Parenting During a Pandemic (Free Talk with guest Holly Forman-Patel, LMFT, LPCC)


This 25-minute talk addresses several topics related to Parenting During a Pandemic, and most of these extend outside of the current situation as well. 

Whether you're in a single-parenting, double-parenting or co-parenting situation, these resources and information may be relevant and helpful for you.



I've been working with so many clients who are struggling with the new challenges, (amidst the COVID-19 situation) around keeping their children safe, healthy and happy...

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Co-Parents: Facing New and Exaggerated Challenges During the COVID-19 Pandemic

I hope you’re all finding sanity and strength during this challenging time. I wanted to share with you some of the new challenges I’m seeing my clients (who are in a co-parenting arrangement) facing currently. For those of you who are struggling with similar (or other) challenges related to co-parenting in the escalated situation, I hope this will help you to find your way through this new territory.

I’ve been speaking with many co-parent clients, who are facing new and...

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Life Pie


Susan is an expert in the following four areas and has created this content to help you learn about how to create the life you want.

1. Deciding to divorce

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2. Co-parenting

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3. Couples

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4. Being better in your daily life (NEW!)

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Knowing and Accepting Each Other’s Personality Styles

During a separation process parents‚ personality differences get magnified
– especially when deciding the custody of their children.

Disappointment, depression, anxiety, and anger are normal at this time. Different personality types express these feelings in different ways. Understanding what’s underneath the behavior can help you find empathy for yourself and your child’s other parent.

Problem Solvers: This type fends for and protects their children more than they...

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Do’s and Don’ts of Divorce

Families don’t end in divorce- they change. There’s a lot of adjustment. Sometimes figuring out how to share parenting responsibilities brings up old issues from the marriage. Despite this, it is important that you both put your kids’ needs first.

Co-parenting Counseling helps parents restructure time. You will learn to adjust to custody arrangements and how to set up space in each home to make kids feel secure. You will also learn to set healthy boundaries so everyone feels...

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Co-Parent Counseling and Personality Types

When there is personality conflict,
it’s invaluable to have the help of a neutral third party
– someone who understands how divorce impacts everyone,
including parents and kids.

Co-parent Counseling benefits include:

  • Keeping focused on the children
  • Understanding kids’ developmental needs
  • Helping kids adjust to the transition
  • Providing a neutral and emotionally safe place for parents to create a new relationship, based on the best interests of their kids.

Co-parent Counseling...

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10 Things to Do to Have an Amicable Divorce

Now What?

Well, you’ve come to the decision that you have to divorce and you really want to get through this as peacefully as possible without spending your life savings. Just remember that as long as you and your spouse are in agreement, you can pretty much do whatever you want—it’s just a matter of figuring out the best strategy to get through the court system. Here are some things you can do to avoid litigation and get your process through your local court system.


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Kids Coping With Divorce

Divorce can be wrenching when kids are involved, but there’s a lot you can do to help children cope. If you’re a parent dealing with divorce, try to remember that your child needs you now more than ever. Offering reassurance, hope, and a sense of stability can help ease the effects of divorce on children of all ages.

Children Coping With Divorce

When children are free to love both of their parents without conflict of loyalty, to have access to them both without fear of losing...

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Helping Children To Find An Integrated Identity After Divorce

When I’m working with divorced families, one of my goals is to help parents and children to retain, find, or redefine their own identities. All of the family members should be able to see themselves as being surrounded by their own circle of identity, even when they engage with other people.

Unfortunately, kids in divorcing families are often put into a situation where they are urged to feel more empathy for one parent over another. Or, they are put in the position of trying to figure...

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Play Therapy

kids parenting May 24, 2013

Often times, parents ask me how therapy works. One of the ways I’ve been able to get a sense that your child’s therapy is working is well described in writings by authors and my colleagues.

There is a stage where children do their deeper work during play therapy called the “deeper awareness stage.” It essentially parallels a mindful meditation. Here are some comparisons to that in Eckhart Tolle’s work. “Through both the language and the silence of the play,...

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