htm .

Karen has over 25 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families facing transition, loss, stress and change. Karen played an instrumental role in developing the year-long facilitator-training program for the Compassionate Listening Project. Karen served on the Board of King County Collaborative Law and Collaborative Professionals of Washington. She is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and Academy of Professional Family Mediators. Ms. Bonnell is the author of "The Co-Parents' Handbook" (http://coachmediateconsult.com/co-parents-handbook/) and more recently, "The Parenting Plan Handbook" (http://coachmediateconsult.com/the-parenting-plan-...) – both practical, compassionate resources for parents as they face difficult emotions and make some of the hardest decisions for their children and themselves through separation/divorce. You can learn more about Karen Bonnell and her practice at http://coachmediateconsult.com .