SKILLS FOR LIVING (SFL) parenting plans are collaboratively designed with co-parents to address family needs at any and all stages of the de-coupling process. The needs addressed by SFL include parenting time schedules, decision making, and communication protocols. Each of these areas is explored to mobilize the family’s unique set of strengths and interests. This positions the family for long-term success.
SFL recognizes that these conversations are emotionally charged. Therefore, the main tenants of social, emotional intelligence are engaged. These tenants recommend using intellect to consider how emotions impact the decision making process and to employ only those that support it. This mean that parents of all family forms manage the complexities of co-parenting while improving their own and their children’s social, emotional and behavioural development.
SFL understands that co-parents have their children’s best interests in mind. Above all, these parents want their children to thrive as the family reorganizes its structure. SFL understands child evelopment and best parenting practices for the typical developing child along with children with Learning Disabilities, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorders. This knowledge coupled with parents' best intentions create a foundation for developing parenting plans that support children’s social, emotional and behavioural success.
SFL knows that carefully designed parenting plans engage and cultivate the above skills. Consequently, a challenging situation builds family and individual resilience and the risk factors that impede it are contained. Employing and developing these skills, particularly during times of family change, facilitate family functioning over its life span and prepares all members to achieve in our increasingly relationship-driven world.