Raising Children After Divorce With Christina McGhee
Divorce leaves us overwhelmed and vulnerable, compromising our ability to parent well.
And despite our best intentions, we may inadvertently dismiss our kids’ feelings or put them in an uncomfortable position.
So, what can we do to gain a better understanding of what our children are going through during a divorce? How can we learn to coparent in a way that puts kids first?
Christina McGhee is the divorce-parenting expert behind Divorce and Children and author of the highly acclaimed book, Parenting Apart: How Separated and Divorced Parents Can Raise Happy and Secure Kids.
Christina is also the creator of the Co-Parenting Specialist Certification Training for divorce professionals and consulting producer of the films SPLIT: The Early Years and SPLIT UP: The Teen Years.
On this episode of Divorce Dialogues, Christina joins Katherine to explain why it’s crucial to create space for kids to talk about their experience of divorce and how to own it when you make a parenting mistake.
Christina describes how children of divorce often feel the need to caretake their parents and struggle to recognize their own needs as they become young adults.
Listen in for Christina’s advice on validating the way kids feel (without stepping in to fix the problem first) and learn how to choose professionals who take a child-centered approach to divorce.
How Christina’s parents’ divorce informs her work as a divorce-parenting expert
Why Christina credits her ‘bonus kids’ as her best teachers on parenting children of divorce
Why it’s crucial to create space for kids to talk about their experience of divorce
The challenge of owning it when you make a mistake with your kids (and why it’s so important)
The premise behind the films SPLIT: The Early Years and SPLIT UP: The Teen Years
How children of divorce often feel the need to caretake their parents and struggle with recognizing their own needs as they become young adults
How parents can be the best possible resource for kids who are navigating divorce
What it looks like to validate the way children of divorce feel without stepping in to fix the problem
Christina’s Co-Parenting Specialist Certification Training for divorce professionals
How to choose a divorce professional who takes a child-centered approach
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