February 16, 2007
Shared parenting 911
You probably have many clients involved in “shared parenting” situations. Many of these clients are able to put their personal emotions aside and maintain positive attitudes and healthy relationships with their children while they settle a divorce or custody suit with the other parent.
However, many others are frustrated, angry and resentful. They have forgotten how to listen and communicate with their children and don’t realize the distress they cause when they blame, criticize, and argue with the other parent.
Action for Children, with the help of attorney Susan Kenny-Pfalzer, has launched a unique parent education program called “Parents Who Parent Separately.” It is designed specifically for single, divorced or remarried parents who have been granted shared parenting, but have not figured out how to manage the situation so they can continue to build positive, healthy and rewarding relationships with their children.
Topics in this program include encouragement and acknowledging feelings; good listening skills and roadblocks to communication; problem ownership and power struggles; “putting the child in the middle;” discipline v. punishment; and stress management and self-care. Through six enlightening classes, parents learn to put the best interest of their children above the anger and resentment they feel toward the other parent and effectively communicate with their children once again.
If you have any clients who would benefit from teachings of “Parents Who Parent Separately,” please tell them to call 614/224-0222, ext. 103, or visit www.positiveparents.com today!