Mom's House, Dad's House
Can children flourish in any custody situation? If their parents read Mom’s House, Dad’s House, the answer is a resounding yes. This unique ground-breaking classic, which has become the standard for two generations of parents, is again breaking new ground with examples, self-tests, checklists, and guidelines. This comprehensive guide looks anew at the needs of all concerned with even more creative options and commonsense advice, including:
· The map to a “decent divorce” and two happy homes; healing yourself and your children; the New Family Bill of Rights after separation.
· Helping your children with age-specific advice; explaining change, giving them continuity and security; restabilizing their sense of home and family; danger signals; five ways to evaluate your children’s time.
· Negotiating Parental Agreements; legal do’s and don’ts; time arrangements; custody types; attorneys; how to get ready for negotiations; when to use mediation; using “HIRT” test when an agreement is broken.
· Breaking away from “negative intimacy” with a difficult ex; how to talk to your former mate; steps to building a “businesslike” relationship as parents; how to avoid becoming the neighborhood “soap opera”
· Sidestepping destructive myths; making the emotions, “flashbacks,” and heartbreak of separation or divorce work for you and your child.
· Handling long-distance parenting; managing the return of an absent parent, holidays, remarriage, life without another parent