NEW YORK, January 11, 2022 / PRNewswire / – For couples on the brink, January marks a time known as “Divorce Month,” culminating in March with divorce proceedings in full swing. The holidays are over, and if divorce is meant to be, there is little reason to slow down the inevitable but sad move forward to end a marriage. For couples with children, the challenges are formidable.
“Children represent the greatest motivation and the greatest opportunity for couples to divorce amicably and to engage in a good divorce,” says Sarah armstrong, supporter of the “good divorce” and author of Mom’s Guide to a Good Divorce: What to Think About When Kids Are Involved.
Armstrong defines a good divorce as one that puts children first, and although many divorcing couples pretend co-parenting, taking responsibility requires intention, discipline, and hard work.
“We owe it to our children to make sure they are the priority and not the collateral damage due to divorce,” Armstrong said from his home in San Francisco, where she works as vice president of global marketing operations for Google.
To help foster a good divorce, Armstrong offers a wide range of win-win co-parenting advice such as:
Divorce means that your child will inevitably become a business traveler (between two homes). Co-parenting advice: Set a goal that your kids will never have to pack.
Divorce means that the assets (furniture, souvenirs, photos) are shared between the parents.
Co-parenting advice: Minimize spaces (in other words, be prepared to fill those empty spaces).
Divorce means decisions will have to be made about who and how to attend your children’s sporting events and extracurricular activities.
Co-parenting advice: Make an effort to sit down together at these activities because your children deserve the support of both parents.
Divorce means birthdays and holidays (like Valentine’s Day) can be awkward.
Co-parenting advice: Help your child buy a gift for your ex, or ask a family member or friend to help you. He teaches children an important lesson about giving, as opposed to just receiving.
Armstrong expands on the how and why of these issues and also discusses other sensitive topics about co-parenting.
Where to start For parents who are struggling to find a starting point for co-parenting, Armstrong recommends developing a parenting plan that describes how to jointly manage children’s lives.
“Create a parenting plan based on a spirit of reasonable flexibility,” says Armstrong. “Whatever choices you make, collaboration is the key to creating a good divorce for you and your family.”
On Sarah armstrong
Sarah is vice president of global marketing operations at Google. She is also a mentor to other women in her industry and active in many charitable endeavors, particularly the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation. She focuses on promoting the virtues of a good divorce, if divorce is the only way to go. Her personal mission is to offer strategies and advice to moms (and dads) on how they too can get a divorce. She lives in San Francisco.
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