Navigating Graduation for Teens of Divorce

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Graduation can be stressful for parents and children alike, yet this already stressful time can feel even more fraught for children of separation and divorce. The fact that there are two separate parents in the picture can make organizing events, seating, and other activities tense. Risa Garon, NFRC’s co-founder and executive director, gives some helpful advice to parents in her recent Huffington Post article titled “Another Milestone: Your Teen’s High School Graduation.” To read the article, click here &nb...

Choosing the Right Legal Process for Your Divorce

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This guest blog is from one of NFRC’s volunteer peer counselors; out of respect for her family’s privacy, we will call her Ilene. Going through a divorce can be mind-numbingly complicated. If you’re the person asking for the divorce then you’ve probably done some research into the process. If you are the person who has been unwillingly thrust into this situation, you may feel frozen and unable to figure out how to cope. A member of the latter group, I am a person told a divorce would occur. Within a few s...

Is an NFRC Group Right for You?

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Join a Group Today By Risa Garon, Co-Founder and Executive Director There is nothing like being with people who get you! And for single moms going through a family transition, it’s so nice to be with other women who understand! Yes, sometimes it helps to communicate online — you’re at home, in your sweats and you don’t need child care. Why bother with an in-person group? One reason is that a family transition can be very lonely. Many women say they feel isolated and stigmatized. The National Family Resili...

Gracefully Weathering the Storms to Remain Child-Focused

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The Gifts of Hindsight and Being Equipped with the Right Tools This guest blog is from one of NFRC’s adult parent peer counselors. Her story is compelling and powerful, and out of respect for her family’s privacy, we will call her TC. When my daughter’s father and I separated, the first thing I did once I got my breath, was look at the statistics.  As an African-American child from a [now] single-parent family, they were dismal.  I made the decision then and there that since she had no input and no control ...

The Power of Empathy to Co-Parent

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The following is a guest blog from Cortland Jones, one the parent educators at NFRC’s monthly co-parenting seminars. “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”  – Jimi Hendrix The power of love overcoming the love of power came to mind during a memorable conversation with a parent, inquiring how to best cope with a power struggle with the child’s other parent. The question included genuine disbelief, because no apparent conflict had been previously e...