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Hi!

My Name is Chelsy.

I’m a single mom. I’m a writer. And I know what it’s like to co-parent with a narcissist.

Tell me if this sounds familiar:

  • Your ex is nothing but argumentative when it comes to parenting your child.
  • You oftentimes give in to their demands to avoid a fight or conflict.
  • They make you feel like the worst parent in the world – and sometimes you believe them.
  • Your ex turns everything you do and say against you.
  • They try to turn your child against you.

Did I hit the nail on the head? That’s because I have been through this.

And more.

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My Story

When I became pregnant, I knew I was in an unhealthy relationship – I just didn’t know what to call it. I was unhappy, frustrated, and confused.

I left my ex early in the pregnancy, knowing that I could not – and would not – raise my child in a toxic environment.

I realized then that nothing was going to change, and I had to leave.

Leaving wasn’t easy, and for a long time, I endured constant abuse and harassment from my ex – during the pregnancy as well as during the first years of my daughter’s life.

I didn’t know how to handle the situation. Arguing and defending myself only made the situation worse. I was at a total loss.

But once I figured out what I was dealing with, I could change my strategies.

From there, I figured out how to control my responses, create boundaries, and parent with him in a way that was far less stressful.

Is my situation perfect? Of course not!

But it is better  – which is more than I ever thought I could have hoped for in the beginning.

Back when this blog was focused on general information for moms, I started writing about narcissism.

The response I received was overwhelming!

Moms everywhere were dealing with the same thing and looking for information and support.

When I started emailing and messaging these moms, I realized that it was time to focus on this issue and share my knowledge and experience.

My Mission

My goal is to provide support to moms who are trying to raise children with toxic exes. From articles to courses to coaching and even a book, I want to ensure that any mom looking for guidance can find it here at Motherhood+Mayhem!

Surprisingly, I do have a life apart from being a parent…

I am a freelance writer and blogger.

My favorite substance is coffee. Bean juice make me wake up.

When I do have some time to myself, I enjoy true crime documentaries, off-beat fiction, and playing games on the PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

I was once chatting with a gent online who was learning how to play the drums. I know half a song on the recorder, but when I suggested we team up to become the next Jethro Tull, I never heard from him again.

I live with my daughter and three cats whom we used to refer to as “the boys” but then found out the youngest is, in fact, a girl. We also have a hedgehog who I call a “Grumpy Prickly Boy” because, in general, he hates people – and there are days when I feel that.