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The Co-Parents' Handbook: Raising Well-Adjusted, Resilient, and Resourceful Kids in a Two-Home Family from Little Ones to Young Adults Paperback – July 25, 2014
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In the last 30 years of pediatric practice, I've observed many parents dealing with the end of their marriage and its aftermath. This book is a great resource. It is practical, to-the-point, and insightful. I will definitely recommend it to families that I see who are going through separation or divorce. --Mark Greenfield, MD, Pediatrician, Seattle, WA
This is the most progressive, practical, and hopeful book for families in transition I have read in years. I will be offering a copy to every client who walks through my door. A definite "must read." --Felicia Malsby Soleil, JD, Family Law Attorney, Mediator, and Founder/Past President of Collaborative Professionals of Washington.
Karen & Kris have done a phenomenal job. The book addresses complex issues in a straight-forward, easy to understand language. They tackle high conflict emotion while assisting with the practical. Karen and Kris provide a compass, skills, everyday "here's how" tools to meet the day-to-day challenges of two-home family life. I will buy this book in bulk!--Nancy Cameron, Q.C., past president, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
About the Author
Karen Bonnell, ARNP, MS is a board-certified clinical nurse specialist with over 30 years of experience working with parents. As a Divorce and Co-Parent Coach, Karen has dedicated her work to thoughtfully resolving conflicts one person, one couple and one family at a time. Karen has served on the board of King County Collaborative Law and was a founding member of the Collaborative Professionals of Washington. She is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and Academy of Professional Family Mediators. Karen is a regular presenter on topics related to divorce and co-parent coaching, as well as advanced communication skills. Karen lives in the foothills of the Cascade range outside Seattle. She values the lessons learned in the "school of hard knocks" in her experience of creating a two-home family before divorce coaching existed. Her two adult children are her every-day inspiration for the beauty of love, forgiveness, and trust in the capacity of family in all its forms.
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I especially enjoyed reading the chapter "New Partner's in your Children's Lives." Karen's frankness about attraction vs. Love and information on brain chemistry is something a lot of people might not hear otherwise. There are multiple helpful kernels in this chapter!
I admire Karen's work greatly and wish every counselor/therapist/attorney would make this book required reading for their divorcing clients.
As a grown up child of divorce, with parents who had no co-parenting skills, I can tell you from personal experience that if the parents do not learn to co-parent your children's lives will forever be altered. I wish this "manual" on co-parenting was written much sooner!
I wish there was a book like this when my parents divorced.
Divorce can be particularly harsh and unkind but it needn't be for your children.
We worked with Karen and I have given this book to friends.
Practical and kind, she lights the way for divorcing and divorced couples to co-parent in a sane and child-centric way.
From her years of experience, she offers wisdom and advice but also sample processes and rules of engagement (you will need them!).
She also suggests new language that can help your family navigate this unfamiliar landscape.
It's not easy to follow everything she suggests, of course. But it's good to try.
In my many years of working with parents and children involved in divorce and other family law issues, I always recommend appropriate readings and this book will definitely be at the top of that list.
It will be useful not only for separating or divorcing parents, but should be required reading for anybody in the helping profession who may be working with them.