Synopses & Reviews
You may be winning the battle in court, but losing the war at home, saddened at the wounds your children bear as a result of this conflict. But because you are willing to do anything to help your children thrive, you can learn to build a parenting partnership with your former mate in spite of the history between you.
The Co-Parenting Survival Guide shows you how to avoid the hot spots and the common traps of hostility, inflexibility, and constant squabbling, and develop skills to sustain a co-parenting partnership based on love and concern for your children, so they can best benefit from two parents living separately but working together.
“The Co-Parenting Survival Guide offers compassion and wisdom in calming the destructive aspects of conflict so that the most important individuals o fall, the children of divorce, can grow up healthy.”
—Carla B. Garrity, Ph.D., and Mitchell A Baris, Ph.D., authors, Children of Divorce and Caught in the Middle
“This book is very vivid reminder to parents of the damage that can be done to their most valued asset—their children. For those who take the time, this book will save them days of pain and lots of money.”
—Frank Santy, Esq., Family Law Attorney, Enfield, CT
“A concrete, easy-to-read outline on how to help conflict-addicted couples co-parent. This book should be on the shelf of every practicioner who works with divorcing parents—and every judge, moderator, and lawyer who works in the family court system as well.”
—Dr. Jeffrey Naser, M.D., Practicing Child Psychiatrist, Wayne, PA
“All parents want their children to grow up healthy, happy, and well-adjusted. The Co-Parenting Survival Guide helps feuding parents focus on these common goals and gives them techniques to stop the conflict, end the wars, and give children back their childhood.”
—Barry F. Armata, Esq., Family Law Attorney, Bristol, CT
“Drs. Zimmerman and Thayer join a small but growing number of professionals dedicated to helping divorcing families navigate the often murky waters of postdivorce parenting. Their book will serve as a step-by-step guide for success for every divorced parent who has the courage and foresight to use it.”
—Jean McBride, M.S., L.M.F.T., President, Center for Divorce & Remarriage, Inc., Fort Collins, CO
“In this book, Drs. Thayer and Zimmerman have set a new standard for how to work with high-conflict divorced couples. In a clear and methodical manner, the authors teach ex-spouses how to slowly peel back the layers of conflict between them. More importantly, they provide ex-spouses with a clear roadmap to help them navigate their way towards becoming better parents for their children. This book gives a voice to the children who suffer, often silently, at the hands of their conflict-ridden parents. Anyone working with these children and their families must read this book. “
—Mitchell Greene, Ph.D., Child and Family Psychologist, Wayne, PA
This book helps parents in the aftermath of divorce learn to sustain a healthy co-parenting relationship and offers specifics for solving day-to-day problems, disciplining, and handling conflict during transitional times and special events.
The Co-Parenting Survival Guide was written for divorced parents who need to get past a poisonous separation and find a way to work together to give their children a stable environment. The book offers practical suggestions to common co-parenting problems, including unique strategies for coping with the legal system, making decisions together, handling loyalty issues, recognizing the child's needs, and communicating more effectively with a former spouse. Use its strategies to negotiate holidays, discipline children effectively, avoid conflict during transitions, and deal with new relationships.
About the Author
Elizabeth S. Thayer, PhD, is vice-president and cofounder of Beacon Behavioral Services in Avon, CT, and the PEACE Program. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and Connecticut Psychological Association. She serves on the State of Connecticut Board of Examiners in Psychology.
Thayer is also coauthor of The Co-Parenting Survival Guide: Letting Go of Conflict after a Difficult Divorce.
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