Parenting Through Divorce and Separation

Parenting Through Divorce and Separation

Blended families are more common than ever as people with children connect with new partners after divorce or separation. These families come in all shapes and sizes; one or both parents may have children, and they may decide to have children together.

Whether it’s complicated schedules, sibling conflicts, parenting styles, or issues with ex-partners, your new life will be complex and sometimes frustrating. Yet it will also be highly rewarding once you get over the ‘bumps.’ 

This workshop will help you understand the roles of the natural and step-parents as well as your children’s responses to the breakups of prior relationships. We’ll help you develop strategies for a more positive and healthy home together.

Who can attend?

  • Any caregiver who is parenting through divorce or separation
  • Blended families interested in establishing positive parenting practices or addressing conflict

 What will you learn?

You will build skills for parenting children from different families by understanding:

  • How step families develop
  • Your children’s response to separation and divorce
  • How to create parenting plans and discipline in blended families
  • The role of the natural parent
  • The role of the step-parent
  • How to communicate with co-parents, and
  • How to deal with conflict

By the end of the session, you will feel more comfortable:

  • Creating effective parenting strategies and giving positive feedback
  • Addressing misbehaviour or other issues
  • Setting boundaries, limits, and guidelines
  • Communicating with your child
  • Providing a nurturing home environment
  • Minimizing the negative effects of divorce or separation
  • Solving day-to-day problems and challenges

When and where is the class offered?

  • The class is available as a group workshop or a private class.
  • The group class is offered several times per year. Scroll down for upcoming dates.
  • Our classes are currently offered online. When the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, the classes will be held at our offices at 9912-106 Street, Edmonton.
  • In our group workshops, you will have many opportunities to ask questions, learn about yourself and your family, hear others’ experiences, and practise new skills. Many people who attend our workshops say they feel better after attending because they realize that they are not alone.
  • In a private class, you will receive the same amount of information as our group workshops, condensed into 3 hours with the facilitator. These are ideal for individuals or couples who want to get started sooner than the next group workshop, can’t attend the group workshops due to work schedules or other personal commitments, or simply prefer a more private setting.

How much does it cost?

Group workshop: $150 per person or $200 per couple

Private session: $325 per person or couple

We are dedicated to supporting families of all income levels. If needed, you can apply for a subsidy by selecting “I require subsidy” in the registration form.

Subsidies are available for group workshops only.

Read in our blog: Four tips to help step-parents bond with their step-children

More information about our classes

Register for In-Person Workshops

18 Sep
11 Dec

Subscribe to our mailing list

Please select all that apply: