The Children in the Middle Coparenting Class
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The Children in the Middle Coparenting Class is our live class offered to families in the Dallas-Forth Worth metropolitan area including the counties of Collin, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, and Wise. The class is more than just a basic coparenting class, and it's not a parenting education class. The class exceeds the guidelines for co-parenting education courses in Texas. Our instructors are professionally dedicated to helping families transition during changes and meet the needs of children growing up between two homes.
In Texas, a co-parenting education class is defined under:
In Texas Family Code, § 105.009. PARENT EDUCATION AND FAMILY
A course under this section must be at least four hours, but not more than 12 hours, in length, be designed to educate and assist parents with regard to the consequences of divorce on parents and children, and presented by a mental health professional who has at least a master's degree with a background in family therapy or parent education. The course must include information on the following issues:
(1) the emotional effects of divorce on parents;
(2) the emotional and behavioral reactions to divorce by young children and adolescents;
(3) parenting issues relating to the concerns and needs of children at different development stages;
(4) stress indicators in young children and adolescents;
(5) conflict management;
(6) family stabilization through development of a co-parenting relationship;
(7) the financial responsibilities of parenting;
(8) family violence, spousal abuse, and child abuse and neglect; and
(9) the availability of community services and resources.
THE CHILDREN IN THE MIDDLE COPARENTING CLASS DESCRIPTION
The Children in the Middle Coparenting Class focuses on how families can meet the needs of children growing up between two homes. The class is well reviewed and suggested by participants. For reviews, please visit our reviews page. The class consists of two parts 3.5 hours long that may be taken in either order, though we encourage you to attend Part I first.
PART 1- THE ADULTS
Part I of the class focuses on adult issues related to co-parenting and
keeping children out of the conflict.
Topics covered include:
- The Victim Mindset
- Domestic Violence
- Working with the Other Household
- Extended Family/Significant Others
- Suggestions for Co-parenting
- Adult Grief
- Conflict Disengagement
- Alternative Dispute Options
PART 2 - THE CHILDREN
Part II of the class focuses on child development and the needs of children growing up in two homes.Topics covered include:
- Children's Stages of Development
- Creating the Dual Home Environment
- Parenting Time
- Child Support
- Talking to the Children
- Children's Grief
- Mistakes Made in Involving Children
- Co-parenting Vocabulary
- Benefits of Co-parenting
- Alienating Behaviors
All participants receive a certificate at the end of each class. To earn
a certificate, all participants must stay the full duration of the class.
Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to class time for registration. Admission
is not allowed after the class begins. Please note you are securing
your seat for this class when you make your payment similar to buying an
airline ticket. Fees are not refunded to participants who don’t
show up or those who show up late. 24 hour written e-mail notice
and payment of the rescheduling fee not less than 24 hours prior to the
start of the class you are scheduled for is required for cancellations or
rescheduling of sessions. Please select your class carefully, there is a
$5.00 administration fee charged per cancellation or rescheduling request
which must be paid prior to confirmation of the requested change and no
less than 24 hours prior to the class you were originally scheduled for.
The reschedule requested is located and the middle section of the FAQ
The class has two parts. The fee for each part of the class is $40.00 per person per part.
Have more questions? Please visit our FAQ page.
Click here for the calendar and to register for the course in North Texas.
Click here to register for the Making Two Homes Work course in South Carolina.
Click here to register for the Making Two Homes Work course in Arkansas.
Other Things to Know
- Payment is required 24 hours prior to the start of class.
- If class size reaches maximum occupancy for any class, registration will be closed.
- We do not allow walk ins.
- Sign in begins 15 minutes prior to the designated start of class and we encourage you to plan on arriving early.
- There is NO LATE ADMISSION to the class. Your payment reserves your seat on the date you selected. Without prior notice to us not less than 24 hours prior to the start of the class via e-mail, if you do not arrive on the date you specify or you arrive late for the class, your money is not refunded or credited. Think of it as an airline ticket, if the plane leaves and you don't cancel in advance you won't get your seat refunded. Doors are locked at the start of class so we encourage you to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of class.
- If you arrive late and choose to knock/bang on the door and disrupt the class, the police or security will be called.
- Written e-mail notice and payment of the rescheduling fee not less than 24 hours prior to the start of the class you are scheduled for is required for cancellations or rescheduling of sessions.
- Please select your class carefully, there is a $5.00 administration fee charged per cancellation or rescheduling request which must be paid prior to confirmation of the requested change and no less than 24 hours prior to the class you were originally scheduled for. The reschedule requested is located and the middle section of the FAQ page.
- All participants receive a certificate at the end of each class. To earn a certificate, all participants must stay the full duration of the class.
- The use of electronic devices such as cell phones, laptops, recorders, cameras or video taping during class is strictly prohibited.
- Neither session is appropriate for children. No childcare is provided.
- There is no waiting area for anyone not participating in the class.
- We do not provide meals, but you are welcome to bring food or non alcoholic beverages to class.
- Occasionally classes may be canceled due to inclement weather. Please go to the following link if there is bad weather in the area the class is being taught to check for cancellation updates: www.childreninthemiddle.com/weather.htm
- We have a booklet for you to use in class and there are pens, though you are welcome to bring additional writing material.
- Please bring your PayPal receipt to class to confirm your registration.
- If you are not English speaking, you may bring a translator provided you notice us not less than 24 hours in advance.
- We reserve the right to refuse service or eject participants from the class for disruptive behaviors with no refund.
Children in the Middle coparenting classes were developed by Bradley S. Craig, LMSW, CFLE
The Children in the Middle Coparenting Class in the press
For the online version of the class called Making Two Homes Work class, click here.