ACH’s Real Help for Real Life program is here to help parents navigate co-parenting, a skill often overlooked that involves two or more parties working together for the benefit of a child.

Typically, co-parenting happens between a mother and a father who are divorced or going through a divorce. It can also include grandparents, stepparents, or anyone who is involved in raising a child. Co-Parenting is also beneficial for parents who are still in a relationship. 

Next month, Real Help for Real Life will be offering “Co-Parenting is REAL,” a free parenting class and support group for parents of children ages 6 to 17. This class will start May 19 run through June 9, every Wednesday at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Parents must complete an initial intake session before starting the class.

Finding Solutions Through Proven Techniques

Co-Parenting is REAL will give parents an overview of Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®), a therapeutic model that trains caregivers to provide effective support and treatment for children. Real Help for Real Life Counselor Elexus Oglesby, LPC Associate, will be leading the class.

“Oftentimes, parents don’t know how to parent,” said Oglesby. “Having an overview of some helpful techniques like offering choices, and giving your child a voice, is going to be helpful for them.

The class will then dive into time and commitment, and tips for setting up routines for children. They will then discuss compromise, communication, and setting boundaries.

Two Common Issues Parents Face

Oglesby said the two biggest challenges she often sees parents face are communication and opposing parenting styles.

“Many people do not know how to communicate in a healthy, effective way,” said Oglesby. “Ineffective communication can cause a breakdown between two people which can lead to heated conversations that do not resolve the problem. “

Differing parenting styles can also lead to tension between two parents.

“I would say the most common parenting style issue is when one parent is strict and the other parent is very relaxed,” said Oglesby. “There will be a lot of friction between the two because they cannot agree on what is the best parenting method for their child.”

Having different parenting styles is okay, says Oglesby, but it is important parents learn how to play on their strengths and work together in the best interest of their child.

“When two parents can’t agree, usually no parenting gets done,” said Oglesby. “It can result in a child that doesn’t have many rules and they are more likely to develop risky behaviors.”

We Also Help with Other Family Challenges

Real Help for Real Life provides free youth and family counseling for ages 6-17 struggling with anxiety or depression, bullying, behavioral problems, and more. It’s offered online with bilingual sessions available in 5 counties. To schedule an appointment, call 817.335.4673.

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