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[07/01/16]   New book review posted on the World of Collaborative Practice. Read it here:

Kids Need to Know That 'Divorce is the Worst' - ParentMap

"The thing children need during divorce like living things need oxygen is to fully acknowledge their feelings of loss. And while we divorcing parents want to do anything needed to help our children, we are human and to be human means not wanting to look at your child in the eyes and see that your choices have caused suffering for your child who you love to the moon and back. To be human means wanting to change the subject when the subject is this hard. Sometimes we feel so guilty about the divorce that we can hardly bear to witness our children’s feelings of loss. This picture book, Divorce Is the Worst, can help us in those moments. Staring at the pages of this beautiful book together, parent and child can find an easier way to talk about divorce. Divorce Is the Worst (from Feminist Press) is a book I want to turn back time and read with my 5-year-old on my lap, a book that allows children to see themselves and their many feelings realistically portrayed." A review of the children's book Divorce is the Worst, accompanied by an interview with author and illustrator Anastasia Higginbotham

Strengthening Troubled Sibling Bonds to Deal With an Aging Parent

“We wanted to stay connected as siblings, but if you don’t get someone else to help you out, you kind of fall prey to your childhood antics. A mediator makes a hard job a little easier.” The growing field of elder mediation is helping sisters and brothers overcome personal differences that can complicate end-of-life decision making.

What To Say When You're Not Okay

"When you're in crisis, a simple 'How are you?' can feel like a punch in the gut, a reminder that you're not OK as you find yourself fighting back emotions. Pretending can be exhausting, especially when your emotional resources are already taxed. Being honest encourages others to be open, creating opportunities for deeper connections. Express your truth while using discretion about what you share and with whom. Here are some things to consider:
1. Surround yourself with friends and family with whom you can be real. While socializing may be a beneficial distraction, for your own emotional wellbeing, you need to be able to share your truth so you don't bottle up emotions or feel isolated. That way, when anyone asks how you are, you can answer honestly." Sometimes, keeping up appearances is necessary and unavoidable. But pretending can also be exhausting, especially when your emotional resources are already taxed. Not only will being honest help you feel better, but it also encourages others to be open, creating opportunities for deeper connections.

[09/08/14]   Great article about how the agreements between parents on parenting should be supported by the courts, rather than ignored:

Will Mediation Work Even If You Can't Get Along?

Will #Mediation Work Even If You Can't Get Along? Expressing your anger appropriately can speed up mediation and moving forward.

Why Court-Aided One-Day Divorces May Be The ‘Wave Of The Future'

Court-Aided One-Day #Divorces May Be ‘Wave Of The Future’ Marissa York, a real estate broker in Manhattan, used a $50 online do-it-yourself divorce kit when she and her husband of more than nine years decided to part ways. Their breakup was relatively amicable, she said, so she figured they could save money...

This American Life: Collaborative Practice | Ballard Collaborative Law

Feel free to check out the This American Life episode on break-ups that includes an Act on Collaborative Practice at the 45.10 mark: 04Aug2014This American Life: Collaborative PracticeKevin Scudder / 0 Comments / Audio,BlogThis is an episode of This American Life based around Break-Ups and Divorce. If you’d like to listen solely to the piece on collaborative divorce, skip to 45:10. Otherwise, the transcript is below for your read…

Mom's House, Dad's House: Making two homes for your child

One of the books that I hand out to parents for whom co-parenting is a high-end goal and value is Mom's House Dad's House. You can learn more about it here: Now revised, updated, and expanded, this groundbreaking guide for parents and professionals covers the legal, financial, and emotional realities of creating two happy and stable homes for children in the aftermath of a divorce, including custody arrangements, mediation, and more.Can children flou...

The Cadence of Co-Parenting: Staying Close Even After Divorce

@wholeparent is right-on with this blog about the importance of successful co-parenting after divorce. There are not fewer things to coordinate when you become a single parent, in fact there are more. The things you once traded equitably, now fall 100 percent in your lap when it is your parenting time...




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