We believe you will really enjoy our next speaker Patrick McMillan. Patrick is the author of, The Science of Happy Kids and Joyful Parenting™. He is a children’s motivational speaker and subject matter expert in childhood emotional development. Patrick is the co-founder of HappierKidsNow. com and the founder of Kids Can Do Anything and An Exercise in Happiness™, an interactive emotional fitness program for children. Patrick is an active member of The International Positive Psychology Association and The National Association for Self Esteem, though his passion stems from being a stay at home dad since 2001.
Patrick says, “A child’s daily quest is to be happy, though for so many kids, this can prove to be an uphill journey. ” Patrick has committed his life to helping kids create for themselves the kind of life they want and deserve, and give parents and teachers the tools to take action in helping their kids in their daily pursuit of happiness.
When you meet Patrick you will quickly realize his passion and enthusiasm for helping kids succeed at finding and living a life of happiness, and empowering them with life long skills. Like you, Patrick has experienced separation and divorce. He knows what it is like as a parent to worry about how divorce would impact his children.
In today’s world of technology there are a number of resources that can benefit separating, divorcing or divorced parents. Pam and I wanted to take one session of the Telesummit to share two technology related resources with you; Our Family Wizard website and Life Journal software.
Our Family Wizard
First, we would like to introduce Jai Kissoon the CEO and one of the original founders of the OurFamilyWizard website. The OurFamilyWizard website was created to help reduce or remove conflict between separated or divorced parents. The website is designed to help empower families to help themselves.
Using Our Family Wizard can reduce divorce conflict and remove the “he said/she said” that keeps families returning to court over joint custody and co-parenting issues. The Our Family Wizard website helps reduce the face-to-face contact between high-conflict parents. In fact, courts across the USA and Canada have ordered usage of the site in contested cases and found it to be a very effective tool and solution for high conflict parents.
Kicking off the second week of the Divorced Parent Telesummit is another incredible expert, Dorcy Russell. Dorcy is the Founder and CEO of Conscious Co-Parenting Institute. She is a reunification Coach and co-parent educator. She has devoted her career to providing strategies and solutions for parenting after divorce – especially in situations of Parental Alienation and high conflict divorce. She has developed a unique co-parenting course that can be used by all families. Dorcy encourages all parents to accept responsibility for their actions in high-conflict situations and encourages her clients to apologize when appropriate and have compassion. She has a lot to tell us about Parental Alienation and other high-conflict families and how to break the bad communication patterns with your difficult ex.
Dorcy’s goal is to help establish custody plans and co-parenting roles that encourage positive relationships between Read More Here…
It is an absolute pleasure to introduce, Christina McGhee, our next featured speaker on the Divorced Parent Telesummit. Dubbed the “divorce coach,” Christina McGhee, is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author and parent educator who believes knowing what to expect and having access to support are often the defining difference between children surviving or thriving when parents split up. Her new book, Parenting Apart, How Separated And Divorced Parents Can Raise Happy and Secure Kids aims to meet that need by providing practical guidance and immediate solutions to the most critical problems of parenting after divorce.
Christina’s strategies have taken thousands of parents from feeling overwhelmed and hopeless to Read More Here…
Today we are happy to introduce you to Bill McLeod, the third speaker in our line-up. Bill is the creator of SingleParentsTown.com. He is a full-time, 24/7,single dad of two children. We were intrigued with Bill’s story and the challenges him and his family have had to overcome.
Bill’s wife had issues with alcohol which eventually led to their separation; Bill having full-time custody of his children, divorce and eventually the death of his ex-wife 5 years ago. Bill has dealt with more challenges
than many of us single parents and yet continues to maintain a positive outlook on life.
Join us on Wednesday, September 28th for the Divorced Parent Telesummit call when Bill will share what it is like to have your children experience circumstances in their young lives that no child should have to face: confusion, fear, grief and anxiety. Learn how he handled his circumstances and what advice he has for others.
Perhaps Bill says it best: Read More Here…
Today we would like to introduce you to Rosalind (Roz) Sedacca, CCT. Much like you, Rosalind is a parent who experienced divorce and all the insecurities, confusion, fears and anxieties that go with it. Her primary concern was minimizing any negative effects on her child not only in the months ahead, but also in the decades that would follow.
On Roz’s journey of co-parenting, she learned a lot about mistakes to avoid, smart steps to take and skills to learn — to help parents create an effective co-parenting relationship. She became passionate about raising the awareness of parents, educators and society as a whole about the emotional and psychological effects of divorce on children. This led Roz to create the Child-Centered Divorce Network.
Rosalind personally initiated National Child-Centered Divorce Month which is commemorated throughout North America every July to remind parents, educators, divorce professionals and the media about the challenges faced every day by children of divorce.
Her goal is to spread the word that when parents divorce, their children need them more than ever. She wants to help you avoid the mistakes that create emotional pain for your children. Roz is Read More Here…
In my last post I talked about what you can do when the other parent makes poor choices unintentionally. This may result because he/she does not really know better or has not thought through the situation. Since poor choices made by a parent impact the children, I suggested how you might address the situation with the other parent.
Today I want to address how you might help your children when the other parent makes poor choices or bad decisions without thinking (or caring) about the implications it will have on the children. I know how frustrating it can be when the other parent makes poor life choices that impact your children, maybe even for life. One of the more common issues for which you will have no control or input is when and how the other parent chooses to date, and who they bring around your children. Although I will talk about poor choices related to dating, the concepts can easily be translated to other poor choices made by a parent.
Some parents desperately want to be in another relationship, possibly your marriage ended because of the other parent being unfaithful to your marriage. In these situations, when one parent jumps into a relationship he/she is thinking of themselves and not the best interest of the children. All the while your ex is setting an example for your children. Your first response may be anger, hurt, pain, frustration, or fear. I encourage you Read More Here…
Here’s an issue that comes up frequently after divorce: encouraging visits with the other parent when the kids don’t want to go:
Some children after divorce just don’t do very well with change and the transition can be rather difficult. One of the toughest things that you will have to do as a divorced parent is to encourage your children to go with your ex even though they don’t want to.
Your job as a parent is to encourage your children to go with your ex as long as they aren’t avoiding this due to some type of neglect or abuse. You will be doing your children a favor if you work on making the transition as smooth as possible.
Let them know that you will miss them while they are away but you are glad that they’re going to be able to spend some time with their other parent, and Read More Here…