The Power of Mediation: Embracing the Taoist Perspective

The Power of Mediation: Embracing the Taoist Perspective

According to an Taoist parable, an old farmer had a horse that ran away, prompting his neighbors to remark, “Oh, that’s bad news.” “Good news, bad news, who can say?” the farmer reportedly replied. Soon after, his horse returned with a second horse, which many labeled a stroke of luck. The farmer again withheld judgment … Read more

Intentional Parenting

how ready are you as a parent to provide an environment in order to nurture the growth and development of your child after separation

As a parent, a family mediator, observing others with their children and having family members tell me stories about my own child, I have learned how to appreciate my child, their individual character and I have been cognizant about cultivating their strengths and interests all the while acknowledging their needs and concerns. Over time, I … Read more

Is Breastfeeding Affecting My Relationship?

Couple talking about their problems while the mother breastfeeds

Breastfeeding is a common and natural way for new mothers to nourish and bond with their babies. However, while breastfeeding can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience for many women, it can also be a challenging and stressful one. In some cases, breastfeeding struggles can place intense strain on a marriage. In this blog post, … Read more

Green Needle or Brainstorm: Hearing What we Choose to Hear

Green Needle or Brainstorm: Hearing What we Choose to Hear

In May 2018, an audio clip went viral on social media, sparking a debate among listeners about whether they heard the word “Yanny” or “Laurel.” The clip was originally posted on Reddit by a user who asked fellow users to identify which word they heard. As the clip went viral, people were shocked to learn … Read more

Surviving the Holidays Divorced

Surviving the Holidays Divorced

Wondering how you will get through Christmas this year? Your soon-to-be former spouse is taking the kids to his parents for the holiday, as you always did as a family. But this year you are going to be alone. How are you going to survive the holidays while in the middle of a divorce? If … Read more

Fresh Thoughts Winter 2022 Newsletter

winter 2022 Fresh Thoughts Newsletter

When you find yourself needing to proceed with a separation or divorce, you need the best people behind you to assure you get the fresh start you truly deserve. The growing team at Fresh Start Mediation blend fresh ideas, experience, and innovation. It’s our passion to save you money and see you happier and more … Read more

Mediation: Good Enough for Royalty, Good Enough for You

The Crown Season 5

In exploring, and introducing, the concept of mediation to those unfamiliar, I would suggest logging on to Netflix and taking a look at the acclaimed Drama, The Crown, fifth season’s penultimate episode, titled ‘Couple 31’. Here, the exploration and understanding of the nuance mediation offers to those during divorce, is effectively managed.    A few … Read more