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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- Describe the family transition journey and how each family member will be affected.
- Recognize the role of self-care, parent-child relationships, and coparenting in child well-being.
- Identify internal and external resources and strategize how to leverage these resources to promote resilience for all involved.
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Taking Care of Yourself
The Legal Side of Family Transition
Loss and Grief
Dealing with Anger
Staying Safe During a Family Transition
The Financial Side of Family Transition
Planning for Your Future Self-Care
Conclusion: Taking Care of Yourself
Taking Care of Your Children
What Are Your Children Experiencing?
What Do Your Children Bring to the Parent-Child Relationship?
What Do You Bring to the Parent-Child Relationship
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
What Is coparenting?
Redefining Your Family
Different Approaches to coparenting
Communication Skills for Effective coparenting
Strategies for Parenting Apart
Creating a Parenting Plan
Conclusion: Being Successful with coparenting
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.
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.