Co-Parenting Classes: Gaia’s Group
For mothers seeking support, best practices and expert feedback on co-parenting through and beyond divorce
If you ask a woman thinking about — or dealing — with divorce what her biggest worries are, the response often hinges on the money and the kids. And when it comes to the kids and divorce, it’s the worry if her kids will turn out all right, and if along the way, she’ll know what to do, what to say to be strong, and how to respond to their inevitable, poignant, needy, well-founded, and above all, heartbreaking questions and comments.
“This is the most important performance of our lives – our children are watching.”
~ SAS for Women
Gaia’s Group is designed to support you as you support your children through one of the toughest moments in your lives. We all need a thoughtful, committed plan to helping our children weather separation, divorce and all the big and small changes — in the healthiest possible way. Gaia’s Group cultivates the tremendous power you have already as your children’s mother. You know them better than anyone else.
In our online, coparenting class, we’ll delve into the divorce journey, where your kids are and how to healthily support them as you navigate this challenge and rebuild your life afterward.
And there is a life afterward. Don’t let your kids psyche you out. They don’t know a lot of things. They are taking cues from you. Children determine how safe or dangerous a divorce is based on how their parents show up, treat each other, and behave.
Although there is a lively debate about divorce and its long-term effects on children, there is little question that the more conflict kids experience as they go through divorce, the harder it is for them to recover — near and especially, longterm.
This means, your primary focus as their mother is protecting your kids as much as possible as you make your way through what is best described as chaos.
In Gaia’s Group you will KNOW how to stand in your power and protect and nourish your children in two important ways:
As researchers have studied, combining who you are as a parent AND as a coparent is important because ….
Many individuals who may parent alone successfully find it difficult to do so with their coparenting partners (McHale 1997).
Gayla Margolin and her colleagues go a step further, noting that a parent may display excellent child management skills and a high level of emotional attention to a child but at the same time make the mistake of disrespecting the other partner in front of the children. (Margolin, Gordis, and John 2001, p. 5).
“It is our responsibility to gain the courage and clarity to move forward with grace and depth for ourselves AND our children.”
~ SAS for Women
BONUS: A confidential, 30-minute coaching session on the topic of your choice with Gaia Group Leader, Liza Caldwell; or, a private consultation with a divorce attorney to discuss your legal, coparenting challenge
“This generation has lived it, learned it or heard firsthand how disastrous divorce can be if the parents do not strive to co-parent civilly. People can do it the way they want to, not the way their parents did it.”
~ Liza Caldwell, SAS Cofounder, New York Post (March 2017)
Become more of the powerful mother you already are. Gain perspective and clarity as the parent you want to be.
LOCATION: Your safe/private space
DESIGNED FOR: Mothers :: Considering, dealing with or rebuilding after divorce
DATES: Tuesdays, 12-1:30 pm EST. (April 2, April 30, May 14, May 21, June 4)
WHAT YOU NEED: A telephone or laptop, a means to take notes, and a commitment to yourself & children
PREREQUISITES: A brief conversation to discover if Gaia’s Group is right for you and where you are in your journey.
We understand the need for privacy. You are welcome to participate using your first name only or a pseudonym. Immersed in an atmosphere of sisterhood, kindness, and mutual respect, we will hold a confidentiality agreement.
You will absolutely learn more about coparenting . . . and experience a shift in your way of thinking and what is possible for you as a mother, or write to Liza and SAS will refund your money.
Due to the subject and the vulnerability of participants, we must protect the co-parenting support space and keep it limited.
“I would say to any single parent currently feeling the weight of stereotype or stigmatization that I am prouder of my years as a single mother than of any other part of my life.”
~ J.K. Rowling, author of Harry Potter
Gaia’s Group is named after the Greek goddess Gaia, who, as the first being who sprang from Chaos, became the great mother of all creation–and from whom the heavenly gods were descended.
*At SAS we respect same-sex marriages, however, for the sake of simplicity in this conversation we refer to your spouse or ex-partner as male. ** This class is not intended to serve as a court mandated parenting class. Check with Google for a “court mandated parenting class” near you.