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8 elements of a parenting plan

One of the hardest issues to work out in a divorce is a parenting plan for the children. Ohio has two types of child custody. Sole custody is when one parent is designated as the sole legal custodian of the children. This parent has the authority to make all decisions for the children. Shared parenting, which used to be called joint custody, means that the parents work together to make decisions about the care and upbringing for the children. According to the American Psychological Association, joint custody is better for children. Children whose parents can work together after a divorce have higher self-esteem, better school performance and fewer behavior problems than those in a sole custody arrangement.

Don't censor your child's love for the other parent after divorce

Most of us have known of a parent who, after having separated from their spouse, spoke ill of them to their child. Maybe a single parent who bad-mouthed the other raised you, or maybe you know the temptation to vent your frustrations about your ex to your child.

Holiday parenting plans: do I have 2 options or endless options?

Decorating a Christmas tree is like taking a walk down memory lane. The doves that intertwine remind you of your first Christmas, when you and your spouse could barely afford a tree. The handprint in the clay makes it hard for you to believe that your child was ever that small, and you can still remember the big grin on their face when they handed you the one they had made out of macaroni and a ton of glue in first grade.

The three R's that help make divorce easier on young children

You and your spouse file for divorce. Your child was potty-trained, but he or she started wetting the bed again. Your son loved his "big-boy's bed," but he started asking to sleep by you. Your daughter used to be independent, but she suddenly refuses to leave your side.

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