From the Mouths of Babes – A Manifesto for Separated Parents.


Note: This is an excerpt from the following website – Divorce Aid.  It is excellent!


My Dream Mum and Dad

1. They would let each other see their children as much and as often as they can.

2. It would be great if Mum and Dad just got along – not even as friends would be ok.

3. They would encourage the children to have a good time with the other parent.

4. They would not swear at their children.

5. They might punish their children a bit if they are naughty and that’s OK. But they wouldn’t hit us.

6. They will appreciate and love their children by telling them so when they come up and stay or call up and talk.

7. They would try to create a home where the children would look forward to coming back and want to call them up.

8. They would talk about parent things with each other and not talk to the children about parent things.

9. They would swap or share birthdays and Christmases in a helpful way without getting angry with each other.

10. They would keep their promises to us.

11. They would not bad-mouth each other.

12. When they get angry with each other it messes up their love for us. Hating each other makes it harder for the children.

13. They would both talk to all our teachers – maybe not together though.

14. They would be really busy loving their children, not fighting over them. They would know that there was enough of their children to love and go around for everyone.

15. They would each sit down with their children from time to time and ask them “How is it going?” and “How could it be better?”

16. Parents should have to go for a tune-up from time to time for being separated parents. How else do they know how they are doing?

We were sent this piece but were not given any details of the author but would be pleased to publish details if informed.

P.S. Could be this: Taken from Narrative Mediation: A new approach to dispute resolution, J. Winslade and G. Monk (2002)

“The talk of the child in the market place is either that of his father or of his mother.”

Babylonian Talmud Sukkah 56b


Woody Allen and His Truth

09ALLEN-master675There is a lot that one can learn about relationships and their breakdown by reading this opinion penned by Woody Allen.  It is too bad that two adults who are also parents cannot learn to lay down their swords in the best interests of their children.  Sadly, this seems to be the norm rather than the exception.  Regardless, it sounds like this conflict has been taken to the extreme, involving character attacks that have been vetted in very public places.  I’d say that the New York Times is a very public place.  Good reading which raises many good questions

Woody Allen Speaks Out –

Parents and Step-Parents: Where Is the Boundary Line? | Valerie DeLoach

This is a most excellent article that was posted on the Huffington Post about a couple of weeks ago.  It is unusual for blended families to “behave” (arrggghhh… I need my thesaurus) as the family(ies) outlined in this article.  Everyone making a valiant effort to come together and to get along for the sake of the children and adults involved. Parents and Step-Parents: Where Is the Boundary Line? | Valerie DeLoach.