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Boomerang Effect

Whether parents are living together or not, in a two-parent family it’s likely that one (or both) has spoken critically of the other — in the presence of the children. You can be so stubborn! a frustrated mother says to father as the children sit nearby. You don’t listen when I talk to you, father blurts into the cellphone while the kids

Young Adults & Siblings Feel Less Close to Parents Who Denigrate the Other Parent

Parental denigration was reported by adult children to occur in married, divorced, and never married families, with greater frequency in divorced and never married families. Across all types of families, mothers were reported to denigrate significantly more frequently than fathers.

Opportunities and Challenges

About half of all American children will experiencetheir parents’ divorce, and 25% will also face divorce in a parent’s second marriage (Copen, Daniels, Vespa,& Mosher, 2012). While divorce is often stressful for families, a great deal of variability exists in children’s adjustment to divorce.

Did you know that unless you're a single parent, you're co-parenting?

  • If you're living with a spouse (and kids) under one roof, you're co-parenting.
  • If you're divorced and both you and your ex are involved in the children's lives, you're co-parenting.
  • IIf you're raising a child together with someone you may never have been married to — whether you're living together or apart — you're co-parenting.

The transition to parenthood can be an exciting time for couples, full of anticipation and hope for the future. In preparing to become parents, couples often focus on childbirth and child-rearing. Hospitals, bookstores, and the Internet offer extensive resources on childbirth, breastfeeding, and infant care.