The’ Me, my kids and my Ex: Forming a workable relationship for the benefit of your children’ booklet provides practical tips and advice for separated parents to help build a cooperative co-parenting relationship and prioritise the needs of their children.
It covers managing emotions during separation, effective communication, resolving conflict, developing parenting arrangements, and moving forward positively. Key topics include the grief process, dealing with anger, understanding children’s needs, scheduling parenting time, planning for special occasions, managing costs, setting household rules, and communicating with ex-partners.
The booklet promotes flexibility, respect and shared decision-making. It suggests using mediation services where needed and provides examples of parenting schedules. Overall, the resource aims to help separated parents minimise conflict, establish workable relationships and positively parent together despite relationship breakdown.
Separation and emotions
- Cycle of grief
- Tips on dealing with grief
- Painful games parents play
- What is a workable relationship?
Dealing with your ex
- Effective communication
- Hot spots with your ex
- Power and control struggles
- How fighting hurts the kids
- Resolving conflict
- Parenting after separation
- Parenting arrangements
- Planning your children’s future
- Tips on how to reach agreement
- Parenting time schedule
- Parenting time schedule options
- Example of a parenting time schedule
- Planning for change
- Acting on your goals
- Dealing with setbacks
- Dealing with friends and family following separation
- Useful contacts
- Community service providers
- Government agencies
- Self-help books
- Parenting arrangements guideline (foldout)
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