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Co-Parenting 101 at Parenting Expo - Pittsburgh!

 Monroeville Convention Center, March 8 & 9, 2014

We’re pleased to be presenting a co-parenting workshop at Parenting Expo Pittsburgh on March 8!  The Expo is a 5-city, weekend-long event featuring ideas, advice, and new products for parents, and it’s kicking off in Pittsburgh at the Monroeville Convention Center.  We’ll be there to talk about helping kids not only survive divorce, but thrive in 2 households. And we’ll have signed copies of our book Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce available for purchase.

We’ll be presenting at 4:15 on Saturday, but check out the full schedule of Parenting Expo speakers and exhibitors here, and you can buy tickets here. Kids are welcome at Parenting Expo, and kids under 14 are admitted free.  Parents, grandparents, caregivers and educators will have an opportunity to receive up-to-date information on what’s important to them right now – from prenatal care to raising teens. In addition, attendees will walk away with meaningful coupons, giveaways, goody bags full of products from exhibitors, and opportunities to win prizes throughout the Expo.

Courtesy of Parenting Expo and Blue Sky Events, we’re giving away complimentary passes to the Expo in Pittsburgh to 10 winners.  Each winner can claim up to FOUR passes.  

There are 3 ways to enter to win:

1. Leave a comment or question about the Expo in the comments section here.

2. Tweet about the Expo. Make sure to use @coparenting101 and use the hashtag #ParentingExpo.

3. Post on Facebook about the Expo and tag or link to our Facebook page:

10 winners will be announced here, on Facebook, and on Twitter between now and March 1st.

We look forward to seeing you at Parenting Expo Pittsburgh!

Not in or near Pittsburgh? Parenting Expo and Co-Parenting 101 are also coming to Cleveland, Columbus (OH), Cincinnati, and Indianapolis. Details here.



A Co-Parenting Mom's Journey from Fear to Freedom

When Richard left, my emotions were fear, bewilderment and hate. I wanted to block him out, never see him again. I didn't want him to have anything to do with the children. I felt that if he was going to reject me in such a way there would come a time when he would reject our children, become bored with them as he becomes bored with many of his hobbies. I wanted to protect them, but mainly I wanted to protect myself. I couldn't look at him.

 I am surprised I never crashed driving away after dropping the children off because I was hysterical, blind with tears. It was only fear, fear of yet another row, that stopped me curtailing his hours with the kids, telling him that he couldn't see them so much, because I couldn't see him so much.

Read the rest at Writing Through Your Divorce blog to find out how this co-parenting mom moved from fear to giving her sons the freedom to love their father.

photo by Bart Hickman


Co-Parenting Mentors...Get One, Be One!

Did you know that January is National Mentoring Month? National Mentoring Month was created in 2002 by the Harvard School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership.  They identify mentors as people who have the "ability to listen and to offer friendship, guidance and encouragement."  Creating a space for co-parents to connect with each other, be heard, and get advice and encouragement is why we founded  And while the official focus of National Mentoring Month is on mentoring young people, we think this month is also a good time to find a co-parenting mentor for yourself, or to become a mentor for someone who could benefit from one.

photo by Bartek Ambrozik

Last month, we asked co-parents to reflect on resolutions for the New Year.  A good resolution is anything that serves your child's best interest and helps you stay the course, setting your sights on what is more workable, and leaving behind what hasn't worked.  Having a mentor--someone who is supportive of you as a co-parent and who can be a positive influence--can help you keep to the resolutions you make.  A co-parenting mentor can be someone who has been co-parenting longer than you have, or someone who has been co-parenting under similar circumstances.  Most people are flattered when asked to serve as a mentor, so if there's a co-parent you admire, ask if he or she would be open to being a sounding board for you.

Perhaps you're a co-parenting veteran who has "been there, done that."  Is there a newbie or struggling co-parent who might benefit from your hard-won wisdom?  An understanding and sympathetic ear might be all it takes to make the connection.

Are you already in a co-parenting mentorship, or have you been in the past?  We'd love to hear about your experiences in the comments section.