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Happily Divorced

A Journey Through Divorced & Co-Parenting by the Golden Rule

Happily Divorced is a story 20 years in the making. When their son was only six-years-old, Teresa and Bob divorced. But rather than giving up on their family, they fought for its survival. Through a series of intentional choices and consistently honoring the Golden Rule in dealing with one another, the Harlow family not only survived but thrived.

The book is written by the mom, Teresa, with the father, Bob, and son, Ian, contributing their perspectives as well. Take the journey with the Harlows as they navigate the circumstances of divorce and co-parenting to save their family.

Coming Soon! Combative to Collaborative: The Co-parenting Code

 

In her second book on the topic of co-parenting, Teresa digs into co-parenting on a much deeper level to expose both the obvious and not-so-obvious behaviors that set the stage for combative relationships and make co-parenting miserable for everyone.  

She weaves in true stories of how other parents have handled various situations – the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. Then she provides the Dos and Don’ts to get you on the right track with your co-parenting approach. At the end of each chapter, you’re given an exercise to help you process your situation through the lens of empathy and achieve a more positive outcome. This is what Teresa calls The Co-parenting Code.

The book is divided into three parts to help readers work through the various stages of separation, moving on, and correcting course when things get off track.

Part 1 – Uncoupling

Part one covers how to tell kids about divorce, determining where everyone will live once you separate, establishing a joint custody agreement, supporting your child’s education after divorce, how to navigate and maintain relationships with extended family, and even how to manage reconciliation attempts with the other parent.

Part 2 – Life Goes On

In Part 2, we dig into how to deal with new romantic partners, how to celebrate birthdays, holidays, and other special days as co-parents, and how to successfully plan family vacations considering your co-parenting arrangement. We also review collaborating on discipline, financing your child’s needs and interests, stepparenting, blended families, and what to do when bad things happen to parents.

Part 3 – Correcting Course

Part 3 provides hope and guidance to those who think their situation is hopeless. Whether it’s been bad from the beginning or went sour along the way, Part 3 offers strategies for using the power of empathy to restore relationships damaged by past wrongdoings and combative behaviors.

Look for Combative to Collaborative: The Co-parenting Code due out in early 2021!

Happily Divorced: A Journey Through Divorce & Co-Parenting by the Golden Rule

Happily Divorced is a story 20 years in the making. Unlike other books on co-parenting, this book is not written by a psychologist or social worker. Happily Divorced is a first-hand account of co-parenting from a family who took the journey and triumphed. When their son was only six-years-old, Teresa and Bob divorced. But rather than giving up on their family, they fought for its survival. Through a series of intentional choices and consistently honoring the Golden Rule in dealing with one another, the Harlow family not only survived but thrived.

Happily Divorced is not a handbook. It offers experiences both good and bad that the divorced couple faced as they raised their son. The book is written by the mom, Teresa, with the father, Bob, and son, Ian, contributing their perspectives as well. Take the journey with the Harlows as they navigate the circumstances of divorce and co-parenting. You’ll learn how they handled the breakup, school matters, discipline, extra-curricular activities, career choices, extended family, shared friendships, new romantic interests, stepparenting, and much more.

Recommended reading for divorced parents, those contemplating divorce, their children, their families, their friends, and the professionals who support them. Also an excellent read for blended families and those seeking to improve every relationship – from the former spouse, to a co-worker, child, parent, or even an adversary.

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