Since news broke about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie there’s been an endless number of posts about what we can learn from the uncoupling of these A-listers. I’ve never been thrilled about the negative images that tend to be associated with divorce. Instead of laboring over kids having a broken family, I encourage parents to frame […]Read More
Below I’ve listed a variety of articles that address key issues for parenting kids through separation and divorce. Some are more relevant to parents in the beginning stages while other posts touch on topics related to parents further down the road. As new stuff gets churned out, I’ll be adding to the list, so be sure to check back.
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Joe was at his wits end. Ever since his divorce he tried to do everything he could think of to get along with his ex, Maria. It seemed like no matter how hard he tried nothing worked. While they would go through periods where things were fine, it usually didn’t last for long. Eventually Maria […]Read More alienation, angry ex, crazy ex, divorce drama, high conflict divorce, how to deal with an uncooperative ex, joint custody, kids caught in the middle, post divorce conflict
Your stomach starts knotting up and a sense of dread washes over you. You wonder to yourself, “How did it get to be that time again so soon?” Holding your breath, you enter the room desperately hoping that this time you can forego the whining, pleading and fussing. Here we go. You tell the kids […]Read More coparenting, how to help kids go back and forth, joint custody, kids don't want to see my ex, my kids don't like our parenting schedule, parenting schedules, shared care, two homes
Dear parents with older children, We realize how easy it might be to assume that your choice to divorce won’t really affect us. After all, we’re older now and those days of hands on parenting are long gone. As young adults, you may think we can handle more or rationalize your situation maybe even put […]Read More adult children of divorce, children and divorce, co-parenting, helping older children cope with divorce, teens and divorce
The Do’s Do love your children as much as possible. Show them your love through words and actions. Do tell your children divorce is not their fault. Keep in mind, they’ll need to hear it more than once. Do reassure your children that they will be safe. Let your kids know that both parents will […]Read More children and divorce, effects of divorce on children, helping children cope with divorce, what to do for children of divorce
In the Beginning… If possible, have both parents present when telling children about the divorce. Discuss what you will tell children before hand. Also, keep explanations simple and avoid placing blame. Use general statements such as Mom and Dad can’t live together anymore or Mom and Dad have decided we would be happier living in […]Read More children cope with divorce, divorce and children, help for children of divorce, how parents can help children cope with divorce