Supporting Your Child When They Resist Visiting the Other Parent

Center Aligned Iframe

Episode 4: 

Navigating the complexities of co-parenting can be particularly challenging when our children resist transitioning between homes. In this pivotal episode of the "My Thriving Child Podcast," I, Hannah—a therapist, coach, and separated mom—dive deep into this sensitive issue, drawing from a rich blend of psychological insights and personal experiences.

Throughout this episode, we explore the nuances of this common co-parenting challenge, backed by scientific research and practical strategies. Together, we'll delve into effective ways to support your child during these tough transitions, ensuring they feel heard, understood, and loved regardless of where they are.

By tuning in, you'll gain valuable tools and perspectives to navigate co-parenting dynamics with greater confidence and empathy. Join me on this empowering journey as we prioritize your child's emotional well-being during these pivotal moments of transition


What You Will Learn:

  • Preparation and Validation: Discover the importance of mentally preparing your child for transitioning between their parents homes and the power of validating their feelings, offering them a safe space to express their worries and fears.
  • Empowering Your Child: Learn about creating a transition plan with your child, offering them choices and a sense of control over the process, thereby easing their anxiety and building their resilience.

Join me as we explore:

  • Personal anecdotes that highlight the emotional toll of transitioning for both children and parents, and the crucial role of a supportive approach.
  • A step-by-step framework based on psychological and scientific research that outlines practical strategies for easing the transition for your child.
  • The significance of consistent execution and post-transition reflection, emphasising the importance of teamwork, communication, and adjustment to ensure a smooth process for your child.

Here's a Snapshot of What We Covered:

  • [00:01:00] Introduction to the complexities of children transitioning between parents' homes and the emotional impact on all involved.
  • [00:02:00] A personal story illustrating the challenges of leaving a child in distress and the quest for a better way to support them through transitions.
  • [00:03:00] An overview of a research-based framework designed to assist children struggling with transitions, highlighting the importance of mental preparation and emotional validation.
  • [00:04:00] Detailed guidance on developing a collaborative transition plan with your child, infusing the process with choices and control to mitigate their anxiety.
  • [00:05:00] The critical steps of maintaining consistency in the transition plan and engaging in reflective conversations post-transition to reinforce support and adapt strategies as needed.

This episode is an essential resource for any separated mum grappling with the heartache of difficult transitions. It offers a compassionate and practical approach to ensuring our children feel secure, valued, and loved, regardless of the complexities of co-parenting arrangements.

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