Children in Between, a divorce education class for parents and children, will now be offered in Macon County on Tuesday and Wednesday April 3 and 4, 2012. The class is free but registration is required so there will be enough class materials of all participating. The classes are being sponsored by two local organizations: Mountain Projects and Prevention Rocks.
Divorce is a traumatic experience for children of any age but it is something that affects more than 1.5 million children every year. Research shows that how damaging the affects of divorce are for children is directly correlated with the length and severity of the conflict between the divorcing parents, especially when it involves loyalty conflicts for the children.
Children in Between is a program developed to reduce children’s risk for post-divorce maladjustment by reducing the loyalty conflicts experienced by the children. By making parents aware that they place their children in loyalty binds and teaching them how to handle things in a way that greatly reduces the stress for the children and helps everyone involved adjust to the situation better.
The Children in Between program has proven results such as: 57 percent reduction in litigation, 30 percent to 53 percent reduction in parental conflict, particularly loyalty conflicts, 70 percent fewer school absences, 54 percent fewer physician visits by children, and 22 percent reduction in child-reported stress.
While no child likes the idea of his or her parents divorcing, it does not have to be a traumatic experience with lasting damaging affects if the parents can learn to handle the issues that come up in a way that does not put “Children in Between”.