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May 14, 2014

Parenting Through Divorce offered

Divorcing parents often are faced with many new problems during this difficult time for the entire family.

Although their marriage is ending, their role as parents continues through their lives. To help make this transition easier, Northwest Family Services Inc. staff member Nicole Martens, M.S., LPC, will teach a Parenting Through Separation and Divorce class Monday.

The class will be 6-9 p.m. at Northwest Technology Center, southwest of Fairview. To enroll, call (580) 744-1248. Participants must pre-enroll; the class will be canceled if there is inadequate pre-enrollment. Class costs $30 per person.

This class was designed at the request of the courts to help divorcing couples understand the problems their children may experience during and after a divorce or separation. It will fulfill the court order for all divorcing parents. Parents will learn skills to parent cooperatively, even though they are divorced.

In the class, parents will learn how to effectively communicate with their children and with their former spouse. They will practice reflective listening skills and will study various active communication techniques and non-verbal communications. They also will practice workable negotiation styles for dealing with conflict and rules for effective expressions.

Class members also will discuss various options for parenting, such as joint custody and mediation.

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