After our marriage ended, we became the poster-children for divorce amongst our circle of friends and colleagues. We wished we could have been the poster children for successful marriage, but it didn’t work out that way…
Despite the problems that ended our marriage, we’ve established a congenial co-parenting partnership that allows our two daughters to thrive. In 2008, we founded this website to connect with other co-parents and to offer advice, support, and encouragement. In 2013, our book, Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce, was published by New Harbinger Publications. Both our book and the site are resources for those who find themselves parenting after a divorce or break-up.
Speaking engagements and workshops are another way we support parents, educators, and others serving children and families.
This year, we're excited to be presenting at the following events:
"Three Ways to Help Your Kids Thrive in Two Households"
-Pittsburgh, March 8 (Details here.)
-Cleveland, April 26-27
-Columbus, OH, August 16-17
-Cincinnati, September 20-21
-Indianapolis, October 25-26
National PTA Convention, Austin, TX, June 20
"Engaging Non-Custodial Parents and Stepparents"
As featured speakers or in interactive workshops, we offer presentations to conferences, schools, community organizations, and businesses. Topics include:
Co-Parenting 101: The Basics - These include: the benefits of cooperative co-parenting; attitudes that build up a co-parenting partnership; shared parenting plans; responding to children’s questions and concerns; dating and remarriage; and managing conflict. Co-parenting participants will end the session with personalized action items to improve their co-parenting situation, as well as a long-term visioning for their role as a co-parent.
Co-Parenting and Communication - Includes the topics and outcomes from Co-Parenting 101: The Basics with a special emphasis on communication between co-parents.
Father Re-Engagement - Presents research on the roles and importance of fathers in children’s lives. Focuses on the processes involved when fathers seek to re-connect with their children after an absence or separation, and the needs of children, fathers, and mothers during the re-engagement process. Challenges and special concerns related to this delicate process are also addressed.
Co-Parent's Manifesto - 12 essential principles for child-centered, cooperative co-parenting. These include: the child’s need and right to love and have a relationship with both parents; not bad-mouthing the other parent; and being the “bigger” co-parent.
Changing the Cultural Conversation about Parenting Children Between Two Households - Ideal for parents, educators and community service staff, this topic presents ways to change the cultural conversation about co-parenting from one that presumes and even normalizes acrimony, to one that nurtures and promotes cooperation between parents.
Deesha typically makes solo presentations on behalf of Co-Parenting 101, but presentations by Michael and joint presentations are available as our parenting time and work schedules permit.
We are happy to tailor our presentations to your organization's needs, in terms of length and focus. For more details or to schedule a presentation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit our press room for more information.
Deesha also co-presents (with Magda Pecsenye) a 12-week online writing workshop for women, Writing Through Your Divorce.
Best wishes for a successful co-parenting journey!
~ Michael Thomas and Deesha Philyaw