The Parent Connection
The ParentConnection was created by OnePlusOne in collaboration with a team of family mediators to help parents who are either going through separation or who are struggling with issues associated with parenting after parting.
Building on the success of thecoupleconnection.net in providing an anonymous, online, do-it-yourself relationship support service OnePlusOne recognised the need for a similar site specifically for separating parents.
The ParentConnection has a wide range of articles, exercises, quizzes, film clips and interactive programmes designed to help parents come to agreements that work for their children. Some of these materials are based on the tools and skills used in face-to-face mediation sessions, adapted so they can be used directly by parents themselves.
There is also a forum where people can share experiences with other separated or separating parents. The forum is moderated by a trained mediator so provides a safe space for parents to talk to others who may have been through similar issues.
Everything on the site aims to help parents gain a deeper understanding of how children are affected by separation and tackle some of the difficult issues. It should also help support the transition from a couple relationship to a parenting relationship.
By keeping children’s needs in mind, and learning more about the barriers that get in the way, separated parents can learn new ways of communicating and parenting that help move things forward rather than getting stuck.