Linda Simpson
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A committed writer and speaker with stories to share based on many life lessons. I found a voice and style that matches my spirit. The hope is that these articles inspire reflection and conversation.
After a rewarding teaching career that spanned 40+ years, writing became my next step. Many years spent as a guidance education trainer gave me a unique perspective on the lives of children. Divorce twenty years ago provided first- hand knowledge of that life altering experience. As a very single parent, I am devoted to my wonderful family.
Every day I knock on the sky and believe impossible things before breakfast. It is all shared with the reader.

Entries by Linda Simpson

Don't Let Anger Rule Your Life After A Divorce

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2017 | 9:35 AM

In his book Grieving the Loss Of Your intended Future, Marc Roberts so aptly states: "We don't go into marriage planning for its demise. We don't bring children into a marriage planning how to handle their upbringing when it falls apart. We plan a future. "

The loss of that...

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The Dinner Table Is The Heart Of The Home

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2017 | 5:16 PM

Pulling the family together for a meal has many challenges at any time of year. But as spring heads into summer, the threads of family life drift outside, each person often with their own destination.

In her book The Village Effect, psychologist Dr. Susan Pinker devotes several...

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These 4 Rules For Living Will Also Make You A Better Parent

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2017 | 4:24 PM

parent child negotiation

Negotiation and agreements are part of that extensive parenting manual of life. Parenting books line the shelves of bookstores but common sense is where it all begins.

Late last year, Warren Beatty made this rather astute observation about his parenting style: "we...

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Your Child Needs Emotional Agility To Succeed

(2) Comments | Posted March 29, 2017 | 10:27 AM

Parents and educators take note and plan for the next school year now. SEL (social emotional learning) research links a child's emotional well-being to academic proficiency with a minimum dollar investment. Extensive rigorous research demonstrates that an emotionally secure child has a healthy understanding of interpersonal skills and...

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Vigilance Is Required In Every Community To Prevent Human Trafficking

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2017 | 2:30 PM

"The cops, pimps and victims all call it 'The Game.' It's no game." So began a 2015 Toronto Star investigative report into the lives of teenaged girls being pimped out.

The "it can't happen to my daughter" stance is enviable but unrealistic as parents interviewed for the report...

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Worried That Your Teen's Stressed? You're Probably Right

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2017 | 3:38 PM

The New Year can bring many more reasons for your teen to be stressed. It signals end of semester and exam time. Postsecondary options are being weighed. Teens are expected to know what their future will be at a time when, for many of them, they can hardly understand the...

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How To Turn Your Life Story Into A Memoir Worth Reading

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2017 | 10:15 AM

Did the new year start with a resolution to write your memoir, that life story that belongs to you alone? Recording our lives dates to ancient times.

In 400 A.D St. Augustine completed a multi volume memoir. He was just 45 at the time. There are lessons to be...

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These Sinister Tactics Are Telltale Signs There's A Liar In Your Life

(5) Comments | Posted January 30, 2017 | 1:27 PM

cheating spouse

I was married to a liar for 25 years. At a very personal level, I have first-hand knowledge of the devastation lying creates in people's lives. I know that liars can be clever, charming, smug, and thoroughly convincing.

Scott Peck, in People Of The...

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Our Children Are Listening To Leaders Who Bully

(8) Comments | Posted January 17, 2017 | 9:53 AM

In 2016, as our children watched, bullying became legitimate. What we accept without dissent, what we allow to be framed as normal, alters according to our level of desensitization. Over the past year or so we have become increasingly desensitized to bullying behaviour.

Children are sponges. They watched and listened....

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10 Tips For Writing An Impressive Online Dating Profile

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2017 | 2:55 PM

Sometime this year, when you look in the mirror you might find a very single person looking back at you. Oddly enough even long standing marriages are ending at a significant rate. A new year often brings new beginnings.

If you are over 50, then the days of bar...

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What I Would Say To My Deceitful Ex-Husband, 20 Years Later

(17) Comments | Posted January 6, 2017 | 9:13 AM

It was a novel suggestion. What would I say to my former spouse if given the opportunity? We haven't spoken in nearly two decades. Twenty five years of marriage is so far behind me now that most of my life has been without him.

The hurt he left behind...

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Give Your Child The Gift Of Music This Holiday

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2016 | 7:15 AM

Tis the season to hear music everywhere. Many of us find ourselves singing along. We do so because in our youth there might have been the opportunity to be involved in musical training. There are many benefits to music in our lives.

In 2014 Time Magazine ran an article...

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These Boomers' Stories Prove A Parent's Love Lasts A Lifetime

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2016 | 11:33 AM

In many ways it is a values question. What do we owe our parents? It was a question I posed to several friends and the answers come from their own words. Parenting is the one job that has no prerequisite and requires no experience. Yet, parents have an enduring effect...

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A Simple 10-Point Parenting Primer For Uncertain Times

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2016 | 11:03 AM

How many times have we wondered exactly how to parent our kids when our kids throw us a curve or -- as we found out recently -- world events upend our sensibilities? Perhaps surprising is that how we parent has several underpinnings that never change, no matter what the circumstance....

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Happily Ever After Didn't Happen For Many Baby Boomers

(2) Comments | Posted November 10, 2016 | 12:24 PM

Baby boomers are divorcing at an ever increasing rate according to a June 2016 article in Fortune Magazine. Since the early 1990s, the 55 to 64 year old boomers divorce rate doubled. Meanwhile, the over aged 65 boomer divorce rate has tripled.

The reasons why are myriad. Retirement years...

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Look Out For 'Friends' Who Exploit Your Teen's Insecurities

(3) Comments | Posted October 28, 2016 | 2:28 PM

The term "grooming" is usually applied to positive actions in our daily life. We tidy ourselves up and look presentable. But grooming can also have a sinister aspect when it comes to friendships and relationships. Nowhere is it more evident than in adolescent relationships. In this instance, grooming occurs when...

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Understanding Healthy Boundaries Is Important For Adolescent Relationships

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2016 | 3:50 PM

Oversharing has become a new catch phrase for the millennium. Opportunity is one factor in this phenomena. Faceless social media provides the easy mechanism to publicly share our fears, frustrations and private thoughts.

Teens frequently live to regret something that can never be erased from the ether. With massive peer...

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It May Be Time To Push Past Those Old Family Holiday Traditions

(2) Comments | Posted October 12, 2016 | 12:56 PM

Another holiday behind us and thoughts are no doubt turning to the festivities yet to be celebrated in the final months of this year.

Now might be a good time to review your family holidays and determine if they are in need of a tune up. We can be...

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Lies Bound His Family Together - And Tore Ours Apart

(2) Comments | Posted September 29, 2016 | 4:36 PM

When I had my first post separation counselling session 20 odd years ago, my counsellor suggested I was there facing divorce as a result of a life script.

There certainly was some credibility to the statement. My former spouse left the family in much the same way his own...

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5 Things To Consider For The Next 5 Years

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2016 | 4:58 PM

On my 65th birthday a few years ago, my son and daughter-in-law gave me a book titled Where Will You Be Five Years from Today? The inscription read that they were wishing me an awesome next five years.

I used to look at my life in terms of decades....

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