"The World Needs Great Parents"
Co-parenting after divorce can be challenging. Your relationship as a couple has ended and there may be hurt feelings, anger, and raw emotions, but your partnership as parents is a life-long journey. How you handle this new family structure affects your children and how they view the world and relationships.
Research shows that children who are put in the middle of parental conflict have higher levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and anger. One of the many challenges of separation and/or divorce is how to cooperatively parent children in a way that sets you up for success and gives your children the best possible opportunity to have a healthy relationship with both parents. Better outcomes occur for children when parents can work together and manage their relationship with minimal conflict.
I work with parents - individually and/or together - to teach communication and conflict resolution skills for how to move forward once their partnered or married relationship ends. Parents do not always have the tools and skills to manage that process on their own, and working with a co-parenting coach can help them learn ways to improve their parenting relationship for the benefit of their children.
I offer coaching in the form of individual sessions and/or the PREPARE/ENRICH parenting assessment, if appropriate. The PREPARE/ENRICH parenting assessment helps co-parents work together for the benefit of their children, learning about the strengths and growth areas that they share as co-parents and how to best support each other in the next stage of their relationship. It covers topics including family communication, behavioral concerns, and parenting concerns, and is best-used with parents who are amicable, child-centered, and who understand that parenting is a life-long endeavor that requires the involvement and cooperation of both parents.
Co-parenting coaching and/or assessment is a good resource for divorcing parents going through alternative dispute resolution processes, including mediation and social early neutral evaluation.