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Jill Brooke

Over a ten-year period, while a pop culture and business correspondent on CNN's "Showbiz Today" and "Your Money," Ms. Brooke got divorced, happily remarried and thrust into the world of step-parenting. As a result, she started reporting on divorce and blended families and became an expert in this field. Her contributions to The New York Times have included, "Honey, I'll Marry You But No Kids," Living Apart Together (LAT) Relationships," and "Revenge Decor." She has also written for New York Magazine, AdWeek, Harpers Bazaar, Chicago Tribune, Metropolitan Home, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal. Earlier in her career, Ms. Brooke worked at ABC's "Nightline" and as an entertainment columnist for the New York Post. While at the Post, she revamped Hampton's Magazine and later became the Editor in Chief of Travel Savvy, Avenue, and Show Circuit Magazine. She has also been a contributor to CBS' "Early Show" where she did several series on divorce, and is the author of the bestselling book, "Don't Let Death Ruin Your Life", which was featured on "Oprah". She has been writing for the web since 1998 when CNN started their Internet division. Mr. Brooke is a certified Stepfamily Foundation coach, and is currently finishing her second book, "The Wacky World of Divorce".

Jill Brooke

Most Recent Articles

The Term "Cougar": Demeaning, or Purrrrrfect?

Monday, 08 September 2008 01:48
Is the term "cougar" really that bad? As my FWW colleague Debbie Nigro points out, the term is used to “describe a woman who chooses to play/date/carouse/befriend&

The Freedom to Redefine Divorce

Tuesday, 21 October 2008 12:29
As you may know, my pals at FWW and I are engaged. Yes, we've made a commitment to changing the face of divorce and creating new terms to define this life event.Divorce is a change that whether you wanted it or not, transitions you to…

What Feel-Good Movies Got You Through Divorce?

Tuesday, 04 November 2008 01:00
When times are tough, there's nothing better than a trusty pick-me-up. No, I'm not talking about partaking in vino or vodka — though a glass of Chardonnay is always nice — but using the power of film to empower you.I'm serious. By…

Family Rules: FWW's Book of the Week

Wednesday, 23 July 2008 10:54
Operate a family under written rules? Not possible in your chaotic life? Too much like running a strict boarding school? In his seminal book Family Rules, Dr. Ken Kaye explains why written rules solve most children’s issues, prevent squabbles,…

Blending in as the Smart Stepwife

Friday, 06 January 2012 08:44
The pictures of his ex-wife are scattered throughout the house, as though she is not only renting space in our home, but also in his brain. There are the pictures of her with his daughters on the beach with their footprints carved into the sand and…

True Mom Confessions

Tuesday, 12 August 2008 12:24
Newsflash, divorced moms: You will not be replaced by the stepmother. Most children have a primal connection to their mother that is almost impossible to break.Recently, truemomconfessions.com shared some of their members’ concerns with&

True Mom Confessions

Tuesday, 12 August 2008 12:24
Recently, truemomconfessions.com shared some of their members’ concerns with firstwivesworld.com, and we agreed to swap content every week. They will provide the confessions, and we will provide the advice.Here are this week’s&

Still Hot: FWW's Book of the Week

Friday, 08 August 2008 10:04
What does a divorced girl need besides a good attorney, a loyal girlfriend and gainful employment? A good laugh.“Still Hot: The Uncensored Guide to&

True Mom Confessions

Tuesday, 12 August 2008 12:24
Life isn’t over after a divorce. It’s a new beginning. But women are worried about dating again, about their ex-husbands dating again, and about the shaky feeling that comes when the divorce process begins.www.truemomconfessions.com has…

"Wife Goes On": FWW’s Book of the Week

Wednesday, 20 August 2008 06:42
The opening lines of Leslie Lehr’s novel “Wife Goes On” will resonate with many women.“The truth is, I was afraid to be alone” she writes, tapping into most women’s secret fear. “Then I heard my daughter swear…

Don't Let Your Divorce Attorney Overcharge You

Thursday, 05 February 2009 12:02
According to news reports this week, Britney Spears is planning to contest some of her divorce attorney’s legal fees, arguing that they are too high.  Whether you’re Britney Spears or Brittany Smith, divorce can be a costly…

8 Back-To-School Budget Tips for Divorced Moms

Monday, 01 September 2008 12:12
Wouldn’t it be great if our waistlines were as thin as a divorced mom’s back to school budget? We know. You have to stretch your dollars like worn-out Spandex and there are too many extra pounds of goods you still need. However, we have some…
It can be fun when it’s you flying solo, but not when it’s your kid. Your heart suffers more turbulence than a plane caught in a Kansas tornado. But divorced moms must face the reality of sending their kids off alone on a plane for a…
Your resume says you’re CEO of domestic affairs at your house, a multi-tasker who can juggle carpooling, cooking, homework, and dressing up for a date. You are a true financial wizard, one who can stretch $10&
Divorced women are already financially strapped and, with all the doomsday reporting lately, they may be financially scared too. However, it is not as bad as you think. In fact, in all recessions and depressions, there were many girls who managed to …

5 Wacky Museums Worth Visiting

Friday, 03 October 2008 16:42
Potato peels that look like Miley Cyrus, the world’s largest ball of twine, butter sculptures, or historic advertisements for Spam may not rate a room at the Louvre, but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth seeing. Or laughing at. For our…

10 Fun Fall Festivals

Friday, 26 September 2008 12:42
Girls just want to have fun. And what better way than to go to a weekend festival that’s either free or less money than a Cosmo or CVS lipstick. Full of interesting people and passions, these festivals can be bizarre, silly, humorous, and an…

5 Fun Spots for Autumn Apple Picking

Thursday, 11 October 2012 10:38
Two hundred years ago, John Chapman's calling became clear — to spread apple trees across the American frontier. The entire country has benefited from the man known as Johnny Appleseed, because those apple trees spread with the country all the way …

5 Haunted Houses for some Halloween Hijinks

Tuesday, 07 October 2008 16:32
Here is something frightfully wonderful, places where doom and gloom can be fun. No, we’re not talking about the anxiety-provoking, fear-mongering financial news dominating the airwaves these days. But instead of worrying about Credit Default…

6 Offbeat Festivals Around the World

Friday, 17 October 2008 17:59
Party, Fiesta. Have Fun. See the World. But how can you choose among all the fabulous experiences that await you? Natch, we want to help. After you’ve been shaken up by divorce, we want you to be shaken up by extraordinary life experiences, so…