Our kids grow up to fast. Case in point: my bonus daughter is coming to the end of her high school athletic career.
When I watch my son Connor play his sports, I am either sitting with my wife or in a spot where I am alone. I do not sit with or near my former spouse. My wife has grown where she can sit not only by her former husband but his wife and his parents. There are some ex's who can sit together at events: I am not one of those.
On this Parenting Tip Tuesday episode, I want to let you know that it is okay to do what feels comfortable, not what the so-called "experts" tell you what you have to do.
I needed to find an email and phone number of one of the parents from the hockey team Connor plays for. As I was looking at the names, it hit me that possibly there are divorced and blended families that I was not aware of. Yes, maybe some of the mom's did not change their last name like my wife.
There are times when I do mom and dad at the games, but there are times when you only see one of them.
Many years ago, I was once interviewed on a podcast, and the host asked if "blended families are the new norm?" My answer then and now is still the same: "yes."
Do you sit near your former spouse? I would love to hear your answer. Please email me:
Tommy Maloney is the Executive producer and host of the podcast Blending The Family, where you can find on ITUNES, Iheart Radio, Spotify, and Stitcher Radio.
Tommy has spoken at TEDx, Ignite Fort Collins, and Keynote Speaker at Everything Dad Convention. He even has won speaking awards through Toastmasters International.
Tommy Maloney is an Author and Life Strategist. The author of the books "25 Tips For Divorced Dads." "Why not you, Why Not Me" and His new book, "My Dad's Advice At 5:04 AM" is coming out in 2020. Tommy enjoys a good red blend while writing or hiding from the family. A dad to Betsy, Becca, Connor, and Duke. A husband to Ann.
TEDx Talk: https://youtu.be/azG2K47iz4Q
Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tommy-maloney/id958223196?mt=2
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thetommymaloney
The Good Men Project: https://goodmenproject.com/author/tommy-maloney/