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Collaborative Co-Parenting

Course Outline

This is a professionally developed online co-parent education program. If the court must pre-approve your co-parenting course, please print this course outline and submit it to the court or your legal representative.

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SECTION 1: BEGINNING YOUR JOURNEY

  • The Importance of Collaborative Co-Parenting for Your Children
  • Creating a New Life
  • Letting Go of the Past
  • The Wisdom of Forgiveness
  • What is Unique About Your Children?
  • Understanding Children’s Emotions
  • Voices of the Children

SECTION 2: COLLABORATIVE CO-PARENTING

  • Transitioning from Marriage Partners to Parenting Partners
  • Talking to Children About Divorce
  • Building Trust Between Co-Parents
  • Children’s Need for Trust
  • Writing a Mission Statement
  • Co-Parenting Guidelines
  • Weekly Updates
  • Why Have Co-Parent Meetings?
  • Annual Meetings

SECTION 3: RESOLVING CONFLICT

  • Conflict in Divorce and Breakups
  • How Divorce Affects Children
  • Powerful Tools for Communication
  • Positive Body Language
  • Choosing the Right Words
  • How to Keep People From Pushing Your Buttons
  • Picking Your Battles

SECTION 4: MANAGING EMOTIONS

  • Exploring Emotions
  • How to Distinguish Fear from Wisdom
  • Tools for Managing Emotions
  • The Importance of Movement on Emotions
  • The Importance of a Healthy Diet on Emotions
  • Using Meditation to Manage Emotions
  • Understanding Fear
  • Understanding Anger
  • Operating From A Place of Wisdom
  • Setting Goals

SECTION 5: APPRECIATING DIFFERENCES

  • Knowing Yourself
  • The DISC Assessment
  • Appreciating Different Parenting Styles
  • Gender Differences
  • Money Differences
  • Religious Differences
  • Respecting Differences

SECTION 6: PARENTING TOOLS

  • Twelve Positive Discipline Parenting Tools
  • Single Parenting
  • Balancing Work, Parenting and Play
  • Listening to Your Children
  • Teamwork: Family Meetings
  • Teaching Children About Money

SECTION 7: PARENTING PLANS

  • Children’s Ages, Needs and Developmental Stages
  • Designing the Parent Plan
  • Siblings and the Parent Plan
  • Changing the Parent Plan
  • Exchanging Information
  • Scheduling and Sample Calendars

SECTION 8: SPECIAL CHALLENGES

  • Long-Distance Parenting
  • Parallel Parenting
  • Impacts of Secondhand Smoke
  • Information about Drugs and Alcohol
  • Information about Addiction
  • Information about Domestic Violence
  • Significant Others
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