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I Gave Up On Coparenting, Until I Realized This

I grew up believing that I could do and be anything I wanted. Not in a dessert-before-dinner-stay-up-past-midnight way, but in a you-control-your-destiny way. My parents raised the three of us grounded in the understanding that we could achieve any goal we worked toward. They actively [...]

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Kate and Gabe

Founder Kate Chapman is a widely published author and professional coach. She’s also a mom and stepmom to six children with her husband Gabe. Kate created This Life in Progress as a safe space for anyone parenting after the first family fairytale.

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We Tossed Our Shared Custody Schedule Out. Here’s What Happened Next.

Our summer schedule was bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S, bananas. My children's father, Billy, took a three week trip to Europe. Our son Simon was away for six weeks working as a camp counselor. Our son Caden left home for the first time to attend a three-week Zoology sleep away camp in another [...]

How I Learned to Coparent Alone

The word coparenting is a lie, really. Coparenting is generally defined as a parenting situation where two or more adults work together to raise a child even though they are not necessarily the biological parents, living together or in a romantic relationship. This implies a kind of rosy glow over [...]

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Welcome!

I’m the founder of This Life in Progress, and the creator of the highly-acclaimed Total Coparenting Transformation course. I’m also a coparenting expert, an award-winning blogger, an experienced executive coach, and a widely published author with a deep background in psychology and sociology.

That all sounds terribly important, but the truth is the roles I’m proudest of are mom and stepmom to six terrific kiddos, ages 8-16.

My husband Gabe and I live on our suburban mini-farm with our blended bunch, a naughty Frenchie and six broody hens. When I’m not here cheering you on, I spend my time feeding the children and livestock and turning off lights in empty rooms.

This coparenting blended family adventure is one I never planned, and the hardest job I’ve ever loved. I’m pretty sure you know exactly what I mean. Stay a while and let’s get to know each other.

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      Years ago, I sent this picture to their father and got a reply I still remember and won't print. We coparent amicably now, but didn't for a very long time. Today, new on the blog, I'm telling you all about how I learned to coparent alone. Link in bio!
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