Addressing parents’ questions about the emotional impact of separation, conflict, grief, and recovery, the authors provide a road map for all family members to safely navigate through separation/divorce and beyond. Through tested and reassuring guidance, parents will discover how to move from angry, hurt partners to constructive, successful co-parents who are able to put their children’s needs first. Chock-full of strategies to help resolve day-to-day issues, create boundaries, and establish guidelines, this handbook will help ensure kids and co-parents thrive.
KAREN BONNELL (ARNP, MS) is a board-certified clinical nurse specialist with 25 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and parents. As a divorce and co-parent coach, Karen is dedicated to thoughtfully resolving conflicts one person, one couple, and one family at a time. Highly active and respected in her field, Karen is a regular presenter on topics related to divorce and co-parent coaching, as well as advanced communication skills. She lives in the Cascade foothills outside Seattle.
Contributor KRISTIN LITTLE (MA, MS, LMHC) has over 17 years of experience guiding parents and children through the emotional landscape of separation and divorce. She serves on the board of the Collaborative Professionals of Washington.
"A brilliant book that has been needed for a long time . . . Bonnell stresses the importance of putting the child’s needs first, putting one’s own ego to the side, and co-parenting without being swallowed by the emotional chaos."
“When parents are separated or divorced, they face unique challenges while raising children. However, co-parents can still create healthy family dynamics even if the kids live in more than one home.”
—New Day Northwest
"Bring co-parents together."
“The Co-Parenting Handbook by Karen Bonnell is a guide to raising well-adjusted kids affected by divorce or separation.”
—Pagosa Daily Post
“The Co-Parenting Handbook helps parents confidently tackle the tough road ahead together as a family.”
“This book by Karen Bonnell is a practical manual for parents who may be raising children in two separate households … in a kid-friendly way.”