Co-Parenting through Divorce
- Cost is $40. Non-refundable.
- Must have registration and survey to attend.
- Please arrive a few minutes early to sign in, receive class materials, and receive credit for your attendance. Credit will not be given for late arrivals.
- Child care is not available. Do not bring children.
- No class limit
Option 1: Enroll Online and follow the instructions. Remember to return registration form with survey verification form with your $40 back to the OSU Extension office in person or by mail three (3) business days prior to a scheduled class date. Payable by money order, check or cash. Make checks payable to OSU Extension. Do not mail cash. Unable to accept credit/debit cards.
Option 2: Pick up a packet at the OSU Extension office and return registration with survey forms with your $40 back to the OSU Extension office in person or by mail three (3) business days prior to a scheduled class date. Payable by money order, check or cash. Make checks payable to OSU Extension. Do not mail cash. Unable to accept credit/debit cards.
- Wednesday, May 17, 2023
- Wednesday, June 28, 2023
- Wednesday, July 19, 2023
- Wednesday, August 23, 2023
- Wednesday September 27, 2023
- Wednesday October 25, 2023
- Wednesday November 25, 2023
- Wednesday December 20, 2023
The disruption of a family through separation or divorce inevitably has an impact upon children. They may be greatly stressed by this experience, and they may fear the loss of one or both of their parents. The Seminole County Cooperative Extension Center offers a program for parents who may no longer be married but still share the responsibility of parenthood. Titled "Co-Parenting," the one-session workshop helps parents put their children's needs first both during and after the divorce. Seminole County judges, along with other county judges, are ordering some parents to attend Extension's Co-Parenting workshop before their divorce will be granted. Judges are also sending parents to our one-time class who are modifying parent visitation and haven't had our class. Some parents voluntarily take the class after hearing about it without being ordered to do so. The workshop also helps parents see the new family structure from the child's perspective and helps them understand that co-parenting is a life-long process that goes beyond the current issues of divorce. The classes are offered monthly at the OSU Extension building at 12827 NS 3650, Wewoka, OK 74884 (map below).
Parents may want to protect children from the pain and bitterness of a separation or divorce, but the best thing parents can do is be open and honest. Major changes need to be discussed with children. This will strengthen the parent-child relationship, lessen the child's feelings of guilt and responsibility, and open lines of communication for future talks. Following are some tips for helping children cope with divorce:
- Talk with children about what is going to happen.
- Describe what divorce means.
- Explain that your decision has come after careful thought.
- Do not blame anyone.
- Describe changes they can expect in their lives.
- Assure them that they will always be free to love both parents.
- Encourage children to ask questions.
Impact of Divorce on Children
How will divorce affect your children? This is difficult to answer because there is no single outcome. However, some important trends have emerged from research. For instance, a parent's emotional health is a significant factor in the child's adjustment. It is predictable that children will push a parent to the limit. Children can be tearful, moody, restless, or have difficulty sleeping or concentrating. Many parents ask at what age the child is most susceptible to problems. That isn't an easy question to answer. Generally, when parents separate:
- Preschool children become more irritable and whining. Their symptoms are usually temporary as long as their physical needs are met and loving care is restored.
- Five and 6 year olds become more anxious and aggressive, restless and moody.
- Seven and 8 year olds frequently experience sadness and grief. They often fear for their safety.
- Nine to 11 year olds often direct their anger at the parent who they perceive caused the divorce.
- Adolescents frequently feel anger, depression, guilt, and withdrawal. They often distance themselves as a defense against more pain.
- College-aged young people can also be deeply affected by their parents' divorce.
Research indicates that boys seem to be more affected by divorce than girls. They experience more depression and are more intensely preoccupied with the divorce. They long for their fathers more and feel rejected by their fathers. However, five years after the divorce, the gender of the child does not seem to be a factor in post-divorce adjustment.
Directions to OSU Extension Office
From the north side of Wewoka, go approximately 1 mile west of Wewoka. Turn south on 12827 Road, 2nd building on west side of road. Straight across from big white building.