Being good parents is hard even when you're happily married, but for separated or divorced couples, parenting can be particularly daunting. There is hope.
Mindful Co-Parenting provides divorced parents a practical way through the process that protects their children. In this compact, step-by-step guide, written in a supportive yet direct style, clinical psychologists Jeremy S. Gaies, Psy.D., and James B. Morris Jr., Ph.D., identify what matters most to kids and describe the importance of parents being mindful of their children's needs and wants. Starting with the question of whether or not divorce is the best option for your family, the book walks you through the process, from choosing the most child-friendly divorce proceedings, to navigating co-parenting after the papers are signed, to handling the future challenges of stepparenting and other issues that may arise.
By simply paying attention and planning ahead, you and your ex can reduce the potential negative effects of divorce on your family. Learn how to create a comprehensive parenting plan that can begin to establish a new norm for the benefit of your family's new future.
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About the Author
Jeremy S. Gaies, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist and family mediator who works in private practice in Tampa, Florida. He earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his graduate degree from Rutgers University. Dr. Gaies works with parents raising their children together after a divorce, guiding them to create more peaceful family relationships.
James B. Morris Jr., Ph.D., is a clinical and forensic psychologist who works in private practice in both Clearwater and Tampa, Florida. He earned his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and his graduate degree from the University of South Florida. Dr. Morris specializes in helping parents navigate the process of divorce and co-parenting and in conducting parenting plan evaluations.
Together they wrote the guidebook Mindful Co-Parenting in an effort to help divorcing parents better protect their children as they move forward in their lives.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As a family law attorney, I see it all the time. Divorcing parents want to do what is best for their children, yet they get caught up in their own arguments and insist on "standing on principle." In the meantime, their children get caught in the crossfire. Mindful Co-Parenting provides parents with tools - in an easy-to-read format - to avoid these pitfalls and help their kids through this difficult transition. Further, it discusses the various divorce process options, including collaborative divorce, that are available to parents and which of the options might best help them focus on the children. In sum, Mindful Co-Parenting is a must-read for divorcing parents.
Parents suffering the angst of divorce, no matter which divorce process they may choose, are distraught when they first arrive at an attorney’s office; they are angry, lost, and frightened… their lives have spun out of their control. Helping divorcing spouses to focus on the priorities of their families during this time of distress to all concerned is essential, and no more so than when it comes to attending to their children’s everyday needs and dealing with their co-parent on a normalized basis … for their children’s sakes. Fortunately, this new book speaks directly to those parents, offering exactly the gentle, but direct, guidance that they crave. Dr. Jeremy S. Gaies and Dr. James B. Morris, Jr. have collaborated to provide a book that is a “compact, step-by-step guide for parents who are considering or pursuing divorce.” Rather than a voluminous reference manual, this book is perfect for a weekend read. Curl up with it on the sofa and, by the end of your peruse, you will have a clear understanding of the value of focusing on your children throughout the divorce process; from the decision about whether to engage in a trial separation or to jump into divorce proceedings to how to tell your children; from choosing a positive approach to the dissolution of your marriage to drafting a child-oriented parenting plan. The style of writing is engaging, the approach is supportive and instructive, and the authors offer multiple practical ideas for how parents can manage the series of decisions and tasks that the divorce process brings with it. Read it and feel that the light has dawned, the path has been revealed, and the Force is with you.
In my psychology practice, I see many families who are affected by divorce. While all family situations are unique, one common factor is the desire of parents to help their children through the experience and to protect them from the inevitable stresses and conflicts associated with divorce. "Mindful Co-parenting" is an invaluable asset to parents in giving them a framework for being mindful of what matters most in the process, and providing a practical guide for navigating every step of the way. I recommend this book to every parent contemplating separation, in the process of divorcing, or already divorced. I am confident this book will give parents the knowledge, mindset, and tools to be an aware and effective co-parent, and to ensure the most positive experience possible for their children.