Research shows that parents' behavior is what determines how well kids come through the divorce process. Conflict between parents is not automatically bad for kids -- it's when the conflict is not resolved in a mature, respectful manner that children suffer.
In my work with parents, we focus on determining what the parents' needs are, what the kids' needs are, and how to make sure everyone's needs are met throughout the divorce and into everyone's future lives.
A key goal is to keep the children out of the middle of the parents' issues. In our work together, we look at your typical means of communication with each other, and how you can develop positive, effective communication skills so each parent can be heard and their concerns addressed. We focus attention on how parents can work together cooperatively to ensure that their children feel safe, secure, loved and respected.
Children need both parents in their lives. Each parent has something unique and special to offer. Studies show that kids whose parents remain actively involved in their lives grow into adults who have more self-confidence and less anxiety overall, and are better equipped to develop and maintain satisfying primary relationships in their own adulthood. Improving their communication with each other and learning how to listen and respond to their children's concerns are parents' greatest gifts to their children.
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