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What About the Kids?

What About the Kids?  10/6/17When a child’s parents separate or divorce, the child can experience a challenging and painful transition.  The distress of the adults involved in a divorce can interfere with their ability to respond to their children and their children’s needs.  Yet the children continue to need safety, care, and freedom from parental conflict, as well as love and limits from both parents.

Keeping in mind that even after the divorce or separation most children will have relationships with their parents forever, parents can take a proactive approach to minimize stress for themselves and their children. 

The skills and tools parents need to help themselves and their children can be gained through the Parents Forever™ course.  The course can be taken online or in-person.

The course is designed to benefit parents who are:
  -  experiencing a family transition such as separation or divorce
  -  considering separation/ divorce and wanting to learn more about the impacts on their family
  -  divorced and experiencing challenges with co-parenting
  -  never-married parents who do not live together but want to be stronger as co-parents

By participating in the course, parents will learn:
  -  What affects children’s adjustment
  -  How age and stage of development impact stages of grief
  -  What the transition looks like through your child’s eyes
  -  Strategies for co-parenting
  -  Games parents play and why they are hurtful
  -  How to manage anger, conflict and stress
  -  Best practices for communication skills

For information about opportunities to participate in the Parents Forever™ course in-person or online, contact the NDSU Extension office in your county.  In Sargent County, call 724-3355, ext. 5.

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