INTRODUCTION

Mindful Co-Parenting: Helping Children Cope with Divorce

Most children grow up ignorant of marital problems, oblivious to their parents' thoughts and feelings towards each other. For this reason the dissolution of the family unit can be a huge shock, leaving their fragile minds hurt, angered and bewildered.

If you are currently undergoing – or anticipating – a divorce or separation, and feel worried about the welfare of your children, this guide will help.

Splitting up with a loved one is an emotionally trying time for everybody involved. You have to deal with the practicalities of separation, the legalities of divorce, and your own internal struggle; all the while juggling right from wrong and trying to answer the question, "What's best for my children?"

While separation may be uncharted territory that's difficult to navigate, just remember... you are not alone. Millions of families have been in the same boat, devised workable parenting plans, and ultimately, stepped on shore better off.

The United States has the 6th highest divorce rate in the world, with almost 50 percent of all marriages ending in divorce.

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, 2014

In this Guide you'll learn:

Telling Young Children about the Divorce

01

Telling Teenagers about the Divorce

02

Dealing with Parental Conflict

03

Seeking Help from Others

04

Rules, Discipline and Stability

05

Long Distance Parenting

06

Dealing with Troubled Children

07

Coping with Supervised Visitation

08

Non-Biological Parent Rights and Obligations

09

Sole Parenting

10

Preparing an Effective Custody Agreement

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