Category Archives: coparenting

Stemming the Tide of Misinformation: International Consensus on Shared Parenting and Overnighting

White Paper This white paper describes the purpose and background of a two-year project to stem the tide of misinformation that was generating confusion about where the scientific community stood on shared parenting for preschool children. Four decades of research … Continue reading

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Daddy, Tell Me A Bedtime Story

Mom instilled a love of music in me at an early age. When I was three years old, she gave me a small record player with a couple of small red plastic disks especially for kids, and a few 78 … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Keep Kids Happy This Season

While other children eagerly anticipate family celebrations and holiday gifts, those being raised by parents in two homes face the holiday season with some trepidation. Will the parents agree on the holiday schedule? Will the transitions between homes go smoothly, … Continue reading

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Teaching Children to Hate

Two common divorce scenarios: You thought your marriage was on solid ground, until you discovered your spouse’s affair. You file for divorce, and blame the end of your marriage on your spouse’s infidelity. Or, you knew your relationship was fraught … Continue reading

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Shriver & Schwarzenegger: What About the Kids?

People are wondering how the Shriver-Schwarzenegger split and his infidelity will affect their children. Coping with their parents’ separation is difficult enough for children. In this matter it is complicated by the father’s infidelity, the revelation of a half-sibling, and … Continue reading

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Why Kids Shouldn’t “Visit” Parents This Summer

Summertime, for school-age children, should be when the living is easy. It is a time for exploration, new experiences, and an extended break from the grind of studies. Family vacations create life-long memories. For children whose parents live apart, these … Continue reading

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What Divorced Parents Can Learn From Atlas Shrugged

Fifty-four years after publication, Ayn Rand’s magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged, has hit the big screen, opening to modest success by independent film standards. It is currently #6 on Amazon, and the “second most influential book for Americans today” according to … Continue reading

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Why Did You and Daddy Get Divorced?

When parents decide to divorce they face the difficult challenge of telling the children. The task is so difficult that about one in four parents say nothing to the children. They leave the kids to figure out for themselves what … Continue reading

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When Kids Need to Know Bad Things About a Parent – Part 3

The Warshak Test helps parents judge whether their criticisms of each other are likely to help or hurt their children. The purpose of the test is to raise awareness of the impact of your words on your children and to … Continue reading

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Bad-mouthing a Parent Harms Children’s Self-esteem

In response to a comment on my recent Huffpost blogpost, I wrote the following. Children identify with both parents. Remember how you felt as a child when a playmate trashed-talked your parents? In my day we called it “ranking out” … Continue reading

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