Even under the best of circumstances, parenting can be challenging. When parents separate or divorce, disagreements over parenting issues can be even more difficult to resolve. Information about the law and parental rights and obligations can help reduce parental conflict. Understanding the importance of a child’s continued relationship with both parents
and learning to be aware of children’s experiences through the process of separation and divorce can also help. Equally important is for parents themselves to find ways to deal with their own reactions and emotions surrounding the separation or divorce in order to allow them to focus on the best interests of the child and give them what they need to succeed.
Even if conflict remains, there are options to consider that may lessen or resolve parental conflict. Parenting before, during and after separation or divorce takes time, effort and commitment. Fortunately, there are laws, community resources and government programs and services to provide guidance and support.
So, Let’s Re-Cap…
Throughout this resource there are several re-occurring and overlapping themes. It may be useful to re-word them into a list that captures the highlights and helps to convey the main messages.
You may want to have your child identify the key messages that they take away from the resource and have them re-frame them in language more meaningful to them.