Many states require divorcing co-parents to take one or more co-parenting classes. These classes are not only helpful for the adults going through the divorce, but also incredibly beneficial to their children’s well-being. Conflict between parents has a negative impact on children, but this can be easily avoided with the professional help and advice found in co-parenting classes.
Some of the many benefits of taking a co-parenting class include:
- Conflict Resolution: You and your ex are still role models for your children, even if you are no longer married and living together. They are learning how to navigate the world, solve problems, and handle conflict with other people. If you and your ex can provide them with a solid example of how to navigate disagreements or differences, you will be giving them a priceless gift.
- Creating and Maintaining Healthy Relationships: Having a solid foundation of loving, supportive relationships to be a part of and be witness to is incredibly important for children’s development. Co-parenting classes can help provide a framework for you and your ex-spouse to follow.
- Consistency: Being consistent in your co-parenting journey will help your children feel safe and secure. Consistency, routine, and predictability in communication, children’s schedules, and parental expectations are all areas that can be worked on through a parenting class.
- Self-Care: Many co-parenting classes also focus on the importance of self-care during and after your divorce. This may include identifying your triggers, understanding your emotions, and controlling your reactions.
Why not give it a try?
Whether court-ordered or not, co-parenting classes can bring peace and joy to your life despite the pain and trauma of your divorce. Find a list of co-parenting classes (as well as additional parenting resources) in California here, and additional resources here.