What Will You Learn?
Taking Care of Yourself
This section helps parents understand and embrace that they need to take care of themselves first in order to effectively help their children through a family transition. The “Taking Care of Yourself” session will help parents:
- Describe thoughts and feelings associated with the family transition process.
- Examine the links between self-care and life skills needed during and after the family transition.
- Analyze how personal needs and wants affect goals and create an action plan to improve self-care for the future.
Taking Care of Your Children
This section helps parents figure out how to establish and maintain balance between their own and their children’s needs. The “Taking Care of Your Children” session will help parents:
- Recognize how the stages of child development influence children’s journey through the family transition.
- Identify characteristics of parent-child relationships that improve child well-being.
- Apply knowledge and identify skills that will lead to improved parent-child relationships.
Being Successful with Co-parenting
Everyone in the family will benefit if divorced or separated parents build a healthy co-parenting relationship. The “Being Successful with Co-Parenting” section will help parents:
- Reflect on the nature of their co-parenting relationships.
- Apply the communication and conflict management skills necessary for an effective co-parenting relationship.
- Recognize that a parenting plan is an effective tool to prepare for positive co-parenting.
Parents Forever™ Course Conclusion
After a family transition like divorce or separation, the future holds many possibilities for parents and their children. This section helps parents understand that although a divorce or separation can be difficult, a family transition can also provide an opportunity to become a stronger parent and to grow closer as a family.
The “Parents Forever™ Course Conclusion” session will help parents:
- Describe how self-care, parent-child relationships, and co-parenting relationships work together to improve family well-being.