Podcast Episode 88: Two Homes, One Childhood

Podcast Episode 88: Two Homes, One Childhood

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 88 of The New Family Podcast where we examine what a new way of creating a parenting plan after separation or divorce.

Researcher, therapist, and mediator Dr. Robert Emery is my guest on this episode of the show. Dr. Emery is an internationally recognized expert on family relationships and children’s mental health, including parental conflict, child custody and divorce. His latest book is called Two Homes, One Childhood: A Parenting Plan to Last a Lifetime. In it he outlines a new way to share custody after a relationship ends, with an emphasis on creating a parenting plan that adapts to changing needs of the family and the kids.

As many of you know, this topic couldn’t be nearer and dearer to my heart. I have my own unique parenting plan—I live next door to the father of my kids and his new wife and our kids go back and forth between our two homes in a very fluid way. Dr. Emery has himself been divorced and has been in this field of study for 35 years. He offers wonderful but realistic advice about co-parenting well, based on a Hierarchy of Children’s Needs in Divorce, his own take on the famous Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs.

Here are some great resources related to my discussion with Dr. Emery.

Dr. Emery’s new book Two Homes, One Childhood: A Parenting Plan to Last a Lifetime

Dr. Emery’s previous book, The Truth About Children and Divorce

Dr. Emery’s website, “Emery On Divorce”

Webinar: How to Co-Parent Well Through Separation, Divorce and Beyond, by Brandie Weikle and family mediator Rosanna Breitman

Our FREE Facebook Support Group, Positive Co-Parenting After Divorce

Our Site’s Divorce Help Page

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Related Episode: Positive Co-Parenting After Divorce

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Dr. Emery’s Favourite Parenting Advice
“Be humble. I spent many years studying child development, I’m a practising clinical psychologist and mediator, people think of me as an expert, but my kids don’t. I do my best but I don’t always do the right thing, and you know, that’s okay. Don’t try to be perfect. Just try.”

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Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here.


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