Friday, March 15, 2013

Shared Parenting

For almost two decades now, I have worked with parents who no longer live together but who recognize and appreciate the importance of shared parenting. A family split makes for an emotional time, and creating a collaborative co-parenting situation is almost impossible to do without some kind of support. Unfortunately too many parents in that situation either cannot afford or do not have access to the counseling or coaching they need. Personally, I have to turn away couples because the need is more than I can handle. Too often I hear “Why aren’t there more people like you doing this work?” or “Only lawyers do what they call mediation, but they don’t address day-to-day parenting issues, or what it actually means to ‘put the children first’!” or “I don’t know how to handle what my child is going through!” The results can get so bad that therapy or even drugs are needed. This is sad, because far too often it doesn’t have to be so – if the parents had a procedure to develop their plan and an agreement; if the parents had a little more knowledge of their child’s (and their own) process; if the parents had just a few more tools to help them handle the challenges.

I have long wanted to find a way to help this situation for more separating parents and their young ones, so you can imagine how thrilled I am to be introducing our first On-Line Course and Coaching Program for that very group of people!
FOREVER PARENTS is a 6-part home-study course with audios, transcripts, family games, check-lists, samples of a co-parenting agreement and a co-parent plan, and six one-to-one coaching opportunities (in a secure space, unlike emails!) and even an e-book! And participants can do it any time they want! Can you tell I’m excited?

Helping divorcing couples over the years, I have seen many manage to get through their split and move into collaborative, shared parenting in ways that work really well and that prevent needless suffering for their children. I feel so blessed to be doing this work, and now –thanks to brilliant technology – I have the opportunity to offer it to everyone who needs it!

If you, or anyone you know is in the process of splitting up with a partner but would like to make shared parenting work, this link gives a special pre-launch offer –