Shared Parenting Workbook: Sharing-parenting after Divorce – What is it, how does it work and will it work for you?
This book is a condensed workbook and reference book targeted at those who are undergoing separation or divorce (or who are recently divorced) and who are contemplating an alternative means of raising their kids with their ex-partner; shared-parenting. The workbook outlines the key considerations that need to be made, and then leads the reader through a series of questions, considerations and exercises intended to help them decide if shared-parenting will work for them and their kids in future. Whilst relationships and families break up every day, it doesn’t always have to come down to acrimony, custody agreements and disputes over visitation rights when negotiating for the future upbringing of the children of the relationship. There is a way that kids can be raised with the involvement of both Mum and Dad that gives parents and kids alike the best possible family environment that can be established; namely via shared-parenting where each parent fulfils 50% of the parenting role for the kids. This is not a simple arrangement to establish and it requires considerable forethought, flexibility and resourcefulness in order to make it work. It also demands commitment on behalf of both the parents in both doing what is best for the kids above all else. In my case, we had acknowledged the end our relationship as husband and wife, but our relationship as parents to the kids remained and would endure regardless. We determined that it was our priority to give our kids the best possible upbringing as a separated family and I’m assuming that this is your primary aim since you have gone so far as to pick up this book. If I can make it work, then I genuinely believe anyone can. This book distills much of the original book (also available) which outlines my background, experience and the lessons learned in 11+ years of running this arrangement for the benefit of my kids. This book recognises that at what is clearly a very challenging time for the reader, conciseness and brevity will be key and the main thing at this stage is to evaluate what shared-parenting involves and whether it is for them.