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Classes for Parents

What Will You Learn?

Parents who attend the Parents Forever™ class series learn valuable skills and tools that will help to reduce the effects of the family transition on their children and themselves.

Parents Forever™ classes are available online or in-person. Both versions of the class meet all 25 minimum standards required by Minnesota Statute 518.157 for Minnesota court-ordered education. See more about Online Course Approved by Minnesota Supreme Court.

In addition, an adapted version of our online course has been created specifically for North Dakota parents. (The North Dakota version does not meet Minnesota requirements.)

The Parents Forever™ class series is divided differently depending if you take the online or in-person version.


Family Transition (not in North Dakota version)

A family transition like divorce or separation can affect every aspect of a family’s life. This module helps parents review:

  • What they can expect
  • Safety issues in family transition

See a sample of the Parents Forever™: The Impact of Divorce on Adults Parent Handbook and Parents Forever™: Pathways to a New Life Parent Handbook used in this module.

Impact on Children

Children are often impacted the hardest during divorce. This module focuses on what children experience and how parents can lead their children through this tie of transition without putting them in the middle of conflict. Topics covered include:

  • What affects children’s adjustment
  • Ages and Stages
  • Through your children’s eyes

See a sample of the Parents Forever™: The Impact of Divorce on Children Parent Handbook used in this module.

Parenting Apart

Children do best when they can maintain a positive relationship with both parents if it is safe to do so. This module will help parents work on:

  • Building their co-parent relationship
  • Strategies for parenting
  • Parenting plans

See a sample of the Parents Forever™: The Impact of Divorce on Children Parent Handbook used in this module.

Communication and Conflict

Parents need to take care of themselves too in order to provide the best care for their children. This module helps parents understand how a family transition like divorce impacts them and suggest ways to cope constructively. The module addresses:

  • Communication skills
  • Games parents play
  • Managing anger
  • Managing conflict and stress

See a sample of the Parents Forever™: The Impact of Divorce on Adults Parent Handbook,Parents Forever™: The Impact of Divorce on Children Parent Handbook, and Parents Forever™: Pathways to a New Life Parent Handbook used in this module.

Legal Issues (not in North Dakota version)

This module offers an introduction to the legal processes involved in divorce. Topics covered include:

  • Navigating the legal system
  • Do you need an attorney
  • Mediation
  • Custody and parenting plans
  • Child support and spousal support

See a sample of the Parents Forever™: Legal Issues and the Role of Mediation Parent Handbook used in this module.

Money Issues (not in North Dakota version)

Money is a big issue in a family transition like divorce. This module suggests ways to cope with the emotional, social, and economic aspects of living with reduced income. It reviews:

  • Money changes in family transition
  • The costs of raising children

See a sample of the Parents Forever™: Money Issues in Divorce Parent Handbook used in this module.

Building a New Life (not in North Dakota version)

This concluding module offers parents the opportunity to look at the skills they want to develop to succeed in future relationships.

To sign up for the online version of the class, see Parents Forever™ Online Course for Parents or Parents Forever™ Online Course for North Dakota Parents. Please note, the North Dakota version does not meet the minimum standards required by Minnesota courts.

The following information is about the in-person Parents Forever™ classes offered in Minnesota. Other states who offer the program may teach fewer, or different topics. For information about in-person Parents Forever™ offerings in North Dakota, visit the Parents Forever™ — NDSU website.

The Impact of Divorce on Adults

Parents need to take care of themselves too in order to provide the best care for their children. This unit helps parents understand how divorce impacts them and suggests ways to cope constructively with the accompanying stress, anger, and conflict. Topics covered include:

  • Stages parents typically go through during a family transition
  • How family transition may affect you
  • Strategies to cope with the emotional response to family transition, particularly anger and stress
  • Personal security and safety issues

See a sample of the Parents Forever™: The Impact of Divorce on Adults Parent Handbook used in this class.

The Impact of Divorce on Children

Children are often impacted the hardest during divorce. This unit focuses on what children experience and how parents can lead their children through this time of transition without putting them in the middle of the conflict. Topics covered include:

  • Understanding what children experience when parents divorce
  • Strengthening communication skills
  • Parenting strategies
  • Strategies for shared parenting

See a sample of the Parents Forever™: The Impact of Divorce on Children Parent Handbook used in this class.

Money Issues in Divorce

Money is a big issue in divorce. This unit suggests ways to cope with the emotional, social, and economic aspects of living with reduced income. Topics covered include:

  • Understanding and preparing for financial changes
  • Adjusting to changes in income
  • Rethinking how to spend money
  • Setting money goals
  • Talking with children about money
  • Managing money conflicts
  • Understanding the costs of raising children

See a sample of the Parents Forever™: Money Issues in Divorce Parent Handbook used in this class.

Legal Issues and the Role of Mediation in Divorce

This unit offers an introduction to the legal processes and mediation involved in divorce. Topics covered include:

  • Methods for making legal decisions involving children
  • The role an attorney can play and how to choose one if needed
  • The different steps and costs involved in the legal process
  • The role mediation can play in divorce
  • Child custody and parenting plan issues
  • Child support and spousal maintenance

See a sample of the Parents Forever™: Legal Issues and the Role of Mediation in Divorce Parent Handbook used in this class.

Pathways to a New Life

This concluding unit offers parents the opportunity to look at the skills they want to develop to succeed in future relationships. Topics covered include:

  • Communication skills for new life
  • Essential elements for a new life, including letting go, forgiving, redefining parental roles, and developing new social ties
  • Pathways to a new life including reconciliation, single parenting, new relationships, and stepfamilies

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Related Resources

About the Program™? — Find out more about the Parents Forever™ program.

Classes for Parents — Explore Parents Forever™ class offerings and find the right option for you or your participants.

We Agree: Creating a Parenting Plan — Online publication that helps parents make child-focused decisions about parenting. Includes worksheets and a template to use for creating a parenting plan.

Resources for Families — Free web-based resources for families experiencing a family transition like divorce or separation.

Parents Forever: Complete Set of Parent Handbooks — Review and order the Parents Forever™ parent handbook series, the main source of content used in the Parents Forever™ classes.

Development of this Course — Information about the authors of the online course.

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