Divorce: The First Year
Some divorce courts require parents to take parenting classes before granting a divorce. This applies also to some counties in some other states. Mandated classes for divorces with children can be attended separately or together.
These classes are important because parents need to be made aware of how their divorce might affect their children. Children react differently at varied stages of development, but they all react emotionally. Parents need to learn what is appropriate developmentally and what is not.
The kids may be acting angry, but the underlying emotions are sadness, disappointment, and fear. Adults will need to learn to get to the real issue at hand. It would be very easy to burn bridges and build walls that lead to destructive behavior if parents do not learn how to respond to a child struggling with their family breakup. Good parenting courses help parents to avoid this parenting mistake.
There are highly accredited online parenting courses available that satisfy court requirements for probation or divorce. These courses are great because they allow parents to put their kids first and complete the course on their own schedule. There is no time limit, but there can be a four to ten hour course requirement. Parents are very busy all the time when they have children. Online participation gives parents individualized 24/7 flexibility.
Online parenting studies are recognized by courts in most states. Just check with the organizer of the class and verify with your attorney or mediator.
Classes online should teach subjects like parental communication, anger and stress management, parenting styles and teamwork, rewards and discipline for children, conflict resolution, and avoiding parenting mistakes. Courses should deal with the new blended family in America. Over fifty per cent (50%) of the families in this nation are comprised of step-family members.
Some parents may desire to improve their parenting skills without a court order. Observing the behavior of parents and children in any public place, anyone can see the need for improved parenting skills in America. Many times it is not readily apparent who is the parent and who is the child. This can also occur in a divorce when a parent and a child reverse roles and the child becomes the caregiver. This is not fair to the child. Children deserve a happy, carefree childhood.
Parents will want to be sure they are getting information from licensed practicing professionals. Any quality online parenting course should offer a Certificate of Completion. A full refund should be guaranteed if the court does not accept the Certificate of Completion.
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