Co-Parenting Support: Keeping You Focused on What’s Important
Serving Your Entire Family’s Best Interests
While your marital relationship may be coming to an end, your role as parents will endure indefinitely. It is essential to remember that the legacy you leave behind for your children will be shaped by the decisions you make during this tumultuous time. Consider what kind of legacy you want to create. By making conscious choices now, you possess the power to have a direct and lasting impact on whether that legacy will be positive or negative for your children.
My Promise to You
- I will help you restructure your family in a way that promotes cooperation and stability.
- I will work with you to identify potential sources of conflict and come up with solutions to avoid future disputes.
- I will teach you how to put your children in the center of your decision making and not in the middle of your disputes.
- I will provide you with communication tools to enable you to clearly communicate with your co-parent and avoid the conflict that arises with provocative language.
- I will work with you to create two homes where your children can equally thrive.
Why First Steps Divorce for Co-Parenting Support
My co-parenting relationship was incredibly difficult in the years following my divorce and it was only with hindsight that I saw the damage that the conflict caused my three boys. I knew that one thing that was really important to me was to help parents learn what their kids need from them during and after the divorce. I wanted to help parents manage their emotions so they could show up for their kids in the best way possible. Recognizing the role that conflict plays in co-parenting relationships, I have spent many training hours learning skills and tools to minimize and de-escalate conflict. I understand the need to move beyond traditional parenting plans and towards creating holistic plans that address the growing and ever-changing needs of children. And as part of the Co-Parenting Specialist Certification Training team, I am able to stay at the forefront of the field while working collaboratively with the team to ensure our training is relevant and effective in helping to bring the voices of the children into the divorce process.
LEARN MORE ABOUT MY EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING HERE
I work with one or both parents, either together or separately. I work together to establish healthy communication, manage conflict and create strategies for addressing issues like managing the time-share between houses, handling holidays and special occasions, addressing the changing needs of the children. My goal is to help you restructure your family in a way that you can all thrive.
As your Co-Parenting Coach, I will help you prioritize the best interests of your children and encourage you to work collaboratively to find and work toward common goals for your children. What is the divorce story you want your children to tell when they’re adults? Let’s work together to make it a positive one!
Benefits of working with First Steps Divorce as Your Co-Parenting Coach
Co-Parenting Plan Development
Parenting Support and Education
Accountability and Consistency
Focus on the Children’s Well-Being
I work with you to create a detailed, child-centered parenting plan that outlines the responsibilities and expectations for both parents. This plan will provide a roadmap for raising your children in a healthy and supportive environment. Remember, your children need the same thing from you whether you are parenting under one roof or two.
When going through a separation or divorce there are a lot of decisions that need to be made, some of which you may disagree on. The one thing most parents can agree on is the love they have for their children and that they want them to grow up happy and healthy. Crafting a detailed parenting plan will help you avoid the unnecessary conflict that can arise when co-parenting. It will also address how you will resolve issues when you’re not in agreement so you can prevent any future litigation. It is not the divorce that negatively impacts children, it is the conflict that they experience between their parents.
Benefits of Creating a Child-Centered Parenting Plan with First Steps Divorce
Stability and Consistency
Encourages Positive Relationship
Supports Child’s Development:
Promotes Shared Parenting
A child-centered parenting plan can promote shared parenting, allowing both parents to have a meaningful relationship with their child and encouraging cooperation between them.
A child-centered parenting plan can help the child adapt to the changes brought on by the divorce, reducing the impact on their mental and emotional health.
Encourages Responsible Parenting
I can work with you, or you and your co-parent, and educate you on how to construct written or verbal communication to eliminate judgment, admonishment, opinions or emotions – all things that create conflict. I will teach you to create communication that focuses on conveying factual information that supports the needs of your child. We will also work together to understand what communication needs to be responded to and what doesn’t need a response.
Additionally, I can coach you through communication strategies while going through the mediation or litigation process, so your interactions with your co-parent don’t negatively impact your negotiations or any legal proceedings.
Benefits of working with First Steps Divorce for Your Co-Parenting Communication Support
Teaching Communication Skills
Effective Expression of Needs and Concerns
Ground Rules and Guidelines:
Co-parenting coaches will establish ground rules for discussions between co-parents. These guidelines may include using respectful language, maintaining a calm tone, and refraining from personal attacks. By setting clear expectations, coaches help create an environment conducive to productive communication.
Conflict Resolution Techniques
Reframing and Perspective-Taking
Investment for Co-Parenting Support
Other First Steps Divorce Services
Overwhelmed? Uncertain? Let me guide you in your divorce journey.
I am here to navigate the tough conversation and come to positive resolutions.