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Kate Chapman

Kate Chapman

Kate Chapman is a mom and stepmom to six children, ages 8-15. She writes about her modern-day Brady Bunch adventures at This Life in Progress. Kate addresses the tricky topics of divorce, coparenting and blended families, and her writing has been featured on HuffPo, ScaryMommy, BLUNTMoms, Sammiches and Psych Meds and Divorcedmoms.com. When she’s not writing, she’s feeding the chickens and turning off lights in empty rooms. You can also follow Kate on Facebook and Twitter.

Coparenting After Divorce: Learning To Co-Parent Alone

The word co-parenting is a lie. In my experience, co-parenting doesn’t always mean two people working together. In our house, for a long time, co-parenting meant one person working alone.

I Forgot to Love My Husband: Here’s What Happened

With six kids, I got caught up in the day to day of family life. It's easy to do. But when I forgot to love my husband, I realized my mistake.

Must Love Chickens

I was thinking about keeping chickens. They were wonderful pets and could teach the kids about where food comes from without lifelong scarring.

How We Grieve Without Losing Our Way

Nursing old wounds is tricky work; it transfers the weight and pain of the wound.  It is lifted from their small shoulders and dropped heavily onto mine.  I feel that pain, it becomes and begets...

Five Reasons I Love My Ex-Husband on #ExSpousesDay

Our divorce was the right thing for our family, and we’ve each moved forward in a healthier, happier way than our marriage would’ve allowed. The universe is unfolding as it should.

What It Really Means to Love “Like a Mother”

Loving like a mother is simply defined by the object of that love. When you love someone unconditionally, you love like a mother.

The Shattering of Loss

I have been shattered before.  I remember this feeling. This aimless wandering around my house, not sure what to do next. The holding my daughter close and smelling her hair and being at once...

As My Grandmother Died, I Learned That All Mothers Matter

I watched my grandmother die today. She was nearly 93, at the end of a long and storied life, and she had no pain. My mother and I were with her, alone together in...

Hey Jealousy: Longing for the Good Life

Our friends just bought a beach house and I am so jealous I can’t see straight. I can’t even talk about it without becoming instantly grouchy. It’s petty and unbecoming and true. Apparently, I...