Category Archives: Co-parenting

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How to Spot Signs of Parental Alienation in Your Family

Parental Alienation is harmful to children. The negative impact of alienation may include depression, substance abuse, low self-esteem, self-hatred, guilt, poor interpersonal relationships, distorted view of reality, and self-doubt. Most of my clients don’t realize how harmful it is to the child’s development to try to separate the child from the other parent during your … Continue Reading

6-year-Old Explains Everything You Need to Know About Divorce

When a group of relationship counselors was polled to determine what the leading cause of divorce was, 74% of them agreed that the biggest predictor was differing opinions on things like money or raising children. These are issues that have to be hammered out in a divorce, so if you struggled to get along with … Continue Reading

Are you struggling to communicate with your ex about parenting issues?

It is common for parents to experience difficulties communicating with the other parent about their children, post-separation. Inflamed emotions, shock, denial and grief over the separation may be interfering with your ability to make day-to-day parenting plans involving scheduling, children’s health issues or behavioural concerns. Here are a couple of strategies that may reduce the … Continue Reading

Travelling with the kids? Get consent!

Planning a trip across the Canadian border with the kids this summer without the other parent?  You need a notarized travel consent! If you are separated, trips without the other parent are the new normal. There is nothing worse than being stopped at the border with your kids in tow because you don’t have the … Continue Reading

Divorce Fears

Separation and Divorce: these words bring up feelings of pain, disappointment, fear, and uncertainty.   Are you worried about the way this will impact your children, and what the financial implications will be – How will my children cope? Can I afford to stay in the home?  This is normal.  You don’t want to be the next casualty of … Continue Reading

Reducing Family Conflict

 “We don’t agree on much, but we want to protect the kids” Does this sound familiar?  Parental conflict in a family may be high whether you’re separating, living separate and apart under the same roof, or working through conflict as a married couple.  And it comes as no surprise to you that the emotional health and well-being of … Continue Reading

Four Steps to Take with Your Child After Divorce

Helping your children adjust after your divorce is essential. Heather Smith offers excellent advice on what you should do to help you child after the dust settles.   Here is Heather’s blog:     4 Steps to Take with Your Child After Divorce You have sat your child down and given the dreaded speech that you … Continue Reading

Co-parenting Rules and Breathing

 Parenting is not easy. Parenting when separated is even more difficult.  Mark A. Nacol, a Texas family law lawyer, in his blog Nacol Law Firm Blog does an excellent job describing the rules for effective co-parenting.  Mark’s list of rules may seem to be "common sense" but when you are the parent trying to work with … Continue Reading

Who Drives The Children For Access Exchanges?

When you become a parent, nobody tells you that you will become a personal taxi driver for your children! You will drive them to their sports activities, their music lessons, their friends’ homes and, if you have separated from the other parent, you might have to do some driving to and from their other parent’s home.  … Continue Reading

Keeping Healthy Boundaries While Co-Parenting

Co-parenting after divorce is not easy. It’s like walking a tight rope at first.  You want to be cooperative and communicate well but on the other hand how close is too close with your ex spouse? Karen Buscemi wrote a great blog in the Huffington Post about keeping boundaries with your ex spouse. Karen says there are … Continue Reading

Joint Parenting – A Blog by Two Parents

I just stumbled upon a wonderful new blog jointly authored by two parents sharing joint custody of their children. It is honest, heartfelt, insightful and engaging. The authors are New Yorkers Magda Pecsenye and Douglas French.  Their blog is called "When the Flame Goes Up" .  Here is an excerpt from a blog posting by the father, … Continue Reading
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