Most separated and divorced parents take great pains to protect their children's emotional well-being. Parents try to keep their kids' lives as normal as possible and constantly reassure them that they are loved -- and that both parents will always be there for them, even if they're no longer together.
The terms "parental gatekeeping" and "parental alienation" are often used interchangeably. However, parental alienation -- where one parent tries to turn a child against the other parent -- is an extreme form of parental gatekeeping.
You were awarded sole custody of your child in your divorce, but your ex has visitation rights. You want to abide by the court order, and you know that it's important for your child to maintain a relationship with your co-parent. However, you're concerned about the safety and well-being of your child during those visits.
Divorced parents are typically expected to put aside the differences that led to their break-up and the additional animosity created during their divorce and work together amicably to raise their children. However, in some cases, parents just aren't able to do that. This is where co-parenting counseling can be helpful.
The end of a marriage is considered to be one of the most stressful life events a person can experience. In fact, one stress scale puts divorce second only to a spouse's death when it comes to inducing stress.
You knew that your ex was always going to be in your life since the two of you have children. However, you thought they'd be easier to tolerate when you didn't have to be around them all the time. Unfortunately, they're just as infuriating as ever -- maybe more so since you have less control over how they parent your kids.
Parents who are divorcing typically are thankful that their children have each other to turn to for support. They may hope that petty sibling squabbles will be set aside and their kids will become even closer amidst their parents' break-up.
If you've moved out of your family home following your separation or divorce -- particularly if you've downsized considerably -- you may be concerned that your living accommodations will impact your custody rights. However, you don't have to live in a mansion with massive TVs in every room to be able to provide a good home for your children whenever they're with you.
It's been 14 years since former New York Giant Michael Strahan divorced his wife Jean Muggli Strahan. However, the relationship between the two appears to still be acrimonious.
If you're a parent, this is prime cold and flu season for your kids. Even if they've managed to escape getting sick, it's probably only a matter of time until they catch something that's going around the school or daycare center.