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Parents Forever™ Parent Handbook

Families who experience a family transition like divorce or separation need reliable information, access to resources, and strategies for regaining stability and moving forward. The Parents Forever™ Parent Handbook is here to help.

Parents Forever™ Parent Handbook is a key part of the in-person and online Parents Forever™ courses. This parent handbook and the related courses will help you or, if you are a services provider, the parents or caregivers in your services:

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For more information and to see excerpts from the parent handbook, see the following tabs.

Taking Care of Yourself

Introduction: Taking Care of Yourself (PDF)

The Legal Side of Family Transition

Loss and Grief

Dealing with Anger

Managing Stress

Staying Safe During a Family Transition

Strengthening Your Support Network (PDF)

The Financial Side of Family Transition

Planning for Your Future Self-Care

Conclusion: Taking Care of Yourself

Taking care of your children

Introduction: Taking care of your children (PDF)

What Are Your Children Experiencing?

What Do Your Children Bring to the Parent-Child Relationship?

What Do You Bring to the Parent-Child Relationship

How Do You and Your Children Shape Each Other? (PDF)

Strategies to Help Strengthen Parent-child relationships

Strengthening Your Children’s Support Network

Maintaining Balance in Parent-child relationships

Conclusion: Taking care of your children

Being Successful with Coparenting

Introduction: Being Successful with Coparenting (PDF)

What Is Coparenting?

Redefining Your Family

Different Approaches to Coparenting

Communication Skills for Effective Coparenting

Managing Conflict

Strategies for Parenting Apart

Where Do Stepfamilies Fit into the Picture? (PDF)

Creating a Parenting Plan

Conclusion: Being Successful with Coparenting

Parents Forever™ Course Conclusion (PDF))



Copyright Information

This handbook was developed September 2014 by Ellie M. McCann, Extension Educator — Family Resiliency; Heather M. Lee, Educational Resource Development and Support Manager; and Sharon E. Powell,¬†Extension Educator — Family Resiliency.

Related resources

Resources for families — Online resources to help parents and caregivers going through a family transition like divorce or separation. Get information and tools to help improve your self-care, parent-child relationships, and coparenting relationships.

Get trained to teach Parents Forever™ — All facilitators who teach one hour or more of a Parents Forever™ class need to complete our training series.

Parents Forever™: Education for Families in Transition Curriculum — Comprehensive curriculum that is used to facilitate a Parents Forever™ course to parents and caregivers of children who have experienced a family transition like divorce or separation.

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