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An estimated one million children in the United States are affected by divorce each year, and studies show that the most difficult aspect for most children is adjusting to the loss of one parent. Currently, 80 percent of children whose parents are no longer together live in sole-mother custody arrangements, and as many as one-third of them have little or no contact with their fathers. “Traditional custody arrangements are a poor substitute for equal parenting,” say Jill Burrett and Michael Green. “One parent is over-burdened, the other is marginalized, and (except in cases of violence or abuse) the children–who need the love and support of both parents–ultimately suffer.”
Shared Parenting not only reveals how to accomplish a more balanced approach to parenting after separation and divorce, but also explains the many benefits of an equal parenting partnership. Burrett (a psychologist) and Green (a lawyer with a private mediation practice) team up to provide separated and divorced parents with weekly routines and tips on how to plan cooperatively, communicate effectively, and create for their children a healthy new environment where they can thrive. This practical book helps parents to understand and achieve committed, child-focused parenting that gives children significant and equal time to build meaningful relationships with both parents.
Co-parenting has long been a hot topic and continues to be so. Shared Parenting ensures that neither parent has a secondary role. Instead, both contribute equally and the best of family life is preserved even if the marriage is not.