PARENTING THROUGH A DIVORCE

Healthy Parenting Patterns

  • Parents frequently share information about their child. Written notes, voice mail, and e-mail often substitute for one-on-one talks.

  • Parents' communications are respectful, usually business-like and direct. No verbal messages are sent through the children.

  • Parents keep the child out of the middle of their problems with one another, and there is no neighbourhood "soap opera."

  • Each parent supports the other parents' relationship with the child and helps the child feel free to love both of them.

  • Parents provide the child the environment, support, and love to develop normally - physically, emotionally, spiritually.

"If you want your child to improve, let them hear the nice things you say about them to others." - Haim Ginott, Child Psychologist